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Nowadays innovations that promise to change the world as we know it, are happening hand-to-hand with development of social networks, mobile devices and context-smarter-computing. It looks like the target is to empower the individual to overcome the complexity of things with the weapon of big-data...
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Neuromarketing--You're Doing It Wrong. Look For Human Insights, Not Magic Tactics

Neuromarketing--You're Doing It Wrong. Look For Human Insights, Not Magic Tactics | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it
In the neuro gold rush, be sure you're looking for human insight and strategy, not pretty brain scans and shiny new measurement tools.
Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

"The disruptive neuroscience revolution has the capacity to be an important catalyst for business change. By better understanding the real motives of our decisions we can facilitate a non-zero sum exchange, creating both powerful brands and satisfied customers"

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Synthetic biology and the personalized subscription model are the future of medicine

Synthetic biology and the personalized subscription model are the future of medicine | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Life is a programming language, and molecular biologist Andrew Hessel (Autodesk's researcher) thinks that it will be increasingly available to anyone interested in designing with the building blocks of life.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

"By learning to read and better understand the molecular world and self-assembling world, we have the opportunity to create really novel things using the same machinery that creates a plant or a cat, (...) The genetic language is like the internet protocol: open, and so it’s a really fascinating language to learn. You learn this language and you can basically speak all of life"

See also: http://communications.med.nyu.edu/media-relations/news/scientists-synthesize-first-functional-%E2%80%9Cdesigner%E2%80%9D-chromosome-yeast

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Quantum Internet

Quantum Internet | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

A team has demonstrated a device that can teleport quantum information to a solid-state quantum memory over telecom fibre, a crucial capability for any future quantum internet.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

still far from having something near quantum intenet but this would be a decisive first step towards that goal

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"Pay the cost of your actions" fully gets its literal meaning

"Pay the cost of your actions" fully gets its literal meaning | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

In Holland, Denmark and Germany, prision inmates have to pay (with work) the cost of their confinement

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Otherwise, is the rest of the society paying the expenses' bill

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The initiative-centered organization: networked and enabled for distributed decision-making

The initiative-centered organization: networked and enabled for distributed decision-making | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

In this kind of org struture you won't find a conventional manager but contextual integrators.

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Also read:

http://www.inc.com/the-build-network/no-hierarchy-here-walt-disney-org-chart.html

and:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2014/01/09/gurus-gone-wild-does-zappos-reorganization-make-any-sense/

and: 

http://www.fastcompany.com/3027919/leadership-now/an-alternative-to-holocracy-unlocking-ideas-for-the-best-results?partner=rss

and:

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21606267-latest-big-idea-management-deserves-some-scepticism-holes-holacracy?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/the_holes_in_holacracy

and:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3032994/can-holacracy-work-how-medium-functions-without-managers?partner=rss

 

and also (... will still have hierarchies):http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/a-company-without-job-titles-will-still-have-hierarchies/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29

and:

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140112221140-15893932-hierarchy-is-good-hierarchy-is-essential-and-less-isn-t-always-better

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IBM's Watson discovery advisor: towards fully contextual and cognitive systems

IBM's Watson discovery advisor: towards fully contextual and cognitive systems | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Cognitive Apps: a new class of software, services and apps that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of Big Data

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See also http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/66/27/d0/6627d00dcf24941c84e7c06a2188f3e3.jpg

and: http://blogs.forrester.com/michele_goetz/14-01-10-can_machines_be_our_friend_ibm_watson_thinks_so?cm_mmc=RSS-_-BT-_-62-_-blog_5224

and: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3024636/4-ways-that-ibms-watson-could-transform-how-humans-think-and-make-decisions?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+%28Fast+Company%29

and: http://www.fastcompany.com/3030723/ibms-watson-is-ready-to-see-you-now-in-your-dermatologists-office?partner=rss

and:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3033361/five-ways-watson-will-change-computing?partner=rss

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SkyCycle: a bet on biking for a smarter city

