When and How Will You Win? When Tech Upgrades the Economy

Dan Abelow's picture

You’ll rule tomorrow’s digital world. If a company fails to please you, you can wipe it off all your screens. With your finger on the kill switch, businesses will dedicate themselves to you. Routine identification will transform customer relationships and commerce. You will be known and treated personally. The most successful businesses will please everyone all the time. New tech will usher in a world where everyone wins.

AI and James Barrat’s Trilemma: A Review of "Our Final Invention"

Randall Mayes's picture

In Our Final Invention (St. Martin’s Press 2013), documentary filmmaker James Barrat presents three scenarios for the long-term future of Artificial Intelligence. Unfortunately, as a skeptic he provides no preferred scenarios.

The System is Broken: A Call for Widespread Intervention Now

John Renesch's picture

One of the advantages of being around for a long time is perspective. In particular, perspective in the field in which I chose to work many years ago – organizational and social transformation. I’m not talking about transforming a company or a city; I’m talking about transforming the whole world.

SpaceX Delivers Dragon to ISS and Completes Controlled Descent of Rocket Booster

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The latest resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, Elon Musk's private company, met several milestones last week. First it delivered almost 3,500 pounds of supplies, including a space garden for growing vegetables, and legs for the on-board robot, Robonaut-2. But even more interesting was what happened at the back end of the launch.

It is Easier to be Selectively Aware of Science Today Than Face Our Future with the Facts

Len Rosen's picture

Last night I watched an HBO documentary called "Questioning Darwin." It took an in-depth look at those who reject Darwin's theory of natural selection on grounds of faith in the words of the Judeo-Christian Bible. At the same time it presented the personal journey of Darwin from his roots to his presentation of his theories in the book, "The Origin of the Species," in which he described the mechanism of natural selection, the theory upon which our scientific understanding of how life evolves on this planet.

The Singularity and Our Collision Path with the Future

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Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has predicted that we will reach a technological singularity by 2045, and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge is betting on 2029.

Preventing Soil Erosion Using Waffles

Ian Pearson's picture

Sometimes simple ideas work, and this one is pretty simple.

Is the US an Oligarchy? Not So Fast

Ramez Naam's picture

There’s a new study out which, press outlets are telling me, shows that the United States is now an oligarchy, ruled by the rich and powerful, and perhaps that the US has been sliding in this direction for decades.

Organ Regeneration Technology Versus 3D Bio-Printing - Which Will Win?

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Which will it be? Will we regenerate organs using stem cells and switching on genes to rebuild diseased or damaged organs? Or will we take a patients own cells and bio-print organs using 3D printers? Both technologies are showing promise based on recent reports.

Skin Cells Soon Will Treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Patients

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DNA extracted from the skin of a 35- and a 75-year-old male has been injected into four denucleated human eggs to produce clones of the skin donors. The stem cells extracted from these embryos matches their male donors. The company involved is in the business of regenerative medicine focused on replacing malfunctioning or damaged cells with healthy ones.

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