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LOOWATT: Toilet Made From Poo Transforms Excrement into Energy

LOOWATT: Toilet Made From Poo Transforms Excrement into Energy | thefuture | Scoop.it
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How The Future Of Startups May Look Like “Moneyball”

How The Future Of Startups May Look Like “Moneyball” | thefuture | Scoop.it

There’s a well-known scene in the Brad Pitt-Billy Beane biopic “Moneyball” in which Beane confronts a bunch of stale, oldster scouts about the outdated way they evaluate baseball players. One scout comments that because a player has an ugly girlfriend it means he has no confidence. Beane gives an exasperated “facepalm.” The way many venture capitalists analyze potential startup investments is similarly haphazard and inaccurate. However, just as in the movie, it’s all about to end in a giant wave of business innovation.

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Scientists Use Graphene to Make Bionic, Super-Powered Plants

Scientists Use Graphene to Make Bionic, Super-Powered Plants | thefuture | Scoop.it
A team of chemical engineers and biochemists has managed to change how plants work. Well, to be exact, they've made plants work better by embedding carbon nanotubes into the plants' leaves so that they absorb more light. Put simply, they've created bionic plants.
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8 Unexpected Ways Technology Will Change The World By 2020

8 Unexpected Ways Technology Will Change The World By 2020 | thefuture | Scoop.it

Six years isn't that long but the rapid pace of innovation means everything--from education to health care to the Internet itself--could look a lot different by then.


How will technology change life by the end of the decade? That's the subject of a new book, called Shift 2020, which explores the future of everything from greentech and health care to 3-D printing and transport.


Shift 2020 was edited by Rudy De Waele, a strategist and entrepreneur from the U.K., and includes predictions from more than 70 futurists, thinkers-in-residence, entrepreneurs, think-tank analysts, and academics. We picked out a few ideas that caught our eye. You can purchase the full copy here.

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Watch This Nightmarish Ape-Inspired Robot Practice Saving Your Life

Watch This Nightmarish Ape-Inspired Robot Practice Saving Your Life | thefuture | Scoop.it
Robosimian is a machine built for good--to respond in disaster situations. But you might not be happy to be rescued by a horrifying monkey robot.
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Oh save me Ape-Like robot!

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Imagine... John Lennon

Imagine... John Lennon | thefuture | Scoop.it
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Dispatch From The Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google | TechCrunch

Dispatch From The Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google | TechCrunch | thefuture | Scoop.it
July 25, 2023 -- Local transportation and delivery giant Uber announced its biggest bet on autonomous vehicles yet, saying it would purchase 2,500 driverless cars from Google.
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The City of 2050: An Interactive Graphic

The City of 2050: An Interactive Graphic | thefuture | Scoop.it

Experts predict that by 2050, three-quarters of the world's population will live in cities.

For part of its Tomorrow's Cities season the BBC takes a look through the crystal ball to imagine what city life might be like in 40 years' time.

Find more details at the interactive graphic at the link.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 23, 2013 4:15 PM

Here's some ideas on how we might live in the future. What do you think?

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Is an "Unconditional Basic Income" for Everyone Coming?

Is an "Unconditional Basic Income" for Everyone Coming? | thefuture | Scoop.it

The digitization of our economy will bring with it a new generation of radical economic ideologies, of which Bitcoin is arguably the first.  For those with assets, technological savvy, and a sense of adventure, the state is the enemy and a cryptographic currency is the solution.  But for those more focused on the decline of the middle classes, the collapse of the entry-level jobs market, and the rise of free culture, the state is an ally, and the solution might look something like an unconditional basic income. Before I explain why this concept is going to be creeping into the political debate across the developed world, let me spell out how a system like this would look:

Every single adult member receives a weekly payment from the state, which is enough to live comfortably on.  The only condition is citizenship and/or residency.

You get the basic income whether or not you’re employed, any wages you earn are additional.

The welfare bureaucracy is largely dismantled.  No means testing, no signing on, no bullying young people into stacking shelves for free, no separate state pension.

