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Games Democratized – Unity3D

Unity3D is a revolutionary game platform that allows for almost anyone to create a video game and reach a world-wide audience. Many small teams are on record of having a game with 7 or even 8 digits of annual revenue. With over 1MM developers now use Unity, it is responsible for 100,000+ games on the iPhone and […]

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Solve Extinction

Extinction isn’t what it once was. Countless species have become extinct over the eons – from Dinosaurs to Woolly Mammoths to the adorable Dodo Birds. When a species is gone, it is gone forever – or that is what the world believes. Advances in genetics, cloning and synthetic biology have made the impossible possible. Soon […]

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Crowd Sourcing

Crowd sourcing is the art and business of drawing upon the resources of a groups (millions) of people. In this article I will discuss two such companies where I am lead investor that leverage the crowd: Getaround and CureTogether. Getaround draws upon the resources owned by people – vehicles. CureTogether draws upon the knowledge of […]

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Shapeways

Shapeways is one of the most exciting companies in the 3D printing space. Based out of New York, they provide an easy and inexpensive way for the public at large to participate in 3D Printing. This is how it works: Goto http://www.shapeways.com and select one design from thousands. Choose your material, be it plastic, polymers […]

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Solve Cancer

Cancer is a terrible burden. 1 in 2 will get it, 1 in 3 will die. Cancer is caused by changes or mutations in your DNA. A mutation occurs when a DNA letter is changed, deleted or inserted. With the wrong changes a cell can begin copying itself uncontrollably. The gas pedal may be stuck on […]

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What is Protein

Yes, that is a plate of tofu. It’s made of proteins – the same proteins that make you. You are literally a massive collection of proteins, they are the building blocks of every cell in your body. Proteins are created from the instructions found in DNA called genes. In total there are 23,000 genes in each […]

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Self Driving Cars

Self driving cars, as unbelievable as it sounds, are autonomous vehicles that can literally drive themselves – in traffic. It’s a trillion-dollar technology. A self driving car handles all aspects of driving: lane changes, traffic lights, pedestrians, turning, parking, accelerating and even choosing the route. The only thing it can’t do is load fuel. All […]

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Robotics

Robotics is coming in a big way – this decade. It is a technology driven by computing and artificial intelligence. Today you see robots in museums as novel toys to escort guests. They exist in the forms of drones both for the military and civilian use. Robots also explore mines and deactivate bombs, going places […]

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Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon Nanotubes, and their corresponding Buckyballs, are the hottest short term nanotechnology rolling out this decade. They are incredibly multi-functional. Carbon is the perfect lego block element. It can connect up to 4 other carbons in infinite combinations. Given the right conditions, it will self organize complex structures. One of those is a soccer ball […]

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3D Printing

3D Printing, also known as rapid prototyping, allows everyone to create almost anything. Its quick, inexpensive, and precise using materials such  plastics, metals, or even living cells. Its revolutionary. Traditionally everything was mass produced : Plastic bowls, ceramic cups, or cell phone cases. They are available cheaply because they are designed once and produced many […]

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App Marketplace

The Smart Phone revolution wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the cottage App industry. What was once a cottage has turned into a $30 billion a year metropolis. Considering that it is only 5 years old, that is impressive. In Vancouver there are App companies with revenues north of $30M. Facebook paid over $1 […]

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, also know as A.I. or AI, is one of the least understood and most under estimated fields of technology. Artificial Intelligence has become a corner-stone of today’s world. AI’s run financial markets, fly planes and diagnoses diseases. An AI is often trained or taught, sometimes you will see it called machine learning. An […]

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What is DNA

In leveraging DNA it helps to know how the stuff works. It’s remarkably simple yet generates every living thing around you. From a simple code nature has created effectively infinite combinations. It only takes 5 minutes to learn but you will gain a deep understanding of the process of life and be a hit at […]

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Quantum Computing

Easily the most bizarre technology on the horizon is quantum computing. It is so un-intuitive, don’t be surprised if you first don’t get it. At the atomic level, the smallest level, things don’t exist in the way you and I are familiar with. Atoms made their constituents: electrons, protons, neutrons – don’t exist as distinct […]

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Neural Networks

Neural Networks are a form of Artificial Intelligence that learns through a process called Machine Learning. Neural Networks originated in the 1970’s when scientists tried to recreate the logic of a brain using virtual neurons.  A neuron works by taking input from a variety of sources, mainly other neurons, and when a threshold is reached, it fires. One neuron will […]

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Social Networks

Social Networks, also known as Social Graphs, have taken the world by storm. Arguably the cornerstone of a trend called Web 2.0, it has provided an entire new dimension to the Internet. With social networks it is possible to get an understanding of the human aspect of the Internet. Almost 2.5 billion people today are […]

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Brain to Computer Interface

Brain to Computer Interface, also known as BCI, is one of the most exciting developments in technology. It allows for a person to communicate with a computer using only their thoughts. Traditionally a person would use a keyboard or mouse to instruct a computer what to do. In some cases you could even use a […]

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Get SNPd!

In my humble opinion, the best $100 investment you can ever make is to get yourself SNP’d. No scissors involved. UPDATE: In November 2013, 23andMe was ordered to stop selling genetic testing kits by the FDA. Currently a much more limited product is available. SNP DNA testing is a process by which your DNA is scanned looking for […]

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Genetic Sequencing

Our ability to read DNA has become one the fastest growing technologies ever. Reading all the DNA for a single human is called reading a person’s genome. A human genome is big, it’s roughly 6 billion letters long consisting of G C T and A. Almost every cell in your body contains a full copy of […]

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Internet

Surveys have shown that the average person will give up just about anything before they lose their Internet. Its is hard to remember a time when we did not have the Internet as a key part of our lives, but the fact remains that it has only been in the public for just over 15 […]

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Nanotechnology

Almost the entire modern world is based on our ability to manipulate electrons with some degree of precision. It is the basis of computers, the Internet, and telecommunications. What has been lacking is similar progress with atoms. Manipulating atoms with accuracy is extremely challenging. Thinking Exponentially, control of electrons progressed from powering lights to enabling smart […]

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Wearable Technology

Technology will soon allow us to make significant improvements to our humanity. In other words, technology will soon become part of us. This process is most apparent with mobile devices. People cannot live without their smart phones. The smart phone is only 5 years old and has become indispensable. A cell phone is not connected […]

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Synthetic Life

Synthetic life, also known as synbio or synthetic biology, is a relatively new technology that will revolutionize the world. It is nothing short of the power to create our own custom life forms. Synthetic life is likely to be the hottest single technology for the rest of this decade. Thinking Exponentially, there have been amazing advancements in […]

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