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Here's What Elon Musk's High-Speed Hyperloop Will Look Like

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The man behind Tesla and SpaceX has released the plans to his highly anticipated new mode of transportation that can take you from L.A. to San...
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Health Scams Exposed | High Fructose Corn Syrup—Why It’s in Everything

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Courts Quietly Confirm MMR Vaccine Causes Autism

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NBC: Hillary Clinton Shut Down Pedophile Investigation at State Department (2013)

2013 Report, Partial transcript: According to internal State Department memos the agency might have called off or intervened into investigations int
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Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future' | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units, MSU scientists report in Nature Energy.

 

Led by engineering researchers at Michigan State University, the authors argue that widespread use of such highly transparent solar applications, together with the rooftop units, could nearly meet U.S. electricity demand and drastically reduce the use of fossil fuels.

 

“Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” said Richard Lunt, the Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at MSU. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices can provide a similar electricity-generation potential as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.”

 

Lunt and colleagues at MSU pioneered the development of a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that when placed on a window creates solar energy without disrupting the view. The thin, plastic-like material can be used on buildings, car windows, cell phones or other devices with a clear surface.

 

The solar-harvesting system uses organic molecules developed by Lunt and his team to absorb invisible wavelengths of sunlight. The researchers can “tune” these materials to pick up just the ultraviolet and the near-infrared wavelengths that then convert this energy into electricity (watch a demonstration of the process here).

 

Moving global energy consumption away from fossil fuels will require such innovative and cost-effective renewable energy technologies. Only about 1.5 percent of electricity demand in the United States and globally is produced by solar power.

 

But in terms of overall electricity potential, the authors note that there is an estimated 5 billion to 7 billion square meters of glass surface in the United States. And with that much glass to cover, transparent solar technologies have the potential of supplying some 40 percent of energy demand in the U.S. – about the same potential as rooftop solar units. “The complimentary deployment of both technologies,” Lunt said, “could get us close to 100 percent of our demand if we also improve energy storage.”


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6 Things You Should Know About The Future

6 Things You Should Know About The Future | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
The future is certainly not what it used to be. We can no longer plan, we can only prepare.
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Road Trip 2013

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Well, I finally finished documenting our Vegan Road Trip USA from last fall.  It was a much bigger challenge than I had anticipated.  I've tried to organize it with lots of separate links to internal pages to make it easier to navigate with pictures indexed and referenced throughout, when possible.  Please enjoy and comment.  We are trying to build this and can use any helpful suggestions!  Enjoy ~ We Did!Vegan Road Trip USA - 2013 Western USA
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Well, I finally finished documenting our Vegan Road Trip USA from last fall.  It was a much bigger challenge than I had anticipated.  I've tried to organize it with lots of separate links to internal pages to make it easier to navigate with pictures indexed and referenced throughout, when possible.  Please enjoy and comment.  We are trying to build this and can use any helpful suggestions!  Enjoy ~ We Did!

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$10: One Perspective On What Bitcoin Will Be Worth In 2014

$10: One Perspective On What Bitcoin Will Be Worth In 2014 | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
As the currency-commodity-technology’s true character comes to light some feel it is set to drop to as low as $10 by the middle of this year.
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While I think this is a great concept, Bitcoin has it's majority held in way too few hands/pockets.  The resulting collapse due to theft/fraud is also disturbing.  While I think a Global currency, independent of ANY government control is a worthy goal, Bitcoin may not be the answer; at least not just yet.

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Quantum Computing: A Primer | TIME.com

Quantum Computing: A Primer | TIME.com | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
An animated explanation of superposition, entanglement, and the bizarre properites of computing's next great jump forward
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Rise of the machines: Google robots, Kurzweil's AI, and why self-aware machines will inevitably seek to destroy humanity

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Rise of the machines: Google robots, Kurzweil's AI, and why self-aware machines will inevitably seek to destroy humanity
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The development of smart machines is inevitable given the current technology trends and desire to have people do less work (are we just lazy?).  I truly doubt that this scary scenario will unfold, but it could if we aren't vigilant and INVOLVED in society.  Too many 'low information' voters ignore the world around them and think things will go on as they have forever.  We are fast approaching the point where human/machine integration will undoubtedly happen; if it hasn't already. 

 

Read Daniel Suarez's latest novel: Influx and see the possibilities.  It is not only a fantastic read it provides how a possible future (or is it current) technology base can get out of control.

 

Trusting the idiot government bureaucrats and military power elite is one way to quickly destroy the Planet.  They only seek power and domination and will use tech, if they are allowed, to dominate the planet.  Full open disclosure of tech and it's access to EVERYONE is the only way to prevent this form of machine domination.

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Quantum Computing: A Primer | TIME.com

Quantum Computing: A Primer | TIME.com | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
An animated explanation of superposition, entanglement, and the bizarre properites of computing's next great jump forward
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Where will this lead us?  It is fascinating to think about.  For some lighter reading consideration, try reading Robert Sawyer's trilogy, 'Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids" and interesting fantasy journey into the world of Quantum Mechanics/Computing.

Will Quantum Computing finally create a or THE Singularity; a good question in itself.  Can there be just one?

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IFR FaD 7 - Q&A on Integral Fast Reactors - safe, abundant, non-polluting power

IFR FaD 7 - Q&A on Integral Fast Reactors - safe, abundant, non-polluting power | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
Back in 2001, Dr George Stanford conducted an interview with the National Policy Analysis Center on the IFR. Nearly ten years later, in September 2010, George has updated this material, which is pi...
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What are we waiting for?

