What’s Next in Technology, Business; How the Web Connects the Two


Making Sense: What is Next in Technology

  • IBM Builds A Scalable Computer Chip Inspired By The Human Brain. Forbes: Each core of the chip is modeled on a simplified version of the brain’s neural architecture. The core contains 256 “neurons” (processors), 256 “axons” (memory) and 64,000 “synapses” (communications between neurons and axons). […] What gives the SynAPSE an advantage in pattern recognition is that, unlike a traditional computer, which crunches data sequentially, its brain-inspired architecture allows for more parallel processing.
  • Building a better web: the internet need not be doomed. The Guardian: Leadbeater's message is not to think the internet is doomed to colonisation by American social media firms, however large Facebook and Twitter are, but to focus on the achievements that can be made if the next wave of tech firms stop focusing on getting big and selling out. Instead, he hopes, perhaps somewhat optimisticially, that the next generation of entrepreneurs will devote themselves to good, and change the nation.

Making Do: What is Next in Business

  • Dealers seek to spend less on sales leads. Fortune: More and more dealers are trying to compete with lead generators by attracting carbuyers directly to their websites. […] AutoNation, the public-owned dealership chain and the nation’s largest, last month said it intends to invest $100 million to build a web-based tool that will provide information and allow customers to place an order.
  • HubSpot to lose two more execs as it preps annual shindig and IPO. Gigaom: HubSpot is one of a few remaining independent marketing automation companies after a flurry of acquisitions that saw many competitors snapped up by gigantic software companies over the past few years. […] The mega-software players feel that the marketing automation market is growing like gangbusters, and marketing execs have more discretionary spending.

Making it: How the Web Connects the Two

  • Visa Digital Focused on Partnerships, Acquiring Tech Talent. Bank InnovationIf you think about where commerce is headed, it’s really headed towards mobile & digital, new experiences developed by merchants, manufactures, app developers, and innovators. Those sort of partners, unlike financial institutions, aren’t as familiar on how they can engage with Visa and honestly, we weren’t the easiest to engage with in prior model. Our new innovation center and new collaboration models are really designed for nontraditional partners to make it easy with Visa… to use platform and innovate on top of our assets and capabilities…it’s our mindset.
  • Inside the invisible audience: Why your social media posts are more popular than you think. The Next Web: A joint research project by Stanford and Facebook studied the perceived vs. actual audience sizes of 220,000 Facebook users. Each user was asked what they believed to be the size of their audience, then the research team compared this perceived size to an actual size, using server logs to gauge the true scope of a post’s audience. The result: Your actual audience size is four times larger per post than what you think.

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