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Ditch traditional banks for bitcoin

May 24th, 2016 at 9:13 am » Comments Off

I’ve been interested in bitcoin (BTC) as a concept since its inception. However, I considered bitcoin more of a cryptographic experiment than something that could affect my daily life.



A new alternative to shooting down drones, the DroneDefender

May 21st, 2016 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

One hundred portable drone jammers are being bought by the U.S. Government. The jammer affect the radio control of the drone causing them to hover in place and land.  The jammers are being used to protect government facilities, property, and personnel.



Lack of online privacy causing people to stay away from the internet

May 19th, 2016 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

A survey for U.S. Department of commerce shows nearly half of American household refraining from doing business, posting on social media, or buying online. The reason being the constant threat of data breaches, data collection, and surveillance.



Packages already being delivered by drones in Germany

May 16th, 2016 at 1:01 pm » Comments Off

DHL has now sent over 100 packages with drones, while companies like amazon are still struggling with air restrictions. The trial stayed local in the Bavarian town of Reit im Winkl, a small town known for forestry and skiing. The residents would drop off packages at “packstation” at which point drones take over the rest of the […]



Pharmeceutical companies need to change their business strategies to keep up in the digital age

May 7th, 2016 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

High drug prices are restricting people who need access to potentially life saving medications, from getting what they need. In the U.S. when government authorized patents expire, pharmaceutical companies rush to buy the patents and raise the prices of drugs by 6,000 percent. Martin Shkreli, at a conference, said he didn’t go far enough when raising […]



U.S. military tests ship designed to cross oceans without a crew

May 3rd, 2016 at 5:30 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. military’s unmanned vessel “Sea Hunter” has begun testing. A self-driving 40-metre ship designed to travel out at sea without a single crewmember. The ship has potential to revolutionize the commercial shipping industry, making it the first step to sending unmanned cargo ships to other countries.



While India works on making its cities smart most of its population is getting left behind

April 27th, 2016 at 7:59 am » Comments Off

India has become a global leader in pursuing smart city initiatives. Critics, though, are worried that most of India’s population, which still resides in villages, are being left out.  Rjasthan Governor Kalyan Singh criticized India’s flagship Smart City initiative as being inadequate and insufficient for India’s smaller population centers. Singh urged the government, instead to develop […]



Jobs for humans in the robot era: Big data deep divers, time hackers, and more

March 8th, 2016 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The robots are coming! They’ll be taking millions – maybe billions – of jobs away with them. Yoram Yaakobi, head of the Microsoft Israel R&D center, says not to worry.



Are we moving from nation states to stateless nations?

November 18th, 2015 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Philip Saunders: This is the age of disruption. What we’re witnessing is a shift from territorial monopolies on the use of force as a way of ordering civilization, toward a world of borderless civic networks. Or, in the words of Tom W. Bell, a move from nation states to stateless nations, which extend the dynamics of […]



Why the $3 trillion healthcare system is broken and how we are going to fix it

November 16th, 2015 at 7:01 pm » Comments Off

Singularity University held its Exponential Medicine Conference last week in San Diego, a look at how technologists are redesigning and rebuilding today’s broken healthcare system.



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