Category Archives: Science & technology

VR

A post from Matt, who is usually hidden behind a screen… Virtual reality systems have been around since the late 1960s, but the technology is now reaching a tipping point. In 1991, a complete Virtuality headsets-and-gloves VR system would set … Continue reading

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Relationships between Science and Fiction

    Still digging into science vs. fiction – looking at holography, artificial reproduction, high-speed trains and fibre optics among other things. Just stumbled into this (below) whilst researching Jules Verne. Some good points, for example… “what is usually cited … Continue reading

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Relationships between science and fiction

Still working through whether or not there might be a good graphic in the linkages between scientific fact and speculative fiction. In this vein, came across this today, which is one of the best things I’ve read about trends and … Continue reading

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Sci fi movies (and books) that came true

  Just playing around with an idea, which is whether there’s anything interesting to be said about speculations in science fiction versus science fact. Seems like quite a bit of what gets written about in fiction tends to become fact … Continue reading

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Links between science fiction and science fact

            How Ideas Happen Here’s a perfect example of how random events combine to create ideas and insights. I’ve been writing something about whether or not forecasting the future is futile or functional. It’s been … Continue reading

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‘Nightclub’ version of future tech map

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新兴科技时间轴(2014——2030+)

  这是和帝国理工大学技术预测同行们(尤其是阿莱克斯·阿亚德(Alex Ayad),但是在后期也要特别感谢克里斯·哈利(Chris Haley))共同创作的新型科学和技术时间轴。上面是图表完工时的图片。我们对于是否把“移动电话数量超过人口”列为“当下”讨论了很久,但是电话用户超过69亿人,已经很接近人口总数了。 请点击本段最后的链接,下载适合打印的高分辨率PDF版本(建议用彩色A3或更大纸张打印)。在一周左右时间内,将会有图表的纸质打印版。在本博文底部是一些展示该图表是如何创建的图片,以及图表是如何演进的。新兴科技-5 至于图表上有什么,有5个关键大技术:数字技术(主要是信息技术)、生物技术、纳米技术、神经技术和绿色技术(有时被称为清洁技术)。 我们把图表分成3个时间区域。第一个区域是“当下”,我们定义为现在或附近(2014-2015),同时至少1000个实际例子(事件可能是一次性出现的事,但是创新一般至少要有1000个实际例子才会纳入表中)。“很有可能”是第二个区域,被定义为2015-2030。第三个区域是“有可能”,被定义为从2030年往后可能出现的事。图表的绝大部分都是严肃的,但是我们没能抗拒在一些区域娱乐一下的冲动 希望你们都喜欢它,如果你觉得它有意思或者有用的话,请和他人分享。请注意本时间轴的出版是基于知识共享许可的,所以你可以在未询问情况下将其用于商业目的或者制作不同版本。但是如果使用时能链接回我们的初始版本,我们将感激不尽。 至于每条线上有什么,这里是清单: 绿色技术 当下 廉价太阳能聚集器 绝缘气凝胶建筑 振动能量采集 社区电网 能回应指令的家用电器 LED路灯 电网规模贮存 家庭电厂(冷热电联供系统) 智能仪表 藻类生质燃料 绿色技术 很有可能 超级电容车 消费者即时定价 100%淘汰白炽灯 氢的人工光合作用 合成飞机燃料 周围的射频能量采集 束能量用于生态监测和军事无人机 大规模的碳捕捉和碳贮存 摩天大楼上的透明(有机)太阳能电池 生物可降解电池 自主车辆专用车道 电动车辆路上感应充电 超市合成肉 绿色技术 有可能 行波反应堆 燃料电池驱动的轻型客机 … Continue reading

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Emerging tech timeline

If you want to print, this is the file to use. Also very final version. We are printing one 3m x 2m for an emerging tech conference at Imperial so good for larger sizes. PDF download here (3.8 meg) EmergingScienceTech-FINAL

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Timeline of Emerging Science & Technology (2014 to 2030+)

Here is the timeline of emerging science & technology created in conjunction with the technology-forecasting folks at Imperial College London (especially Alex Ayad, but a big thanks to Chris Haley in the later stages too). Above is an image of … Continue reading

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Emerging socks & technology

Saw these in a secret underground bunker. OK to say what they, but not where they’re from. Blast proof socks – presumably part of an emerging line of blast-proof underwear. Thing is that when soldiers step on mines and IEDs … Continue reading

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