Digital Mirror: The First Tech-Mediated Psychedelic

Soon, there will be an app that will collect all of your digital exhaust. This will include everything that you have searched for, tweeted about or liked, every YouTube video watched, every Reddit upvote, and all the StumbleUpon rabbit holes that make up your digital persona. With algorithms like Watson coming online, where natural language…

Details

Methods For Futuring: Part Two

This article is the second piece in the weekly series ‘Methods for Futuring’. Read Part One here. Technological Change and Exponential Growth To understand how technological change and exponential growth and lead directly into the 6 super trends, the reader needs an understanding of the technological laws that drive our modern world. These laws have…

Details

Apple’s Anki: Merging Physical and Digital Worlds

Yesterday at the WWDC keynote speech, Apple announced something quite interesting: a new company called Anki Drive, which is centered around Artificial Intelligence and robotics. These robots communicate with Bluetooth LE. The little racer cars that were presented at the show can sense the track up to 500 times a second, giving them a smooth and fluid…

Details

Creating Predictive Science Fiction

Science fiction has always played a roll in developing new ideas and technologies that capture the imagination, and inspire us to develop the technologies that captivate us as young children. But it is rarely known about the techniques and methods used to actually develop these breathtaking futuristic technologies that ultimately become the technologies of the…

Details

RoboBees: Epic Mechanical Nature

Let’s face it: the bees are in trouble. Their populous is currently suffering from colony collapse disorder – a strange occurrence where worker bees from hives or colonies suddenly disappear. This decline in numbers is due to certain pesticides, parasites and viruses that have cropped up in the last decade, and even though the European…

Details

Udacity and the Online Learning Revolution

A couple weeks ago, I started taking an online class through a website called Udacity. I love it. It’s smart, convenient, and free. But I love its potential even more. Online learning is nothing new, of course. Plenty of colleges offer online classes, both for-credit courses and free material that’s open to the public. MIT and…

Details

Voyager Treadmill: Social Running Is The Future

  Voyager [easyazon-link asin=”B003TNO1AA” locale=”us”] Treadmill [/easyazon-link] allows you to create an immersive social running experience as well as play games while you run. The design by II-Seop Yoon is a futuristic utopia for dedicated runners and includes voice control, huge touchscreen technology, and a motion-controlled remote. The Voyager allows the runner to chose between three basic…

Details

ASMR – The Secret Brain Tingle

Imagine that you are five years old. You are sitting on the end of a couch opposite your older sister, who is chatting away to a friend on the phone. This takes place in a time before wireless phones, so she is wrapping the coiled cord around her finger absentmindedly. When it reaches her nail,…

Details

Movie Monday: After Earth Review

When it comes to cinema, I enjoy viewing a film with zero expectations, so I generally avoid watching previews. This was the case with ‘After Earth‘, and as I entered the theater, I knew nothing more than a few simple facts: it starred Will Smith & Son, was set 1000 years in the future, and…

Details