The iPhone in 1983 had a stylus

In 1983, Apple designed a prototype for a landline telephone set with a built-in touchscreen. The device featured a touchscreen, but it had a monochrome look and implemented a stylus for input. Its design heavily leans on white, and is indicative of Apple’s 1980’s product design scheme (and, to some degree, its present day one). One of the pictures features a check-writing app, which would suggest that it would be used for some kind of modem-based payments. The phone never made it past the prototype phase, and that was probably to…

Read More

Music and Space – Yuksek and Thomas Pesquet

This music video, directed by Jérôme de Gerlache, is a collaboration between French musician Yuksek and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the International Space Station. The friends came up for the concept of this film to show both ships of creation: Yuksek’s studio where he composed the music inspired by Thomas Pesquet’s flight, and the spaceship where Thomas is performing science for the benefit of humanity. Illustrating their everyday working life, they are brought together by music that crosses borders and travels easily from Earth to space. Music connects people…

Read More

11 Cars Designs from the Belle Epoque to the present day

11 cars from the Belle Epoque to the present day – a vision from the French automaker Renault. Just because we love cars, we added the technical specs for all the cars. 1911 – Renault Type CH The Renault TYPE CH shares certain design similarities with the horse-drawn vehicles of the 1900s. Featuring a sporty single-phaeton body, the CH has a resolutely athletic air with its short and narrow chassis and boasts the elegance and refinement of a high-end model. Type CH 1911 Engine 4-cylinder in-line – 5,026 cm3 –…

Read More

Reblog: Stumbleupon mathematics for stumblers

As an enthusiastic new stumbler, I am continuously impressed with the content I discover on StumbleUpon, and I was wondering what is the algorithm behind. I quickly understood that it is an undisclosed secret sauce – but I found on Mashable a reference to an old blog post published in 2007, entitled “StumbleUpon mathematics for stumblers“. The post is not available since almost 9 years but we was able to find it on Internet Archive, so here it is – including the original discussion from 2007 in the bottom of the page.

Read More

Project of Aerostatic Fighter Ship in 1788

In 1788, aerostatic balloons seem to be the future of transport in the air. The vision of the Renaux (17..-18..) air combat was clearly inspired by the sea transport of the time. Here are his proposals: Combat air of two ships, each of 100 pieces of Cannon, with arches of steel instead of gunpowder, and 1,000 men, the year 100 of the invention of the Aerostatic Machines. Renaux proposed the following features: 100 foot keel aerostatic vessel Balloons or globes in number and capacity sufficient to carry the vessel and…

Read More

A century ago, The future predicted

How could we imagine the year 2000 at the turn of the 19th and the 20th century? Dream science fiction gives all the more curious results when – the future of yesterday become the past of today – these projections can face what actually became the world. The series of postcards is one of the most impressive proof that some people can almost predict the future, and other can be completely wrong… We can see cleaning robots, drone delivery, but also strange inventions that would not match any need…

Read More

Time Travel may be possible but is still banned in China

Since few days, the time travel is in the headlines. The last time we talked about Time Travel was in 2011 when China decided to kind of ban it. What is happening? Exciting idea but nothing really happened Nothing happened more than a new theory that is to be experimented. Ben Tippett, a mathematics and physics instructor at UBC’s Okanagan campus, recently published a study about the feasibility of time travel. Using math and physics, he has created a formula that describes a method for time travel. Mathematically, may time travel is possible,…

Read More

New urban dealership concept – A brief visit to past, present and future

Citroen just announced today the opening of its new urban dealership concept in Paris, and this is the opportunity to revisit the story of the showroom and some futuristic visions, compared to the newest showroom. Urban Dealership Concept Citroën is setting up its urban dealership concept, “La Maison Citroën”, an architectural expression of the concept presented on Citroën’s stands at the latest motor shows. In an intimate 150 m2 space that breaks with the cues of conventional automotive retail, visitors enjoy an experience blending the physical and the digital, emphatically…