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Gold Nanoparticles Could Transform Trees Into Street Lights

Gold Nanoparticles Could Transform Trees Into Street Lights | thefuture | Scoop.it

Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure — they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don’t need electricity to power them? A group of scientists in Taiwan recently discovered that placing gold nanoparticles within the leaves of trees, causes them to give off a luminous reddish glow. The idea of using trees to replace street lights is an ingenious one – not only would it save on electricity costs and cut CO2 emissions, but it could also greatly reduce light pollution in major cities.

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Advances in light-emitting diode technology to transform the home (Video)

Advances in OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology will transform the home with glowing walls and windows replacing single-point light sources, according…

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The Banality of "Don’t Be Evil" by Julian Assange

The Banality of "Don’t Be Evil" by Julian Assange | thefuture | Scoop.it
Two Google leaders have written a manifesto for technocratic imperialism.
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Will Life Without Sleep Be Possible Soon?

Will Life Without Sleep Be Possible Soon? | thefuture | Scoop.it

Work, friendships, exercise, parenting, eating, reading — there just aren’t enough hours in the day. To live fully, many of us carve those extra hours out of our sleep time. Then we pay for it the next day. A thirst for life leads many to pine for a drastic reduction, if not elimination, of the human need for sleep. Little wonder: if there were a widespread disease that similarly deprived people of a third of their conscious lives, the search for a cure would be lavishly funded. It’s the Holy Grail of sleep researchers, and they might be closing in.

 

As with most human behaviours, it’s hard to tease out our biological need for sleep from the cultural practices that interpret it. The practice of sleeping for eight hours on a soft, raised platform, alone or in pairs, is actually atypical for humans. Many traditional societies sleep more sporadically, and social activity carries on throughout the night. Group members get up when something interesting is going on, and sometimes they fall asleep in the middle of a conversation as a polite way of exiting an argument. Sleeping is universal, but there is glorious diversity in the ways we accomplish it.

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Can Glowing Trees One Day Replace Electric Streetlights?

Can Glowing Trees One Day Replace Electric Streetlights? | thefuture | Scoop.it

Engineering nature to sustain our needs is exactly what the Glowing Plant Project aims to do in efforts to engineer “a glow-in-the-dark plant using synthetic biology techniques that could possibly replace traditional lighting”.

Bioluminescence – the production and emission of light by a living organism – is the overarching concept of the Glowing Plant Project, and the approach can be divided into three basic steps: design, print and transform.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, May 20, 2013 4:01 PM

Very cool idea.  Maybe genetically modified food is not as cool, but this seems harmless enough, of course until it eats your cat. :-)

 

bancoideas's curator insight, May 23, 2013 10:58 AM

Árboles bioluminiscentes en reemplazo del alumbrado público, una idea sobrecogedora ¿no?

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12 Post-Apocalypse Floating Cities and Homes: From Crazy Concepts to Reality (Slideshow)

12 Post-Apocalypse Floating Cities and Homes: From Crazy Concepts to Reality (Slideshow) | thefuture | Scoop.it
Nobody really knows how much the planet will warm up in the following years and what the consequences will be. But the growing number of natural disasters in 2010, and the recent wave of animal deaths
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What Will New York Look Like In 2050?

What Will New York Look Like In 2050? | thefuture | Scoop.it

What will New York City look like 40 years from now? Though it’s obviously difficult to predict the future decades in advance--40 years ago, few people would have guessed how the Internet would take over our lives--the engineering and design firm Arup has taken a stab at a vision of the city in 2050.

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We Took The Laser Scanner That Tells You What's In Your Food Out For A Spin...

We Took The Laser Scanner That Tells You What's In Your Food Out For A Spin... | thefuture | Scoop.it
The Indiegogo hit Tellspec scanner shoots a laser at your food and counts the calories and nutritional data. But is it just vaporware? We tried one...
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Self-Assembling Robots Will Blow Your Mind [VIDEO]

Self-Assembling Robots Will Blow Your Mind [VIDEO] | thefuture | Scoop.it
MIT researchers recently managed to create self-assembling robots. The researchers even released a video demonstrating their success.
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From High-Rise to Low Impact: A Building That Mimics a Forest

From High-Rise to Low Impact: A Building That Mimics a Forest | thefuture | Scoop.it

Powered by sun and fed by rainwater, the building doesn't produce any waste. Its automated window shades open and close like an organism’s pupil, regulating the amount of light that enters. The 600-panel solar array, which is expected to generate all the energy the building needs in a year, is arranged on the roof so that rays of sunlight can pass through and create a dappled pattern on the sidewalk below — similar to the way light passes through a forest canopy. And all the wood used in the structure came from local forests that harvest trees sustainably.