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Three Strikes and We’re Out (of the open Internet) - Brenda Cooper

Three Strikes and We’re Out (of the open Internet) - Brenda Cooper | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
Someone asked "what technology will be obsolete soon?" I almost answered "the open internet." I decided that was too scary. Then I decided it's true.
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This is one scary prediction.  It is happening as she says but WE The PEOPLE can keep the Net FREE and OPEN.  Government intrusion is the root cause of much of the fight over CONTROL of the Free Net.  Criminals are the other reason (but security protocols can and should limit this).  Work to Keep the Net FREE and OPEN.

And if we lose the open Internet, we will have lost something innocent and hopeful.  We will have lost one of the more important tools for equality in the world.  We will have lost a way for all people everywhere to have a voice that can heard by anyone. - See more at: http://www.brenda-cooper.com/2014/01/27/three-strikes-open-internet/#sthash.Hkvwxd6e.vgunJXe2.dpufAnd if we lose the open Internet, we will have lost something innocent and hopeful.  We will have lost one of the more important tools for equality in the world.  We will have lost a way for all people everywhere to have a voice that can heard by anyone. - See more at: http://www.brenda-cooper.com/2014/01/27/three-strikes-open-internet/#sthash.Hkvwxd6e.vgunJXe2.dpufAnd if we lose the open Internet, we will have lost something innocent and hopeful.  We will have lost one of the more important tools for equality in the world.  We will have lost a way for all people everywhere to have a voice that can heard by anyone. - See more at: http://www.brenda-cooper.com/2014/01/27/three-strikes-open-internet/#sthash.Hkvwxd6e.vgunJXe2.dpufAnd if we lose the open Internet, we will have lost something innocent and hopeful.  We will have lost one of the more important tools for equality in the world.  We will have lost a way for all people everywhere to have a voice that can heard by anyone. - See more at: http://www.brenda-cooper.com/2014/01/27/three-strikes-open-internet/#sthash.Hkvwxd6e.vgunJXe2.dpuf";
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Retail Breaches: Who's Next?

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First Target, then Neiman Marcus; who's next? And while banking institutions await the next attack, how should they respond to customers' anxious questions about
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General Flynn Could Fry Mueller-and 4 Treasonous US Presidents - IMOwired

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Why People Will Happily Line Up To Be Microchipped Like Dogs

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Daisy Luther | So...some people actually want to be microchipped like a dog.
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Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon want to be each other

Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon want to be each other | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
It was a loony week in Silicon Valley. Four major technology companies announced expensive and risky programs to become less like themselves and more like their competitors.
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Why Google Glass Will Never Be Okay

Why Google Glass Will Never Be Okay | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
So I see this crowd as the perfect testing ground for tech’s most polarizing new gadget: Google Glass. Google Glass was all the rage at last year’s SxSW, so it makes sense that the novelty has worn off here.
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Really good analysis and presentation.

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A Clever Robotic Arm on Kickstarter, Straight From Chinese Factory Whizzes | Wired Design | Wired.com

With a robotic arm, one Chinese team is bringing its manufacturing know-how directly to American fans.
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Kickstarter is an amazing concept and is funding wonderful projects.  My watch, The Pebble, was started with Kickstarter and it was a great investment.  What a great way to combat the takeover of the Planet by major global corporations.  No longer can major corporations refuse or suppress funding for great ideas/concepts.  Now anyone, with a great idea can get funded (and often WAY over funded) by presenting concepts/ideas to the Population of our Planet!

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Seth MacFarlane explains the new ship on ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ | EW.com

Seth MacFarlane explains the new ship on ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ | EW.com | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
On Sunday, March 9, Fox and National Geographic Channel will simulcast the premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson...
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Influx: Daniel Suarez: 9780525953180: Amazon.com: Books

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Influx [Daniel Suarez] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What if our civilization is more advanced than we know? The New York Times bestselling author of Daemon-- the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured -Publishers Weekly) --imagines a world in which decades of technological advances have been suppressed in an effort to prevent disruptive change. Are smart phones really humanity's most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century--fusion power
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I just finished reading INFLUX by +DanielSuarez (@itsDanielSuarez).  It is AMAZING, fast paced and tech thriller with non-stop action. You don't want it to end but it does with a BANG!  Daniel has been growing as a writer for some time and this latest achievement is just terrific.  His character development and technical background combine to provide an exciting inciteful vision to our potential tech future (or is it already here?).  I hope you all give it a read.  Then when you are amazed, return and read all his previous works!

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This Electric Scooter Folds Up So Tiny, You Can Take It Anywhere

This Electric Scooter Folds Up So Tiny, You Can Take It Anywhere | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
The URB-E scooter is so compact, it can go anywhere--including on a train, bus, or rail. The idea is to eliminate one of the major excuses for city...
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Groundhog Day: Home

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Looking for answers to your Groundhog Day questions? You've come to the right spot!
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The first 3D printed organ -- a liver -- is expected in 2014

The first 3D printed organ -- a liver -- is expected in 2014 | Tech and the Future of Integration | Scoop.it
Bio-printing companies and academics are finally having success keeping 3D printed human tissue alive long enough to use it for drug development and testing. It could be used for human implants someday.
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Soon much tradition manufacturing and warehousing will be obsolete.  If they can 'print' a liver, why not a car or just about anything on demand?  The Future is NOW.

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