Tagged: technology


Donkey Drones

A fascinating and inspiring vision for widespread use of drones in Africa. For many people, drone is an ugly word. It evokes a whining sound, something insectile. The dislike of the drones themselves is understandable. It is a new technology, used mainly for killing or peeping. However, this early negative feeling will begin to shift […]

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Hemp Based Graphene Alternative

Researchers “cook” hemp bark using their hydrothermal synthesis process, creating a material which can be used to make supercapacitors, one of the promising uses of graphene. Their material however can be produced for a fraction of the cost. Dr Mitlin’s team took these fibres and recycled them into supercapacitors – energy storage devices which are […]

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Navdy

The Navdy is a HUD (Heads Up Display) for your car and links to your smart phone. Looks like it’s some pretty great technology and it’s an excellent idea for navigation and probably for taking calls. But tweeting?? Texting? Getting notifications? All while driving? That’s idiotic and irresponsible, much less so than doing the same […]

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The Other Rosetta

It sometimes feels like we are standing still in our “space age” progress but then you SpaceX / Elon Musk news and you feel we’re finally moving again. Sometimes you even get progress from other sources, like the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft rendezvousing with a comet for the first time. The Rosetta mission will […]

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W. Brian Arthur Vs Silicon Roundabout, ‘Start-Up Britain’ and other shake-and-bake approaches

“Real advanced technology—on-the-edge sophisticated technology—issues not from knowledge but from something I will call deep craft. Deep craft is more than knowledge. It is a set of knowings. Knowing what is likely to work and what not to work. Knowing what methods to use, what principles are likely to succeed, what parameter values to use […]

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Bloom

It seems like Bloom Energy might have cracked the fuel cell problem and be able to produce a viable product. Interesting.

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The internet makes me think in the present tense

The now-ness of the Internet engenders impulsive, unthinking responses over considered ones, and a tendency to think of communications as a way to bark orders or fend off those of others. I want to satisfy the devices chirping and vibrating in my pockets, only to make them stop. Instead of looking at each digital conversation […]

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Bye-bye école du 17e siècle !

Aux États-Unis, déjà, certaines écoles secondaires, comme la New Tech High School de Coppell (Texas), ont abattu les murs qui séparaient les classes pour créer des aires ouvertes, les lieux d’étude et de travail étant délimités par des cloisons transparentes. Les élèves, parfois d’âges divers, collaborent à des projets, guidés par des enseignants ou par […]

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What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09

It’s been out for a few weeks but I only got around to reading the whole thing recently. I love Sterling talks at conferences. What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09. I really think it’s the original sin of geekdom, a kind of geek thought-crime, to think that just because you […]

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Autre question

Michelle parle du retard de deux ans que le Québec aurait sur les autres. Je suis pas mal d’accord, le chiffre de deux ans doit évidemment varier selon les comparaisons et l’exemple de Second Life n’est peut-être pas le meilleur. SL a duré très peu longtemps en terme d’impact média et n’a jamais, selon moi, […]

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Electric San Francisco

At least $1bn is expected to be spent on improving green infrastructure to make the Bay area – which encompasses more than 7.6m people in the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and throughout Silicon Valley – the leading centre for electric vehicles in America, and potentially around the world. —California officials unveil […]

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Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy

(via [gb studio blog])

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Diesel Holographic Fashion Show

Wow! Heck of a nice holographic piece of work at the Diesel show in Florence. Very impressive. (via The Toine)

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Todd Kuiken and Jesse Sullivan

Another great talk at Pop!Tech, Todd Kuiken and Jesse Sullivan show the work they’ve been doing on a prosthetic arms. Not the most engaging speaker but incredible technology and progress.

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No, Wi-Fi isn’t “a health time bomb”

The argument goes like this: mobile phones give you cancer over the long-term. Wi-Fi is sort-of like mobiles. Therefore, Wi-Fi gives you cancer in the long term. Nice piece of reasoning – except that the first premise is unproven (at best), and the second is simply wrong.—No, Wi-Fi isn’t ‘a health time bomb’

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