In the November-December 2012 (Vol. 46, No. 6) Issue of THE FUTURIST
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Researchers at the University of Hawaii are studying a previously little-known phenomenon called mesoscale ocean eddies. These spinning masses of water can be 50 to 300 miles in diameter. Not to be confused with gyres or the eddies caused by passing ships, these phenomena form depressions in the ocean surface as they spin.
By becoming a fully digital planet we will gain new levels of working together, producing results and delivering them. Everyone will receive continuous know-how to overcome problems instantly. Our digital challenge is to prosper by ascending to universal greatness.
In the June 15 issue of Nature Climate Change, University of Exetor Mathematics Research Fellow James Screen submitted an article entitled "Arctic amplification decreases temperature variance in northern mid-to high-latitudes." The author begins by stating, "There is a common perception and growing concern that human-induced climate change will lead to more volatile and extreme weather."
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.
In March, when Facebook announced the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift, they not only put a giant stamp of approval on the technology, but they also triggered an instant demand for virtual reality designers, developers, and engineers. Virtual reality professionals were nowhere to be found on the list of hot skills needed for 2014, but they certainly will be for 2015.
My TechCast Project has published breakthroughs for years, usually for emerging technologies. This is a "social breakthrough"—social trends that reach a critical tipping point that transforms society. Think of the Collapse of Communism, the Women's Movement, and the Tea Party.
If there is one area of engineering pursuit that appears to be inventing all types of new technologies it is the area of energy storage. The most recent innovation comes from University of Southern California (USC) where scientists have been working on an organic battery that contains no metals or toxic materials and can be used in association with power plants.