Wi-Fi In Our Brains? Don’t laugh. It’s Absolutely a Thing

Wi-Fi In Our Brains? Don’t laugh. It’s Absolutely a Thing

 

 

Have you ever gotten a really strong gut feeling about somebody? I have.

Well guess what? We’re not crazy. It’s the “interbrain” at work which is the equivalent of having a wi-fi router installed in our brains.

New research from Digby Tantam, University of Sheffield psychotherapy professor describes it like this:

  • The “interbrain” is the direct connection between our brain and other people’s brains.
  • When our brains pick up “micro-signals,” we become aware of gut feelings about other people or situations.
  • According to Tantam’s research, communication between two human brains might be caused by an “inadvertent information leak” associated with the sense of smell, the most powerful of our senses.
  • Link to additional info, here.

Staying with the tech theme, READ ON BELOW for more on the power of social video.

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Tech and Social Media Trends: What 2017 Indicates for 2018

Tech and Social Media Trends: What 2017 Indicates for 2018

 

Here are seven trends I anticipate will have a huge impact as we head into 2018:

 

#1:  CASH BEGONE!

Massive shift.  In 2017, I got cash out of the bank 6 of the last 12 months. In 2016, it was EVERY month. The decrease in cash usage coincided directly with my increased Venmo usage.

  • This past weekend when I used an ATM for the first time in 3 months (to get cash for a work project), it really hit home how radically my cash habits had changed.

#2:  VOICE IS THE NEW SEARCH

20% of Google searches are now voice activated, and this figure is set to grow to 50% by 2020.

  • 40% of adults are using voice search once per day
  • 11% of those using voice search started more than 3 years ago; 60% started in the last year and 41% started in the last 6 months.
  • I’ve got to start doing this but it makes me feel awkward.
  • More details here on how, why and by whom voice is being used.

#3:  BITCOIN IS A “MILLENNIAL STORY,” one in three of whom will invest in cryptocurrencies in 2018

“The average millennial is 25 today. The boomers were 25 in 1982, so what did the boomers drive from 1982 to the peak population of the boomers, which was ’99? The S&P 500…Millennials have great interest in digital businesses, social media and Bitcoin and the millennial population is not going to peak until 2040.”       (Tom Lee )

I’ve been a big fan of Tom Lee, the co-founder of Fundstrat (and formerly JP Morgan Chase’s chief U.S. equity strategist). I ALWAYS pay attention to what he says because he is rarely wrong.

During a recent interview, Lee predicted that Bitcoin price will continue to rise to reach $25,000 by 2022.

 

Read on below for top trends in social media.

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Gifts for The Not-So-Tech Savvy

Gifts for The Not-So-Tech Savvy

 

Great piece in Popular Science on best gadgets for your friends who might be a bit anti-tech or just not terribly tech-savvy.

Here are 3 items that especially caught my attention:

Amazon Echo Spot

This newest Echo device (just launched this month) has it all and will be a big hit this Holiday Season. One of my friends told me recently how his mom absolutely LOVES her Echo Dot (an earlier generation) and uses it constantly. Apparently, she even refers to it as her personal assistant. The Echo Spot is a definite upgrade.

  •  The smart speaker, video caller, and alarm clock makes a solid gift for someone who doesn’t already have a stack of gadgets at home.
  • That voice control system pioneered by the Echo means your friend or relative won’t have to fumble around with keyboards, or a mouse, and there’s no complicated setup procedure. As long as they can install the Alexa app on a phone, they can use the Echo Spot.

Amazon Echo Spot, now $130 on Amazon

 

Read on below for two more gift ideas.

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My Best – and Absolute Worst – Tech Predictions

My Best – and Absolute Worst – Tech Predictions

 

I’m still smarting over the meltdown of Snapchat – the above Opinionator headline and post will haunt me for a long time.

  •  I still have the app on my phone and check it every few days. The number of people I follow who remain active have dwindled. I haven’t posted anything on Snap recently. That said, I still love it – way more than Instagram. Why? It provides an unfiltered experience that is so much more fun than Instagram Stories. I am obviously in the minority.
  • And for those of you who weren’t following me back in March 2016, the above snap taken at the Easter Parade on 5th Avenue garnered 4.5MM views!! Clearly, that early success colored my opinion of how fabulous Snapchat could be. I never again hit the million view jackpot (sadly).

