Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.

Third dimension adds $360m to TV sales: it is still only 4pc of the market, but it is growing at 300pc

AUSTRALIANS have taken to three-dimensional technology, spending $361 million in the past year on 3D television sets, although market penetration remains modest at just over 4 per cent.

Full Story: The Australian

Paul Higgins: Not really Sure about this one. How much is take up of high end screens that have this in them any way and how much is the novelty and bragging to the neighbours factor is uncertain. If I had to make a definitive statement I would say that this will slow significantly unless it becomes a standard feature of all new screens and even then until the technology improves a fair bit the use will not be that high. Way early on the hype cycle

Posted at 4:09am and tagged with: technology, 3d, trends, growth,.

Third dimension adds $360m to TV sales: it is still only 4pc of the market, but it is growing at 300pc

AUSTRALIANS have taken to three-dimensional technology, spending $361 million in the past year on 3D television sets, although market penetration remains modest at just over 4 per cent.

Full Story: The Australian

Paul Higgins: Not really Sure about this one. How much is take up of high end screens that have this in them any way and how much is the novelty and bragging to the neighbours factor is uncertain. If I had to make a definitive statement I would say that this will slow significantly unless it becomes a standard feature of all new screens and even then until the technology improves a fair bit the use will not be that high. Way early on the hype cycle

The Odd Challenge for Detroit Planners


Now Ms. Winters, a native of Detroit and the deputy director of the city’s planning and development department, finds herself in an utterly unexpected role, one that no school would have thought to prepare her for: she is sorting out how to help her hometown shrink, by working through difficult decisions that will determine which neighborhoods can be saved and which cannot.

Full Story: New York Times


Posted at 4:43pm and tagged with: cities, economic, assumptions, growth,.

The Odd Challenge for Detroit Planners

Now Ms. Winters, a native of Detroit and the deputy director of the city’s planning and development department, finds herself in an utterly unexpected role, one that no school would have thought to prepare her for: she is sorting out how to help her hometown shrink, by working through difficult decisions that will determine which neighborhoods can be saved and which cannot.
Full Story: New York Times

India won’t outpace China without a few miracles

Several recent economic reports glowingly predict that by 2013-15, India will start outpacing China’s stunning annual GDP growth rate of 8.5-9.5%. A number of trends in India lead to this conclusion, including a young, increasingly educated labor force, relatively few retired people to care for, India’s high savings rate, the massive structural reforms the Indian government continues to undertake, and increased infrastructure spending.

via @scottnewell

Full Story: CNN

Posted at 9:48am and tagged with: China, India, Growth, Economic,.

India won’t outpace China without a few miracles

Several recent economic reports glowingly predict that by 2013-15, India  will start outpacing China’s stunning annual GDP growth rate of  8.5-9.5%. A number of trends in India lead to this conclusion, including  a young, increasingly educated labor force, relatively few retired  people to care for, India’s high savings rate, the massive structural  reforms the Indian government continues to undertake, and increased  infrastructure spending.
via @scottnewell
Full Story: CNN

smartercities:

leart:

Shanghai Transformation. A difference of 20 years (1990-2010) between both pictures.

Looks like two different worlds.

Posted at 6:34pm and tagged with: china, growth,.

smartercities:

leart:

Shanghai Transformation. A difference of 20 years (1990-2010) between both pictures.
Looks like two  different worlds.

Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Ramps Up Aspen Growth

The rising level of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be fueling more than climate change. It could also be making some trees grow like crazy.

Posted at 8:12am and tagged with: climate change, growth, trees, carbon,.

Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide Ramps Up Aspen Growth

The rising level of atmospheric carbon dioxide may be fueling more than climate change. It could also be making some trees grow like crazy.