Recently, the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and Global Future Councils, teamed up with the board of directors of Scientific American, to determine the top 10 breakout technologies for this year. These are either likely to be prevalent within 3-5 years or are set to dramatically “…improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet.”
Big Data is transforming agriculture, and just in time. The demand for food is expected to double by 2050 as the world's population heads toward 9 billion people and increasing incomes allow many more to afford a better diet. Lack of water is a critical constraint to increasing food production, particularly as droughts and other consequences of climate change are making water scarcer. ... Read more about 8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security
Dr KF Lai, CEO of BuzzCity reveals on-the-ground insight into the mobile marketplace in Africa.
2012 saw the BuzzCity network grow by 67% with over 210.8 billion ads served across the globe and this extensive growth in mobile usage is certain to continue as we move through 2013. Recent forecasts from Cisco revealed that the number of mobile devices will tip seven billion in 2013, outnumbering the human population, thanks to growth in developing areas, such as Asia, the Pacific and Africa. ... Read more about A mobile Africa: innovation is key
http://www.institutionalinvestor.com - Fred R. Bleakley
The quest to turn big data on cargo shipping into winning trading strategies would not be possible if not for recent advances in satellites, microprocessing and analytics. One of the pioneers in the field is Peter Mabson, president of Cambridge, Ontario-based exactEarth, founded in 2009 by Canadian space hardware manufacturer COM DEV International. ... Read more about Tapping into the Maritime-Tracking Space Race
There are several different directions that our planet can take to address the ever growing need for water and energy. This will involve integrating technologies of a large and small scale into our grid and into our homes as well. There are two main technologies in which to address large scale water sustainability: desalination and ‘pure water’ recycling. As the California dries out, it is increasingly important to adopt proven strategies to maintain the current standard of living. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 4 Water Sustainable Practices SD and No Baja
Consultant & Subject Matter Expert - City of San Diego
Jeff is an OpenGeo developer extraordinaire and Code For America San Diego Brigade Captain. He is a talented entrepreneur who has his hands in a bit of everything at OpenGeo, but is largely focused on Geonode. ... Read more about Jeff Johnson
DAKAR, 16 August 2013 (IRIN) - Mobile phone, geographic information systems (GIS), Twitter and other technologies are increasingly being used to warn communities of potential crises and inform them how to prepare, and to help governments and aid agencies predict how emergencies may unfold.
IRIN looks at some of the ways these innovations are transforming early warning and preparedness.
Access to high-speed connections such as DSL and cable modems, represent a new dimension of digital divide. With the rapidity of technological change, very many people who thought yesterday have sufficient technological skills and now find themselves sidelined and destabilized.
About a quarter of whites and a third of Asians have of broadband access at home, unlike the Mexicans who have the lowest rate.