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The world itself is developing in front of our eyes: these incredible technologies pioneer the way forward.
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Next Generation Solar Cells Made From Graphene -- One Photon Can Be Converted Into Multiple Electrons

Next Generation Solar Cells Made From Graphene -- One Photon Can Be Converted Into Multiple Electrons | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A new discovery by researchers at the ICFO has revealed that graphene is even more efficient at converting light into electricity than previously known. Graphene is capable of converting a single photon of light into multiple electrons able to drive electric current. The discovery is an important one for next-generation solar cells, as well as other light-detecting and light-harvesting technologies.

 

A paradigm shift in the materials industry is likely within the near-future as a variety of unique materials replaces those that we commonly use today, such as plastics. Among these new materials, graphene stands out. The single-atom-thick sheet of pure carbon has an enormous number of potential applications across a variety of fields. Its potential use in high-efficiency, flexible, and transparent solar cells is among the potential applications. Some of the other most discussed applications include: foldable batteries/cellphones/computers, extremely thin computers/displays, desalination and water purificationtechnology, fuel distillation, integrated circuits, single-molecule gas sensors, etc.


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With this discovery of Graphene able to conduct electricity and convert light at an exorbitant rate, the future of Solar Energy seems bright.

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3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it
The future of urban runabouts will be ultra lightweight, electrically powered and 3D-printed... if Jim Kor has his way.

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3D Printing may very well become the largest revolution to Industries since the assembly line by Henry Ford. Being able to construct vehicles through the complete use of a computer almost completely removes the human element, fewer (if any) mistakes and much lower costs are a tempting and extremely profitable idea for production.
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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, February 28, 2013 11:40 AM

We certainly will have 3D printed cars. Perhaps not in great numbers, but the fact that you can make a car's body by printing in plastic, opens many possibilities for this up and coming technology. Think everyday utensils, tools, furniture ... the sky is the limit.

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, March 9, 2013 2:26 AM

Sepp has always inspired me by poiting out to new science and technology developments around the world, from high-tech to low-cost but high efficiency solutions to our problems. 

 

This car is built entirely of 3D printed components. And it works like a car. If you are not amazed with this...........wait...and continue to be amazed. 

Genevieve Free's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:31 PM

3-D printing its true potenial

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Speech-to-Text in E-Learning: Siri and The End of the Tyranny of the Keyboard?

Speech-to-Text in E-Learning: Siri and The End of the Tyranny of the Keyboard? | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it

"We always say that an online course lives and dies by the amount of collaboration in the course. It would be great if there were a way that students could really quickly communicate and respond to each other.  Would it be easier if students could talk to their computers rather than type? Would students have more interaction if the could speak as well as type?"


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This speech to text dictation technology holds great promise as a tool used for making fast reactional comments and thoughts, vastly improving usability. This gives a basis to think about the possible future applications, devices might develop in this way to negate physical action from users. Its a lot harder to make mistakes by asking something than it is trying to learn the correct physical actions.

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Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water

Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially making it vastly...
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The irony of a weapons-manufacturer discovering ways to improve the status of the world rather than increase risk is only matched by the potential for enormous good that can arise from these breakthroughs in renewable sources of food and energy.
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Improved technology to grow business

Improved technology to grow business | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it
ALMOST half of the state's small businesses believe access to improved technology will help them grow their business, a Telstra report says.
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Graphene research moving abroad - Telegraph

Graphene research moving abroad - Telegraph | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Super-material graphene was invented in Britain but research is progressing faster abroad, new data reveals.
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Graphene is swiftly becoming a revolutionary super-material, it has many applications in Solar Energy and Desalination Plants, an astoundingly strong, super lightweight material with studies being done to fully comprehend its vast uses across the world.

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Overview of responses | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Overview of responses | Pew Internet & American Life Project | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Overview of responses | Pew Internet & American Life Project
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This survey conducted shows that the need for Social Media and general social relationships online are unlikely to recede, this demonstrates the relevancy of social media as an important technology.

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Smartphone fingerprint tech could replace passwords - Telegraph

Smartphone fingerprint tech could replace passwords - Telegraph | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it
The end of the smartphone passcode could be at hand, if technology companies have their way. (The end of the smartphone passcode could be at hand, if technology companies have their way.
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Security is and always will be a vital part of human lives. This fingerprint technology could be combined (if not replacing) passcodes to improve login speeds and cancel out human error.
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Twitter API Programming Tips, Tutorials, Source Code Libraries and Consulting by Adam Green – 140Dev.com

Twitter API Programming Tips, Tutorials, Source Code Libraries and Consulting by Adam Green – 140Dev.com | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it
The complete source for Twitter API programming tips, consulting advice, tutorials, and free open source code by Adam Green.
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As social media develops and becomes more sophisticated, allowing us to express ourselves or to improve accessibility, programmers must learn these new languages to stay on top of the global market. Programming will never stop developing as there are an increasing number of brilliant minds taking up challenges to design easier, more efficient and effective ways to solve problems and improve tasks.
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Engineers Cooperate to Realize Precision Grammar for Programming Cells - Daily World News

Engineers Cooperate to Realize Precision Grammar for Programming Cells - Daily World News | Important Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Engineers Cooperate to Realize Precision Grammar for Programming Cells (Engineers Cooperate to Realize Precision Grammar for Programming Cells - http://t.co/1gWTQP9GqL @DailyUSANews @Network_Easy)...
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