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Seven innovators over 70

August 20th, 2014 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

John Goodenough created the cathodes used by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. When it comes to innovation, older people are as capable of new thinking as the young. Below, in order of age, are seven innovators over the age of 70 who have been at it for decades.    



Pew Research: AI, robotics, and the future of jobs

August 19th, 2014 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

How will AI and robotics impact the economic and employment picture in the future? A majority of people who responded to the Pew Research 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025. They anticipate there will be huge implications for a range […]



New offshore wind energy and transnational grid projects will boost use of submarine power cables

August 19th, 2014 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

The worldwide market for submarine electrical cables has surged over the past decade. Eighty wind turbines are now under construction in the German North Sea.  They will eventually generate enough power for some 400,000 homes. That power will travel via advanced cables buried along several miles of ocean floor, part of a growing move toward […]



Design flaw turns solar plant into a death trap for birds

August 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Super-concentrated sunbeams from BrightSource Energy Plant are deadly for birds flying overhead. In February, the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant opened up in the Mojave Desert with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. But a design flaw has turned the plant into a death trap […]



Workers find freedom and uncertainty in the sharing economy

August 19th, 2014 at 9:41 am » Comments Off

Piecemeal labor has taken on a shinier veneer under new rubrics: the sharing economy, the peer economy, the collaborative economy, the gig economy. Jennifer Guidry was in the driveway of her rental apartment just after 4 a.m. on a Friday while most of the neighbors in her leafy Boston suburb were still asleep. Her blond […]



Humans need not apply for most jobs in the future

August 18th, 2014 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

The robots are here. Robots are here now. There is proof of this concept in the amount of working automation in labs and warehouses right now. The video below combines two thoughts that reach an alarming conclusion: “Technology gets better, cheaper, and faster at a rate biology can’t match” + “Economics always wins” = “Automation […]



Scientists develop new blood test that could detect any type of cancer

August 18th, 2014 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

The simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients. British scientists have developed a revolutionary new blood test that could detect any type of cancer. It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms – saving time and preventing costly and […]



In the future everyone will be an entrepreneur

August 18th, 2014 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

Companies will get rid of the traditional worker and replace them with entrepreneurs. There are many theories and studies that shred light on the future state of the American job market, like futurist Thomas Frey, who in 2012 predicted that two billion jobs would disappear by 2030. Whether or not you agree with this statement, what […]



Establishing the Central Bank of Bitcoin

August 18th, 2014 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: The year is 2024. It seemed like a piece of nostalgia to open a new bank account and get a free toaster, but this wasn’t any ordinary toaster, and it certainly wasn’t any ordinary bank. The new Internet of Things Toaster was one of the coolest gadgets of all times, and the […]



IXION Windowless Jet Concept could be the airplane of the future

August 18th, 2014 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

IXION Windowless Jet Concept It depends on what you think about the IXION Windowless Jet Concept, it either has no windows, or it has all the windows. Cameras on the exterior of this as-yet-unbuilt jet would provide jaw-dropping 360-degree views of what you would be seeing if your airplane were a transparent glass tube shuttling through the […]



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