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Pew Research: AI, robotics, and the future of jobs

August 19th, 2014 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

How will AI and robotics impact the economic and employment picture in the future? A majority of people who responded to the Pew Research 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025. They anticipate there will be huge implications for a range […]



Establishing the Central Bank of Bitcoin

August 18th, 2014 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: The year is 2024. It seemed like a piece of nostalgia to open a new bank account and get a free toaster, but this wasn’t any ordinary toaster, and it certainly wasn’t any ordinary bank. The new Internet of Things Toaster was one of the coolest gadgets of all times, and the […]



TrueNorth – A new computer chip that functions like the brain

August 14th, 2014 at 8:34 am » Comments Off

IBM’s new processor, TrueNorth. Scientists have developed a new kind of computer chip that was inspired by the architecture of the brain.  The chip uses no more power than a hearing aid and may eventually excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers.



Can the body be maintained indefinitely?

August 13th, 2014 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

The body is a machine. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is cofounder and Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation and to him the body is a machine. Just as a restored classic car can celebrate its hundredth birthday in peak condition, in the future, we’ll maintain our bodies’ cellular components to stave off the diseases of old age and live […]



Scientists are close to hacking the brain which will make us smarter and more productive

August 9th, 2014 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

We are heading down a path that will allow us to supercharge the brain. You might be able to enter a flow state that allows you to learn a new skill twice as fast, solve problems that have mystified you for hours, or even win a sharpshooting competition with just a jolt of electricity.   […]



Top 9 ways Google is changing the world

August 9th, 2014 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Project Loon aims to bring internet access to the two-thirds of the world. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, last month, thumbed his nose at Google for its various “moonshot” projects, currently housed at Google’s semi-secret X Labs. When Nadella was asked if Microsoft could learn a thing or two from X Labs, he said that there’s always […]



2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

August 4th, 2014 at 2:41 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of the cultural moorings we need to guide us into the future.    



Vision-correcting electronic display could free users from eyeglasses

August 1st, 2014 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

The idea is to anticipate how your eyes will naturally distort whatever’s onscreen. Thanks to technology that corrects vision problems, those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyeglasses.  



When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with […]



The Laws of Exponential Capabilities

July 15th, 2014 at 8:24 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: When people like Google CEO, Larry Page, Virgin’s Richard Branson, and X-Prize Foundation CEO, Peter Diamandis, talk about us entering into a period of abundance, there has been a natural tendency to assume we’ll be entering into a life of leisure. People won’t have to work as hard and we will all […]



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