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CEO BEATS PHD FOR BETTER GDP

Published on: 27 December 2018 1 Comment

Startups as dissertations are remaking economies

Dateline: 28 March 2025

What students need and what society needs, is not a PhD thesis in the form of 200-400 pages of new analysis, but rather the results of an applied trial in the real business world. It's a no-brainer, right? You'd think so, but it took hundreds of student protests around the globe and a US$ 3.5 trillion defaulted student loans crisis in the US; but now the world can finally see that startups should be the new dissertations. In 2018, the Indian Institute of Technology announced that they would ...

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IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

Published on: 16 August 2018 1 Comment

Your children will need more than just technical skills

Dateline: 26 June 2027

We've reached the age of skilled machines, a new age of enlightenment, where automated systems are often smarter than most people. Not because they are more inventive, but because they can think faster, and sift through masses of data, coming to conclusions more rapidly than humans. How do you prepare your children to live and thrive in this technologically dominated environment? Not by teaching them math and coding - those are just basic life skills! No, to rise above the average, kids today need ...

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SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER

Published on: 12 July 2018

Pervasive education replaces high school and college

Dateline: 11 July 2030

Remember when every teacher heaved a sigh of relief when they heard the news "School's out for summer" and they could enjoy their holiday? Now school's out - completely. Granted, basic formal education is still a good idea for young kids, who need to learn life skills, like how to handle things when our smart devices misbehave, but what's the point of congregating at a physical site, just to be told what you already know, by someone who's not necessarily as smart as you? That's 'old school' for ...

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WHO TURNED OFF THE NIGHT?

Published on: 4 January 2018

Greenpeace calls for light curfew to bring back the dark

Dateline: 9 January 2023

What happened to those lovely dark nights, when all the stars came out? They're gone, along with hurricane lamps and black outs. Now that LED lighting has conquered the world, seen from space our planet is a bright, glittering jewel at night. Even darkest Africa is filled with a billion points of light, and more's the pity. It's unnatural and astronomers hate it. The obsession with climate change has waned, and activists are focusing heavily on pollution, especially light pollution. They want ...

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SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY: HAND IT TO THE MACHINES

Published on: 7 December 2017 1 Comment

When AI and chips are the best researchers, let them get on with it

Dateline: 8 February 2021

There's only so much a scientist can do. Which is why we all use smart agents to do most of our research for us. Smart software can read and parse papers many thousands of times faster than any human. A typical example is fingerprint identification or facial recognition. Computers are just way more efficient at matching patterns. But what happens when you are looking for new data in real time? How do you program that? Nano Global has released their first version of Nanobit, a system-on-a-chip that ...

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STEP INTO THE MATRIX

Published on: 11 May 2017 1 Comment

Now you can upload new skills to your brain

Dateline: 10 April 2029

Need a new skill or ability? There's an app for that! Neuroscience and neuroprosthetics have advanced to the point where, if you need to learn Arabic in a hurry, or how to make sense of DNA analysis, you can just upload it to your brain. On demand, just like an app for your phone. The first breakthrough was the 'hardware'; memory chips wired into the brains of stroke and accident victims have been replaced by nanoparticle 'liquid electronics', implantable with minimally invasive techniques. They ...

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LEARNING TO UNLEARN

Published on: 24 November 2016

New college teaches thinking, learning and unlearning skills

Dateline: 21 September 2018

You've probably heard the old cliché: "By the time you've finished your business course or degree, everything you've learned will be out of date!" Well it's true; even more so, today. Now there's a new college to tackle this problem: The UnVarsity College. It's got nothing to do with the UN; rather it focuses on a new qualification, the MBL, or Master of Business Learning. It's the business school of tomorrow. "The problem isn't learning, it's unlearning. In every aspect of business, we are ...

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RELIGION IS A DYING BUSINESS

Published on: 8 September 2016

Traditional religious beliefs are dying out as global living standards rise

Dateline: 1 September 2034

A charismatic preacher once wrote that to get seriously rich, start your own religion. But academics suggest the world's major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, emerged as an evolutionary response to the differences in lifestyle between wealthy elites and other, poorer, communities. The disadvantaged classes needed hope for a better future, and a deity to blame for their misfortunes; a higher order being in which to place their faith. Now that poverty is ...

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HIGHER EDUCATION FINALLY MAKES THE GRADE

Published on: 4 February 2016 2 Comments

Getting graduates ready for the 4th industrial revolution

Dateline: 5 September 2027

Universities are having a hard time - and not just your small town college. Even Harvard classrooms are emptying out as bureaucratic institutions are falling behind and losing credibility; by the time exams are written, the content is no longer relevant! Increasingly violent and brutal student protests worldwide about fees, loans and unemployment have left many governments desperate. With machine learning, AI, quantum computing and automation, the workers of tomorrow require drastically new ...

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TAKE A PILL TO LEARN CHINESE

Published on: 3 December 2015

Attend a workshop, swallow some tablets and go home with all the knowledge

Dateline: 17 November 2030

One of Ray Kurzweil's 'craziest' predictions from fifteen years ago just came true! Just like predictions of driverless cars and wireless brain interfaces were considered crazy in 2005, the idea that you could learn something other than by reading and listening was thought impossible. But the nanobots that we use to augment our natural intelligence have also become more user friendly. Now we can ingest them, and they will find their way into our brains and upload the information. The first ...

