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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

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. 

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Steve Jobs’ Vision of the World by gocarlo

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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Decentralizing education: how startups are dismantling the university | KurzweilAI

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

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Seven Themes for the Coming Decade | World Future Society

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

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Bill Gates: Food Is Ripe for Innovation (are you ready for fake meat?)

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

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Future of Jobs and Employment - Glen Hiemstra (Futures Agency Member)

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?

                          

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Yahoo files patent for social influence-based advertising

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.

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Why This CEO Doesn't Own A Car: The Rise Of Dis-Ownership

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

The Future of Retail Presentation

Source: http://trend-forward.blogspot.com/2011/06/panic-confusion-in-retail.html

The retail industry is changing more than ever before. E-commerce has disrupted the brick-and-mortar format we’ve used for hundreds of years. Consumers have more options than ever before and will only spend their money on the very best option. To keep up, retailers need to be vigilant across channels and give customers many options for purchasing products. They also need to engage with customers through social media. 


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-retail-slide-deck-2013-3?op=1#ixzz2NRQsJ3p5
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Who Are MOOCs Most Likely to Help? - Good inout via The Atlantic

f you’ve become a true believer in the power of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other “disruptive” web-based programs to break the cost spiral of higher education, you should read the excellent analysis by two writers of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Scott Carlson and Goldie Blumenstyk, “For Whom Is College Being Reinvented?” They’re not against MOOCs, certificates, and other alternatives to conventional schools for students with solid secondary backgrounds. But they make the excellent point that these appeal most to the families that need them least and are best able to sort out the high-quality programs from the dubious ones.

Carlson and Blumenstyk’s sources agree that, for a growing number of students in colleges with minimal endowments, web-based courses just aren’t enough January 15, 2013 at 06:23PM

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The Global Youth Jobless Crisis: A Tragic Mess That Is Not Getting Any Better (via TheAtlantic)

A new study from the International Labor Organization takes a global tour of youth joblessness and finds that what’s gone up won’t come down in the next five years. The youth unemployment rate* among the richest countries is projected to flat-line, rather than fall, before 2018. As a result, the global Millennial generation could be uniquely scarred by the economic downturn. Research by Lisa Kahn has showed that people graduating into a recession have typically faced a lifetime of lower wages. May 10, 2013 at 11:43PM