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
Archive for May, 2014
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
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
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
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
Link: Yet Another Way Your Phone Can Track You | MIT Technology Review Tiny hardware imperfections in smartphone and tablet accelerometers lead to unique “fingerprints” within the data they produce, researchers find.
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.
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
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
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