Are Paid Platforms the Future of Social?

Bubblews and tsū, two new and upcoming websites have spawned a  new unorthodox social platforms. What makes these websites different is the fact that these sites share ad revenue with their members. Although both sites offer the unique service, they are both different in their own ways.

Tsū, which launched last week, has a signup that requires a code which can only be acquired from an existing member.Tsū keeps 10 percent of its revenue from advertising, sponsorship, and partnerships. The rest is distributed among the network based on the number of views during the ad’s run.

Bubblews, on the other hand, is a community of 200,000 members who call themselves “bubblers. Bubblews officially launched in July after two years of beta. Bubblews has open registration, awarding users one cent for every click, like, or share their posts receive. Read More>

Elon Musk Compares Building Artificial Intelligence To “Summoning The Demon”

Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk was interviewed last week at the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium. One particular answer to a question posed by the audience brings up an interesting view about Artificial Intelligence.

When Musk was asked about his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence, Musk starts by noting that we ought to take care in closely regulating AI development, calling AI our “biggest existential threat.” He went on to describe AL as “demons and holy water”. Read More>>

Hagel Makes Strong Case for Action to Cope With Climate Change

Global climatic change is a major concern to our society and the implications of these changes are now evident. Thus different agencies around the world have touched the subject of how to cope with these changes. Now the U.S military has also unveiled the 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.The document is a long-term look at how the Defense Department would cope with climate change. The Pentagon’s roadmap is of considerable importance because the military operates many installations that are vulnerable to weather anomalies and the armed forces consider disaster relief one of their core missions. Read More>>

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm hopes for knock-out blow with $2.5 billion CSR bid

A logo of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm is seen on the windshield of a car in Beijing

U.S. Qualcomm Inc has agreed to buy CSR Plc for $2.5 billion, a British Bluetooth specialist which is growing in areas like automotive and wearable devices. Although Qualcomm bid seems overwhelming, there is a chance that alternative bidders may emerge. Qualcomm as been looking to expand beyond the phone market into emerging areas such as wireless home appliances and other connected devices, thus acquiring CSR will unlock new opportunities for growth of Qualcomm. Read More>> 

This French startup will dispatch a professional chef to your home

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In the fast paced world people don’t have the time and patience to cook and La Belle Assiette, a French startup is looking to take advantage of this fact. The startup has raised $1.7 million and are looking to expand in the near future. The startup lets you search chefs by food type, popularity, and other criteria, and book one for a specific time. Your chef brings the ingredients, cooks, and cleans up before leaving. Meals range from $30 per person (ingredients included) to a lot more depending on who and what you order. The average booking is for six people at $55 per head. Read More>>

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion (CF) experiment are critical to plasma containment, as pictured in this undated handout photo

 

 

Lockheed Martin has made a breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion. The reactor would be small enough to fit on the back of a truck. Lockheed has been working in the shadows on this project for a couple of years but now they went public to find some potential partners in the industry and government for their work. The project is aimed to help in developing new power sources to reduce increasing global conflicts over energy. Read More>>

Journalism startup Latterly doesn’t care about page views one bit

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Journalism startup called Latterly will embark a unique and enterprising business model. Latterly will publish four new elaborate works of narrative journalism with characters, plot, conflict, resolution, and all on its website every month. The startup will charge readers $3 per month or $8 for a three-month subscription. The company will not look to for advertising on its website and will not care about the number of clicks on its website. The idea behind this is to focus more on quality of the startup rather than the quantity. Read More>>

Philosopher kings

To emerge as a successful leader in today’s business world without doing an outward-bound course is hard. Strange rituals such as spending a precious weekend in outdoor activities and enduring lectures on testing character and building trust do nothing more than enrich the companies that arrange them. It is time to replace this rite of managerial passage with something much more powerful: Rather than grappling with nature, business leaders would grapple with big ideas; through an intellectual chasm.

To become a real thought leader is to listen to a few great thinkers. You will learn far more about leadership from reading Thucydides’s hymn to Pericles than you will from a thousand leadership experts. Peter Drucker remained top amongst management gurus for 50 years not because he attended more conferences but because he marinated his mind in great books: for example, he wrote about business alliances with reference to marriage alliances in Jane Austen. Read More>>

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