At the beginning of my career, I worked non-stop. Luckily, I quickly realized, that the key to productivity lies in working smarter instead. The result of this: Getting complimented by colleagues as being amazingly structured and productive (thanks for that ☺️) while having more time to work on relevant things.

In this article, I want to share my key to productivity. A system not hard to adopt and that I’m using since almost 5+ years. Ever since then, I have perfected it for me — but it’s still able to adapt to new challenges I’m facing.

As a Product Manager/Owner…


In the future, synthetic biology will enable humanity to create gene-edited organisms, terraforming, but also bioterrorism. It’s up to us.

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Synthetic biology is, simply put, genetic engineering plus engineering science. Its goal is to no longer just observe processes in living things, but to design them and mimic them in synthetic (i.e. artificially produced) systems. Biology should be built to do what humans expect it to do.

But the boundaries with other scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, organic chemistry, and information technology are melting away. Advances in exponential technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, offer biologists an unprecedented combination of efficiency and…


Exponential technologies are not surprisingly created overnight. They follow the same phases and have the same characteristics.

In a previous article I have already written about Moore’s, Wright’s and Kurzweil’s laws as accelerators of exponential technologies. Technologies are called exponential when they have a strong economic and social impact on the lives of billions of people through their digitization, and when they spread in a particularly disruptive way. Examples include artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and the other topics covered in this blog.

“Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that…


Two of the top 3 smart cities are in Europe. The market for IoT startups, on the other hand, is broad in its sectors…

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When all of a sudden (almost) everything is connected to the Internet and machines communicate directly with machines, completely new business areas arise.

From smart garbage cans to entire smart cities. Services can be built around people and make our everyday lives insanely easier. But the big problems of the IoT, such as security or data protection, are also interesting areas.

“If you think that the internet has changed your life, think again. …


Some see in Deepfakes a danger to our democracy. Others see in it creative tools. The truth is somewhere in between.

For a long time now, we have been critically scrutinizing texts and images. In times of Photoshop and Apps the truth can be manipulated too easily. Simple videos and sound recordings, on the other hand, are still considered forgery-proof by many people. Manipulation is too expensive and time-consuming. But this image is likely to change fundamentally in the coming years! The reason for this is called Deepfakes.

Deepfakes are fake videos based on artificial intelligence. The technology behind…


How can we effectively protect our data? Blockchain provides an exciting technology for more transparency as well as security….

Blockchain connecting the world (Graphic: Adobe Stock)

Do you trust your bank, your government, or companies like Facebook? All three have sensitive data about us stored on their servers. The fact that this data can be manipulated, both by third parties and by ourselves, is demonstrated to us time and again. The most recent example, which is shaking the German stock market, is the formerly celebrated DAX payment service provider Wirecard. This company was missing 1.9 billion euros from its 2020 balance sheet. …


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Smart cities, mobility and energy management are just a few of the areas in which the IoT will become visible in the coming years….

Every second, 127 devices connect to the Internet for the first time. The Internet of Things (IoT) is thus integrating itself step by step into our everyday lives. Two factors suggest that the technology behind it is likely to grow strongly in the coming decades: First, only around 56 percent of the world’s population has Internet access. Second, many of our devices are not yet Internet-capable. But both of these things are changing.

Prerequisites for the Internet of Things:

  • The latter in…

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Like many other future technologies, the term Internet of Things (or IoT) has become a buzzword in recent years. IoT first of all describes everything with an Internet connection. Things communicate directly with each other — Machine-to-Machine (M2M) — without the need for human intervention.

According to business insiders, by 2026 there will be over 64 billion interconnected things. Our data growth will increase exponentially through IoT, and in 2025 it will be about 175 Zettabytes, eight times more than in 2017.

The goal of this transformation is to make physical environments accessible to digital computers. As a result, an…


From 3D Systems to HP to Relativity Space, the list of companies investing in 3D printing is an exciting mix of old and new….

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In the 30-year history of 3D printing, a number of pioneers have stood out and been instrumental in advancing the technology. First, there are the founding fathers of the technology, like Chuck Hulls’ 3D Systems. Then there are the media icons, like Bre Pettis’ MakerBot, who give the technology its image and represent it to the public. Last but not least, there are the young guns, like Tim Ellis’ Relativity Space, who are not afraid of…


Forget Indiana Jones! Today’s archaeologists use drones, LiDar and other cool tech gadgets to look back thousands of years.

Archaeology determines our view of forgotten worlds. It helps us to understand the historical factors that have already shaped our ancestors. It also protects and celebrates our rich and diverse cultural heritage. Following this determination, the most diverse fields of expertise come together. All over the world, networks of experts are emerging and exchanging information. Knowledge is shared and leads to new research findings and multinational expeditions.

This is also the explanation why the fusion of archaeology and future technologies…

Thilo Schinke

6+ years Product Manager. Future enthusiast. Passionate traveller. Based in Potsdam/Berlin.

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