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amazing! they are s’posedly growing “perfect” diamonds now. Bring on the new era of computer
“However, the life-span of the diamond chip is not ” permanent and remote ” ,But long enough, the physicist of IBM research center of Almadé n fills in base of a fruit of Bath and fits Rose Sebastian Loth Say, ” only takes several milliseconds, it is enough for you to do several million times of operations.” -http://voip/-video.org/?p=1084
I used to follow Parag Khanna’s blog that lots of articles on the “second world” – his term for nations that don’t count as “first world” but aren’t “underdeveloped” either. He has some interesting thoughts, but he hasn’t updated his blog in a while. So today I didn’t a little searching around, and I found his new blog Hybrid Reality: The co-evolution of humans and technology.
Check it out!
i came upon this interesting article about digital worlds. a few different opinions coming form differnt-ly minded folks.
just a taste:
“We will become considerably more networked, living mainly in terms of proxy encounters. Inevitably hive behaviors will supplant acts of individual initiative. We will become far more of a symbol-trading species than we already are. The data stream, already overwhelming, will be managed by an array of programs and applications. What used to be a knowledge of facts and processes will become a knowledge of the most efficient ways to use those highly developed prosthetic resources. Subjective individualism, waning as an ideal for decades now, will become nearly extinct. We will tend toward electronic collectivism, a kind of electronically aggregated sense of identity.”
most of the responces are not super postive, but pretty inriguing. what do you all think about the questions posed?
In what ways do you feel that immersion in digital technologies is changing us as humans, culturally and individually?
Is there a connection between the quickening desolation of our physical environment and the growing lushness of our artificial media worlds?
What will be the long-term consequences of our species’ abandonment of living in nature in favor of living in media?
(this is not a test, it is real)
(oohhh, finally got through, and plans changed sucessfully. see you in jeju June 22!)
love you peeps!!!!!
This is a 3D Scanner designed by NextEngine. It scans any 3D object, creates a model on your computer, and then using a printer that would impress Captain Luc Picard, it creates an exact functional plastic replica of the original object. The implications for this are endless. I’m going to scan all my friends and print 3D models so we can shred all the time.
Solid state micro batteries.
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As the world continues its quest to use less fossil fuels, the latest possible solution comes from the most unlikely of sources: the tobacco plant. This latest news comes from the University of California, Berkeley. It will be nice to see tobacco used for something other than lung cancer. This new discovery is based on the possibility of literally programming the cells of the plants to get solar cells from tobacco plants. The science behind it is actually pretty simple (at least in explanation form) and pretty amazing. By using a genetically engineered virus, scientists were able to literally transform the cells of the plants to create synthetic solar cells.
Instead of creating some new form of tobacco plant, they are actually applying their chemistry to full grown tobacco plants. Their custom-made virus is sprayed on the plants and then it is time to sit back and let it work its magic. The virus infects a cell which then enables the virus to spread just as any other virus would. As the infected cells form, they are creating artificial chromophores that make high powered electrons out of light.
Of course, the plants themselves are not used for direct solar energy as they still have to be harvested. Once harvested, the structures are extracted and put into a liquid solution to dissolve. This solution is then applied to plastics or glass and poof, solar cells from tobacco plants is a reality. While the whole process may seem a little off the wall, if this process can be refined and work in mass form, it totally changes solar energy as we know it.
While this technology is exciting, the effect that it could have on an economy that seems to continue to go backwards is even more incredible. One of the hardest hit industries during the last decade has been the farming industry. Farmers have been struggling with their crops and tight times have not made things easier. An influx into the tobacco industry to create solar cells from tobacco plants could be a nice boost in the arm as farmers who are waiting for the bank to come and take their land will now have a viable way out.
These cells would not be expected to last as long as “typical” solar cells, but they would probably be much less expensive. That being the case, solar cells from tobacco leaves could provide both an organic way to produce solar cells and the economic boost that the farming industry needs.
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I’ve been playing around with some augmented reality applications on my iPhone lately. I recommend Layar or Wikitude that are both free. Layar has a search application: I submit a query and then look through the iPhone camera.
If I’m in Toronto and searching for apartments for rent – I just look through my camera using Layar. If I am backpacking through the Rocky Mountains I can open Wikitude. Using GPS and the compass it can tell me the locate different peaks when I look through the camera.
Google also just realised a visual search for android devices – which uses some of the same concepts:
Imagine when we can build this technology into glasses. As you walk down the street you will be able to customize layers of technology with reality. siiick
SPACE is big,” wrote Douglas Adams in his book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. “You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.”
He wasn’t exaggerating. Even our nearest star Proxima Centauri is a staggering 4.2 light years away – more than 200,000 times the distance from the Earth to the sun. Or, if you like, the equivalent of 50 million trips to the moon and back.
