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June 25th, 2015 at 10:36 am

Caltech’s ‘toilet of the future’ is built so anyone can repair it


For the 2 billion people in the world who still lack sanitation, Caltech is creating a cheap, safe, and clean toilet. But building this cool product is really the easy part.

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June 25th, 2015 at 9:18 am

Engineering the Secret Engines of Off-Grid Living


Futurist Thomas Frey: Having just returned from a trip to Alaska, it occurred to me that most of the 660,000 sq miles of this beautiful state will never be habitable until a more complete off-grid solution is found. In Alaska, they’ve already figured out how to turn every one of their 3 million lakes into a landing strip, so transportation is far less of an issue than power, heat, lights, water, and communications.

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June 17th, 2015 at 8:38 am

Can the rapid advances in technology create a jobless future?

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“We are interested in robots that create and are creative,”  Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions. Lipson is an engineering professor at Cornell University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence and robotics. His research projects provide a peek into the intriguing possibilities of machines and automation, from robots that “evolve” to ones that assemble themselves out of basic building blocks. A few years ago, Lipson demonstrated an algorithm that explained experimental data by formulating new scientific laws, which were consistent with ones known to be true. He had automated scientific discovery.



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June 16th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Look what’s coming down the robotics pike

amazon picking robot

Amazon has 15,000 robots in warehouse jobs to work beside humans.

In his latest article, futurist speaker Thomas Frey states, “we are less than a decade away from workerless factories, robots with their own bank accounts, Watson-like judges dolling out sentences in court, and having wars filled with robots fighting other robots.”


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June 11th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Floating cities could be the next frontier


Everyone learns the value of natural selection when learning basic biology - a species either adapts to their changing environment or dies off.  This process also applies to governments, in some ways,  but millions of people can still be chained to a failing state with no exit options.   Continue Reading »

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May 19th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

What technologies will be required for the robots of the future?


It might sound like science fiction, but someday, thanks to creative scientists and engineers, our world may contain autonomous or semi-autonomous robots working with people, helping us do tasks that are better suited for machines.   Continue Reading »

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May 8th, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Solving a Billion-Person Problem


Futurist Thomas Frey:  My friend, Peter Diamandis, likes to say, “The best way to become a billionaire is to solve a billion-person problem.”

When I first heard this phrase, I had difficulty imagining what a billion-person problem looked like.   Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Top 12 threats to human civilization


Researchers at the Global Challenges Foundation released earlier this month a thorough and unsettling look at what threatens human civilization.   Continue Reading »

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February 18th, 2015 at 6:57 pm

The fear of artificial intelligence


Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

A true AI might ruin the world—but that assumes it’s possible at all.

By Paul Ford

Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup. He had just turned 40. His father was ill, his back was sore, and he found himself overwhelmed by life. “Don’t laugh at me,” he said, “but I was counting on the singularity.” Continue Reading »

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February 4th, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future


Futurist Thomas Frey: At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems.



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