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How Neal Stephenson's 20-Kilometer Space Tower Could Change Everything. You Can't Run From the Cop Car of the Future. Nanoscale Microwave Transmitters Will Transform Your Phone. 3 Ideas That Are Pushing the Edge of Science. 1 Sperm-powered Nanobots The next wave in health care may include a brigade of medical nanobots, devices tiny enough to ride the flow of blood through the body's arteries to a problem area.

3 Ideas That Are Pushing the Edge of Science

The bots might arrive at a clot, for example, and then using an internal power system, obliterate the clot with a precisely targeted drug or therapy. Designing a power source to accomplish such a task has been a challenge, but from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University comes a possible answer. Displays Might One Day Be Made of Just Air and Water. 10 Future Public Transportation Vehicles. Cities of the future. 2512. Parameters: I'm going to assume no alien invasions or total collapses of technological civilization or significant asteroid impacts, because all three of these are rare in the historical record.

2512

I'm also going to ignore space colonization, because I want to focus on this planet. I'm going to assume that we are sufficiently short-sighted and stupid that we keep burning fossil fuels. We're going to add at least 1000 GT of fossil carbon to the atmosphere, and while I don't expect us to binge all the way through the remaining 4000 GT of accessible reserves, we may get through another 1000 GT. So the climate is going to be rather ... different. Sea levels will have risen by at least one, and possibly more than ten metres worldwide.

Raccoon laborers and plants designed for climate change: Charles Stross' Predictions for 2512. You have to take that whole "predicting the future" business with a whopping grain of salt, as per definition no one can do that, only make educated guesses or dream.

Raccoon laborers and plants designed for climate change: Charles Stross' Predictions for 2512

Generally I trust scientist and other experts (climatologists, economists like Krugmann) if they act in their area of expertise and do the former. With fictioneers you have the problem that they could tell you the most biased garbage and make it sound like gold just as well. Stross appears to be quite reasonable in the fields of aerospace engineering, finances and geopolitics, but he has something of a techno-triumphalist streak wrt. his infatuation with nuclear power and 3D printing and sometimes you can't quite tell where his polemics end or start. Stephenson... oh boy... He kinda lost it once he started with the whole "innovation starvation" thing. Japan Will Have a Space Elevator by 2050. The best visuals to explain the Singularity to senior executives.

Tomorrow morning I’m doing a presentation to the top executive team of a very large organization on the next 20 years.

The best visuals to explain the Singularity to senior executives

Vernor Vinge on the Singularity. Vernor Vinge Department of Mathematical Sciences San Diego State University (c) 1993 by Vernor Vinge (This article may be reproduced for noncommercial purposes if it is copied in its entirety, including this notice.)

Vernor Vinge on the Singularity

The original version of this article was presented at the VISION-21 Symposium sponsored by NASA Lewis Research Center and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, March 30-31, 1993. A slightly changed version appeared in the Winter 1993 issue of Whole Earth Review. Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. 23 incredible new technologies you’ll see by 2021.

10 Structures That Could Help Us Build Civilizations on the Ocean. Imagining the Super-Enhanced Athlete of the Future. The refrain about unstoppable enhancement tries to borrow language from the fails in the war on drugs, but it's really a different animal.

Imagining the Super-Enhanced Athlete of the Future

9 Overlooked Technologies That Could Transform The World. What I've noticed is that most people don't really pay attention to "science" news, unless it's something that they can see immediately.

9 Overlooked Technologies That Could Transform The World

I think this is at least partially because of the amount of news that comes out daily - whatever we may think about the quality of news, there is just a flood of it, which makes picking out "interesting" items difficult. When I talk about (just for example) the idea of gene therapy, most people think that it is still complete science fiction, as opposed to a very near-term product that will be available.

Of course, CSP has been around for years, so it isn't really "new" to the average person. What they don't realize is the way that efficiencies have improved... Planetary Alchemy by Alan Smale. Let’s fix Mars.

Planetary Alchemy by Alan Smale

Of course, the Red Planet is spectacular just as it is. Images from forty years of Mars missions have revealed its stark beauty and rose-tinted rocky grandeur. In its southern hemisphere Mars has ancient cratered highlands similar to the Moon’s, while much of the north consists of plains lower in altitude and geologically much younger. Floating Cities of the Future. Will food shortages force us to become vegetarians? Future - Science & Environment - Global resources stock check. If we fail to correct current consumption trends, then when will our most valuable natural resources run out?

