Wir Menschen haben unsere Erde dominiert. Es geht ohne Frage dass wir Kontrolle von diesem Planet haben. Aber was wird uns in der Zukunft passieren? Mit so viel Macht, das Schicksal unserer Erde hangt unbedingt von unsere Entscheidungen ab. (more…)
Material scientists Jeong-Yun Sun and Christoph Keplinger at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Scientists have developed a breakthrough technology that is enabling new, never before imagined opportunities for the world of smart materials. This technology combines the unique characteristics of ionic gel and rubber to create not only speakers that could be applied to every digital screen in every device, but could potentially revolutionize the the future of medicine. This is the stretchable ionic conductor. (more…)
At the University of Washington, computer science engineers are developing what could potentially lay the foundation for the future of communications. These devices draw their power not from batteries like traditional electronics, but the ambient RF waves surrounding us all the time. This new, radical source of energy promises to sustain communication electronics that could realistically last as long as necessary without maintenance. The envisioned applications, from architectural monitoring to domestic lost-and-found alerts are also seemingly endless. This innovative technology received the title of best-paper at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Data Communication 2013 conference in Hong Kong. (more…)
When Carl Sagan passed, he left behind an observational lens of humanity that still today has the power to change our global identity. This power, so uniquely revolutionary, will be necessary if humanity expects to survive on Earth. These words are the foundations of the cosmic perspective- an outlook that will, as Sagan says, see our planet as one organism without borders or ideological separations. If the positive aspects of human nature are to prevail, this is our future.
Elon Musk, the ambitious South African billionaire behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors, has a brilliant new engineering mission in mind that could revolutionize how we travel around the planet. Originally imagined by Nikola Tesla, Musk is planning to develop a tubular train he calls the Hyperloop that will transport people at speeds of over 700 miles per hour. This plan begins with Los Angeles to San Fransisco- a drive that would normally consume five and a half hours now reduced to a meager 30 minute sit. (more…)
A group of schools and companies are currently developing an exoskeleton that promises to give the paralyzed the ability to stand on their own once more. The project, named Mindwalker, has already seen 2.7 million euro ($3.6 million) from the European Union, and is gathering its first initial results from its eight week trial. So far, the 7 group-team expects a revolutionary level of sensitivity available to those who were once confined to wheelchairs. (more…)
It’s already 2013, so where are our flying cars and illuminated metropolises with sky-high highways? Well, predicting the future isn’t easy, but this vision from the black-and-white era of the 1920s might make you laugh at how ambitious our hopes were for the people of tomorrow. (more…)
If you don’t remember the original Cosmos series, prepare to be informed. The first series, as reviewed when this website first began, was Carl Sagan demonstrating some of the universe’s most elegant truths, most profound beauties, and instilling in viewers what Tyson would eventually coin the cosmic perspective. The Sagan original ended in 1980, but FOX and Seth MacFarlane are starting it back up with a popular figure as the host: Neil deGrasse Tyson. This is the first trailer from the new series, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. (more…)
Richard Wurman, an author, architect, and founder of the TED conference says there is no information explosion. His justification? There is actually a non-information explosion happening! We’re being subjected to useless data when we should be questioning information to satisfy our curiosity. This problem lies at the base of learning, teaching, and having ideas. (more…)
PETMAN was DARPA‘s best humanoid robot for its time, but there is a new generation of terminators on the way that will amaze you. Atlas, as they have called it, is Boston Dynamic’s greatest hope to win DARPA’s Robotics Challenge. It’s 6 feet 2 inches and 330 lbs of metal protoman.
