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Are adjustable ethics setting for robotic cars a terrible idea?

September 2nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

With ethics settings in cars we create new responsibility for ourselves to get it right. Do you remember that day when your autonomous car saved the lives of five people you aimed for with your car when you temporarily lost your mind?  By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to […]



Why some poorer countries lend to richer countries

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm » Comments Off

In the last ten years, the increase in global imbalances has posed a theoretical challenge for international macroeconomics. Why did some less-developed countries with a higher need for capital, like China, lend to richer countries?    



192 Future Uses for Flying Drones

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities.    



Project Wing – Google’s secret drone-delivery project

August 31st, 2014 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

Google delivery drone. Google has secretly been working on the Project Wing program at GoogleX for the last two years. The company has been working on building flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. (Video)    



Germany considers ban on after-hours office communications to workers

August 29th, 2014 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

A ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law. Some German companies such as BMW, Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom, in the last few years,  have banned after-hours calls and emails to workers.  The point of the ban is to actually let people take time off in the evening, […]



Investments in power lines says a lot about how the US electricity system is changing

August 29th, 2014 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

Private investment in electric transmission has quintupled from $2.7 billion in 1997 to $14.1 billion in 2012. Private electric utilities in America have been doing something surprising over the past ten years – they have been investing a lot of money in power lines and other electric-transmission infrastructure. (Chart)    



Introducing the Library Vending Machine

August 29th, 2014 at 8:09 am » Comments Off

Library vending machine in China. By Zach Hyman: There seems to be sufficient demand and interest in China for enabling people to check out books 24 hours a day. The not-so-cheap library vending machines have taken root across both urban and rural areas, each with a very different set of needs and each bearing vastly different […]



Tech wages that will astound you

August 28th, 2014 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

For high-tech workers in San Francisco, the average annual wage rose to $156,518 in 2013, up almost 19 percent from the year before. That ranked the city No. 1 for high-tech wage growth out of 34 markets nationwide, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data crunched by JLL, a commercial real estate services firm.  



Pre-VC rounds are shaking up early-stage funding

August 28th, 2014 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

The Sense sleep tracking device has been backed by angel investors and crowdfunding campaigns. Wall Street Journal’s Evelyn Rusli reports that startups are tapping new sources of early-stage funding, including ad hoc networks of wealthy tech executives doing some investing on the side, and that should give some big venture capital firms pause. Twenty-three year old entrepreneur James […]



Top 5 ways the workforce will change in the next 5 years

August 27th, 2014 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

What will the workforce look like in 2019? Human-resources experts predict significant changes within the workforce over the next five years. They predict a sizable shift as millennials take their seats at businesses large and small, and Baby Boomers simultaneously either retire or modify their work styles to reflect increasingly flexible and mobile opportunities.    



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