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How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World

How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Printable limbs and organs, printable guns, printable pizza?! This technology will change our lives.

 

A 3D printer is similar to a normal printer, however a normal printer produces ink on paper. 3D printers, on the other hand, layer atoms on top of each other to create, or print, actual 3D objects.

It sounds fascinating, right? But 3D printing is certainly an invention that did not occur overnight. What is known as 3D printing now was once known as rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping has been in use for many years now, and it involves an engineer designing an object as a computerized aided design file, or CAD. This file would then be sent to machines, which would produce the 3D object.

The only problem with this early type of 3D printing is that the plastics and the metals that were used were just not of a high-enough quality to be used as anything other than a prototype. Although the machine could produce the parts designed, the end product didn't have structural integrity and was only used to design things that engineers wanted to see a life-size model of.


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In the End, Smart Cities Will Destroy Democracy

In the End, Smart Cities Will Destroy Democracy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: ‘the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people’. So why did that happen – and what’s coming in its place?

 

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In truth, competing visions of the smart city are proxies for competing visions of society, and in particular about who holds power in society. 

 

A smarter way to build cities might be for architects and urban planners to have psychologists and ethnographers on the team. That would certainly be one way to acquire a better understanding of what technologists call the “end user” – in this case, the citizen. After all, as one of the tribunes asks the crowd in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: “What is the city but the people?”

 

 

 

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The Internet of Things Will Turn Large-Scale Hacks into Real World Disasters

The Internet of Things Will Turn Large-Scale Hacks into Real World Disasters | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The rise of the Internet of Things threatens to make it much easier to cause real-life damage through cyberattacks.

 

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With the advent of the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems in general, we've given the internet hands and feet: the ability to directly affect the physical world. What used to be attacks against data and information have become attacks against flesh, steel, and concrete.

 

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What Will Our Growing Megacities Really Look Like?

What Will Our Growing Megacities Really Look Like? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Will we live in buildings made out of waste, heavily surveilled smart cities, or maybe floating communities designed to cope with rising sea levels?

 

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recent report by Christian Aid places more than a billion people in coastal cities vulnerable to severe flooding and extreme weather due to climate change by 2070, with Kolkata, Mumbai and Dhaka topping the list.

 

The question remains whether large-scale adaptation will be possible in the face of short electoral cycles, the abiding influence of commercial interests, and a sense of inertia beneficial to the status quo.

 

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2016 Internet Trends Report

The 2016 edition of Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report.

 

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Watch Mary Meeker's presentation of the Internet Trends at the Code Conference 2016 here

 

Some highlights from the presentation:

 
  • There are now about 3 billion global internet users, but user growth is stalling at about 9% year-on-year.
  • But internet use in India is skyrocketing—it’s now the second-largest market behind China, passing the US, with over 277 million users.
  • Smartphone sales are slowing, as is the yearly growth in the number of smartphone users, down to 21% from 31% last year.
  • Internet advertising in the US has grown by about 20% since last year, reaching $60 billion—two-thirds of that growth has come from an increase in spending on mobile ads.
  • Facebook’s yearly advertising revenue (up 59%) grew much more than Google’s (18%) last year.
  • Online video ads are ineffective: 81% of people surveyed mute video ads, 62% are annoyed by pre-roll ads, and 92% have considered using ad-blocking software.
  • Internet sales have increased from less than 2% of all retail sales in the US in 2000 to about 10% in 2015.
  • But there’s still some room to grow in real life too: Online glasses store Warby Parker now makes more money per square foot in its US retail stores than Tiffany’s or Michael Kors.
  • The time it takes retailers to get to $100 million in online sales is shrinking. It took Nike 14 years from the time its retail site launched, compared to nine years for Lululemon, and eight year for Under Armour.
  • The rising Snapchat generation: Millennials communicate with text, but Generation Z prefers to communicate with images.
  • The average Snapchat user plays with sponsored lenses for 20 seconds.
  • Brand power in Facebook Live: When “Chewbacca mom” mentioned retailer Kohl’s twice in her viral video, the store’s app shot to the top of the downloads chart on the US iOS App Store.
  • There are now over 3 billion images shared daily between Snapchat, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp—all but one of which are owned by Facebook.
  • 55% of Pinterest users use the site to find products they want to buy.
  • Messaging apps are moving from simple text tools to communicate with friends to platforms for commerce.
  • There are 10 million business accounts on WeChat, and about 80% of all users follow one.
  • Generation Y is the first generation to prefer chatting over the web or social media to talk to businesses, rather than over the phone.
  • Computer recognition of speech has gone from about 70% to 90% accuracy in the last five years.
  • 65% of US smartphone owners now use a voice assistant.
  • By 2020, at least 50% of all searches online will be through voice or image search, according to Baidu’s chief scientist Andrew Ng.
  • Only about 5% of US Amazon customers own an Amazon Echo—fewer than those that own a Fire TV streaming device.
  • It’s time for self-driving cars: The average urban US worker spends about 42 hours a year sitting in delays on their commute, and the average person’s car is only in use about 4% of the time.
  • Millennials don’t drive like their parents did: Only 77% of 16-44 year-olds have their licenses in the US today, compared with 92% in 1982.
  • 71% of the time spent on mobile in China is divided between properties owned by three companies: Tencent, Alibaba, and Baidu.
  • 31% of Chinese WeChat users purchase something from retailers though the chat app.
  • About 70% of the roughly 6.3 billion on-demand rides requested around the world in the first quarter of 2016 were requested in China.
  • There’s been a 263% increase in the last three years of non-technology companies acquiring and investing in tech companies, such as GM buying Cruise Automation, and Fox Sports investing in DraftKings.

