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Electric cars better for the environment and they save us billions

November 4th, 2016 at 3:26 pm » Comments Off

The list of benefits to purchasing an electric car has long included cleaner air and cheaper fuel, and now the American Lung Association (ALA) has added another to the list: government savings.



Let’s print a mountain range in 3-D

October 28th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

  Futurist Thomas Frey is in town to talk to a Greater Des Moines Partnership breakfast Friday. I caught up with him by phone to discuss how our metro is likely to change as disruptive technologies pile up. By the time we were done, I had half-jokingly asked him if Iowa could 3-D print a mountain range, […]



Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.



Cash is on the verge of extinction in these countries

September 30th, 2016 at 7:02 am » Comments Off

My dad, a former Wall Street trader always advised me “cash is king” and to “hold on to it” when the economy gets tough. But in the Netherlands, cash is definitely not getting the royal treatment. In so many places, it has simply ceased to be recognised as legal tender. More and more Dutch stores, […]



Six Global Banks Lead Standardizing Global Payments via Blockchain

September 28th, 2016 at 6:37 am » Comments Off

Starting a modern payments network underpinned by Ripple and supported by rules and governance for global settlement. Ripple, which earlier this month completed a $55 million Series B financing round, has announced that a number of global banks are joining forces to establish the first interbank group for global payments based on distributed ledger (blockchain) financial technology.



Drone Racing: ESPN’s Newest Televised Sport

September 19th, 2016 at 6:17 am » Comments Off

  First there was poker. Then there was the spelling bee, Scrabble and the recent emergence of e-sports. Now ESPN is betting that speeding drones will be the next noncontact “sport” to find a mass audience. The Drone Racing League announced on Wednesday that it had signed deals to broadcast a 10-episode season on ESPN […]



Google to offer free Wifi mobile calling in North America and Europe

September 2nd, 2016 at 6:24 am » Comments Off

Google is taking the next step in competing with mobile operators by extending its free Wifi alternative for voice and data “in the next few weeks”. The service, called Wifi Assistant, will be available to all owners of Google Nexus phones in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK and Nordic countries, said Google in a […]



Uber’s First Self-Driving Fleet in Pittsburgh This Month

August 28th, 2016 at 6:59 am » Comments Off

Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick flew to Pittsburgh on a mission: to hire dozens of the world’s experts in autonomous vehicles. The city is home to Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics department, which has produced many of the biggest names in the newly hot field. Sebastian Thrun, the […]



There’s a Dog Version of Airbnb, Uber and Almost Every Other Service You Use

August 27th, 2016 at 6:43 am » Comments Off

Casper is the latest startup to chase the pet market. You may have heard of Casper, the flashy startup that’s been credited with “waking up” the sleepy mattress industry by selling direct-to-consumer. Casper, as you probably guessed, makes mattresses for humans.



The Future of the Internet of Things: 16 Stunning Statistics

August 21st, 2016 at 6:10 am » Comments Off

When we started this decade, the Internet of Things was a basically a buzzword, talked about by a few, acted upon by fewer, a challenge to save for the future, like 2015 or 2020.



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