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January 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 am

D-Dalus: A new kind of aircraft propulsion system made of rotating cylinders

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Austrian Innovative Aeronautical Technology (IAT21), an Austrian engineering firm debuted a new type of hovercraft at the Paris Air Show this week. They claim the hovercraft can take off and land vertically without using any rotor blades or fixed wings.

 

 

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January 2nd, 2014 at 10:43 am

Top 8 stories in exponential technology in 2013

Advanced robots and automation are taking jobs from humans.

2013 has been a fast moving year. We thought we would revisit some of the year’s most notable stories in exponential technology before we dive headlong into 2014.  Just keep in min this list is by no means all-inclusive.

 

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January 2nd, 2014 at 10:03 am

Exploring the Future of Jobs and Education

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On November 7, 2014, I attended the “Idea Jam – Innovating for the Future” session put on by the Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation in San Diego. The purpose of the session was to identify the major challenges to the San Diego workforce in the coming years and to generate audience participation in visioning exercises to explore new and innovative workforce development ideas. The event was held at Colman University, and major sponsors were SDG&E, Qualcomm, the Eastridge Group, Point Loma Nazarene College, and Cal State University, San Marcos.

To get our creative juices flowing, Master of Ceremonies Susan Taylor, San Diego’s TV news icon, introduced futurist speaker, Thomas Frey, of the DaVinci Institute as the keynote speaker. It is difficult to do justice to his very visual presentation of images of break-through technologies, but his statements alone created much food for thought about the future. He stated, “We are a backward-looking society…the future gets created in the mind. The future creates the present…Visions of the future affect the way people act today.” He rhetorically asked, “What are the big things that need to be accomplished today?

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January 1st, 2014 at 1:52 pm

3-D Printing for Bionic Implants

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A 3-D printer can already make a prototype or spare part out of metal or polymer. Researchers at Princeton University have now taken an important step toward expanding the technology’s potential by developing a way to print functioning electronic circuitry out of semiconductors and other materials. They are also refining ways to combine electronics with biocompatible materials and even living tissue, which could pave the way for exotic new implants.

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January 1st, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Living off the Grid is now Illegal in the State of Florida

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Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.

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January 1st, 2014 at 9:19 am

Nissan’s New Electric Car has Range

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For many more people than realize it, electric cars are already adequate for their needs and better than a gasmobile for their bank account and quality of life. However, it often isn’t good enough for disruptive technology to be better than the incumbents. It has to be much better. The target for electric cars, in order to meet that challenge, is a very long-range and affordable electric car. That would bring electric car convenience to another level, and leave gasmobiles with not a single actual advantage over electric cars, compared to nearly 10 for electric cars.

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January 1st, 2014 at 9:15 am

A third of women in the U.S. use Pinterest: Study

Pinterest has experienced strong growth among women in particular.

According to a new Pew Research study, Pinterest’s popularity in the United States has surged in the last year, particularly among women. Pinterest is now used by more than one-fifth (21%) of American adults, up from 15% a year earlier, according to a survey of U.S. social networking habits from Pew Research. That puts the social bookmarking service slightly ahead of Twitter and Instagram, though all three are well behind Facebook.

 

 

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January 1st, 2014 at 9:00 am

Why Denver needs to be on your tech radar next year

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Denver will become one of the few American cities that allows its residents to purchase and recreationally consume marijuana starting in January. It’s a move that is expected to create jobs and generate tax revenue. Denver is roughly 1,200 miles away from the heart of Silicon Valley, where San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is pushing for restrictions that will shutter many of the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries.

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January 1st, 2014 at 8:57 am

Top 13 ‘Futurist Speaker’ Columns in 2013

Futurist Thomas Frey: 2013 has been a year of considerable change for both me and the rest of our team at the DaVinci Institute. While most of what you see here on Futurist Speaker is about my research, thinking, and philosophy on the future, I thought this might be a good time to step back and fill you in on the people behind everything you’re reading.

 

 

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December 31st, 2013 at 10:41 am

Supersonic Jets being resurrected for the business elite

Fastest business jet on the planet.

Spike Aerospace, a Boston based aerospace company, is working on a new aircraft that it believes will be the fastest business jet in the world. The aircraft is called the S-512 and Spike says that the jet will be capable of cruising at Mach 1.6 and will have a max speed of Mach 1.8. (Video)

 

 

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