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Samsung hopes to provide affordable 5G Internet using low Earth orbit satellites

August 17th, 2015 at 5:54 pm » Comments Off

Thanks to a proposal by Samsung, the Internet might soon become a lot more accessible by lending the world an extra zetabyte of bandwidth every month. The proposal describes a system requiring the deployment of 4,600 Low Earth Orbit satellites, abbreviated LEO.



Innovation is the reason China’s solar is cheap

August 13th, 2015 at 4:03 pm » Comments Off

You may hear quite often that “the only reason solar is so cheap is because China is dumping cells. ”Let me correct it. Here is the price, as of February 2015, of solar modules, per watt sold in Europe. SE Asia (Malaysia, mostly) is cheapest. China is next. Japan, Korea, and Germany are slightly above […]



People around the world hate Russia, and Russia hates them back

August 8th, 2015 at 9:11 am » Comments Off

Vladimir Putin, Russian President, has used  propaganda targeted at audiences outside Russia doesn’t work, but neither will any Western counter-efforts directed at Russians. A new report from the Pew Research Center explains why.



Globalization unraveling

May 1st, 2015 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

Cisco chief executive John Chambers used a portentous phrase while telling analysts in 2013 that they were cutting its three- to five-year revenue growth target because sales in emerging markets were spiraling downward:  “We’re the canary in the coal mine.”   



Top 12 threats to human civilization

February 27th, 2015 at 4:19 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the Global Challenges Foundation released earlier this month a thorough and unsettling look at what threatens human civilization.  



China overtakes the U.S. as the biggest source of spam

February 5th, 2015 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

The situation with spam has been the same for many years now and 2014 was no exception. Useless emails are still abundant, annoying, and wasteful. There was one change that happened in the last quarter, however: China eclipsed the U.S. as the biggest source of spam.    



How Elon Musk’s Hyperloop will Change Transportation

January 11th, 2015 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream with a 60-page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power, supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely […]



Highly skilled immigrants are losing interest in the United States: LinkedIn data

December 28th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

According to a new study, the U.S. is quickly losing its appeal to the world’s most talented immigrants. Stanford and the University of Washington researchers have culled a large dataset from LinkedIn and found that the the number of Ph.D.s choosing the U.S. as their home base fell by nearly half (29 percent in 2000 vs. 18 […]



The Coming Era of Mega Systems, Part 1 – Transportation

December 19th, 2014 at 11:46 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey – Let me begin with a couple questions. Question #1: The U.S. has two countries that touch its borders – Canada and Mexico. But what is its third closest neighbor? While most would probably look at the island nations in the Caribbean, the third closest is actually Russia, a scant 2.4 miles away, […]



The world reshaped in 2015: The end of the population pyramids

December 4th, 2014 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Demographers, teachers and politicians will stop talking about the population pyramid and start referring to the population dome in 2015. The change in terminology will reflect a profound shift in the shape and structure of societies. This is a shift that has been going on for 50 years and is only half complete.    



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