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How We'll Command the Future With Our Thoughts

How We'll Command the Future With Our Thoughts | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it

The minds of man and machine suffer from a glaring disconnect: The inability to interface directly with one another. We have to use our hands, keyboards, and mice to issue commands to our robotic minions and they can only respond via physical sensory mediums. But we can do better. We can use our minds. In fact, we already are.


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Paul P Roberts's curator insight, October 18, 2013 5:26 PM

Given the notion that certain humans can do more than one thing at a time how will we deal with physcially doing one thing whilst be controlling something else?  Recreation and work both at the same time?

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Facebook and Oculus join for science fiction future - CNET

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Together, the two companies have the ambitious plan to invent the future, Oculus CEO and co-founder Brendan Iribe said during a conference call on the deal.
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Could this be future of renewable energy?

Could this be future of renewable energy? | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it

A Japanese construction firm is proposing to turn the moon into a colossal solar power plant by laying a belt of solar panels 250 miles wide around its equator and beaming the energy back to Earth by way of lasers or microwave transmission.

The “Luna Ring” that is being proposed would be capable of sending 13,000 terawatts of power to Earth - more than three times more than the United States generated throughout the whole of 2011.

Shimizu is reluctant to put a price tag on the construction costs involved but, given adequate funding, the company believes construction work could get under way as early as 2035.

Robots and automated equipment would be developed to mine the moon’s natural resources and produce concrete and the solar cells required for the scheme.

Shimizu believes that “virtually inexhaustible, non-polluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green energy”.


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Samer Hamadeh's comment, December 3, 2013 7:05 AM
In effect you are pumping more solar energy from outside earth's atmosphere to earth's surface. If this works and becomes the future, would this increase or reduce global warming?
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What's the future of food security in East Africa?

What's the future of food security in East Africa? | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
There has been considerable progress toward food security in East Africa, yet yields have barely increased over the last few decades.
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The Future Of Storytelling Is About To Get Wild ~readwrite

The Future Of Storytelling Is About To Get Wild ~readwrite | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it

"Many of us go about our lives constantly surrounded by screens, immersed in various "stories": movies, TV shows, books, plot-driven video games, news articles, advertising, and more. Whether we realize it or not, we're creating new behaviors, routines, mindsets, and expectations around what we watch, read or play—which in turn presents new challenges and opportunities for creators and marketers.



"In other words, while the fundamentals of good storytelling remain the same, technology is changing how stories can be told. But what does that mean exactly?



"Since last year, Latitude, a strategic insights consultancy, has been conducting an ongoing Future of Storytelling initiative to understand what audiences want for the long haul. Below are eight predictions for the future of storytelling based on what we found. (More information about Latitude's multi-phase research project is available here.)


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If your are involved with, or interested in, storytelling in any way, this article is essential reading...because it presents a clear picture of ways in which storytelling is very likely to change in the near future.


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On World Food Day: WFP Says ‘Investment In Nutrition Is Key To Unlocking A Better Future

On World Food Day: WFP Says ‘Investment In Nutrition Is Key To Unlocking A Better Future | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
ROME – ACCRA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is marking World Food Day… (On World Food Day: WFP Says ‘Investment In Nutrition Is Key To Unlocking A Better Future http://t.co/DNqFkSSqPh)...
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MEGATRENDS STUDY RELEASED BY GERMAN CONVENTION BUREAU AT ... - Conference and Meetings World (press release)

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Watch This Video Imagining A Future Of Surgeons Wearing Google Glass In The Operating Room

Watch This Video Imagining A Future Of Surgeons Wearing Google Glass In The Operating Room | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
What will it be like when surgeons get an assist from their glasses? Take a look and find out before you hit the operating table. (Take a look at this video that discusses the future of healthcare by using Google Glass.
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The future of connected cars

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Cars are trying to be as connected as possible but the automakers aren’t keeping pace with the technology. Here’s a look at what the future of connected cars might actually be.

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20 Dramatic Predictions for 2030 | Staff.com Blog

20 Dramatic Predictions for 2030 | Staff.com Blog | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
Universities will die and robots will take over our workforce are just a few predictions for our future, according to Dr.
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The Future of Wearable Technology | Technology Blog

The Future of Wearable Technology | Technology Blog | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
The Future of Wearable Technology The Future of Wearable Technology As computing moves from our desktops to our phones, we look into the future to see how (The Future of Wearable Technology http://t.co/TzYcvjR77D)...

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Ryan Pollard's curator insight, March 21, 2:51 AM

"Wearables" are gaining traction as the forefront of technology.

Chris Storm's curator insight, March 27, 2:49 AM

Wearable technology has the potential to become more then just a slightly unfashionable novelty and really push us forward into the future.

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A novel about a dystopian future China wins the Chinese Nebula Awards - io9

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A novel about a dystopian future China wins the Chinese Nebula Awards
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The winner of the Best Novel category in this year's China's Xingyun (Nebula) Awards is a book that paints a pessimistic, dark view of a corrupt near-future China.
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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by ...

