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…

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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…

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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.

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.  

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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New York City: Architect Aims for Futuristic Skyscraper Named Big Bend | Fortune.com

react-text: 214 A Greek architect has a vision that would reshape New York City’s skyline —a /react-text react-text: 216 U-shaped skyscraper /react-text react-text: 217 that would become “the world’s tallest building.” /react-text react-text: 219 Ioannis Oikonomou /react-text react-text: 221 told /react-text react-text: 222 Business Insider that his firm /react-text react-text: 224 Oiio Studio /react-text react-text: 225 is seeking investments for the building design, currently dubbed Big Bend. The tall, skinny tower would bend in half and will measure to be about 200 feet taller than One World Trade Center, which…

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What is Prospective?

Prospective literally means “under observation”. It can also refer to an event that is likely or expected to happen in the future. For example, a prospective student is someone who is considering attending a school. A prospective cohort study is a type of study, e.g., in sociology or medicine, that follows participants for a particular future time period. Can we predict the future? In futures studies there are various ways of thinking. Different schools of thought think about the future in different ways. The one way is where people say…

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We May Be Able to Build a Rocket That Can Go 99.999% the Speed of Light

A professor has proposed a mathematical theory that could allow us to one day build a photon rocket that can reach at 99.999 percent of the speed of light. Theoretical Spacecrafts Theoretical physics often lifts the sanctions we set on our own imaginations. Whether it’s exploring the possibility of warp drives or understanding the rate of the universe’s expansion, we are quick to explore the unknown on our chalkboards until our tech is ready for our ideas. In a similar deep-dive into the theoretical, a Norwegian professor argues in the…

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Rise of the Machines: We Can Stop Automation From Destroying Society

The widespread adoption of automated systems threatens to further widen the gap between the rich and poor. However, stifling the technology is not the best way to cope with the problem of worker displacement. A Growing Gap Widespread automation has the potential to amplify existing income disparities and produce an unparalleled level of economic inequality. As artificial intelligence (AI) improves and algorithms get more advanced, automated systems can replace more of the workforce, meaning fewer people are needed to generate the same (or greater) amounts of wealth for those at the top.…

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Toyota FT-4X concept is an off-roader for Millennials – Autoblog

The FJ is dead, long live the FT. Toyota’s retro-inspired off-roader may be a few years gone, but the Japanese automaker wants to show that it’s still interested in the segment. At the 2017 New York Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the FT-4X concept, short for “Future Toyota-Four-wheel-drive Crossover.” While vehicles like the 4Runner and Tacoma are aimed at more hardcore off-road enthusiasts, the FT-4X is aimed squarely at city dwellers who want something more capable than a RAV4 or C-HR.  Related Video:   Source: Toyota FT-4X concept is an off-roader…

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Here is my touch desk, and how to build your own

.featured-image .entry-header .entry-meta To get started, here is a quick video of the touch desk that definitively help me being more productive day long. I started using a touch desk in 2011, and now it is part of my habits. I know what I can expect from it, and what I cannot. For example, as I use a regular keyboard and mouse on top of my touch desk, I know that a small touch area on the surface of the desk is better than to have all the surface touch sensitive.…

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Alphabet's Verily details its research-focused health watch

Google has made a smartwatch, but not the kind you might expect. Verily, the health organisation owned by Google parent company Alphabet, has (finally) announced its 'Study Watch' for medical research purposes. It doesn't run Android Wear, nor does i… Source: Alphabet's Verily details its research-focused health watch

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GM aims to put 300 more self-driving Chevy Bolts on the road

General Motors and its San Francisco-based autonomous vehicles division Cruise have made it clear they plan to put an autonomous taxi fleet on the road as fast as possible. Earlier this year, rumors from both the Wall Street Journal and Reuters claim… Source: GM aims to put 300 more self-driving Chevy Bolts on the road

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Apple gets the OK to test autonomous cars in California

California will soon have yet another company's self-driving vehicles navigating its roadways. The Department of Motor Vehicles granted Apple an autonomous vehicle testing permit on Friday, enabling the company to use public roadways in its autonomou… Source: Apple gets the OK to test autonomous cars in California

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The first trailer for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is here

The 2017 “Star Wars Celebration” has been going on for the last day or so — and now those of us who aren't there are getting what's likely to be the most exciting thing coming out of the event. That's right, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last… Source: The first trailer for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is here

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Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoes: The fourth dimension is hype

Adidas is getting serious about turning its 3D-printed concepts into consumer products. Last week, the sportswear giant revealed Futurecraft 4D, a sneaker designed partially with a manufacturing technology called Digital Light Synthesis, which create… Source: Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoes: The fourth dimension is hype

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