Is 'Progress' Good for Humanity? The stock narrative of the Industrial Revolution is one of moral and economic progress. Indeed, economic progress is cast as moral progress. The story tends to go something like this: Inventors, economists, and statesmen in Western Europe dreamed up a new industrialized world. Europe had rescued itself from the pre-industrial misery that had hampered humankind since the dawn of time. Sadly, this saccharine story still sweetens our societal self-image. The idea that the Industrial Revolution has made us not only more technologically advanced and materially furnished but also better for it is a powerful narrative and one that’s hard to shake. Narratives are inevitably moralistic; they are never created spontaneously from “the facts” but are rather stories imposed upon a range of phenomena that always include implicit ideas about what’s right and what’s wrong. Advocates of sustainability are not opposed to industrialization per se, and don’t seek a return to the Stone Age. World Population
Voler à deux au-dessus de l’eau | euronews, hi-tech C’est un nouveau jouet avec un volant et il s’appelle Quadroifoil. Un bateau personnel électrique pour des ballades non-polluantes. Il est perché sur des ailes immergées qui lui permettent de surfer sur l’eau à une vitesse maximale de 40 km/h. Avec les batteries rechargées, l’autonomie du Quadrofoil atteint 100km, largement le temps de faire une grande balade. “Dès qu’il atteint les 10 km/h, le bateau s‘élève au-dessus de la surface de l’eau et flotte sur ses ailes” explique le patron de la société Quadrofoil Marjan Rozman. “Si les vagues ne dépassent pas 50 cm, cela permet de se déplacer de manière très confortable, sans vibrations. Les concepteurs du Quadrofoil expliquent que l’engin est facile à manœuvrer avec juste l’aide de son volant et un oeil sur l‘écran tactile qui indique le niveau des batteries, l’autonomie restante en kilomètres et la vitesse du bateau.
Need PowerPoint Inspiration? SlideShare's Top 5 Fun Presentation Ideas | PGi Blog We all love to hate a horrendous presentation, but SlideShare’s amazingly talented crowd has some amazingly fun presentation ideas that will help you be the best in your company. Here are the top 5 SlideShare presentations with fun presentation ideas you can use today. 1. Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it) — Alexei Kapterev The stats in this presentation are awe-inspiring, with an estimated 300 million PowerPoint users worldwide giving an average of 30 million presentations each day. 2. This author’s personal favorite “presentation about presentations,” Mr. 3. PGi’s own fun presentation ideas guide is a presentations sneak peek from its powerful eBook of the same name. 4. Mr. 5. Slide Comet’s presentation takes the world’s best presenters and boils down their techniques into slide design tips you can use. What are your favorite presentations about presentations on SlideShare?
The future of medicine | Playlist Now playing One hundred sixty years after the invention of the needle and syringe, we’re still using them to deliver vaccines; it’s time to evolve. Biomedical engineer Mark Kendall demos the Nanopatch, a one-centimeter-by-one-centimeter square vaccine that can be applied painlessly to the skin. 'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again The implant, called ‘e-Dura’, is so effective because it mimics the soft tissue around the spine – known as the dura mater – so that the body does not reject its presence. “Our e-Dura implant can remain for a long period of time on the spinal cord or cortex,” said Professor Stéphanie Lacour. “This opens up new therapeutic possibilities for patients suffering from neurological trauma or disorders, particularly individuals who have become paralyzed following spinal cord injury.” Previous experiments had shown that chemicals and electrodes implanted in the spine could take on the role of the brain and stimulate nerves, causing the rats' legs to move involuntarily when they were placed on a treadmill. But this is the first study to show a simple gadget can help rats walk again and be tolerated by the body. The electronic ribbon is placed directly onto the spinal cord However the new gadget is flexible and stretchy enough that it can be placed directly onto the spinal cord.
Why Women Don't Want to Vote IN 1895 the women of Massachusetts were asked by the state whether they wished the suffrage. Of the 575,000 voting women in the state, only 22,204 cared for it enough to deposit in a ballot box an affirmative answer to this question. That is, in round numbers, less than four per cent wished to vote; about ninety-six per cent were opposed to woman suffrage or indifferent to it. That this expresses fairly well the average sentiment throughout the country can hardly be questioned. Open an acorn: in it we find the oak in all its parts,—root, trunk, branches. Such, very briefly stated, is the development of society as we read it in the complicated history of the past. The first and most patent fact in the family is the difference in the sexes. Because their functions are different, all talk of equality or non-equality is but idle words, without a meaning. For like reason it is not woman's function to fight against human foes who threaten the home. Let us not here make any mistake.
OPEN SOURCE ENERGY | pour une énergie propre, libre et accessible ! Alejandro Jodorowsky Alejandro Jodorowsky (Spanish: [aleˈxandɾo xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, play director, actor, author, poet, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts" for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation". Born to Jewish-Ukrainian parents in Chile, Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry. Dropping out of college, he became involved in theater and in particular mime, working as a clown before founding his own theater troupe, the Teatro Mimico, in 1947. Moving to Paris in the early 1950s, Jodorowsky studied mime under Étienne Decroux before turning to cinema, directing the short film Les têtes interverties in 1957. Biography Early years (1929–1952) Dune and Tusk (1975–1980) Comics
Scientists Regenerate Leg Muscles With Pig Bladder Tissue Muscle can regenerate after an injury, but not if large amounts are destroyed -- such as with military wounds and traumatic accidents. Treatments are limited for these extreme cases of muscle loss, where scar tissue formed to fill in the gap. Stem cells have been shown to work, and these therapies usually follow a similar pattern: take stem cells from the patient, help them develop into the cells of choice, then inject them back. Now, a University of Pittsburgh team led by Stephen Badylak developed a different kind of stem cell treatment that doesn’t involve taking out and adding back stem cells; rather, the stem cells stay in the body. To create thin sheets of biological scaffolding, the team stripped the lining of pig bladders of all their cells -- except for collagen, sugars, and structural proteins. After the method was successful in rodents with injured hind limbs, the team moved on to humans who have lost between 58 and 90 percent of their leg muscle.
Will a robot take your job? Type your job title into the search box below to find out the likelihood that it could be automated within the next two decades. About 35% of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerisation over the following 20 years, according to a study by researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte. Tap here for the interactive. Sources 'The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to automation'. Methodology Oxford University academics Michael Osborne and Carl Frey calculated how susceptible to automation each job is based on nine key skills required to perform it; social perceptiveness, negotiation, persuasion, assisting and caring for others, originality, fine arts, finger dexterity, manual dexterity and the need to work in a cramped work space. The research was originally carried out using detailed job data from the United States O*NET employment database. Some job names have been edited for clarity. Intelligent Machines - a BBC News series looking at AI and robotics