View Comet Siding Spring from a Virtual Mars

September 23, 2014 - This is just too cool to not share. One of my readers, Michael Sadlon, (thanks Michael) has sent me the link to Solar System Scope. Click on the thumbnail of Mars and start the autocam feed. Enjoy!


Fossil Fuel Divestment Joined by the Founders of Standard Oil

September 23, 2014 - The family foundation built on the wealth gleaned from oil has announced plans to begin divesting its fossil fuel holdings. We are referring to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

The Future of Identity: Defeat Death and Expand Privacy

The physical world restricts us to one identity, social role and self. Tomorrow, technology will enable multiple identities and lives. Digital identities can provide levels of privacy, multiple incomes, global lifestyles and challenge death with life expansion (rather than life extension). It will soon be possible to outgrow societal and physical world limits with several exciting lives.

New XPrize Focuses on Technology for Literacy, Numeracy and Learning

A few weeks ago Peter Diamandis' XPrize sent me an email asking if I was interested in applying to be an XPrize Vanguard. Being a big believer in the concept of awarding prizes to solve technology challenges, I said yes and filled in an application. I was contacted a few days later and told to attend an online web conference call on September 14th.

Should Robots Have Their Own Bank Accounts?

The year is 2027 and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work, but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level.

Will The US Go to Pot? What Alcohol Laws Can Teach Us about Marijuana

In order to try and help understand how marijuana legalization might be done more safely and effectively, look to alcohol regulation policies in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

The Futurist

In the September-October 2014 (Vol. 48, No. 5) Issue:

  • Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future
  • Our Global Situation and Prospects for the Future
  • Seven Big Challenges for Pakistan—and the Lessons They Could Teach
  • Future View: 10 Questions for Machine Intelligence

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In the Current Issue:

  • Scots on the Move? Anticipating Unexpected Impacts of Scottish Independence
  • Preparing to Discover Future "Life"
  • Future Workplace Skill: Letting Things Go
  • Are We Reaching "Peak Meat"?
  • WFS CEO Amy Zalman Interviewed by CNBC, on the Next 25 Years
  • Exploding Bacon Robotics: A WorldFuture 2014 Highlight
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Predictive—and Persuasive—Technology: an interview with Chris Surdak, author of Data Crush

Mobile and Web technologies are making more and more data about us consumers and our lifestyle habits available to businesses. And in growing degrees, businesses are finding ways to use the data to both predict and influence their customers’ buying decisions.

Ensuring More Food for All: An Interview with Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank


As the world population grows, and as its resource bases shrink, producing enough food to feed the world becomes a steeper and steeper challenge. But the world’s small farms are up to the task, argues Danielle Nierenberg, president of the “food think tank” Food Tank.

The Future of Sharing

Living comfortably has always, to some extent, relied on owning many goods. But this is becoming less and less the case. A new worldwide “sharing economy," composed of startup ventures whose products consumers rent or share instead of own, is blossoming across the globe.

Reviews of New Books

Not Yet Dead: The Science of Staying Alive

Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead
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Author(s): David Casarett M.D.
Publisher: Current Hardcover (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 304 pages
List Price: $27.95

David Casarett describes developments of novel techniques that bring nearly dead and even fully dead patients back to the land of the living.

Strategies for Doing Business When Resources Are Few

Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World
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Author(s): Nadya Zhexembayeva
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 208 pages
List Price: $27.95

Fish populations across the world are withering under unrelenting pressure from human population growth and rising demand for seafood. … Within this crisis lies a golden opportunity …

Teens and Social Media: Debunking the Myths

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
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Author(s): danah boyd
Publisher: Yale University Press (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 296 pages
List Price: $25.00

Social media plays a huge role in young people’s lives and will continue to do so, but how exactly are its young users using it?

Strategies for Appropriate Development

Innovating for the Global South: Towards an Inclusive Innovation Agenda (Rotman/Utp - Monk Series on Global Affairs)
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Author(s): Dilip Soman, Janice Gross Stein, Joseph Wong
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (2014)
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
List Price: $22.95

The world has made some progress in relieving poverty and improving health in the world’s poorest countries, but it will take new methods …

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