Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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Posted at 7:51pm.

futuramb:

engadget:

Scientists want to fight the Ebola outbreak using robots

An interesting and obvious development. I think we can see a megatrend here where the increasing uncertainty and volatility in the world is related to the shortcomings of humans, which will increase the urge to use robots.

Posted at 6:17pm.

futuramb:

engadget:

Scientists want to fight the Ebola outbreak using robots

An interesting and obvious development. I think we can see a megatrend here where the increasing uncertainty and volatility in the world is related to the shortcomings of humans, which will increase the urge to use robots.

stoweboyd:

Americans have a well-known obsession with productivity. In recent research I am involved in we found that personal productivity is the highest aspiration in the use of work technologies. But perhaps this focus is not necessarily the best for us with regard to other aspects of life and work like…

Posted at 4:43pm.

thisbigcity:

urbangeographies:

BICYCLE ACTIVISM:  Latvian activists from a branch of the bicycle advocacy group Let’s Bike it recently created a visual reminder of the space taken by cars on a typical road. To this end, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The activists then cycled around the streets of Riga for several hours to highlight the absurdity of using a large car to move a single person. The stunt was organized as part of European Mobility Week, an ongoing campaign that explores sustainable urban mobility around Europe.

Source:  Christopher Jobson, ”Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars,” Colossal, 

Simple yet clear. Go by bike!

Posted at 3:09pm.

futurescope:

Tonematrix + Leap Motion VR

Pretty impressive VR tech demo of Leap Motion, Oculus and ToneMatrix.

First implementation of the Leap Motion VR in Tonematrix. Pretty happy with the result so far.

[Demo on reddit]

Posted at 12:00pm.

mostlysignssomeportents:

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Justin describes his life as an early Web writer, why it made him happy and how it nearly destroyed him, and who it turned him into. It’s a talk that’s uplifting and sad and funny and absolutely worth your time.

Read the rest…

Posted at 10:25am.

fred-wilson:

Our portfolio companies Coinbase and Funding Circle are on the cover (two covers??) of Bloomberg Magazine this week

Posted at 8:51am.

fred-wilson:

Our portfolio companies Coinbase and Funding Circle are on the cover (two covers??) of Bloomberg Magazine this week

futurescope:

Coffee-serving robot by Kawada Industries

Kawada Industries Inc.’s industrial robot Nextage is serving coffee for visitors at Japan Robot Week. The firm is hoping to inspire visitors to think about how robots might in future be put to use outside of factories.

[read more in The Japan Times]

Posted at 7:17am.