The future is moving into the present?
reblogged via nprfreshair:
The Future Is Now: One of the most respected, senior and widely published professors of psychology, Daryl Bem of Cornell, has just published an articlethat suggests that people — ordinary people — can be altered by experiences they haven’t had yet. Time, he suggests, is leaking. The Future has slipped, unannounced, into the Present. And he thinks he can prove it.
As the mobile world diversifies and becomes more sophisticated, what features are you hoping for next?
We’ve seen recent reports that 3-D could be coming to smartphones soon, and by 2012, 3-D on mobile devices will be common — representing up to 45% of the mobile market.
So, tell us, do you want 3-D on your mobile phone? Why or why not? If not, what else are you hoping improves/gets invented?
Tell us your predictions and wishes here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: A refractable holographic image of an F-4 Phantom Jet. Optical scientists said they had taken an important step towards 3-D holographic video — a technology with innumerable outlets in entertainment, conferencing, medicine and advertising. Holographic images that 30 years ago were static can now be updated in “quasi real time,” according to the research carried out at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Credit: Norma Jean Gargasz / Getty Images
CNN Tech asks: Is MiFi the future of wireless internet — or a fad?
Mark Milian writes:
Two prevailing theories for how we will access the internet in the future hinge on the success of small plastic gadgets called MiFis.
The devices, many of them smaller than a smartphone, are similar to the wireless routers in many homes except they don’t need to be plugged into anything.
They connect to a cellular carrier’s data network. Once the battery is charged, a MiFi can be taken anywhere, and it provides a Wi-Fi signal to computers or iPods in a nearby vicinity.
Would you buy a MiFi device? How much would you pay?
According to the New Scientist our hearts might be getting their own IP addresses:
Dutch research organisation IMEC, based in Eindhoven, this week demonstrated a new type of wireless body area network (BAN). Dubbed the Human++ BAN platform, the system converts IMEC’s ultra-low-power electrocardiogram sensors into wireless nodes in a short-range network, transmitting physiological data to a hub – the patient’s cellphone. From there, the readings can be forwarded to doctors via a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. They can also be displayed on the phone or sound an alarm when things are about to go wrong, giving patients like me a chance to try to slow our heart rates and avoid an unnecessary shock.
By 2050, engineers envision self-cleaning headrests that can never be soiled, pliable seats that will modify around a passenger’s body, and holographic projections that will make a private cabin into a Japanese Zen garden.
LA Times blog Hero Complex recently interviewed Mr. Bradbury. He advocates colonizing Mars:
We should go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when we do that, we will live forever.
He also complains that we are too gadget-oriented:
We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.
Do you agree with him? Too many cell phones? And should we go to Mars?