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The “smart cart” garbage collection system uses Robotic trucks and waste bins with computer chips and it is being pioneered by City of Grand Rapids, Michingan.


The City’s locally-made smart carts use embedded RFID computer chip technology to track…

FUTUREJAM: Smart cities automate

Posted: July 6, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Successful businesses will be those that optimize the mix of humans, robots, and algorithms.

In Automate This, a book due out next month, author and entrepreneur Christopher Steiner tells the story of stockbroker Thomas Peterffy, the creator of the first automated Wall Street trading system. Using a computer to execute trades, without humans entering them manually on a keyboard, was controversial in 1987—so controversial that Nasdaq pressured him to unplug from its network. Then, with a wink, Peterffy built an automated machine that could tap out the trades on a traditional keyboard—technically obeying Nasdaq rules. Peterffy made $25 million in 1987 and is now a billionaire. (via Automate or Perish  – Technology Review)

Posted: June 29, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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In 2006, Thomas Friedman’s book The World is Flat portrayed a global population that was more borderless and interconnected than ever before. Starting in the 1980s and 1990s – with the rise of Netscape, global supply chains, outsourcing and off-shoring – came a dramatic flattening of how we connect and communicate across the world. (via BBC News – No borders mean flatter world will get us anywhere)

Posted: May 7, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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What can business leaders learn from ancient Greek philosophers? To help achieve “the good life” companies can learn from the techniques used by Greek philosophers. Jules Evans explores seven that could help employees live their lives better (via What can business leaders learn from ancient philosophers? | Guardian Sustainable Business |

An interesting and insightful presentation of future trends in business in a social networked world. A must see !

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MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables — cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?

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