Brandon Schmittling considers a future where devices as we know them are changing forever.
Smartphones are stupid. In fact, all devices are stupid. They make us dependent, they demand that we respond to commands, they're expensive and they cut us off from the people around us. Our obsession with them is limiting our ability to create a more seamless, less intrusive digital world. We have the opportunity to create a 'connected' future – an 'internet of things' – that is so much more than 10 billion mobile devices flickering like stars in the sky. Due to recent breakthroughs in materials, that future is within our grasp – the hard part will be in putting away our phones and embracing 'death to devices'.
We'd heard that the US IPO for Chinese company Alibaba could be among the biggest ever, and it did not disappoint. Closing at a stock price of $93.89, it raised $21.8 billion for the company and is the biggest IPO in US history.
The Simulator Program surpasses conventional systems with next-generation mannequins and 3D printing. Gabriel Mandeville at five months old seemed like any other normal, healthy baby. Then he began having infantile spasms.
Print the Legend, the newest Netflix Original Documentary, is a story of innovation and technology, of controversy and change. For the first time in history, the building of an industry and its inevitable social upheaval has been filmed. The result is Print the Legend, a documentary which chronicles the race to bring 3D printing to the forefront of society. It’s a compelling look at an industry in the midst of its “Macintosh Moment,” chronicling the infinite and unlimited potential of 3D printing… as well as the dark possibilities that could lie underneath.
From holodecks and virtual surgeons to 3d printed smart clothes and virtual sex, it seems the future is about to get a lot more hi-tech. Researchers were asked to imagine the technology they believe will be around in 2025, when ultra high speed ‘gigabit’ internet connections are commonplace. The agree that virtual reality will be key, and say the age of the Star Trek ‘holodeck’ could finally arrive.
The future form of towns and cities is a key issue for urban planners, designers and policymakers and one that divides opinion. There is a body of professional thought that believes we no longer need cities, at least in the relatively large, continuously connected form in which they have evolved over centuries. Instead, the view is that, connected online, people can now live in small-scale towns and villages, which are supposedly more humane. People can disconnect physically and reconnect online. This idea has huge appeal and is shared by many environmental campaigners because it is thought to reduce carbon footprints. It is a popular idea within the technology community and it has fans in many schools of architecture, planning and landscape design. But it is, I believe, fundamentally flawed.
Futurist Thomas Frey: I had great difficulty completing this column. This is partly due to the complex nature of the technology and partly because its implications may indeed be so far reaching that I’ll sound over-reaching in describing it. Working from inside his secluded geek lab in Boston, Jake started this journey in 2011 by asking the basic question, “What if software didn’t have to be written?”
Researchers have developed a high-tech method to rid the body of infections — even those caused by unknown pathogens. A device inspired by the spleen can quickly clean blood of everything from Escherichia coli to Ebola, researchers report on 14 September in Nature Medicine.
The consumer “sharing economy” gives us a taste of what it’s like to live in a world where we own less. There's a tremendous change going on right now in our society. Those of us who enjoy services like Uber and Kickstarter are experiencing it firsthand. The sharing and collaboration practices of the internet are extending to transportation (Uber), hotels (Airbnb), financing (Kickstarter, LendingClub), music services (Spotify) and even software development (Linux, Drupal).
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Tony Bosma over de Trendrede 2015. “When patterns are broken new worlds emerge (Kupferberg). Er verandert veel en tegelijkertijd zo weinig. Economen blijven geobsedeerd door het eenzijdige begrip economische groei. Geloof is voor velen naast persoonlijk houvast nog altijd een bron voor wereldwijde onrust. De Russen lijken weer de vijand en de mens ziet afkomst, voorkeur en geografische grenzen als dé aanleiding om elkaar het leven onnodig zuur te maken. Traditionele media blijven uitblinken in de sturing van het collectieve bewustzijn en openen allemaal met hetzelfde nieuws. ‘Goedenavond beste mensen, dit is het journaal van acht uur en dit is wat wij willen wat u denkt’. Schijnbare prijsreducties blijven de beste stimulans om onnodig overdadig aankoopgedrag te activeren. Native advertising, nieuwe technologie en big data zijn nodig om de klant voor je te winnen. Niets nieuws, nog altijd oude wijn in nieuwe zakken. De hand op de knip is in deze maatschappij, waarin de meest stabiele relatie die van schuldenaar en schuldeiser is, ongewenst. 2015 en verder: de uitdagingen worden er niet minder om de oplossingen uiteindelijk wel mooier. Wanneer zien we dat als samenleving in?