Futurism & Inspiring Inventions

Michio Kaku: “The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower The Mind”

Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Michio Kaku: “The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower The Mind”

Dr. Michio Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future holds, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about “consciousness.” Kaku says that one day we might have a “smart pill” to enhance our cognition; upload our ain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a “brain-net”; control computers and robots with our minds; push the limits of immortality, sending consciousness across the universe.

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Artist Creates Nanosculptures Smaller Than a Human Hair

Artist Creates Nanosculptures Smaller Than a Human Hair

A sculpture so tiny that it cannot be seen by the naked eye is claimed the smallest sculpture of the human form ever created. A new series of equally diminutive sculptures are at a scale so infinitesimally miniscule that each of the figures is approximately equal in size to the amount your fingernails grow in around about 6 hours, and can only be viewed using a scanning electron microscope.

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Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal.

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Microsoft Trying to Predict the Future, Succeeding So Far

Microsoft Trying to Predict the Future, Succeeding So Far

Microsoft is looking to invest more heavily in its ability to predict the future. This week it’s opening the Microsoft Prediction Lab, which includes a website that conducts polling that’s meant to predict the upcoming US congressional and gubernatorial races.

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High-Speed Gondolas Envisioned for NYC

High-Speed Gondolas Envisioned for NYC

A new proposal envisions a high-speed urban gondola that would offer commuters swift transport between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, reducing travel times.

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Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Superpowers

Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 1 Comment
Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Superpowers

Wolverine, Ghost Rider, the Incredible Hulk — all of these characters have at least one awesome trait in common: the ability to heal themselves. And now, the Pentagon wants to give ordinary people this superhuman capability.

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Buddhist Singing Bowls Inspire New Tandem Solar Cell Design

Buddhist Singing Bowls Inspire New Tandem Solar Cell Design

The shape of a centuries-old Buddhist singing bowl has inspired a Canberra scientist to re-think the way that solar cells are designed to maximize their efficiency.

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Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

Google doesn’t just want to organize all the world’s information. Google wants to organize all the world.

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Robots to Replace White-Collar Jobs by 2035

Robots to Replace White-Collar Jobs by 2035

A report recently presented by the Pew Research Centre in the US predicts that professional roles such as doctors, lawyers and accountants could be replaced by artificial intelligence by the year 2025. This could have huge implications for a range of industries such as health care, transport and logistics. VoR’s Juliet Spare reports.

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Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

A solar decathlon competition took place in Paris last weekend. Take a look at the inspiring prototype winners for sustainable housing!

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Watch: Double Sun System Discovered – Planets Orbiting Two Suns in Figure 8 Style

Watch: Double Sun System Discovered – Planets Orbiting Two Suns in Figure 8 Style

Planets orbiting double stars have been a favorite of science fiction writers. Until now, astronomers did not know that a double sunset like that made famous by the movie Star Wars was possible. The Kepler telescope is a game changer.

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Biomimicry Inspired Engineering Genius: Turning Air Into Water

Biomimicry Inspired Engineering Genius: Turning Air Into Water

An innovative device takes in above-soil air and cools it below ground, causing the water in the air to condense, for passive sub-surface drip irrigation.

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Technology to Experience Life in Another Person’s Body

Technology to Experience Life in Another Person’s Body

An unusual virtual reality device allows people to experience stepping into the skin of another person. Body swapping experiments are being conducted by a group of artists at the Be Another lab in Barcelona.

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We May Already Know How We Will Cure Death—But Should We?

Posted by on March 29, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Science with 5 Comments
We May Already Know How We Will Cure Death—But Should We?

The quest for humans to live forever is elegantly laid out in “The Immortalists,” a new documentary making its away around the film festival circuit. The Immortalists follows the triumphs and tragedies of three years in the lives of William H. Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, two men who prove just as interesting as the work they’re doing. The Immortalists is really a film about death, not life, which is what makes it so fascinating. The goal of Andrews and de Grey is not merely to extend life, but to actually reverse the aging process. “Once we are really truly repairing things as fast as they go wrong, game over,” de Grey says in the film. “We will have the ability to live indefinitely.”

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Fearless Research: Science and Non-Duality

Fearless Research: Science and Non-Duality

Learn about the leading edge of scientific research into consciousness in this presentation by IONS scientist Cassandra Vieten

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