Coming soon: A journalistic ‘state of nature’ « ... →
Interesting scenario thoughts about the future of journalism as a comment to Clay Shirky’s prediction about the death of print news media. It starts with: According to many…the perfect storm is approaching [regarding journalism and news media]. The winds have been whipping for a while. But there’s a problem. The Old King is dying… but the New King, apparently, isn’t quite ready yet. The...
The Singularity and Society | Open The Future |... →
Really good point, Jamais (again): There’s too little discussion of how the social, cultural and political choices we make would shape the onset or even the possibility of a Singularity.
Worldometers - real time world statistics →
If you wonder about the numbers about the current state of the planet enter this site. There is a risk that you will feel a little stressed by this though…
Scenarios about Anarconomy (PDF) →
Really interesting scenarios from Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies/Instituttet for Fremtidsforskning about the future of our economy and the emerging business models which goes under the names of “anarconomy”. (via @bruces (via @MoJoe))
Futures Thinking: The Basics | Open The Future |... →
Jamais writes about how to think about the future in general. I would have written it a bit differently, but since I haven’t written that (yet) I will happily recommend what Jamais is writing! ;-) (I probably won’t stop when I have done that that either… I usually like what he writes even if I don’t always agree…))
How Technology Is Changing the Face of Innovation - WSJ.com Listen to Michael Schrage explain how managers should do to manage innovations in three minutes. He is basically saying: don’t have your employees come up with suggestion which is converted into grand plans of implementation, but with business hypotheses that can quickly be tested directly on the market.
How Technology Is Changing the Face of Innovation... →
By ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON And MICHAEL SCHRAGE: We think the future of innovation and the future of experimentation will continue to evolve, thanks to the improving economics of digital technologies. As a result, the next decade of innovation in the global marketplace will be even more tumultuous than the last. That’s a great opportunity for innovators and even better news for customers and...
§ Google Book Search - What it means
infoneernet: This past week Google and OnDemandBooks announced a partnership (video) to bring the growing collection (currently more than 1,000,000) of public domain books directly to OnDemandBooks’ Espresso Book Machine. The Google content joins more than 800,000 in-copyright titles from more than 8,000 publishers and approximately 1,500,000 public domain titles available from the Internet...
At Your Fingers, an Oxford Don - NYTimes.com →
Today, though, 21st-century technology carries the potential to nudge mainstream education back toward the 16th-century vision of one-to-one tutoring. The Internet, high-speed networks, powerful and lighter computers, and clever software for video, collaboration and simulations on the Web all help. Equally important is a maturing understanding of how to use wisely the new digital tools in...
Students starting school this year may be part of the last generation for which...– A Virtual Revolution Is Brewing for Colleges - washingtonpost.com
A very interesting talk by Dr Anders Sandberg about Cloud Superintelligence, where he explains and elaborates on some of the mechanisms behind cloud intelligence and how collaboration of many mediocre agents can achieve greater intelligence when they collaborate. Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Presentation: Anders Sandberg - Cloud Superintelligence To see this slides from his presentation...
George Rebane: Workers and Work - The Coming... →
An interesting article with both an analysis and a proposal for action. The bottom line is that fewer jobs will return, and on balance, these jobs will require smarter workers trained in new skills. This “creative destruction” of jobs will continue into the indefinite future. So what happens to the workers in developed countries, specifically in America? To attempt an answer, we have to review...
The Consumerization of Corporate IT →
But IT departments are on the verge of repeating history. Indeed, IT managers, who felt the initial threat from PCs most keenly and led the charge against them, are now (perhaps unknowingly) standing in the way of what could be a second wave of consumerization in enterprise technology — and it’s costing their companies dearly.
'The Internet of Things' now includes a human... →
Modern communications technology is not just connecting our minds and dead things together anymore. Now it also connects living parts of our bodies.
Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset | Video on TED.com
Predicting tipping points before they occur -... →
It is really interesting to notice that scientists and systems theorists are catching up and is generalizing the observations concerning that systems are signaling a coming bifurcation point by showing certain fractal patterns. As a futurist I regularly use a similar explanation for why businesses and societies are currently showing so many extreme and contradictory phenomena at the same time:...