Looked at today, this interview - where Arthur C. Clarke appears to predict future technologies such as the internet and Computers as small as laptops - is particularly powerful because it takes place amidst those enormous computers of the mid-1970s. We see spinning tape drives and punch-card readers and cabinet-sized printers.
Psst. Hey you, come a little closer. I want to tell you something about the future. It will either be: A mind-bendingly awesome; utopian landscape where all of Earth's problems have been resolved and technology and humanity have evolved to create harmony.
Or it might be a fucked-up dystopian nightmare. Where artificial intelligence has surpassed that of it's creators. Or perhaps humans have ravaged the Earth to such a degree that it has gone into full revolt. Or A scarcity of resources has humans warring over water. It depends on which film you watch or what time of day you might have asked Stanley Kubrick's opinion.
Eclectic Method has supercut some of our favorite scenes from movies that turn a predictive eye to the future. Blade Runner's Megacities alongside A.I.'s flooded New York and Idiocracy's run down shanty towns. Some technology predictions in these films have already proven to be accurate and some are still a ways off - or not! ... cameras on every corner, oil shortages, massive cultural uprisings in the middle east, retinal scans, X-Rays, flying cars and hoverboards, hybrid humans, robots, A.I., teleportation and so on. Who really watches Sci-Fi for the plot anyway, you wanna see the goodness condensed.
With his chosen term “garden farming,” long-time permaculture writer, publisher, teacher and practitioner Peter Bane crystallizes this concept for those new to permaculture as well as its seasoned practitioners seeking to extend their chosen way of life into a livelihood. In focusing on the productive transformation of our suburban and peri-urban allotments, Bane shows how these “problematic” landscapes could become the “solutions” in an energy descent world of ongoing climate change, expensive and unreliable energy and economic contraction.
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The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be a far better place.
Don Tapscott can see the future coming ... and works to identify the new concepts we need to understand in a world transformed by the Internet.
From deep in the TED archive, Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The presentation techniques he uses may look dated, but the ideas are as relevant as ever.
Inventor, scientist, author, engineer -- over his broad career, Danny Hillis has turned his ever-searching brain on an array of subjects, with surprising results.
It was an ordinary evening at Lone Pine Mall. All Kevin Durant wanted was a new pair of shoes. Then the space-time continuum showed up.
Bill Hader, Christopher Lloyd, Tinker Hatfield, Donald Fullilove and KD star in a film about the most famous shoes never made, in an effort to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.
Lisa Gansky is the author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing, and the “instigator” behind the Mesh Directory. She often speaks on the topic of technology, social currency and business platforms and models.
http://www.ted.com Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada ... After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran.
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Watch the Top 10 TEDTalks on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10
Season 1 Ep. 6 — Before Lord and Lady Gaga parted ways, citing creative differences, they made this video together.
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The video Lady Gaga doesn't want you to see.
In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction -- that now may not be so fictitious.
The project was started in stealth mode. It was uncovered in November 2008 as Oblong Industries and their clients were several governments, including the United States. They are developing a Minority Report-like user interface and itâ€™s ready for public unveiling. In fact, Oblongâ€™s stuff looks cooler than the sequences of a futuristic user interface that Steven Spielberg showed in his 2002 sci-fi film. According to Tech Crunchâ€™s MG Siegler, â€œif youâ€™ve seen the movie Minority Report, youâ€™ve seen the system theyâ€™re building.â€
That shouldnâ€™t come as a surprise. John Underkoffler, the co-founder of a 25 person Los Angeles-based startup actually imagined a gesture-based computer interface for Spielbergâ€™s film. The movie producers offered Underkoffler, who was at the time working at the MIT Media Lab, to serve as a science consultant for the movie.
This past Friday, Underkoffler has finally demoed a working prototype of that user interface at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Dubbed the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment, the system lets you zoom in and out, push objects aside and bring them to the foreground, rotate objects, etc.
All of this is accomplished with special gloves that you wear to interact with the interface in six degrees of control, like Tom Cruise did in the Minority Report movie. Underkoffler is adamant that the technology will find its way into everyday computers in a five-years time. According to the New York Times, this gesture technology is already being used in Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, and universities.