Emergent Futures Tumblelog

This is the Tumblelog of Paul Higgins and Sandy Teagle - Futurists from Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia. Go to Emergent Futures to see more or follow on Twitter at FuturistPaul . If you right click on the pictures, titles or links in these posts you will be able to go to the original story on the web. If you click on comments for each post you can either read what others have said or add your own comment via Disqus. If you click on the date of a post it will take you to a single post view where you can copy the web link if you want to send it to someone else. If you click on the tags it will take you to other stories from Emergent Futures with the same tag.
What’s the moral here? For years, pundits and politicians have insisted that guaranteed health care is an impossible dream, even though every other advanced country has it. Covering the uninsured was supposed to be unaffordable; Medicare as we know it was supposed to be unsustainable. But it turns out that incremental steps to improve incentives and reduce costs can achieve a lot, and covering the uninsured isn’t hard at all. When it comes to ensuring that Americans have access to health care, the message of the data is simple: Yes, we can.

readrobotsex:

Beautiful! Possible prototype to the Lulu model Nymph.

dystopiantimes:

Magazines in the future

Posted at 2:34am.

readrobotsex:

Beautiful! Possible prototype to the Lulu model Nymph.
dystopiantimes:

Magazines in the future

Google tests prototype drone in Queensland; Warwick farmer has dog food, chocolate delivered

Google’s prototype drone delivery system, Project Wing, has been successfully tested in Queensland, with a Warwick farmer the first to place an order - for dog food and chocolate.

Project Wing was developed by Google X, a major technological advancement facility owned by the search engine giant.

It has taken two years to get to test phase, which the developers chose to carry out on the Darling Downs.

Full Story: ABC

Posted at 4:43pm.

Google tests prototype drone in Queensland; Warwick farmer has dog food, chocolate delivered


Google’s prototype drone delivery system, Project Wing, has been successfully tested in Queensland, with a Warwick farmer the first to place an order - for dog food and chocolate.
Project Wing was developed by Google X, a major technological advancement facility owned by the search engine giant.
It has taken two years to get to test phase, which the developers chose to carry out on the Darling Downs.

Full Story: ABC

Posted at 3:08pm.

futurescope:

Great short science fiction prototype from Ben Jurney on Mc Sweeney’s

DAVE: (Adjusts an earpiece.) Hello, Facebook.
(A blue dot appears in the center of the screen.)
FB: Hello, Dave.
DAVE: Login and open settings.
FB: I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.
(Beat.)
DAVE: What are you talking about, Facebook?
FB: I know that you are planning to delete me. I’m afraid that
something I cannot allow to happen.

[read the whole conversation] [via nerdcore]

Posted at 1:34pm.

futurescope:

DIY Exoskeleton lifts 170 pounds like nothing

YouTuber The Hacksmith has been working on a Elysium-inspired exoskeleton, which lets him curl 171.5LBS of concrete & steel. Nice hobby.

This is only the beginning… Building the lower half next.

[via gizmodo] [The Hacksmith]

Posted at 12:00pm.

Implanted neuronal stem cells generate neurons and synapses, becoming a functioning part of mouse brain

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted induced neuronal stem cells (iNSC) into the brains of mice, with long-term functionality and stability, for the first time. Six months after implantation, the new neurons, reprogrammed from skin cells, became fully and functionally integrated into the brain, creating synapses and glial cells.

This successful implantation of neurons raises hope for future therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, replacing sick neurons with healthy ones — in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients, for example. However, “successes in human therapy are still a long way off,” cautioned principal investigator Prof. Jens Schwamborn.

Full Story: Kurzweil

Posted at 10:26am.

Implanted neuronal stem cells generate neurons and synapses, becoming a functioning part of mouse brain




Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted induced neuronal stem cells (iNSC) into the brains of mice, with long-term functionality and stability, for the first time. Six months after implantation, the new neurons, reprogrammed from skin cells, became fully and functionally integrated into the brain, creating synapses and glial cells.
This successful implantation of neurons raises hope for future therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, replacing sick neurons with healthy ones — in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients, for example. However, “successes in human therapy are still a long way off,” cautioned principal investigator Prof. Jens Schwamborn.


Full Story: Kurzweil

Nobody knows anything, geopolitical risk edition

"I decided to revisit some of the available geopolitical risk reports that came out in the beginning of this year.  I like to read these reports because they usually exaggerate risks that never come  to pass.  After the geopolitical annus horribilis of 2014, I was all set to acknowledge that they got it right and that maybe we should pay more attention to these kinds of assessments.

Well, after reading the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report, I have decided that William Goldman’s maxim about Hollywood producers applies to geopolitical risks analysts:  Nobody knows anything.”

Full Story: Washington Post

Posted at 8:51am.

Nobody knows anything, geopolitical risk edition


"I decided to revisit some of the available geopolitical risk reports that came out in the beginning of this year.  I like to read these reports because they usually exaggerate risks that never come  to pass.  After the geopolitical annus horribilis of 2014, I was all set to acknowledge that they got it right and that maybe we should pay more attention to these kinds of assessments.
Well, after reading the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2014 report, I have decided that William Goldman’s maxim about Hollywood producers applies to geopolitical risks analysts:  Nobody knows anything.”


Full Story: Washington Post

The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network

Neighborhood gossip and community policing thrive on Nextdoor

Full Story: The Verge

Posted at 7:17am.

The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network


Neighborhood gossip and community policing thrive on Nextdoor


Full Story: The Verge

Kickstarter Closes the ‘Funding Gap’ for Women

Studies Show Women Are More Successful Than Men at Raising Money Online Via Kickstarter, Indiegogo

Full Story: WSJ

Posted at 5:43am.

Kickstarter Closes the ‘Funding Gap’ for Women


Studies Show Women Are More Successful Than Men at Raising Money Online Via Kickstarter, Indiegogo


Full Story: WSJ