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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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Graphene: The Next Wonder Material?

Graphene's incredible properties come from the unique arrangement of its atoms. Graphene, like diamonds and coal, is made up entirely of carbon. But unlike those materials, graphene's carbon atoms are arranged in two-dimensional sheets, making it incredibly strong and flexible. Since graphene also conducts electricity as well as copper, it could lead to flexible cell phone touchscreens and transparent, inexpensive solar cells. Ongoing advances in manufacturing graphene are bringing these and other devices closer to reality.

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Rapture of the nerds: will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race?

Rapture of the nerds: will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Hundreds of the world’s brightest minds — engineers from Google and IBM, hedge funds quants, and Defense Department contractors building artificial intelligence — were gathered in rapt attention inside the auditorium of the San Francisco Masonic Temple atop Nob Hill. It was the first day of the seventh annual Singularity Summit, and Julia Galef, the President of the Center for Applied Rationality, was speaking onstage. On the screen behind her, Galef projected a giant image from the film Blade Runner: the replicant Roy, naked, his face stained with blood, cradling a white dove in his arms.

At this point in the movie, Roy is reaching the end of his short, pre-programmed life, “The poignancy of his death scene comes from the contrast between that bitter truth and the fact that he still feels his life has meaning, and for lack of a better word, he has a soul,” said Galef. “To me this is the situation we as humans have found ourselves in over the last century. Turns out we are survival machines created by ancient replicators, DNA, to produce as many copies of them as possible. This is the bitter pill that science has offered us in response to our questions about where we came from and what it all means.”

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Technology and Politics in the 21st Century – New Governance, New Micro Nations, New Experiments

Technology and Politics in the 21st Century – New Governance, New Micro Nations, New Experiments | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The impact of 21st century technology is just starting to be felt in the political realm. The Internet and social media sites have spawned political movements built around social causes. Political parties from countries all around the world are wrestling with these new phenomena. If Facebook were a nation today it would be the third largest in the world only surpassed by China and India.
For micro-nations at sea it won’t be the Internet that leads to experiments in new governance. This will come from the founders of these communities and from the homesteaders who are attracted to the new frontier it represents. Designed to be self sufficient, seasteads may produce a new Athens or a new Sparta, a libertarian or theocratic mini-state. Once again the world will have a new frontier but it won’t be in space. It will be right here on the surface, not on terra firma, but rather at sea.

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BIF-8: Andrew Hessel - Innovation, genomics, genetic engineering and technology

Innovation, genomics, genetic engineering and technology.
Andrew Hessel is a futurist and catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes ahead in life science.
Recorded at The Business Innovation Factory. BIF is a community of innovators collaborating to explore and test better ways to deliver value.

Like this? Watch the latest episode of Business Innovation Factory on Blip! http://blip.tv/thebif/watch

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Jeremy Rifkin On Entering The Third Industrial Revolution

Economist Jeremy Rifkin is the author of "The Third Industrial Revolution". According to Rifkin, industrial revolutions occur when new energy regimes emerge and new communications systems enable them to become operational. We are now entering a third industrial revolution, one which combines renewable energy and internet technology to transform the power grid.

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Complex Body Parts Could Soon Be Lab-Grown

Complex Body Parts Could Soon Be Lab-Grown | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Various groups of scientists have recently created thyroid cells in the lab, grown a new ear in the skin a woman's own arm, and won a Nobel Prize for figuring out how to reprogram cells so that they can turn into a variety of cell types.

In the future, there may be no limit to the kinds of organs and body parts that can be created from scratch.

One hope is to make donor organs obsolete, or at least far less necessary, eliminating long waiting lists for transplants. By using a patient's own cells, the new wave of regenerative medicine also circumvents ethical arguments and reduces the chance that recipients will reject their new parts.

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AI entering new age where major advances being made

AI entering new age where major advances being made | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Although the term “artificial intelligence” (AI) is not strictly defined, it is the collective designation of attempts to give machines an intellect similar to that of humans.

AI can be said to include individual machines such as translation devices and TV quiz show champion Watson that use technology born from pertinent research, as well as equipment for analyzing data of quantities so vast that are beyond human capacity.

It would appear that we are entering a new age in which the achievements of AI research are being applied not only in the field of computing, but also robots, cerebral neuroscience and communications technology.

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The World We Dream

The World We Dream - Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO, X Prize Foundation. Putting a man on the moon was once simply a dream. What are some of today's most innovative and thought provoking visions for our future?

Zeitgeist Americas 2012

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The $1,000 Genome Is Almost Here-–Are We Ready?

The $1,000 Genome Is Almost Here-–Are We Ready? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The era of the $1000 genome, which is all but upon us already, is a new era of predictive and personalized medicine during which the cost of full genome sequencing for an individual or patient drops to roughly $1,000.

Think about what personalized medicine can do: having access to your own genome information will open the doors to dozens of men and women wishing to find out if they have gene variants associated with Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease or cancer. In some circumstances this genome map will also help your doctor determine which drugs you should consider taking and at what dosage, which if accurate enough would be much more efficient than the current approach. Sounds great doesn’t it?

