Archive for September, 2014

A.I. meets the C-suite

The exact moment when computers got better than people at human tasks arrived in 2011, according to data scientist Jeremy Howard, at an otherwise inconsequential machine-learning competition in Germany. Contest participants were asked to design an algorithm that could recognize street signs, many of which

TV is increasingly for old people

The median age of a broadcast or cable television viewer during the 2013-2014 TV season was 44.4 years old, a 6 percent increase in age from four years earlier. The majority of TV-watchers may be over 40-years-old, but with a confused ratings system, how do we

The future of hotels is here

The truth is that hotels can no longer rely on custom-made furniture and Aesop soap to make an impression; the likes of Airbnb, the global accommodation site sensation, mean travellers have never wielded more power through the choices they make. Which raises an important question:

What is Basic Income?

In recent months, discussion of basic income proposals have become fairly mainstream, but not so mainstream that most people know what the phrase “basic income” means. With that in mind, here are the basics (get it?) of the idea, in eleven questions. Read more from

The Talent Crisis: Study Shows Companies Are Unprepared for the Future of Work

As revealed in Workforce 2020, an independent, global study by Oxford Economics with support from SAP SE, most companies recognize the importance of managing an increasingly international, diverse and mobile workforce.  The study’s findings challenge the prevailing wisdom and highlight the most critical issues facing

Top 8 sharing economy companies

Access over ownership is the mantra of the sharing economy: a sector based on peer-to-peer lending, borrowing, exchange and collaboration. The idea of borrowing a ladder from your neighbour, who then pops round for a cup of sugar the next day, is not new. But

Should The Internet Be A Human Right?

From the legal point of view, access to the web is protected. The UN decreed internet access is a Human Right back in 2011, while more recently the Facebook Like gained Constitutional protection in the US. So in theory, your internet is safe.  But there

Reblog: Did You Know You Had Diabetes? It’s All Over the Internet

In a year when former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations about the collection of U.S. phone data have sparked privacy fears, data miners have been quietly using their tools to peek into America’s medicine cabinets. Tapping social media, health-related phone apps and medical

Chart: Which countries are decarbonizing the fastest?

Carbon intensity has to fall 6.2% each year to halt global warming. It’s falling 0.9%…Note that Australia has made the biggest decarbonization gains in recent years, with its carbon intensity declining 4.6 percent since 2008, thanks in part to a big drop in electricity use and a