Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.


We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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These emergency preservation medical trials (some will call it “suspended animation”) will produce interesting results.

"The researchers behind it don’t want to call it suspended animation, but it’s the most conventional way to explain it. The world’s first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of surgeons will remove the patient’s blood, replacing it with a chilled saline solution that would cool the body, slowing down bodily functions and delaying death from blood loss. According to Dr. Samuel Tisherman, talking to New Scientist: “We are suspending life, but we don’t like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction… we call it emergency preservation and resuscitation.” (via Endgadget)”

A look at a 1,000 strong robotic swarm in action.

futurescope:

A self-organizing thousand kilobot robot swarm

Scientist at Harvard SEAS & Wyss Institute created the first thousand-robot flash mob:

Following simple programmed rules, autonomous robots arrange themselves into vast, complex shapes

“Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. “Now form the letter K.”

The ‘K’ stands for Kilobots, the name given to these extremely simple robots, each just a few centimeters across, standing on three pin-like legs. Instead of one highly-complex robot, a “kilo” of robots collaborate, providing a simple platform for the enactment of complex behaviors.

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse (see video). To computer scientists, they also represent a significant milestone in the development of collective artificial intelligence (AI).

[read more] [Image courtesy of Mike Rubenstein and Science/AAAS] [kilobots on futurescope]

A look at global asteroid impacts from 2000 to 2013.

mapsontheweb:

The location of every asteroid impact since 2000 with an energy higher than 1 kiloton of TNT

(via starstuffblog)

IMB’s Watson in the boardroom.

emergentfutures:

Watson, the IBM supercomputer, might replace the loudmouth in your business meetings

While plenty of modern conference rooms are outfitted with technology, IBM is imagining a future in which computers figure into office meetings not only as tools but as active participants.

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According to the MIT Technology Review, IBM is testing the idea at a lab where everything said in a demo room lined with microphones can be transcribed, and in some cases synthesized, by Watson, the Jeopardy! champion supercomputer.Participants can ask Watson for something as simple as a statistic, or as complex as a list of acquisition targets based on its understanding of a pre-meeting strategy memo and a set of verbal conditions (“Watson, show me companies between $15 million and $60 million in revenue relevant to that strategy” is an example from the article).

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In the demo, Watson was able to make further suggestions on companies to eliminate from the group of potential targets, essentially generating a shortlist. In time, the software might be able to log contributions of different people to a meeting, or fact-check statements.

Full Story: Quartz

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As many of you may know, I am based in Groningen, the Netherlands. Currently I am completing a diploma in Application Development (An MBO here) and am seeking a suitable internship (Stage) for 1 Sept to 1 Mar  in this area (or surrounding provinces). If you or anyone you know knows of something suitable in the area I would be much obliged for your help. (More details can be found in Dutch here).

Thank you all for your support.

Our daily Shuttle magnificence!

thedemon-hauntedworld:

The space shuttle Discovery climbs toward Earth orbit following a successful liftoff from KSC’s Pad 39A at 8:41:50 a.m. (EDT), Aug. 30, 1984. Inside the spacecraft are six crewmembers looking forward to a busy week in space. The scene was photographed by astronaut John W. Young in the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).
Photo credit: NASA

(via invaderxan)

This graphic examines sovereign defaults by country since 1800.

datarep:

On July 30th Argentina defaulted for the second time in 13 years, and for the eighth time in its history. That makes it one of the world’s most serial sovereign defaulters, though not the most frequent reoffender. Ecuador and Venezuela have both reneged on their debts ten times.

(via katiecouric)