Shift 2020 Brain Food #7

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Welcome to this weeks shift 2020 Brain Food #7 newsletter.

After a summer break we’re back on a regular basis with insights on how digital transformation is changing our world in business and society. This week’s topics include IoT, Future of Work, Self-Driving Cars, Wearables, 3D-Printed Pharmaceuticals, Genetics, Artificial Intelligence and a couple more things I hope you find interesting.

Let me know if you enjoyed reading this newsletter and which sections you like the most by simply replying to this email or to send me your feedback, tips & links to add or simply start a conversation.

Enjoy!

IoT Shifts Conference
Early Bird tickets are now sold out and we’re getting onto cruising speed with preparals for the IoT Shifts Conference in Barcelona on October 19-20. Some great new speakers have been added last week.

Workshop directions on day 2 will include sessions on ‘Privacy by Design’, ‘‘Exploring the Internet of Touch’, ‘Build a Health App in 45 Minutes’ to ‘Using Data to Improve Buildings’, ‘Libelium’s IoT Educational platform’, and Claro Partners’ Guide to Succeeding in the Internet of Things’.

This is a must-attend conference for anyone in interested designing value, impact and business solutions for the Internet of Things. And more is to be added to the program the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

shift 2020 Special Discount
I’m pleased to announce a special limited discount of 25% for my Brain Food readers and shift 2020 subscribers on any ticket price (subject to availability).

Use promotional code VIP_shift2020 or this direct link to get this one time 25% discount offer. We have now one and two-day tickets available, as well as special startup packages including exhibition space.

IoT Shifts Transformation Retreat
The weekend before the conference, we’re organising the IoT Shifts Transformation Retreat: join me, together with Christian Lindholm (Korulab), Ger Baron (CTO City of Amsterdam) Humberto Schwab, Aldo de Jong (Claro Partners), some of the IoT Shifts Conference speakers and some corporate executives for this brand new, ground-breaking two-day custom designed workshop at a beautiful luxury 5-star resort in the Peralada (near Girona) in the north east of Spain. We’ve got a couple of seats left to join this exceptional occasion for in-depth learning about the IoT with experienced experts in this unique setting.

Hope to see you in Barcelona!

And now for the newsletter.

There is no app for that!
While the world is watching how Europe’s refugee crisis is dividing and polarising our society on a deeper level, this family is saving refugee lives everyday with the help of drones and crowdfunding. You can donate here.

The European refugee crisis is a wake up call: Tech isn’t fixing humanity’s biggest problems.

“There is no “Uber for poverty”, there is no “Airbnb for solving homelessness,” – though there is an “Airbnb for refugees” – there are just huge problems that seem almost intractable.”

IoT

Why The Internet of Things will drive a Knowledge Revolution, a great post by former Chief Futurist at Cisco on the way we generate knowledge and how that is going to change dramatically in the coming years at an exponential rate.

Read Gerd Leonhard’s recent view on the Internet of Things and its unintended consequences: why we should proceed with caution:
“Let’s hear some ideas about that, dear investors, merchants, purveyors and engines of the IoT, and not just about how much precautionary princmoney the IoT will save us, or how much new wealth will be generated. Let’s talk about a kind of technology-fuelled gross national well-being, not just about growth, and let’s not sacrifice our humanity only to become efficient machines.”

This startup raised $5 million to bring the blockchain to the Internet of things
Filament is a startup that is taking two of the most overhyped ideas in the tech community—the block chain and the Internet of things—and applying them to the most boring problems the world has ever seen. Gathering data from farms, mines, oil platforms and other remote or highly secure places.

FUTURE OF WORK

On September 15, I’ll be doing a Keynote on The Future of Work at HRM Expo, the largest trade fair for HR management in Europe. Worklife Hub did this interview and podcast with me where I talk about the impact of technology on the workplace and what HR can learn from start-ups.

Other cool links in this category:

How To Talk About The Future Of Work

Who Benefits from the Peer-to-Peer Economy? by Peer Inc. author Robin Chase, and founder of Zipcar and Buzzcar, both a peer-to-peer car sharing services.

STARTUPS & VCs

The 10 hottest startup ecosystems in the world
Nice overview post by Bernard Moon, cofounder and General Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures, a new global seed-stage fund, and cofounder of SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Seoul, Korea. Last year, the fund began an annual analysis of the top global startup ecosystems in the world, you can read about their results and findings and view the Slideshare version.

Social is dead: What 146 startup pitches showed me about the next wave of tech companies.

Analysing the Top Corporate VCs By Exits — And How Early They Got In
Corporate VCs have had some of venture’s largest recent exits among their portfolio companies, but few were early-stage investments.

SELF-DRIVING CARS

Google’s Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Cars With Drivers
Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: humans.

Ignore the anecdotes, embrace the data: 6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-Driving Car

How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions
Researchers are trying to program self-driving cars to make split-second decisions that raise real ethical questions.

3D-PRINTED PHARMACEUTICALS

First 3D-Printed Drug Ushers in Era of Downloadable Medicine
Last week, the FDA approved the first 3D-printed prescription drug, essentially validating the technology as a new heavyweight player in big pharma. “This may be the first truly mass manufactured product made by 3D printing,” said Dr. Michael Cima, a professor at MIT who helped invent the pill-printing technology back in 1997. “It’s revolutionary.” Read the full article.

SMART DRUGS & GENETICS

Now Trending: CRISPR
But what if it were as easy for scientists to edit a patient’s genome as it is for programmers to edit computer code? Thanks to technology developed over the past three years, this may soon be possible. Enter CRISPR.

The world’s first true “smart drug” enhances cognition and is deemed safe by health experts
For the pill poppers amongst my readers, there’s now modafinil, potentially the world’s first true smart drug, according to a new systematic review. It enhances attention, improves learning, and boosts “fluid intelligence”—which we use to solve problems and think creatively. And it does all that without the addictive qualities of caffeine. If you’ve seen Limitless, you’ll get an idea of what smart drugs can do to you, Hollywood-style, or you can just read about it in this Quartz article.

WEARABLES

Musings of a startup in the Wearable World
Great post by Laurent Le Pen, Founder & CEO at Omate, on the challenges to grow a startup from scratch in the wearable and fashion convergent space.

POLITICS & TECHNOLOGY

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election
“According to Google Trends, at this writing Donald Trump is currently trouncing all other candidates in search activity in 47 of 50 states. Could this activity push him higher in search rankings, and could higher rankings in turn bring him more support? Most definitely—depending, that is, on how Google employees choose to adjust numeric weightings in the search algorithm. Google acknowledges adjusting the algorithm 600 times a year, but the process is secret, so what effect Mr. Trump’s success will have on how he shows up in Google searches is presumably out of his hands.”

AI

Why we need a legal definition of artificial intelligence
Q: Isn’t there a solid definition of intelligence that doesn’t depend on relating it to human intelligence?
A: Not yet. The problem is that we cannot yet characterize in general what kinds of computational procedures we want to call intelligent. We understand some of the mechanisms of intelligence and not others.

Could Slack’s Slackbot herald the era of virtual colleagues? 
Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield says AI in the workplace ‘will be about making us more efficient rather than taking our jobs’.

Asking the Experts: Artificial Intelligence Leaders Answer AI’s Most Burning Questions (Part I) 

MEDIA

The future of brands in a post-human world
In the past, brands offered certainty. Now, only those that tap into our desire to explore what’s changing will survive.

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Be kind to yourself and your loved ones.

Have a great week!

Rudy

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