Communications

Gizmos & Gadgets: Power through Ultrasound to Become Ubiquitous if uBeam Succeeds

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October 27, 2014 - Imagine transmitting energy through the air to power everything in your home. Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating electric current, predicted it would happen one day, but it is only now that we are seeing technologies that can do it.

How Do You Reformat the Drive on a Martian Rover?

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A labor of love is about to be carried out by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) involving Opportunity, the ten-year veteran Martian rover. It seems fitting to write about this on Labor Day as the rover continues to set new records for distance and longevity on the Martian surface.

When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

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On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels, titled “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with their darkest secrets to subversively cause chaos and disruption for the American government.

What is the Greatest Threat to Humanity in the Next Few Decades?

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Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment and climate represented the greatest threat in the 21st century.

SUPERMONEY: The New Wealth Beyond Banks and Bitcoin

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Bigger bucks ahead …because money itself is being re-invented! But it’s not really about the money; material wealth may be a secondary motivator. The new money is 100% Internet-based. It flows free and fast like electrons, and it comes with superpowers.

Gizmos & Gadgets: Rechargers Without Wires Coming Soon

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Imagine never having to connect your smartphone by wire to a plug outlet to recharge it. It's no longer something to imagine with companies like WiTricity and Energous creating wireless recharging technologies that work simply by placing a device within proximity to the power source.

It's Robots You Don't See That Will Dominate Our Future

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A speaker at the O'Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco this week spoke of our robotic future—with a twist. Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, remarked, "By the year 2020, your household robot will be your house. Not the humanoid robot from science fiction... We're surrounded by robots we don't see while we're still waiting for the robots we imagine."

MIT Lists its 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2014 – Part 2

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Continuing the annual list of technological advances that the editors of MIT Technology Review have designated as impactful to the future, today we look at numbers six through ten.

MIT Lists its 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2014 - Part 1

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The editors of MIT Technology Review have released their annual list of those technological advances they deem to be impactful enough to influence the future. Each is considered a milestone in problem solving related to current challenges we on this planet face. Here is their list.

Gizmos & Gadgets: Motorola Uses iBeacons in Retail Locations to Attract Customers

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Location-based wireless technology is popping up in homes, businesses and local retail shops. Today telecommunication companies are contracting with cities to develop ubiquitous WiFi across downtowns. For businesses and residents this is an added incentive to locate there. But wireless connectivity is still in its infancy, and retailers are in the middle of experimenting with a number of technologies to see which can give their customers the best buying experience ensuring they keep coming back for more.

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