Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment and climate represented the greatest threat in the 21st century.
The world is undergoing a paradigm shift, not just because of environmental stress but because of a revolution that is altering discourse and decision making across the planet. I state this because of what came across the breakfast table this morning as I sat down with my newspaper.
The future of bitcoin, the new cyber currency, could be tiny or titanic depending on how it's promoted from here on out. If backers try to make it the universal currency of a new era, bypassing banks and governments, it could end up as "financial Esperanto."
If, however, backers lower their sights and shoot for "financial English," bitcoin could surge as never before.
Bigger bucks ahead …because money itself is being re-invented! But it’s not really about the money; material wealth may be a secondary motivator. The new money is 100% Internet-based. It flows free and fast like electrons, and it comes with superpowers.
Location-based wireless technology is popping up in homes, businesses and local retail shops. Today telecommunication companies are contracting with cities to develop ubiquitous WiFi across downtowns. For businesses and residents this is an added incentive to locate there. But wireless connectivity is still in its infancy, and retailers are in the middle of experimenting with a number of technologies to see which can give their customers the best buying experience ensuring they keep coming back for more.
StoreDot is an Israeli company that may have the most disruptive storage technology to enter the market in the last two decades. It is the development of biological semiconductors that are quick charging. Known as quantum dots, the technology is made from peptides, amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins.
An unprecedented global "supersociety" may be emerging -- in spite of resource depletion, pollution and conflict that seem to be driving us to dystopia.
This surprisingly positive prospect is the fruition of key developments that are now germinating and sending out their first tentative shoots. They all engage a vastly underutilized resource: the best that is in people.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 would not have been lost if the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recommendations that came out of the report into the crash of Air France 447 over the South Atlantic in 2009 had been adopted.
Today, in the era of the War on Terror, we no longer pit armies against armies in front line battlefield confrontations like the ones that characterized past wars.