Big companies want to be more like startups, seeing innovation as vital to future profits. Young says they’ll want “corporate disorganizers” who can introduce a little “organized chaos.” Young says: “The disruptor will be tapping into the new systems of the collaborative economy, creating greater fragmentation and a more distributed ecosystem. — 8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025
Drones hold the promise of companies anticipating our every need and delivering without human involvement,” Draper, 55, wrote in an e-mail. “Everything from pizza delivery to personal shopping can be handled by drones. — Drones Delivering Pizza? Venture Capitalists Wager on It
With the exception of the year or two just before death, people are healthier than they used to be,” said David Cutler, the Harvard University Professor who conducted the study, in a press release. “Effectively, the period of time in which we’re in poor health is being compressed until just before the end of life. So where we used to see people who are very, very sick for the final six or seven years of their life, that’s now far less common. People are living to older ages and we are adding healthy years, not debilitated ones. — Sure, People Are Living Longer… But Are They Staying Healthy?
In the future, we’ll be quantifying not only ourselves but our relationships. “The use of wearable technologies bleeding over into the way we interact with each other,” says Young. “Sex and relationships are fertile new frontiers for measurement. Big data provides insights into why relationships work and fail. — The Future Of Relationships: 10 Ways We’ll Be Dating, Having Sex, And Breaking Up In 2025
Activism that challenges the status quo—that attacks deeply rooted problems—is not for the faint of heart. — Twitter, Facebook, and social activism
Unlike other Silicon Valley regulatory battles, whether it’s Uber versus taxi medallion owners or AirBnB versus the hotel industry, this isn’t obviously a case of an entrenched industry battling disruptive new competitors. 23andMe’s service could be important, even world-changing. But the company needs to prove that it’s accurate—and until then, stop overselling the service as something it’s not. Answering the FDA’s emails would also be a smart move. — 23andMe’s problem isn’t the FDA—it’s that no one knows if it works
Finnish security company F-Secure’s CTO of cloud content, Santeri Kangas, has said there needs to be a Europe-wide alternative to online cloud storage, specifically in the wake of revelations exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. — F-Secure: Snowden Files Prove America, China Surveillance Equals
Notwithstanding what Malcolm Gladwell says, it is these technologies that is going to make that possible,” Andreessen said, pointing to the likes of Twitter and Facebook, which he said have accelerated the rise of social protest in recent years. — Marc Andreessen: “The world is going to see an explosion of countries in the years ahead”
So when it comes to the constraints on mobility imposed by the physical world, the rule is simple: when goods themselves can’t be digitized, our interface to them will be. — Software Is Reorganizing the World | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
An infinity of subcultures outside the mainstream now blossoms on the Internet — vegans, body modifiers, CrossFitters, Wiccans, DIYers, Pinners, and support groups of all forms. Millions of people are finding their true peers in the cloud, a remedy for the isolation imposed by the anonymous apartment complex or the remote rural location. — Software Is Reorganizing the World | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
Hundreds of millions of people have now migrated to the cloud, spending hours per day working, playing, chatting, and laughing in real-time HD resolution with people thousands of miles away … without knowing their next-door neighbors. — Software Is Reorganizing the World | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
Starr says Google Glass is no more intrusive than camera-equipped cell phones that do nearly the same thing.
"I think privacy is vapor now," Starr said. "There are cameras everywhere. There are recording devices everywhere." — Google Glass ban at Capitol Hill restaurant stirs privacy debate | Business | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, has described his company’s policy: “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it. — Eric Schmidt: Google gets close to ‘the creepy line’ – Telegraph Blogs
Walk into a room, and all the devices inside it–not just the computers and TV screens but the lightbulbs and thermostat, too, potentially–will know it’s you. — 4 Big Ideas in the New iPhones That No One’s Talking About | Wired Design | Wired.com