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blockchainChina global lead in Fintech and Mobile Payments

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Mobile payments are just one of seven key markets for China’s booming fintech industry. Fintech is short for “financial technology” and refers to the application of technology within the financial services industry. This is information from a Brookings Institution piece, …

appBillionaires Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet are teaming with JP Morgan Chase to disrupt healthcare insurance

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Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase are forming an independent company, “free from profit-making incentives and constraints” to “provide U.S. employees and their families with simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost.” They say they’ll be “tackling the …

internetThe UI of the mobile Nextbigfuture site has been upgraded

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There had been problems with the UI of the Nextbigfuture mobile site. Hopefully a recent upgrade has resolved those issues. Give it a try on smartphones and tablets and let me know if it is better. Thanks.

businessChina’s mobile payments volume could exceed global credit card volume in 2018

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Digital payments in China are processed by scanning QR codes at the point of sales which link to the customer’s bank account in China. China’s mobile payments were 58.8 trillion yuan in 2016. Xinhua News reported that consumers in China’s …

appIntelligence 2.0 – Brain, AI and Hybrids

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A Foresight Vision panel on brain, computers and intersections between them. David Eagleman, Robert McIntyre, Randal Koene, Nell Watson are on the panel. Robert McIntyre runs the company Nectome. In 2015, Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation (ASC), developed by Nectome founder Robert McIntyre, …

appUltrasound on a chip using an array of sensors will make ultrasound 50 times lower cost in 2018

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A regular ultrasound machine costs over $100,000 but a new ultrasound on a chip device attached to smartphone will be $2000 in 2018. It will be portable and will eventually make ultrasound as common as blood pressure cuffs in hospitals, …

appleiPhone X is easy to break and expensive to fix

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CNET performed drop tests on the iPhone X and it broke on the first drop. The iPhone X is glass on the front and the back. The $1000 iPhone X can cost about $500 to fix the rear glass and …

bike sharingSingapore using Geofencing, penalty points and RFID to fix bike sharing parking issues

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oBike is Singapore’s first homegrown station-less smart bike-sharing company which uses technology to change how transportation is viewed locally. It allows commuters to travel during one-way first- and last- mile commuting – via bicycles located all over the island. This …

artificial intelligenceGoogle Hardware + Assistant + Nest brings Star Trek like Computer Interaction

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In Star Trek, you talk to the computer and it understands you and alters the ship and the environment in response. Star Trek also has universal voice translation. Google is implementing this vision with the newly announced Google Pixelbook, Pixel …

chinaJapan v China in key future related industries

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Japan’s economy basically stalled out in 1991. They have recovered some but have tended to stay in the zero to two percent GDP range. The Japanese economy stalled at the per capita income of the UK. Japan’s companies had become …