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8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025 | thefuture | Scoop.it
New technologies will change the kinds of jobs people have in the coming years. Don't be surprised if one day you've taken on the position of...
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Headset Gives Doctors Virtual X-Ray Vision

Headset Gives Doctors Virtual X-Ray Vision | thefuture | Scoop.it
Surgeons will be able to view high-definition, 3-D images of the inside their patient, while performing laparoscopic surgery. Continue reading →
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Are you ready for meat grown in a Petri dish?

Are you ready for meat grown in a Petri dish? | thefuture | Scoop.it
New Harvest is a non-profit research organization working to advance new alternatives to conventionally-produced meat, including cultured meat - meat produced in a cell culture, rather than in an animal - and plant-based alternatives.
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Eerie Photos Show The Strange Emptiness Of Dubai

Eerie Photos Show The Strange Emptiness Of Dubai | thefuture | Scoop.it

Recently released timelapses of images from NASA’s Landsat satellite highlight the dramatically rapid urbanization of the desert in places like Dubai over the past couple decades. Cities sprout so quickly from nowhere, you can see the landscape morphing from space.

 

But another photography project is a reminder that these cities are just as shocking to behold up close. PhotographerMatthias Heiderich’s series "UAE" reveals a post-modern kingdom in the desert, hauntingly empty and utterly lifeless. Glistening buildings appear unused. Construction projects seem endless. Parking lots are barren.

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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:40 AM

There appears to be a race for growth financed by rich oil Saudi Magnates. It is an ideaological race of being the most modern and luxierious and extravagant of all cities in the world, but unlike some cities  like New York the growth is not due to rapid influx of people and demand to supply jobs and home for people in urban environments. The rate of urbanization is disproportionate with the amount of people that actually live in that originally oceanic desert like environment. They are attracting tourists from all over the World but in the sense of having a city to meet the needs of people and rapid growth, the size of the city is unecessary and up close looks like a ghost town at times. Even though people do visit from all over the World the city is just sending a message to the  World about their money size and extravagance. I think the saddest part is that these people make lots of money but like a beautiful brand new college campus with hardly any student, there is truly a lack of life a true sense of community and the ability to share that sense of wealth with overall population at large.

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Technology Is Starting To Give People Superpowers, Like Telekinesis

Technology Is Starting To Give People Superpowers, Like Telekinesis | thefuture | Scoop.it

In the summer of 1935, a pair of Bavarian climbers arrived in the Bernese Alps, hoping to become the first people ever to scale the monstrous north face of the mountain known as the Eiger. On their first day, they made good progress. On the second day, less so, and on the third, even less. Then a storm swept over the mountain and they froze to death. The next year, four more mountaineers attempted the face, and all four died. After a third failed attempt in 1937, a quartet of climbers finally reached the summit in 1938, taking three days to get there.

 

Twelve years and many more fatalities later, a pair of climbers managed to surmount the Eiger in 18 hours. The 1960s saw the first successful solo climb. In 1988, Alison Hargreaves climbed the Eiger while six months pregnant. By the 1990s, people were making the climb in the dead of winter. In 2008, Swiss climber Euli Steck speed-climbed the peak, solo, in winter, in 2 hours, 47 minutes, and 33 seconds. You can watch the video. Last month, a trio of Brits stood on a ledge near the top of the Eiger, then spread their arms and legs like wings and flew down.

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Elon Musk: We Need To Leave Earth Or Risk Extinction

Elon Musk: We Need To Leave Earth Or Risk Extinction | thefuture | Scoop.it

"Either we spread earth to other planets, or we risk going extinct. An extinction event is inevitable and we’re increasingly doing ourselves in."


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, May 30, 2013 8:23 PM

We can't blame Musk for not being visionary. I wonder whether dramatizing the topic like he did will have an impact. 

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These 12 technologies will drive our economic future

These 12 technologies will drive our economic future | thefuture | Scoop.it
A McKinsey Global Institute study shows how innovations that get the most hype aren’t necessarily the ones that will make the biggest difference economically.
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