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Summary of WEF’s 2019 Global Risks report

The World Economic Forum (WEF) just released their annual Global Risks report. (You can download it here  Few things that stood out: The world is indeed sleepwalking into multiple crisis. If you look at the snapshot below, you will realize that all these risks have incredible implications and impact on multiple adjacencies. For example, failure to…
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Rolling solar panels

You know that saying, “Rolling the red carpet for you”? How about a new version, “Rolling the solar panels for you”? Renovagen developed an innovative way to provide emergency power backup in the form of a rolling solar panels. To those who might argue that’s not practical everywhere, I would answer: “Correct. But it is…
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Coal plants are going away – for good

Coal power plants are going away for good. And there is nothing anyone can do to stop them. While the current administration has tried very hard to bring coal back, utilities are moving towards 100% renewable power. Not even the administration’s Department of Energy’s ruling to subsidize aging coal units in the tune to $20…
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World Cup on your tabletop

University of Washington researchers in collaboration with Google and Facebook want to bring you the next World Cup on your tabletop. Using AI and 3D reconstruction, the new technology turns a regular game TV transmission into a 3D game. The current version doesn’t work in real-time yet, but we have four more years to make…
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NASA’s Project Mars competition

Feeling creative? NASA has a video/poster competition. The video (no longer than 5 min) should depict your vision of journey from idea to landing on Mars and it can be either animation, special effects, or “breathtaking cinematography”. The poster is for either recruiting astronauts, promoting space tourism, or depicting the next generation of systems that…
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Virgin Galactic closer to launching customers in space

The first step to space exploration is getting people familiarized with space itself, even if it is in the form of tourism first. Virgin Galactic Is getting closer to launching customers in space from a future spaceport in Italy, built in collaboration with Altec, a company owned by the Italian Space Agency, and Sitael, Italy’s largest…
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7 ways VR is changing how we work

Sarah Landrum  reminds us VR is actually making a positive difference in the way we work. From creating new jobs to bringing remote people to the office to improving training, VR is something we should embrace and not fear. Read it at Entrepreneur.

The real life

I heard Malcom Gladwell making the distinction between “work life” and “real life”. To be clear, he didn’t elaborate on the difference between the two, but it was clear that, in that particular context, he was referring to personal life, the life outside work as the “real life”. I am not sure if he realized…
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Managing second-hand anxiety

It is hard to not get bitten by second-hand anxiety. Colleagues complaining about work issues, family unhappy with situations in their lives, friends’ breakups, crazy news coming at you at the speed of light every 5 minutes are hard to ignore. You want to be there for some and ignore others. How can you do…
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“Every shitty thing we do makes the next one that much easier”

I couldn’t agree more with the character Naomi Nagata of the sci-fi show  The Expanse. It starts with small acts or semi-benign sayings. If nobody says or does anything, things escalate. And the next thing becomes easier. As a society, we are on the path of accelerating the speed at each we spew vitriol, while…
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