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September 16th, 2014 at 11:58 am

The ‘sharing economy’ – sharing isn’t free and price gouging isn’t mean

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Uber implements “dynamic pricing,” which some customers see as price gouging.

There is plenty of press these days on the pros and cons of the so-called “sharing economy.”  Consider the diverse takes last week from MIT Technology Review, the New York Times, and the Kansas City Star.

 

 

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September 15th, 2014 at 11:10 am

How digital technologies are changing the physical world

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Our physical world is now technology-enabled by the digitization of everything.

Ted Hall, CEO of ShopBot Tools, which designs and manufactures digital fabrication tools priced for individuals and smaller manufacturing shops, says “complexity is cheap now, and quality is almost free.”

 

 

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September 15th, 2014 at 8:03 am

Angel Investing: Rise of women investors fuels businesses run by women

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Amy Norman and Stella Ma started pitching investors on their San Francisco-based startup, Little Passports, in 2009. Both women had young children and Norman was pregnant. The overwhelming majority of the investors they met with were men who wanted to know “if we were running this as a ‘lifestyle company,’” Ma recalls. Investors passed and word got around Silicon Valley that “there’s no way women like this could grow a company fast enough” to satisfy venture capitalists, Norman says.

 

 

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September 10th, 2014 at 8:58 am

Millennials represent the largest group of smartphone owners in the U.S.

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The millennials are very heavy mobile users.

In the U.S., Millennials are one of the largest generational groups and they are also the largest group of smartphone owners, according to a new report by Nielsen. And their adoption of the devices is still growing: by the second quarter of this year, 85% of those aged 18 to 24 owned a smartphone, and 86% of those aged 25 to 34 did.

 

 

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September 10th, 2014 at 8:02 am

Top 5 trends that will shape the future of work

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The world of work is changing. In the coming years we won’t be working the same way as we have been over the past few years. Perhaps one of the most important underlying factors driving this change is the coming shift around who drives how work gets done.

 

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September 9th, 2014 at 11:06 am

Is it time for a Guaranteed Basic Income?

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Poverty and homelessness on the rise.

Is it time for Basic Income? The idea of Basic Income has been endorsed by economists from a variety of political camps, but has always seemed more of a distant dream than a reality.  Productivity and standard of living increases made Basic Income practical and logical.

 

 

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September 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Eight facts that explain what’s wrong with health care in America

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Obamacare is not universal health care.

If the American health care system were to break off from the United States and become its own economy, it would be the fifth-largest in the world. “It would be bigger than the United Kingdom or France and only behind the United States, China, Japan and Germany,” says David Blumenthal, executive director of the non-profit Commonwealth Fund. Here are eight facts that support reality.

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September 8th, 2014 at 10:29 am

Top 7 facts about world migration

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Humans have been migrating around the planet in great numbers since they first left Africa 60,000 years ago. The advent of international borders certainly did not stop global migration. Although the percentage of the world’s people living outside of their birth countries has remained steady in recent decades, the world’s increasing population means that the sheer number of international migrants has never been higher.

 

 

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September 6th, 2014 at 8:07 am

We should start taking artificial intelligence seriously

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AI is no longer just for technology companies.

Intelligent machines have arrived, only they don’t look at all like we expected. They aren’t HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and they certainly aren’t Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice in “Her.” Intelligent machines are more akin to what happens when insects, or even fungi, do when they “think.”

 

 

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September 5th, 2014 at 9:33 am

The shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing

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Renter-occupied housing market has exploded.

The population of Philadelphia shrank by a quarter between 1970 and 1990. Philadelphia’s population dropped from 1.95 to 1.59 million during that time period. Like many American cities, it seemed caught in a downward spiral.

 

 

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