Posts Tagged ‘Future’


Where and what is nano? How will it shape our future? Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. The strange world of nanoscience – it can take you into atoms and beyond the stars.

Stephen Fry does a very good job at describing what nano is. Very interesting.

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From the article:

The Japanese government announced it is in the planning stages to send a robot to the moon in five years and construct an unmanned base there in 10 years at a space exploration conference on Tuesday.

The mission is estimated to require about 200 billion yen. An additional 90 billion yen for simultaneously developing Japan’s manned mission program was also proposed.

The plan would send a robot to the moon by 2015, after which it would transmit back high-resolution video and analyze the moon’s inner structure with a seismometer. By 2020, the robot would be used to set up a self-powering base, from which the robot would explore over 100-kilometers of surface. Moon rocks valuable from a scientific or natural resource perspective would be sent back to Earth.

Former Prime Minister Taro Aso and former U.S. President George W. Bush shared enthusiasm for further moon exploration. Aso set up the conference on space exploration in August of last year. However, when the Obama administration took power in the U.S., they changed the focus of the U.S.’s space exploration strategy from the moon to manned missions to Mars and asteroids.

Eyes turned toward Japan to see if it would follow suit, but on Tuesday morning, at the first meeting of the Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy since Hatoyama took office, the government decided to continue with the moon-oriented policy of the Aso administration.

Japan is leading the race towards the future, I mean a moon base in 20 years!

The think I have noticed is that regular people don’t seem to see that we truly live in a futuristic world right now, let me make some examples. First the things we have right now: space tourism, unmanned aerial drones, above 20/20 vision, soft morphing robots. And what we will have in the near future: Star Trek-style force-field armour, controlling computers with your brain, solar panels that convert 100% of the sunlight that hits it.

You just have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

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From the article:

The new type of armour will use pulses of electrical energy to repel rockets, shrapnel and other ammunition that might damage a vehicle.

Researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which is the research and development arm of the Ministry of Defence, claim it is possible to incorporate material known as supercapacitors into armour of a vehicle to turn it into a kind of giant battery.

When a threat from incoming fire is detected by the vehicle, the energy stored in the supercapacitor can be rapidly dumped onto the metal plating on the outside of the vehicle, producing a strong electromagnetic field.

Scientists behind the project claim this would produce a momentary “force field” capable of repelling the incoming rounds and projectiles.

Although it would last for only a fraction of a second, if timed correctly it could prevent rocket propelled grenades, which detonate on impact, from reaching their target. The supercapacitor could then be rapidly recharged ready for another attack.

The idea is similar to the force fields portrayed in science fiction movies which produce an invisible protective shell around a vehicle or object.

Wow this is so science fiction it hurts and people say that the tech in science fiction won’t come around for hundreds of years, I guess you can eat your hat now, right?

Lady’s and gentlemen we are living in a futuristic world right now, just take a look at the tech that’s just a few years away.

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“It takes a different value system if you wish to change the world,” Jacque Fresco said to a sold out crowd of over 800 in New York City’s Upper West Side. Though he may not need to convince these people, many his ardent followers, it will indeed take a restructuring of the mind for those unfamiliar with Fresco’s work to realistically accept the ideas he proposes of a new global society that has given up money and property in favor of a shared, sustainable, technology-driven community. The caustic skepticism can already be heard, critics crying out with pointed fingers, decreeing communism, socialism, insanity! But as Fresco himself will tell you, communism is still just another system with banks and social stratification. The kind of world he imagines for the future is much different. To ease the transition, The Zeitgeist Movement provides a wealth of dizzying information detailing why a new global system is not only preferred, but necessary, and just how we can get there.

March 13th, 2010 was the second annual celebration of ZDay. Coordinated by The Zeitgeist Movement, ZDay is an educational event geared toward raising awareness of the movement. While 337 sympathetic events occurred in over 70 countries worldwide, NYC was home to the main event, a 6-hour live web cast presentation with lectures from the movement’s key figures, and 30 different countries represented in the audience.