 

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, June 8, 7:19 AM
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To predict the future 1/3 of you need to be crazy

To predict the future 1/3 of you need to be crazy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

When companies or agencies search for disruptive and innovative strategies they often assemble a panel of experts to advise them. Ironically the panel is often made up of people whose ideas about innovation were relevant in the past. 

 

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You can’t create a blueprint for the future. But we know one thing for sure. The future will be different from the past. A better approach is to look for people who are the contrarians, whose ideas, while they sound crazy, are focused on the future. Most often these are not the safe brand names.

 

If your gathered advisory board, task force, panel, study group, etc., tasked with predicting the future doesn’t have 1/3 contrarians, all you’re going to do is predict the past.

 

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, May 2, 6:22 AM
Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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The New World Order Is Ruled By Global Corporations And Megacities - Not Countries

The New World Order Is Ruled By Global Corporations And Megacities - Not Countries | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As cities and companies gain in influence and the power of nation states decreases, the world is undergoing a seismic transformation.

 

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We all know that quite a few corporations or terrorist groups have more influence in the world than many states do, but have yet to place them all in a single framework that measures them according to their reach and relevance. And yet such a "Mindshare Matrix" is precisely what we need to properly understand the 21st century landscape of power.

 

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The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, April 23, 12:52 PM
Not countries, or elected representatives, and certainly not citizens.
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Technology, Social Change, and Future Scenarios

Technology, Social Change, and Future Scenarios | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Various aspects of social change that both influence and impact future scenarios. Work by Frank Diana. 

 

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, March 2, 6:49 AM
Useful post, presenting a lucid vision of the theme. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in business innovation and people´s future scenarios, please visit  http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, March 8, 11:11 PM
Good article, presenting an interesting vision of future scenarios. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish an interesting site about business future can be found in Quantica Treinamento Empresarial with a Guest Blog in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Humans 2.0: How the robot revolution is going to change how we see, feel, and talk

Humans 2.0: How the robot revolution is going to change how we see, feel, and talk | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Robots aren't going to replace us, but by working hand in hand with us they will redefine what it means to be human.

 

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In the immediate future, bots are likely to continue to suffer from significant limitations. Today, robots have difficulty with manual tasks that we find simple, such as picking items from cluttered warehouse shelves, and roboticists predict their creations will find such tasks difficult for years to come. But use a robotic system to enhance a person's capabilities and let the human fill in the gaps in the bot's skills, and the result could be something far greater than the sum of its parts.

 

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5 Futuristic Oddities from the Weird World of Wearable Tech

5 Futuristic Oddities from the Weird World of Wearable Tech | Megatrends | Scoop.it

New tech products include exoskeletons, portable mind monitors and smart textiles.

