The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

I never get tired of looking at what futurists thought colonized space would look like.
(via Space, Utopia’s Final Frontier)

I never get tired of looking at what futurists thought colonized space would look like.

(via Space, Utopia’s Final Frontier)

Found this article from 2011. I would argue general consumers are just starting to see the benefit of this mentality, but given how slow the heath care world is, that’s not surprising. I’d also say that we can expect to see a lot more coming at an increasingly fast rate. 

Two clear themes emerged from the conference: the importance of emerging markets (growing middle class in India and China, for example) and the influence Apple is having on the technology front. 
“It is not an overstatement to say that no other company or product has forever changed the future direction of medical technology. What the iPhone and iPad have proved is that consumers not only want cool technology but easy to use technology that fits into their life and helps make their lives easier.” Ya think? This just warms my design-friendly heart.

Found this article from 2011. I would argue general consumers are just starting to see the benefit of this mentality, but given how slow the heath care world is, that’s not surprising. I’d also say that we can expect to see a lot more coming at an increasingly fast rate. 

Two clear themes emerged from the conference: the importance of emerging markets (growing middle class in India and China, for example) and the influence Apple is having on the technology front. 

“It is not an overstatement to say that no other company or product has forever changed the future direction of medical technology. What the iPhone and iPad have proved is that consumers not only want cool technology but easy to use technology that fits into their life and helps make their lives easier.” Ya think? This just warms my design-friendly heart.

The science of ‘Transcendence’ isn’t just fiction—it’s terrifyingly real

Transcendence is based directly on the principle of singularity, the moment when technology surpasses humanity. In fact, Dr. Caster, the film’s protagonist, even states as much in the trailer, asking an audience to, “Imagine a machine with the full range of human emotion. It’s analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person in the history of the world. Some scientists refer to this as the singularity. I call it Transcendence.”
Over the years, the biggest proponent of the singularity has been noted author, scientist, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who freely acknowledges that, “Science fiction is the great opportunity to speculate on what could happen.” Although a notorious eccentric, Kurzweil’s thinking has led to numerous technological innovations over the last few decades. Recently, he partnered with Google (yes, Google) in their efforts towards “using techniques of deep learning to produce an artificial brain.”

The science of ‘Transcendence’ isn’t just fiction—it’s terrifyingly real

Transcendence is based directly on the principle of singularity, the moment when technology surpasses humanity. In fact, Dr. Caster, the film’s protagonist, even states as much in the trailer, asking an audience to, “Imagine a machine with the full range of human emotion. It’s analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person in the history of the world. Some scientists refer to this as the singularity. I call it Transcendence.”

Over the years, the biggest proponent of the singularity has been noted author, scientist, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who freely acknowledges that, “Science fiction is the great opportunity to speculate on what could happen.” Although a notorious eccentric, Kurzweil’s thinking has led to numerous technological innovations over the last few decades. Recently, he partnered with Google (yes, Google) in their efforts towards “using techniques of deep learning to produce an artificial brain.”

In the age of biometric surveillance, there is no place to hide.
The future is here. Be scared. 
I’ve always been really good at predicting digital and cultural trends. So much so that I’ve made my living doing it for most of the last decade. But even I have my biases. I was such a music snob and loved owning music that I couldn’t imagine not ever buying albums. 
I remember back in 2005 I read this book, The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution and thinking the authors were completely insane. They were talking about paying for streaming music like a utility, that we’d quit “owning” music and stop buying albums and would instead pay monthly fees to access unlimited music. I thought it was the stupidest thing I’d ever heard. It turned out to be the biggest trend I’ve ever completely missed.
Streaming, an interactive report from Pitchfork, tells the next phase of the story.  

From YouTube, to Pandora, to Spotify, streaming music is piloting our listening habits in fascinating new ways that both upend old hierarchies and recall innovations of previous eras. Eric Harvey explores how these developments are affecting ideas of taste, access, and ownership today—and what this shift means for fans and artists alike—in our latest Cover Story.

I’ve always been really good at predicting digital and cultural trends. So much so that I’ve made my living doing it for most of the last decade. But even I have my biases. I was such a music snob and loved owning music that I couldn’t imagine not ever buying albums. 

I remember back in 2005 I read this book, The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution and thinking the authors were completely insane. They were talking about paying for streaming music like a utility, that we’d quit “owning” music and stop buying albums and would instead pay monthly fees to access unlimited music. I thought it was the stupidest thing I’d ever heard. It turned out to be the biggest trend I’ve ever completely missed.

Streaming, an interactive report from Pitchfork, tells the next phase of the story.  

From YouTube, to Pandora, to Spotify, streaming music is piloting our listening habits in fascinating new ways that both upend old hierarchies and recall innovations of previous eras. Eric Harvey explores how these developments are affecting ideas of taste, access, and ownership today—and what this shift means for fans and artists alike—in our latest Cover Story.

