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.

mostlysignssomeportents:

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Dan Geer’s Black Hat 2014 talk Cybersecurity as Realpolitik (also available as text) is thoughtful, smart, vital, and cuts through — then ties together — strands of security, liability, governance, privacy, and fairness, and is a veritable manifesto for a better world.

Read more…

Posted at 4:43pm.

futurescope:

NASA presents Robo-Glove - a wearable human grasp assist device

Researchers at the NASA Johnson Space Center in collaboration with General Motors have designed and developed Robo-Glove, a wearable human grasp assist device, to help reduce the grasping force needed to operate tools for an extended time or for repetitive motion tasks. This wearable device allows the user to tightly grip tools and other items for longer periods of time without experiencing muscle discomfort or strain. The Robo-Glove also has potential applications in prosthetic devices, rehabilitation aids, and people with impaired or limited arm and hand muscle strength.

The Robo-Glove is a patented technology available for commercial technology licensing. For more information about Robo-Glove and other technology license opportunities, visit:http://technology.jsc.nasa.gov

Posted at 2:34am.

Boston Fed Chief Warns of Dangers to Repo Market

Wall Street banks continue to rely for billions of dollars in borrowing on a market that dried up suddenly in 2008, sending shock waves through the financial system and the wider economy.

Since the crisis, some steps have been taken to shore up the potentially unstable debt market, known as the repo market. But on Wednesday, Eric S. Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, became the latest prominent regulator to call for a more ambitious overhaul of the repo market. In particular, he suggested that financial institutions making large use of repo borrowing should maintain higher levels of capital.

Full Story: NYT

Posted at 9:25pm.

Boston Fed Chief Warns of Dangers to Repo Market


Wall Street banks continue to rely for billions of dollars in borrowing on a market that dried up suddenly in 2008, sending shock waves through the financial system and the wider economy.
Since the crisis, some steps have been taken to shore up the potentially unstable debt market, known as the repo market. But on Wednesday, Eric S. Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, became the latest prominent regulator to call for a more ambitious overhaul of the repo market. In particular, he suggested that financial institutions making large use of repo borrowing should maintain higher levels of capital.

Full Story: NYT

Wearable tech can be implanted in brains, thanks to new power technique

A research breakthrough has identified a way to charge tiny health-tracking devices that could be embedded in our brains, hearts or livers

Full Story: The Guardian

Posted at 7:51pm.

Wearable tech can be implanted in brains, thanks to new power technique



A research breakthrough has identified a way to charge tiny health-tracking devices that could be embedded in our brains, hearts or livers


Full Story: The Guardian

Paul Higgins: That is fantastic - go to the page and watch the video - even better

lierdumoa:

iwatchforsasha:

Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them

That second to last panel is chilling.

Posted at 4:43pm.

Spray-On Solar May Be Cheaper And More Eco-Friendly Than The Panels On Your Roof
ADELE PETERS, fastcoexist.com

Spray-on solar cells take less energy to make and can be put on everything from jeans to cars.

Scientists are one step closer to spray-on solar power. Instead of traditional bulky solar cells encased in glass—which can be awkward to put in plac…

Posted at 1:34pm.


Spray-On Solar May Be Cheaper And More Eco-Friendly Than The Panels On Your Roof ADELE PETERS, fastcoexist.com
Spray-on solar cells take less energy to make and can be put on everything from jeans to cars.
Scientists are one step closer to spray-on solar power. Instead of traditional bulky solar cells encased in glass—which can be awkward to put in plac…

wildcat2030:

This is what your home on Mars could look like
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NASA JPL and Makerbot have announced the winners of their Thingiverse Mars Base challenge to design and 3D print a human habitat for the Red Planet.
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Humans living on Mars is a fascinating concept. We already have Mars One looking to establish a Mars colony, and NASA planning manned missions to the Red Planet, with one objective being to assess the feasibility of living there; whether Mars has the resources necessary for human survival, and whether we have the technology to create what we need. While, however, it’s still a distant dream, that hasn’t stopped people from thinking about how we might live if we get there. Recently, NASA and Makerbot held the Mars Base challenge: to design human habitation, using materials either found on Mars or brought from Earth, that could be 3D printed. With 228 submissions on Thingiverse, the competition was fierce — but the three top designs are in, with the first place winner receiving a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer and spools of MakerBot PLA filament going to second and third. (via This is what your home on Mars could look like - CNET)

Posted at 12:00pm.

wildcat2030:

This is what your home on Mars could look like -NASA JPL and Makerbot have announced the winners of their Thingiverse Mars Base challenge to design and 3D print a human habitat for the Red Planet. - Humans living on Mars is a fascinating concept. We already have Mars One looking to establish a Mars colony, and NASA planning manned missions to the Red Planet, with one objective being to assess the feasibility of living there; whether Mars has the resources necessary for human survival, and whether we have the technology to create what we need. While, however, it’s still a distant dream, that hasn’t stopped people from thinking about how we might live if we get there. Recently, NASA and Makerbot held the Mars Base challenge: to design human habitation, using materials either found on Mars or brought from Earth, that could be 3D printed. With 228 submissions on Thingiverse, the competition was fierce — but the three top designs are in, with the first place winner receiving a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer and spools of MakerBot PLA filament going to second and third. (via This is what your home on Mars could look like - CNET)

tacanderson:

No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever

As for the dramatic explosion of young adult, predominantly female dystopian fiction—there was a time when kids didn’t want to read 1984, when that kind of fiction was a high-school-English-class required-reading bummer. Now it’s flying off the shelves, not because being afraid is hip, but because life as a young person has become increasingly uncertain. If dystopian fiction were really exacerbating the fear of technology, teenagers and young adults wouldn’t be such high-volume users of new tech.

I don’t get why people hate on dystopian fiction so much. I find it beautiful and inspiring. It helps to warn us about our own potential choices, but in most cases still highlights the strength of the human spirit. And while I’m not a huge fan of the newer genres of dystopian fiction (dystopian teen romances?) I still love that they’re popular. 

Posted at 10:25am.

tacanderson:

No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever

As for the dramatic explosion of young adult, predominantly female dystopian fiction—there was a time when kids didn’t want to read 1984, when that kind of fiction was a high-school-English-class required-reading bummer. Now it’s flying off the shelves, not because being afraid is hip, but because life as a young person has become increasingly uncertain. If dystopian fiction were really exacerbating the fear of technology, teenagers and young adults wouldn’t be such high-volume users of new tech.

I don’t get why people hate on dystopian fiction so much. I find it beautiful and inspiring. It helps to warn us about our own potential choices, but in most cases still highlights the strength of the human spirit. And while I’m not a huge fan of the newer genres of dystopian fiction (dystopian teen romances?) I still love that they’re popular. 

The best places to live
economist.com

A data-driven ranking of the most liveable cities

NOT New York nor Paris nor Tokyo. Urbanites in Britain’s former dominions should count themselves lucky, according to data from the Economist Intellige …

Paul Higgins: Woo Hoo

Melbourne is where I live and I would not want to be anywhere else although 6 months in New York would be great.

Posted at 9:14am.


The best places to liveeconomist.com
A data-driven ranking of the most liveable cities
NOT New York nor Paris nor Tokyo. Urbanites in Britain’s former dominions should count themselves lucky, according to data from the Economist Intellige …

Paul Higgins: Woo Hoo

Melbourne is where I live and I would not want to be anywhere else although 6 months in New York would be great.