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Tagged with “future” (100)

  1. Future Tense: Underestimated plants

    We know that plants are living entities, but we don’t tend to associate them with intelligence. For many of us, their potential lies in what they can produce post-mortem – timber, food, textiles, etc.

    A new field of research called Plant Neurobiology challenges that assumption. Trees not only exhibit a decentralised form of intelligence, proponents argue, but also a social side. And understanding the way in which they might communicate and interact is essential for good forest management and the maintenance of a healthy environment.

    We also hear about a project called flora robotica which aims to build a symbiotic relationship between plants and robots; and we’ll meet a Swedish scientist who’s busy trying to turn roses into living electrical circuits – all in the name of cleaner energy.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/plants/7208954

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  2. Future Tense: The language of Emoji

    They infuriate some and delight others, but whether you like them or not, Emoji are certainly getting harder to ignore.

    The cute (or infuriating) little picture-symbols that adorn our emails, text messages and online posts are quickly becoming a defining feature of the modern age.

    In the past decade-and-a-half they’ve developed from a simple smiley face icon into a complex catalogue of emotional markers, bringing context to curt communication.

    There are now even emoji for introverts!

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/january-24/6581574

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  3. Inventing the Future | Novara Media

    In this new series for Novara TV, James Butler looks at the history and multiple usages of the word ‘Ideology’ and explores how it can be usefully deployed to describe and improve the world we live in.

    http://novaramedia.com/2015/10/inventing-the-future/

    —Huffduffed by iamdanw

  4. Designing the Future Through Tangible Storytelling

    As designers, new technologies are always capturing our imaginations, but in order to become part of our everyday life they need be introduced through human contexts and meaningful stories. In this talk, IoT expert and “maker-futurist” Carla Diana will share methods and strategies for new product visions based on vivid storytelling and tangible model making, looking at techniques such as scenario storyboarding, video narratives and vision imagery. She’ll share case studies from recent product design projects as well as experiments from her design lab work to showcase ways that near future technologies can be embraced as compelling ideas for new types of everyday products.

    http://2015.dconstruct.org/speaker/carla-diana

    Carla Diana is a hybrid designer keenly focused on realising new visions for Smart Objects and the Internet of Things. In addition to her industry experience at some of the world’s top design firms, such as frog Design and Smart Design, Carla maintains strategic alliances with a number of academic research groups. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, and a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program, where she developed the first course on Smart Objects. She is Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices and she continues work as a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab.

    Carla’s recent article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future. She has just completed a children’s book for Maker Media about the future of 3D printing and design entitled LEO the Maker Prince.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  5. A Brief History of Tomorrow

    What did you imagine the early 21st century would look like when you were a kid? Was it all flying cars and jetpacks? Daily trips to the moon and hoverboards back here on Earth? Or were you more enamoured with the darker sides of futurism? Perhaps Doomsday prophecies and the ravages of Future Shock were on your mind. Did you sit up nights worrying about acid rain and environmental degradation?

    How we imagine the future says a lot about us both as individuals and as groups. And by studying past visions of the future we can not only gain new insights into history, but we might even learn something about where we’re heading today.

    Matt Novak’s talk, “A Brief History of Tomorrow”, looks at the history of invention and imagination — from robot vacuum cleaners of the 1950s to visions of the internet before the internet even existed. He’ll trace the history of popular ideas about how we’d be living here in the year 2015, and debunk a few common historical myths along the way. No matter how talented our prognosticators, we often discover that the future is never exactly as anyone predicted. Which is precisely what makes studying it so much fun.

    http://2015.dconstruct.org/speaker/matt-novak

    Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo’s Paleofuture blog, which looks at past visions of the future. He explores the history of our most optimistic dreams and our most pessimistic fears by looking at everything from flying cars and utopian communities to overpopulation and complete societal collapse. His work is inspired by his private collection of retro-futuristic artifacts, including hundreds of vintage tech magazines, space age lunchboxes, 1980s videophones, among hundreds of other pieces. Matt started the Paleofuture blog independently in 2007 and it was later acquired by Smithsonian magazine in 2011 and then by Gawker Media in 2013. He currently lives in Los Angeles, a city which has about four years until it’s set to achieve the utopia depicted in the 1982 documentary Blade Runner.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  6. A Brief History of Time Capsules

    People feel very strongly about time capsules, even though the contents are often a little underwhelming. What actually qualifies as a time capsule, and what are some of the most notable ones?

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  7. Future Tense: Future taboo

    At any given point in time certain acts or beliefs are considered so outside the bounds of acceptable custom or behaviour that society moves to prohibit them.

    But such taboos are never set in stone: what might be considered abhorrent today – cannibalism or human sacrifice for example – were both considered legitimate practice by certain societies in historic periods.

    So, how do taboos form? And, can a better understanding of prohibitions help us determine what might constitute the taboos of the future?

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  8. Inquiring Minds 82: Alex Garland - The Science of Ex Machina

    Alex Garland is the writer and director of Ex Machina, a recently released film about what happens when someone is asked to interact with what might be the world’s first true artificial intelligence (as well as the writer of Dredd, Sunshine, and 28 Days Later).

    On the show this week guest host Rebecca Watson talks to Garland about the science behind the film, and what he learned in the process of making it.

    https://soundcloud.com/inquiringminds/82-alex-garland-the-science-of-ex-machina

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  9. Back to the Hoverboard Future | We Have Concerns

    Previously on We Have Concerns… in the Welcome to the Hoverboard Future episode Anthony mocked Jeff’s enthusiasm for a mind-bending new technology that indicated that hoverboards may, in fact, be possible.  Now, there is a new article on Engadget that describes a working prototype soon making its way onto Kickstarter.  Does Jeff get the last laugh, hovering his way back into the future he’s always wanted, or is Anthony still able to poke penny-sized holes in the dream?

    Like the show? Want early episodes and extra content? Support us on Patreon! http://patreon.com/wehaveconcerns

    Hey! If you’re enjoying the show, please take a moment to rate/review it on whatever service you use to listen. Here’s the iTunes link: http://bit.ly/wehaveconcerns

    Jeff on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffcannata

    Anthony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acarboni

    Article: http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/21/we-rode-a-hoverboard/

    Download MP3

    http://www.wehaveconcerns.com/2014/10/back-to-the-hoverboard-future/

    —Huffduffed by erinjo

  10. A.I State Of The Union - SXSW Interactive 2015

    The past few years have produced an explosion of A.I., with the technology not only breaking into the mainstream of popular culture, but impacting our everyday lives as well. Artificial Intelligence now touches nearly every part of lives, whether we realize it or not — from healthcare to education to travel and any number of tasks and daily interactions. This panel convenes leading experts across the A.I. space to discuss where the technology currently stands, what challenges it still faces, and how it will continue to develop over the next few years. From the current consolidation of the A.I. market through acquisitions and partnerships, to the development of Cognition-as-a-Service and its rapidly improving adaptability, we’ll look at the trends and opportunities as A.I. continues to underpin and propel more and more of our technological interactions and capabilities.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

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