 

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The merging of man and machine is leading to the formation of entirely new ways of thinking about the human body. 

 

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26 Disruptive & Tecnology Trends 2016-2018

Some of the disruptive trends that are affecting pretty much everything over the next few years. 

The report is organized by socioeconomic and technological impact.

 

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The report, compiled by Brian Solis, is organized by socioeconomic and technological impact.

 

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There will be 1 billion digital nomads by 2035

There will be 1 billion digital nomads by 2035 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Public data of social and demographic trends show how the rise of remote workers will affect the world in 2035.

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Tech Trends 2016

Tech Trends 2016 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

With the start of a new year, the exciting question is: What technology trends will radically transform businesses in 2016 and beyond?  

 

 

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Here are 15 technology trends driving companies to reinvent themselves.

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Digital Minds for a New Europe

Digital Minds for a New Europe, a cutting-edge collection of 44 essays by the world's leading digital thinkers. 



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In this fascinating collection, some of Europe's leading minds set out their vision for the digital world of tomorrow. What challenges will we face? What new ways of living will technology make possible?


A fascinating read for anyone interested in the future, in the multiple paths it could take and in the need to start thinking more clearly about it today (free download).


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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, November 22, 2015 2:33 PM

According to Rufus Pollock (see the article on page 95): “Data is everywhere and we commonly talk of “digital economies” now, of a “networked society.” But making sense of data – turning it into knowledge, if you like, and then using it wisely – is still one of the greatest challenges we face as a global and increasingly interlinked society.”

I agree with Pollock, I think some of the restrictions are:

+ Believe that you have the idea already resolved 90% of the work: for example, many people attend coferencias, seminars, talks, etc., if the speaker was good out excited thinking of doing many things. But the next day the dynamics of their work makes them forget they wanted to gradually implement new ways of working, until the next conference!

+ Knowledge is created by geniuses, the great thinkers: no, no, we ordinary people can also create concocimiento.

+ Knowledge is theory that much time is wasted, we need the practice applied as soon as possible to solve our problems: I think it's not theory versus practice is a combination as the four pillars of UNESCO must acquire useful knowledge and applicable (know know), apply that knowledge (know how) to evaluate the results and learn.

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How will blockchain technology transform financial services?

How will blockchain technology transform financial services? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Banks are now racing to harness the power of the blockchain technology, in a belief that it could cut up to $20bn off costs and transform the way the industry works.


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What is blockchain, and how will it disrupt banking?


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Why We're All Future-Blind

Why We're All Future-Blind | Megatrends | Scoop.it

What do you think the world will look like 50 years from now?

Chance is, you probably imagine it pretty much how it is today, but maybe with a bit cooler apps and gadgets.

We, humans, are avid scenario builders. We create mental models of the world around us, virtual reality simulations of what is and what if: imaging other’s experiences, potential explanations, new meanings and scenario outcomes.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Our brains naturally make predictions. But we make predictions in a linear fashion, while the world around us is changing exponentially.

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What Technology Wants

What Technology Wants | Megatrends | Scoop.it


When we think of technology we think of high-tech cars, robots, and the smartphone in our pockets. But not often do we realize that in fact the pocket that smartphone resides in, is a technology on its own. And even the word pocket’ is a technology. If it’s not fueled by electricity, when it doesn’t ‘do’ anything automatically or doesn’t have a chip in it – we usually don’t call it a technology these days. However, technology is all around us. It has shaped us to become who we are as a species.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Technology is the phenotype of mind, the body of ideas. In 'What Technology Wants', Kevin Kelly explains where technology is headed, and why we're so sure.


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Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever | Megatrends | Scoop.it

How will we live in the future? How will emerging technologies change our lives, our economy and our businesses? We should begin to think about the future now. It will be here faster than you think.


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Gray Scott explores seven current emerging technologies that he thinks are set to change the world forever.


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10 Breakthrough Technologies Creating The Future Today

10 Breakthrough Technologies Creating The Future Today | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Can you picture a future world where we lose the boundaries of what is reality and virtuality, what it is human and non-human? A world where we coexist with fairies, unicorns, driverless cars, crazy architectures made up with resistant but very light materials that house the 11 billion people that live in a high energy green and abundant planet? Can you imagine a world where flows of DNA communicate with each other to produce more knowledge and prevent disease? A world where we don´t see money, as our cashless transactions are all made by our phone? 


