futurescope:

From The Economist:

Robotic Roll Call - Automata step, hop, leap, drive and fly from science fiction into reality

futurescope:

From The Economist:

Robotic Roll Call - Automata step, hop, leap, drive and fly from science fiction into reality

China’s competitive edge has long been its vast supply of cheap hands. But as the country grows richer, skills shortages are driving wages rapidly up. Foxconn’s decision to alter its mix of capital and labour is thus logical, and mirrors what many smaller firms are already doing.
According to the Oxford study, “occupations that involve complex perception and manipulation tasks, creative intelligence tasks, and social intelligence tasks are unlikely to be substituted by computer capital over the next decade or two.”
Russia’s invasion of the Crimea could push the country into a sharp recession. Yet Moscow’s war on Internet freedom should spook investors even more. It risks long term damage to Russia’s economy, according to a recent report by Dalberg. President Putin should change course and support a free and open Internet before it’s too late.
As Werner Vogels, Amazon’s chief technology officer, said in last week’s BBC article on retailing: “You can never have too much data. Bigger is definitely better. The more data you can collect the finer-grained the results can be.”
Earth-bound challenges will determine the success of Facebook and Google’s plans to use balloons, drones and satellites to spread Internet access.
Most encouragingly, most of this progress has taken place in the developing world, which has accounted for 90% of global net additions for mobile cellular and 82% of global net additions of new Internet users since early 2010, when the Commission was set up.

Post by Marizanne Knoesen: From The Disillusioned Generation to The Newly Empowered Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

futuresagency:

Millennials have been ‘sold’ a recipe for success when growing up – work hard, get good grades and cushion your CV with some extra curricular activities and after university you’ll get a good entry level job…or so it went.

There are three reasons why the above recipe has failed to deliver. Millennials are entering the job market during one of the biggest economic shifts of the past 50 years and they are competing against a global workforce – not the local and small pool of competing workers that their parents and grandparents knew. Lastly they are sandwiched between the world that was and the world that will be, a world increasingly characterized by the military term, VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) and a transition to transient advantages (as Rita Gunter McGrath writes here).

To illustrate this dynamic between the old and new world, let’s look at an example. On the one hand, the job market wants Millennials to play by the rules: “Upload your CV, in format X and do not send us anything unsolicited.” On the other hand they want Millennials to demonstrate their creativity and out-of-the-box thinking (there’s a woman who landed a job by sending the CEO a plastic arm and leg with the note ‘I’ll give an arm and a leg for 30 minutes of your time’). True story. Regardless of the approach taken, what is it like when Millennials try to enter the job market?

Some respondents said privacy would be a luxury of the few and that the internet-fueled future may widen the gap between the rich and the poor.

Facebook may be riding on the coattails of opposition to NSA surveillance, suggested Mukul Krishna, digital media senior global director at Frost & Sullivan.

For Zuckerberg, who once famously said, in effect, that privacy was dead, “this is a really nice way to get onto the bandwagon and say Facebook’s looking out for the interests of subscribers,” Krishna said.

Iron Sky - Producing with the Audience (by energiaproductions)

Nice overview

Such uncertainty about our collective digital future demands careful scrutiny of our governing practices today, and necessitates the development of visionary information policies which comprehensively confront these complex dilemmas.