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Researchers make plant-based lithium-ion battery cathodes | Digital Trends

Researchers make plant-based lithium-ion battery cathodes | Digital Trends | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
A new method for making organic parts for batteries might soon make them even greener.
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Deze 72 innovaties bepalen onze toekomst; wen er maar aan

Deze 72 innovaties bepalen onze toekomst; wen er maar aan | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In 20 jaar tijd zijn we altijd en overal 'connected', maar volgens futuroloog Thomas Frey is dit nog maar het begin.
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Airbus wants to make autonomous flying taxis by this time next year

Airbus wants to make autonomous flying taxis by this time next year | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Airbus, the second largest aeronautics company in the United States (behind Boeing) envisions a future of flying taxis operated by artificial intelligence. The ambitious plan sounds almost laughable when it reveals that it could begin testing as early as 2017, but then you remember that whole part about being the second largest aeronautics company in …
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Silicon Valley was going to disrupt capitalism. Now it’s enhancing it

Silicon Valley was going to disrupt capitalism. Now it’s enhancing it | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

The chances that, in a few years’ time, people will be able to receive basic healthcare without interacting with a technology company became considerably smaller after recent announcements of two intriguing but not entirely unpredictable partnerships.

One is between Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline. The two have agreed to form a $715m company to focus on the new field of bioelectronics, which involves developing miniature electrical implants capable of treating a number of chronic diseases.

The other announcement was the results of a major new study of genetic markers associated with depression. It was the product of collaboration between 23andme, a Google-backed personal genetics company, and Pfizer, yet another pharmaceuticals giant. It was the largest study of its kind, drawing on DNA data from more than 450,000 23andMe customers, and this scale comes in handy for companies such as Pfizer.

Both collaborations were based on seemingly solid rationale: technology firms hold troves of our personal data but know little about health and don’t have much credibility in that industry – with the public or with regulators.

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Mercedes-Benz shows off the sleek self-driving bus of tomorrow

Mercedes-Benz shows off the sleek self-driving bus of tomorrow | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Mercedes-Benz has given us a glimpse of what the future of public transport may look like, with a demo of its Future Bus with CityPilot. The tech-filled vehicle combines connectivity, camera and radar systems and is described by Mercedes as "a milestone on the way to the autonomous city bus."
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3-D Printing a Better Prosthetic

3-D Printing a Better Prosthetic | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Algorithms can be used to design cheap, perfect-fitting limbs, orthodontics, and other accessories.
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This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future

This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
By 2020 Tesla plans to consume more batteries than the rest of the world combined. This is where it will make them.
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Will your next hotel be delivered by drone?

Will your next hotel be delivered by drone? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The Radical Innovation Award highlights unique concepts in hospitality design. The 2016 finalists give us a glimpse of the hotels of the future
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Why You Should Believe in the Digital Afterlife

Why You Should Believe in the Digital Afterlife | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Imagine scanning your Grandma’s brain in sufficient detail to build a mental duplicate. When she passes away, the duplicate is turned on and lives in a simulated video-game universe, a digital Elysium complete with Bingo, TV soaps, and knitting needles to keep the simulacrum happy. You could talk to her by phone just like always. She could join Christmas dinner by Skype. E-Granny would think of herself as the same person that she always was, with the same memories and personality—the same consciousness—transferred to a well regulated nursing home and able to offer her wisdom to her offspring forever after.
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Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA

Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her "digital attic" — a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college.

She'd like to preserve the stuff "as long as I live, at least," says Strauss, 37. But computers must be replaced every few years, and each time she must copy the information over, "which is a little bit of a headache."

It would be much better, she says, if she could store it in DNA — the stuff our genes are made of.
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Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That’s Also the Future of Robotics

Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That’s Also the Future of Robotics | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

HANNS TAPPEINER TYPES a few lines of code into his laptop and hits “return.” A tiny robot sits beside the laptop, looking like one of those anthropomorphic automobiles that show up in Pixar’s Cars movies. Almost instantly, it wakes up, rolls down the table, and counts to four. This is Cozmo—an artificially intelligent toy robot unveiled late last month by San Francisco startup Anki—and Tappeiner, one of the company’s founders, is programming the little automaton to do new things.

The programs are simple—he also teaches Cozmo to stack blocks—but they’re supposed to be simple. Tappeiner is using Anki’s newly unveiled software development kit—an SDK, in coder parlance—that he says even the greenest of coders can use to tweak the behavior of the toy robot. And that’s a big deal, at least according to Anki.

