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fp_logo Foreign Policy magazine just published their list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 who most influenced the global marketplace.  A very worthwhile article that I would recommend reading— you can read the report here.

The report provides an overview for each person and their achievements and thinking that led to their inclusion.  Also, the results of a survey of intriguing global questions asked and responded to by the majority of the recipients is a must read.   Additionally,  a book list of the top 20 books recommended by the Top Thinkers is a great resource for all readers of the article (Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan is the # 1 recommended book). (more…)

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Last month, PC World released its Top 100 technology products of 2010. This is a good reference list to see where innovation is occuring, areas for upcoming marketplace disruption, see which companies have the best outlooks,  and to wet the appetite for any technology enthusiasts for their next set of gadget purchases.

The top 100 by product category (total and % of Top 100) breaks down as shown below between Tablets, PC and E-Readers, HDTV and Home Theatres, Mobile Phones and Apps, Digital Cameras and Printers, Productivity Software, Storage and Useful Gadgets, and Web Services and Games.

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In Sugata Mitra’s recent TED talk at TED Global 2010, he stated this unfortunate reality about education:

“There are places on Earth, in every country, where, for various reasons, good schools cannot be built and good teachers cannot or do not want to go…”

In my earlier post titled, Is this the Future of Learning in Large Urban Slums, I wrote about Mitra’s research and fascinating conclusions around how children, when exposed to computers without adult guidance, learned on their own.   Very important results, because as Mitra states in the quote above, all around the world there are places where children don’t have access to schools and teachers.  In this video below, Mitra delves more into his research around the world ranging from India to Italy—dramatic cases of children demonstrating quantifiable learning and improvement by simply having access to a computer.  Take a look at the 20 minute video. (more…)

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This week the World Economic Forum, an independent, not-for-profit international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.    Per their website, the Technology Pioneers programme is the World Economic Forum’s way of identifying and integrating those companies – normally in a start-up phase or in their first rounds of financing – from around the world that are involved in the design and development of new technologies. The innovations of these companies reflect society’s attempts to harness, adapt and use technology to change and improve the way business and society operate.

Each year, approximately 30 are recognized as Technology Pioneers in three categories: (more…)

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As I’ve written in this blog a few times, like many, I’ve become an addicted smart phone user.  In this post, I laid out my iPhone App storage usage patterns vs the average usage patterns, and raised some questions about the future growth and characteristics of users of these platforms.

Now, I’ve come across some even more robust external data from the site Mobile Entertainment (ME) sets analyzing App usage of different smartphones which provide some further insight into the questions I raised in that previous post.     Embedded below is a presentation with 157 Mobile App stats that ME has released and says we should all know about.   Some fascinating data here. (more…)

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In the past two weeks, I came across two exciting and interesting news headlines, both dealing with technology and research developments in India.  The two headlines:

  1. Using Computers to teach Children with No Teachers
  2. India develops world’s cheapest “Laptop” at $35

Now, the real excitement is how fast these two developments can be combined!  Let me explain.

Using Computers to teach Children with No Teachers

This article discusses 10 years of research performed by Professor Sugata Mitra.  Mitra first introduced children in a Delhi slum to computers in 1999 by embedding a computer in a wall facing the slum. (more…)

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Today was the launch of iPad.   Hype, hysteria, and over-hype ensued during the day.  Twitter streams were inundated with tweets mostly glowing about the Ipad, but others expressing frustration with the invasion of Twitterland by iPad.

However, I personally am not yet ready to purchase an iPad, I’m still occupied by the iPhone– still discovering it and delving into new usage models. (more…)

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Again, a fascinating and thought provoking TED talk; this time by Eric Topol, M.D,  a noted cardiologist and currently the Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California, which is funded by a grant by the NIH to accelerate to research to change medicine.  Worth anyone’s 15 minutes to watch this. (more…)

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An informative discussion on investing in India in 2010.
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On Friday March 5, the 10 billionth tweet was made by a Twitter user.  An astronomical figure, a sure sign of how Twitter has become a formidable media network.  While there has been lots written about Twitter’s business model and its ability to generate real revenues, the usage model has created interesting implications in many ways, some unintended and surprising.   For me,  two interesting developments of Twitter in my professional life are in the areas of competitive intelligence, investor relations, legal compliance and public relations. (more…)

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