SkyCycle: a bet on biking for a smarter city | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Beyond the obvious benefits of getting more commuters on bikes--from better health to less congestion and pollution--the network could also start to transform the city in other ways. “You might think of it as a cycleway, but it’s also a new way of thinking about the compact city,

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

A smart move to keep highly crowded cities livable for several decades to come

Also read: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3024629/9-inventive-ideas-for-improving-cities?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+%28Fast+Company%29

And: http://www.ecointeligencia.com/2013/12/8-smart-city-america-latina-1/

And: http://www.spatialcomplexity.info/archives/1978

And: http://www.complexcity.info/editorials/

And: http://www.fastcompany.com/3028042/fast-feed/is-citi-bike-in-trouble?partner=rss

For the opposite perspective read: http://www.smartcityevent.com/smart-city-future-empty-hype/

And: http://io9.com/the-dark-side-of-the-smart-city-1512608758

And: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3024942/5-visions-of-what-transportation-will-look-like-in-2030#2

 

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The advantage of having Cars Talking To Each Other

The advantage of having Cars Talking To Each Other | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Many experts agree they'll make our roads safer by reducing deadly human error. The current technology could prevent 80 percent of light vehicle crashes.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

One step towards driverless cars

Read also: http://www.fastcompany.com/3025997/fast-feed/us-pushes-ahead-on-talking-cars-equipped-with-crash-avoidance-systems?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+%28Fast+Company%29

and about cars talking to people; http://www.fastcodesign.com/3025361/could-cell-phones-stop-drivers-from-hitting-pedestrians?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+%28Fast+Company%29
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Wikistrat: (Crowdsourcing + Gamification) x (Strategy Simulation) = New Consulting Business Model

Wikistrat: (Crowdsourcing + Gamification)  x (Strategy Simulation) = New Consulting Business Model | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

While participating in a crowdsourced simulation, consultants are are paid a flat fee plus performance bonuses based on a gamification engine where experts compete to win extra cash

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Maybe we are not there yet (a new biz model for strategy consulting), but we are in the way

 

Also read: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3028840/the-surprising-accuracy-of-crowdsourced-predictions-about-the-future?partner=rss&utm_content=bufferf6e3d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Alternative protein meals: the case is served

Alternative protein meals: the case is served | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it
These options promise to be more sustainable than animal-based meats. Is the market ready for cricket flour and stem cell burgers? 
Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

"Bad news for those who count on resource-intensive protein such as beef; however, a swell of entrepreneurs have captured the public’s attention with alternative protein offerings that appear to be more sustainable.

 

On the menu are edible insects, plant-based imitation eggs, fake meat and “schmeat” – that is, in vitro meat as found in Mark Post’s cow stem cell hamburger."

 

Also Read: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/527056/the-next-startup-craze-food-20/

And: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3037621/can-better-packaging-convince-you-to-eat-bugs?partner=rss

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iBeacons and accurate Micro-location

iBeacons and accurate Micro-location | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Power-efficient and unexpensive devices, iBeacons emerge as a rival technology to NFC, not only to facilitate payments but for countless location-based experiences

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Context and mobility are two key words to have in mind

Also read: http://www.fastcolabs.com/3024426/ibeacons-are-coming-to-a-grocery-store-near-you?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+%28Fast+Company%29

And: http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/02/05/beaconic-releases-consumer-ios-app-begins-shipping-first-ibeacon-retail-kits/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheNextWeb+%28The+Next+Web+All+Stories%29

And:

http://www.promoaffinity.com/key-data/nfc-vs-ibeacon-qui-va-lemporter/

 

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Cheap Hydrogen from Sunlight and Water

Cheap Hydrogen from Sunlight and Water | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

By making a solar photovoltaic material more resilient, researchers may have found a way to make artificial photosynthesis—that is, using sunlight to make fuel—cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Imagine!!! to get hydrogen from a efficient artificial photosynthesis:

We could produce photovoltaic electricity and have the surplus converted into hydrogen

Also read: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3030654/future-planes-might-run-on-just-sunshine-water-and-co2-sucked-from-the-air?partner=rss

And: http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/2012/07/en120730-5/en120730-5.html

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Will it be drones that open a new era?

