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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.

On-demand dating? A new app lets women charge for a night out.

August 15th, 2016 at 6:56 am » Comments Off

Tara* (*Names have been changed to protect identities.) had struck gold. After spending a lazy Saturday afternoon browsing through the dating app she was currently experimenting with, she hit it off with a nice-sounding guy, and the two exchanged real names and numbers. She found herself Googling Stuart*, a Brit living in Amsterdam. He worked […]

Disney Research lets knitting machines behave like 3D printers

August 9th, 2016 at 7:44 am » Comments Off

Disney Research has been on a serious roll with its 3D printing innovations and 3D printing patents. Fromhigh-res 3D printing processes, to replicating reflective properties onto 3D printed surfaces, to 3D printed wall-climbing robots, it seems as though Disney is looking to redefine how movie merchandise is made using 3D printing technology. But their latest study shows that […]

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