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Kevin Jacobson

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What do you think is the biggest technological challenge the human race will face in the next 30 years?

I see a lot of things wrong with humanity and I just want another persons input.


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    Jul 5 2012: I think the big challenge today is how to move conventional business into the online world. Walk the streets of almost any city and you will see empty shops and buildings for lease - because the old retail model is dying. People not only want the best price these days, but they also want products and services available at the click of a button - it's the instant gratification syndrome that we have become used to.
    Mobile devices are improving rapidly and eventually we will be able to have one gadget that does everything from being a communication device to being our bank access and TV - size and functionality are the issues with that.
    In less than a month, there will be general public access to a totally new e-commerce platform available - one that is devoid of all the negative issues with typical web e-commerce sites - because it is not web based. This is a completely new platform that has been designed to be a secure global marketplace - well worth a quick look because I believe this is the sort of technology the world needs today to facilitate conventional businesses participating on the internet.

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