Will it be drones that open a new era? | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it
Will we deregulate drones?  Should we?  When might that become possible?: There are very few drones over our cities. Commercial interests are not allowed to fly overhead. Nor most local governments.
Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

So far we have read plenty about drones mostly for military use. But it is stronger each day the idea of having drones also for civilian applications. We have read about retailers thinking of merchandise-delivery-drones, but what about a taxi-drone? To have a drone (this is a robotic-flying-device) carrying humans for one place to another, within an urban area, we need technology that is just ripe. The missing factor, so far, is to define and adjust the respective regulations to see this happening.

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Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon Should Terrify Banking

Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon Should Terrify Banking | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

If these digital players offer mobile wallets or integrated payment services, retail banks and credit unions would lose access to one of their most vital big data streams: payments insights.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

"by eliminating inefficiencies and transactional friction, high tech competitors can ‘eat away at the edges,’ delivering a select group of traditional services such as merchant services for small businesses, payment services and even checking accounts (in the form of prepaid cards) directly to consumers and businesses. For many of these segments, the new products are lower cost and can provide a better experience. Continuation and/or expansion of this trend could relegate traditional banks to being nothing more than processors of transactions."

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Goodbye Call Centers, Hello Cloud

Goodbye Call Centers, Hello Cloud | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Customers don’t want to talk on the phone. It’s 2014.  They don’t want to say, ‘Hi, my name is so-and-so,—’ and talk for 30 seconds before asking the real question.  It’s too much overhead. They want to be able to go on a site and type very quickly, ‘Hi, I’m John Doe, what’s my order status?’ and boom, there’s the answer

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Smarter Companies have already begun to use the IBM's Watson-based service to revolutionize interactions with their customers by providing personalized, fast and accurate communication via cognitive cloud-based computing

 

Also read: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByxsqH_IIAAVFYW.jpg:large

And: http://www.fastcolabs.com/3037306/elasticity/a-watson-powered-travel-agent-from-the-founder-of-travelocity?partner=rss

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Upending The Newspaper Business

Upending The Newspaper Business | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

...a news organ that truly serves readers--not advertisers--with real reportage and context around stories.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, topic trending... news business reinventing itself with the aid of current approaches and technologies.

Also read: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141105175636-7374576-the-business-model-that-saves-journalism?trk=tod-home-art-list-small_1

And (what is happening, at the same time, with ads industry): http://www.fastcolabs.com/3025607/a-new-model-for-digital-publishing-the-affinity-engagement-index?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+%28Fast+Company%29

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Vertical farms: sprouting all over the world

Vertical farms: sprouting all over the world | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Vertical farms aim to avoid the problems inherent in growing food crops in drought-and-disease-prone fields many hundreds of kilometres from the population centres in which they will be consumed. Food should be grown year-round in high-rise urban buildings, reducing the need for the carbon-emitting transport of fruit and vegetables.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

"a way to feed a global population that is urbanising fast: 86 per cent of the people in the developed world will live in cities by 2050"

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IT's here: embedded sensors + smarter devices = the internet.of.things

IT's here: embedded sensors + smarter devices = the internet.of.things | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it
Did you drink enough water today? A new device called Mother has motion and temperature sensors to remind you of your tasks.
Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Now, more integration is needed

 

See also: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/05/13/simple-explanation-internet-things-that-anyone-can-understand/

And: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/10/jaybird-reign/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

And: http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/so-you-want-to-build-an-internet-of-things-business/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29

And: http://venturebeat.com/2014/02/04/4-massive-global-challenges-driving-our-need-for-the-internet-of-things/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Venturebeat+%28VentureBeat%29