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The Possibilities of Quantum Information

The Possibilities of Quantum Information | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

This summer, physicists celebrated a triumph that many consider fundamental to our understanding of the physical world: the discovery, after a multibillion-dollar effort, of the Higgs boson.
Given its importance, many of us in the physics community expected the event to earn this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. Instead, the award went to achievements in a field far less well known and vastly less expensive: quantum information.
It may not catch as many headlines as the hunt for elusive particles, but the field of quantum information may soon answer questions even more fundamental — and upsetting — than the ones that drove the search for the Higgs. It could well usher in a radical new era of technology, one that makes today’s fastest computers look like hand-cranked adding machines.

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Augmented Reality: A new way of augmented learning

Augmented Reality: A new way of augmented learning | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Augmented learning is defined as an on-demand learning technique where the learning environment adapts to the needs and inputs from learners. Broadly speaking, "environment" here does not have to be constrained into the physical learning environment such as classroom, but could refer to such learning environment as digital learning environment, through which learners can stimulate discovery and gain greater understanding.

The technologies conventionally used for augmented learning incorporate touchscreens, voice recognition, and interaction, through which the learning contents can be geared toward learner's needs by displaying plain texts, images, audio and video output. For example, in mobile reality system, the annotation may appear on the learner's individual "heads-up display" or through headphones for audio instruction. This system has been shown to improve life-time learning performance. 

Augmented Reality (AR) is a novel way of superimposing digital contents into the real context, is impacting the mobile communications industry by providing a radical shift in human-computer interaction, AR has been foremost applied in the areas of entertainment, retail, travel, advertising, and social communication.

Augmented Reality has great potentials in education, and more excitingly, opens a novel realm for, and even redefines, eLearning. AR offers an innovative learning space by merging digital learning materials into the format of media with tools or objects, which are direct parts of the physical space, therefore creating "situated learning." Augmented Reality is well aligned with constructivist notions of education where learners control their own learning, through the active interactions with the real and virtual environments.


Via SHIFT eLearning, Aki Puustinen, Timo Ilomäki
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Megacities pose serious health challenge

Megacities pose serious health challenge | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Rapid urbanization will take a heavy toll on public health if city planning and development do not incorporate measures to tackle air pollution, warns a report launched in Beijing last month.

The report1, compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project in Boulder, Colorado, was launched as part of the IGAC Open Science Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry in the Anthropocene. A striking point in the report, says Liisa Jalkanen, head of the WMO’s Atmospheric Environment Research Division, is how quickly megacities — metropolitan areas with populations of more than 10 million — are rising in developing countries.

There are now 23 megacities in the world, compared with just two 60 years ago. Just over half of the population currently dwells in cities, and with the urban population expected to nearly double by 2050, that proportion is projected to approach 70%. “Almost all this growth will take place in the developing world,” says Jalkanen.

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Peter Steffan's curator insight, October 9, 2013 4:44 PM

Megacities in general - not a specific one.

 

Max Minard's curator insight, May 26, 2015 11:21 PM

This article highlights major health issues that result from the increase in mega cities. Resulting form rapid urbanization, mega cities continue to grow and pose issues such as an increase in pollution. As the article states, "there are now 23 mega cities in the world." and "just over half of the population currently dwells in cities." Nations such as China and Japan have already experienced large amounts of urbanization and are currently struggling in tackling the increasing rates of air pollution. I personally think city planners and developments need to focus on controlling this issue along with researchers coming up with a less toxic renewable resource to use for energy. 

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Brave New World w/Stephen Hawking Episode 2: HEALTH - Full/HD

The experts examine how scientists are fighting for our survival by battling the world's big killer diseases.

Biologist Aarathi Prasad joins virus hunters in the jungles of Africa, Robert Winston sees first-hand how the surgeons of the future could be robots, capable of operating round the clock, and Richard Dawkins investigates the way brain disorders might one day be treated using laser light and genetically modified brain cells.

Anatomist Joy Reidenberg discovers two possible solutions to the killer disease malaria and - most extraordinarily of all - Aarathi Prasad meets a woman whose life has been saved by a revolutionary new cancer treatment, in which every patient gets an individually tailored cocktail of drugs.

From the jungles of Cameroon to the quads of Oxford, the programme celebrates the work of scientists striving to extend and save our lives.

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Eugenics 2012: Genetically Engineering Babies A Moral Obligation?

Eugenics 2012: Genetically Engineering Babies A Moral Obligation? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Both eugenics and social Darwinism had their moments in their sun, the optimistic goal of progressive techno-elites 100 years ago who wanted to use science to make the world a better place.
Sounds terrific, right? Isn't that what vaccines and genetically modified food do also?
Indeed, but vaccines and GMOs are for all people and not against some, the way eugenics was. The experience of eugenics may be why so many progressives, the group that embraced and mandated and enforced it as social policy, are so anti-science today; they don't trust science or themselves when science is under their control.

