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The Economist | The World in 2012 Festival predicts the future ahead

December 21, 2011

The World in 2012 Festival predicts the future ahead

The Economist | With lively presidential elections in America and France, the Olympics in London, and massive change happening in every corner of the globe, the year 2012 promises to be a big one. And this year, like every year for the past 25, The Economist has published The World in…, a collection of trends and predictions about the year ahead. Journalists from The Economist and leaders in business, government and a wide… read more

World Future Society | Top 10 forecasts for 2012

December 21, 2011

Top 10 forecasts for 2012

World Future Society | Each year the World Future Society prepares a round up of the most thought-provoking forecasts published in The Futurist magazine.

This video illustrates the World Future Society’s editors’ choice for the top 10 forecasts for the decades ahead. “Outlook 2012″ was published in the November-December 2011 issue of The Futurist.

A PDF of this special report may be ordered here.… read more

Fever Picture | Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil’s talk

December 28, 2011

Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil's talk

Ray Kurzweil recently keynoted Australia’s Creative Innovation 2011 conference. Artist Gavin Blake (director of Fever Picture “graphic facilitation agency”) documented the event  with these clever illustrations. You can see more examples of their work on here. Click on the [+] expand button in the upper right-hand corner of the two images below to expand them to full size for best readability.… read more

Video Source: Fever Picture | Gavin Blake

BAE Systems | Tanks test infrared invisibility cloak

December 30, 2011

Adaptiv cloak

ITN | The company behind a new so-called “invisibility cloak” says it will help protect tanks from heat-seeking missiles.

BAE Systems | Unlike traditional camouflage systems which rely on paint or nets to hide vehicles, ADAPTIV can instantly blend a vehicle into its background. The system can also be used on ships and fixed installations, allowing them to stay undetected by enemy surveillance units. With the ADAPTIV system installed,… read more

New Scientist | Physics in a Minute: The twin paradox

January 5, 2012

twin paradox

New Scientist | Twins can be competitive, but thanks to special relativity you could age slower than your sibling. The feat requires a trip to space aboard a rocket travelling near the speed of light. Known as the twin paradox, this animation by The Open University explores the scenario posed by Albert Einstein.

As time marches on as usual for the earthbound twin, time ticks slower for the space… read more

New Scientist | Tech in a Minute: Can machines ever be intelligent?

January 5, 2012

computer graduating

New Scientist | Machines may be capable of impressive feats, but can they ever be truly intelligent? In this animation produced by The Open University, we follow a famous thought experiment proposed by philosopher John Searle that challenges the notion of strong AI — that a machine can ever successfully perform an intellectual task as well as a human.

Today, people use computers to improve their ownread more

ABC | Experiment shows brain function improves with exercise

January 5, 2012

glowing purple brain

Source: ABC News

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Wikipedia | Brain-derived neurotrophic factor

 

New Scientist | Some interesting experiments to emulate humans with machines

January 5, 2012

robot arms on keyboard

Source: New Scientist

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New Scientist | “Tests that show machines closing in on human abilities

Honda | ASIMO the robot live at Disneyland

January 6, 2012

ASIMO at Disney

ASIMO live show at Disney

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Honda | ASIMO
Honda | ASIMO at Disneyland

3D Systems: Cubify | Bringing 3D printing to the home consumer

January 9, 2012

Cube 3D printer by Cubify

Cubify | 3D Systems’ Cubify™ combines coloring book simplicity with cloud gaming fun to deliver a simple and fun create-and-make experience in 3D. With intuitive apps, 3D printable content libraries of games, puzzles and collections, Cubify™ turns a mobile device, tablet or Kinect(R) into a mobile digital canvas. Capture and customization apps make it simple to personalize creations. Cubify™ them at home on our Cube™ 3D printer or have them delivered… read more

Broad Group | Thirty-story building built in 15 days

January 10, 2012

Broad skyscraper

Wikipedia | Broad Group is a private company based in Changsha, China. Since 1996, it has been the global leader in manufacturing central air conditioning non-electric absorption chillers, powered by natural gas and waste heat, and currently exports its products to over 60 countries. It was Shanghai Expo 2010′s only global official partner that was a Chinese private enterprise and exclusively supplied central air conditioning, ventilation and air purification products for the event.

Broad is one of the few Chinese manufacturing companies that… read more

Disney | Monsanto House of the Future from 1957

January 10, 2012

House of the Future Disneyland photo

Wikipedia | The Monsanto House of the Future was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, from 1957 to 1967. It was sponsored by Monsanto Company.

The design and engineering of the house was done jointly by Monsanto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

The fiberglass components of the house were manufactured by Winner Manufacturing Company in Trenton, New Jersey, and were assembled on site.… read more

SAP | Michio Kaku fires off on America’s H-1B ‘genius visa’ and declining skilled worker population domestically

January 25, 2012

Michio Kaku at SAP event

Full video, from SAP’s Sapphire Now/TedEd conference in Madrid, Spain, November 8-10, 2011. (The Big Think panel discussion transcript is here.):

The72tube | Michio Kaku, Ph.D., speaks about how America’s poor educational system has created a shortage of Americans who can perform highly skilled technology jobs. As a result, America’s H-1B “genius visa” is used to attract immigrants who are skilled enough to perform these jobs.… read more

CBC The National | Lego man sent to ‘space’

January 26, 2012

Lego man in space

CBC The National | These two Canadian teens — Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad — sent a patriotic Lego man on a space mission. They designed a capsule that carried four cameras and the Lego man high above the clouds.

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The Telegraph | “Lego man sent to space”
Mathew Ho’s YouTube channel

Video Source: Mathew Ho & Asad Muhammad

BMW | Demo of ‘CDC hands-free mode’ portends driverless cars

January 26, 2012

BMW driverless demo connecteddrive

BMW | This clip is a part of the BMW ConnectedDrive Future Lab. More details here.

Daily Mail | BMW developers have designed a car that can drive itself down Germany’s autobahn. Looking no different from a regular BMW, the car is fitted with a “four-sense” system which includes radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonics.

Some other recent research by BMW into automated driving:read more

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