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January 2016

From AI To Robotics, 2016 Will Be The Year When The Machines Start Taking Over (Vivek Wadhwa)

For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve.  And, as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its…

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…in March, Facebook announced the availability of its much anticipated virtual-reality headset, Oculus. Microsoft, Magic Leap, and dozens of startups won’t be far behind with their new technologies. The early versions of these products will surely be expensive and clumsy and cause dizziness and other adverse reactions. But prices will fall, capabilities will increase, and footprints will shrink as is the case with all exponential technologies, and 2016 will mark the beginning of the VR revolution…

Source: From AI To Robotics, 2016 Will Be The Year When The Machines Start Taking Over | TechCrunch

Essential Reading: The Innovator’s DNA. Insights from 6-year study to uncover the Origins of creative/disruptive Business Strategies in particularly innovative Companies (HBR)

“How do I find innovative people for my organization? And how can I become more innovative myself?
These are questions that stump senior executives, who understand that the ability to innovate is the “secret sauce” of business success. Unfortunately, most of us know very little about what makes one person more creative than another. Perhaps for this reason, we stand in awe of visionary entrepreneurs like Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, eBay’s Pierre Omidyar, and P&G’s A.G. Lafley. How do these people come up with groundbreaking new ideas? If it were possible to discover the inner workings of the masters’ minds, what could the rest of us learn about how innovation really happens?

Five “discovery skills” separate true innovators from the rest of us. Associate – Question – Observe – Experiment – Network.”

Source: The Innovator’s DNA

5 Areas Where Ecommerce Businesses Often Struggle and What You Can Do (Entrepreneur)

Putting up a website isn’t really the hard part. Just about anyone can launch an online store and start selling products in a very short amount of time. But, there’s potential bad news here, as well. As the common saying goes, the devil is in the details.

Order fulfillment? Website security? Mobile commerce? What are some smart ways to get over the obstacles each presents?

Source: 5 Areas Where Ecommerce Businesses Often Struggle and What You Can Do

The Internet of Things and the pressing need to address Security Topics (André Cramer)

The Rise of the Internet of Things

We’re living in a time where it is difficult not to come across the industry buzzword of IoT, the Internet of Things. Generally, I don’t like buzzwords; i like getting things done, helping consumers and businesses by using the latest and most promising technology. But, no doubt, the Internet of Things surely represents a disruptive wave of possibilities that will affect everyone over the course of the next years. And as it is with so many other technologies, products and platforms which are currently setting out to change the world because they are based on exponentially developing ingredients, the Internet of Things is set for this exponential development, too. Continue reading “The Internet of Things and the pressing need to address Security Topics (André Cramer)”

Great Read on the new Messaging Ecosystem Giant: Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users. Here’s its 2016 Strategy & Predictions (TechCrunch)

Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline, improve artificial intelligence, and delight people. That’s Facebook Messenger’s roadmap for 2016 now that it has 800…

Source: Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions | TechCrunch

Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots (TechCrunch)

M won’t be the only artificial intelligence on Facebook Messenger. Facebook has given some developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and…

Source: Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots | TechCrunch

Why GM + Lyft Is About the End of Car Brands (Andy Raskin)

“Self-driving cars will push down prices for ride-sharing to insanely low levels.”

“When that happens, ride/car-sharing becomes more the norm, at least in urban areas. (Will buying a car one day be like buying a tractor?) Which means traveling in a car becomes more like traveling in an airplane or a bus — an on-demand experience that separates riders from manufacturers and their brands. In that world, the brands that matter most are the ones that sell you your tickets, operate the cars, and tell you how soon they will arrive.”

Source: Why GM + Lyft Is About the End of Car Brands | Andy Raskin | LinkedIn

2015 was a tipping point for six technologies that will change the world (Vivek Wadhwa)

Specifically love this here:

“Solar and wind capture are already advancing on exponential curves, installation rates regularly doubling and costs falling.  Even without the subsidies, the costs of U.S. solar installations could be halved by 2022, reducing the returns on investments in homes to less than four years.  By, 2030, solar capture could provide 100 percent of today’s energy; by 2035, it could be free—just as cell-phone calls are today.”

Source: 2015 was a tipping point for six technologies that will change the world | Vivek Wadhwa | LinkedIn

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