Posts tagged with ‘the future

Apple likely to announce a smart home platform at WWDC

Last year, Apple announced iOS for your car, and with internet connected homes just around the corner, it’s likely that the rumors are true that Apple will be announcing a smart home platform to try and carve out a niche in a market that, barring a massive worldwide extinction event, is a near future inevitability. There are already smart thermostats, smart smoke detectors, smart appliance and smart door locks— all that stuff needs now is some sort of unifying platform, so you can control and sync these devices, and that’s the market Apple, Google and Microsoft are all aiming for. If you thought the smartphone market was big, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Solar roadways are the awesome, ice-free roads of the future. They prevent ice build-up and cut down greenhouse gases at the same time

If we were to install these in place of every asphalt paved road, I’m pretty sure that would put us firmly into the category of a Type I civilization.

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China wants to be the first to build a floating underwater city of the future

Every now and again, some dreamer, some architect, comes up with a plan for an amazing underwater city of the future, but so far it hasn’t come to fruition for one reason or another, but China may finally be the first to create a city under the waves. 

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Hey IHC, I need your opinion on the zombie hologram Michael Jackson at the Billboard Awards

I know this is a couple days old, but I’m both fascinated with the technological spectacle, even though it’s definitely in uncanny valley territory.

The Aerofex hoverbike could grace your city streets in 2017


While the promise of hover cars and hover car conversions won’t be met by 2015, in 2017, you will be able to get a pretty sweet hoverbike from Aerofex. If you want one, it’ll set you back $85,000, but son of a bitch, you’ll have a hoverbike that can carry up to 310 lbs and hover 10 feet off the ground at 45 mph, so there’s that. Oh, so it doesn’t go a hundred miles an hour, boo hoo. DID I MENTION IT’S A FUCKING HOVERBIKE?

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Disney invents “PixelBots”, a swarm of robots that arrange themselves into colorful animations

RGB LEDs allow each unit to glow in thousands of colors and a two-to-four hour battery life means the pixels are ready for feature-length applications. Project lead Dr. Paul Beardsley and doctoral candidate Javier Alonso-Mora call this emerging art form at the intersection of graphics and robotics “display swarms” and took the ambitious step of trying to depict the big bang, the formation of our solar system, the emergence of life in the oceans, and the rise of dinosaurs and humans, all using fewer pixels than a FitBit.

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Robot ethics: Should your driverless car kill you to save two other people?


The question of how robots would or should handle complicated ethical questions has been asked ever since the first basic robots were invented. We have built computers and robots to be impartial tools for accomplishing all sorts of tasks, but very soon, we’ll have to answer the question of robot ethics for real, especially when it comes to self-driving cars, which are just around the corner.

So the question is this: 

A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much momentum. Like a cornball stunt in a bad action movie, you are over the cliff, in free fall. Your robot, the one you paid good money for, has chosen to kill you.

Should it? A human driver would invariably save its own life first, but when we become dependent on having robotic cars drive us around, should we build in that same kind of self-preservation instinct? Meaning the car would kill two people to save you? Or should we keep the robot brain impartial, relying on data to make its decision, even if it means you’re expendable?

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The future beyond the web is called FIA, unless you don’t expect it, then it’s UFIA

What’s next after the world wide web? The term “Internet of Things” has been bandied about to describe a world in which everything from your wristwatch to your clothes, cars, walls and appliances are interconnected, but the National Science Foundation has given it a new name— FIA, or “Future Internet Architecture”, which later could be amended perhaps to “United Future Internet Architecture” just for fun. UFIA. It’s the future.

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So Apple wants to make sure you can’t drop the dime on the 5-0 by letting your phone camera be remotely disabled


Time to shop Samsung— a new patent recently filed by Apple would allow someone else within a certain physical proximity to disable your phone’s camera. The non-threatening part of this technology would allow movie theaters to disable phone cameras to prevent piracy or for teachers to disable camera phones during a test to prevent cheating, but the part that’s got everyone upset is that it could also be used by law enforcement to disable camera phones in a certain radius during protests, arrests or other police actions. 

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Morning PSA: NASA is seriously underfunded, and you might be able to help

There is a group trying to help raise awareness for the pitiful state of NASA’s funding.  Right now they only get about 0.48% of the total yearly tax revenue, if we could increase that to 1% it would amount to an extra penny per person in the USA.  Imagine what we could do with that money! Please check out this video and share the Thunderclap page with whoever you can.

Honda’s latest version of its ASIMO robot is the most humanlike yet

First introduced in 2000 as an ever-evolving prototype of the bipedal human-like robots of the future, the 2014 version can run, climb stairs, dance and apparently give a pretty good handy-j. Oh wait, that’s a handshake. Probably shouldn’t have cropped the frame so much. 

Lytro’s new camera, the Lytro Illum is the most beautiful camera of the future you’ll see today

Lytro’s first cameras, with their light field photography was mind-blowing, but the small lipstick tube design looked more like a proof of concept and wasn’t really taken seriously by many professional photographers, The next generation, the Lytro Illum not only looks like a “real” camera, but it’s probably the most gorgeous camera I’ve ever seen, with brilliant design through and through. BRB, bunk.

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Chinese company uses a giant 3D printer to print houses for around $5000

There are 3D printers for plastics and for food, and now a Chinese company has started 3D printing houses, using concrete and building debris, building things up layer by layer. Without much labor, the cost of each small house comes in around $5000. In 1908, Thomas Edison envisioned a future where entire houses could be poured into a mold on the cheap, and now with 3D printing, that could become a reality.

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This worm could be the first organism to exist entirely on a computer

While the idea of humanity building entirely new organisms from scratch is a loooong way off, maybe never, there is at least a starting place. The OpenWorm project aims to build a fully operational nematode worm, with all its organs and eyelets and whatnot working just as it would in the real world, only inside a “computer”.

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Glow in the dark highways make their debut in the Netherlands

Yeah, reflectors marking the edges of the lanes are great and all, but this is the 21st century… why not take things to the next level and make the lane markers glow in the dark. And this is just the beginning— eventually Netherlands will have smart highways that display icons for road conditions, such as big blue snowflakes if the road is icy.

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