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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.

The Genetic Early Adopters

September 8, 2008

Anyone with $350,000 to spare can now have his or her own genome sequenced by Cambridge, MA startup Knome — delivered on an eight-gigabyte USB drive.

Cheaper personal-genomics services are already available, offering analysis of hundreds of thousands of genetic variations, to predict risk of disease or assess ancestry and other traits. But Knome sequences the entire genome–nearly all three billion bases.

Knome aims to sequence 20 genomes… read more

The Genetically Modified Bomb

September 24, 2003

Anybody who’s part of a group with a shared genetic profile may be at risk in the future from “genetic bombs,” a virus or bacteria designed to kill people who fit a certain genotype for purposes of mass genocide or social control.

The Genetics of Language

January 3, 2008

Neurogeneticists have begun to tease out how we evolved the capacity for sophisticated speech, using improved techniques for detecting DNA, cutting-edge analytical tools, and the genome sequences of species from humans to mice.

The Ghost in Your Machine

August 26, 2003

The world of smart computers — machines that would be familiar with your habits and know when you’re stressed or fatigued — could be only a few years away. The computers would note your mental logic for saving information and follow the same logic in saving files. They would accurately infer your intent, remember past experiences (for instance, that you tend to make errors in multiplication), and alert you to… read more

The ghost of personalized medicine

June 15, 2011

While the FDA recommends that doctors genotype patients for specific genetic biomarkers before prescribing more than 70 commonly-used medications, in a 2008 survey, only 10 percent of doctors believed they were adequately informed about how to test their patients for biomarkers.

The AMA states on its website that physicians today can use more than 1,200 genetic tests for more than 1,000 different diseases to help diagnose and treat their… read more

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