Read More

Future of Home Learning and Education imagined in 1967

In 1967, 9 years before the first Apple was revealed, some people imagined the future with a stunning accuracy. Philco-Ford Corporation, a appliance and radio manufacturer, sponsored a time travel into the future in celebration of its 75th Anniversary. In 1967, looking at year 1999 was as for us looking at years 2050. An appliance and radio manufacturer was naturally imagining of a world full of appliances and radio like devices. This look into the future seems quite accurate. Each family member’s activities are enabled by a central computer and the interaction involves multiple products. We will have…

Read More

Don’t Leave AI Up to Corporations

Now that machines are learning to do all sorts of things on their own, from deciding who gets bail to finding new pharmaceuticals, the question is how we can ensure that computers don’t accidentally screw up people’s lives. The results from a new survey conducted on behalf of the Royal Society, a UK-based scientific fellowship, show that at the very least folks want the government to be involved in deciding how AI develops. Indeed, “71% of people feel that the government should play some role in the development of machine…

Read More

The Singularity – Unpredictable future or fake news?

The Register published an article naming the singularity as the 2016’s fake news. Some scientists claim The Technological Singularity will come at one point, when other says we cannot exceed human intelligence, ever,. We can asymptotically approach it, but exceed it. This is also what we say about the speed of light.

Read More

Past and Future of Human-Computer Interaction

Human Computer Interactions started with the first computer, and will continue to evolve until our brain is directly connected to the computer. We tend to reduce the barrier between human and computer As a consequence, we reduce the barrier between human and human Brain-computer interfaces are about to emmerge, meaning that we will have access to brain to brain human communication, but this is another story.

Read More

The future of F1

Renault just released some new material to show us a vision of the future of the Formula 1. Renault is not a new comer in F1 and this year is the 60th anniversary of the Etoile Filante. The Renault Étoile Filante (Shooting Star) was Renault’s only attempt at both creating a gas turbine-powered car and setting a land speed record for such cars. In 1954 the French aeronautical turbine’s manufacturer, Turbomeca, proposed that Renault make a gas turbine car, both to exalt the benefits of the technology and to try to…

Read More

How the first programmable robot works

The first programmable robot was completed in 1772 by Pierre Jacquet-Droz, a talented watchmaker. The robot is 100% mechanical and can be programmed to write 40 character texts. This automaton is the first programmable robot, but also the first programmable computer – and the first printer. The robot was built for marketing purposes and contributed to Jacquet Droz worldwide popularity in the 18th century. Marketing was the only purpose, but we can imagine, today, how this technology could be implemented to automate multiple tasks.

Read More

Automatons are robots built in the 18th century, and some are still alive.

Automatons versus Robots An automaton is a self-operated machine designed to follow a predetermined sequence of operations, or respond to predetermined instructions. A robot is a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. So, the main differentiation is the complexity of the operations the robot can operate versus the automaton. Today’s robot do not seems to process much more operations to do basic movements, so the Skeleton worth the close look.

Read More

Adding Haptics Feedback for walls and heavy objects in virtual reality using electrical muscle stimulation

“haptics for VR walls” is a work by Pedro Lopes, Sijing You, Lung-Pan Cheng, Sebastian Marwecki, and Patrick Baudisch at the Hasso Plattner Institut. The purpose of the experiment is to determine how to add haptics to walls and other heavy objects in virtual reality. When a user tries to push such an object, our system actuates the user’s shoulder, arm, and wrist muscles by means of electrical muscle stimulation, creating a counter force that pulls the user’s arm backwards. Our device accomplishes this in a wearable form factor. In…

