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The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines did before it.<p>Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, …

Why the Potential of Augmented Reality Is Greater Than You Think

Never before have businesses been able to build billion-dollar valuations in so little time. Never before have incumbent enterprises been able to go …

Augmented Reality

Google’s DeepMind pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate

Unsurprisingly, they do both<p>In the future, it’s likely that many aspects of human society will be controlled — either partly or wholly — by artificial intelligence. AI computer agents could manage systems from the quotidian (e.g., traffic lights) to the complex (e.g., a nation’s whole economy), but …

Artificial Intelligence

Study: Facebook can actually make us more narrow-minded

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the surface, it seems like social media has the boundless potential to expand our world, connecting us to ideas and people we otherwise would never have found. However, a new study claims just the opposite: Social media actually isolates us, creating and facilitating confirmation biases …

Social Media

The Only 10 Tech Trends You Need to Know About in 2017

Virtual reality, connected cars, Amazon Alexa, iPhone wireless charging? They will all make a splash in 2017. The question you might ask is: Will you be ready?<p>Alongside a few minor political changes (ahem) and the distinct possibility that Apple could top $1 trillion in iPhone-related sales, there …

Augmented Reality

How strategy drives digital transformation

<b>Adopting new technologies in a business is critical to drive digital transformation. However, 48% of Australian business owners are still reluctant</b> …

Big Data

What Comes After User-Centered Design?

Kevin Slavin has written a thought-provoking post on the limitations of user-centered design in the face of complex systems and 21st-century societal …

5 Digital Marketing Ideas That Could Improve Your Brand Growth in 2017

Image designed by: Blue Fountain Media / Credit: Dunkin Donuts, Adidas, Tough Mudder<p>With 2016 officially in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to start thinking about how your marketing strategy will evolve in 2017. It’s a good idea to step back for a moment, assess the success of last year’s …

Digital Marketing

Four Questions To Turn Everyone In Your Company Into A Futurist

Keep asking the right questions, and you’ll be wrong about the future less often than your competitors.<p>Remember what 1997 was like? How well?<p>It was Amazon’s first full fiscal year. Microsoft’s Windows 97 operating system wasn’t there quite yet, and it soon became Windows 98. The internet bubble was …

Watch This Tesla Warn Its Driver About a Major Accident Before It Happens

This is absolutely stunning.<p>A stunning video was posted on YouTube yesterday, reportedly showing a major accident on a highway in the Netherlands that was caught on the dashcam of a Tesla Model X. In the video, the car's "Autopilot" forward collision warning system signals trouble to the driver …

Tesla Model S

Germany Wants Facebook To Pay For Fake News

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has shied away from aggressively regulating the spate of fake news on his network, putting more emphasis on getting users to flag it instead. Now the German government has its own idea for reining in Facebook’s fake news problem, by making it pay 500,000 euros ($522,000) …

Censorship

Neural networks breakthrough sees computer start to think like a human for the first time

Finnish computer scientists have found a way to train neural networks to think more like the human brain.<p>Computer scientists in Finland have made a …

Beyond dinosaurs and Pokémon Go: how AR is being used to deliver enhanced education experiences

On this cold, frosty day, summer can feel like a long time ago. Unlike a lot of the seasonal trends, one phenomenon that’s largely stuck with us is …

Augmented Reality

The unintended ways self-driving cars will change our lives

1/7<p>Driving could become illegal<p>Let’s put it bluntly: humans are shitty drivers. In America alone, there’s hasn’t been a year since WW2 where car crash didn’t kill over 30 000 people. And over 94% of those are caused by human error.<p>Meanwhile, computers are just much better. A recent study estimates …

Black Lives Matter

Using Design Thinking to Embed Learning in Our Jobs

Since we now expect learning to be as simple and compelling as watching YouTube, hundreds of video-based content providers and MOOCs offer free bite-sized content for us to consume on our phones while sitting in the coffee shop or standing in the subway. But corporate learning management systems …

Machines Won’t Replace Us, They’ll Force Us to Evolve

<i>“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” -</i> <b>John Culkin (based on Marshall McLuhan’s ideas)</b>Something big is …

Emerging Technology

Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. Take Viv, the new personal assistant from the makers of Siri. It promises to simplify the process of ordering pizza or buying cinema tickets, allowing its …

EchoPixel’s breakthrough VR tech lets doctors look inside your body

Think of EchoPixel’s tech like InnerSpace but instead of actually minimizing scientists and shooting them into your body to find disease, the medical imaging startup lets doctors pinpoint problem areas from CT, MRI, and ultrasound scans using 3D glasses and a special display.<p>Most doctors view CT …

NSA spying scares people away from reading about terrorism

If you’re in doubt about whether the US government’s various programs to spy on its citizens has made people more paranoid, this should clear things up.<p>Jonathon Penney, a fellow at the University of Toronto’s interdisciplinary Citizen Lab, analyzed traffic on Wikipedia and found that visits to …

Surveillance

New tech turns your skin into a touchscreen for your smartwatch

A team at Carnegie Mellon has found a way to make skin a user interface for gadgets<p>One of the biggest challenges with smartwatches is trying to navigate through apps on a relatively tiny screen. While smartphones and tablets have gotten bigger over the years, the gadgets we wear on our wrists need …

Wearable Tech

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future

<i>This is the last in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil's book</i> The Singularity Is Near. <i>​Be sure to read the other articles:</i></i> …

Singularity

The battle over the future of bitcoin

Billed as the future of democratized, digital money, the currency is now at the center of a conflict over how to develop technologies behind the system<p>The bitcoin world this week learned its absentee father might be Craig Wright, an Australian entrepreneur with nice suits and well-combed hair who …

Bitcoin

Wearables Will Change Your Life...Eventually

The wheel is one of the most important inventions in human history, but when it was first created, the only thing we could do was strap it to a …

Wearable Tech

Biotech's Theranos Offers A Cautionary Tale For Silicon Valley

Elizabeth Holmes fit into the Silicon Valley success mold. A young Stanford dropout who left school to pursue her entrepreneurial vision, she founded Theranos and said she would disrupt the world of medicine with easy and inexpensive blood tests.<p>Now her company is under federal investigation and …

Silicon Valley

Strategy, not technology, drives digital transformation

Article<p>Strategy, not technology, drives digital transformation Becoming a digitally mature enterprise<p>July 14, 2015<p>What’s the most important driver of …

Infographic: These 8 new-age technologies are shaping up the startup world

From chat bots to electric vehicles, these technologies are finding their ways into our daily lives.

Samsung demands patent law review, thinks the system is “antiquated”

MarketingLand<p><b>Update, February 5:</b> As expected, Apple is urging the Supreme Court to ignore Samsung’s request.<p><b>Original post, January 19:</b> This is perhaps not so surprising, coming from a company that is pretty famous for patent infringement litigation. The irony is that Samsung is suing someone for …

Patents