Phantom Phone Vibrations: Future Haptic-Telepathy

Phantom phone vibrations are more common than you would think. According to a new study “Phantom Vibration Syndrome is a type of hallucination reported among mobile phone users in the general population. Another similar perception, phantom ringing syndrome, has not been previously described in the medical literature.”  Around 80% of us have imagined a phone vibrating…

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Sexbots, Ethics, and Transhumans

  “I zoomed in as she approached the steps of the bridge, taking voyeuristic pleasure in seeing her pixelated cleavage fill the screen. What was it about those electronic dots that had the power to turn people on? There was nothing real in them, but that never stopped millions of people every day, male and female,…

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Five Ways Augmented Reality Will Make Us Transhuman

Transhumanism is all about the creative and ethical use of technology to better the human condition. Futurists, when discussing topics related to transhumanism, tend to look at nano-tech, bio-mechanical augmentation and related technology that, for the most part, is beyond the comprehension of lay-people. [easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0988616114″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41jsHv4czvL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″] If transhumanism as a movement…

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Methods For Futuring: Part 3

(Read Part One and Part Two of ‘Methods for Futuring’) Six Supertrends Shaping the Future Technological growth is one of  the six super-trends; however it is not just a super-trend, it is a super-force that creates accelerating changes with massive effects and disruptive power. One of the more obvious super-trends produced by technological advancements is economic growth.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Space Habitat: A 3D View of the Rama Craft

Sometimes procrastination can lead to something great. For all you redditors out there, I highly suggest subscribing to r/Retrofuturism. Thats where I found this incredible rendering by Eric Bruneton of the alien space habitat Rama from Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction series of the same name. In the first book of Clarke’s series, Rendezvous with Rama, said spacecraft moseys…

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Must Read Books That Will Prepare You For 2013

The Times They Are a-Changin‘….2013 is just around the corner and technology is speeding up faster than most of us can comprehend. Connectivity is increasing and consciousness is shifting. Don’t worry, we have you covered. We have compiled a list of must read books that will prepare you for 2013 and the near future. Hopefully some of…

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Future Robot Identity Crisis: Transformers And Shape Shifting Machines

Future  Robot Identity Crisis sounds like a listing for the [easyazon-link asin=”0890420254″ locale=”us”] DSM [/easyazon-link] (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) we might see included in the year 2050. Transformers and shape shifting machines are certain to be a part of our future. Researchers at MIT have created tiny robots inspired by what they call “The…

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