Things Have Changed

Things Have Changed

Hey, we're Things Have Changed. We unpack stories about technology and the ever-changing digital economy. Specifically, the things that will matter in the coming years, and the things that have evolved from the past.

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November 29, 2021 34 min

Innovation is exciting! And all of us have witnessed new technology entering every major industry, none more so that the traditional financial industry.

When was the last time you even went into a bank? Financial transactions such as accessing money, depositing checks or even buying stocks, can all be done  on an app remotely at anytime and anyplace! But in spite of all the technological progress, we still have to trust the banks a...

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Food is the very nourishment of life. Climate change, population growth and population density have come to challenge the way we feed ourselves. Let's look at some factors that are affecting the way we grow food:

  • World’s population is in more urbanized areas - 60% of the population lives in cities
  • Farms Waste Much of World's Water - On average, farms around the world account for 70% of all water that is consumed annually.
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    Technology has already come after several blue collar jobs of the past, like assembly line workers, cashiers, phone operators, and travel agents, to name a few.

    But is it possible for AI to automate and replace the job of a software engineer?

    Most technology we use today involves software - from watching our favorite shows on Netflix, to ordering a Starbucks pickup, to scheduling an early morning Uber to the airport. It should come ...

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    Every minute, 990,000 Tinder profiles are swiped, 156 million emails are sent, and 16 million text messages are sent out.

    Moreover, Google processes 40,000 searches a second and 1.4 billion people log into Facebook every day.

    We live in a digital economy, and it runs on data!

    Just think about it, every time you check your Instagram or Twitter feed, Google a new recipe, or search the web for the latest sneaker drop, you are providing t...

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    Communication apps have become vital in our day to day lives with  popular mobile messaging like Whatsapp, Signal, and Facebook Messenger connecting users the world over. It's staggering to think that people send over 30 BILLION messages a day, just through messaging clients.

    Today, on Things Have Changed, we talk to someone who has been at the forefront of product design for many of the technology communication apps that we use...

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    Imagine if airplanes weren’t reusable. It costs a staggering $250-300M to buy a Boeing 747.  A one way trip to fly anywhere on the planet would cost millions. Yup, it sounds bizarre.

    That’s exactly the conundrum with space flight. Missions have always been incredibly expensive… but recent breakthroughs in reusability of rockets have drastically reduced the cost of spaceflight and jump started the once stalling space industry.

    In fact...

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    As we see rich countries slowly open up, there is an interesting economic phenomenon taking place. While Americans are coming out of lockdown, we are seeing a large number of jobs that are not being filled. There are about 9 million job openings in the United States and a little over 9 million people who are considered “unemployed”, and some 6 million people who weren’t actively looking for jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor St...

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    How many times have you had to throw away your electronics because they were out of date? Or not repairable? The result is a growing mountain of e-waste.

    E-waste is the world’s fastest-growing trash problem. Humans generate the equivalent of 4,500 Eiffel Towers of electronic waste in a single year. Yet just 20% gets collected and recycled. This has people calling for products that are no longer designed for obsolescence, but designe...

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    Since the start of the pandemic, retail investors have plowed billions into the market, making calls against institutional investors. With free trading at their fingertips and huge online communities like Wall Street Bets wherein they discuss trading ideas and stock picks, many figure they have a shot against the big guys on Wall Street.

    GameStop, AMC & cryptocurrency Doge are some of the most famous 'meme stocks' and th...

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    What kind of toys did you have as a child? Was it Snakes & Ladders? Uno? For the Millennials, did you have a Game Boy? Each each year, toys are getting smarter. If you think about how early kids now have access to smartphones, digital learning looks to be a mainstay in early education.

    Today, we have Yuting Su, CEO and Co-founder of Thinker Tinker, the company behind Octobo, an award-winning educational multi-sensory smart plush...

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    It’s happening. AWS is no longer the only cloud heavyweight doing business with the US Government. Azure has recently signed a $10 Billion deal with the DoD. 

    Gartner reports that AWS is still a better product than most competitors, in terms of what they offer and the quality! But some ask if it's fair that the DoD is only doing business with Amazon, a representation of perpetuating the monopoly Amazon is clinging onto. Amazon a...

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    IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are all taking the helm for the cloud renaissance. Gartner says that in 2021, spending on public cloud services could go over $330B. All types of industries and even GOVERNMENTS are moving their infrastructure and technology to the cloud.

    There is tremendous opportunity to build on the infrastructure of the cloud. AWS has been the clear winner for a while now, spanning almost 14 years, the margins ...

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    Cyber-risk has more than quadrupled since 2002 and tripled since 2013. Cyber-attacks are now common across industries.  Just recently, FireEye, one of the top cybersecurity firms in the world today stated that it was hacked by a Nation State.

    The work-from-home wave has not helped the state of cyber-insecurity. We largely don’t think of our digital security. And it looks like the government hasn’t really been on top of things as wel...

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    Even before the COVID-19 Pandemic, the world has been moving towards digitization. We spend almost all our lives on the internet and even the mundane things we interface with like our fridges, coffee makers, cars, and houses can be connected to the network. This marriage between the digital and physical worlds has vastly improved our lives.. But also increasingly poses a security threat.

    Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly impac...

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    ♻️ Eliminating 4 Million Plastic Jugs from Landfills!

    Laundry routines aren't super fun for any one, but recent studies show how it's downright terrible for the environment. Washers use copious amounts of water. Add to that detergents that can release toxic chemicals that get into the food chain, as well as the transportation costs of lugging around massive plastic jugs of laundry detergent across the supply chain.

    This indu...

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    Sweeping infrastructure plans are in plans across the globe. Take Biden's nearly $4 trillion infrastructure package that is aimed at repairing roads, transportation hubs and telecommunication systems.? How do they plan on paying for it?

    Taxes!

  • To finance the proposal, the administration has proposed a partial rollback of some tax breaks signed into law in 2017 by President Donald Trump, pushing tax rates on corporations from 21 p...
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    Infrastructure today cannot meet the needs of the digital economy tomorrow. 5G, driverless cars, Sustainable cities, broadband access to all are some of the breakthrough technologies promised in the coming decades.. But how are these even possible if the underlying foundation i.e infrastructure itself is weak!

    Infrastructure has been neglected far too long. The easiest way to get a slowing economy going again is for the government t...

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    Online search for “inflation” have multiplied over the past few months..

    The surge in attention comes during a supply demand mismatch, resulting in computer chip shortages, gas lines,  surging metal prices, & food prices on the way up as well.

    Lumber, specifically, has been on a tear,  up 500% since last year!
    The price increase in lumber actually leads to a price increase in residential homes, with new single-family homes up a s...

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    Product Placement Is Key To Sales And Profit in Supermarkets and grocery stores..

    Every aisle of a supermarket has 100s of different brands of products,  all vying for your attention and aiming to ultimately end up in your shopping cart.

    Getting your product into a new store is hard enough on its own. How do you measure your product availability, inventory levels, product placement or even know what your competition is doing in a st...

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