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Peter Diamandis, co-founder of Singularity University, shares his top tech picks for 2015

Peter Diamandis speakerPeter Diamandis, the co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University and the X PRIZE Foundation, has singled out 11 of the most exciting new technologies moving from deceptive to disruptive this year. Here are his top tech picks for 2015:

  1. Virtual Reality: Expect a lot more action on the virtual and augmented reality front. Watch out for game changers like Magic Leap (in which Google just invested over $500 million.
  2. Mass-market robots: 2015 is going to see the introduction of consumer-friendly robots in a store near you.
  3. Autonomous vehicles: Beyond Google, many major car brands are working on autonomous solutions.
  4. Drones everywhere: They’re getting cheaper, easier to use, more automated, and are now finding more useful and lucrative applications.
  5. Wireless power: Companies like uBeam, Ossia and others are developing solutions to charge your phones, laptops, wearables, etc. wirelessly as you go about your business.
  6. Data & machine learning: There is gold in your data. This year will see data collection and mining that data becoming more turn-key.
  7. Large-scale genome sequencing and data mining: In 2015, we will see explosive, exponential growth in genomics and longevity research.
  8. Sensor explosion: The combination of sensors and wearables, increased connectivity, new manufacturing methods (like 3D printing), and improved data mining capabilities will create a smart, connected world.
  9. Voice-control and “language-independent” interaction: The Star Trek universal translator is just around the corner!
  10. 3D Printing: The number of applications is increasing, and printers, scanners, and CAD modelling software will become more accessible, cheaper, and easier to use.
  11. Bitcoin: Emerging smartphone markets in developing countries, better “interfaces”, and more commercial adopters who accept bitcoin as a form of payment will all play a role in a brighter bitcoin future.

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Influential economist Jim O’Neill predicts the price of oil in 2015

Jim O’Neill speakerWriting for Project Syndicate, Jim O’Neill attempts to predict the price of oil in 2015, and explains why the four-year decline may end this year.

Jim comments that “over the past 33 years, I have had plenty of opportunity to study both oil prices and foreign exchange rates…to determine whether there is such a thing as an equilibrium oil price.” He concluded that a good indication of this moving equilibrium does exist: the five-year forward oil price, or the amount paid for guaranteed delivery of oil five years from now.

Jim identified two big factors fundamentally driving the price of oil: 1) the early days of the exploitation of shale oil and gas in the United States, and 2) the shift in China’s economic focus from quantity to quality, which implied that the Chinese economy would no longer be consuming energy at the frenetic rate it had been.

Referencing a recent article he’d read, Jim suggests that if oil prices remain at recent levels, US production of shale oil and gas next year could be 10% below recent projections. He comments that this seems plausible; and, “given how important shale oil and gas has become to America’s economic recovery, it also seems like something that US policymakers would be eager to avoid.”

They may very well get their wish. Jim concludes that “oil prices may not start rising in the coming months, but, as 2014 comes to a close, forces that will eventually halt their decline are beginning to appear.”

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