Brian Hughes
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Podcast: Building the Blockchain Ecosystem

Blockchain could be bigger than the internet and revolutionize our financial system, Barry Silbert argues.
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Click to play podcast. Barry Silbert has a simple goal: to build a better financial system. He says he’s found a way to do just that. Silbert, the founder of Digital Currency Group, a strategic investment company that helps entrepreneurs, financial institutions and technology investors, believes that blockchain will help build that better system. Blockchain is […]

Blockchain and the Digital Currency Revolution

Early investor Barry Silbert, the next presenter in the UPS Speaker Series, says blockchain technology will forever change global commerce. Here’s how:
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When Barry Silbert first heard about a new, frictionless form of digital money that could move person to person without any cost, he had to learn more. The recovering investment banker – his description, not ours – was running a business that effectively created a stock market for private companies. So he knew a few […]

From Weapon of War to Beacon of Hope

Drones will soon start delivering medical supplies to unreachable areas in Rwanda. It could spark the beginning of a revolution in technology and healthcare.
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The following is based on an interview with Keller Rinaudo, the CEO of Zipline, a California-based robotics company that works with governments, private companies and public-private partners to provide reliable access to medical products at the last mile. Imagine that you’re grocery shopping for your family. But you can only go to the store twice […]

VIDEO: Jeremy Rifkin Has Seen the Future

Take a closer look at the sharing economy, the nature of productivity and the intersection of communication, energy and transportation in coming decades.
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This is a defining moment for the future of the human race. As in other paradigm shifts in history, we must better understand how economic opportunities arise. If we know how such openings materialize, we’ll have a roadmap for harnessing our connectivity in this increasingly global society. That’s how bestselling author and thought leader Jeremy […]

PODCAST: Jeremy Rifkin on Green Disruption

Part two of a set.
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  In part one of our chat with bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin, we learned about the next industrial revolution (spoiler alert: it’s almost here). But what exactly will it mean for our economic future, and how are some of the world’s leading businesses planning for this new day? Rifkin elaborates in part two of our […]

PODCAST: Jeremy Rifkin on the Next Industrial Revolution

Part one of a set.
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  You probably know a little bit about the Industrial Revolution or even the Second Industrial Revolution. But what if I told you we’re now on the cusp of another industrial revolution, a Third Industrial Revolution, to be exact? This era will usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, changing the way we conduct […]

Rifkin’s Revolution

UPS Speaker Series presents noted author and thinker Jeremy Rifkin on Feb. 24.
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We’re not big on self-promotion here at Longitudes. We think the content we serve up on a variety of subjects on a daily basis is our best advertising. But today we’re making an exception because we don’t want you to miss an opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the best-respected, big-idea guys of our […]

Why Mexico?

If you’re looking for the next big thing, Mexico is a good place to start.
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You’ve probably noticed that we’re pretty bullish on Mexico’s future. That’s why Longitudes spent the week exploring how manufacturers are flocking to Latin America  (don’t forget to check out the podcast) and why that trend will create a fast lane to economic opportunity at the U.S.-Mexico border. On a related note, we also took a look at […]

One for the Books

From activist to civil servant to clandestine book runner, Robert Brown has led a life of service. And he’s not done.
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He was a friend of Nelson Mandela. He helped Martin Luther King, Jr.’s widow bring her husband’s body home. He was a businessman and held a senior position in the Nixon White House. All that was before he spent years sneaking books for poor children into South Africa during the height of apartheid. Today, with […]

The Week in Big Data

A look at how analytics can help you get ahead of what customers want.
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Numbers tell a story. They tell us where we’ve been, and more importantly, they tell us where we’re going. We’re fortunate to have more information at our fingertips than ever before, which gives us unprecedented insight into human behavior and global patterns. Here at Longitudes, we like to think of big data as a crystal […]

The 3D Week in Review

With all the talk about technology in the real world versus fantasyland, here’s why a 3D-printing boom is no fantasy.
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We’ve been seeing things in 3D all week here at Longitudes. We’re constantly looking to the future – and not just because of “Back to the Future” Day, though it was fun comparing the cinematic version of Oct. 21, 2015, to real life. In the movie, Marty McFly travels three decades in time to save […]

The Week in Review: TPP Edition

Why you should care about a new, landmark trade deal that would transform the global economy.
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This was a big week for trade. More importantly, this was a big week for expanding economic opportunity around the world. The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement this week on the largest regional trade accord in history. The pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, links roughly 40 percent […]