Can China Become a Leading Global Innovator?

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Originally posted on Business World:

Assembled in China but designed in California, Japan, or Europe.

Thats been the story of Chinas economic rise for the past 30 years.

Few if any of Chinas companies are considered innovative by global standards – and Nobel prizes for science remain frustratingly elusive.

But China wants to be more than the factory of the world and its government knows it has to move on from a “beg, borrow or steal” strategy on innovation if it is to keep growing its economy.

Will it be able to do this?

BBC News – Can China become a leading global innovator?.

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7 Futuristic Wearable Tech and Social Media Integration


Originally posted on RGB Social:

Wearable Tech and Social Media

Over the last several days, as many of you likely have, I’ve been keenly following updates from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

For those who don’t know, it’s during CES that many new tech gadgets and innovations are revealed, essentially playing the role of a one-stop-shop for where we can get a glimpse of what the future of tech has in store.

Of the many cool new electronic devices being shown off at this year’s show (that I’ve read about thus far anyway) – predictably – it looks as though wearable tech is one of the major trends being observed.

Virtually every major electronics player is diving into the wearable tech ring, each with their own take on what they believe to be the future of this emerging segment.

Pebble, one of the earlier players in wearable tech, and Kickstarter success story raising over $10 million…

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What Happens When You Serve McDonald’s to Food Experts/Critics


Life Hunters’ YouTubers Sacha and Cedrique visited the annual food convention in Houten in The Netherlands, where they asked unwitting gastronomic experts to taste samples of McDonald’s food and offer their opinions on this “new, organic alternative to fast food”.

Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was ‘fresh’ and ‘tasty’.

The foodies were then cajoled into making a direct comparison with McDonald’s.  Asked how the “organic” fare shapes up in comparison to the fast food giant, one individual says: “It’s definitely a lot tastier than McDonald’s, you can just tell this is a lot more pure.”, “It tastes a lot better, and the fact that it’s organic is definitely a good thing. It’s just better for you. The taste is a lot richer.”

Original Source - Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald’s
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Futuristic Display Adds Safety to Driving


Viewing images on the windshield of the car is not exactly a new idea, but the technologies developed so far were concepts only designed for luxury models. The Navdy is a simple heads-up display (HUD) that projects notifications, apps, and driving directions directly from your smartphone to the windshield, guaranteeing to keep your eyes on the road.

The focus of this project is safe driving. The use of cell phones while driving is increasing accidents at an exponential rate worldwide. With Navdy, the driver can perform a series of tasks on their smartphone without taking getting distracted from the road or having to actually look at the device screen.

There are already systems that enable cellphone use by the driver through voice command, but the Navdy seems to do it masterfully. Besides projecting information to the driver, the device recognizes spoken commands and gestures. With this combination of features it allows the drive to answer calls, reply to messages, change songs, check the driving directions indicated on GPS, measure distances traveled and so on.

By its looks, you must have realized what makes Navdy be compatible with virtually any car: the device was designed to be simply attached to the dashboard and its see through HUD does not block the windshield. Furthermore, the device can even display information directly on the windshield of the car.

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For the device to work, you must connect the Navdy into your car’s OBDII port. Besides providing energy, this type of connection also transfers information such as speed, current gear and if there are any mechanical problems.

It is clear that such a project has a few setbacks as well. The fixation to the dashboard needs to be strong enough to not come off in case of a collision, the gesture sensors must be fast so that no time-consuming movements would be necessary and the projected images must be clear for the driver to not get distracted trying to understand them.

But common sense should still apply: even with Navdy allowing the user to reply to a tweet, for example, it is still safer and more prudent to do so when not behind the wheel.

Source: Navdy

See more at: http://interestingengineering.com/navdy-heads-up-display-adds-safety-to-driving

How You Can Function on Less Than 6 Hours of Sleep

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Originally posted on TIME:

Answer by Alexandra Damskeron Quora.

I don’t have a multi-million dollar company (yet), but I’m one of those CEOs who function on 3-5 hours of sleep.

No, there aren’t any drugs involved, nor is there poor management (as far as I know). It’s a variety of things.

