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We use the potency of academic research, artistic practice and economic reason to create outstanding and unique objects, processes and experiences. Our work relies on interiors aswell as exteriors, visual language for public space, digital and physical expressions and the poetic qualities of misuse, error and inspiration.
design-fiction  productdesign  speculation  future  Berlin  company 
5 hours ago by gwippich
Moneysupermarket announces plans for new mortgage fintech | Financial Times
The company also said that it had teamed up with the founders of HD Decisions, a search engine for credit cards and loans, to launch a new mortgage business to be called Podium.
Moneysupermarket chief executive Mark Lewis said: “We all know finding a better mortgage is complicated. We said we would do something about this and today we announce Podium, a new mortgage fintech, to build a comparison tool to bring customers the digitisation of mortgages — an easier and better way to arrange the mortgage that suits them.”
finance  new-companies  future  ai 
5 hours ago by dancall
Livestreaming Q1'17: Twitch vs YouTube, Avg. Spend, LTV and Tip Volumes
It's unclear what portion of total streaming tip volume is processed by StreamLabs, but: "Streamlabs processed $23.5 million [in tips] in Q1 2017, a 13.0% increase quarter-over-quarter from $20.8 million in Q4 2016."
work  future 
6 hours ago by jbushnell
Home - Futurium
Wie wollen wir leben? Welche Herausforderungen und Chancen sind mit künftigen Entwicklungen verbunden? Wie können Wissenschaft und Forschung zum Verständnis und zur Gestaltung dieser Entwicklungen beitragen? Diesen und anderen Fragen wird sich das Futurium im Zentrum Berlins widmen. Als Ort für Präsentation und Dialog wird es ab Frühjahr 2019 Politik, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Kunst und Gesellschaft zusammenbringen.

Das Futurium ist eine Initiative der Bundesregierung gemeinsam mit führenden deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen, Stiftungen und der deutschen Wirtschaft. Es ist eine unabhängige Plattform für Dialog und Vernetzung zwischen Staat, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft.
future  Berlin  design-fiction  Germany  institute 
8 hours ago by gwippich
The Extrapolation Factory
The Extrapolation Factory is an design-based research studio for participatory futures studies, founded by Chris Woebken and Elliott P. Montgomery. The studio develops experimental methods for collaboratively prototyping, experiencing and impacting future scenarios. Central to these methods is the creation of hypothetical future props and their deployment in familiar contexts such as 99¢ stores, science museums, vending machines and city sidewalks. With this work, the studio is exploring new territories for democratized futures by rapidly imagining, prototyping, deploying and evaluating visions of possible futures on an extended time scale.
future  company  design-fiction  research  productdesign  speculation 
8 hours ago by gwippich
Design Fiction: Wieso man Produkte entwickelt, die keiner kaufen soll
Stell Dir vor, Du liest einen normal anmutenden IKEA-Katalog voller Science-Fiction-Produkte. Oder Du gehst auf eine Messe und an einem Messestand präsentiert ein Unternehmen eine vollkommen neue Lösung, die es (noch) gar nicht gibt. Oder Du besuchst eine Ausstellung, in der nur Prototypen und Objekte ausgestellt sind, die es niemals zu kaufen geben wird. Warum sollte man Dinge konzipieren, die niemals genutzt werden? Das klingt schräg. Ist es auch! Heute geht es um das Thema Design Fiction. Nein, nicht Design Thinking, sondern Design Fiction. Diesen relativ neuen Diskurs-Ansatz möchte ich heute vorstellen.
design-fiction  german  blog  article  future 
9 hours ago by gwippich
Amazon’s new Part Finder helps you shop for those odd nuts and bolts | TechCrunch
On the following screen, you add more information to help narrow down the results. For example, we scanned a screw and it asked for other details like whether it was a flat head and the drive type. (Some of this information could have been derived from the scan, one would think, so it’s not clear how much Amazon is relying on the scan itself versus user input here.)

Of course, a screw is an easier thing to find on Amazon. The feature will be a lot more handy when you’re stuck with an odd part that you don’t know how to identify. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a bunch of unintended parts lying around to test.
amazon  future  ecommerce  ideas  ai  recognition 
9 hours ago by dancall
BuzzFeed launches a new website for its real journalism | TechCrunch
Still, Senior Product Manager Kate Zasada said the company’s own research has found that some readers “don’t completely understand” that while BuzzFeed is famous for GIF-filled lists, it also produces “deeply researched and fact-checked” journalism. (The snarky comments I get whenever I write about BuzzFeed seem to back this up.)

