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Why A Decentralized, Digital Economy Is A Magnet For Innovation

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Decentralized, open sourced economic action is the way forward. Instead of the centralized and highly hierarchical economic models of the 20th Century, the 21st Century (or at least much of the 21st Century) will be defined by organic and evolving economic activity.
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How taxi cartels resort to desperate measures to kill innovation and save their crumbling industry.

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Despite this latest effort by taxi companies to exploit a tragic accident caused by an Uber driver, the people (aka the market) have spoken.
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Obama’s Greatest Challenge: A Jobs Policy for the Tech Age

It’s not just Obama’s challenge, it’s a challenge for the country and for the world. As more and more jobs are automated how will we as societies handle this? Will we rush to restrict commerce and development? To kill ATMs to save bank teller jobs? Let’s hope not as that would be a recipe for stagnation at best, complete economic disaster at worst.

We are going to have to be more nimble as workers. Things will be less permanent. We must accept this reality or we will fall behind our potential as a country, as a planet. Going retrograde on the job front is not the answer.

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Bitcoin is here baby! And it mystifies many

Relatively early days.
Relatively early days.

I was talking with my wife the other day about how Bitcoin only 3 years ago was an obscure experiment engaged in by cyber-punks and anti-central bank people. It was really an anarchist effort (in the good sense of maximum freedom, not in the bad sense of throwing Molotov cocktails.) Totally on the fringes. It was $3 a Bitcoin back then. Now it’s $758.
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Want a Job? Learn how to work big data.

4 years ago I founded a small social media constancy. The idea was to manage the coming deluge of social media for businesses. Turned out to be a pretty good idea.

At first many businesses didn’t believe that social media was going to be as important as it has become. What seemed completely obvious to me was still not obvious to most businesses even into 2009. Then people began to wake up and the rest is history. Before I knew it I had Fortune 1000 companies emailing me. Companies which just 9 months before had no interest.

It has been a fascinating ride and one with many twists and turns.

Social media is by its nature a constantly evolving thing. This is one of 2 great challenges for businesses in today’s online world. Should a business spend time developing a Google+ presence? Many did. Not such a good idea, at this point. What about Foursquare? What happens if a company spends a million dollars on a social media engagement strategy only to have the environment turn on a dime?

The other great challenge is managing the crush of information which comes from doing social media well.

I can say from experience that this is a colossal task, and one that people have not yet figured out. So if you know how to run algos and know how to pick good trees from the forest, I suggest you look long and hard at a career in big data. It’s only going to get bigger.

Click here for more on this in the Huffington Post.

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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Gaming for Social Change: An In-depth Interview with Jane McGonigal

 

An interview with the author of bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World  

In the wake of hearing that gamers had solved a decade old riddle that had stumped the greatest minds in AIDS research I have started to think more seriously about how games might help us solve all sorts of problems.

Here is an interview in Forbes with a woman who is not only thinking about these issues, she’s creating games that may solve problems.

(From Forbes)

(Jane McGonigal) is making games powered by the science of positive emotion and social connection. The company’s first game, SuperBetter, is designed to increase resilience in the face of any illness or injury, or health and wellness goal. Players have used SuperBetter to overcome concussions, get through chemotherapy, reduce stress, lose weight, and quit smoking. Clinical trials for the game begin in September at Ohio State University Medical Research Center.

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