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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A look at the future of work.

Have You Got Millennial Workforce Expectations All Wrong?
Rawn Shah, forbes.com

How well do you understand the Millennial generation across the world and their expectations of the workplace? We have been many memes passing around speaking of how different they are from other generations. Yet, I think the many mismatches betwe…

This slideshow offers a glimpse into the architectural wonders of the future.

The world’s tallest twin towers are set to be built in Wuhan, China. The 3,280ft (1 kilometre)-tall Phoenix Towers will feature the world’s tallest kaleidoscope and floating restaurants that hover in vast globes (via Future world wonders)

This robot restuarant in Kunshan, China offers a glimpse into the future.

futurescope:

Robot restaurant where machines cook and serve food to customers

A restaurant in Kunshan, China, employed a team of 15 androids to cook and deliver food. The cute side of the Robocalypse. 

The restaurant has a total of 15 robots in heights of 1.2 meters. Each robot costs 40,000 yuan (6500 US dollars).

As doormen, cooks and waiters, the robots can work continuously for eleven hours after a night charge, and are able to use 40 basic language expressions, such as welcoming sentences to customers.

Singular instance? Nope. There is another restaurant in Harbin, China with 18 robot workers and a fully automated japanese sushi restaurant.

[read more] [photo credit AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE]

(via scienceyoucanlove)

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.