So the company is making that distinction clearer with the launch of a new BuzzFeed News website.

News stories will still run on the main BuzzFeed homepage, and the BuzzFeed News site will include links to other BuzzFeed content. But it looks and feels more like a standalone site, giving the team what Zasada said is “a new domain and a new brand.”
newspapers  trends  future 
9 hours ago by dancall
Don’t give up on Netflix just yet |
Michael Nathanson, at Moffettnathanson, (very) cautiously backs Netflix, and realistically says: “Unlike Amazon, Google and Facebook, the moat around Netflix’s business model does not appear as deep as these other models (Amazon = Online Shopping, Google = Search, Facebook = Social) and we doubt that they can create and enjoy monopoly economics in content creation and internet distribution. The barrier to entry here, in part, is sourced by spending more money faster than others can. There is little sign that rivals are falling away. In fact, as Netflix noted, other larger, better funded entities are entering this space.”

Moffettnathanson stays ‘Neutral’ on Netflix, and even reduces its target price by $3 to $223.  Its reasons are that the researchers admit that making your own new content is going to be more expensive than renting hit shows from the established studios and broadcasters, and praises Netflix’s move into new appealing international markets. “Looking out over time, we would expect the next set of markets to require lower initial pricing and more localized content in order to drive penetration higher.”
netflix  fail  future  tv 
9 hours ago by dancall
France sets out 5G roadmap |
The roadmap sets ambitious targets:
launch several 5G pilot projects in a variety of regions, and host some of the world’s pioneer industrial 5G applications;
allocate new 5G frequencies and ensure a commercial rollout in at least one major city by 2020;
provide 5G coverage of the main transport routes by 2025.
It is built around four priority courses of action:
France’s 5G roadmap draws on the feedback the Government obtained from the consultation that ended in Q1 2018, and incorporates Arcep’s work programme. Four major courses of action were thus identified:

free up and allocate radio frequencies for 5G networks;
foster the development of new uses;
support the deployment of 5G infrastructures;
ensure transparency and dialogue over 5G rollouts and keep the public informed.
Working groups chaired by the concerned authorities and government departments are being created to identify expectations and undertake actions in the identified areas, under the aegis of the Directorate-General for Enterprise (DGE) and Arcep.
5g  casestudies  connectivity  future 
10 hours ago by dancall
Live TV no longer the first viewing choice for consumers | Media Analysis | Business
Only 39% of viewers now say live, linear TV from a traditional pay-TV service is what they turn on first. That represents a fall of 8 points over the last twelve months. Consumers are now more likely to turn first to an on-demand, time-shifted source of TV, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, a DVR, or pay-TV video-on-demand (48% combined).

