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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This is quite telling regarding US expectations for the future.

pewresearch:

Are you among the one-third of Americans who think humans will build long-term space colonies in the next 50 years?

See more predictions and dreams for the future: http://pewrsr.ch/1kyRjr3

This behemoth may be the future of aviation.

sagansense:

The Monstrous “Sky Whale” Could Be the Future of Air Travel

by George Dvorsky

This concept plane is called the AWWA Sky Whale and it’s the brainchild of Spanish designer Oscar Viñals. Should it ever leave the ground, the three-floor aircraft would hold 755 passengers and be powered by four large hybrid engines.

The concept plane was designed with current and future technologies in mind, including micro-solar panels that could charge the engines, self-healing skin with adaptable opacity, active wings to reduce turbulence, and advanced alloys, ceramic and fiber composite materials…

Continue reading over at io9

via rhamphotheca

This is a much discussed topic. But really, if your job can be done by a robot, then it´s time to start improving your skill-set now.

theatlantic:

What Jobs Will the Robots Take?

It is an invisible force that goes by many names. Computerization. Automation. Artificial intelligence. Technology. Innovation. And, everyone’s favorite, ROBOTS.

Whatever name you prefer, some form of it has been stoking progress and killing jobs—from seamstresses to paralegals—for centuries. But this time is different: Nearly half of American jobs today could be automated in “a decade or two,” according to a new paper by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, discussed recently in The Economist. The question is: Which half?

Another way of posing the same question is: Where do machines work better than people? Tractors are more powerful than farmers. Robotic arms are stronger and more tireless than assembly-line workers. But in the past 30 years, software and robots have thrived at replacing a particular kind of occupation: the average-wage, middle-skill, routine-heavy worker, especially in manufacturing and office admin.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

A look at the outlook for 2014 as seen by the World Futures Society.

An infographic look at the future of money (via Envisioning)

The possibilities for this morphing tactile display are endless! This may just be the haptic tech of the future.
futurescope:

Morphing Table
Well, what can I say… The Future is here. This is one of the most amazing artifacts from the future I’ve seen in a long time. 
Think about the potential and what you can do with it when they increase the resolution and the strength of the blocks (carbon composites, graphene… whatever). I definitely share the astonishment of Kevin Kelly:

Wow, it’s the beginning of….. something in our future. There must be a science fiction name for a full body controlled virtually. It’s a demo of….

Be sure to watch the video:

[made by MIT Professor Hiroshi Ishii and his students] [via Kevin Kelly]

The possibilities for this morphing tactile display are endless! This may just be the haptic tech of the future.

futurescope:

Morphing Table

Well, what can I say… The Future is here. This is one of the most amazing artifacts from the future I’ve seen in a long time. 

Think about the potential and what you can do with it when they increase the resolution and the strength of the blocks (carbon composites, graphene… whatever). I definitely share the astonishment of Kevin Kelly:

Wow, it’s the beginning of….. something in our future. There must be a science fiction name for a full body controlled virtually. It’s a demo of….

Be sure to watch the video:

[made by MIT Professor Hiroshi Ishii and his students] [via Kevin Kelly]

(via emergentfutures)