Such vast distances would seem to put the stars far beyond the reach of human explorers. Suppose we had been able to hitch a ride on NASA’s Voyager 1 the fastest interstellar space probe built to date. Voyager 1 is now heading out of the solar system at about 17 kilometres per second. At this rate it would take 74,000 years to reach Proxima Centauri – safe to say we wouldn’t be around to enjoy the view.
So what would it take for humans to reach the stars within a lifetime? For a start, we would need a spacecraft that can rush through the cosmos at close to the speed of light. There has been no shortage of proposals: vehicles propelled by repeated blasts from hydrogen bombs, or from the annihilation of matter and antimatter. Others resemble vast sailing ships with giant reflective sails, pushed along by laser beams.
All these ambitious schemes have their shortcomings and it is doubtful they could really go the distance. Now there are two radical new possibilities on the table that might just enable us – or rather our distant descendants – to reach the stars.
In August, physicist Jia Liu at New York University outlined his design for a spacecraft powered by dark matter (arxiv.org/abs/0908.1429v1). Soon afterwards, mathematicians Louis Crane and Shawn Westmoreland at Kansas State University in Manhattan proposed plans for a craft powered by an artificial black hole (arxiv.org/abs/0908.1803).
No one disputes that building a ship powered by black holes or dark matter would be a formidable task. Yet remarkably there seems to be nothing in our present understanding of physics to prevent us from making either of them. What’s more, Crane believes that feasibility studies like his touch on questions in cosmology that other research hasn’t considered.
Take Liu’s dark matter starship. Most astronomers are convinced of the existence of dark matter because of the way its gravity tugs on the stars and galaxies we see with our telescopes. Such observations suggest that dark matter outweighs the universe’s visible matter by a factor of about six – so a dark matter starship could have a plentiful supply of fuel.
Liu was inspired by an audacious spacecraft proposed by the American physicist Robert Bussard in 1960. Bussard’s “ramjet” design used magnetic fields generated by the craft to scoop up the tenuous gas of interstellar space. Instead of using conventional rockets, the craft would be propelled by forcing the hydrogen gas it collected to undergo nuclear fusion and ejecting the energetic by-products to provide thrust.
Because dark matter is so abundant throughout the universe, Liu envisages a rocket that need not carry its own fuel. This immediately overcomes one of the drawbacks of many other proposed starships, whose huge fuel supply greatly adds to their weight and hampers their ability to accelerate. “A dark matter rocket would pick up its fuel en route,” says Liu.
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Kind of a lame application for it (sellin’ cars), but this interface could be really sick. Wonder if it will ever become a PC replacement or if it’s destiny will remain mostly in commercial/marketing applications?
we seemed to have passed the threshold of unlimited growth without entirely destructing our planet. is this world that kurzweil (above vid) speaks of possible without the drastic shift in consciousness that is needed to move in a way that we are responsible?
does technology push consciousness or does consciousness push tech? if it is a two way street than we must begin to raise our awareness to fully utilize our tech prowess in a positive way…. we have be off track for sometime –see atombomb– so why should we trust where this rabbit hole will take us?
i am starting to think that we need be exploring ways to exist and expand without high tech help…. by waiting until supercomputers fix our problems we could be vanquishing our chance to understand our position in the world rather than always chasing what we wish we were.
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this is freaking some people out in the internet world, but it seems like a good thing to me?
its a far cry form my idyllic anarchist world, but apparently we are not evolved enough to leave out regulating some seedy greedy mo fo’s…. i am all for keeping the big companies out of controlling the weblines and turning the interweb into cable television 2.0
most of the opposition to the new regulation is AT&T, comcast and other giants while most small businesses and silicon start-ups love the idea. that –to me– speaks volumes.
Among the most appealing features of the city is the incorporation of 100% renewable power sources such as solar and wind farms as well as plantation and research fields, ensuring an entirely self sustaining system. The city will be linked to Abu Dhabi’s international airport via a network of pre-existing roads and newly constructed magnetic public transportation routes. Entirely car free, Masdar City will easily accomodate pedestrians since there will be just a 200 meter distance between the city center and all forms of alternative, eco-friendly transportation, (including individual solar powered pods that drive commuters to their desired destinations).
Its shaded walkways and narrow streets will provide relief from the extreme Abu Dhabi climate while also creating a pedestrian friendly environment. Pedestrians will be treated to interactive light poles, heat sensitive technology and water features that are all triggered by kinetic energy. Giant umbrellas mimicking the natural action of sunflowers will continuously shade Masdar City occupants during daylight hours, reserving any heat that they capture until nightfall so that it may be released into the plaza. Masdar City will also feature adjustable building facade angles that will deflect or make the most of solar glare along with wall surface materials embedded with energy that respond to changes in temperature. The main design inspiration of key buildings in the city centre is based on geographical landmarks like canyons, wadis and other points of visual interest found in nature. To complete the whole sustainable vision, roof gardens will integrate food production and the ultilization of organic food waste as well as water efficiency and energy generation.