The New Age of Space Business
By Joseph N. Pelton
The end of the space shuttle era marks a new beginning for the Space Age. A new generation of entrepreneurs are working with the world’s space agencies to bring down the costs of commercializing the high frontier. By the 2020s and beyond,we could see a historic expansion of human activity in space.
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March 16, 2014 - I have written several blog postings about China's enormous problem with urban smog. It is so bad at times that the government has been forced to declare war on polluters and pollution.
March 15, 2014 - How time has past. This is my 801st posting to the 21st Century Tech blog. To think I started just a little over four years ago and am still going like the Eveready bunny.
New Origami Paper Microscope Takes 20 Minutes to Assemble and Could Revolutionize Tropical Disease Medicine
March 15, 2014 - Talk about bringing science to the masses, a Stanford University bioengineer, Dr. Manu Prakash, along with a number of his fellow colleagues, have created an inexpensive paper microscope that can be stomped on, dunked in water, and thrown from a third storey balcony and still work. You fold it just like origami.
It’s September, 2099. Time Magazine is bringing out a 21st Century Retrospective issue which will hit the newsagents and book stores worldwide in December. The senior news editor has commissioned a leading historian, Dr Joe White, head of the Stanford department of history, to write a political overview for the news magazine’s special edition.
'Look for weak signals of the future, especially when they impose a fear on us' - Interview with Jacintha Sheerder
How do you see the future in fifty years?
Some very interesting and promising technologies are being developed right now, which can influence life in the future drastically. Technologies are often seen as a means instead of a goal in providing a solution for some of the great global challenges, like climate change, healthcare for a growing population, and scarcity of resources. When talking about energy scarcity and for instance the demand for energy, currently it is equally likely that we end up in a world of scarcity or in abundance. The question with many technologies is whether we can implement them in the same pace as these challenges are increasing exponentially. There is still a lack of confidence in how technologies would affect us as human beings. Especially technologies that are imposed on the human body give rise to resistance. How far do we want to go? There could become a tipping point in society. People could say, this is the limit as they no longer have grip of what technology does to their bodies and brains.
March 14, 2014 - Turning the CO2 we pump into the air into a valuable product sounds like a pretty good idea. It certainly would make it attractive for emitters to ensure they captured the gas because there would be a market for it.
March 14, 2014 - If you live in London in the United Kingdom as a pedestrian you may soon find it a lot safer to cross a street. New smart sensors and cameras are being tested that can detect a build up of pedestrians at a corner and adjust traffic signals to the volume.
In the post-industrial age, inefficiencies in the world are finally breaking down: interview with Stephan de Spiegeleire
Interview with Stephan de Spiegeleire, Senior scientist the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
How do you see the future in fifty years?
I personally expect a lot of positive changes to happen in the coming few decades. There remain enormous (self-imposed) inefficiencies in the world which we are finally starting to break down. The fact that so many opportunities for international trade arbitrage – most of them not a reflection of underlying endowments but of glaring political and regulatory inefficiencies – continue to exist is a perfectly example of this. Technology and globalization are starting to alter that – slowly, painfully but still quite decisively. We can in my opinion also expect major breakthroughs in both physical AND social technologies that will lead to quantum leaps in fields like education, health, and in many other spheres of private and public life, including even the (hopefully) ‘smarter’ use of armed force, something that we at HCSS are doing a lot of work on.