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Jun 19, 2015

Buckminster Fuller Institute Launches Online Dymaxion Reading Group for Summer 2015

Posted by in categories: education, sustainability

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“BFI is thrilled to announce the launch of our web-based Dymaxion Reading Group; participants will discuss text about, by, or related to Buckminster Fuller, facilitated by experts and guests from our network. … We are launching the program with Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, gathering for discussions online starting the first week in July as part of the ongoing celebration of the anniversary of Bucky’s 120th birthday.

Initially published in 1969, and one of Buckminster Fuller’s most popular works, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth is a brilliant synthesis of his world view and a great introduction to his ideas. In this volume, Fuller investigates the great challenges facing humanity, and the principles for avoiding extinction and “exercising our option to make it.” How will humanity survive? How does automation influence individualization? How can we utilize our resources more effectively to realize our potential to end poverty in this generation? He questions the concept of specialization, calls for a design revolution of innovation, and offers advice on how to guide “spaceship earth” toward a sustainable future.”

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Jun 19, 2015

Towards a body-on-a-chip — The Economist

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

“What makes organ chips potentially so effective in drug testing is that they create not just the biochemical environment necessary for the cells to thrive but also the physical one…This use of stem cells in organ chips raises the possibility of a device that represents an individual patient—a patient-on-a-chip, if you like. In this case all the tiny organs would be derived from a single person: tests could then be carried out on the device to find what combinations of drugs and dosages work best for that patient.” Read more

Jun 18, 2015

What’s Stopping Us from Building Cities in Space? No, It’s Not Tech.

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

The US has a plan for Americans to live in space. In 2012, the National Research Council was commissioned by Congress to roadmap the future of human space exploration. Last June, the team published its findings in a massive report, which called for several action steps to be taken immediately. One year later, are we on track?

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Jun 18, 2015

A Futurist Looks at Where Cars Are Going — Quentin Hardy | The New York Times

Posted by in categories: driverless cars, transportation

Eric Larsen heads research in society and technology at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development in Sunnyvale, Calif. He says that while vehicles will be shared, Americans are not likely to give up their own cars.

“We don’t think people will give up their own cars. Americans like to do everything in the cars. They eat in cars, they drink in cars, they have entertainment in cars and they change clothes in cars — people who leave the office at lunch and sleep in their cars, or wait in their cars for an hour at a time for their children. Driving is really the distracting thing we do in cars.” Read more

Jun 18, 2015

A Robotic Dog’s Mortality

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Mourning Aibo.

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Jun 18, 2015

AMC Humans Trailer

Posted by in category: futurism

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Jun 18, 2015

Artificial Neural Networks Can Day Dream–Here’s What They See

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Do androids dream of electric sheep? The day dreams of A.I. Neural networks.

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Jun 18, 2015

The Earth’s Evaporating Aquifers — By Robinson Meyer | The Atlantic

Posted by in category: water

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“Many—if not most—of the Earth’s aquifers are in trouble. … That’s the finding of a group of NASA scientists, who published their study of global groundwater this week in the journal Water Resources Research. Water levels in 21 of the world’s 37 largest known aquifers, they report, are trending negative.”

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Jun 18, 2015

“In Motion” Levitation Is Possible And No Longer Just a Myth — Eamon Kunze WT Vox

Posted by in categories: anti-gravity, tractor beam

Startship controlled by a tractor beam

Levitation and the defiance of gravity is possible. If until now levitation was just a magic act or circus “reality” or, tractor beam technology existed just in sci-fi movies, recently, a team of Japanese researchers have demonstrated the first technology that not only brings the mythology of levitation to life but leap frogs it to create a tractor beam, lifting and moving objects across 3 dimensions using sound alone.

The essence of levitation technology is the countervailing of gravity. By stoping gravity, levitation is possible. It is known that an ultrasound standing wave is capable of suspending small particles at its sound pressure nodes. The acoustic axis of the ultrasound beam in conventional studies was parallel to the gravitational force, and the levitated objects were manipulated along the fixed axis (i.e. one-dimensionally) by controlling the phases or frequencies of bolted Langevin-type transducers.

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Jun 17, 2015

UK woman can ride bike for first time with ‘world’s most lifelike bionic hand’

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

Nicky Ashwell, 29, from London, can now carry out tasks with both hands for first time with hand developed by prosthetic experts Steeper

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