Google Wants to Read Your Mind

It makes sense. The next stage of search is to anticipate search. Of course to what degree this is a chicken and egg equation is not clear.

But make no mistake, Google is seeking to know your next step before even you think about taking it.

It seems crazy now. It likely won’t seem so weird in the very near future.

The implications for marketing are immense. And what about law enforcement? Did I hear someone say “Minority Report?”

No? You will. And I don’t need Google to tell me that.

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Print Your Organs

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Biotech startup aims to use bioink in 3D printer to grow human tissue and someday, organs.

My father has talked about this for a couple of decades. Though his taste is suspect in many things, his long term predictability skills are pretty darn good. He was talking about the buying things over the Internet in 80s. He rightly also predicted the ongoing online education revolution. My dad is an old 70s computer guy and watched a lot of Star Trek.

He was also pretty sure that before his generation was out that we’d see the viable creation of organs from tissue. It appears that he is likely right again.

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Digital Energy May Prove the Cheapest Energy of All

How are we going to deal with the ever increasing energy demands of a growing global population?

As the developing world comes increasingly into the 21st Century, the demands of these people for a better way of life, what has been an energy intensive way of life, will only increase.

This (if nothing changes) will increase instability across the planet. Our world doesn’t need too much more of that.

Then how do we solve this problem? How do we make the good life available to hundreds of millions of new people without completely destroying everything?

The CEO of The Future 500 (of which TPJ is a part) Bill Shireman, thinks that at least part of the solution lay in innovation. We must do more with less. We must become more efficient to prosper in the 21st Century. This really is the only option.

Click here for THE NEXT ECONOMY by Bill Shireman.

Rewrite of Senate Bill lets Feds Read Your Email, Google Docs, Without a Warrant

The 4th Amendment may be very close to dead. If this bill becomes law, online the 4th Amendment is dead.

What’s the problem with the police trolling through your Gmail account looking for something? If you haven’t done anything you have nothing to fear right?

Right.

(From CNET)

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge…

Leahy had planned a vote on an earlier version of his bill, designed to update a pair of 1980s-vintage surveillance laws, in late September. But after law enforcement groups including the National District Attorneys’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association organizations objected to the legislation and asked him to “reconsider acting” on it, Leahy pushed back the vote and reworked the bill as a package of amendments to be offered next Thursday. The package (PDF) is a substitute for H.R. 2471, which the House of Representatives already has approved.

One person participating in Capitol Hill meetings on this topic told CNET that Justice Department officials have expressed their displeasure about Leahy’s original bill.

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Cyber War: Israeli Military Sites Under Mass Hack Attack

War is in cyberspace as much as it is in real space. Since mid-last week Israeli sites have been probed over 44 million times. Typically Israel is subject to a few hundred attempts per day.

In air conditioned bunkers filled with servers hackers chase each other back and forth through code and over social media.

The attached article reports that the Israeli Army has a presence in all sorts of social media, and Hamas is particularly effective in Twitter. Try using the hashtags #Hamas and #Gaza to see what is happening in real time. It’s pretty amazing. But I wouldn’t go any deeper than that.

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Which Government Had Google Remove the Most Content?

Governments around the world to varying degrees see the free flow of information on the Internet as a challenge. Sometimes governments even lobby Google to make some information disappear. Governments also ask the company for user search histories etc. Most of the time Google complies as the video below reports. And “requests” are increasing.

Where is the line? What is free from government eyes and what is not on the Internet? Is nothing at all private? With increasingly powerful tools for sorting massive amounts of data available this is a question we all need (and deserve) an answer to.

The Education Revolution is Online: How MOOCs are Changing College

The current model for college is terribly outdated. Though I look with fondness on my time in school and see value in being on-campus, online education seems to make much more sense for many people than the system I went through. Given the cost of education now this seems especially so.

Enter the MOOC or the “Massive open online course.” Is this the solution many students and parents have been looking for?

To some degree it appears- yes.

(From The Technology Review)

The excitement over MOOCs comes at a time of growing dissatisfaction with the state of college education. The average price tag for a bachelor’s degree has shot up to more than $100,000. Spending four years on campus often leaves young people or their parents weighed down with big debts, a burden not only on their personal finances but on the overall economy. And many people worry that even as the cost of higher education has risen, its quality has fallen. Dropout rates are often high, particularly at public colleges, and many graduates display little evidence that college improved their critical-thinking skills. Close to 60 percent of Americans believe that the country’s colleges and universities are failing to provide students with “good value for the money they and their families spend,” according to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center. Proponents of MOOCs say the efficiency and flexibility of online instruction will offer a timely remedy.

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How about a printed house which grows like, and has the structural strength of bone?

I’m up for it. In fact I’d put money down right this moment if I could get a house like the one described in the attached article.

3D printing is about to change a lot of things in manufacturing, housing may be revolutionized in the not too distant future. It would be cool to see neighborhoods of homes constructed with a more organic flow. Such a place might lend itself to natural human programming which was originally constructed when right angles were something almost no humans ever saw in his or her lifetime.

The picture of the home in the article reminds me of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona over 100 years ago which was inspired by flowers and honeycombs and trees.

(From SmartPlanet.com)

A new concept design called Protohome was presented at last week’s 3D Printshow. Taking the more “traditional” method of 3D construction and turning it on its head, the team tested how large-scale 3D printing could be made lighter, more flexible and created without the need for adhesives.

The result? A computer algorithm which transforms printed material into fibrous pieces that can be “grown” and twisted in the same way that human bone builds – reinforcing stress-prone areas to keep breaks to a minimum.

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Old School Taxi Companies Try to Shut Down Uber, Uber Fights Back in a New School Way

Uber is an innovative taxi service available in many major metropolitan areas in the United States. It’s a great service. One establishes an account online. When one needs a cab one need only access the mobile app on one’s phone. Boom a cab arrives. Plus payment is made through the online account so no need for credit cards or cash. Easy. Quick. Efficient.

However old taxi companies across the nation, often with strong connections to city hall, are fighting the innovation and convenience Uber brings. In it’s effort to stay alive Uber has started an online petition through Change.org.

If you haven’t used Uber, I encourage you to give it a try. If you are for innovation in the marketplace consider signing their petition.

How to Video Your Vote (And Not Get Arrested While doing it)

Many people plan on videoing their vote this year. In a free and open republic citizens should be able to document their vote for posterity. At least this is the opion of your editor.

However there are some states where breaking out your Android at the polling station will get you in hot water. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and West Virginia
are states where videoing is a no no.

Here is a step by step guide to documenting one’s vote- where it is legal.