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Population Growth - Part Deux
SolidiaTech.com
A little more on the challenges of population growth in this article going from 2011 on to 2050.  Solidia Tech recognizes the CO2 emission problem that is present and growing.  Focusing just on the housing that will be necessary for 9.3 billion people, we need to start building now in all sectors, residential commercial and don't forget the prisons.

Not only do the building processes needs to make changes for cleaner manufacturing, where are these people going to go?  If you understand the impact, building single family homes seems like wasting precious space and any new construction should be at least 15 stories tall.   As a species on this planet, we, all nations, need to be united in building and designing mega-cities worldwide now.  Your grand kids will thank you.

Imaging cities like Birmingham, AL in 30 years getting as large as Sao Paulo Brazil is today.  And, this will be the new average worldwide.  China is building islands in the sea now.  Add a comment below, you do not have to be member to post.  All posts are moderated.


Population Growth - Opportunity and Challenges
Population GrowthA solid upward trend, that unlike other trends that diminish at some point, population growth is an escalating component that will overload just about every infrastructure in every country. Sighting this article from USAToday from 3 years ago, the projected numbers indicate there will huge problems and many opportunities. Meeting these challenge is what entrepreneurship is all about, meeting these challenges with an equally qualified concern for others and the environment should be our goal and responsibility.

On Wikipedia there is a breakdown of the population growth and in digging through it I took the population from when I was ten, approximately 189 million. In 40 years we've grown to 318 million. That's a plus of 135 or a 69.8 percent increase. In 2025 we are projected to hit 345 million an increase of 24 million, so if you add that to the cities seeing the boom roughly 1.5 million to the top 12 major cities in the US. Check these maps out from TheAtlantic.

There are opportunities in every market and challenges for all of us. (Can't say for sure, but weird to think there has never been this many people alive on the planet at the same time before.)


Personal Drones - The Future Is Now
The JetsonsIn as much as the cartoon the Jetsons made a spoof of a future world with flying vehicles and radio controlled appliances, this article from Wired.com creates the visual that I've been thinking we are headed for in less than 20 years down the road. With overcrowded highways and better use of unmanned vehicle technology, it doesn't seem far fetched that hundreds of personal drones could be taking to the skies delivering people quietly and flawlessly to their destinations. Having a personal airport on the balcony of your high rise looks like a great idea.

The other side of that vision is the class separation that will come between have and the have nots. Those unable to afford such upgrades will be left in the masses on the ground where the deliver of goods, health care and the overall quality of life is not as good, like a scene out of Elysium. The future lies somewhere between these two visions.


Distributed Phone Systems - Ring Central
RingCentral

A few years ago I wanted to have a separate phone number for a startup company, but since we are only a few members, and in different locations, it needed to on a system we could all make calls from it and redirect for availability.  After trying a couple I've found RingCentral.com to be the best and most affordable.

Here are some of the key features for a small company that can make you look like a big well run operation.  First you choose a number for your business, then with their phone app, you to make and receive calls from your cell phone with the other number.  When some calls your business you can route them by extensions you set up to other employees cell phones and everyone can make make and receive calls from that number. It's one of many great features, plus you have logging to see what calls have been made. This feature is really helpful to make sure you don't miss or followed up on a call.  There's even a feature for direct digital recording your calls.

Take a test drive on RingCentral.com.


Blockchain Technology
Blockchain

Blockchain technology can be boiled down to an accounting ledger built on a network of servers.  There's a detailed article and infographic included on Recode.net that will give you an overview of how any why this financial technology will shape more than just crypto currency transactions in the future.

Blockchain technology is developing very quickly into an established transaction method and disrupting the financial services industry.

Read more about blockchain technology Recode.


TheNextWeb.com - Tech News & Insights
TheNextWeb.com

I found TheNextWeb while looking for information about wearables (great seo by the way) Wearables are technology devices that you wear.  I discovered a passage called Wearables Reach Employees in an article by JT Ripton titled 6 Technology Trends for 2016.

My interest in wearable is in how they can be useful and monetized in the private sector.  Clearly, the applications for police, fire rescue and military are needed and in the future may be looked upon as how could we have ever done without them.  But, other than convenience what applications do they really hold?  Now after reading the article, from a psychology viewpoint the the possibilities are endless.  Here's an exert:

Some companies are giving wearables to their employees on the ground for second-by-second inventory updates.  Others are using them internally to see how their corporate employees interact.

Read the full article here at TheNextWeb.

I am surprised I had not come across TheNextWeb.com sooner.  Their site has the best layout and quality of articles that I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time.  I strongly recommend bookmarking it and check out the Insights and Offers sections.  It's at the top of my reading list now.


Content Marketing is Website Marketing
Site Marketing

Although this article is on the subject of content marketing it overlaps into all areas of digital marketing. I found this great article by Richard Darell while doing research for a strategic marketing plan for a new project. There's a detailed infographic included by ZenContent that helped me form the basis of my plan.

I was having a touch of writers block getting started on this marketing plan and can see when a business becomes too close to itself to be able to write effectively for their own products. Whether it is the lack of time or just the need for a fresh perspective, consider hiring professional content writers from ZenContent.

Promoting your website is essentially content marketing. Quality content gets a new customer to the door and engages the the ones that have already made purchases. Add a great domain name and building more engaging content provides the search engines with a bigger target to hit and will dynamically improve your SEO efforts.

Read more about content marketing at BitRebels.


Tech Media Growth Forecast

Tech Predictions
Top business-strategist Michael Wolf gave a presentation on the future of tech and media from 2016 to 2020 in the Wall Street Journal last October.  I've been covering technology predictions in several articles and although there are some corrections in the stock market at the moment, there is nothing really holding the tech sector back.  But, don't take my word for it, read Wolf's presentation on how consumer tech and media staged to grow by 535 Billion over the next 4 years.

You can view the presentation from the Business Insider here.


Techli.com - Entrepreneurs and Innovation

Techli.comWhile searching for domain technology news, I had the pleasure of stumbling upon another great technology site for tech startups that is a start up.  Edward Domain is the founder and CEO of Techli.com  He is a writer, U.S. Army veteran, serial entrepreneur and chronic early adopter. Having worked for startups in Silicon Valley and Chicago, Edward founded, grew and successfully exited his own previous startup and loves telling the tales of innovators everywhere.  Based out of St. Louis, Techli.com also has a show on PBS that covers innovators in a candid business casual format that yields a closer personal experience of the entrepreneurs behind the scenes while delivering the synergy.

Techli.com has a nice layout and I found several several article worth reading, it's bookmark worthy and on my reading list.  I'd like to see this level of ground floor reporting for innovative technology roll out to all major cities around the world.


2016 and Beyond

Tech Forecast 2016Looking for predictions into the 2016 technology sector?

Check out ComputerWorld.com has several predictions of tech trends that will have a greater impact in 2016. Nothing really disruptive, but check the article for their top 5.

Forrester.com has predictions by various market segments providing a more in depth look at the shape of things to come.

Going beyond 2016...ELON University has a few new concepts to embrace about the future.  Be sure to check their 2045 and beyond predictions, it starts getting creepy and it's not that far away.


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