Today, headphones are typically used to temporarily shut out your surroundings. In the near future, however, devices such as the Dash smart earphones could be used to enhance the world around you by providing supplemental information about the people you meet and the places you visit — without looking obnoxious.
At a time when young people are increasingly turning to the a la carte offerings of the internet for entertainment instead of mass media like TV and print, the rapper and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs will try to buck the trend when his new music television network, Revolt, launches in October.
China recorded its weakest economic growth in almost 25 years, growing 7.4% last year, compared to the 7.5% growth targeted by the government, a report by the National Bureau of Statistics of China reveals.
The relatively low economic growth in China could have a detrimental impact on the global automotive industry, as the region is the world’s largest auto market. More than 22 million cars were sold in China in 2013, comprising as much as 25% of the global auto sales.
In his 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil made 156 predictions about the world in 10 years. Come 2009, about 86% of them nailed it.
You can find a full write-up in his 150-page paper “How My Predictions Are Faring.” And in that paper, he marks one prediction as incorrect…
Why have self-driving cars not been adopted?
Why are young people less likely to purchase cars, or even have driver’s licenses nowadays? One theory has it that the generation that came of age with the Internet and smartphones thinks cars are pretty lame. Automakers prefer to see the situation differently—that young people today love cars just as much as any other group, but just can’t afford them right now. The auto industry has been in recovery mode over the past few years. Automakers sold 14.5 million new cars and trucks in 2012, a 13% increase over the prior year, and the highest total since 2007.