In the future ordinary devices will be sensor equipped and wifi-connected. But the Internet of Things might be missing a concept that is something like its inverse: Let’s call it the Search Engine of Things. That is, a device or suite of devices that can identify and contextualize the objects that surround us in the physical world, from pills to trees to hamburgers.
Whether it’s the birds and the bees, the fish, or even slime molds, it goes back to all social creatures that use their collective intelligence to form real-time synchronous systems. We have many names for these natural assemblages, including flocks, schools, shoals, blooms, colonies, herds, and swarms. Whatever we call them, one thing is clear – millions of years of evolution produced these highly coordinated behaviors because of the survival benefits they provide to a great many species. (Video)
What is wearable technology? Who invented wearable technology? What is the future of wearable technology? These are just a few questions that are asked every day about wearable tecnhnology.. “Wearable technology” makes most people imagine a fitness tracker, a smartwatch or google glasses.
Over then next five years, the ability to bring internet connection to almost every type of consumer device will be huge implications for the insurance industry. Insurers looking to cut costs, improve business practices, and better assess clients’ risk levels, will increasingly invest in the Internet of Things (IoT).
We imagine stuff, we want stuff, we build stuff, and repeat. New innovations are born in our mind, and we humans choose which of those visions to bring into existence, is a standard assumption of technological progress. Continue Reading »
Your average wearable is good at conveying information – fitness trackers, email-alert rings, bracelets that tell you how much sun you’ve gotten - but not much more. Continue Reading »
Being able to predict future job positions that will be in demand and that will command a reasonable living wage - can mean the difference between having a vibrant career and being consigned to the scrap heap before your time. Continue Reading »
Last week the comprehensive local regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or as more commonly referred to, drones, went into effect. Drone technology has far-reaching benefits for many industries despite that most of the media coverage has focused on what regulated drone usage will do for “dramatic shots” in film. Continue Reading »
Futurist Thomas Frey: Having just returned from a trip to Alaska, it occurred to me that most of the 660,000 sq miles of this beautiful state will never be habitable until a more complete off-grid solution is found. In Alaska, they’ve already figured out how to turn every one of their 3 million lakes into a landing strip, so transportation is far less of an issue than power, heat, lights, water, and communications.