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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Plans to grow stem cells in space may provide interesting results.

The view on Mars.


Gale crater, Mars. Last week.

A sense of touch created for a prosthetic hand.


Amputee Feels in Real-Time with Bionic Hand

EPFL writes:

Dennis Aabo Sørensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information – in realtime – with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his upper arm. Sørensen could grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching while blindfolded.

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An infographic look at the top 20 startups of all time.


The data team at Verge has a great infographic researching the Top 20 Startups of All Time. Check it out.

(via howstuffworks)

DARPA is sharing its open source code now, with the DARPA Open Catalogue.


DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place

"Making our open source catalog available increases the number of experts who can help quickly develop relevant software for the government," Chris White, the DARPA program manager behind the effort, said in a statement. "Our hope is that the computer science community will test and evaluate elements of our software and afterward adopt them as either standalone offerings or as components of their products."

(via DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place | The Verge)

This will most likely further increase the speed by which new technology will be developed. I wonder when if there will be attached an open ethics board à la Google to this research as well??

(via futurescope)

California´s Robocops - Robots to aid police in crime ridden areas.

In a bid to make local communities safer and give local law enforcement agencies more tools to fight crime, California-based Knightscope recently unveiled a line of K5 robots that it believes will “predict and prevent crime with an innovative combination of hardware, software and social engagement.” (via RT USA)

A single currency in East Africa by 2015 would be a step closer to a unified currency throughout Africa.


“As a member of the Monetary Union of Europe, I have to tell you that it is a very ambitious exciting project, [but] one where, as Aristotle would put it, you should hasten slowly in order to make sure that all the steps are taken and all the boxes are checked — Don’t rush. Make sure that you learn from our mistakes and that the East African Monetary Union can actually teach the Europeans how to do it right.”

- Christine Lagarde, MD of IMF on the move by East African countries to trade in a single currency by 2015, sequel to last month’s signing of the monetary union protocol by the region’s heads of state.