(Source: pitchfork)

Reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Why did it take me so long to read Ready Player One? Everyone told me it was excellent. They told me it was a futuristic dystopian sci-fi book filled with 80’s references. And yet it still took me four years to read it. I have no excuses. I feel shame. – View on Path.

fastcodesign:

"It’s the buzz that makes the lightsaber sound dangerous." - How The “Star Wars” Lightsaber Was Designed

The lightsaber is such a wonderful blend of old and new. For me it kind of optimizes Star Wars.

fastcodesign:

"It’s the buzz that makes the lightsaber sound dangerous."How The “Star Wars” Lightsaber Was Designed

The lightsaber is such a wonderful blend of old and new. For me it kind of optimizes Star Wars.

(via fastcompany)

The 3D Printer That Serves Dinner
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the day when my 3D printer prints me off a juicy slab of lab grown meat steak. 

The 3D Printer That Serves Dinner

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the day when my 3D printer prints me off a juicy slab of lab grown meat steak. 

(Source: motherboardtv)

fastcompany:

Millennials Don’t Care About Owning Cars, And Car Makers Can’t Figure Out Why
"What auto manufacturers, along with much of corporate America are missing here is that the vehicles to freedom and personal identity have changed for this generation. The sooner brands get a grip on this reality the sooner they can make adjustments in how they market to and communicate with this core group, which is essential to their long-term success."
More> Co.Exist

What’s even more amazing about this fact is that the number of cars fell among Millennials, which is a group twice as numerous as the previous generation Gen X.
So car sales declined while the available market was growing. 

fastcompany:

Millennials Don’t Care About Owning Cars, And Car Makers Can’t Figure Out Why

"What auto manufacturers, along with much of corporate America are missing here is that the vehicles to freedom and personal identity have changed for this generation. The sooner brands get a grip on this reality the sooner they can make adjustments in how they market to and communicate with this core group, which is essential to their long-term success."

More> Co.Exist

What’s even more amazing about this fact is that the number of cars fell among Millennials, which is a group twice as numerous as the previous generation Gen X.

So car sales declined while the available market was growing. 

(via miketrap)

futurescope:

Biodegradable battery could melt inside the body
From Nature:


Medical implants would monitor vital signs or dispense therapies before vanishing.
A biodegradable, implantable battery could help in the development of biomedical devices that monitor tissue or deliver treatments before being reabsorbed by the body after use.
“This is a really major advance,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, a biomedical engineer at Draper Laboratory, a non-profit research and development centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Until recently, there has not been a lot of progress in this area.”

[read more]


Having toxic batteries in your body, doesn’t sound like a good thing, but I’m not sure biodegradable batteries sounds great either. I know they have biodegradable stitches but for the most part, I don’t know I want my body to absorb any type of medical device. And as far as batteries go, the body is full of electricity it seems like there should be a way to tap into that (that’s why the machine’s want to keep us around isn’t it?). Very interesting though. 

futurescope:

Biodegradable battery could melt inside the body

From Nature:

Medical implants would monitor vital signs or dispense therapies before vanishing.

A biodegradable, implantable battery could help in the development of biomedical devices that monitor tissue or deliver treatments before being reabsorbed by the body after use.

“This is a really major advance,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, a biomedical engineer at Draper Laboratory, a non-profit research and development centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Until recently, there has not been a lot of progress in this area.”

[read more]

Having toxic batteries in your body, doesn’t sound like a good thing, but I’m not sure biodegradable batteries sounds great either. I know they have biodegradable stitches but for the most part, I don’t know I want my body to absorb any type of medical device. And as far as batteries go, the body is full of electricity it seems like there should be a way to tap into that (that’s why the machine’s want to keep us around isn’t it?). Very interesting though. 

Artist Adds ‘Star Wars’ Characters and Vehicles to Old Thrift Store Paintings
Pretty much the best art ever.

Do you think Ocular Rift will come with Instagram filters?

brycedotvc:

Saw this shortly after seeing a tweet from Pincus:

My rule of thumb for entrepreneurs. Your Instincts are right 95% of the time, your ideas 25%. Fall in love with instincts. Kill ideas often.

brycedotvc:

Saw this shortly after seeing a tweet from Pincus:

My rule of thumb for entrepreneurs. Your Instincts are right 95% of the time, your ideas 25%. Fall in love with instincts. Kill ideas often.

turnabout:

nevver:

1920

Everything old is new again

Awesome 1920’s group selfie. 

(via meganwest)

"How can you be so obtuse?" 

One of my favorite scenes from this movie. 

(Source: fyeahshawshankredemption, via tribecafilm)