Can we change the future? A scientific view... I was reading this article from 1998 about quantum theory – I know it’s pretty old…, but there was something about it that struck me! It’s maybe also because I’m reading this book that contains a lot of prescience characteristics or just my open mind. So, I decided to put together all this scientific evidence with one scope – Can we change the future? Do we have an influence on our future? An extract from the article on ScienceDaily (Feb. 27, 1998) “demonstrating how a beam of electrons is affected by the act of being observed. To demonstrate this, the researchers built a tiny device measuring less than one micron in size, which had a barrier with two openings. Alain Aspect, a French physicist, in 1982 discovered that subatomic particles such as elections are able to automatically - instantaneously - simultaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. And then, come all the questions: Is our future written?
Is This The Future of Touchscreen Tech? Day of Glass 2 Video Will Blow Your Mind Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning has unveiled a follow-up YouTube video to its wildly successful "A Day Made of Glass," providing another look into what the future could be like with the growth of glass touchscreen interfaces, from innovative chalkboards and activity tables in classrooms to uses for it in hospitals. Corning released two versions of "A Day Made of Glass 2" — one with a narrator and another, abbreviated version without commentary — the video follows the life of young Amy and her family as they go through their day using various products made of glass. Amy does classwork on a glass tablet, controls the temperature of the car from the backseat and even attends a field trip at the Redwood Forrest with an interactive signage that brings learning to life. Her teacher also works with students on interactive touchscreen activity tables. Corning expects these activity tables to be rolled out in the near future. "You can expect more from us though," Flaws said.
How to Create a Color Palette for Your Website A color palette is the set of colors used in the design and creation of the website. These colors should be chosen carefully because they will not only determine the overall look of your site, but they will help define your brand as well. Most color palettes consist of between two and four colors, not including basic colors such as black and white. If you already have a logo or corporate design, then you may already have a good idea of the colors you wish to include in your website. First, choose a primary color. If you already have a logo, choose the main color of that logo. A good resource to use when choosing a color is Jason Beaird’s book The Principles of Beautiful Web Design. Websites built using HTML and CSS use a relatively limited set of colors that are known as browser-safe colors, meaning they render the same across all browsers. Traditional designers often use a color-wheel – a tool designed to help you select color schemes visually.
Futurology: The tricky art of knowing what will happen next 23 December 2010Last updated at 02:38 By Finlo Rohrer BBC News Magazine Cheap air travel was among the predictions (illustration from Geoffrey Hoyle's book) A 1972 book which predicts what life would be like in 2010 has been reprinted after attracting a cult following, but how hard is it to tell the future? Geoffrey Hoyle is often asked why he predicted everybody would be wearing jumpsuits by 2010. These colourful ideas from his 1972 children's book, 2010: Living in the Future, helped prompt a Facebook campaign to track him down. "I've been criticised because I said people [would] wear jumpsuits," explains Hoyle, the son of noted astronomer and science fiction author Fred Hoyle. Hoyle's book is a product of its time. Fortunately, jumpsuit proliferation has not occurred as Hoyle predicted "Most of it is based on the evolution of a political system," Hoyle notes. The author also predicted widespread use of "vision phones" and doing your grocery shopping online. Continue reading the main story
Bento Laptop Tablet Hybrid by René Woo-Ram Lee Bento is quite an exceptional and forward thinking concept by René Woo-Ram Lee. It’s quite a plausible scenario that most of use/own a tablet, a PC, external hard drives and a smartphone. Now combine the power of these to have fully customizable Bento Laptop! Laptop with 15″ OLED screen11″ tablet and 4″ phone sit in shallow depressionsSolar powered lithium-ion battery1TB SSD drive Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee The Fujitsu branding is evident and rightly so, the concept is a part of the Fujitsu Design Award that is organized by Designboom. How to Report Bugs Effectively by Simon Tatham, professional and free-software programmer [ English | Português | 简体中文 | Česky | Dansk | Deutsch | Español | Français | Magyar | Italiano | 日本語 | Nederlands | Polski | Русский | 繁體中文 ] Introduction Anybody who has written software for public use will probably have received at least one bad bug report. There's a reason why technical support is seen as a horrible job to be in, and that reason is bad bug reports. In this essay I'll try to state clearly what makes a good bug report. In a nutshell, the aim of a bug report is to enable the programmer to see the program failing in front of them. In bug reports, try to make very clear what are actual facts ("I was at the computer and this happened") and what are speculations ("I think the problem might be this"). When you report a bug, you are doing so because you want the bug fixed. "It doesn't work." Many programs, particularly free ones, publish their list of known bugs. This essay is full of guidelines. "Show me." Be specific.