Future - Science & Environment - Global resources stock check

As the world’s population soars, so does its consumption, and as a result we are stretching many of our natural resources to their limits. Of course, the assumption is that human ingenuity and market forces will prevent supplies from running out: we could create better or cheaper extraction methods, recycle materials, find alternatives to non-renewable sources, or reduce consumption. Who should pay when your robot breaks the law? Since it's inevitable I'll take the bullet and bring up Asimov's three laws of robotics: 1.

Who should pay when your robot breaks the law?

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3.

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The Singularity is not coming - Cognitive Social Web - A better web, for a better world. Sorry ‘Prometheus’ fans: No interstellar travel for five more centuries. When do we get one? (AP) Possibly not. A fascinating recent research paper by Marc G. Millis, a former NASA expert on breakthrough propulsion, suggests that we probably won’t be ready to travel to other stars for at least another two to five centuries. 10 of the Weirdest Futurist Scenarios for the Evolution of Humanity. Curious to know which of these visions you feel is the most and least plausible. I've got to hand it to you, Mr. Dvorsky. A lot of those ideas are pretty hair-brained, but you were able to weave an article from them anyhow. I would have given up at five, perhaps, although I'm glad you mentioned the likes of the VHEMT and others. It was a fun read. Why the Last People on Earth Will Eat Sugar Cane and Corn.

It Is Almost Impossible To Create Fake Meat. The Easiest, Most Horrifying Way to Create Artificial Wombs. Abortion. ultimately, i feel like this is how the issue of abortion will be resolved. first, a couple of ground rule, undeniable facts: China to create largest mega city in the world with 42 million people. Future Society & Enviroment. When will computer hardware match the human brain? by Hans Moravec. Journal of Evolution and Technology. 1998. Vol. 1 When will computer hardware match the human brain? (Received Dec. 1997) Hans Moravec ABSTRACT This paper describes how the performance of AI machines tends to improve at the same pace that AI researchers get access to faster hardware.

Brains, Eyes and Machines. M.guardian.co.uk. As mission statements go, it takes some beating. Scrawled on a whiteboard are the words: "We will change how the Earth looks from space! " It surpasses "Don't be evil" (the motto of Google, just down the road), and in terms of hubris it trumps even that of Facebook (also just round the corner): "Move fast and break things! " In this anonymous laboratory on a low-rise industrial estate in Menlo Park, 40km south of San Francisco, there is a whiff of revolution in the air. There is a whiff of madness, too, but after a few hours in the company of the man leading this intriguing Silicon Valley startup, one begins to wonder if it is the rest of the world that is insane.

Professor Patrick Brown could easily be taken for a deranged visionary. The Future of Graveyards. If We Ever Become Superhuman Cyborgs, This Is How It'll Happen. Dear Science Fiction Writers: Stop Being So Pessimistic! Apprehending the Future: Emerging Technologies, from Science Fiction to Campus Reality (EDUCAUSE Review. ©2009 Bryan Alexander. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( ). EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44, no. 3 (May/June 2009): 12–29 Bryan Alexander Bryan Alexander ( Bryan.Alexander@nitle.org ) is Director of Research at the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE).

The Wrong Way to Plan for the Future. Interesting stuff. Wired 14.05: The RFID Hacking Underground. A Chart that Reveals How Science Fiction Futures Changed Over Time. One thing that fascinates me about SF is what gets rejected as proper, serious science fiction over time. This Is Lunarcrete, a Building Block for Moon Colonies. The High Frontier, Redux. I'm going to take it as read that the idea of space colonization isn't unfamiliar; domed cities on Mars, orbiting cylindrical space habitats a la J. Welcome to the Orion's Arm Universe Project. The myth of the starship. Why Star Trek's Vision of the Future is Out of Date. The 8 Most Common Sci-Fi Visions of the Future (And Why They'll Never Happen) Optimistic Visions of the World After the Oil Runs Out. The Day Your Car Kidnaps You. How would robotic prostitutes change the sex tourism industry?

10 Futuristic Places to Shop. Why you'll never go to space prison. The Dark Future of Phone Jamming. San Francisco Archipelago « Burrito Justice. What San Francisco Would Look Like After Climate Change. The 55 States of America: 5 places that could become U.S. States in your lifetime. Surging Seas. 10 Mega-Construction Projects That Could Save the Environment — and the Economy. Could Brazil be the next space superpower? 2012. List of emerging technologies.

Future Timeline. 50 Posts About Cyborgs. Futurism News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - io9. Futurism News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - io9. Backgrounder News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - io9. Dealing with Real Dystopias is Part of My Job. The Better Angels of ... Science Fiction? New technologies enter our lives and society in four stages.