And: http://venturefizz.com/blog/three-impediments-internet-things

And: http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/ioth-the-internet-of-things-and-humans.html

And also: 

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/525136/how-the-internet-of-things-will-become-as-mainstream-as-dropbox/

And: http://www.fastcolabs.com/3030202/why-the-best-way-into-your-customers-iphone-is-the-headphone-jack?partner=rss

And on wearables:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/13/fly-or-die-garmin-vivofit/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

 

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Battery Advance Could Help Solve Renewable Energy Intermittency | MIT Technology Review

Battery Advance Could Help Solve Renewable Energy Intermittency | MIT Technology Review | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Harvard University researchers say they’ve developed a new type of battery that could make it economical to store a couple of days of electricity from wind farms and other sources of power. The new battery is based on an organic molecule—called a quinone— and can be cheaply synthesized from crude oil. The molecules could reduce, by two-thirds, the cost of energy storage materials in a type of battery called a flow battery, which is particularly well suited to storing large amounts of energy.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

the technology featured in this article, together with artificial protosynthesis (Hydrogen electrolysis), are both aimed to achieve clean energy accumulators, that are key to have clean electricity in the near future

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Quantum cryptography: a response to NSA’s quantum computing project?

Quantum cryptography: a response to NSA’s quantum computing project? | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Imagine, cryptography based on quantum mechanics: the uncertainty principle. It's a completely different way of doing encryption.

It uses fiber-optic cables that can transmit photons that maintain polarization. This is actually practical right now. There are companies that sell quantum crypto devices.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

D.Wave computer is based on adiabatic optimization. Advanced research centers are still far from getting an universal quantum computer.

But quatum cryptography is already available even when no one is out there using, it  because most people think their need is solved with existing cryptography.

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A Tracking System That Sees Through Walls

A Tracking System That Sees Through Walls | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

The system uses radio signals to reflect off a moving human body in space and determine its position in 3-D space. For instance, it can sense when a person gets out of bed and automatically turn on the hot water in the shower.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Big potential for uses where elderly people live by themselves.

It would be interesting to see some convergence with ibeacons (micro-location).

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21st Century Classroom

21st Century Classroom | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it
Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

With the convergence of several ripe technologies, we could see a very different classroom in the near future. Of course, to cover costs and have this kind of environment, would require great commitment from several stakeholders (government, tech companies and family).

 

For sure, this should impact the way we use now several resources (teachers, space, printed materials, etc.)

 

More? Read: http://mobileworldcapital.com/es/articulo/171

Also: http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveblank/2014/02/10/what-i-learned-by-flipping-the-mooc/

 

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Fab Lab - What is it in essence

Fab Lab - What is it in essence | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

A Fab Lab, short for Fabrication Laboratory, is a workshop for digital fabrication.


While fab labs have yet to compete with mass production and its associated economies of scale in fabricating widely distributed products, they have already shown the potential to empower individuals to create smart devices for themselves.


These devices can be tailored to local or personal needs in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

A good potential? Maybe...  if, at least, this concept change from free to nonprofit.

In any case, there could be space for private but open DIY digital workshops too.

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Driverless vehicles

Driverless vehicles | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it

Imagine a day when getting to work is a matter of telling your car where to go and sitting back to do other things, like watch a movie, hold a video conference or surf the web. That day is coming.

Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Keep an eye on this, but consider this possibility not only applicable to cars but to any vehicle, from car-bots to fly-bots

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Drone-city

Drone-city | Potentially Disruptive | Scoop.it
Un poco más allá ... encontré lo que estaba buscando, un podio para flybots. Esencialmente un pequeño helipuerto con su característica forma circular. Esta fue una de las primeras ciudades en adoptar el uso de flybots, emparentados con los drones y primos lejanos de los aeromodelos de control remoto...
Oscar A. Castillo G.'s insight:

Relato futuristico de una ciudad que adopta una versión evolucionada de los drones, como flybots

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