The Future of Jobs: Automated AND Human Touch, insights from scenario planning

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We live in exciting times of new technologies and innovative products, but one of the most uncertain issues of today is the future of jobs. Already many kinds of jobs have been automated to some extent and there is a risk of employment going down in various segments of the … Continue reading

Big data for humanity

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As big data have shown their advantages in commerce, governance, surveillance and many other areas, now is the time to explore how to put them to use for humanity. Data generated by people, unstructured texts, digital traces and everything else could be used for agile responses to changes regionally. There … Continue reading

Will the Brain Computer Interface technology help to bridge the gap between humans and animals?

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Now imagine this, we’re on our way to transcending the language barrier, with the Brain Computer Interface, for human to human communication, where direct and immediate interpretation or translation will be possible with the appropriate software. Imagine, if you can start understanding, what your dog, your cat or your hamster … Continue reading

Brain Computer Interface Technology: Interactive Applications You Probably Never Thought About

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The Brain Computer Interface will also undoubtedly change our world and lives with unparalleled, unprecedented, disruption. The new technology will also bring with it, new threats. With the threats, with the disruptions, the Brain Computer Interface will also bring along with it new possibilities. In the year 2025, whether it … Continue reading

The living room of the future: the place we call home

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Step into the living room of the future and what will you see? Many people start dreaming of technology. The internet of things that connects all the products in the house. Screens that make you communicate and be involved in all kinds of experiences, whether it be gaming, shopping, or … Continue reading

Brain Computer Interface: The accessories it will be disrupting by 2030

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When technology is built and sold to read the users’ thoughts or minds, so that we may interact with our electronics directly from our brains, it is going to be an obvious game-changer. What we do with the new ease, access and opportunities that such technology offers, will change our … Continue reading

Towards a planetary consciousness?

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Nearly everyone, over the age of fifty, knows the photo of the Vietnamese girl, Kim Phuc, who, half burnt, is running away after a napalm bombing by the Americans. At the time, this photo was an icon in the protests against the war in Vietnam. What has this image to … Continue reading

The New Security Threats in the Age of the Brain Computer Interface

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The world is seeing the emergence of Brain Computer Interface and its application in our daily computing or communication is on the horizon. With its emergence, it is important for us to foresee, understand and appreciate the implications the technology will have, whether positive or negative. That we will progress … Continue reading

At the crossroads of new business development

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This year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, there was much concern over the growing inequality of incomes. The gap between rich and the poor gets ever bigger. The continuing economic crisis is not making things better. It used to be that economic investments help to create more jobs … Continue reading

Revisiting New Productive Communes: A foresight in realisation through the revival of India’s Ancient Cattle Based Economic Model

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Background of Foresight In the first half of 2013, The Rise of New Productive Communes: A Reality by the Year 2050, a foresight article, was shared on the Visioning 2050 . The New Productive Commune was presented as a self-sufficient, self-contained and sustainable model, that would cause no detriment to … Continue reading

How our Present is steering us into an Innovation Centric Future

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Our world is in transition; from the information age into the innovation age. The symptoms are the unprecedent accelerations in the speed of change all around, particularly where technology is the subject matter at the core. Upon the transition, what awaits ahead, is a prolonged period of time that is … Continue reading

17 trends to inspire Dutch Government

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When researching trends, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by publications. Every now and then, however, we are pleased to find a clear, well-written overview of relevant trends. The Dutch Interdepartmental trend-scan for 2025 is such an example. The first edition was published in 2011, the update in June 2013. Read more … Continue reading

Watch your genes

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The June edition of magazine Wired features an interesting article about the threats of DNA hacking in the near future. The author argues that the rapid advancements in the sequencing of DNA will have considerable implications for bio-crime. Costs for the mapping of a complete personal genome have dropped very … Continue reading

Transformative technologies, which applications will we embrace as a society?

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McKinsey presented a comprehensive analysis of the most important disruptive technologies that are changing the world, right now and in the years to come. Mobile internet, automation of work, internet of things, cloud technology, advanced robotics,(near) autonomous vehicles, next generation genomics, energy storage, 3D printing, advanced materials, advanced oil and … Continue reading

Resilience: Exploring the edge of new possibilities in the Anthropocene

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One definition of resilience is “the ability to cope with shocks and keep functioning in a satisfying way”. Resilience is about the self organizing capacity of systems. This means the ability to bounce back after disaster, or the ability to transform if a bad stage has happened. Both of these … Continue reading

Blue Brain Project: the human brain on a super computer (part 1)

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Neuroscientist Henry Markram’s ambitions are far from modest to say the least. His aim is to build a complete simulation of the human brain and run it on a super computer. This all-European project is called Blue Brain. At the moment there is no system remotely capable of running such … Continue reading

Technological trends in agriculture

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Technological innovations provide us with chances to increase supply, upscale en produce more cost effectively. Robotics could be a solution to the looming shortage of labour in the agricultural sector. In this blog I describe several important technological trends relevant to the agricultural sector. There are three (possible) technological ‘breakthroughs’ … Continue reading

The walletless future

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We know that the possibilities of our smart phones are virtually endless. One of the functions that we will see more and more are mobile payment services. Digital wallets are potentially everywhere. But would we, society as a whole, be willing to give up physical money completely? Google Wallet, Paypal, … Continue reading

Universities of the future

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Think back of your own college years, attending lectures with hundreds of other students in those steep lecture halls with harsh wooden chairs. Or think of the time you were with friends elsewhere while you should have been in those lecture halls. Or when you were doing all sorts of … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was aware of the risks of technology, but always celebrated the possibilities of science. He reinvented the way we see robots: instead of a threat to humankind, Asimov pictured robots as a huge aid to humans. Many see him as the first roboticist, ahead of his time … Continue reading