Hands up: Who’d like their very own psychic personal assistant to sort through all their life admin? Y’know, someone who just happens to know what we want before we even do? Well, according to The Daily Mail, Google has launched an app that promises to do just that, and we’re pretty psyched ab via Pocket
What’s going on in the world today? It’s hard to keep up. Some facts are familiar to anyone who reads the news. Unemployment is high. Growth is slow. Shale gas is a big deal. But beyond the caps-lock headlines, subtler, but no less significant, shifts are changing the U.S. via Pocket
OUTSIDE THE SPRAWLING Frankfurt Messe, home of innumerable German trade fairs, stands the “Hammering Man”, a 21-metre kinetic statue that steadily raises and lowers its arm to bash a piece of metal with a hammer. via Pocket
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has started a worldwide conversation about the practical intrusion of cargo-carrying drones into everyday life with his announcement of Amazon Prime Air. The prototype is shown in the video below: via Pocket
Antenna-supported Web TV service Aereo TV is set to roll out into 22 additional US cities in late spring following a series B round worth $38 million. The announcement was made at the Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications conference at CES. via Pocket
When we shed this mortal coil, our digital footprint will remain. How do you want to be memorialized on the Web? Death is a touchy subject. Some people avoid talking about it at all costs, while others are an open book. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed somewhat of a fixation on mortality. via Pocket
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has called on Barack Obama to rein in the National Security Agency as he described the whistleblower Edward Snowden as “a hero” whom history will judge “very favourably”. via Pocket
Highlights of Gerd Leonhard’s futurist keynote ITU Telecom World 2013 (by ITU) (the Future of the Internet) see http://www.futuristgerd.com/2013/11/21/here-is-the-pdf-with-my-slides-from-the-ituworld-event-in-bkk-today/
The EU executive is threatening to freeze crucial data-sharing arrangements with the US because of the Edward Snowden revelations about the mass surveillance of the National Security Agency. via Pocket
At our OSCON conference this summer, Jon Bruner, Renee DiResta and I sat down with Alasdair Allan, a hardware hacker and O’Reilly author; Josh Marinacci, a researcher with Nokia; and Tony Santos, a user experience designer with Mozilla. via Pocket
Distributed citizen groups and nimble hackers once had the edge. Now governments and corporations are catching up. Who will dominate in the decades ahead? We’re in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace. via Pocket
PLEASE NOTE: this blog's focus has changed. As of 9/1/2013, my posts will be zeroing in on the FUTURE OF PRIVACY and the role of 'BIG DATA' as well as on the latest developments in HUMAN-MACHINE relationships. Previously, this blog provided insights on 'the future of business (which is still very closely related, of course). This blog is run by Gerd Leonhard, Keynote Speaker, Futurist, Author & Blogger, Strategist, Idea Curator, Occasional Heretic, CEO of The Futures Agency, Founder of Green Futurists.
Based in Basel, Switzerland.