#FutureCareers going live on Sky Business TV in 1 hour

me_on_switzerJoin me in one hour (2.30 p.m. EST) on Sky Business Careers as I chat with Ingrid Willinge about why weekends will soon be obsolete, the impact of globalization on the workforce, whether business travel will be a thing of the past, the future of Australian workplaces and what jobs we will be doing in the future and which we won't.
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34% of all American workers are Freelancers

53millionfreelancers1The American workforce is now 34% freelancer, according to a new study commissioned by the Freelancers Union and the recently-merged Elance-oDesk. Well, sort of: 14.3 million of the 53 million freelancers counted in the survey are “moonlighters” (people with full-time jobs doing independent work in their spare time). Another 5.5 million are temp workers. Here’s the full breakdown: In any case, it’s a lot of people. But what’s hard to say is whether it’s more or less than there used to be. For the past few years, the main data source for those trying to q
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Neuroscientists have transmitted a message from the brain of one person directly to the brain of another

brain-to-brain-communication-1098410-TwoByOneIn a groundbreaking scientific achievement that rivals Alexander Graham Bell’s first phone call or Guglielmo Marconi’s first radio broadcast, scientists have successfully achieved brain-to-brain transmission of information between humans. A team of scientists from Harvard University Medical School and experts from France and Spain managed to send messages roughly 5,000 miles from India to France without any invasive surgery on the four subjects, aged between 28 and
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Robotic Bees Designed to Pollinate Crops

robotic-bee-size-of-quarterIn Harvard researcher Robert Wood’s lab, a robot the size of a quarter lifts off the ground, its wings a blur. This micromachine, or RoboBee, is a marvel of modern robotics, able to hover and steer by independently flapping its wings 120 times a second. RoboBee’s inventors think it might one day pollinate crops, supporting bee populations that are struggling to overcome colony collapse disorder—a phenomenon in which bee keepers are losing an abnormally high number of hives to as yet unconfirmed causes. But there’s a ca
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Robotic Suit Makes Chunks of Metal Light as Feathers for Korean Shipyard Workers

daewoo-robotic-exoskeleton-1It started long ago, the merger of man and machine. Power looms for hands, cars and trains for legs, and recently, computers for memory. Now, as robotic suits approach practicality, we’re climbing inside our machines and gaining awesome powers. Gilwhoan Chu, an engineer at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, is testing a robotic suit (or exoskeleton) for workers in the firm’s shipyards. The suit’s hydraulic and electric actuators make 30 kg lumps of metal feel light as a feather. Workers standing anywhere betw
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Japanese Researchers Demonstrate “Force Illusions”

indexWhat if the compass app in your phone didn’t just visually point north but actually seemed to pull your hand in that direction? Two Japanese researchers will present tiny handheld devices that generate this kind of illusion at next month’s annual SIGGRAPH technology conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The “force display” devices, called Traxion and Buru-Navi3, exploit the fact that a vibrating object is perceived as either pulling or pushing when held. The effect could be applied in navigation and gaming applications, and it suggests possibilities in mobile and wearable technology as wel
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IBM Watson’s Plan to End Human Doctors’ Monopoly on Medical Know-How

healthcare_pullquoteBig Blue thinks its Jeopardy! champion Watson can make money by offering health-care providers new expertise without hiring new staff. U.S. cancer care is headed for a crisis, warned the American Society of Clinical Oncology in March. Cancer cases are projected to soar 42 percent by 2025 as America’s population ages, but the number of oncologists trained to treat them will grow by only 28 percent. That mismatch is likely to exacerbate existing inequalities in care between the fraction of patients treated by specialists at major acad
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“The World in 2025″ Predicts Abundant Solar Power and Food, Tailored Drugs, Gene Therapies

solar panelsIn a recently released vision of the future, Thomson Reuters analysts predict solar power will be the dominant form of energy by 2025. Further, the report states genomic testing and manipulation will be common and lead to better prevention and treatment of diseases. Cancer treatments will be more targeted and less toxic. The world’s infrastructure will be smart, connected, and responsive to our needs. We’ll no longer
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10 Breakthrough Innovations That Will Shape The World In 2025

imagesWhat world-changing scientific discoveries might we see by 2025? Will we have more energy technologies that move us away from fossil fuels? Will there be cures for cancer and other diseases? How will we get around and communicate?

To make some predictions, the Thomson Reuters IP & Science unit looked at two sorts of data: current scientific journal literature and patent applications. Counting citations and other measures of buzz, they identified 10 hot fields, then made specific forecasts for each. “A powerful outcome of studying scientific literature and patent data i
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Wearable technologies boost employee productivity by 8.5%

Wearable technologies have been found to boost employee productivity by 8.5%, experts from Goldsmiths, University of London have found. Goldsmiths have launched findings from a study analysing the impact of wearable technologies in the workplace on employee well-being, productivity and job satisfaction. Alongside news that productivity can be improved, other findings from the Human Cloud At Work (HCAW) research show that wearing wearable technologies increases job satisfaction by 3.5%. The HCAW report is part of a two-year collaboration between Rackspace, the open cloud company and the Institute of Management Studies
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