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Explore the most important technology and science trends! News, Analysis, Interviews, Presentations, Documentaries. All in one place at Tracking the future magazine
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Cheap and easy technique to snip DNA could revolutionize gene therapy

Cheap and easy technique to snip DNA could revolutionize gene therapy | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

A simple, precise and inexpensive method for cutting DNA to insert genes into human cells could transform genetic medicine, making routine what now are expensive, complicated and rare procedures for replacing defective genes in order to fix genetic disease or even cure AIDS.

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Inside the meat lab: the future of food

Inside the meat lab: the future of food | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

With billions of mouths to feed, we can't go on producing food in the traditional way. Scientists are coming up with novel ways to cater for future generations. In-vitro burger, anyone?

 


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
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Happy New Year to all! Let's hope that it will come with lots of new wonders!
picture credits: http://paulsizer.deviantart.com/art/FUTURE-FORWARD-Poster-142482891

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Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months

Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Meet Roboy, “one of the most advanced humanoid robots,” say researchers at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich.

Their 15 project partners and over 40 engineers and scientists are constructing Roboy as a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings (robots usually have their motors in their joints, giving them that “robot” break-dance look), so it will move almost as elegantly as a human.

Roboy will be a “service robot,” meaning it will execute services independently for the convenience of human beings, as in the movie Robot & Frank.

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Is the “Technological Singularity” Plausible?

Is the “Technological Singularity” Plausible? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

How seriously should we take the Singularity hypothesis?
Going by some of the essays and comments out there on the Web, it would seem that some do not think it should be taken seriously at all. Few who have looked into this ‘Singularity’ stuff are unlikely to miss derogatory comments, such as ‘rapture of the nerds’ or ‘it is all just science fiction’.
But, is it really sensible to be dismissive of the Singularity hypothesis? Is it sheer nonsense, or is it actually possible that we could be heading for a technological Singularity of some kind or other?

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John Hagel: Rethinking Race Against the Machines

John Hagel: "If you have tightly scripted jobs that are highly standardized where there's no room for individual initiative or creativity, machines by and large can do those kinds of activities much better than human beings. They're much more predictable. They're much more reliable. We as human beings have flaws. We tend to get distracted. We tend to go off into unexpected areas. "

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New Machine Puts Quantum Computers’ Utility to the Test

New Machine Puts Quantum Computers’ Utility to the Test | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Four independent groups of scientists say they’ve constructed a special class of quantum computer that could help physicists prove the worth of the potentially more-powerful quantum computers they’ve been working on.

By doing millions of calculations simultaneously, future quantum computers offer the hope of quickly solving problems that would take even the best supercomputers a thousand years to work through. But quantum computing experts have been dogged by a nagging fact: None of the rudimentary systems they’ve produced so far—or could produce in the near future—are powerful enough to prove that they would be faster at solving these complex problems than an ordinary computer.

“It begs the question as to whether quantum computers themselves are indeed necessary,” notes Matthew Broome, a physicist at the University of Queensland, inBrisbane, Australia. Broome is part of a multinational team that built a system that could hold the key to answering that question: The system is called a quantum boson sampling machine, which MIT theorists Scott Aaronson and Aleksandr Arkhipov dreamed up in 2010.

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Science and a New Kind of Prediction: An Interview with Stephen Wolfram

Science and a New Kind of Prediction: An Interview with Stephen Wolfram | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Stephen Wolfram, creator of the Wolfram|Alpha search engine and author of the books Mathematica and A New Kind of Science, is known all over the world for his contributions to our understanding of computation. In 2012, he received a lot of attention for something else: At the SXSW show, he revealed that he had a more than 20-year personal computational log of, basically, the life of Stephen Wolfram. This included everything from every e-mail he had sent, to when he had gone to bed, to how long his phone conversations lasted, and much more. He then released this data on his personal blog.

So, what can one of the world’s foremost mathematical minds learn about life by examining his own computational data? THE FUTURIST called to ask.

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When will we finally have a world government?

When will we finally have a world government? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Political scientists and science fiction writers alike have long been taken with the idea that humans would one day form a global government. Yet few of us take this prospect very seriously, often dismissing it as an outright impossibility or very far off in the future. Given the rapid pace of globalization, however, it would seem that humanity is inexorably headed in this direction. So how long will it take us to build a world government?

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Quantum Computing Solves Classical Problems

Quantum Computing Solves Classical Problems | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
Someday, quantum computers may be able to solve complex optimization problems, quickly mine huge data sets, simulate the kind of physics experiments that currently require billion-dollar particle accelerators, and accomplish many other tasks beyond the scope of present-day computers. That is, if they are ever built. But even as daunting technical challenges keep the dream at bay, theorists are increasingly putting the ideas and techniques of quantum computing to work solving deep, long-standing problems in classical computer science, mathematics and cryptography.
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Urban Gondolas: The Future Of Public Transport?

