Archive for December 2012

What experts 100 years ago thought the future would be like

Futurism

Over a hundred years ago, The Ladies’ Home Journal published what then-futurists thought would happen within the next century. Some of them are spot on, some have not happened yet, and some are outright opposite our current situation. What they got right 1. Population of the USA: “There will probably be 350M-500M people in America and its possessions.” 2. Heaters […]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Some interesting predictions for the next 110 years

Popular Mechanics recently posted a list of 110 technologies they think will develop in the coming decades. Some of the items in the list are things I look forward to seeing, for the benefit (and convenience) of humankind. Self-cleaning clothes Passwords going obsolete, to be replaced by biometrics The use of electronic noses to locate disaster victims Vaccines to wipe […]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

I’m looking forward to play the role playing game Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 3

Last October, CD Projekt RED studio (who also developed The Witcher series) announced that they are developing Cyberpunk 2077.┬áThe game is based on a pen and paper Cyberpunk system created by Mike Pondsmith, upgraded for the 2077 setting. The RPG will be for mature audiences, set in the year 2077, and will feature a a multi-thread story in a sandbox […]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Quantum Stealth invisibility cloak ala Harry Potter

Quantum Stealth invisibility cloak

People nowadays associate invisibility cloaks with Harry Potter. I don’t know why. Invisibility cloaks have been a popular concept even before Harry Potter became the rage (am I showing my age?) Anyway, the Canadian company Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp claims to have developed a “Quantum Stealth” invisibility cloak that can be used by the US and Canadian military. According to the […]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Terminator? This Bebionic prosthetic hand is pretty sweet

Bebionic v3 prosthetic hand black glove

This bebionic3 prosthetic hand looks awesome as well as functional. Just watching this demo video is very entertaining. Here, the hand shows off its 14 grip patterns and how it handles everyday tasks, such as spreading butter on a slice of bread with a knife, clicking a computer mouse, stirring a cup of coffee, plugging in a USB stick, and […]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

CV Dazzle: how to block automated face detection

CV Dazzle anti-face detection

In my previous post, I discussed the EyeSee mannequins that profile store customers by using facial detection. The world seems to be going towards facial recognition becoming a more prevalent technology. A lot of privacy advocates are understandably bothered by this trend. If you’re one of these people, you may want to check out the CV Dazzle project. CV stands […]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

They are spying on you while you eat or shop

McDonald's in Sydney Airport records conversations

Almax, an Italian company, is selling “EyeSee” mannequins — dummies that use facial recognition software to record people’s age, gender, race, and the length of time they spent around the mannequins. The information is then used to improve the store’s layouts, window displays, and promotions to entice customers to buy. While overhead cameras have been in use in retail stores […]

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS