Trends and predictions

Make the Web Better for Everyone – IEEE Spectrum

https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/internet/make-the-web-better-for-everyone The Web has serious problems: peddler of unreliable information, haven for criminals, spawning ground for irrational conspiracy fears, and tool for destructive people to broadcast their violence in real time and with posted recordings But surely you agree that the Web disappoints as much as it delights. Now the hard part—what to do about

Finland’s Welfare State Has a Massive Baby Problem – Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-19/finland-s-welfare-state-has-a-massive-baby-problem You know you’ve got a problem when even the best don’t have the solution. Finland, a first-rate place in which to be a mother, has registered the lowest number of newborns in nearly 150 years. The birth rate has been falling steadily since the start of the decade, and there’s little to suggest a reversal in

Kristoffer Lawson talks about a future where you zoom into work | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/04/kristoffer-lawson-talks-about-a-future-where-you-zoom-into-work/ Kristoffer Lawson created Solu, the social computer. His tiny device uses a unique UI and UX to allow you to connect with friends and collaborate using an icon-based OS that lets you zoom in and out of work. Lawson speaks about the future of computing and how his ideas – and the ideas of other

What is edge computing? | Opensource.com

https://opensource.com/article/17/9/what-edge-computing?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY Edge computing is poised to boost the next generation of IoT technology into the mainstream. Here’s how it works with the cloud to benefit business operations in all industries There is much speculation about edge replacing cloud, and in some cases, it may do so. However, in many situations, the two have a symbiotic

Tech companies spend more on R&D than any other companies in the U.S. – Recode

https://www.recode.net/2017/9/1/16236506/tech-amazon-apple-gdp-spending-productivity Tech companies lead top U.S. companies in R&D spending. Amazon is No. 1. That’s notable because spending on research and development is a key indicator for U.S. productivity, a measure of how well our economy is doing, and productivity has been decreasing lately. Amazon, Alphabet, Intel, Microsoft and Apple, tech companies spent more on research

Today’s Surveillance Society Is Way Beyond Orwellian, Says Brad Templeton | Big Think

http://bigthink.com/videos/brad-templeton-todays-surveillance-society-is-beyond-orwellian Here is an interesting video: Brad Templeton (former chair of EFF) argues that we’re all a part of a surveillance apparatus that would even be beyond the imagination George Orwell. The problem, he says, is the belief that privacy and security are mutually exclusive. 

Smartphones killed the compact and now they’re coming for entry-level ILCs: Digital Photography Review

https://m.dpreview.com/opinion/7372168021/smartphones-killed-the-compact-and-now-they-re-coming-for-entry-level-ilcs But what does “better than my phone” picture quality actually mean? One of those key differentiating factors has been the “pretty blurry background” effect that an interchangeable lens camera is capable of producing: sharp focus on the subject, a soft blurry background. And you know that your phone can’t do it – until now. 

Taking Down the Internet Has Never Been Easier

http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/taking-down-the-internet-has-never-been-easier/a/d-id/1329580 Is there a reason why the Internet is so vulnerable? Actually, there are many, and taking steps to remain protected is crucial. On October 29, 1969, two computers linked via telephone exchanged a couple of letters, then crashed.  Fast-forward 48 years, where everything — including the kitchen sink, in the case of smart kitchens — is