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Steve Morris studied Physics at Oxford and now writes about smartphones, gadgets and consumer technology at review site S21. He blogs about science, technology and other matters at Blog Blogger Bloggest. You can also find his ideas about the future at Singularity Weblog.
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The Greek number myriad means literally ten thousand, and that’s roughly how old our civilization is. 10,000 years ago, the ice sheets were retreating across Europe and North America to be replaced by forests, and in the Middle East the first civilized people were learning how to farm.
That may sound a long time ago in comparison to a single human lifespan, but as civilizations go, we are still in our infancy. That’s why I’ve decided to celebrate our first myriad. Continue reading
My wife bought a shiny new laptop. Windows 8, lots of new buttons to press, yay!
But there’s a problem. She can’t print anything on her old laser printer. She gets the message, “Cannot find driver for HP LaserJet”.
“What now?” asks my wife.
“Call the tech support guy,” I tell her. Oh, wait. I am the tech support guy. Continue reading
Wearable tech is poised to transform the way we interact with technology. With a pair of smart glasses, you can begin to feel like superman, taking photos and recording videos of anything you see, and with the almost telepathic ability to interact directly with the internet and with your own automated personal assistant.
Don’t doubt that this will happen, just so long as the cost is affordable and the tech works in a convenient way. After all, just a few years ago, how many people would have imagined that we would be carrying smartphones everywhere and that email, Facebook and other social media would be just as important as face to face communication?
Smart glasses are just the latest in a long history of creeping augmentation of our abilities by technology. Observers of technology call this transition “Transhumanism” and predict an inevitable and exponential increase in how this impacts on our lives. Continue reading
There are just so many creative people in our world. There are artists who make us see the world afresh through visual media. There are musicians who play with our emotions just like they play their instruments. There are writers who make us think, feel and imagine through words alone.
But what if your medium was the physical world itself, and your task was to make the impossible possible? That would make you awesome. That would make you an engineer. Continue reading
Except, what if it’s not? What if wealth is something else entirely? Continue reading
Those who oppose it, such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, cite the risk of some kind of unpredictable disastrous effect on Nature.
Those who argue in its favour point out that millions of children could be cured of blindness if genetically-modified rice were used to feed people in the third world. In fact, vitamin A-enhanced rice could prevent up to a third of the world’s child deaths. And that’s just one example of the benefits.
The stakes couldn’t really be higher on either side of the debate. It’s imperative that the world makes the right decision about this issue.
So here, I’m asking, “How do we make the decision?” Continue reading
The endless reaches of space are almost entirely empty, so you might imagine that collisions between stars are extremely rare events. However, because of gravity, matter tends to clump together (which is why space is mostly empty). As a result, collisions between stars and even galaxies happen surprisingly often.
And I have some bad news for you. The Andromeda galaxy, containing 1 trillion stars, is on a collision course with our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and is approaching at a speed of 200 miles per second. Continue reading
You’ve no doubt heard the philosophical question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”, to which the answer is, “Yes of course!” unless you’re heavily into Buddhist or Hindu philosophy, in which case causality flies out of the window and anything can happen. Continue reading