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The Changemakers are the future of education

April 19th, 2014 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

Students learning to 3D model in Budapest, Hungary There’s a lot of talk about  The Maker Movement in Silicon Valley. Over 195,000 people attended Maker Faire events around the world last year alone. Makers are tech-savvy tinkerers. They build robots, program light installations and hack everything from code to IKEA furniture. From Boston to Beirut, community-based makerspaces are […]

Neuroscientists reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice

April 18th, 2014 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Blockade of p25 generation in the brain of an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model mitigates amyloid plaque buildup. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice have been reversed by limiting a certain protein in the brain, according to a report by neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.    

The Singularity and Our Collision Path with the Future

April 18th, 2014 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has predicted that we will reach a technological singularity by 2045, and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge is betting on 2029, a date that is ironically on the hundredth anniversary of the greatest stock market collapse in human history.    

South Korea’s internet speeds blow away the rest of the world

April 17th, 2014 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Here’s a speed test conducted at a coffee shop in Seoul using its free WiFi. South Korea is a connected country. There’s free WiFi just about anywhere you go, even at the airport. And if you travel a lot, you know free WiFi at an airport is nearly impossible to come by. Not only is […]

Harvard professor Clayton Christensen predicts half of U.S. colleges to fail in next 15 years

April 17th, 2014 at 10:29 am » Comments Off

Dowling College main administrative and faculty offices building. On Long Island, New York’s south shore on the Dowling College campus, a fleet of unused shuttle buses sits in an otherwise empty parking lot. A dormitory is shuttered, as are a cafeteria, bookstore and some classrooms in the main academic building.    

Robots are writing more news than you think

April 17th, 2014 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Ninety percent of the news could be written by computers by 2030. Software is writing news stories with increasing frequency. In a recent example, an LA Times writer-bot wrote and posted a snippet about an earthquake three minutes after the event. The LA Times claims they were first to publish anything on the quake, and outside the […]

The problem with profitless-on-purpose startups

April 16th, 2014 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

SpoonRocket There are dozens of services operating in and around San Francisco like – Homejoy for cleaning, BloomThat for flowers, Postmates for courier service, SpoonRocket a gourmet meal-delivery service, and on and on. Most of them provide cheap, convenient amenities at the tap of a smartphone app. Few of them are profitable on a corporate level. […]

Electric car sales growing 100% every year

April 15th, 2014 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Actually, electric car sales are growing a little bit more than 100%. Every year more and more electric car models are hitting the market. As more consumers begin to adopt the technology electric car sales continue to improve. EV sales are currently growing at a rate of more than 100 percent a year according to […]

Online and mobile advertising hits $43 billion

April 14th, 2014 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Digital revenue surpassed broadcast TV this year. Digital advertising online and via mobile crossed the $40 billion mark for the first time ever this past year, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau. Since 2004, the average growth rate has been 18 percent. And this year, digital ad revenues surpassed broadcast television for the first time.    

America’s changing demographics: Pew Research

April 14th, 2014 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

America is in the midst of two demographic transformations right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Each of these shifts would by itself be the defining demographic story of its era. The fact that both are unfolding simultaneously has generated big generation gaps that […]

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