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Biomimetic Technology

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Designers and technologists are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration for creating the technologies of the future. Find out more about biomimetic technology, and the ways that the natural world is shaping the tech industry.

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Harnessing the Wisdom of the Crowds

Monday March 10, 2014
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Search engines make their business by finding information. But in today's data flood, highlighting topics of interest can require more of a human eye. Connecting users with pertinent information can be a subjective task, and this is why social media has found popularity alongside search for info discovery. Sites like Reddit, Pinterest, Tumblr and others can be sources of information that users didn't even know they wanted to find in the first place.

These sites create value by using the wisdom of the crowds; the communities can judge the content and bring the high quality stuff to the top. Social sharing and bookmarking is an example of collective intelligence, a concept that will remain at the forefront of many new technologies for some time to come. I take a deeper look at it in my article on: Collective Intelligence.

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Solving the World’s Tough Problems with Collective Intelligence

Monday March 10, 2014

The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence is supporting a number of projects at the forefront of technology and emergent intelligence. Some of these projects take aim at some of the thorniest issues we collectively face: climate change, sustainability and the design of new products.

Can technology, combined with the wisdom of the crowds help solve climate change? Given some of the amazing things that collective intelligence has done, such as build an encyclopedia that was orders of magnitude bigger than anything before it, it's hard to rule it out. I run down some of the projects at the leading edge of this field in: Collective Intelligence Projects.

The Twitter Amplify Program Continues its Growth

Monday March 10, 2014
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Since its IPO, Twitter has looked to make its advertising platform more robust, and one part of this platform is the Twitter Amplify program, a collection of partnerships between the social media platform and various television broadcasters. The latest network to join the program is ABC, who got involved in a big way with the recent Academy Awards broadcast.

The Twitter Amplify program is just one example of mobile apps that are becoming more integrated with the television viewing experience. I've already written about the second screen phenomenon, and there are a number of apps that are looking specifically to this second screen trend as a big opportunity. I provide a rundown of the biggest apps taking part in: Second Screen Apps.

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Secret Aiming to Become the App of SXSW 2014

Sunday March 9, 2014
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It was Twitter in 2007, and Foursquare in 2009. The people at South by Southwest are prone to trends, and this year, the app creating the most buzz at the festival appears to be Secret. Secret has taken note of this, and released a public view of postings related to SXSW.

Secret is an app that allows users to anonymously share updates and photos with friends. The public web view of SXSW is a pretty effective publicity technique, and has created some interest over the secret side of the festival. I've provided an overview of this phenomenon of anonymous apps in my Profile of Secret.

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