Karen Landis, user experience team leader for Belk.com, says the gigabit age will redefine what a “thought” actually is.
Good thing or bad thing?

Karen Landis, user experience team leader for Belk.com, says the gigabit age will redefine what a “thought” actually is.

Good thing or bad thing?

"People will regain the use of their thumbs for other purposes, as they experience the electronic co-presence of their family, friends, co-workers, boss, merchants, advertisers, spammers, stalkers, and government surveillance personnel."

Judith Perrolle, a professor at Northeastern University, on the future of killer apps in the gigabit age.

More: “The Internet of Things will take an ugly turn as hackers, cyber security swat teams, advertisers, and terrorists run amok through citizens’ and nations’ refrigerators, heating systems, power grids, and pacemakers. A sub-specialty of lawyers will arise to deal with Internet-connected objects’ product liability, in turn giving rise to laws absolving manufacturers of fault.”

Even more …

Nearly 25 years after the birth of the world wide web, most Americans have computers and internet access, but the nation remains a patchwork of connectivity, with some metro areas full of high-speed connections and other areas much less plugged in.

Overall, 84% of U.S. households own a computer, and 73% have a computer with a broadband connection to the internet. 

Among the regions where the highest share of households have broadband connections are relatively small but college-heavy metro areas such as:

  • Boulder (85%)
  • Lawrence, Kan. (83%)
  • State College, Pa. (81%)

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A few things to explore ahead of today’s Apple announcements:

As of January 2014:

  •     90% of American adults have a cell phone
  •     58% of American adults have a smartphone
  •     32% of American adults own an e-reader
  •     42% of American adults own a tablet computer
"I don’t think the human race can retire en masse by 2025."

— Fred Baker on the future of AI, robotics, and jobs.

  • In 2013, an estimated 165,100 Americans worked as computer network support specialists, 141,270 as computer network architects, and 78,020 as information security analysts. None of those occupations existed on their own in 1999.
  • Last year there were an estimated 112,820 web developers, another job classification that didn’t exist in 1999 (despite the dot-com mania that was cresting that year). 

We compared the 2013 occupations list with the one for 1999, the earliest with a similar structure. While most of the 800 or so jobs were unchanged, there were some notable differences showing how new technologies already are affecting employment.

More on the future of AI/robotics

More on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web

Tech experts hope the open structure of the internet will prevail in the coming decade. But they also fear threats to the internet’s connectivity will arise from efforts by nations to restrict content, increased surveillance, and commercialization of too much online activity.

We’ve got a NEW REPORT from our expert series out today, and we’ll be spending the day talking all things future of the internet, the Web at 25, and the threats that face the Net in the coming decade. Follow along here and on Twitter with #web25.

63% of Americans think it would be a bad thing if U.S. airspace opened to personal drones.

fastcompany:

So Meta: 3-D Print This Chart About 3-D Printing
See just how far 3-D printing has come in the past decade—with this 3-D printable chart that turns data into a fun toy.
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fastcompany:

So Meta: 3-D Print This Chart About 3-D Printing

See just how far 3-D printing has come in the past decade—with this 3-D printable chart that turns data into a fun toy.

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From driverless cars to delivery drones, a new generation of robots is about to revolutionize the way people work, drive and shop. But there is one area where robots are already entrenched and spreading fast: the industrial sector, especially manufacturing and storage.

Robots have long toiled alongside workers in factories and warehouses, where they load boxes with items ordered online, drill and weld car parts, or move food from one conveyor belt to the next.

Now many experts worry about the dangers that robots pose to the humans who work alongside them.

(Source: futurescope)

More on how to use tech like a teenager

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Last night’s episode of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” featured what we have found 48% of Americans would like to do: ride in a driverless car.

College graduates are particularly interested in giving driverless cars a try: 59% of them would do so, while 62% of those with a high school diploma or less would not. There is also a geographical split on this issue: Half of urban (52%) and suburban (51%) residents are interested in driverless cars, but just 36% of rural residents say this is something they’d find appealing.

Would you ride in a driverless car?

mashable:

This Themed Thursday our theme is…Drones!
Drones can do everything from filming weddings, examining pipelines, carrying advertising banners and even playing music! 

Throughout the day we will be posting and reblogging our favorite drone news and projects. To start, here is a primer on drone laws.

futurescope:

A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It
Entertaining read from The Upshot. Insights via Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman, Clara Shih, Peter Thiel, Sebastian Thrun, Ev Williams and Susan Wojcick.

From employment to leisure and transportation to education, tech is changing the world at a faster pace than ever before. Already, people wear computers on their faces, robots scurry through factories and battlefields and driverless cars dot the highway that cuts through Silicon Valley. Almost two-thirds of Americans think technological change will lead to a better future, while about one-third think people’s lives will be worse as a result, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. Regardless, expect more change. In a series of interviews, which have been condensed and edited, seven people who are driving this transformation provided a glimpse into the not-too-distant future.


33% of Americans expect to live in a world in which humans have long-term colonies on other planets.  More on U.S. views of the future of technology: http://pewrsr.ch/P0LBlm

futurescope:

A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It

Entertaining read from The Upshot. Insights via Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman, Clara Shih, Peter Thiel, Sebastian Thrun, Ev Williams and Susan Wojcick.

From employment to leisure and transportation to education, tech is changing the world at a faster pace than ever before. Already, people wear computers on their faces, robots scurry through factories and battlefields and driverless cars dot the highway that cuts through Silicon Valley. Almost two-thirds of Americans think technological change will lead to a better future, while about one-third think people’s lives will be worse as a result, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. Regardless, expect more change. In a series of interviews, which have been condensed and edited, seven people who are driving this transformation provided a glimpse into the not-too-distant future.

33% of Americans expect to live in a world in which humans have long-term colonies on other planets.  More on U.S. views of the future of technology: http://pewrsr.ch/P0LBlm

mashable:

Photographer Jim Golden's new project Relics of Technology is a collection of still images and animated GIFs that feature forgotten contraptions of the past.