8 Ways Magnetic Levitation Could Shape the Future - How Maglev Technology Works For years, NASA has been researching the possibility of using the high speeds of maglev transportation to fling spacecraft into low Earth orbit. "It would really open up space to human exploration and commercialization," Powell says. "It's something we can't do now because it's too expensive." Powell and his colleagues have proposed two generations of space launching technology. The first is a cargo-only launch track that could be built into a mountainside to reach a height of 20,000 feet. Magnets could allow a spacecraft traveling along the track to reach speeds around 18,000 miles per hour—enough to fly into space. And that's just the first generation.
Winners of Google Glass to receive product beginning this week Contest winners will start receiving their Google Glass this week but it could take weeks for some to receive it. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is starting to distribute its new Internet-connected glasses, something seen as the next breakthrough in mobile computing. Google has picked 8,000 people in the U.S. who entered a contest. The winners will have to pay $1,500 apiece for a test version of Google Glass. The company also took an unspecified number of orders from computer programmers. Google said Wednesday it started making the glasses available Tuesday, though it may take weeks for recipients to get them. Related: Google disinvites some winners of Google Glass contest The excitement stems from a belief that Google Glass is at the forefront of a new wave of technology known as "wearable computing." Google hopes to lower prices by the time it's on the mass market next year.
Perceptive Pixel | Jeff Han and Phil Davidson Video Perceptive Pixel is a startup founded by Jeff Han. Working all but alone from his hardware-strewn office, Jeff Han is about to change the face of computing. Not even the big boys are likely to catch him. Bill Gate's Multi Touch screen! 5 Important Facts you should know about Microsoft Surface (Video and Pictures) *new* From: Fast Company Issue 112 | February 2007 | Page 86 | By: Adam L. Use tmutil to take control of Time Machine in Mountain Lion Time Machine works best when you use it as it's designed: You simply let it run in the background and do its thing, only bothering it when you have to go back and get an old version of a document out. But if you ever want to do anything a little crazy with Time Machine ("adopting" a backup history on a migrated machine, for instance) it can be a little cranky. For those situations, says researcher Simon Heimlicher, there's a cool little Terminal command called "tmutil." The command, which was introduced in OS X 10.7 Lion, allows you to reconnect your computer to older backups if you swap hard drives or upgrade your Mac. It also allows for a few other functions, like combining and comparing backups, manually restoring items and adding or removing exclusions directly. If you use Time Machine quite a bit, especially in those crazy ways it's not always meant to be used, it sounds like "tmutil" is well worth learning about.
List of emerging technologies Agriculture Biomedical Displays Electronics Energy IT and communications Manufacturing Materials science Military Neuroscience Robotics Transport Other See also General Disruptive innovation, Industrial Ecology, List of inventors, List of inventions, Sustainable development, Technology readiness level Nano- Molecular manufacturing, Neurotechnology Bioscience Human Connectome Project Ethics Casuistry, Computer ethics, Engineering ethics, Nanoethics, Bioethics, Neuroethics, Roboethics Other Anthropogenics, Machine guidance, Radio frequency identification, National Science Foundation, Virtual reality Transport List of proposed future transport Further reading IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, & Fuertes, J. References External links
100+ Sites to Download All Sorts of Things These days you can find all sorts of things online, from audio books to flash files, from sound effects to CSS templates. Below we compiled a list with over 100 download sites that serve that purpose. We will also try to keep the list updated, so if your favorite download site is not here, let us know about it with a comment. Audio Books Librivox: One of the most popular audio libraries on the web. Podiobooks: Similar to podcast, Podiobooks are serialized audiobooks that are distributed through RSS feeds. Oculture (Audio & Podcast): Offers a rich array of educational and cultural media. Learn Out Loud: A one-stop destination for video and audio learning resources. BitTorrent The Pirate Bay: The web’s largest collection of bit torrent trackers. Mininova.org : What started as an alternative to the now defunct Supernova that went offline in 2004, Mininova has become the biggest torrent search engine and directory on the web. Books and Documents eBooks Ebookee: A free book search engine. Clipart