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. How will we live in the future? Let’s explore seven current emerging technologies that I am thinking about that are set to change the world forever. 1. We will see the emergence of true biological age reversal by 2025. It may be extraordinarily expensive, complex and risky, but for people who want to turn back the clock, it may be worth it. 2.
Beyond 'Back to the Future': Experts Serve Up Tech Predictions for 2045 In "Back to the Future Part II," Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel from 1985 to October 21, 2015, to find a world filled with flying cars, hoverboards and self-drying jackets. Those predictions didn't exactly pan out, although people are working on each of those concepts. (Screenwriter Bob Gale did get a lot of things — from drones to fingerprint scanners — right, as he told TODAY earlier this year.) The future is now, and it's pretty cool. Katie Aquino, a.k.a. "No longer will expensive and lengthy flights be the norm for world travel," said the futurist and filmmaker known as Miss Metaverse. At those speeds, going from New York to Beijing will only take two hours. "Nanotechnology, although not a hot topic today, will likely unlock the keys to destroying cancer cells and 'programming' stem cells for a myriad of health benefits in the future," she said. Customized drugs will solve a lot of ailments. Related: 10 Ways to Celebrate 'Back to the Future' Day Intense and kind of creepy!
Predicting the Future and Exponential Growth · Uday I/O “How many times would I have to fold a sheet of paper for the height of the folded paper to reach the moon?” Human beings have terrible intuition for exponential growth. If I asked you how many times you would have to fold a single sheet of US Letter paper to reach the moon, it would be difficult to intuitively comprehend that it only takes twenty folds to reach Mount Everest, forty-two folds to the moon, and fifty to reach the sun. Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” –Albert Einstein Often times when looking at the future, we use the projection of the past to predict the outcome of the future. The truth is that even from the last five years to now, growth particularly technological growth is never linear and is always exponential. So how can we explain this type of growth? This value assumes that the technological output doubles every eigtheen months. if (15 < (futureYear - currentYear) < 20): Notes: Images From:
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. The Cicada glider is a mini drone that fits in the palm on your hands. The Navy conducted its first test flight in Yuma, Arizona in 2011, when it dropped the mini drones from a plane. The technology has been under development since 2006 and each advancement has resulted in even smaller and more inexpensive drones. Origami Quadcopter (via EPFL) See more news at:
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? He has received 20 honorary doctorates, has been awarded honors from three U.S. presidents, and has authored 7 books (5 of which have been national bestsellers). He is the principal inventor of many technologies ranging from the first CCD flatbed scanner to the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind. In short, Ray’s pretty smart… and his predictions are amazing, mind-boggling, and important reminders that we are living in the most exciting time in human history. But, first let’s look back at some of the predictions Ray got right. Predictions Ray has gotten right over the last 25 years In 1999, he predicted…
The Future of Global Connectivity - SnapMunk Some of the biggest players in the tech industry have been quietly developing initiatives aimed at connecting everyone around the world to the internet. Examples like Google’s Project Loon, Facebook’s Internet.org and newcomer Outernet have all made tremendous strides over the last year. Which one will come out on top? Project Loon Google’s initiative involves deploying high altitude balloons to serve as signal relays for traditional telecomm customers who reside in remote areas where reception is limited or non-existent. Internet.org Most people know Facebook for its social platform, but few would peg the tech juggernaut as a player in the data connectivity game. Outernet A relative newcomer to the game, Outernet has developed a satellite platform that enables users to view the internet simply by purchasing a receiver. Conclusion Despite their varying approaches, one thing is clear.
Futurism Needs More Women In the future, everyone’s going to have a robot assistant. That’s the story, at least. And as part of that long-running narrative, Facebook just launched its virtual assistant. They’re calling it Moneypenny—the secretary from the James Bond Films. Which means the symbol of our march forward, once again, ends up being a nod back. In this case, Moneypenny is a send-up to an age when Bond’s womanizing was a symbol of manliness and many women were, no matter what they wanted to be doing, secretaries. Why can’t people imagine a future without falling into the sexist past? Both the World Future Society and the Association of Professional Futurists are headed by women right now. Somehow, I’ve become a person who reports on futurists. It turns out that what makes someone a futurist, and what makes something futurism, isn’t well defined. Zalman defines a futurist as a person who embraces a certain way of thinking. Some people think of science fiction authors as futurists, while others don’t.
Edge.org Hancock must bring a platform for transparent thinking to the Cabinet Office David BicknellPublished 13 May 2015 The economic case for Government as a Platform (GaaP) and ensuring public confidence in the Cabinet Office's data are key tasks facing new minister Matt Hancock The introductions have been made, the bust of St Francis of 70 Whitehall has been paid due respect, and now the work begins for Matthew Hancock and Oliver Letwin in the Cabinet Office. Hancock's named responsibilities include public sector efficiency and reform, civil service issues, industrial relations strategy in the public sector, government transparency, civil contingencies, the civil society, cyber security, and UK statistics. His remit will also include the ongoing role - and performance - of the Government Digital Service (GDS) whose focus will markedly be on Government as a Platform (GaaP), which is still largely a "vision for digital government", offering a common core infrastructure of shared digital systems, technology and processes on which to build user-centric government services.
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