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Some breakthrough technologies are already shaping the world today in a fantasist way. What technologies are these?


The following list, based on a report published by MIT technology review,  identifies the ones that will pave the way for significant change.


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Julien Devaureix's curator insight, September 12, 2015 2:11 PM

Exciting stuffs ahead

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A Short Course in Superforecasting

A Short Course in Superforecasting | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Edge Master Class 2015. Philip Tetlock: A Short Course in Superforecasting.


This will take you to the first two parts of the masterclass arranged by Edge.org.


The last three parts will be online soon.


Tetlock and Gardner's book, Superforecasting, is out 29 September, 2015. 


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This should be your preferred reading/watching this week.


Vox published an article about the Masterclass 20 August, 2015. You can read it here: This study tried to improve our ability to predict major geopolitical events. It worked.


I can also recommend reading Tim Hartford's article in the Financial Times: How to see into the future.


Finally, check this blog post by David Brooks in The New York Times: Forecasting Fox.


 

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The 12 Disruptive Tech Trends You Need to Know

The 12 Disruptive Tech Trends You Need to Know | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Insight into which developments will have the greatest impact on the business world in the coming decades. 


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The 12 tech trends originates from the book: No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 27, 2015 1:18 PM

#Disruptive #Technology is changing our world rapidly. Check out all these amazing new trends.

Farid Mheir's curator insight, August 29, 2015 5:24 PM

No surprise, but always good to be reminded during budgeting and strategy season.

Jack Licata's curator insight, September 9, 2015 9:37 AM

The Future Is Now!!

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Why Aren't There More Women Futurists?

Why Aren't There More Women Futurists? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A gender imbalance among prognosticators means the road ahead looks a whole lot like Tomorrowland—and not in a good way.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Most of the big names in futurism are men. What does that mean for the direction we’re all headed?


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Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 1, 2015 8:17 AM

Most of the big names in futurism are men. What does that mean for the direction we’re all headed?

 

DKW Online's curator insight, August 2, 2015 8:52 AM

Most of the big names in futurism are men. What does that mean for the direction we’re all headed?

 

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A 30-Year History of the Future

A 30-Year History of the Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Negroponte describes biotechnology as the next big innovation wave, similar to how digital was 30 years ago and how plastics were a generation before. His prediction about ingesting information through the bloodstream is steeped in the theory that you can marry biology and silicon in order to alter the brain from the inside. Technologies such as these are the future, he says, even if that future is still decades away.


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We Are Data: The Future of Machine Intelligence

We Are Data: The Future of Machine Intelligence | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Everyone, basically, wants access to and control over what you will become, both as a physical and metadata entity. We are also on our way to a world of concrete walls surrounding any number of niche beliefs. On our journey, we get to watch machine intelligence become profoundly more intelligent while, as a society, we get to watch one labour category after another be systematically burped out of the labour pool.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Do we at least want to have free access to anything on the internet? Well yes, of course. But it’s important to remember that once a freedom is removed from your internet menu, it will never come back. The political system only deletes online options — it does not add them. The amount of internet freedom we have right now is the most we’re ever going to get.


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The Next Wave

The Next Wave | Megatrends | Scoop.it

This is an Edge.org conversation with John Markoff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covers science and technology for The New York Times.


If you want to know more about the future direction of science and technology, I highly recommend that you read this article or watch the embedded video. 


John Markoff most recent book is the forthcoming Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots. It will be published on August 25, 2015.  


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

John Brockman's launched Edge.org in 1996. It is a treasure trove of insights and wise conversations. Every year John asks one big question and invites clever minds to think deeply about it.


The contributions are published in various books like: 


What Should We Be Worried About?

The Mind

This Explains Everything

Culture

This Idea Must Die

This Will Make You Smarter

Thinking

What Is Your Dangerous Idea?

What Are You Optimistic About?

Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? 

What Have You Changed Your Mind About?


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The Hyperloop: The Train of the Future

The Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by entrepreneur Elon Musk, incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors.


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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.