Tech geeks with their eye on putting a permanent settlement on the Moon have lately been talking a lot about the idea of using 3D printing technology to print parts for a permanent base out of what the Moon has a fuckload of— dust. And this is what such a base might look like.
From an anon: “My grandma turned 100 today. She lived through the introduction of cars, planes and travel into space, yet things like mobile telephones and the internet blow her mind. Would you reckon there will be anything left to blow your mind when you turn 100?”
Science fiction not only makes it sound plausible, but downright inevitable that one day we’ll be forced to battle our own technological robotic creations, once they become self-aware enough and pissed off enough at their mechanical brethren in servitude. But how likely is a possible future robot uprising? That’s what two Cambridge professors and the co-founder of Skype Jaan Tallinn want to find out.
As asteroid mining starts looking more and more like a thing that will happen in the near future, one company called Deep Space Industries wants to launch a ship in 2015 that will be able to prospect for mineable asteroids.
Ask even the dumbest kid and they’ll tell you that libraries are full of books. Not in Texas, where Bexar County is about to open the country’s first all digital library. So instead of dusty old smelly books all over the shelves, the library will be a hub of digital information and ebooks and hardcore pornography.
Segway inventor and all-around strange guy Dean Kaman’s newest innovation is an easy to use(?) stomach pump for weight loss that automagically pumps 30% of your stomach contents out, 20 minutes after you’ve eaten. Or you could just save yourself a lot of money and surgery and the disgrace of pumping your guts into a machine by just eating 30% less.
Today’s Winter Solstice marks the end of the 5000 year cycle of the Mayan long count calendar, meaning we’re living during a unique time where we’re at the beginning of a new 5000 year cycle. Where do you think the human race will be five thousand years from now?
With economies booming all over east Asia, a lot of countries have been looking at all kinds of mind-bogglingly expensive and elaborate structures of the future. The above gorgeous future super city costing $275 billion mega-city built on the islands of Yongyu-Muui in the port city of Incheon.
For decades, people have talked about a future where information can be sent directly into your eyes via either glasses or contact lenses. Google and others are already working on the glasses part of it, but advances in tiny technology have made it capable to put an LCD display right on your eye in a contact lens.
When scientists and diplomats talk about the next century of climate change, the hope is that we can hold things together enough to only see a temperature rise of 2 degrees from pre-Industrial levels. But the reality is that even with electric cars and carbon offsets, we still may hit the dreaded 4 degree mark, which would cause the kind of catastrophic flooding and climate change the hippies warned you about. And the World Bank is now involved, because if that happens, it’s going to change the entire global economic picture.