First, reduce TV. You sleep much better, and do much more work, when you don’t watch much TV. Your brain is actually less active watching TV than when it’s sleeping. This dullness is addictive. My daughter becomes a giant mess when she watches too much TV — huge tantrums, crying, screaming, complete meltdown. She doesn’t want to eat or listen. It’s like she’s addicted, and I’m taking away her drug. My husband is very similar, without the actual crying. He just sort of grunts more. I’m not certain it happens with everyone, but I’d be surprised if most people aren’t highly…

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HP Believes in the Use of Hands Interface


The new HP ad, “Hands of Time“, promotes Sprout, a computer that instead of using the keyboard or mouse use hands, a product designed to provide an immersive multi-touch experience that consumers can develop their imagination using all the power of their hands.

In the new advertising spot you can see the size range of Sprout, for everyone wanting to work with their hands instead of the usual keyboard.

See also: Touchless Gesture Control with Myo Armband

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An Optimistic Vision of World Energy in 2064

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

This article is part of the ‘Think Further’ series, sponsored by Fred Alger Management, Inc. For more ‘Think Further’ content and videos, visit thinkfurtheralger.com.

In 2064, the global use of fossil fuels will fall to less than half its current level, as resource exhaustion leads to higher extraction costs and higher prices than consumers can pay.

If humanity is smart, and takes firm action to grapple with resource exhaustion and climate change, renewable energy use will grow 10-fold until it provides roughly half the total primary energy supply. Electrified rail, plus a small share of electric cars, will dominate surface transportation. Coal and nuclear power will be nearly phased out. More than 80 percent of global electricity will be provided by renewables. Natural gas plants will provide most of the remaining 20 percent of power generation. The current grid power architecture, with its reliance on big, centralized “baseload” generators…

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Everything Humanity has Ever Known is at Our Fingertips


Originally posted on Technopreneurph:

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We pull out our phones dozens of times a day. Send a message to friends. Check the news. Check social media. Check the weather. Download new apps. We are actively consuming and exchanging knowledge without even thinking about what we are doing.

There is not much need to memorize facts and figures when we have access to it all at our fingertips. Everything humanity has ever known is in our pockets. Stop. Think about that for a second.

90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years. (Source)

I think back to my public school education. I attended one of the best public school systems in the country, yet was taught to the test. Pop quizzes, unit tests, county tests, state tests. We teach children to memorize material, most of which will soon be forgotten and not called upon for the…

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Effect of Technologies on Learning with WTF (What’s The Future)


Originally posted on The Social Media Professional:

Originally published on Apr 25, 2014 at Learning Technologies

Brian Solis, Principal, Altimeter Group

“At work, and in our lives, we face a daily onslaught of new devices and tidal waves of information, opinion and noise. Digital analyst and anthropologist Brian Solis is an expert in the effects of technology on the behaviour of both businesses and individuals. Join him in this insightful, challenging keynote, as he explores the impact of technology today and its likely future implications. Brian will explore how the way we connect and communicate has fundamentally altered…everything.

Brian Solis speaks about how this impacts the world of workplace learning both today and tomorrow. How does social media affect the way we learn and interact with each other? If information is now costless, ubiquitous and instant, what does this mean for a profession once centred on giving people access to information? And, crucially, if people behave differently…

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Preschoolers More Digital-Smart than College Students


Pedro Calado:

An amazing post I’ve read, made by DigitalPlato on Plato on-line – Tech and Investigative Blog, very interesting posts and insights, check it out: http://pochp.wordpress.com

Originally posted on Plato on-line:

npr.org-kids-hacking-53cd619692537ccf1f3a563f76917018809451dc-s4-c85They Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets. But is that good or bad news?
‘Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they “totally get” apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems.

‘Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have found that 4- and 5-year-olds are smarter than college students when it comes to figuring out how toys and gadgets work.

‘So they recruited over 100 preschoolers — 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls — and brought them into the lab. The kids had to figure out how to turn on a music box that could be activated by placing clay shapes either individually or in combination on top of the box. After being shown a whole series of different shapes and…

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