Looking 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.
I graduated high school a year early on the condition set by my parents that I attend a junior college. So I enrolled for a couple of night classes at what was locally referred to as UCLA or University Closest to Lambert Avenue, better known as College of DuPage in Lombard Illinois. I signed up for a couple of classes. One class was Intro to Business and after a couple of days into the class I was really enjoying it. Our instructor was like no teacher I had in high school he had an unorthodox method of getting his points across and when he began the course he started by telling us that he wasn't going to teach us the way business was done by the book, he was going explain business in the real world and how to be successful in it. This got my attention and when he told us that he caught Mitsubishi's initial listing on the American stock exchange making millions and was only teaching there for 1 dollar a year, he had my full attention. At the age of 17 I didn't know what I wanted to do, I only knew what I didn't want to do, and that was working in a 9 to 5 grind for the rest of my life.
Without getting on a rant here, one of the main points he kept emphasizing was to spot trends in business and consumer behavior. I look for trends daily and one source I keep going back to is BusinessInsider.com. If there's any indication of what the future holds it will be a change in currency. Follow the money trail here, there are several start ups in the financial sector where investment is in internet financial vehicles, financial tools, cryto-coins, lending platforms and investment can be viewed more of a diversification of the current financial institutions. The finance industry knows which way the wind is blowing, they're closer to the ground floor of business in general, they know what the numbers are. Here's a link to some of the top Nordic startups.
The obvious investment is clicks and bricks, solid online business models. And, whatever you're doing, it will be online.
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October is breast cancer awareness month. In the news there has been a lot of controversy over the change in screening practices for early diagnosis of breast cancer by the American Cancer Society. You don't have to be a genius to know that discovering and treating a problem early on has a better prognosis for success. I hope this doesn't lead to a change in insurance coverage's, and why in the day of all this technology is there no real customization of insurance options? More privatization in medical care and competition in the insurance industry are the healthy choice.
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The Hendo Hoverboard 2.0 is scheduled for release tomorrow. Their first hoverboard could only hover for a short time and over a magnetized surface.
Let's hope they've got it right on this release. One day they will and imaging how many of these they could sell before Christmas. Take a look at the Hendo's story, a Kickstarter company with a great story that brings out that child inventor.
The speed and scale at which computer calculations are made is about to take a quantum leap with a discovery made by a team of Australian engineers lead by Andrew Dzurak at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Quantum Computing is much more advanced than tradition computing where two bits represent a 1 or 0, in quantum computations there are virtually an endless value for a state by superposition or the calculation with other states or qubits. Andrew and his team built a device that allows two qubits to calculate between each other, the quantum logic gate. It is a huge break through using silicon as chip manufacturing today is basically of the same process. What really incredible to myself, as a former MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) engineer is the use of the spin and direction of the electron to arrive at calculating the quantum state. These two sciences may be able to learn a lot from each other. Read more about the scientists and their discovery in UNSW News.
What I think it means for the consumer seven to ten years down the road, self driving cars will be able to calculate all the variables necessary to drive in city traffic flawlessly, medical procedures and drugs will be hand crafted just for your body and DNA. And, when you add this discovery with all the other sciences that are growing, all technology is beginning to increase at an alarmingly increasing rate.
As we approach the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2015, and soon to be at the midway point of this decade, I started to look at the predictions and indicators for internet growth by year 2020. Sounds futurist the year 2020 and I think we are starting to enter into the steeper slope of the curve now. In 2010 the internet had 1.7 billion users, today it has a little over 3.1 billion and by 2020 it should be at 5 billion. Check out the stats by country here on InternetWorldStats.com.
Forecasting the future of the internet is that hard to predict just look at what we do and ask yourself are we going to be doing any less of it. Twenty-five great points are listed in this article on Marketing in 2020 by Jeff Beer of FastCompany.com. By looking at marketing we can see the direction society is taking by observing the force trying to get in-front of the mass. Some key points I took away were virtual reality is reality, brand transparency and through technology it's about to get really personal.
Don't forget to consider the growth of the machine usage with the Internet of Things IoT. Both machine and human usage almost double in the next 5 years!
There's a lot of talk about Windows 10 both good and mostly good, but some of same voices want to say something negative anytime Microsoft release a new product. Haters gonna hate. Having loaded Windows 10 for myself over the weekend, on a Surface Pro 3, it didn't take long, loaded correctly and runs flawless. The new design incorporates the webby Win 8 interface with the usefulness of the desktop for what I feel is the best of both worlds. If you're looking for tips an article by ExtremeTech.com has some hidden features and useful short cuts.
Most of the negative I have heard is about the privacy settings, but you can shut the data sharing off from the control panel or during the installation so it's really a mute point. Everything you do is watched anyway from the moment data leaves your box, so what's the point. (I still opt for leaving the sharing features off though.) The Windows 10 operating systems runs on most devices with the ability to sync between my them. And, when I go to upgrade my phone I just might go for a Windows phone to exploit these features. I'm happy with the free upgrade and the ability to write notes on a web page while viewing, then save it, is huge. Thanks Microsoft!
Why wasn't it called Windows 9... One rumor is to avoid legacy apps checking for Windows 95 or 98 could have mistaken this version number. It's a new age for Microsoft products and I think a very good one.
Here's a great idea for the taking, the magnification card or Mag Card. In the extra space above the magnetic strip, during manufacturing process, create a clear magnification lens out of the card plastic or mold it into the card meld the surface so it doesn't pop out when flexed. The benefit being no need for a reading glass to see your bill or glance over a menu.
Great idea? Well it's here for anyone to develop and patent. I hold a design patent and several copyrights on other products. And after going through the patent process a couple of times, I've learned that if you're not going to make it your life's work and defended it into possible bankruptcy, it's really not worth doing.
The Mag Card has great potential and I'd just like to have one built into my debit card. I'm hoping someone runs with this idea and makes the world a better place (leave the lawyers out of the loop).
The Mag Card was hatched in the early hours of the morning involving the perfect combination of alcohol, an attractive waitresses and a bar tab the size of a federal invoice. If you decide to manufacture and end up making millions, throw a little this way and I see that the ladies get their share.
TechCrunch has a great article on the growth of enterprise software featuring a 3 trillion dollar opportunity, but it's bigger than that and there's so much room for small business and start ups. In short, mobile collaboration for your workforce with direct integration to product partners and stakeholders is the only model to develop for, anything else would be a disservice to your client.
Just five years ago, we wouldn’t have imagined that a farmer or construction worker could be an information worker. But with products like Farmlogs, Planet Labs and Airware in farming and agriculture, and PlanGrid or Skycatch in construction, all new demographics of the workforce are being supported by information technology. And this is just the beginning. As every employee on the planet is enabled by a smartphone, the addressable market for enterprise software grows from about half a billion people to the billions of workers leveraging mobile devices to do their jobs.
Every job is software-enabled, every industry is digitized. Read more at TechCrunch.com