Scientists are predicting the existence of a mysterious ocean beneath the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. And if there’s one thing that we’ve learned about the presence of water, it’s that water is often accompanied by life. In order to visit the watery world of Europa, however, scientists will need a pretty powerful probe to penetrate its icy surface. That’s where the British-engineered ‘penetrator’ probe comes in. (more…)
Since life began around 3.5 billion years ago, it has developed into relatively sophisticated beings capable of thought and communication. Now, as humans, we have used these evolutionary superpowers to develop pervasive electrical networks that span the globe and connect together people similarly to the way neurons are connected in our brain. These global networks are having a profound impact on our development as a species, and are making modern science possible. In this clip from Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Freeman and a cyberneticist explain the dramatic transition we are undergoing. (more…)
On July 10th, 1856, the world’s greatest inventor was born. Nikola Tesla was his name. Tesla would be 157 years old if he were still alive, but in remembrance of his innovative brilliance, it’s necessary to go back and appreciate what he did for all of humanity. (more…)
Since the Internet was invented less than 30 years ago, information availability has transformed the planet and the entire human condition. Now, as former CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Hector Ruiz explains, we are approaching the era where computers can start using information to learn and interact with reality much like a human brain. As cognitive computers hone their learning skills, new opportunities are being opened up in industry that might jeopardize or revolutionize the intellectual superiority of humans.
The movie is called In Saturn’s Rings, but a better title would be the highest definition, and most profoundly impactful, journey through our celestial neighborhood yet created. And by high definition, creator Stephen van Vuuren means the greatest detail ever commercially available to movie-goers. He stitched together almost 1,000,000 ultra resolution photographs into a work of art that will be available next year in 6K resolution in IMAX theaters. (more…)
A team of 22 Dutch engineers is developing a vehicle that will change transportation forever. It’s the world’s most efficient electric car with solar panels that generate over half of the energy actively used by the car, maintains a lightweight and comfortable construction, and promises to traverse over 3000 km of Australian desert in the upcoming 2013 Solar Challenge. Finished in June of 2013, this car will surely redefine the traditional meaning, and perhaps appearance, of a car. (more…)
Since the beginning of the computing era, our digital interactions have been limited to a screen. Even in the modern world, we are still confined to touch screens which, even though only millimeters thick, behave as boundaries to the virtual world. Now, previous Sony and Microsoft researcher Jinha Lee is developing tools to merge the virtual world of pixels with tactile interactions. By removing the screen, he’s uniting digital information with physical reality. (more…)
IBM‘s newest endeavor in computing, Watson, is revolutionizing the frontier of modern information. Watson has already trumped world record holding jeopardy player Ken Jennings and has people wondering where it can’t actually be applied. Now, from IBM themselves: The secret sauce behind how Watson answers his questions. (more…)
We humans are always curious about the existence of extraterrestrial life. Let’s say, for example, that alien civilizations really do exist. After observing so many of these outer world societies, let’s also assume that we eventually notice intelligence leading the inhabiting species to a universal pinnacle: an exponential intellectual boom. At some point in the history of the people, technology reaches such a level of complexity that the survival of the entire is called into question. (more…)
It seems like some sort of unrealistic forensics show, but tracing the identity of humans using only common hair and saliva is very real. It’s so feasible in fact, that PhD student at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Heather Dewey-Hagborg can generate a close likeness of the owner from only their genetic droppings. This technology is raising new questions about much information we leave behind in public places, and dropping jaws about the elegant complexity of the human genome. (more…)
Director of Healthabitat and architect Paul Pholeros and his team was assigned a simple mission: Stop people from getting sick in south Australia. While it “may sound simple,” Pholeros stresses the significance and difficulty of this project. He couldn’t simply send medical attention to the area- he was asked to fix the environment itself. (more…)
The STEM fields are projected to hold the hottest jobs of the future. That’s because science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are the “engines of problem-solving” as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says. In this interview with CNN, Tyson explains why this is so, and why it’s important to realize life isn’t a point a to b journey. (more…)
In a stroke of what could only be called child-like imagination, Google is literally floating balloons around the world to bring the entire planet online. It may sound loony, but that’s one of the reasons this idea is called Project Loon. Sometime soon, there will be balloons with routers attached floating through your sky. (more…)
It seems as if we’re entering an era where everything we imagine is possible. Any thought capable of entering the realm of human perception can be executed thanks to what some call the singularity, or unification of man, machine, and reality. In this video from ShotsofAwe, Jason Silva enthusiastically describes these major landmarks of our evolution. (more…)