Read More

AeroMobil is ready to launch a flying car that you can actually buy | Inhabitat

We’ve been waiting for flying cars ever since the 1960s – and they’re set to become a viable reality this year. AeroMobil just announced that it is ready to launch its futuristic flying car – and you’ll actually be able to buy one in a few months. The company plans to show off the latest iteration of the car/plane hybrid next week in Monaco, with pre-orders starting later this year. AeroMobil is an integrated aircraft as well as a fully functioning four-wheeled car, powered by hybrid propulsion.     @aeromobil…

Read More

Roborace – The Car designed by Daniel Simon

START TEXT WIRED MAGAZINE: Simon created vehicles for films like Prometheus, Captain America, and Tron Legacy. It’s a fitting CV for a job that involves self-driving race cars. Automakers have started to address the idea of how taking the wheel from humans might change how cars are built, but this takes the extra step of taking the human out of the picture altogether. It’s a very cool-looking future. END TEXT Robocar Concept I: First Media Release END TEXT TOP GEAR MAGAZINE: The dramatic bodywork shouldn’t be too much of surprise…

Read More

The Type 57 T is not a Bugatti but is Pure Bugatti DNA

This Bugatti Type 57 T is a concept inspired by Arthur B Nustras, a talented industrial designer working at Nissan in Atsugi (Japan) and not at Molsheim. But does it really matter? The designer did a work inspired by passion and he produced something with a pure Bugatti DNA, whatever he is working for Nissan or Bugatti. He mixed the visual language of the brand, preserved  a 100 years old DNA and mixed the whole with the Chiron.

Read More

Future Cars Will Force Us to Redesign Future Cities | Architectural Digest

react-text: 313 For more than a century, driving automobiles has shaped our behaviors, and that behavior has shaped our cities. But with self-driving electric cars on the horizon, how will architecture and real estate be impacted when the driver is no longer turning the wheel or pushing the pedals? /react-text react-text: 315 It’s a question city planners and architects like /react-text react-text: 317 Gensler /react-text react-text: 318 CEO Andy Cohen are already taking into consideration, as they anticipate how driverless automobiles will affect our surroundings. “Everyone is focused on the…

Read More

Futuristic Paris 1900-2900 – Two visions, same result: a green city

Paris is a special city, where the weight of the path is as heavy as the weight of the future. Even if some will see a bright, successful future for Paris and other an apocalyptic vision of Paris, at the end we tend to share the save vision: green, green, green. In 1900, the vision of Paris in 2000 was as  below, with (a Boing 747?) and some roads that we have today – and the green: Paris is continuously thinking about his future. Maybe this started during the Exposition…

Read More

An immersive travel in the 23rd century – The Fifth Element full length movie

New York, 23rd century – 2259 to be exact –  the flying cars are self-driven but the density of population force people to live in small boxes in multiple layers, in a strict society.  A cab driver turned unlikely hero in this timeless story in the 23rd century, and a great opportunity for us to visit a vision of the 23rd century, with full of details. In this future world, humanity has wandered out among the stars, spreading the life-energy of the universe and further agitating the dark force, whose time to strike…

Read More

Handcrafted Animatronic Human Sculpture in Bronze and Stainless Steel

At the beginning of this millennium, during 6 years Mark Ho handcrafted an incredible animatronic human sculpture in bronze and stainless steel. The humanoid piece of art can move in all directions, and can stay in most positions. The precision of the work is unbelievable and the result is a masterpiece, entirely built from solid pieces of  bronze and stainless steel. Many parts was made with tools that was designed for that purpose.  

