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The 3D virtual world Second Life has a higher GDP than some countries

November 11th, 2015 at 5:24 pm » Comments Off

Second Life, a 3D virtual world used to be hyped up as the future of internet communication.  But now Second Life is more commonly thought of as an example of overbaked optimism about what’s next in tech.

Blockchain: The technology behind Bitcoin could eliminate fraud and corruption in governments and industries

October 30th, 2015 at 2:00 pm » Comments Off

Many companies are starting to integrate blockchain technology into ledgers, using it to track diamonds and ensure fair land distribution. The projects are first steps toward making governments and industries more transparent and eliminating fraud and corruption.

Top 20 countries that make up most of the $91.5B global gaming business

October 22nd, 2015 at 7:57 pm » Comments Off

Only a fraction of the countries in the world make up the bulk of the tons of money spent on video games. The top 20 nations alone will spend $83 billion on video games by the end of 2015, according to intelligence firm Newzoo. NOTE: For people interested in entering the fast-moving field of game design, DaVinci Coders […]

Five-Part Sharing-Economy Solution to the Refugee Crisis

October 9th, 2015 at 4:14 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on CCTV, the Chinese-American television channel for an interview about the topic of border walls. With the crisis in Syria deepening, affecting bordering countries and virtually all of the European Union, the show’s moderator asked me a series of tough questions about immigration […]

Why America’s shipping ports aren’t automated

October 8th, 2015 at 6:31 pm » Comments Off

At the Port of Oakland there are massive cranes sitting there that are veritable money-printing machines.  As ships coming from Asia dock in the San Francisco Bay, these industrial behemoths quickly usher goods-bearing containers off the deck and onto land. Modern container ships are filled with thousands of containers. At peak efficiency, a single crane […]

China is ‘financially out of control’ according to Citi’s chief economist

September 23rd, 2015 at 6:24 pm » Comments Off

Citigroup’s chief economist, Willem Buiter,  sees a storm brewing in China. He estimated that there is a 55 percent chance of a made-in-China global recession in the not too distant future, which he defines as a period of sub-2 percent global growth.

Probability of Singularity in Question

September 10th, 2015 at 4:05 pm » Comments Off

There is a hypothesis by Theodore Modis, that we can expect the rate of technological progress to begin slowing soon, because contrary to Ray Kurzweil, and ilk, technological progress is not exponential, it is logistical. Modis argues that the exponential growth in technology is a fallacy and that the true nature of the growth is […]

Single layer LEDs

September 10th, 2015 at 3:45 pm » Comments Off

According to Florida State University (Tallahassee) a new formulation for light-emitting-diodes (LEDs) could make lighting systems using the as cheap as incandescent bulbs, . FSU has come up with an inexpensive single layer combo-organic/inorganic material formulation that can glow red, green or blue (or all three together for white LEDs).

Very cool data visualization will change how you look at the world economy

September 3rd, 2015 at 11:40 am » Comments Off has come up with a very cool data visualization that’s a little bit unorthodox. The way it works is that it visualizes the entire world’s economic output as a circle. That circle is then subdivided into a bunch of blobs representing the economy of each major country. And then each country-blob is sliced into […]

Millennials have become the Ben Franklin generation

August 14th, 2015 at 7:22 pm » Comments Off

An online financial services start-up, Wealthfront, has squarely and unashamedly targeted Millennial wallets and raised$64 million last month. That’s on top of $35 million that venture firms plowed into the company earlier this year.  

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