Archive for May, 2015

Does IoT mean mass unemployment?

“If we do this wrong, the technology providers could end up destroying hundreds of millions of jobs with products and services in the cloud, which makes these businesses indispensable and very rich,” says Gerd Leonhard, futurist, author and CEO of The Futures Agency. Automation and

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments. The vast sum is largely

Neuroscientists Are Making an Artificial Brain for Everyone

Nara is AI for the people. Although it seems I’m constantly inundated with personalized recommendations, I can see how Nara’s duplicatable software offers a little more value to the space. After spending some time using Nara today (on mobile and desktop), I can say it

Using A.I. in Financial Services

As another indicator, the vast majority of respondents to the 2014 Future of the Internet study did anticipate robotics and machine intelligence will permeate wide segment of daily life by 2025 with huge implications for a range of industries. Will the latest surge of AI

Top 25 Futurist Blogs

Develop your concept of what the future can look like by browsing through 25 of the best futurist blogs online. Two of which belong to TFA’s own Gerd Leonhard and Glen Hiemstra! These visionaries discuss how your life will change whether you like it or

Tech Trends 2015: The exponential organization

A totally new type of “exponential entrepreneur” is emerging as exponentials usher in new players and alter market dynamics. The new breed is using crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, and cloud solutions to scale quickly. ‘Exponentials’ can be defined as unprecedented opportunities as well as existential threats. Learn

Is Humanity’s Future Up To Computers?

Such artificially intelligent beings are still a very long way off; indeed, it may never be possible to create them. Despite a century of poking and prodding at the brain, psychologists, neurologists, sociologists and philosophers are still a long way from an understanding of how

Disruptive Power Lies at the Intersections

When I first started using the term “Combinatorial”, people thought I was making words up. Although I’d like to take credit for the word, I first came across it when reading The Second Machine Age, a fascinating book by Andrew McAfee and Eric Brynjolfsson. I