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Here’s why automakers want 4G technology in cars

July 28th, 2014 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

Automakers are counting on the connected car. Today’s cars are trying to replicate the smartphone experience. Touchscreen interfaces are common. Dashboard designers take UI tips from iPhones, and automakers want to build apps for cars. Large automakers like General Motors are taking the next obvious step and integrating 4G LTE service into their cars starting this year. […]



Mass incarceration may be the greatest social crisis in modern American history

July 28th, 2014 at 6:49 am » Comments Off

More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously last week to allow nearly 50,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders to seek lower sentences. The decision of the commission retroactively applied an earlier change in sentencing guidelines to now cover roughly half of those serving federal drug sentences. Both the Department […]



8 big changes coming to agriculture by 2030

July 25th, 2014 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Farmers will own more than 1 drone by 2030. On Monday, Iowa Farm Bureau’s Economic Summit included a speech outlining big coming changes to agriculture in the years ahead. Futurist Thomas Frey told Farm Bureau members his predictions at the summit on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.    



China and India race to fully harness thorium for nuclear power

July 25th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

Thorium is an alternative to uranium as a way of doing nuclear fission. Although the chemical element thorium sounds like the kind of material used as a plot device in a comic book blockbuster, it could solve the fuel crisis in the real world.    



How humans have changed over the past 100 years

July 24th, 2014 at 8:32 am » Comments Off

(Some) people have grown taller People are getting taller and they are also fatter than ever and live longer than at any time in history. And all of these changes have occurred in the past 100 years, scientists say.    



The story behind Japan’s drone boom

July 24th, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

The U.S. Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to Japan. Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation for decades. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones.



The future impact of the Internet of Things can’t be underestimated

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

Internet of Things The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot new buzzword. Its purpose and definition are grossly misunderstood. When some people hear the term IoT they immediately associate it with a refrigerator reminding us to order milk or our Fitbit wearable device tweeting how we just ran 4 miles. Neither of those uses […]



Job growth is faster in states that raised minimum wage

July 23rd, 2014 at 8:12 am » Comments Off

The 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. The Department of Labor released new data that suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.    



When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with […]



Blue Cross makes a $65B bet on value-based medical care

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

The traditional fee-for-service approach to medicine that can lead to overtreatment and unnecessary medical tests and procedures. The country’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans say they are spending more than $65 billion annually, about 20 percent of the medical claim dollars they pay, on “value-based” care that rewards better outcomes and keeps patients healthy. This […]



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