Interactive shopping

Fraunhofer HHI want to make future shopping trips a special experience by enabling passers-by to operate window displays with hand and facial gestures. Four cameras record the 3-D positions of people´s hands, face and eyes and transform them into commands for selecting and purchasing goods – even after the shop has closed.

Generation IP: 2025

Welcome to Generation IP:2025 by Virgin Media Business — an in-depth study carried out in conjunction with The Future Laboratory – which provides an exciting glimpse into a hyper-connected Britain in just thirteen years’ time.

The Four Pillars of a Decentralized Society

“What if we could rebuild our society in a way that works for everyone? Epochal changes are now underway that are radically transforming how society operates. Johann Gevers will describe this revolution, and how it will create vast new economic opportunities and unprecedented social freedom.”

The End Game of the Sharing Economy

“Airbnb does business in 34,000 cities, has a valuation of over 10 billion dollars, and in a very short time has disrupted the world of hospitality and travel. Its co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky envisions the future city as a place where sharing is front and center — where people become micro-entrepreneurs, the local mom and pops will flourish once again, where space isn’t wasted, but shared, and more of almost everything is produced, except waste. But the journey from here to there won’t be all smooth sailing. What are the ups and downs of the sharing economy, as businesses like Airbnb confront critiques about regulation, economic development, and fairness? What role might businesses play in creating more shareable, more livable cities? How will the sharing economy, with its de-emphasis on ownership, be a tool for addressing urban inequality?”

Wall Huggers

How addicted are you?

The Corporation of Me

“Jennifer Lyn Morone, Inc is a new business, established to determine the value of an individual. The corporation derives value from three sources and legally protects and bestows rights upon the total output of Jennifer Lyn Morone:

1. Past experiences and present capabilities. These are offered as biological, physical and mental services such as genes, labour, creativity, blood, sweat and tears.
2. Selling future potential in the form of shares.
3. Accumulation, categorisation and evaluation of data that is generated as a result of Jennifer Lyn Morone’s life.

Currently, we do not own our identity nor control our data shadows that are created and captured by modern technology and sold for profit by governments and industry. Establishing a human as a corporation allows assets to be sold and data becomes company property. In this way, the whole process of resources, production and ownership is rightly reclaimed by the individual.”

Visit the website of Jennifer Lyn Morone or read the article in the Economist.

Make Longer Cables

“Two in three robots think their work is boring”

Jason Silva on Mirroring Gods

“Long ago man formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed unattainable to his desires – or forbidden to him – he attributed to these gods… Now he has himself approached very near to realizing this ideal, he has nearly become a god himself.” – Sigmund Freud

Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot ASIMO

Transcendence

“Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and friend Max, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can… but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power—to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.”

Just like the Matrix, another science fiction movie about a possible dystopian future. Will science fiction become science fact? According to Ray Kurzweil, in his most recent interview with The Guardian, it will. Scary or not?