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California enacts strongest digital privacy laws in the U.S.

October 12th, 2015 at 4:22 pm » Comments Off

California has signed a new set of laws that are the strongest digital privacy rights in the U.S. Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, which bars law enforcement agencies or investigative entities from handing over any sort of digital communications or metadata without a warrant. The law is by far the most […]

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 […]

60 million people forced from their homes because of violence

June 18th, 2015 at 10:36 pm » Comments Off

Mostly capturing the devastation of buildings and the casualties of battle, its harder to visualize the effect of conflict on those who aren’t killed or enlisted to fight.  

Foxconn wants to use robots to lower cost of smartphones

February 5th, 2015 at 2:19 pm » Comments Off

Foxconn, one of the largest private employers in the world with 1.3 million workers, makes many of the smartphones and tablets used today, including Apple iPhones and iPads, and some android smartphones.  The CEO of Foxconn has indicated that he wants to reduce the workforce by using robots. 

Google exec predicts the end of the internet

February 2nd, 2015 at 6:00 pm » Comments Off

Asked about the evolution of the internet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Google guru Eric Schmidt gave a simple answer, “I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear,” Schmidt said on Thursday.

11 million jobs and $3.3 trillion in revenue created by mobile technologies

January 16th, 2015 at 5:52 pm » Comments Off

Mobile tech generated $3.3 trillion in revenue in 2014 Mobile technology has had a great impact on the global economy, and a new report is showing us just how big that impact actually is.  According to a report by The Boston Consulting Group, mobile technology generated $3.3 trillion in revenue in 2014.

Should coding schools have free enrollment under Obama’s new free community college initiative?

January 15th, 2015 at 4:59 pm » Comments Off

If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead […]

Gelatin NanoParticles could Deliver Drugs to your Brain

January 14th, 2015 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

Stroke victims could have more time to seek treatment that could reduce harmful effects on the brain, thanks to tiny blobs of gelatin that could deliver the medication to the brain non-invasively.

Bitcoin is now Tax Deductible

January 13th, 2015 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

Bitcoin was a terrible investment this year, but that hasn’t stopped non-profits from asking for them anyway. Wikipedia, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Khan Academy and now even Burning Man will take those bitcoins off your hands in the form of a tax-deductible donation.

Abusive Spouses are Using Spyware to Track their Victims

January 13th, 2015 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

The use of surveillance software by abusive spouses to monitor the phones and computers of their partners secretly has reached “epidemic proportions” and police are ill-equipped to tackle it, domestic violence campaigners have warned.