Charting technology’s new directions: A conversation with MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson “We’re finally getting at that seminal moment in human history when we can talk to our machines and our machines will understand us in regular, natural language,” says Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Erik Brynjolfsson. In this video, he explores the role of big data in business performance, the rise of robotics, and the decoupling of the historical relationship between gains in productivity, incomes, and jobs. He is the coauthor, with MIT research scientist Andrew McAfee, of Race Against the Machine (Digital Frontier Press, October 2011). This interview was conducted by McKinsey Publishing’s Rik Kirkland.
3D-imaging brain tissue at 1 micron resolution Image of the cerebral vascular system in the motor cortex of a mouse obtained by 3D two-photon microscopy with addition of Lem-PHEA dye (credit: B. van der Sanden and F. Appaix/Institut des Neurosciences de Grenoble) A fluorescent dye that enables high-resolution (about 1 micron) 3D images of the cerebral vascular system has been synthesized by researchers at the Laboratoire de Chimie ( CNRS ) in France in collaboration with the Institut des Neurosciences (Université Joseph Fourier). The “Lem-PHEA chromophore” dye fluoresces in the red-near infrared region biological transparency window using two-photon absorption and can pass through the skin. It features solubility in biological media, low cost, non-toxicity, and full elimination by the kidneys, suggesting that it may be suitable for in vivo imaging, the researchers say.
Starbucks Expands Keurig Portfolio In Strong Play for Single-Cup Dominance sip on this Posted by Dale Buss on May 8, 2013 07:21 PM It just got more difficult to find a cup of coffee (and many other beverages) without Starbucks' imprint on it. Rethinking Scale: Moving Beyond Numbers to Deep and Lasting Change Cynthia E. Coburn , Assistant Professor + Author Affiliations Abstract The issue of “scale” is a key challenge for school reform, yet it remains undertheorized in the literature. Mechanical energy harvester replaces small batteries BOLT micro-power module (credit: MicroGen) MicroGen has developed a “piezo-MEMS” (piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems) device that gathers ambient vibrations and converts them into electrical energy. Vibration causes a tiny flap in the device to swing back and forth, generateing electrical current that charges an ultra-capacitor (a thin-film battery). The “BOLT micro-power module” (MPM) begins commercial-scale production in summer 2013. It was researched and developed by the company at the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility. Uses could include industrial, building and commercial wireless sensors, machinery monitoring, lighting control, wireless price tags at stores, and smart utility metering, and eliminating the 164 million depleted coin-cell batteries in the U.S. and Europe each year that would otherwise need to be recycled.
Researching implicit memory: Get to the truth Nichola Kent-LemonNorthstar There is a view that the results of market research are skewed because people respond using their rational, explicit memory when most decision-making is implicit and instinctive. So how is traditional research evolving to get to the real truth? If you enjoy this article from Admap, find out more about subscribing to Admap and Warc. This article may be shared or reproduced online, provided the contents are not altered and the source is acknowledged as:
The future of jobs in Canada - Business Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail/CP On a recent February evening, Karl Eve received an emergency call from a restaurant owner in Canmore, Alta. The busy eatery had suddenly found itself with no hot water, even though the basement hot water tanks appeared to be working fine. A plumber with 10 years’ experience, Eve eventually traced the problem to a malfunctioning dishwasher and got the hot water flowing again—much to the owner’s relief. It’s the sort of detective work Eve says he loves about his job. He also likes that his plumbing business, which he runs with his wife in nearby Exshaw, provides his family with a comfortable middle-class lifestyle.
The Rise of Big Data Everyone knows that the Internet has changed how businesses operate, governments function, and people live. But a new, less visible technological trend is just as transformative: “big data.” Big data starts with the fact that there is a lot more information floating around these days than ever before, and it is being put to extraordinary new uses. Big data is distinct from the Internet, although the Web makes it much easier to collect and share data. Big data is about more than just communication: the idea is that we can learn from a large body of information things that we could not comprehend when we used only smaller amounts.