I started Futurecast that evolved into the Future Chronicles back in 1996:
To provide an ongoing, world-wide-web based chronicle of the study of the future and the current trends that will affect the actual definitive future...that fleeting intangible event that eventually makes tomorrow, today
H Lee Siddons, Jr is a lay futurist and the first futurecaster that predicted the success of CDs, Microsoft Windows, the WWW, HDTV and DVDs
We talk to engineers at top car manufacturers to find out what the next generation of cars will be able to do.
The smart and retro cars are aleady here as I predicted years ago...addaptive cars and new safety, self driving technologies are heading our way. Flying cars may be here but the logistics of navigation are still the issue...
We've been following the progress of Terrafugia, the Massachusetts-based creator of several (prototype) flying cars, for a while, despite the company never having actually released one. But that hasn't stopped the company from "announcing its vision for the future of personal transportation": a plug-in flying car.
Flying cars have been predicted for years, but what are the real issues making it a reality?
With enough money and enough might, humans could probably get to Mars in the next couple of decades. It’s a proposition made all the more relevant by the continuing findings of the rovers Opportunity and Curiosity. It would be a mammoth undertaking, but it's possible, at least in concept. But should humans go, and should we stay? Will we? Buzz Aldrin thinks so.
Aldrin releases a new book today, “Mission to Mars,” in which he argues a future U.S. president should commit by 2019 to sending humans to Mars, and not returning them safely to Earth. It will take a brave leader to suggest something like this, but brave leaders have sparked space exploration before, he says.
Rendering by Airlight Energy of the prototype HCPVT system under development.The Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation has awarded scientists a $2.4 million (2.25 million CHF) grant to develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating solar radiation 2,000 times and converting 80 percent of the incoming radiation into useful energy.*
Most of us are content to just worry about the future of humanity in our spare time, but there's an entire group of academics at Oxford University in England who make that their professional mission.
Each member of the Future of Humanity Institute has his own focus. Some are concerned with climate change and its impact on humanity; others with the future of human cognition. Department head Nick Bostrom, whose paper Existential Risk Prevention As Global Priority has just been published, has a long history of being worried about our future as a species. Bostrom posits that humanity is the greatest threat to humanity's survival.
As the executive chairman of one of the biggest tech companies on the planet, Eric Schmidt seems well-placed to do some crystal ball gazing. So what does he think will be major trends in the future? Self-driving cars, Google Glass and mobile operating systems named after desserts? Not quite.
In the run up to the launch of his new book ‘The New Digital Age’, co-authored by Google Ideas director Jared Cohen, the two Googlers gave CNN a few predictions about what would be big news in the world of tech for years to come. They stressed that the technology means nothing unless it is adopted by people, and how they use it will make all the difference.
Optimistic visions of a human future in space seem to have given way to a confusing mix of possibilities, maybes, ifs, and buts. It’s not just the fault of governments and space agencies, basic physics is in part the culprit. Hoisting mass away from Earth is tremendously difficult, and thus far in fifty years we’ve barely managed a total the equivalent of a large oil-tanker. But there’s hope.
“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future…” Neils Bohr
We're quickly getting used to the fact that computer, smartphone and tablet screens are meant to be touched — but what about paper?
Fujitsu has developed a technology that detects objects your finger is touching in the real world, effectively turning any surface — a piece of paper, for example — into a touchscreen, DigInfo reports.
"This system doesn't use any special hardware; it consists of just a device like an ordinary webcam, plus a commercial projector. Its capabilities are achieved by image processing technology," explains Taichi Murase, a researcher at Fujitsu's Media Service System Lab.
In a video presentation (above), we see how one can manipulate data on a piece of paper: by using finger gestures, you can copy an image or a text excerpt and store it into memory.
Singularity is near. The natural progression of human evolution with a just little twist — technology. In other words, super intelligence will soon become a part of our daily lives and man will be merged with machine.
Some of these forcasts will be realized...Which ones do you feel will become reality?
When Popular Science published these dazzling visions of the future in May 1947, science seemed to be propelling humanity faster and faster into a strange new world: engineers and pilots were making the first flights to graze the edges of space; physicists had already unleashed the horrifying power of the atom bomb; and governments were funding audacious ideas like weather control.
Where are we going now and where do we really want to be in the future? Is there any plan for this or have we, will we, continue to muddle towards an uncertain future? Since technological, economic, political and social forces inevitably form our future, why is there is no consensus as to such a plan or strategy? Or is that we can’t agree on one? Has our world become so complicated that such a task borders on the impossible? Perhaps this is where the problem lies...
I gave my first (and probably last) TEDx talk this weekend at TEDxNYED on the topic of ed-tech, science fiction, and ethics. Unfortunately (or fortunately -- depending on how you view things), the livestream wasn't working. I'll post a video if and when it becomes available (although I'm not sure my talk will past TED muster). But I've posted below a rough transcript of my talk, along with a couple of the slides I showed:
http://bit.ly/Z8aJIw - Our current environment is defined by devices and services, social media, and mobile communications. In the future, all of these will evolve to work on our behalf; the world of Information Technology will become a world of "Intelligent Technology.
Microsoft is always is looking towards the future!
eSaturn's Ring Rain This artist's concept illustrates how charged water particles flow into the Saturnian atmosphere from the planet's rings, causing a reduction in atmospheric brightness. Wow! NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/University of Leicester
Exciting news from space: Astronomers have discovered that charged water particles fall from Saturn's rings over large areas of the planet, and the rainwater has a major impact on Saturn's atmosphere.
Back in the late 1970's, knowing that the rings of Saturn were primarily water ice, I believed that we will mine the rings for water and fuel for future space exploration!