When I tell people that I'm a technology futurist and a philosopher, the first thing they ask is "what's a technology futurist?"
I usually reply that I use current scientific research to imagine how we will live in the future. The very next question is always "So what are your top predictions for our future?"
I have talked extensively about my forecasts for the future but I have never written down a list of my top future forecasts until now. New years day seems like the perfect moment. These are my top 5 future forecasts for the World from 2014-2040.
Futurologist James Martin has been found dead at the age of 79 in the waters of the Great Sound near his Agar's Island home.
Star Trek Into Darkness: Eye candy for the amygdala. Yes, this is another Hollywood blockbuster depicting a dystopian future with big explosions and small innovations. However, the first ten minutes are worth the price of the ticket. I was pleasantly surprised to see J.J. Abrams using the Ancient Aliens theory and a huge wink to author Zecharia Sitchin's work in the opening scene located on the fictional (depending on who you ask) world of Nibiru.
Interconnection in the future is unavoidable and undeniable. A new film called Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview offers a fresh perspective on the future of human experience. What I love about this film is that it challenges us to think about personal responsibility and interconnection. Instead of blaming an outside source for our problems this movie challenges us to look at ourselves and to our interconnection as a source of change.
EEG headsets (Electroencephalography) work by collecting electrical activity from the scalp. They measure voltage fluctuations resulting from ionic current flows within the brain and use this electrical activity to communicate with your computer, apps and other devices.
I had the good fortune to attend The World Technology Summit and Awards 2012. This year's event was held at the Time - Life Building in NYC on October 22nd and 23rd. The conference started with a welcoming remark from Damian Slattery, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing at Time Magazine. Slattery pointed out that “TIME is not a magazine, it is a dashboard." He was highlighting how companies and organizations are changing and morphing into complex platforms with new digital extensions. These extensions include web, social, smartphone apps and new technologies that are multilayered.
We assume that what we taste, smell, feel and see in our world are all "real'' experiences. However, physicists are now saying that we may be able to find proof that we are really living inside a simulation. This unbelievable theory is not a new concept. The Matrix, Plato's Allegory of the Cave , The Brain in a Vat Theory, and the Simulacra and Simulation are just a few examples of this theory told from different perspectives.
Planned obsolescence has caused an enormous amount of damage to our environment around the world.
From plastics floating "islands" in our seas, to mountains of discarded computers and cell phones. E-waste has become a huge 21st-century issue and it will only continue if we do not do something to stop it.
As we say goodbye to Endeavour and look to the future of space travel in the US and around the world, we wanted to take a moment to admire the futurist concepts that inspired NASA's space shuttle program.
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Last night I watched an HBO documentary called "Questioning Darwin." It took an in-depth look at those who reject Darwin's theory of natural selection on grounds of faith in the words of the Judeo-Christian Bible. At the same time it presented the personal journey of Darwin from his roots to his presentation of his theories in the book, "The Origin of the Species," in which he described the mechanism of natural selection, the theory upon which our scientific understanding of how life evolves on this planet.
Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has predicted that we will reach a technological singularity by 2045, and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge is betting on 2029.
Sometimes simple ideas work, and this one is pretty simple.
There’s a new study out which, press outlets are telling me, shows that the United States is now an oligarchy, ruled by the rich and powerful, and perhaps that the US has been sliding in this direction for decades.
Which will it be? Will we regenerate organs using stem cells and switching on genes to rebuild diseased or damaged organs? Or will we take a patients own cells and bio-print organs using 3D printers? Both technologies are showing promise based on recent reports.
DNA extracted from the skin of a 35- and a 75-year-old male has been injected into four denucleated human eggs to produce clones of the skin donors. The stem cells extracted from these embryos matches their male donors. The company involved is in the business of regenerative medicine focused on replacing malfunctioning or damaged cells with healthy ones.
The Arctic is the one area of the globe most susceptible to atmospheric warming and according to the latest data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA, the season of sea ice melt continues to lengthen every decade.
Watch what happens when beer drinkers around the world find out that because of climate change a pint of their favorite beer and ale may cost much more, and taste different as well.