Scientists and researchers who have included the title “futurist” in their curriculum occasionally make predictions about the achievements of mankind in the near and distant future. Achievements that will have many-sided effects on people’s lives. Lately these prophets have been speaking about Continue reading
The reason for this is that they want to find a way for the human brain to perform better in the today world, which is filled with information.
Data collection is easy. The hard part is to make sense of them. However, living in a deluge of data, people often cannot cope with complex databases. The researchers are working with sophisticated virtual reality tools in order to Continue reading
Until the early twentieth century, electricity in the eyes of the inhabitants remained a product of scientific curiosity just like the Large Hadron Collider now – nothing more than a toy to entertain a handful of physicists.
Nikola Tesla was probably the most prominent of those scientists and inventors who with his pioneering work made electricity inseparable part of our lives.
During his long career Tesla received over 111 U.S. patents and approximately 300 in other countries.
Trying to improve the Edison light bulbs, the great Serb developed neon and even fluorescent light bulbs and switched them on from the distance via electrostatic waves.
The invention of radio controlled cars put him among the pioneers of robotics. According to some reports, he even managed to get the first x-rays in 1896, almost simultaneously with Conrad Roentgen.
At the threshold of World War II, Nikola Tesla suddenly announced Continue reading
Visions of future depicted by science fiction writers and futurists usually include atomic explosion, killer robots on tracks and cannibal nomads riding on motorcycles. And this is justified, since we do not take adequate care of our environment, new technologies are not always good of mankind and people of the world are at war with each other without the robots present.
But we cannot be too sure that the history of human civilization will end in such a grim way. Finding ways to avoid premonitions of popular sci-fi stories and apocalyptic dystopia may Continue reading
Robots will have captured our offices before the end of the decade, claims a British expert in artificial intelligence who provides that by 2018 robots will take professions that now are thought to be purely “human”. If to believe the forecasts, office workers, secretaries, salespeople, insurers and administrators should start looking for another workpiece.
The predictions of the bleak future for human occupation are made by Andrew Anderson, CEO of artificial intelligence company Celaton, in an interview in the British newspaper «Daily Mail». As the British expert said, the company undertook an assessment of all of the achievements in the field of artificial intelligence of recent years. The conclusion is that the replacement of humans by machines in the workplace will come sooner than you thought: in fact it is Continue reading
It is believed that one day the development of technology will be the cause of death of humanity. And judging by the research projects of the last decade, it may happen sooner than we think, since the modern scientists in their quest to streamline and improve everything sometimes go too far. Here are several controversial scientific developments, which in the future can be dangerous for mankind.
In 1918, the “Spanish flu” cost an estimated 50 million lives before the human immunity learned to cope with this terrible disease. In October of 2005, the staff of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed the virus genome from the lung tissue of victims buried in the permafrost in Alaska and took it to one of the laboratories.
The researchers believe that the study of the Spanish flu will help them understand what may be dangerous for human avian influenza virus H5N1 and the way it can be transmitted to humans. According to Erling Myhre, a specialist in infectious diseases, the reanimation of the “Spanish flu” is perfectly safe – just one year after removal of the virus the researchers presented a vaccine against it.
However, not all scientists share the optimism of Myhre; for example, Jens Kuhn, a virologist at Harvard University, believes that there may be a Continue reading
These are printers that can print with hot plastic a variety of models. On Amazon.com there is a separate section devoted to these devices, and on Kickstarter.com money is collected for the release of the budget model of 3D-printer. Colorful spools of plastic thread make dresses, splints for a broken hand, fragments of a human skull, and many more. In the future, 3D-printer can change the principles of Continue reading
Nowadays, not only we openly write about sex, it is shown all over the place and even brought to our attention in the media. Intimate relationship is no longer a manifestation of romantic feelings or anything sacred. Perhaps that is why the concepts of sex and love have grown apart. And while “true love” has not yet fully come under the influence of modern technology, it is quite different with sex. Here is an overview of latest technologies and sex prototypes to help in understanding what sex may become in the future.
Gender and sexual orientation
In Western culture, people have long accepted the fact that gender and sexual orientation of a person is not predestined at birth. The fact that people today have resorted to sex-change operations are unlikely to surprise anyone. Moreover, many transsexuals are heroically attempting to educate and show to the skeptics how their lives have changed for the better after the change of their gender. A striking example of this phenomenon is Lana Wachowski, who together with her brother Andy created the “The Matrix” trilogy and the movie “Cloud Atlas“. Continue reading
The “great minds of the world” estimated the most likely causes that might lead to the end of the world.
According to their calculations, killer robots and cyber-attacks that will cause chaos in communications are the greatest enemies of mankind.
The distinguished scientists of the University of Cambridge, among them Stephen Hawking, launched a study to identify what threatens the modern man.
Professor Robert May of the Center for the Study of Existential Risk of Cambridge, said: “When you know your enemies, you can face them.” Head of the center is Martin Rees who points out that among the greatest enemy of mankind is man himself and not natural phenomena. Continue reading
British and Spanish scientists designed a simulation device that allows rats to experience “Avatar” and establish interactive communication with humans.
In the sci-fi film “Avatar”, the human body, through genetic modification, can easily become substituted for a person of an alien race. Currently, a team of computer scientists are to transform science fiction into reality using rats as experimental objects. Continue reading