Mankind is consuming the ocean’s resources at an alarming rate. How do we sustain this vital resource for generations to come?
Predicting the future state of the ocean is tricky, partly because we still know so little about this vast ecosystem that makes up so much of our planet. Presently, less than 10% of the ocean floor has been mapped with accuracy comparable to what exists for the terrestrial parts of our planet, or Mars, Venus and the dark side of the Moon. Little is known about most of the ocean itself, the water that exists between the upper sunlit region and the deep terrain below. While a dozen people have walked on the moon 240,000 miles (390,000km) above the Earth’s surface, only three have descended – and returned – from the deepest part in the sea, seven miles (11km) below our realm
The information tsunami is coming. Futurist Gerd Leonhard lists seven trends to expect and prepare for. Gerd Leonhard is a Futurist, Author, and Keynote Speaker based in Basel, Switzerland. He is CEO of TheFuturesAgency and Founder of GreenFuturists. Read the extended version of this post, Gerd’s Guide to Disruption.
We are entering an era of mind-boggling global data torrents, all-pervasive social-local-mobile (SoLoMo) connectivity, widespread ‘wikilikean’ transparency expectations, rapid changes in interface technologies, hyper-real-time speed of information and media, and abundant consumer choice in pretty much every sector of commerce and business. Get ready, because the information tsunami is coming for better or for worse. So you’re not caught off guard, here are seven trends to expect within the next five years
The vision of tomorrow's manufacturing: In intelligent factories, machines, raw materials, and products communicate within an "Internet of things" and cooperatively drive production. Products find their way independently through the production process. The objective: highly flexible, individualized and resource-friendly mass production. That is the vision for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Siemens is playing a major role in shaping the future of industry. Find out more here: http://www.siemens.com/entry/industry..
That's right, it's one D better! Actually, 4D printing is about using a 3D printer to produce self-reconfiguring, programmable material that intelligently arranges itself into basically any object -- with no computers or electricity required! Skylar Tibbits, an MIT researcher, has already developed prototypes from his self-assembly lab. And this is just the beginning - from skyscrapers to space stations, the promises of 4D printing are amazing
New instruments are the birthplace of music revolutions. Just imagine what the last sixty years would have sounded like without the electric guitar! But how will music sound in the future? From the Silent Drum, to the Quotidian Record, music makers are embracing digital technology and creating unbelievable new instruments. And as we continue researching the neurophysiology of music, these sounds could play a huge part in the future of medicine.
Embedded sensors are changing the way we manufacture products, operate airplanes, interact at theme parks and monitor sick kids, so why wouldn’t they also change retail. Here’s how shopping could change.
The average Western toilet looks pretty much like it did when indoor plumbing started to become common in the 1800s, except for the addition of some low-flow gadgetry. But onWorld Toilet Day, when most attention was focused on the lack of sanitation in the developing world, a few U.K. designers turned to the toilets in their own homes.
A trio of industrial design graduates from Central St Martin’s, Sam Sheard, Pierre Papet, and Victor Johansson, reimagined the standard toilet for a competition launched by a U.K. plumbing company. Their winning design: the ergonomically-correct-for-pooping Wellbeing Toilet.
3D printing companies like Makerbot have already come a long way in advancing the technology of 3D printing; allowing the manufacture of everything from home furnishings to transplantable human organs. In this video from Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland talks about the present and future of 3D printers.
By 2025, if predictions are correct, solar power is going to be as cheap as natural gas. But we'd still need a place to put all of the solar panels, and that could be a problem. To power the planet, that would require a lot spare land. The results might not be pretty.
One possible way forward: solar on the surface of the Moon. Under designs sketched out by Shimizu, a major Japanese construction company, we could create a "Luna Ring" that is 250 miles wide and 6,800 miles long, and cover all of Earth's energy needs just like that. Cables underneath the ring would gather power to the Earth-facing side, and then beam the energy our way using microwaves and lasers. Shimizu believes the scheme, which it showed off at a recent exhibition in Japan, would virtually solve our energy crisis, so we never have to think about fossil fuels again. Check out its video here
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