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by ... | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
Did you hear about the spy who was caught stealing huge amounts of data by hiding it in the DNA of his skin? Officials couldn't find any trace of the information on him so they eventually had to let him go.
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Saving the future with open-sourced food - Detours: Season 2, Episode 1

“How do you tackle the world food crisis? Scientists at MIT are growing food using aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil.”
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Google Dreams Up Future of Voice Search - U.S. News & World Report

Google Dreams Up Future of Voice Search - U.S. News & World Report | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
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Google is planning for a not-too-distant future that looks something like this, with more convenient digital services blended with more relevant advertising.
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No more injections? Nanoparticles as pills of the future

No more injections? Nanoparticles as pills of the future | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
Researchers design drug-carrying nanoparticles that can be taken orally

 

Several types of nanoparticles carrying chemotherapy drugs or short interfering RNA, which can turn off selected genes, are now in clinical trials to treat cancer and other diseases. These particles exploit the fact that tumors and other diseased tissues are surrounded by leaky blood vessels. After the particles are intravenously injected into patients, they seep through those leaky vessels and release their payload at the tumor site. 

For nanoparticles to be taken orally, they need to be able to get through the intestinal lining, which is made of a layer of epithelial cells that join together to form impenetrable barriers called tight junctions.

“The key challenge is how to make a nanoparticle get through this barrier of cells. Whenever cells want to form a barrier, they make these attachments from cell to cell, analogous to a brick wall where the bricks are the cells and the mortar is the attachments, and nothing can penetrate that wall,” Farokhzad says.

Researchers have previously tried to break through this wall by temporarily disrupting the tight junctions, allowing drugs through. However, this approach can have unwanted side effects because when the barriers are broken, harmful bacteria can also get through. 

To build nanoparticles that can selectively break through the barrier, the researchers took advantage of previous work that revealed how babies absorb antibodies from their mothers’ milk, boosting their own immune defenses. Those antibodies grab onto a cell surface receptor called the FcRN, granting them access through the cells of the intestinal lining into adjacent blood vessels. 

The researchers coated their nanoparticles with Fc proteins — the part of the antibody that binds to the FcRN receptor, which is also found in adult intestinal cells. The nanoparticles, made of a biocompatible polymer called PLA-PEG, can carry a large drug payload, such as insulin, in their core. 

After the particles are ingested, the Fc proteins grab on to the FcRN in the intestinal lining and gain entry, bringing the entire nanoparticle along with them. 

“It illustrates a very general concept where we can use these receptors to traffic nanoparticles that could contain pretty much anything. Any molecule that has difficulty crossing the barrier could be loaded in the nanoparticle and trafficked across,” Karnik says. 

The researchers’ discovery of how this type of particle can penetrate cells is a key step to achieving oral nanoparticle delivery, says Edith Mathiowitz, a professor of molecular pharmacology, physiology, and biotechnology at Brown University.


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The face…er, body…of the future is here [video]

The face…er, body…of the future is here [video] | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
Not long ago, we featured a fake trailer created by Big Lazy Robot that provided a terrifying face of a dystopian future, and it looks like now Boston Dynamics has provided the body.

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Future Generations Report: we need global shared values to secure our future - Wired.co.uk

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Future Generations Report: we need global shared values to secure our future Wired.co.uk A lot of what the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations is suggesting hinges on the world becoming a generally more open and communicative place,...
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How to Become a Future Leader

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Introducing Dan Schwabel, a Millennial who has a lot of wisdom to share about Gen Y Careers, Workplace Trends and Personal Branding.  One of the reasons I am drawn to Dan and his work is that at it...

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The Publisher of the Future Will Be Agile & Adaptive

The Publisher of the Future Will Be Agile & Adaptive | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
The publisher of the future faces content demands including multi-screen and cross-device accessibility, interactivity and customization to individual preferences. Are you ready?

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WildCat robot is the terrifying future

WildCat robot is the terrifying future | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
Somehow, this giant robot manages to make Jezza’s V8 food-blender look like a friendly hug… (RVR News: WildCat robot is a terrifying future: Somehow, this giant robot manages to make Jezza’s V8 food-blen...
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Shaping the Future of Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific | UN ESCAP

Shaping the Future of Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific | UN ESCAP | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
Shaping the #future of sustainable #energy in #Asia & the #Pacific. Read: http://t.co/xQsv1SJbUc http://t.co/HbZzYYUXfh
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The Future of Wearable Technology

The Future of Wearable Technology | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it

You probably thought your Uncle Henry was a little weird (and annoying) when he kept showing you how many more Nike FuelBand calories he needed to burn/earn to reach his preset daily goal. But what’s amazing is how that little wrist band with its tight feedback loop displaying points can actually motivate people to improve their lifestyle. Oh, it also makes a nice watch.


We’re at the dawn of a new industry loosely called "wearable technology" that may have reached $4.6 billion in sales around the world already this year.And Google Glass isn’t even for sale yet. Many geeks already are on board. The April Modis Geek Pride Survey of people aged 18 or over found that "61 percent of self-described geeks said they would buy and wear a smart watch," and "56 percent would do the same with smart glasses." Perhaps even more interesting, 37 percent of non-geeks were also interested in smart watches, and 35 percent were interested in smart glasses....But where is the trend going?


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:37 AM

While geeks accepted wearable technology first, will the general public get on board? Great question!

Jared Hill's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:04 AM

Good insight to have as a PR rep.  Knowing upcoming and developing trends is the foundation of our work.

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Call For Essays: The Future of Green

Call For Essays: The Future of Green | Futures, Megatrends | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, leading environmentalist Mark Lynas apologised for his role in opposing genetically modified crops, t…

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Five global megatrends

PwC leaders share their views on demographic shifts, shift in global economic power, accelerating urbanisation, resource scarcity, and technological breakthroughs.
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