The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges by governments to date – even if fully achieved – fall well short of what is required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050 and give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 °C.
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for?
Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun. The road to immortality. Great read via the Guardian!
‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality
A 10% loss of market share was enough to cause the collapse of the coal mining industry in the US, while Europe’s five major utilities lost €100bn (£85bn) between 2008 and 2013 because they did not prepare for an 8% increase in renewables, the report said.
Big energy companies are seriously underestimating the low-carbon transition by sticking to their “business as usual” scenarios which expect continued growth of fossil fuels, and could see their assets “stranded”, the study claims.”
Electric cars and cheap solar 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020'
The Inevitable Robot Uprising has already started, with at least 45% of US online adults saying they use at least one of the aforementioned digital concierges. Intelligent agents can access calendars, email accounts, browsing history, playlists, purchases and media viewing history to create a detailed view of any given individual. With this knowledge, virtual agents can provide highly customized assistance, which is valuable to shops or banks trying to deliver better customer service.”
Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says
Video and slides of my presentation at the Guardian Advertising Summit in London: Datawars and the Future of Privacy & Advertising
UPDATE: here is a transcript of my speech: Datawars and ...