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March 2016

Awesome new IoT Gadgets: Things That Make Your Life “Smart” (Product Hunt)

We love things that aren’t normally connected to the Internet becoming connected to the Internet. From wine bottles and watches, to coffee makers and mops, check out these products that are revolutionizing the way you do…well, just about everything…

Source: Things That Make Your Life “Smart” — Medium

Great Read: Will capitalism survive the robot revolution? (Zoltan Istvan)

Economic experts are trying to figure out a question that just two decades ago seemed ridiculous: If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the next 50 years — something now considered plausible — is capitalism still the ideal economic system to champion? No one is certain about the answer, but the question is making everyone nervous — and forcing people to dig deep inside themselves to discover the kind of future they want…

Source: Will capitalism survive the robot revolution? | TechCrunch

Great Read on Technology Acceleration: Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because It Actually Is (Alison E. Berman, Jason Dorrier)

A decade ago, smartphones (as we know them by today’s standards) didn’t exist. Three decades earlier, no one even owned a computer. Think about that—the first personal computers arrived about 40 years ago. Today, it seems nearly everyone is gazing at a glowing, handheld computer. (In fact, two-thirds of Americans own one, according to a Pew Report.)

Intuitively, it feels like technology is progressing faster than ever. But is it really? According to Ray Kurzweil—yes, it absolutely is. In his book The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil shows technology’s quickening pace and explains the force behind it all.

Source: Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because It Actually Is – Singularity HUB

This is an exciting read: Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life — synthetic or real (Graham Templeton)

This week, a team of biologists headed by genomics pioneer Craig Venter published a study in Science that should amaze and excite the world: they built a life-form, and they have no idea how it works. It’s an incredible achievement that’s been decades in the making, and while it might seem like it would be a disappointment that one of our first steps into the field of synthetic biology has made our own ignorance so plain, the reality is that it only shows the incredible room left for advancement. Think genetic and medical engineering are coming up with cool things now? Just wait until they start answering some of the pointed new questions raised by this incredible study…

Source: Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life — synthetic or real | ExtremeTech

Impressive Chart: The ever-accelerating rate of Technology Adoption (Pew Research Center)

The World Wide Web as we know it was first sketched out a quarter-century ago this week by Tim Berners-Lee, a contractor at the European physics lab CERN. Berners-Lee didn’t actually build out the Web until late 1990, and not until August 1991 did it become publicly available outside CERN.

Since then, of course, the Web has rapidly become so ubiquitous that it’s hard for many to remember how they bought things, did research, watched video or kept up with friends and family before it…

Source: Chart of the Week: The ever-accelerating rate of technology adoption | Pew Research Center

My SXSW 2016 key take-aways (André Cramer)

35,000 visitors from all over the world are yet another milestone in the ongoing rise of SXSW as one of the key events of the tech industry. A must-visit conference that this time even the president attended. In his speech at Austin’s The Long Center for the Performing Arts he made an impassioned and partisan plea to technology professionals and tech-minded citizens to apply their ideas and talents toward solving some of the country’s biggest challenges and philosophical divides.

But there was much more to SXSW 2016. Continue reading “My SXSW 2016 key take-aways (André Cramer)”

Good Read, incl. lots of valuable Data Points: What will the Bank of the Future look like? (Taavet Hinrikus)

Lionel Barber, the editor of the FT, summed it up at Davos: “Nobody wants to be in banking, everyone wants to be in FinTech”. FinTech — or financial technology — has reached the mainstream, but what does this mean for the banks?

Source: What will the bank of the future look like? — TransferWise Ideas — Medium

Great Piece of Reading on a Future where myriads more Photos are being taken than ever before: “As We Become Cameras” (Matt Hacket)

Wearable cameras will be ubiquitous. We’ll barely notice.

By 2020, 80% of the world will be in possession of a physically unlimited camera attached (mostly) to an instantaneous global image distribution network. This will also be the screen that allows access the visual experience of the rest of the world.

Smartphones still require a complex series of time-consuming gestures to create and distribute an image. An exponentially increasing appetite for images, as a practical matter, requires exponentially increasing creation. Wearable cameras will take care of that.

But what happens when images are integrated as fully into our reality as time?

Source: As We Become Cameras — Medium

Great AI Read: Viv Is a New Artificial Intelligence from the Inventors of Siri (John H. Richardson)

The guys who made SIRI are on the verge of releasing Viv, a word that conjures life itself. Viv is a way of optimizing the Internet that could, among other things, undermine Google and make you far more intelligent and capable. As with all innovations that claim to be advances, however, there, um, might be problems…


Source: Viv Is a New Artificial Intelligence from the Inventors of Siri

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