PwC: Five Global Shifts Reshaping the World

8 disruptive #technologies:

#Blockchain
#Drones
#IoT
#Robots
#3D print
#VR
#AR
#AI

  • The five global megatrends are:

    To learn more about the impact of these five global megatrends, Ray Wang, bestselling author, futurist and CEO/Founder of Constellation Research, and I invited Mike Quindazzi, managing director at PwC, to our weekly business, innovation and leadership show DisrupTV.

  • Quindazzi’s research and consultancy focus areas include identification and growth of competitive advantage through global expansion, accelerating digital technologies, improving customer experience (CX), transforming organizations, or implementing complex systems.
  • Quindazzi describes history of the first, second and third industrial revolutions and its impact on shifting demographics, new technologies, growing economics, population shifts, changing workforce dynamics, the information age, lean production and the digital age.
  • Quindazzi also spoke about business disruption with new emerging and essential technologies including artificial intelligence and smarter applications.
  • He also shared key demographic shifts with number of college graduates and population age – for the first time ever, there are more people at 65 years or older than 5 years old or younger – will dramatically change in the near future.

According to PwC, there are five global shifts reshaping the world and their implications for organizations, industries and wider society will be signifi…
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PwC: Five Global Shifts Reshaping the World

8 essential #tech:

1 #AI
2 #IoT
3 #blockchain
4 drones
5 robots
6 AR
7 VR
8 3D print #CIO

  • The five global megatrends are:

    To learn more about the impact of these five global megatrends, Ray Wang, bestselling author, futurist and CEO/Founder of Constellation Research, and I invited Mike Quindazzi, managing director at PwC, to our weekly business, innovation and leadership show DisrupTV.

  • Quindazzi’s research and consultancy focus areas include identification and growth of competitive advantage through global expansion, accelerating digital technologies, improving customer experience (CX), transforming organizations, or implementing complex systems.
  • Quindazzi describes history of the first, second and third industrial revolutions and its impact on shifting demographics, new technologies, growing economics, population shifts, changing workforce dynamics, the information age, lean production and the digital age.
  • Quindazzi also spoke about business disruption with new emerging and essential technologies including artificial intelligence and smarter applications.
  • He also shared key demographic shifts with number of college graduates and population age – for the first time ever, there are more people at 65 years or older than 5 years old or younger – will dramatically change in the near future.

According to PwC, there are five global shifts reshaping the world and their implications for organizations, industries and wider society will be signifi…
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Embracing the Internet of Things doesn’t necessarily mean forfeiting privacy

  • The merging of blockchain technologies with the long-foretold Internet of Things resolves security concerns in a hyper-connected world, according to Amit Sharma, vice president and digital head of Indian technology solutions firm Tech Mahindra.
  • Data protection and privacy issues are often cited as a major roadblock to the complete adoption of an Internet of Things (IoT).
  • But one solution comes in the form of a blockchain, which is a highly-secure and auditable form of data storage originally conceived for digital currencies.
  • And the cryptographic algorithms being used by Blockchain will obviously help us to protect this data,” Sharma, who directs and coordinates Tech Mahindra’s innovative business development activities, told “Squawk Box” on Wednesday.
  • This technology would give businesses a lock and key to data.

Blockchain technologies could ease privacy concerns about the Internet of Things, according to Tech Mahindra’s Amit Sharma.
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The Move Towards Healthcare Blockchains

  • Earlier this year Google’s British AI division DeepMind announced the launch of a blockchain like ledger for managing healthcare data.
  • The tokens, known as PTY, will be traded via a secure, closed loop ledger system that aims to connect up all parties in the healthcare ecosystem to allow for the exchange of health data within a highly-secure, blockchain powered health information exchange (HIE).
  • The company believe that their use of blockchain will encourage providers to offer better care to patients, whilst also adopting innovative practices that join up care more effectively through the sharing of patient data.
  • Using blockchain technology, Patientory encrypts medical patient information in hospitals and insurance companies so that it is not centralized data, but it is distributed, thus meeting HIPPA Security Rules.
  • We are certainly in the midst of a digital health revolution however, and whilst I’m not sure that blockchain will play an inevitable role in providing secure and patient centered data, it will it seems inevitably play its part in our move in that direction.

Earlier this year Google’s British AI division DeepMind announced the launch of a blockchain like ledger for managing healthcare data.  The aim is t…
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US regulators to review decision denying bitcoin ETF

US regulators to review decision denying bitcoin ETF

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plans to review a decision last month to deny a request to list what would have been the first U.S. exchange-traded fund built to track the digital currency bitcoin.
  • Bitcoin traded up 1.7 percent after the news at $1,275.14.

The SEC plans to review a decision last month to deny a request to list what would have been the first U.S. ETF built to track bitcoin.
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Thieves holding Pictou County sports hall of fame photos for bitcoin ransom

Thieves holding Pictou County sports hall of fame photos for bitcoin ransom

  • More than half of the photos painstakingly collected by the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame are being held for ransom by online thieves.
  • Scammers also wanted the hall of fame to pay them in bitcoin, a kind of digital currency and payment system.
  • Trenhold said the hall of fame does have hard copies of many of the photos that are on the computer.
  • Trenhold isn’t sure how the scammers managed to discover the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.
  • She recommends people avoid suspicious links, keep their computer’s software up to date, and back up important files to an external hard drive just in case.

Many of the thousands of photos stored on the organization’s computer are now encrypted by a program called server ransomware.
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Bank of England’s staff gym lockers not accepting new £1 coins 

  • The Bank of England’s staff gym has failed to update its lockers to accept the new £1, it has emerged, causing frustration among exercisers.
  • Despite the new 12 sided coin becoming legal tender nearly a month ago on March 28, the gym has been forced to put signs up telling members to carry on using the old coins.
  • One member of staff at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton, south west London said: “You’d think that the Bank of England would have thought about this.
  • The luxury centre in Priory Lane charges single members a £565 joining fee on top of £1434 annual membership.

The Bank of England’s staff gym has failed to update its lockers to accept the new £1, it has emerged, causing frustration among exercisers.
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Ethereum-Based Food Blockchain Issues Demo, Starts Testing Phase ⋆ Epeak . Independent news and blogs

  • Before the creation of the Blockchain, food chain supply was opaque, complex, non-verifiable and with a hard-testing sustainability.
  • It is called Food Blockchain, a new tool that aims at providing “a reliable and comprehensive overview of all aspects of quality, safety and tracing of food from farm to fork, and to seamlessly manage commercial relationships between different actors of the supply chain.”
  • To do so, Food Blockchain decided to use the so-called Food Supply Chain 2.0, which combines sensor systems, Blockchain and smart contracts.
  • From an economic point of view, Food Blockchain can be useful both for consumers and producers because the first can benefit from a higher transparency and better knowledge about food, and the second can increase their prices for their verifiably better quality products.
  • For example, Food Blockchain can allow a company producing yogurt to create a risk-free agreement with suppliers of milk.

According to recent studies, the world’s biological food market is worth $54.9 bln and the sector is continually growing. This comes as more and more peopl
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Winklevoss twins: Bitcoin plunge a buying opp

  • Investors interested in bitcoin shouldn’t be troubled by the digital currency’s sharp price decline, according to two of its most high-profile advocates.
  • Bitcoin, the online currency that is “mined” by computer operators who solve complex mathematical puzzles, has seen its value decline amid a series of scandals and setbacks.

Investors interested in bitcoin shouldn’t be troubled by its sharp price decline, according to two of its most high-profile advocates.

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