The advancement of digital technology is enabling ‘fintech’, or a new breed of financial technology, which represents a major reorganization of the services offered in the financial services industry. Banks and other financial institutions have long been entrenched as intermediaries between the financial system – financial services offered - and consumers. With fintech, the traditional ‘all under one umbrella’ approach of intermediaries is disappearing as people increasingly use computers and mobile devices.
Our digital future will likely see the continued explosive growth of the subscription economy. The key driver is that, as the world becomes more complex and fast-paced, people will increasingly opt to have access to what they want, but not necessarily own it. In so many cases, the time, space, and money needed to own something – for example a pool, a swing set, or a car – may exceed the benefits of owning that thing.
For medical reasons, implantable technologies such as a pacemaker, help to regulate someone’s heart. Other implanted functions have been used to help the deaf hear and may one day be used for treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, and Tourette’s syndrome. They might also in the near future be engineered to help control obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). While information and communication technology (ICT) seems promising on one hand, employees have had microchips embedded in their hands for work issues.
Have you already logged your time in the workaday world? Maybe you just want to be intellectually stimulated. If you are digitally savvy or have lots of valuable life experience, you may just want to return to college to continue learning or even to accelerate a new career.
When you listen to artists like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, or Common, just the thought of freestyle rap might be intimidating enough to make you shy away. Besides, if rapping is not your thing, you’re probably wondering why I’m suggesting that you jump genres at this point in your life.
One of the more common themes in Deepak Chopra’s book, Super Brain, is this: Use your brain, don’t let your brain use you. If you’re confused, that’s okay. This is meant to be followed up with examples.
Blockchain is taking the world by storm, though the talk mostly focuses on a small subsection of its use cases. More than bitcoin and healthcare records, blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt less expected arenas like food supply chains.
Seldom, if ever, is the Industrial Revolution framed as a labor revolution. Yet that’s undeniably what it was. Is it any coincidence that the dawning industrial revolution — fed by the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and the like — is stealing the limelight from the spread of contingent work?
What’s the most popular course at Yale University this year? It’s not English Composition, American Government, or any other foundational course; it’s Psychology and the Good Life. This semester, nearly a quarter of Yale’s undergraduates signed up to learn how to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
Every “New Year” is our annual reminder to rethink our lives and reevaluate the future. It is a time which allows us another chance to change for the better. If your resolutions include a new career, getting a jump on planning can help you succeed.