How Technology Is Leading Us Into the Imagination Age

In many ways, the future is unpredictable. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the jobs elementary school students will be doing in the future do not even exist yet. Combined with technological automation and the disappearance of traditional jobs, this leaves us with a critical question: how can we survive such a world? The answer may be imagination. Initially coined by Rita J. King, the imagination age is a theoretical period beyond the information age where creativity and imagination will become the primary creators of economic value….

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African and Asian Cities must urbanise sustainably. Is Green Finance the solution?

The world’s fastest-expanding cities are now in the global South. Rural to urban migration, combined with the effects of urban population growth, could add another 2.5bn to the world’s urban population by 2050. According to the UN, close to 90 percent of this increase will be in Asia and Africa. At the same time, low-income countries are most affected by climate change and rarely have the means to finance resilience and adaption efforts. The cost of climate change adaptation in Africa has been estimated by the African Development Bank to be in the…

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Travellers, take note: Hong Kong is the world’s top city for international visits

Hong Kong is set to retain its status as the city most visited by international travellers this year in spite of strained relations with mainland China. In a report published on Tuesday, market research firm Euromonitor International said it estimates 25.7 million arrivals in Hong Kong this year, down 3.2% on 2016. The Thai capital Bangkok retains second place, but its popularity has grown faster than Hong Kong’s, with arrivals up 9.5% at 21.3 million. London is Europe’s top city, in third place with 19.8 million arrivals, but the report…

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Now, explore Egypt’s Great Pyramid from the inside, thanks to virtual reality

A team of scientists who last week announced the discovery of a large void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt have created a virtual-reality tour that allows users to ‘teleport’ themselves inside the structure and explore its architecture. Using 3D technology, the Scan Pyramids Project allows visitors wearing headsets to take a guided tour inside the Grand Gallery, the Queen’s Chamber and other ancient rooms not normally accessible to the public, without leaving Paris. “Thanks to this technique, we make it possible to teleport ourselves to Egypt, inside the pyramid, as a…

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Are the Amish right about new technology?

The basic stereotype about the Amish – drivers of horse-drawn buggies, wearers of huge beards – is that they’re stuck in the 18th century: if a technology wasn’t invented by then, you won’t find them using it today. (What goes clip clop, clip clop, bang bang, clip clop? An Amish drive-by shooting.) So it’s alarming to learn, as the New York Times reported recently, that smartphones, PCs and computer-controlled machinery are increasingly part of the community’s daily life. There are Amish bakeries that take credit cards. So much for your fantasy –…

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Why We Need to Discuss the Downsides of New Technology

Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s new book OTHERWORLD is on sale now where books are sold. In 2003, a guy at Harvard built a website so his fellow students could ogle each other. By 2012, one billion people were using that site to stay in touch with their friends. In 2016, the Russian government turned to Facebook to influence the United States presidential election. No one, not even Mark Zuckerberg, saw that one coming. Eighty years ago, beetles were consuming Australia’s crops, so the government imported cane toads from South America, hoping they would get rid…

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A Tiny Technology Stock Ready To Explode On The Upside

Investors focusing too much attention on large technology stocks like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have perhaps missed a tiny technology company ready to explode on the upside, Universal Display, as Qualcomm’s stock did back in the 1990s and the early 2000s. Universal Display is up 582% over the last five years. And that may be just the beginning. Universal Display and Qualcomm are in different segments of the technology industry. Universal is a developer and manufacturer of organic light-emitting diode technologies and materials. It also provides services to the display and lighting industries….

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At IIM Ahmedabad, it’s time for lessons from the Panchatantra

At IIM Ahmedabad, students of PGP (postgraduate) and PGPX (executive postgraduate) programmes recently learnt some valuable lessons from India’s ancient fables, the Panchatantra. Leaving regular classes undisturbed the two-week course, conducted after dinner from 9 to 10.15 pm for 25 students, was non graded. The management lessons were based on the understanding and interpretation of conflict in the Panchatantra. These were initiated on an experimental basis by Professor N Ravichandran, faculty in production and quantitative methods area at IIMA. About 25 stories from the Panchatantra were discussed with five classes covering…

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How The Points Guy became the finance industry’s best content marketing channel

Content marketing is hot in finance, but it’s a blog about airport lounge access rules and retired airliners that’s become the industry’s favorite way to go to market. It’s called The Points Guy, a blog started by a former Morgan Stanley recruiter when he started flying all over the country looking for new talent. Fast forward seven years and the blog, known as TPG among loyalists, is read by a healthy few million a month — and has become the favorite content marketing channel for big banks. The site is…

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Saint Helena, one of the most inaccessible islands where Napoleon was exiled, opens to tourism

Made famous by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled there from 1815 until his death in 1821, the island of Saint Helena has long been too remote to be affected by tourism. But this may be about to change. From October 14, the South African company Airlink will begin weekly flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight time will be about six hours with a stopover in Namibia. Until now, the tiny British territory was only accessible by boat. Located in the South Atlantic to the West of the…

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