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…

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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…

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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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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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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.

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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