Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is “I use current scientific research in emerging technologies to imagine how we will live in the future.” However, as you can imagine the art of futurology and foresight is much more complex. I spend my days thinking, speaking and writing about the future, and emerging technologies. On any given day I might be in Warsaw speaking at an Innovation Conference, in London speaking at a Global Leadership Summit, or being interviewed by the Discovery Channel. Whatever the situation, I have one singular mission.
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Litigation gone wild! A geologist’s take on the Italian seismology manslaughter case The story has been in the news, and discussed in Steve Novella’s last post. Back on April 6, 2009, a Richter magnitude 5.8 (moment magnitude = 6.3) earthquake struck the province of Abruzzo in central Italy. It killed 308 people, injured 1173 more, and 65,000 were made homeless. The quake damaged almost 11,000 buildings in the medieval city of L’Aquila, and caused about $16 billion worth of damage over the region. This was the deadliest earthquake to hit Italy since the 1980 Irpina quake, a Richter magnitude 6.9 event in southern Italy, which killed 2914 people, injured over 10,000, and left 300,000 homeless.
Hodgkin lymphoma five year survival World oil crisis Throughout this period, the world is thrown into turmoil, as oil and gas prices begin to spiral out of control – crippling many economies and triggering widespread social unrest. Many countries in the West experience a decline in living standards, with oil rationing and conservation measures introduced by governments. There are sharp reductions in travel, tourism and aviation, leading to increased localisation of goods and services. Industrial Automation & Robotics: U.S. Navy... The U.S. Navy recently updated its mini Cicada drone, a palm-sized, inexpensive drone that can capture intelligence on the ground without putting human life at risk. This, in combination with a fold-up origami drone indicate military surveillance may rely heavily on drones in future. (via Laurent Barthelemy/AFP) The days of soldiers deploying into enemy territory for intelligence may be over, with the Navy’s new Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft – Cicada. The palm-sized glider will be deployed in swarms that can do anything from monitor the weather to eavesdrop on enemy defenses.
A hidden world, growing beyond control The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work. These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine. 60+ Epic Futuristic Design So you know how much we like Technology and Design around here. Well you also know that one of our favorite ways of exploring and thinking about this, is by looking at really awesome futuristic design concepts! There is almost nothing more exciting (and fulfilling) than going where no man (or Woman!)
Ray Kurzweil's Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years In my new book BOLD, one of the interviews that I’m most excited about is with my good friend Ray Kurzweil. Bill Gates calls Ray, “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.” Ray is also amazing at predicting a lot more beyond just AI. This post looks at his very incredible predictions for the next 20+ years. Ray Kurzweil. So who is Ray Kurzweil? What popular science books have changed the world? Half a century ago, biologist Rachel Carson wrote a popular science book that exposed the impact of chemical pesticides on the natural environment and stirred fierce debate in society. Silent Spring was a near instant bestseller, and though Carson died less than two years after it was published, her legacy persists; the work helped to launch the American environmental movement and continues to inspire people today. Silent Spring is just one example of the profound impact of popular science writing. Science is the most powerful tool we have for analysing and making sense of the world, and there is rich history of books that promote its wider understanding. To celebrate this tradition, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring in September, we are asking New Scientist readers to vote for the most influential popular science books - by which we mean those that have had the biggest impact on both science and society.
An Atheist Manifesto Update: (2/08/2006 1:35 p.m. EST) Read Sam Harris’ additional arguments about The Reality of Islam Editor’s Note: At a time when fundamentalist religion has an unparalleled influence in the highest government levels in the United States, and religion-based terror dominates the world stage, Sam Harris argues that progressive tolerance of faith-based unreason is as great a menace as religion itself.