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.

futurescope:

Smart Glove Helps Hearing and Sight-Impaired to Text

Folks who are deafblind traditionally focus on physical contact to communicate and use a verbose form of signing called Lorm. In an attempt to facilitate fast, casual conversation, and general mobility, researchers at Berlin’s Design Research Lab built the Mobile Lorm Glove to facilitate two-way digital communication. The wearer is able to trace Lorm across the surface of the glove and its pressure sensitive fabric translates the message to text, which is then sent via bluetooth to a smartphone. An array of tiny motors on the back of the glove spell out the return message, thus closing the loop. 

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Posted at 6:30am and tagged with: tech, technology, user interface, communication,.

smarterplanet:

By Colin Harrison
IBM Distinguished Engineer

This is the first of three posts that explore the concept of urban information networks, that is, the flows of information in cities about…

Posted at 11:19am and tagged with: Tech, Technology, Cities, Information, Communication,.

Robots That Talk Like Cave-Dwelling Crickets: Using Silent Puffs Of Air

Ant trails, airborne chemicals, wood vibrations—scientists have a long history of borrowing clever communication techniques from the animal kingdom. Inspired by the odd social habits of a cave-dwelling cricket, scientists have now taught robots to communicate by firing rings of pressurized air at each other.

Full Story: DiscoveryMagazine

Posted at 7:52pm and tagged with: robots, communication,.

Robots That Talk Like Cave-Dwelling Crickets: Using Silent Puffs Of Air

Ant trails, airborne chemicals, wood vibrations—scientists have a long  history of borrowing clever communication techniques from the animal  kingdom. Inspired by the odd social habits of a cave-dwelling cricket,  scientists have now taught robots to communicate by firing rings of  pressurized air at each other.
Full Story: DiscoveryMagazine

A big solar storm could cost $2 trillion, could be a global Katrina

We live in a different world now, it’s more connected than ever. GPS is ubiquitous. When the last solar storm hit, we weren’t as wired and hooked to the grid

Full Story: SmartPlanet

Posted at 6:36pm and tagged with: risk, solar flares, communication, economic,.

A big solar storm could cost $2 trillion, could be a global Katrina

We live in a different world now, it’s more connected than ever. GPS is  ubiquitous. When the last solar storm hit, we weren’t as wired and  hooked to the grid

Full Story: SmartPlanet

futuramb:

The Rise of Generation C - Article in Strategy & Business

The world of 2020 will be set and governed by the members of Generation C, as they mature and grow in numbers and power. How businesses choose to cater to this coterie will determine their success — and even their ability to survive — in the coming

This is a development which most people think will dramatically transform traditional companies by creating huge internal tensions which in turn will change a company. I am not so sure since it is very easy to underestimate what is needed to change a company.

Another plausible scenario is that Generation C, which is not a homogeneous group, will divide into subgroups where those that are willing to buy in to the old logic which traditional companies follows will do that. In that way traditional companies will not change at all but will on the other hand soon (or not) realize that they are manned by  the B-team i e the bottom 50% when it comes to creativity and talent.

The A-team (the top 50%) might not even consider to work for a traditional company at all and will just elsewhere or start new ventures of their own.

I wonder if that is not happening already…

Posted at 8:25am and tagged with: communication, future, management,.

futuramb:

The Rise of Generation C - Article in Strategy & Business
The world of 2020 will be set and governed by the members of Generation C, as they mature and grow in numbers and power. How businesses choose to cater to this coterie will determine their success — and even their ability to survive — in the coming
This is a development which most people think will dramatically transform traditional companies by creating huge internal tensions which in turn will change a company. I am not so sure since it is very easy to underestimate what is needed to change a company.
Another plausible scenario is that Generation C, which is not a homogeneous group, will divide into subgroups where those that are willing to buy in to the old logic which traditional companies follows will do that. In that way traditional companies will not change at all but will on the other hand soon (or not) realize that they are manned by  the B-team i e the bottom 50% when it comes to creativity and talent.
The A-team (the top 50%) might not even consider to work for a traditional company at all and will just elsewhere or start new ventures of their own.
I wonder if that is not happening already…

Imagining an augmented reality future that’s not an advertising hell

London design firm Berg and advertising agency Dentsu produced this short video, “Media Surfaces: Incidental Media,” demonstrating a vision for a future in which media surfaces are everywhere, but are used to be playful, informative and to better connect you to your friends and family.

Paul Higgins: I was particularly taken by the simple idea of printing breaking news headlines on receipts as people shop - a simple and clever way to use existing systems for communication.

Posted at 8:40am and tagged with: augmented reality, communication, internet, user interface,.

Texting Now More Popular Than Cell Calls

Americans Punched Out 110 Billion Text Messages Last Year, Census Data Shows

Posted at 11:18am and tagged with: mobile, texting, communication,.

Texting Now More Popular Than Cell Calls
Americans Punched Out 110 Billion Text Messages Last Year, Census Data Shows