Urban Gondolas: The Future Of Public Transport? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
Bus, train, metro, cable car? Michael McDaniel, designer at innovation firm Frog Design, has launched a radical plan for a new form of public transportation in big cities — a system of gondolas.
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Why 2012 was the best year ever - The Spectator

Why 2012 was the best year ever - The Spectator | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age.
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Mind over matter helps paralysed woman control robotic arm

Mind over matter helps paralysed woman control robotic arm | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
A woman who is paralysed from the neck down has stunned doctors with her extraordinary skill at using a robotic arm that is controlled by her thoughts alone.
The 52-year-old patient, called Jan, lost the use of her limbs more than 10 years ago to a degenerative disease that damaged her spinal cord. The disruption to her nervous system was the equivalent to having a broken neck.
But in training sessions at the University of Pittsburgh, doctors found she quickly learned to make fluid movements with the brain-controlled robotic arm, reaching levels of performance never seen before.
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Mammon’s new monarchs

Mammon’s new monarchs | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Intelligence agencies seldom take a sunny view of the world. Yet the latest report from America’s National Intelligence Council (“Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds”) is rather cheerful. The council frets about threats ranging from cyber-sabotage to nuclear holocaust (in a brilliant piece of understatement it warns that “Russia could become a very troublesome country”). But it argues that the most important trend in the coming decades will be the growth of the global middle class.

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degrowth economy and ecology's comment, January 8, 2013 4:24 AM
keep cool, tunisian middle class is disapearing rapidly (likely to be the same for a lot of other nations) due to the lack of economical and social outlook. Liberal economical guidelines are strong enough to push us for a final clash...
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Breakthrough: Robotic limbs moved by the mind

Humans can now move robotic limbs using only their thoughts and, in some cases, even get sensory feedback from their robotic hands. Scott Pelley reports.

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The Future of Medicine Is Now

The Future of Medicine Is Now | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
From cancer treatments to new devices to gene therapy, a look at six medical innovations that are poised to transform the way we fight disease
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Sieg Holle's curator insight, January 10, 2013 2:34 PM

Use it or lose it   Embrace it 

 

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Better Than Human

Better Than Human | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

It may be hard to believe, but before the end of this century, 70 percent of today’s occupations will likewise be replaced by automation. Yes, dear reader, even you will have your job taken away by machines. In other words, robot replacement is just a matter of time. This upheaval is being led by a second wave of automation, one that is centered on artificial cognition, cheap sensors, machine learning, and distributed smarts. This deep automation will touch all jobs, from manual labor to knowledge work.

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joyce redlon's curator insight, December 26, 2012 7:31 PM

Not my lipstick please!

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Drugs Aim to Make Several Types of Cancer Self-Destruct

Drugs Aim to Make Several Types of Cancer Self-Destruct | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

For the first time ever, three pharmaceutical companies are poised to test whether new drugs can work against a wide range of cancers independently of where they originated — breast, prostate, liver, lung. The drugs go after an aberration involving a cancer gene fundamental to tumor growth. Many scientists see this as the beginning of a new genetic age in cancer research.

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Entering a new phase

Entering a new phase | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Forget solid, liquid, and gas: there are in fact more than 500 phases of matter. In a major paper in today's issue of Science, Perimeter Faculty member Xiao-Gang Wen reveals a modern reclassification of all of them. 

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What we'll see in 2013 in data

What we'll see in 2013 in data | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Everyone’s talking about the greatness of big data, but we’re nowhere near the promised land of what’s possible when we turn data loose on our lives. Here are three things to watch that could affect how companies and everday people consume all that info.

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Will humans continue to evolve during multigenerational space missions?

Will humans continue to evolve during multigenerational space missions? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Scientific American has posted an interview and podcast with Portland State University anthropologist Cameron Smith about the ways in which humans might evolve during extended missions in space. Given the intense timeframes involved, Smith speculates about the various ways in which Darwinian pressures will continue to shape human evolution. Just because we're in space, he argues, doesn't mean evolution has stopped. But while Smith is right about our need to adapt to space, his vision of how it will come about is utterly wrong — and here's why.

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Will we ever… have cyborg brains?

Will we ever… have cyborg brains? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
After recent triumphs showing that implants could repair lost brain function, Martin W. Angler explores how soon we can use this technology for creating enhanced humans.
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Will we ever… have cyborg brains?

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110 Predictions For the Next 110 Years

110 Predictions For the Next 110 Years | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
It's never easy to predict the future. But as PM's 110th anniversary celebration draws to a close, we've decided to try. Here are 110 ambitious ideas for the decades ahead.

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Reality Check for DNA Nanotechnology: Mapping a 3-D object with Subnanometer Detail

Zoom in for a closer look at a breakthrough — the map of a 3-D object, made from DNA, that proved such structures can be built with atomically precise control. Based on a PNAS paper by Thomas Martin and Hendrik Dietz (TUM) with Xiao-chen Bai and Sjors Scheres (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology).
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New framework: 2013 and beyond - What will appear and disappear in our lives

New framework: 2013 and beyond - What will appear and disappear in our lives | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
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a nice future theme overview from Ross Dawson

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