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The future of mobile payments

July 9, 2011

Google Wallet2

PayPal predicts that the wallet will be dead by 2015 and has acquired mobile payments provider Zong for $240 million.

The contenders include:

  • Google Wallet — for Android users.
  • ISIS — a coalition between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.
  • Visa Wallet — expected to handle multiple cards and payment options through many financial networks.
  • Serve by American Express — American Express customers.

The future of moral machines

December 28, 2011


The prospect of machines capable of following moral principles, let alone understanding them, seems as remote today as the word “robot” is old, Colin Allen, co-author of the book Moral Machines, suggests in New York Times Opinionator.

“I am skeptical about the Singularity, and even if ‘artificial intelligence’ is not an oxymoron, ‘friendly AI’ will require considerable scientific progress on a number of fronts, he… read more

The Future of Nano & Bio Technologies

September 19, 2007

Presentations at the recent “Challenges & Opportunities: The Future of Nano & Bio Technologies” conference, presented by World Care and the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, are now available online and reported in CRN’s blog.

The future of nanoscience

January 13, 2011

Four prominent researchers — David Awschalom, Angela Belcher, Donald Eigler, and Michael Roukes — are sharing their thoughts about the future of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In a special dialogue ahead of a Kavli Futures Symposium on the same topic, the scientists focused on how Feyman’s vision may evolve in the next fifty years, beginning with taking nanoscience in an upward direction.

“We’ve gained some important beachheads… read more

The future of nanotechnology

September 3, 2004

Eric Drexler’s vision of self-assembling nanoscale machines will be difficult to achieve because of low Reynolds numbers, ubiquitous Brownian motion, and strong surface forces, says physicist Richard Jones of the University of Sheffield.

As an alternative way to achieve “radical nanotechnology,” he proposes two methods: using biological components, such as molecular motors and incorporating them into artificial nanostructures; and bionanotechnology, using some of the design methods of biology and… read more

The future of online video

September 19, 2008

“Today, 13 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and we believe the volume will continue to grow exponentially,” says Chad Hurley, CEO and Co-Founder, YouTube.

“In ten years, we believe that online video broadcasting will be the most ubiquitous and accessible form of communication.”

The future of online vs. residential education

October 8, 2012

In this correspondence (posted with permission), Ray Kurzweil and MIT president L. Rafael Reif discuss the future of online education and its impacts on residential education. Also see the three related posts today (below). — Ed.

Hi Rafael,

I enjoyed your insightful piece in today’s WSJ on the emergence and future of online education. It eloquently makes the point that online teaching is here to stay. But I… read more

The future of personalized cancer treatment: An entirely new direction for RNAi delivery

May 18, 2009
PTD-DRBD fusion protein (Dowdy Lab/UC San Diego)

An efficient system for delivering siRNA into primary cells to allow for future personalized cancer treatment has been developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

The Future of Reading

November 19, 2007

This week Bezos is releasing the Amazon Kindle, an electronic device that he hopes will leapfrog over previous attempts at e-readers and become the turning point in a transformation toward Book 2.0.

The $399 handheld device, now available, uses wireless connectivity, via “Whispernet,” based on the EV-DO broadband service offered by cell-phone carriers, allowing it to work anywhere.

It can hold 200 books onboard, hundreds more on a… read more

The Future of Robotics

January 15, 2007

Robotics researchers should be working on achieving the visual object recognition capabilities of a two-year-old child and the manual dexterity of a 6-year-old child, says Rodney Brooks, director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

The Future of Robots

August 23, 2006

Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the boundary between man and machine is quickly disappearing (includes podcast).

The future of robots is rat-shaped

June 8, 2009

Rather than try to replicate complex human intelligence, start at the bottom and figure out simpler abilities that humans share with other animals, like navigating, seeking food and avoiding dangers.

That’s the rationale for Psikharpax, using sensors and controls, with software based on rat neurology. The goal is to get Psikharpax to be able to “survive” in new environments.

The future of space

March 9, 2012

Dragon and Falcon 9 Second Stage, post Second Stage Separation Event (credit: NASA)

In the new book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, Neil deGrasse Tyson says America is at a critical moment for future space exploration, as he explained to The Atlantic.

Give NASA the money it needs, he argues, and the agency will stimulate the economy and inspire students to pursue innovative, ambitious projects. (Say, for example, a way to thwart a wayward asteroid that could… read more

The Future of the Blog

February 27, 2006

Future blogging software will focus on more select and filtered readership, allowing people to read certain posts, and making it easier for people to incorporate more media and mobile capabilities.

The future of the digital home: Gates at COMDEX

November 18, 2002

At COMDEX today, Bill Gates presented Microsoft’s plan to introduce digital-home “smart” products that are cheaper, more powerful and more portable, from a digital alarm clock to portable monitors that can remotely access a PC from throughout the home.

“At the end of the decade, a terabyte will be the typical storage on a personal computer,” Gates said. Hundreds of gigabytes of data will be able to be stored… read more

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