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YOU CAN'T PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

Published on: 19 November 2015 1 Comment

We are losing history as sound and video recordings die at an alarming rate

Dateline: 3 November 2030

Technological obsolescence is killing human history. All those decades of music and audio recordings in the archives have only been partially digitized, and now the tech to retrieve them is failing, even as the recordings themselves disintegrate. There's and old joke that goes something like this: If you want to rent the video of the Glory Days of Manchester City FC it will cost you GBP100; that's GBP10 for the cassette and GBP90 for the Betamax machine! The cold reality is that there are hardly ...

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WHO IS REALLY CASHING IN ON THE DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND?

Published on: 5 November 2015

Burgeoning youth creates opportunities and challenges

Dateline: 15 December 2023

Many businesses and organizations have been so focused on catering to the aging Baby Boomers and the grey markets of Europe and China that they almost missed one of the biggest opportunities of this century: the boom of youngsters in sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing an unprecedented increase in its youth numbers and fertility has started to fall. By 2035, they will have more people joining the labour force than the rest of the world combined. The region is poised to benefit from ...

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AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE

Published on: 28 May 2015 16 Comments

That wunderkind has got a chip in her head

Dateline: 12 June 2029

We used to think of AI as artificial intelligence, but that's an old concept. Now we use it to mean augmented intelligence; natural human intelligence augmented with bioelectronics wizardry. The average human brain has a working memory of seven items, plus or minus two. That means we can, on average, remember seven things at once; the more gifted can handle about nine. Thinking about an upgrade? Now you can install the latest neuroprosthetic from CognitionUP and get a working memory of 20. That ...

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PAPER

Published on: 30 April 2015

Still here to haunt and help us

Dateline: 25 April 2025

Decades ago, we used to joke that the paperless office would arrive about the same time as the paperless toilet. And to be sure, we're still using paper centuries after it was invented in ancient China. For hundreds of years, paper has been used to communicate, to record information, to store it for the future, and to convey secrets. Paper was the earliest conveniently portable technology to become information-enabled, and one of the most versatile. Right from the start, paper was used for secure ...

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STEM JOBS FUELLING INEQUALITY

Published on: 26 March 2015 2 Comments

SySTEMic problems necessitate policy expansion on basic wages

Dateline: 4 February 2021

The world has gotten so 'skewed' towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as more and more of everyday life is ruled by these fields. Overall we're better off - STEM has helped to curb carbon emissions, we just saw the first drug-based therapies for reversing strokes and heart attacks and we're desalinating enough seawater to supply half of Australia. We rely on STEM and we want STEM, but as a result many other careers and people are falling by the wayside. STEM jobs and ...

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VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL

Published on: 19 February 2015 4 Comments

Augmented reality builds business - but creates a new global addiction

Dateline: 18 October 2018

It seems that there's good and bad in everything. Dramatic improvements in virtual reality systems have led to massive productivity improvements - but have spawned a new addiction afflicting millions around the world. The last few years have seen VR (virtual reality) and augmented reality move into the mainstream. Systems like Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens have become so immersive, and so realistic, that a new generation of designers, engineers, doctors, mechanics and virtually all ...

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UN DECLARES POVERTY ILLEGAL

Published on: 29 January 2015

Inequality next in the firing line

Dateline: 12 January 2021

The first resolution to come out of the United Nations for the new year is somewhat startling. Poverty has been declared 'illegal'. "A minimum living standard should be regarded as a basic human right," said the secretary general. "In this day and age, governments must ensure that for all their citizens, or step aside and let more competent people govern!" Another item on the agenda is to reduce global inequality, not only within nation states, an increasingly archaic concept, but also between top ...

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COGNITIVE SYSTEMS RULE, OK

Published on: 11 July 2013 14 Comments

Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world

Dateline: 22 February 2022

In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the human brain. We call these cognitive systems. We've taught these cognitive systems how to learn, and how to be aware of other systems, each other, and ultimately, themselves. Now they are making their own decisions; because they can. In a recent example, a very successful stock market day trader called Watsonia Blue, was exposed as not being a real ...

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TRUST ME, I'M A ROCKSTAR ONLINE

Published on: 2 May 2013 1 Comment

Résumé fraudsters are reinventing their game

Dateline: 8 December 2014

Last week Amandi Naicker applied for a Systems Analyst job in Bangalore. During the interview at the SystemsSana offices, she realized that she was literally competing against... herself! The top two candidates' CVs contained almost exactly the same information with only a twist here and there. It turns out her competition, Fauxmandi, is just another résumé fraudster. Career credibility across the globe is taking a huge knock as desperate job seekers are trying old and new tricks in order to get ...

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NOW WE ALL TALK WITH OUR HANDS

Published on: 7 February 2013 1 Comment

Sensor technology changes social behavior

Dateline: 30 July 2016

Once we used to tease Italians for talking with their hands. Now we're all doing it! This is a classic example of how technology can change social behavior. Just as touch-screen devices introduced a whole new range of hand movements into our world (like spreading your fingers to make something bigger), so the latest generation of 3D motion control devices are making communication much more physical. Writing in the air with our hands, wearing a stylish 3D glove, or even via sensors built into rings ...

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