Bhutan - serious about sustainability

"Bhutan has decided to go for a green economy in light of the tremendous pressure we are exerting on the planet," Agriculture Minister Pema Gyamtsho told AFP in an interview by telephone from the capital Thimphu.

Nadia Scialabba, a global specialist on organic farming at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, says the organic food market and its premium prices are attractive for small countries and territories. “This is happening in very small countries who are not competitive on quantity, but they would like to be competitive in quality,” she told AFP.

Comment: Leading by example: first by measuring Gross National Happiness and now by aiming to become 100% organic. Yes, Bhutan is inspiring us once again.

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MYO - Wearable Gesture Control from Thalmic Labs by ThalmicLabs

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TEDxMongKok — Tomi Ahonen — Augmented Reality - the 8th Mass Medium (by TEDxTalks)

Really good talk!

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual

In the coming years, there will be a shift toward what is now known as contextual computing. Always-present computers, able to sense the objective and subjective aspects of a given situation, will augment our ability to perceive and act in the moment based on where we are, who we’re with, and our past experiences. These are our sixth, seventh, and eighth senses.


Read more: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672531/the-future-of-technology-isnt-mobile-its-contextual

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Steve Jobs’ Vision of the World by gocarlo

Future work: be online and reputable.

Trends suggest that we’re heading for a global online arbitrage of opportunity, with good workers in bad places able to snatch business away from better-performing environments. If that happens in large numbers, the competition will get really fierce for everyone. If you’re reading this from one of the better parts of the global economy, it’s a good time to think about how to be indispensable. In the future, having a degree may be helpful, but having a reputation will be even better.

Comment: Interesting blogpost, especially for recent graduates who are just entering the workforce. 

Home Tweet Home: A House with Its Own Voice on Twitter

As weird as a Twitter-enabled house might seem, it offers a glimpse of the future. As interest grows in the “Internet of things”—the idea of adding network connectivity to all sorts of normal objects—everything from desk lamps to ovens may soon come Internet-ready.


Read more: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/514941/home-tweet-home-a-house-with-its-own-voice-on-twitter/

                  

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Gray Boom + Go East = Medical Tourism
Sharply rising medical costs in the U.S. will trigger a boom in medical tourism, in particular for anti-ageing treatments and elective surgery.

Gray Boom + Era of Uncertainty + Go East! + Digitize Me = Telemedicine
Although doctor office visits will never disappear, telemedicine may become increasingly common over the next few decades. Also, there may be a sharp rise in home-heal monitoring as a temporary alternative to assisted living communities. August 29, 2012 at 09:42AM

Certification

This is a big one. Most people would argue that taking online courses that don’t confer college credit is not a very smart move. After all, credits lead to degrees. All employers are looking for degrees, right? That discussion is for another time, but startups are providing records and certifications in a variety of ways. October 08, 2012 at 06:31PM

I tasted Beyond Meat’s chicken alternative, for example, and honestly couldn’t tell it from real chicken. Beyond Eggs, an egg alternative from Hampton Creek Foods, does away with the high cholesterol content of real eggs. Lyrical has drastically reduced fat in its non-dairy cheeses. Even things like salt are getting a makeover: Nu-Tek has found a way to make potassium chloride taste like salt (and nothing but salt) with only a fraction of the sodium.

All this innovation could be great news for people concerned about health problems related to overconsumption of fat, salt and cholesterol. It’s important too in light of the environmental impacts of large-scale meat and dairy production, with livestock estimated to produce nearly 51% of the world’s greenhouse gases. April 04, 2013 at 09:00PM

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Video by IBM on The Internet of Things

Yahoo has published a patent detailing how ad charges could be based on a viewer’s “social influence”.

The US firm suggests that marketers could bid against each other to target users perceived to have a high degree of authority among their peers.

It suggests a score could be based on the number of followers a user has on social networks and the number of times they are mentioned in others’ posts.

Where will future jobs come from? There are few questions that I get asked more than this one. It is becoming generally accepted that the fall off in jobs that came with the great recession in the States and the age of austerity in Europe, may not come back, at least not in the same numbers and at the same quality and pay. People going back to work as the recession has wound down have often ended up in jobs that pay less and are lower level than the job they lost. Is this the future?

                          

Smart companies have shown Americans how greener choices can actually save them money in one fell swoop. And the people have spoken: If they can go green and save green, they will. In a recent survey my company Sunrun issued to better understand our customers’ motivations, 9 out of 10 Americans of both voting persuasions said they had made what can be considered ‘green’ changes to their lifestyles over the last five years. Their primary motivator? “Saving money.” The new status symbol isn’t what you own—it’s what you’re smart enough not to own. January 06, 2013 at 02:16PM

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