Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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Posted at 9:25pm.

txchnologist:

The world’s first 3-D printed car took to the streets this weekend after being built in an amazingly short 44 hours. The vehicle, called Strati, was designed by Italian designer Michele Anoé, who won an international competition held by crowdsourcing carmaker Local Motors.  It was printed and rapidly assembled by a Local Motors team during a manufacturing technology show held last week in Chicago, then went on a drive on Saturday. 

Strati’s chassis and body were made in one piece out of a carbon fiber-impregnated plastic on a large-area 3-D printer. The machine put down layer after layer of the material at a rate of 40 pounds per hour.

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Posted at 7:51pm.

mostlysignssomeportents:

"Hardly a major brand name" doing business in Malaysia is untainted by the use of forced labor from trafficked workers, according to a study backed by the US Department of Labor.

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Posted at 6:17pm.

futuramb:

A pretty good sketch of a transforming future from McKinsey and some thoughts on the management challenges:

It would be easy, though, for organizations and leaders to become frozen by the magnitude of the changes under way or to tackle them on the basis of outdated intuition. Taking the long view may help. In 1930, the great British economist John Maynard Keynes boldly predicted that 100 years on, the standard of living in progressive countries would be four to eight times higher. As it turned out, the upper end of his optimistic expectation turned out to be closer to the truth. Those who understand the depth, breadth, and radical nature of the change and opportunity that’s on the way will be best able to reset their intuitions accordingly, shape this new world, and thrive.

Posted at 4:43pm.

futurescope:

Flame- & ice-proof soft robot gets squashed by a car

Michael Tolley (Harvard) & his team created a 65 cm long soft & pneumatic robot with no skeleton, that can survive fire, ice and getting squashed by a car. Very Cronenberg’esque.

Snip from The New Scientist:

Its beefed up size allows it to support a battery pack that keeps it going for up to 2 hours and an electrically powered air compressor system that drives its pneumatic motion. Soft robots are of interest for search and rescue missions, says Tolley, or in any situation where a flexible body can better navigate through tight spaces. Its ability to handle extreme conditions should also come in handy.

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Posted at 3:08pm.

India Adopts Smarter City Strategy to Handle Massive Urban Influx
Guest, asmarterplanet.com

(Photo: Rob de Wit)By Prashant PradhanIndia is a dynamic nation of extreme contrasts. As the second most populated country in the world, Indian cities are facing unprecedented growth in population due to rapid urbanization. Imagine…

Posted at 1:34pm.

India Adopts Smarter City Strategy to Handle Massive Urban Influx
Guest, asmarterplanet.com
(Photo: Rob de Wit)By Prashant PradhanIndia is a dynamic nation of extreme contrasts. As the second most populated country in the world, Indian cities are facing unprecedented growth in population due to rapid urbanization. Imagine…

tacanderson:

Snowpiercer, Elysium: What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality.

We come for the evocative allegory, but stay for the gory action and expensive CGI explosions.

None of these classics cares too much about presenting plausible pathways for political change. You might argue that it’s unfair to ask our popular dystopias to do much more than entertain us or, at best, vaguely inspire us to avoid the apocalypse.

How much responsibility does fiction have for answering the questions it raises?

Posted at 12:00pm.

tacanderson:

Snowpiercer, Elysium: What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality.

We come for the evocative allegory, but stay for the gory action and expensive CGI explosions.
None of these classics cares too much about presenting plausible pathways for political change. You might argue that it’s unfair to ask our popular dystopias to do much more than entertain us or, at best, vaguely inspire us to avoid the apocalypse.

How much responsibility does fiction have for answering the questions it raises?

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them
John Biggs, techcrunch.com

Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a…

Posted at 10:26am.

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them
John Biggs, techcrunch.com
Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a…

fred-wilson:

Mike Doughty has a new record and so he’s the artist of the weekend

Posted at 8:51am.

mostlysignssomeportents:

There’s widespread consensus that the best cosplayers at this year’s Dragoncon were the people who dressed up in bodysuits patterned after the notoriously bizarre institutional carpet at the Atlanta Marriott hotel, one of the event’s venues. But when one of the cosplayers offered to supply carpet-camo to other attendees, Couristan Inc (the company that designed the carpet) sent them a legal threat.

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Posted at 7:17am.