Read More

Futuristic visions Overtaken – Google+

Curves, displays, visible technology, don’t you want to sit down as a student and follow this lesson, with the city you can observe through the window? On the futuristic whiteboard, a question. On the student’s touch desks, a red button will help them to confirm their response typed on the touch keyboard. The teacher seems not to have a place in this classroom. However, if AI and robots takes care of many tasks, our children should have more people to teach them. If it is to be a machine instead…

Read More

Negative mass or a fluid that moves forward when pushed back

Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn’t accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards. The phenomenon is rarely created in laboratory conditions and can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos, said Michael Forbes, a WSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington. This bizarre phenomenon will…

Read More

Sentient Developments: 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years. Here are 10 mindblowingly futurist technologies that should appear by the 2030s.Futuri As a futurist, it’s my job to make predictions. But I absolutely hate timelines, and you’ll rarely find me making claims about when some specific sort of technological wizardry will make an appearance. Feasibility interests me more than dates on a calendar. This article originally appeared at io9.…

Read More

Futuristic Classroom – 300 years of visions in pictures

Classroom: A view from the past This is not the pedagogical model that worked the best but this vision of the future of education was possible at one time. The challenge would be to keep student focus and motivated – but the benefit of this kind of gamification seems to be more for the machines more than for the students. In the picture below, the teacher don’t necessary looks friendly but at least the machines seems less equipped to motivate students. This could be read as an augmented reality classroom…

Read More

Retro-futurism: The city in 1950 as seen in 1925 (Popular Science, August 1925)

We are happy to reblog an article released on August 1925 by Popular Science. The Wonder City You May Live to See Buildings Half -Mile High and 4-Deck Streets May Solve Congestion Problems. Note: You can find old popular science magazines on eBay. The amazing pictures on these two pages were drawn from suggestions made by Harvey W. Corbett, president of the Architectural League of New York. ‘hey are a vivid, graphic expression of Mr. Corbett’s mental conception of the typical American city of the future—the place in which most of us…

Read More

Concept car Vision Next 100 Future technology

German car maker BMW shows developed it concept car Vision Next 100. Such vehicles may be in the next 100 years. Established concept looks really futuristic. If you look at the car carefully, you will notice a recognizable feature of all BMW vehicles. Of course, it is a familiar form of the radiator grille. But everything else – beyond reality. This we used to accustomed see in the of science fiction films. Get at least the windshield, the entire surface of which – It is a display of augmented reality…

Read More

How Technology Will Change The Way We Live In 100 Years – Minutehack

Commissioned by Samsung, the SmartThings Future Living Report paints a vivid picture of our future lives; suggesting the way we live, work and play will change beyond all recognition over the course of the next century. It was authored by a team of leading academics including TV presenter and one of the UK’s leading space scientists, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, award-winning futurist architects and lecturers at the University of Westminster Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess, as well as pioneering urbanists Linda Aitken and Els Leclerq. Many of the predictions were influenced…

Read More

The Journey to Mars has a price tag, and it will give Congress sticker shock | Ars Technica

NASA has been talking about its “Journey to Mars” for the better part of this decade now, along with its plans to send humans to the Martian system in the 2030s. One thing the space agency hasn’t done, however, is talk too much about costs. From experience, the agency has learned the woes of giving Congress “sticker shock” when it comes to exploration programs. However, a new report by NASA’s inspector general chastises the agency for not doing so earlier. “Such estimates would help inform other decision makers and stakeholders in…

Read More

Why do Rethink Robotics robots have eyes? — Quartz

You’d never mistake Baxter and Sawyer for humans, though they were designed to work alongside them. Each has programmable robotic arms that swivel and twist at the joints, bright red plastic exteriors, and rigid mechanical movements. And yet, despite not imitating humans otherwise, the robots have eyes. The animated eyes are displayed on what looks like tablet device above the robots’ arms, where a human might expect a head to be. Baxter and Sawyer obviously don’t use the eyes to see or to complete the factory tasks to which they’re…

Read More

Beware the unintended consequences of a robot revolution | Technology | The Guardian

Ask an economist or a technology expert and they will happily tell you that decades of data reliably show automation has created more jobs than it has destroyed. Far fewer of us now work on farms, for example, thanks to super-efficient machines that do the bulk of the work. Such technology has boosted productivity and, with it, living standards. As a result, more people work in leisure industries such as hospitality or hairdressing, serving all those people with higher disposable incomes and more free time. So far so good. And…

Read More