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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Turning a paper plane into a mobile controlled drone.


Video The PowerUp Drone.

PowerUp is a small plastic propellor and rudder which connects to a phone via bluetooth. When attached to a paper aeroplane it can become a remote controlled drone.

The makers of the device say the next generation version will have a magnetometer, accelerometer and gyrometer, and they are working on a dogfight mode that lets one pilot “shoot down” another plane by sending a signal to stop its engine.

A look at the rise in billionaires.

The number of billionaires is forecast to grow by 38% to 2,315 in the decade to 2023, according to Knight Frank’s annual Wealth Report which is carried out by the research company Wealth Insight. (via BBC News)

Hey! Mind telling me a little about space expo? I came across some other pics of it but that's about it, and it looked intriguing.
futurist-foresight futurist-foresight Said:

Sure. (Sorry for the delay). Space Expo is situated Noordwijk, the Netherlands, right next door to the ESA Research and Tech Centre (Which sadly wasn’t open when I visited). 

The Expo itself has numerous hands-on experience from basic principles to experiencing a Soyuz re-entry. As well as a history of space travel. There is a to scale lunar lander as well as mock-ups of some of the ISS modules (I’m not exactly sure which) including the copula which you can walk through. It was an interesting expo, but I would definitely time it in order to do the ESTEC tour as well, for the full effect.

It’s Monday and we are thinking of Mars.

Zoom-in from Earth to the surface of Mars

Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

It’s Monday and we are thinking of Mars.


Zoom-in from Earth to the surface of Mars

Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

So I was fortunate enough to visit Space Expo, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on Thursday and thought I would share a few photos. Sadly I couldn’t visit the ESA Research and Tech centre as tours are only available on weekends and school holidays.


Based on a slide deck by David Smith:

  1. R is the highest paid IT skill ( survey, January 2014)
  2. R is the most-used data science language after SQL (O’Reilly survey, January 2014)
  3. R is used by 70% of data miners (Rexer survey, October 2013)
  4. R is #15 of all programming languages…

A very interesting list indeed! Ranging from daily newspaper circulation to mobile phone subscriptions in 2013.


*Every year, I read the “Tomi Ahonen Almanac” of statistics about the mobile phone biz.  Every year my hair gets whiter, too — but it’s probably not just from the supernatural horror of these amazing numbers.

*Seven-point-one billion mobile phone subscriptions means one subscription for every person on the planet.  But it’s only gonna go up, up, up — in Europe they’ve already got three mobile accounts for every two living people.