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Future of tech… 

Some research on the future of technology…


1. The race to Quantum Computing 

“This is a very exciting time,” says Daniel Lidar, director of the Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology at the University of Southern California. “This is not incremental; we’re really starting to see various groups working with superconducting qubits taking big strides forward.”


it is still far from clear when useful, large-scale quantum chips might be made, says Lidar



David vs Goliath… startups vs established companies. 





Brief & useful explanation of programmatic advertising: http://digiday.com/platforms/what-is-programmatic-advertising/


Car companies now show at MWC. 

Here’s Ford & how they want to be connected… incl some stuff on Shanghai



“I think there is still quite an opportunity for growth in the world for automobiles, but I think you have to be cognitive of the fact that more cars in the world everywhere isn’t going to work either.” — Jim Buczkowski, director of electrical and electronics systems, research and advanced engineering, at Ford, told The Drum


“Let’s be realistic, how many more cars can you put in a congested area of Shanghai? Certainly with standard of living and income rising in China and Shanghai more people can afford cars, but it doesn’t matter because there’s no place to put them. It’s about trying to be very realistic about how you solve people’s mobility problems. I don’t think we worry at all about selling less cars, we worry about being part of mobility solutions as a whole and it just means this is going to be more diverse,” he explains.


Not just the internet of things, the internet of caring things, incl Toymail




People are well excited about Blockchain. Here’s a great intro/explainer on it: http://uk.businessinsider.com/what-is-blockchain-2016-3?r=US&IR=T



Rise of robots, jobless future: https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=rise%20of%20robots%20jobs%20obsolete


Smart/ Automated Home & the complications of compatibility: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/the-automated-home-is-a-mess-1316149?src=rss&attr=all


Digital wallets, Apple Pay doing very well: http://www.fastcompany.com/3057353/fast-feed/apple-pay-leads-mobile-payments-with-12-million-monthly-users?utm_content=bufferfcb92&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


VR rocks! People will fall for it like a drug: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/03/people-will-fall-for-it-like-a-drug-game-devs-on-the-future-of-vr/?utm_content=buffer82bf7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


Tiny house, 3D printed, off grid… this thing is cool: http://www.wired.com/2016/03/additive-manufacturing-integrated-energy-structure



Some IoT stats:

economic impact of over $14 trillion by 2022.1 

GE says the “Industrial Internet” could add $15 trillion to the world economy over the next 20 years.2 

Companies are already spending billions to create new business models powered by the Internet of Things in sectors ranging from automotive (for example, in-vehicle information and entertainment) to health care (for example, remote patient monitoring).http://dupress.com/articles/the-internet-of-things/


3 predictions from a clever & rich bloke: http://www.inc.com/ilan-mochari/3-big-predictions-for-future-of-technology.html


Incl. Solar will solve so much!

takes decade to invent new hardware


22 ideas on future,

Most crap, couple good in http://www.sciencefocus.com/feature/future/future-technology-22-ideas-about-change-our-world

1. Soundwaves to kill fires

Neat video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPVQMZ4ikvM&feature=youtu.be


2. The AI scientist:

Cut off a flatworm’s head, and it’ll grow a new one. Cut it in half, and you’ll have two new worms. Fire some radiation at it, and it’ll repair itself. Scientists have wanted to work out the mechanisms involved for some time, but the secret has eluded them. Enter an AI coded at Tufts University, Massachusetts. By analysing and simulating countless scenarios, the computer was able to solve the mystery of the flatworm’s regeneration in just 42 hours. In the end it produced a comprehensive model of how the flatworm’s genes allow it to regenerate.

Although humans still need to feed the AI with information, the machine in this experiment was able to create a new, abstract theory independently – a huge step towards the development of a conscious computer, and potentially a landmark step in the way we carry out research.


Time it takes from invention to adoption

Drink trends 2016