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Google’s New App Brings Hundreds of Museums to Your Phone

Google’s New App Brings Hundreds of Museums to Your Phone | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Google's new Art Recognizer tool turns your museum visit into a multimedia experience.
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Advances in 3D Printing Prosthetics Will Change Lives

Advances in 3D Printing Prosthetics Will Change Lives | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
3D printing prosthetics is changing the way those born with missing limbs or who have lost them due to accident, illness or war live their lives. The technology is in use today and brings life improving benefits to some of those least able to access traditional prosthetics. Furthermore, researchers are working on projects that will
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Robots are set to take the jobs of millions of Asian workers in the coming years

Robots are set to take the jobs of millions of Asian workers in the coming years | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In the next few decades, about 56% of all salaried workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam could be displaced by automation and advanced technologies, such as 3D printing. That’s the conclusion of an extensive series of new studies by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Mass-scale displacement won’t happen overnight, but it’s already in the works. Robots, for instance, are increasingly handling the labor previously done by low-skilled workers in industries such as automotive and electronics manufacturing. For governments and employers willing to educate and train workers for new, high-tech jobs, the shift could benefit all as it raises productivity and wages. But employers and countries that continue to rely on low-cost manual labor as their chief competitive advantage risk being left behind in the global economy, the ILO said.
Of the five industries examined by the studies, workers in textiles, clothing, and footwear were the most at risk. The sector encompasses 9 million jobs across the ASEAN member states the report covers, the majority held by women. These jobs often entail simple manual tasks that are becoming easily automated, such as cutting fabric.
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The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head

The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Like a little white Lazarus with red eyes, the paralyzed mouse was walking again.

A few days earlier, the mouse had been sprawled on an operating table while two Chinese graduate students peered through a microscope and operated on its spine. With a tiny pair of scissors, they removed the top half of a fingernail-thin vertebra, exposing a gleaming patch of spinal-cord tissue. It looked like a Rothko, a clean ivory rectangle bisected by a red line. Cautiously—the mouse occasionally twitched—they snipped the red line (an artery) and tied it off. Then one student reached for a $1,000 scalpel with a diamond blade so thin that it was transparent. With a quick slice of the spinal cord, the mouse’s back legs were rendered forever useless.



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Kapitalismuskritik von Morozov – Die funktionalen Idioten des Silicon Valley

Kapitalismuskritik von Morozov – Die funktionalen Idioten des Silicon Valley | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Die Techfirmen des Silicon Valley ebnen dem Kapitalismus den Weg. Inzwischen dringt er in Bereiche vor, die lange geschützt waren. Zum Beispiel in die Medizin.

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Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass man künftig noch eine medizinische Grundversorgung erhält, ohne mit einem Technikunternehmen zu tun haben zu müssen, wurde nach zwei jüngsten Bekanntmachungen gerade beträchtlich kleiner. In der ersten ging es um die Partnerschaft zwischen Alphabet, dem Mutterunternehmen von Google, und dem Pharmariesen GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Die beiden haben sich darauf geeinigt, 715 Millionen Dollar in eine Firma zu investieren, die sich auf Bioelektronik spezialisiert. Sie soll elektronische Miniaturimplantate entwickeln, mit denen chronische Krankheiten behandelt werden sollen.
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Can Big Data Help Cure Cancer? - InformationWeek

Can Big Data Help Cure Cancer?  - InformationWeek | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Genomic research and precision medicine are on the leading edge of cancer research and treatment, but the huge size of the data sets and the complexity of sharing those data sets among researchers thwarts progress. Here's one project that is aiming to remove those obstacles.

6 Ways Big Data Is Driving Personalized Medicine Revolution
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Curing cancer seems like something that would happen at hospitals and not in computer rooms. But applying analytics to human DNA and the DNA of cancer cells is a promising frontier of cancer research that can help patients get the best treatment for the type of cancer they have, minimize the negative impact of that treatment on them, and ultimately save lives.

For Intel's Bryce Olson, it's a personal mission
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In the battle between fintechs and banks, consumers are the winner

In the battle between fintechs and banks, consumers are the winner | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The digital transformation of business has enormous potential for financial services, and for all consumers who are hungry for new experiences and enhanced convenience
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Neither Trump nor Clinton is addressing the biggest challenge to jobs: automation

Neither Trump nor Clinton is addressing the biggest challenge to jobs: automation | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both promising to bring good-paying jobs back to America, but analysts say neither of them has addressed one of the biggest challenges looming ahead: the impact of automation and the rise of artificial intelligence.

Some argue that the challenge will soon become impossible to ignore.

“Job losses due to automation and robotics are often overlooked in discussions about the unexpected rise of outside political candidates like Trump and Bernie Sanders,” Moshe Vardi, an expert on artificial intelligence at Rice University, said before this month’s conventions.
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Will your next hotel be delivered by drone?

