Inside Obama’s Stealth Startup | Fast Company #tech #government


There may not be many of you interested in government bureaucracy, operations and technology…but if you are, this long form article from FastCompany is a very good read! Its also a reminder of the sad state of government affairs in Canada and how important it is for a country to be run by an insightful leader focused on building and creating instead of an authoritarian focused on suffocating innovation, responsiveness and transparency. 

President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works. READ MORE: Inside Obama’s Stealth Startup | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

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Chris Downey: Design with the blind in mind | TED.com


What would a city designed for the blind be like? Chris Downey is an architect who went suddenly blind in 2008; he contrasts life in his beloved San Francisco before and after — and shows how the thoughtful designs that enhance his life now might actually make everyone’s life better, sighted or not.

via Chris Downey: Design with the blind in mind | Video on TED.com.

The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge—Just Not As Huge As The Hype | ReadWrite


The Internet of Things promises to bring a new level of convenience to our lives. Could it bring trillions of dollars worth of convenience? Not likely, but that’s not stopping a lot of prognosticators out there.

The level of hype around the financial promise of the Internet of Things is truly gargantuan. A May 2013 report from the McKinsey Institute suggests that connecting billions of ordinary devices to the Internet will add between $2.7 trillion and $6.2 trillion a year to the global economy by 2025.

Cisco, which has a big stake in the hardware infrastructure for a thriving Internet of Things, estimates that what it calls “the Internet of Everything” will boost global output by $14.4 trillion over 9 years, or a comparatively sane $1.6 trillion a year. General Electric, by contrast, goes even bigger than McKinsey, and estimates that the “Industrial Internet” will boost global GDP by $15.3 trillion in 2030.

So where is all this money going to come from? Will all the little robots and sensors that will fill our lives with automated goodness also spit out gold coins? Not quite. But the Internet of Things is still going to add a lot of economic value. Even if actual gains only amount to a tenth of the hype, the potential boost to the economy—and human wellbeing in general—will be very significant.

Read the rest of the story: The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge—Just Not As Huge As The Hype | ReadWrite.

World Futurist Society: 20 Forecasts for 2013-2025 | Stephens Lighthouse


World Futurist Society: 20 Forecasts for 2013-2025 | Stephens Lighthouse. Some intriguing hypothesized forecasts in this article including Smart phones help spur political reform in Africa, A handheld “breathalyzer” will diagnose diseases and the Amish Boom.