Now to a tech highlight: Anticipatory Design using AI (Algorithmic Intelligence). I still recall this outstanding presentation given by Sophie Kleber of Huge in June 2015. I had never given much thought to AI before then and now it’s all I can think about.

Read on below for more on why AI is finally being touted as the technology of our age. As big a deal as electricity was 100 years ago. And we are experiencing it every day although we are rarely conscious of it and how much it is improving our lives and our interactions with technology.

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TECH/DIGITAL TRENDS FOR 2018: ARE YOU READY TO GET DYNAMIC?

TECH/DIGITAL TRENDS FOR 2018: ARE YOU READY TO GET DYNAMIC?

 

Isn’t it amazing how in a relatively short period of time, big tech companies like Google and Amazon have become our favorite “household names” while old guard brands like P&G or Coca Cola have become “lost brands?

But, of course, it makes sense – the internet has become as vital as the air we breathe – at least in my household. If the cable is out, nobody really cares but if the internet is down, my whole building goes ballistic.

Here are some stats to back this up:

  • 21% of Americans say they are online “almost constantly,” 42% go online a few times a day (Source: Pew)
  • 55% would be happy to purchase everything online (including a house!)
  • 72% purchase something online at least once a month
  • 60% buy clothing online in a typical month

Heading into 2018, here are 6 trends I expect to become even more ubiquitous. (Note: I’m not reiterating developments I have recently written about e.g. bitcoin or AI).

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Why are My Doctors So Behind the Times When it Comes to Technology?

Why are My Doctors So Behind the Times When it Comes to Technology?

 

Just tried to make an appointment on my doctor’s patient portal and it was DISMAL. I would be more forgiving if my doctor were ancient but she’s in her early 50s.

This is the experience I encountered:

  •  Logged on to her system, expected to see available appointments.
  • The site shows all dates and times – but doesn’t distinguish between those that are available and those already booked.
  • You are literally looking for a needle in a haystack.
  • To find an open appointment, you have to click on every single time/day until you run into an available time. Yikes.

I finally called her office to schedule an appointment (how last century is that?). When I see her later this month I will make a plea for zocdoc, or another similar service.

These are such little things, really minor annoyances, but they make a huge difference in providing efficient, seamless experiences. And they definitely affect my perception of the service provider. Neo-Luddism is not my thing.

Read on below for more on this, along with examples of businesses getting it right.

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2018 Instagram Trends: Essentials to Get Your ‘Gram On

2018 Instagram Trends: Essentials to Get Your ‘Gram On

Photo credits: Bella Hadid (left), GaryPepperGirl (upper right), CarmenGraceHamilton (bottom row, middle), TheCatWalkItalia (lower right), Elle AU

 

Elle has identified 12 trends to look out for in 2018 (link here). But there are four already popping up among influencers:

  • WomanSpreading: ‘unladylike’ but super empowering
  • Hi-Lo: LOTS of this (right up your alley, Snaxtime!!)
  • Gaudy/ Opulent Interiors: More is more
  • Glitter & Sparkle: check out the Kira Kira app, makes things even sparklier

Read on below for more on how to use Instagram Stories in tandem with your feed, blog or website. Also, which filters are most popular from a study of over 40 million Instagram posts from influencer marketing company, Relatable.

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Millennial Dads Hate Giving/Receiving Gift Cards? Hard to Believe!

Millennial Dads Hate Giving/Receiving Gift Cards? Hard to Believe!

 

According to a new report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers, millennial dads will spend more on their families this holiday than all other consumer groups.

  • 94% say they’re going to spend more or the same as last year.
  • The majority will shop online, using mobile devices – more than any other group.
  • They will pay via smartphone at 3X the rate of other age groups and with wearables e.g. Apple Watches at 4X the rate of others.
  • Millennial dads are 3X more likely than others to shop with smart home technology like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
  • Retailers like Walmart and Amazon are placing big bets that voice shopping will be the next frontier of e-commerce, hoping it will increase sales and reduce the steps required to make purchases.
  • Millennial dads will spend more on holiday travel than other groups
  • 25% might buy a car if the holiday sales are good enough.

One sour note for retailers: millennial dads prefer to give tangible gifts such as electronics and toys, and hate both giving and receiving gift cards.

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