Discovery Channels view of 2057

Discovery channel has a series on the future of 2057 They are way to conservative on what they are projecting. The chat transcript with series host futurist Michio Kaku shows that he is not up to date on the latest technologies. He thinks that the most powerful quantum computer calculation is 3*5=15. This was the …

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‘Origami lens’ makes high resolution cameras 8 times thinner

From physorg.com, engineers at UC San Diego have built a powerful yet ultrathin digital camera by folding up the telephoto lens. This technology may yield lightweight, ultrathin, high resolution miniature cameras for unmanned surveillance aircraft, cell phones and infrared night vision applications. Above: cross section of an eightfold imager. Below: cut-out view of the same …

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Military defense may get a step up on offense

There are two developing technologies. The millimeter radiation system for Active denial. The pain beam. It works out to 500+ meters. They are talking deployment in 2010. They are already in various field trials. I wrote about theHPM (High Power Microwave) pulses–powerful enough to destroy enemy electronics–can be produced without the need for explosives or …

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Nanoengineered concrete could cut CO2 emissions

One group of engineers at MIT decided to focus its work on the nanostructure of concrete, the world’s most widely used material. The production of cement, the primary component of concrete, accounts for 5 to 10 percent of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions; the process is an important contributor to global warming. Cement is …

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Inflatable habitats for Polar and Space Colonists

Inflatable dome for cold, high-latitude regions on Earth. The main figure (a) shows a cross-section of the suggested biosphere, and the small figure (b) shows a top-down view. The important components are labeled: a thin, transparent double film on the sunlit side (1), a reflective cover on the shaded side (2), control louvers (3), the …

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Engineer Poets Biofuel and Sustainable energy analysis

Engineer-poet had an interesting analysis of a comprehensive program of biofuels. He suggests this program for the nation: * Finance the fastest practical development and pilot test programs for solid-oxide fuel cells, molten-carbonate fuel cells and especially direct-carbon fuel cells. Processing systems for biomass carbonizer off-gas to feed SOFC’s should be a priority. * Block …

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Moore’s Law Extended to at least 22 nanometers

Using an undisclosed thick hafnium-based material for its high-k films in gate-stack applications, Intel claims that it is able to boost the overall performance, while also reducing transistor leakage by more than 10 times over current silicon dioxide technology. NEC Corp. is moving high-k into production, while IBM Corp. has disclosed the technology as well. …

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Breakthroughs in electronics warfare may deploy in 2 years

An advanced concept, pioneered by BAE Systems’ researchers, uses light to multiply the speed and power at which HPM (High Power Microwave) pulses–powerful enough to destroy enemy electronics–can be produced without the need for explosives or huge electrical generators. This is part of revolutionary breakthrough in electronics warfare capability that will occur over the next …

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Entertainment and Extinction classified

Open The Future has a categorization of extinctionA futurist at the movies has listed some movie examples of the different categories I have contributed some examples from movies, TV and some books. Apocalypses in fiction are listed here at answers.com LEVEL — SCALE0 — Regional catastropheMovies depicting: * 28 Days Later 1 — Human die-backMovies …

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