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Elon Musk's Mission to Mars

Elon Musk's Mission to Mars | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

When a man tells you about the time he planned to put a vegetable garden on Mars, you worry about his mental state. But if that same man has since launched multiple rockets that are actually capable of reaching Mars—sending them into orbit, Bond-style, from a tiny island in the Pacific—you need to find another diagnosis. That’s the thing about extreme entrepreneurialism: There’s a fine line between madness and genius, and you need a little bit of both to really change the world.

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Is This the Spaceship That Will Take Us to Mars?

Is This the Spaceship That Will Take Us to Mars? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Somewhere deep at NASA's Marshall Space Center, in an unmarked beige hangar, NASA is building a spaceship. A spaceship built with spare parts, scrap hardware from the International Space Stations, a left-over aluminum-lithium cylinder and even museum mockups. One day, it may become the vessel that takes humans to Mars.

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Intelligent Autonomous Systems

This talk describes the current research path towards intelligent, semi-autonomous systems, where both humans and automation tightly interact, and together, accomplish tasks such as searching for survivors of a hurricane using a team of UAVs with sensors with highly efficient interaction. This talk is describes the current state of the art in 1) intelligent robotic (only) systems, 2) modeling human decisions and 3) semi-autonomous systems, with a focus on information exchange, and command and control.

Mark Campbell is the S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.

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Breakthrough offers new route to large-scale quantum computing

Breakthrough offers new route to large-scale quantum computing | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

In a key step toward creating a working quantum computer, Princeton researchers have developed a method that may allow the quick and reliable transfer of quantum information throughout a computing device.
The finding, by a team led by Princeton physicist Jason Petta, could eventually allow engineers to build quantum computers consisting of millions of quantum bits, or qubits. So far, quantum researchers have only been able to manipulate small numbers of qubits, not enough for a practical machine.
"The whole game at this point in quantum computing is trying to build a larger system," said Andrew Houck, an assistant professor of electrical engineering who is part of the research team.
To make the transfer, Petta's team used a stream of microwave photons to analyze a pair of electrons trapped in a tiny cage called a quantum dot. The "spin state" of the electrons -- information about how they are spinning -- serves as the qubit, a basic unit of information. The microwave stream allows the scientists to read that information.

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Richard Heinberg Auckland Sept 30

Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. He is the author of ten books including End of Growth.
Richard brought his challenging and compelling messages on resilience, sustainability and a healthy future to Auckland on September 30, 2012. He asked and answered some of the most challenging questions we face today.

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Craig Venter: Health, Genomics, Research and Power

Biologist and entrepreneur Craig Venter discusses the intersection between health, genomics, research and power.
CRAIG VENTER Founder, Chairman & President, J. Craig Venter Institute; CEO & President, Synthetic Genomics in conversation with CHRIS ANDERSON, Editor in Chief, WIRED

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Quantum Computing and Chess Problems

Quantum Computing and Chess Problems | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

A big part of quantum computing research lies in trying to figure out which problems benefit from quantum approaches, and how much you can win. The list of known quantum algorithms is not terribly long, and more probably remain to be found. Tracing out the boundaries that separate those from the problems that don’t improve with quantum computing is an important area of activity.

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Moore's Law: The rule that really matters in tech

Moore's Law: The rule that really matters in tech | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Year in, year out, Intel executive Mike Mayberry hears the same doomsday prediction: Moore's Law is going to run out of steam. Sometimes he even hears it from his own co-workers.

But Moore's Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, who 47 years ago predicted a steady, two-year cadence of chip improvements, keeps defying the pessimists because a brigade of materials scientists like Mayberry continue to find ways of stretching today's silicon transistor technology even as they dig into alternatives.

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3D printing may put global supply chains out of business

3D printing may put global supply chains out of business | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Will 3D printing make global supply chains unnecessary? That’s a real possibility, states a recent report from Transport Intelligence.

3D printing (or “additive manufacturing,” as it’s called in industrial circles) takes offshore manufacturing and brings it back close to the consumer. It has enormous potential to shift the trade balance. Goods will be cheaper to reproduce within the domestic market, versus manufacturing and then shipping them from a distant low-wage country.
The report, authored by John Manners-Bell of Transport Intelligence and Ken Lyon of Virtual-Partners Ltd., points to the growing role of automation in production resulting from 3D printing:
“New technologies which are currently being developed could revolutionize production techniques, resulting in a significant proportion of manufacturing becoming automated and removing reliance on large and costly work forces. This in turn could lead to a reversal of the trend of globalization which has characterized industry and consumption over the last few decades, itself predicated on the trade-off between transportation and labor costs.”

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Sorry for scooping so much of your content, Szaboics. I just can't resist:-)
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Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space

New target launch: 845AM MDT/245PM GMT Sunday October 14th

 

A LIVE webcast of the Red Bull Stratos will be live streamed at

 

http://youtube.com/redbull

and http://redbullstratos.com

 

Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space that will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than 50 years. Supported by a team of experts, Felix Baumgartner will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 feet / 36,576 meters and make a record-breaking freefall jump in the attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (an estimated 690 miles / 1,110 kilometers per hour), while delivering valuable data for medical and scientific advancement.

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Tracking the Future just got better

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