The popularity of live TV is falling even in core demographics with the amount of older viewers who consider live TV their default dropping significantly. Even though the majority (56%) of viewers 55 and over still default to watching live, a year ago, this figure was two-thirds of such viewers. Among those 18-34, only about a quarter (26%) say that live TV is their default. A year ago, it was just more than a third (35%).
tv  stats  video  netflix  trends  future 
10 hours ago by dancall
IAB Study Shows Consumer Economy Growth Shifting to 'Direct Brands'
Become direct: “For incumbent indirect brands, you must become a direct brand. For upstart direct brands, you must break through the revenue and share barriers that are keeping you small. For every other company that serves them, you must help them become direct, and grow their business in that environment.”
A two-way relationship is more valuable than a one-way impression: “It’s not that mass advertising won’t matter. It’s that it will become less valuable as more and more consumer-facing brands cross the chasm and concentrate their activity on creating, reinforcing, and extracting value from their direct consumer relationships,” says IAB, citing Zenith Optimedia data that projects skyrocketing growth for digital versus other media forms—because it provides data-enriched value.
Brand safety is not optional: “The reason has little to do with the soft concept of ‘reputation.’ It’s because if you don’t have your consumers’ trust, you won’t get their data. And without their data, you don’t have a company.”
Find your next 5,000 customers: Media spending expert Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research is quoted, painting a stark picture: 200 marketers account for around 90 percent of network TV spend, around 60 percent of all television, and around one-third of all paid media—and they are not growing. As a result, IAB says that publishers must look to emerging direct brands for a new stream of advertising dollars.
ecommerce  future  trends  retail 
10 hours ago by dancall
Direct to Consumer Entertainment (Series) – Chris Thilk
This past February, the Interactive Advertising Bureau published a report analyzing the impact the direct-to-consumer economy could have on the media industry. The report, titled “The Rise of the 21st Century Brand Economy,” details how D2C brands such as Warby Parker, Dollar Shave Club and others taken a big chunk of business away from physical retailers, using data-driven digital marketing to earn consumer business and loyalty.
films  tv  ecommerce  retail  trends  future 
10 hours ago by dancall
Nike melds mobile, physical retail with new LA concept store | Mobile Marketer
Nike opened a concept store on Los Angeles's famed Melrose Avenue that relies on mobile technology and customer data to create a customized in-store experience for NikePlus loyalty members, according to Mobile Marketer's sister publication Retail Dive.
Nike App at Retail, which made its debut in March, is central to the new 4,557-square-foot​ concept shop. Through the app, loyalty members can reserve products for pickup at smart lockers, shop for products, scan bar codes to learn more about specific items and earn rewards. Members shopping at the new Nike by Melrose store can also redeem special "unlocks" at a digital vending machine, which dispenses an array of exclusive products.
Shoppers at the new store can text store associates to set up returns or product exchanges with curbside pickup. Nike plans to open a smaller Nike Live store in Tokyo next spring and to localize other stores with similar personalized features.
sportswear  retail  future  trends  mobile 
10 hours ago by dancall
Facebook payments patent reveals e-commerce ambitions | Retail Dive
Facebook has filed a patent application for a messaging service using artificial intelligence that will allow users to place orders to merchants and complete payments within its Messenger chat app, according to CB Insights.
For example, to search and pay for products, consumers would visit a merchant's page on Facebook where they would engage a messaging bot, and place their order within the chat, all without leaving Facebook.
This patent would add to the social network's efforts to support payments in Messenger, something that is currently in closed developer beta, CB Insights reported. Facebook is seeking to streamline consumers' use of the digital processes on the pages of sellers, Digital Transactions noted.
facebook  im  ecommerce  bots  trends  future 
10 hours ago by dancall
Soon we'll use smartphones to trace our food on the blockchain. But there's a catch: We'll be traced, too.
So, in the very near IoE future, your smartphone will be able to connect you to a web of other smart, internet-connected objects. Take the grocery store: In an IoE supermarket scenario, you might be shopping for tuna in the seafood section, and use your phone to scan a label on the packaging to find out the species, where it was caught it and by whom, where it was processed, and who distributed it. And if the seafood distributor had been tracking the fish on the blockchain, a theoretically immutable digital ledger, you could be assured that the information was true and unaltered.
blockchain  food  future  privacy  retail 
10 hours ago by dancall
Facebook Files Patent for Messenger Chatbot |
As Facebook continues its forays into commerce, the company has filed a patent for a messaging bot that enables users to pay for items. The patent, which is called “Processing Payment Transactions Using Artificial Intelligence Messaging Services,” details a bot that can understand and reply to the requests of users, CB Insights reported.

An illustration for the patent details a chat between a consumer and a coffee shop bot. After the bot tells the user the price of a beverage, the user is able to confirm that they want to purchase the item. If the user agrees, the bot is able to ask for a payment method and place the order. It can also create an order number and offer a time for the consumer to pick up the item. In order to accomplish all of these tasks, the bot reportedly uses natural language processing (NLP).
facebook  ecommerce  payment  im  bots  trends  future 
10 hours ago by dancall
Future of Investing 2018 Archives - Raconteur
Attitudes and approaches to investing are changing, along with new opportunities, not to mention risks. The Future of Investing report, published in The Times, covers possible pitfalls when investing in cryptocurrencies, the uses of artificial intelligence on the trading floor and beyond, and how wealth management must adapt to millennial investors. Also featured are articles on how investment can be a force for good with economic, social and governance values, and how impact investing can help developing economies
finance  trends  future 
10 hours ago by dancall

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