Will your next hotel be delivered by drone? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
HOK, one of this year's finalists, imagines a world where hotel pods will be delivered by drone. This year's two professional finalists each submitted a pop-up concept whereby rooms are set up in hard-to-reach or underutilized spaces. Driftscape, submitted by the Toronto office of award-winning architecture firm HOK, is a mobile, self-sustaining hotel delivered by drone. It can be dropped off anywhere, even in the most remote stretches of the planet. Driftscape consists of several modular units, including a food and beverage element and a single guestroom that offers up 360-degree views. Paris-based MM Architects, another finalist, submitted a pop-up concept called Nesting, which introduces customizable units which -- like Lego bricks -- can connect and grow, and be placed into parks and other underfunded public spaces.
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We May (or May Not) Be Living In a Simulation, But We Will Someday - SERIOUS WONDER

We May (or May Not) Be Living In a Simulation, But We Will Someday - SERIOUS WONDER | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Regardless of whether or not we live inside of a simulation today, living inside of one will become a commonplace future! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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The 10 Most Innovative Health Technologies Saving Millions In The Developing World - The Medical Futurist

The 10 Most Innovative Health Technologies Saving Millions In The Developing World - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
1) 3D-Printing Prosthetics 
2) 3D-Printing Field Hospitals 
3) 3-D Printing Medical Devices 
4) Monitoring Patients from a Long Distance 
5) Using Solar Power to Enable Better Hearing 
6) Making Sanitary Pads to Empower Women 
7) MIT developed test able to identify ebola in 10 minutes 
8) SMS start-up tackles the fake drugs problem in Africa 
9) Water Purification System for Prevention of Infectious Diseases 10) Treating babies with jaundice effectively
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TRANSHUMAN: Quantum Computing to Grant Immortality by 2035

In today's video, Christopher Greene of AMTV explains the possibility of immortality through technology
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Laborious Cretin's comment, July 24, 5:29 PM
That person got some things wrong. First 2045 was what some people think for a so called singularity. 2nd the D-wave is not a universal quantum computer to start. It can not do a few things like shor's algorithm. Quantum computers will not solve everything. If he wants to go multiple universes. Then realize that one if not many have already been hacked. He basically butchered quantum computing in a few ways. The man merging with A.I. has already happened in a crud way with prosthetics and BCI/BMI. Beyond that the A.I. some of the singularity people talk about. In the upper circles they talk about 300 or so people imprinted to make a S.A.I. ( super artificial intelligence ). The number of 300 came from them and basically says the richest might get that. Though the A.I. would be more a imprint of them and most likely lack some things a true S.A.I. might be able to do not based off humans. Nano bots brings a whole slew of problems. From hacking to side effects to government or cooperate intrusion and controls of a type. Think DMCA and seeing some thing they do not want you to have a copy of in your brain file/memory. Or RIAA and a song you heard and didn't pay for. They can scan for it and erase it or fine and throw people in jail. That's just the tip of it all also as examples. Would you want google or apple or Micro soft owning your nanobots in your brain with planed obsolescents or control over functions you do not get to use? I could go on, but you should be able to get the general drift. He really seemed to butcher the technology.
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Who Will Build the Next Great Car Company?

Who Will Build the Next Great Car Company? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley and Detroit are in a race to create our driverless future. And for the first time ever, the car may take a backseat.

My brain knows that this demonstration has been carefully staged and will work exactly as planned, but the rest of my body tenses up as I step on the gas of a Ford Fusion sedan and accelerate directly toward the “parked car” in front of me.

Rear-ending cars on purpose is not a natural act. It takes a metric ton of concentration to resist slamming on the brakes, so I play the role of distracted driver. To the right, a parking lot packed with brightly painted Ford vehicles sparkles in the afternoon sun. In the distance, an American flag waves from its pole. Ford’s iconic blue logo is painted into the side of a grassy hill.
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BigDelta machine 3D-prints durable, affordable houses from dirt

BigDelta machine 3D-prints durable, affordable houses from dirt | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
World's Advanced Saving Project (WASP) is testing out their 3D-printers in Italy to 3D-print a durable, sustainable home using mud and straw.
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The World Depends on Technology No One Understands

The World Depends on Technology No One Understands | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
“We are in a new era, one in which we are building systems that can’t be grasped in their totality or held in the mind of a single person.” – Samuel Arbesman

As a teenage nobody, George Hotz earned notoriety for being the first hacker to unlock Apple’s iPhone — much to the annoyance of AT&T, who had exclusive-ish networking rights at the time. Several years later, he became the focus of a Sony lawsuit for releasing hacked Playstation 3 software to the world. And last December, he discussed his latest project with Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance — a patched together home-made driverless car.

When asked what compels him to crack open these complicated technologies Hotz said, “I want power. Not power over people, but power over nature and the destiny of technology. I just want to know how it all works [emphasis added].”
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