In 2020 we will see more disinformation. Deceptively edited videos and photos (“dumbfakes”). Synthetic media (“deepfakes”) will follow in the years to come. A deceptively edited video of Joe Biden signals what’s coming. Mind control for the masses – no implant needed Statement by T.S. Eliot on the opening of the Emily Hale letters at […]

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Earlier this week the Census Bureau released national and state population estimates. Some key take-aways: U.S. population continues to slow. U.S. Population increased 0.48% between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019. This is the slowest growth rates since 1918. Nature increase (births minus deaths) continue to slow. S. births fell 0.9 percent in 2019, […]

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Early detection and treatment can lower mortality rates. But clinicians still fail to identify breast cancer about 20 percent of the time (false-negative results). Clinicians also identify cancer, when there is no breast cancer present (false-positive results). Studies suggest 7-12 percent of women will receive […]

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“87 percent of seniors age 65 and older, and 71 percent of those between 50 and 64, want to age in place” The mall as a retail destination is declining. But the mall as an experience center and assorted brand activation is rising in its place. The internet has taught us we shouldn’t tie retail […]

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The internet is bifurcating. And it is becoming clear there will be massive ramifications for how global citizens see the world and how companies operate within it. The last decade was about bringing billions of individuals online. By the end of 2005 there were just over one billion internet users. By 2010, the number had […]

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Last week I spent time with several teams at Paylocity – a cloud-based provider of payroll and human capital management (HCM) – at their HQ just outside of Chicago. But Paylocity isn’t just a producer, they are also a consumer. Paylocity uses their software platform for their own HCM. In fact, Paylocity is also their […]

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Yesterday Best Buy reported 4Q FY18 results well above Street estimates. Comparable store sales in the quarter were up 9% (domestic) and 9.9% (international), compared with a 3% Street estimate. US comps were especially strong for entertainment (16.8%) and appliances (20.7%). Entertainment was up 26% year-over-year (likely driven by gaming). Appliance sales were up nearly […]

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Earlier this week Axios published the results from a recent Axios-SurveyMonkey poll. The results reveal an interesting dichotomy. There appears to be wide consensus that technology is making us better off and that this will continue into the future. Consider the following findings: 82% of American adults believe the success of U.S. technology companies has […]

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The market for smart speakers, also commonly referred to as voice-enabled smart speakers and virtual personal assistant (VPA)-enabled wireless speakers, is still a very nascent market. Yes, the market has enjoyed tremendous growth, especially over the last six months, but there is still significant growth yet to be had. I’m already beginning to see some […]

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