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The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

February 27th, 2015 at 3:54 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  Recent comments by Vint Cerf, vice president of Google and one of the founding fathers of the Internet, about the long-term viability of our data has many wondering what will happen to our digital information over the next 100, 200, or even 1,000 years.



Liter of Light project helps to illuminate Filipino homes with old plastic bottles

February 17th, 2015 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Can something as simple as a used plastic bottle filled with water could be the difference between light and darkness for a lot of people?  This almost no-cost solution is raising the quality of life of thousands of families in the Philippines with no access to electricity that mostly use very dangerous kerosene lamps indoors.  



MIT researchers reveal an interface that allows us to plug our brain into a computer

February 3rd, 2015 at 9:15 pm » Comments Off

MIT senior, Christina Tringides, holds a sample of the multifunction fiber. MIT researchers reveal an interface that could make plugging our brain into a computer a reality. Their system uses new fibers less than a width of a hair that could deliver optical signals and drugs directly into the brain, along with electrical readouts to continuously […]



Bill Gates wants to tackle mobile banking without bitcoin

January 27th, 2015 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Bill and Melinda Gates have a pretty substantial to-do list.  In the Gates Foundation annual letter, they have outlined their long-term, 15 year goals for the challenges they wish to solve.  



New iPhone app helps blind with sight on demand

January 26th, 2015 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

By Developing systems to identify the tangibles in life come to her naturally, from how to stock her canned goods to labeling her music collection so she can listen to which ever genre strikes her, Karen Koch Rasmussen can navigate life just fine without sight. 



Semi-Random Walks #26: Futurist Thomas Frey

January 24th, 2015 at 4:27 pm » Comments Off

Thomas Frey is a the founder of the DaVinci Institute, and his job is to think about the future. How cool is that?



Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

January 21st, 2015 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.    



Should coding schools have free enrollment under Obama’s new free community college initiative?

January 15th, 2015 at 4:59 pm » Comments Off

If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead […]



How Virtual Reality can Help with Curing Alzheimers Disease

January 14th, 2015 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

90 year old grandmother tries Oculus Rift  Nearly 50 million people worldwide suffer from dementia. It is a devastating disease that leaves individuals as shells of their former selves. For the millions of family members of those affected by the disease, one of the hardest things in dealing with the disease is empathizing with the […]



How Elon Musk’s Hyperloop will Change Transportation

January 11th, 2015 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream with a 60-page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power, supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely […]



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