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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

The Future of the Human Genome

February 10, 2011

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has developed a new vision, published today (Feb. 10) in the journal Nature, for exploring the human genome.

According to Eric Green, NHGRI’s director:

  • Over the next 10 years we will start to see spectacular advances in our understanding of how the genome works, how disease works, and how genomic changes are associated with disease. But truly changing medicine will

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The Future of The Web

June 23, 2008

In five to ten years, the Web will have more voice technology–in hands-busy scenarios such as driving, and to increase accessibility, and will feature the Semantic Web “done right,” says Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.

According to Vint Cerf, Vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, “Seventy percent of all mobiles will be Internet enabled in 10 years or less. Gigabit speeds in wired and wireless modes will be… read more

The Future of the Workplace: No Office, Headquarters in Cyberspace

August 29, 2007

Imagine a work world with no commute, no corporate headquarters, and perhaps not even an office in the physical world at all.

IBM says it saves $100 million a year in real estate costs because it doesn’t need the offices for the staff who use teleconferencing.

The Future of Universal Water

February 28, 2008

Futurist Peter von Stackelberg of research and consulting firm Social Technologies has released a report on the future of on providing clean water to the world.

Less than 2% of the planet’s water store is fresh, and much of that is threatened by pollution, he says. “By 2025, about 3.4 billion people will live in regions that are defined by the UN as water-scarce.”

He suggests ideas for… read more

The Future of Video Game Input: Muscle Sensors

November 2, 2009

A muscle-sensing system that can remotely control devices such as games and multi-touch surfaces has been developed by researchers at Microsoft, the University of Washington, and the University of Toronto.

They system uses electromyography (EMG) sensors to detect muscle signals from the arm skin’s surface, allowing researchers to build a gesture recognition library.

The Future of War

November 29, 2006

Technology will increasingly allow the most sophisticated and best equipped militaries — primarily that of the US — to fight battles using robots rather than soldiers.

Ideas on the drawing board or in development include killer satellites that could destroy an enemy’s satellites, a Common Aero Vehicle (CAV) that could swoop with hypersonic speed up to 3,000 miles to attack a target, Hyper-Velocity Rod Bundles that would fire tungsten… read more

The future of work in America

September 4, 2012

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Technology and the Web are destroying far more jobs than they create. We will need to develop a “Third Way” based on community rather than the Market or the State to adapt to this reality, novelist and economic commentator Charles Hugh Smith writes on Business Insider.

“The Internet is destroying vast income streams that once supported tens of thousands of jobs in industries from finance to music.… read more

The Future That Wasn’t

March 6, 2003

A new collection of images from the ’50s evokes a technologic optimism that makes the dotcom craze look conservative.

The Futurist

November 1, 2004

Taking proper care of the body today, Ray Kurzweil believes, is a necessary step on the path to immortality for himself and his fellow baby boomers.

In 20 years, he predicts, biotechnology will be able to block the circuits that cause disease and will radically slow aging.

After that, what he calls the “full blossoming of nanotechnology” will allow us to replace the fragile and disease-prone cells we… read more

The Galactic Civilizations: Part V

October 27, 2003

“There’s no logical reason to believe that machine intelligence won’t, in fact, inherit the Earth, and perhaps inherit the Universe,” said cosmologist David Grinspoon, referring to Ray Kurzweil’s idea of the coming merger of human and machine.

“And you can certainly imagine, even if it doesn’t happen here, that on some planet intelligent machines have been created which are effectively immortal. In fact, I think that it’s hard to… read more

The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality

December 25, 2007

Today’s college students don’t find file-sharing wrong, according to one informal audience survey.

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