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The Beauty of Mesh Networks

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Mesh Networks and their potential to unlock innovative solutions through the decentralized network they create and represent.  There are various use applications of mesh networks that entrepreneurs and startups have made into digital products. One of the first products that received it’s fifteen minutes of fame was Firechat, which in September 2014 was used by protestors in Hong Kong’s “umbrella movement”. The app let users send messages to one another without cellular data or a wifi internet connection, relying

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Innovation & Education

I recently had a chance to do some work sessions for the UAE Telecommunications and Regulation Authority (TRA) regarding technology trends and disruptive innovation that are likely to make us re think our entire education curriculum. Some of the research presented was based off the extensive work previously done with my involvement with Honeybird while other was a summarized collection of the latest education trends I’ve been reviewing and been tracking for some time. The TRA, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and

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Customers shouldn’t be punished for the failure of a business (Part 2)

Once again, another airline incident highlights how the old world mentality of how business’s own failure leads to them punishing their own paying customers.  As my previous piece about refund policies highlighted, companies need to stop burdening their own failures onto their customers. We live in a very socially connected environment and although many corporate entities claim they understand that, they truly don’t seem to understand that such a connected world requires them to act with some empathy. Julia Underwood, a

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Customers shouldn’t be punished for the failure of a business (Part 1)

The recent events that have happened surrounding United Airlines have made me continue writing a thought I had started drafting a while back about a friend’s experience with one of the airlines from the Middle East regarding their terrible customer service and failed refund policy in response to the recent travel bans.  So I’ll break this piece into two parts, but both with the same fundamental theme: a customer shouldn’t be punished for the failure of a business. Just a note: I’m

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How Dubai can become the Self Driving Capital of the World

Following the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report and investigation after a Tesla crash last year where the vehicles autopilot system was vindicated, the benefits of self-driving autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more apparent. The report highlighted the benefits of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) or Autopilot systems could drastically reduce rear-end crashes. Source: NHTSA Tesla Investigation  Additionally, a report by global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, estimates that Autonomous Vehicles will free up as much as 50 minutes

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Automation & Jobs

A fascinating and also thought-provoking to see such automotive manufacturing in action with so few people on the line. The video is 12 minutes long, but you’ll get the point after 30 seconds as to what you are witnessing. There is another element to this automation: the knowledge worker jobs behind the scenes that programmed and created the machinery seen. But even those are like most other skilled jobs – often heavily involved at the implementation, then reduces to the

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UAE Finland Delegation

I was planning to regularly write down my thoughts in more comprehensive long format writing, but lately, I’ve been swamped with what happened in November/December during and following my chance to be part of the UAE Ministry of Economy’s Delegation to Finland. Was honored to be chosen to be part of the UAE Delegation to Finland to explore innovation and investment opportunities.  Anyways, the outcome, there are some interesting developments in the works for 2017 so overall it’s been productive,

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Apple’s Plans for Reality

The future of Apple lies in our perceptions of reality. Specifically how Apple plans to augment our reality. Unlike Facebook’s push into Virtual Reality (vis-a-vis Oculus) or Google’s Mobile Virtual Reality ambition with “Daydream”, Apple has been making industry moves to bring Augmented Reality to the mainstream.  But before digging deeper, here’s a primer of the recent progress and market entries into the Augmented Reality space. Recent History of Augmented Reality Augmented Reality (AR) is nothing new as for years

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Hello Future!

I’ve always constantly had ideas about technology & future; noting down many ideas on a day-to-day basis, so now I’ve decided to start organizing them and adding a bit more analytical thought to them… I hope you enjoy the glimpse into some of my ideas on display in a public long form organized stream of thought.  Hopefully it sparks some discussion and ideas of your own!

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About Me

I write a blog here, deliver presentations on the subject of 'future impact of innovation', host workshops for local talent, consult & advise startups and entrepreneurs, serve on the board of multiple startups, launch ideas into startups and sometimes gift them to other talented people to execute.

This blog is a space to share my thoughts about future trends and consolidate the latest news I find interesting to share. Alternatively my Facebook page has the same objective.

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