Saturday, May 1, 2010

Future of robotocs for human augumentation

Dean Kamen give and excellent presentation that explains how his group is designing hardware for physically disabled veterans. This is a must watch.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNgqQNovWTc

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fusion?

I don't know if this will ever pan out, but it might be a start...

New hope for ultimate clean energy: fusion power


(PhysOrg.com) -- Imagine if you could generate electricity using nuclear power that emitted no radioactivity: it would be the answer to the world's dream of finding a clean, sustainable energy source.

Monday, January 21, 2008

And reality strikes

I have a personal bias that causes me to wish that the world will be a better place in the future. Unfortunately it looks like we will be going through a rough patch before we get there. In the USA we have a monetary situation where it is extremely likely that our elected officials will cause a DEPRESSION, instead of allowing the market correction that needs to occur.
Part of the problem is the insatiable addiction to oil, and the fact that we are currently using everything that can be pumped out of the earth. Global warming is another piece, and global pollution and the wholesale resource depletion, both on land and at sea is another.
The hope that I have is based on the possibility of nuclear fusion research, which is proceeding after the death last year of Dr. Robert W. Bussard.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Another voice of concern that we are not at the point where we can see into the future


At WorldChanging, Alex Steffen writes about the lack of vision seen in Science Fiction, at least regarding the near future. His Article Science Fiction, Futurism and the Failure of the Will to Imagine,
notes what I have already noted previously. He sees the issue as too many older Science Fiction writers, and not enough from the younger generations.


Monday, August 6, 2007

William Gibson on the future

I found it interesting that William Gibson, who wrote Neuromancer and a number of other cool books is having the same problems I am with writing. He describes not being able to get a feel for the future.

Take a look at his interview and let me know what you think.

Friday, June 29, 2007

A Short Update

Well, it has been a busy month for me, and I have not kept up with the Blog. I have been looking at a few others though, including Larry Lessing, Althouse, Dana Boyd, and Dr Helen.

I have not seen much in the news that has drastically changed in any way, but there have been incremental advances in Bio-fuels and green technologies that seem to hold some promise. The simplest of these is an idea I found at matteran energy, where they are creating a simple system to use the energy around us. There are supposedly greater things afoot, but details are sadly lacking.

I continue looking for the ideas that might be great enough to change the future, but from my present perspective, I do not see any one thing that will be the 'magic bullet' that will turn around the present state of the planet.