So what exactly is The Zeitgeist Movement? Not even two years old, the movement declares itself as the activist arm of The Venus Project, an organization started in the 1970s by Fresco and his partner, Roxanne Meadows. The Venus Project distributes resources promoting Fresco’s vision of an improved society, with the main component being a resource-based economy, rather than a monetary-based one. In Fresco’s resource-based economy, the world’s resources would be considered as the equal inheritance of all the world’s peoples, and would be managed as efficiently and carefully as possible through focusing on the technological potential of sustainable development. It is toward this idea that The Zeitgeist Movement works to educate and inform people.

The movement’s founder, Peter Joseph, came to notoriety with his 2007 internet film sensation, Zeitgeist, and it’s 2008 successor, Zeitgeist: Addendum. While many people may find it hard to digest the idea of a world without currency, Joseph’s argument that our economic system is the source of our greatest social problems was supported with valuable evidence.

Describing how the margin between upper and lower classes is growing larger every day, Joseph cited that 20% of the American population controls 85% of the money. Also mentioning that the Walton family (of Wal-Mart) owns $90 billion while the lower 40% of America own $95 billion. The most startling revelations he divulged, however, were found when he graphed the amount of specific social issues in the world’s richest countries against those countries’ level of income inequality. The results were astounding, showing that America, a wealthy country but with a vast gap between its rich and poor, is plagued with higher homicide rates, drug use, obesity, mental illness, teenage pregnancy, infant mortality, and imprisonment. On the other hand, countries with much more equal income levels, such as Japan, have better educational scores, longer life expectancies, and higher levels of trust among their populations. The strong correlation is difficult to ignore: the higher a country’s income inequality, the more social problems that degrade it, regardless of its GDP.

I really like the Z Movement I think they might be on the right track here, we do need to abolish money if there is ever going to be peace on Earth. We also share the idea of resource-based economy and sharing the planets resource equally and creating an abundance of things for everyone.

So I wish them luck on all there endeavors in the future.

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This might be the future, I suggest you learn to use technology before technology learns how to use you.

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From article:

Surgeons begin the process by implanting the lens into the eye using the standard procedure for cataracts.

Then, for the first time in Britain, they can fine-tune the focus of the lens several days later.

The technique gives patients vision so sharp that it is even better than 20/20 – the best an adult can usually hope for.

Bobby Qureshi, the first ophthalmic surgeon in the UK to use the lens, described it as “a hugely significant development”.

It can correct both cataracts and the long-sightedness that usually comes with age.

The lens is made from a special light-sensitive silicone.

By shining ultraviolet light on specific parts of the lens, surgeons can change its shape and curvature, sharpening the image seen by the patient.

Mr Qureshi told Sky News: “We have the potential here to change patients’ vision to how it was when they were young.

“The change is so accurate that we can even make the lens bifocal or varifocal, so as well as giving them good vision at distance we can give them good vision for reading.

“They won’t need their glasses at all.”

I guess my glasses will be obsolete soon “Oh the joy!”

Anyway I want some of this now, good to see some tech that will help people not just kill in a war somewhere.

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From article:

A robot scientist that can generate its own hypotheses and run experiments to test them has made its first real scientific discoveries.

Dubbed Adam, the robot is the handiwork of researchers at Aberystwyth University and the University of Cambridge in the UK. All by itself it discovered new functions for a number of genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, aka brewer’s yeast.

Ross King, a computational biologist at Aberystwyth, who leads the project, said that Adam’s results were modest, but real. “It’s certainly a contribution to knowledge. It would be publishable,” he says.

Adam, which actually consists of a small roomful of lab equipment, has four personal computers that act as a brain, and possesses robot arms, cameras, liquid handlers, incubators and other equipment. The team gave the robot a freezer containing a library of thousands of mutant strains of yeast with individual genes deleted. It was also equipped with a database containing information about yeast genes, enzymes, and metabolism, and a supply of hundreds of metabolites.

Robot technology is progressing at a rapid pace and will soon change everything including the way we think and see the world.

It´s looking bright for robots in the future.

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