Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside

Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside: Big Data Looks For Future Entrepreneurs
October 5, 2014
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2014/10/05/351851015/fortune-tellers-step-aside-big-data-looks-for-future-entrepreneurs

one firm is taking things one step further (or, actually, backward) by using an algorithm to try to find entrepreneurs before they even start a company.

Roy Bahat leads the venture capital firm Bloomberg Beta, which launched in June of last year.

we’ll see an even greater use of predictive analytics soon. “I am a believer that the things that we see in science fiction will eventually come to pass,” he says — think Minority Report and Gattaca.

Hyperloop

Tech Company Hyperloop Doesn’t Pay Its Employees — At Least Not In Cash
October 15, 2015
http://www.npr.org/2015/10/15/448980996/tech-company-hyperloop-doesnt-pay-its-employees-at-least-not-in-cash

… another area of innovation in Silicon Valley is how we work, mainly the structure of our offices and companies. Hyperloop is a company that has no employees, doesn’t pay any salaries, but has hundreds of extremely talented workers nonetheless.

What people in 1900 thought

What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like
October 4, 2015
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/04/what-people-in-1900-thought-the-year-2000-would-look-like

There are few things as fascinating as seeing what people in the past dreamed about the future.

“France in the Year 2000” is one example. The series of paintings, made by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, shows artist depictions of what life might look like in the year 2000.

Dr. Wikipedia

Dr. Wikipedia: The ‘Double-Edged Sword’ Of Crowdsourced Medicine
February 08, 2014
http://www.npr.org/2014/02/08/273680018/dr-wikipedia-the-double-edged-sword-of-crowd-sourced-medicine

Wikipedia has become a go-to source for definitions, celebrity facts, and now, medical information. A study by the IMS Health Institute published in January names Wikipedia as the “single leading source” of health care information for both patients and health care professionals.
http://www.imshealth.com/portal/site/imshealth/menuitem.c76283e8bf81e98f53c753c71ad8c22a/?vgnextoid=ebc072cc270b3410VgnVCM10000076192ca2RCRD

cf (a failed forecast):
Wikipedia: A ‘Victim Of Its Own Success?’
September 23, 2009
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113128568

related:

Wikipedia Teams Up With Academia
November 02, 2010
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131018359
Davis says students are supposed to be looking out for things such as misleading statements or missing information.
“Because they’re not experts, they couldn’t point out that there were errors,” Davis says.