Archive for May, 2014

How Nanotech Could Reengineer Us

futurescope: How Nanotechnology Could Reengineer Us from Keithly: Nanotechnology is an important new area of research that promises significant advances in electronics, materials, biotechnology, alternative energy sources, and dozens of other applications. The graphic below illustrates, at a personal level, the potential impact on each

Upgrade Your Brain in the Not-So-Distant Future

emergentfutures: The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All Upgrade Our Brains The analysts at the Institute for the Future present new research about our weird times. Full Story: The Atlantic

Personal Shopping with Watson

IBM’s Watson gets a taste for personal shopping bbc.com In 2007 IBM began a research project to build a super­com­put­er that could quick­ly and accu­rate­ly under­stand ques­tions. Seven years later, the com­put­er called Wat­son has shrunk in size and is now going mobile – IBM

Can a $7 gadget change the world?

Link: Can a $7 gadget change the world? emergentfutures: The USB flash drive is one of the most simple, everyday pieces of technology that many people take for granted. Now it’s being eyed as a possible solution to bridging the digital divide, by two colourful

Our health is up to us

emergentfutures: Our health is in our hands We’re beginning to shift from an era of intermittent, reactive health and medicine to one that is based on information, feedback and analytics. This will become proactive and continuous while engaging and empowering the individual (whether a healthy

Driverless Cars and the Future of Public Transit

smartplanet: Could driverless cars render public transit obsolete? Autonomous, self-driving vehicles promise to revolutionize commuting and travel. They will also disrupt city life and urban transportation systems.

The U.S. Supreme Court Knows Nothing about the Internet

One U.S. Supreme Court justice referred to Netflix as ‘Netflick.’ Another seemed not to know that HBO is a cable channel. A third appeared to think most software coding could be tossed off in a mere weekend. Business Insider, on the Supreme Court’s understanding of

Sharing economies are here to stay

Link: Sharing economies are here to stay Far from a temporary blip driven by recession, sharing economies are offering a sustainable alternative to mainstream economics

Self-driving cars being tested on public roads in Sweden

Volvo’s first self-driving cars now being tested live on public roads in Swedish city kurzweilai.net (Credit: Volvo)Volvo Car Group’s “Drive Me” project — featuring 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions — is moving forward rapidly, with the first test cars now