Archive for the ‘future’ Category

Global Warming: What to do?

September 14, 2007

One of todays most controversial problems is Global Warming, the slow warming of our planet and rise of sea level.  Many politicians argue over what it is and many scientists research what to do and how to fix it.

Is it real?  Right now many believe it is.  But because this article discusses what to do about it I will not go too far into how real it is.  Even if it doesn’t exist, it is still important for us to clean up our act.

It is pathetic how much we pollute and how dirty our industry is.  Oil is the base of all advanced human technology, meaning we pollute a lot.  So much that our skies often get covered with it, causing smog.  Who would have thought 500 years ago that people would be stupid enough to use a mineral that is slowly killing them by polluting their air and poisoning them.

It is mainly our fault.  Today people aren’t aware enough, they will do what is easy until they have to change.  If we don’t research alternative technologies to oil, and make them affordable soon, we may very soon require masks just to breathe.  Even if we took off the mask we could die, in an atmosphere we were made to live in.

What do we do about it?  We need to research, research and colonize other planets and moons just as a countermeasure.  When our oil supply runs out in 50 years, and we don’t have a backup plan not only will we be breathing dirty air, but all our technology will stop working!  Thats bad, maybe a global catastrophe, many could not survive without technology. In the future electricity will be king and it will be generated by new technologies other than oil, such as wind, solar, hydroelectric and algae power.  Those 4 technologies are renewable and they will revolutionize the way we make power.

That means that our supply of electricity wouldn’t run out and it won’t be as polluting as oil.  Hydrogen is from water, which we can get on the moon and on mars and create electricity from using the fuel cell.  We will be able to use our new technologies in space and on Earth, you can’t burn oil in space.  The fuel cell will replace combustion engines and new bio batteries that use bacterias and algae will replace our current chemical batteries, they will also last longer too.

Aside from energy we must develop new 100% recyclable materials, or eventually we’ll run out.  New plastics can now be made from sugars instead of crude oil.  Future materials should be organically based and maybe some even grown!

If we invest enough in our future, I can be sure that we won’t be breathing dirty air or using harmful technologies for much longer.  As long as people want whats best, they will probably get it.

Written by Ian

Words: 543

The Future of Technology

September 13, 2007

I have always wondered what was going to happen to technology in the future.  That is why I am writing about the Future of Technology, because the future and our technology are both important. Did you know that every year human knowledge doubles and computer power goes up exponentially?  Our technology is literally advancing faster than we can advance!  Our technology may soon be smarter than it’s creators.

Usually when people think of the future they think of way far off thousands of years.  When I think of the future I think of the next 20-50 years.  In the close future, cars may drive themselves and we may have elevators into space.  What you will read will show you 5 hot technologies that will change the future in the next 20-50 years.

  1. Carbon Nanotubes: Carbon Nanotubes will allow us to continue to add more and more transistors onto our computer processors, without them We wouldn’t be able to continue at the current rate.  They will also be a base technology of things such as long life batteries, flat screen monitors and even poles for a possible elevator into space.  They are also strong, 10-100 times stronger than steel and they are the by-product of certain chemical reactions and products being made.  Nanotubes can form and operate as pretty much any technology, they can also be grown under certain conditions.  In the future Carbon Nanotubes may replace oil as the basic material all advanced human technologies require to operate.
  2. Biosensors will revolutionize the way hospitals and medical facilities operate.  Thats because they will be able to act like an independent doctor, it scans your blood for diseases and immediately attacks them with the appropriate drugs.  They will do more than that though, when people are in need of new organs Biosensors may be able to acts as those organs.  They so this all without the help of people.  It is possible that Biosensors will also be able to scan and protect you from biowarfare a possible threat of the future.  All foods may also be tested with biosensors.  It will be like living in a society where no one gets sick.
  3. Self Driving cars, will change the way you drive.  You won’t have to drive because the computer in the car will do it for you.  And they are closer to reality than you might think, forklifts already use autopilots to drive around warehouses, snowplows use an assist feature and auto driving cars have been tested in the desert and cities.  You may even see them on the road as soon as 2025.  These cars may be controlled by GPS, laser sensors, and infrared devices.  All cars will be aware of each other and intersections where you stop will be a thing of the past.  Toyota has developed self driving cars that don’t slow down or stop at intersections they are all aware of each other and they drive just right so that none of them hit each other.  But will people accept the idea?  Some people enjoy driving and others don’t want the danger of being hit by one in an accident.  It may be possible but it may not go on as planned.
  4. The fuel cell, some are based on CARBON NANOTUBES (see how versatile they are) and they will replace batteries, generators and car engines.  Many fuels cell run on hydrogen and others on methanol.  These are both cheap and better for the environment than traditional combustion engines in cars today.  Car companies are spending millions researching fuel cells, because they know it’s the future of cars.  Hydrogen is a fuel that can be produced cheaply and it is renewable and found everywhere.  Fuel cells will defiantly revolutionize and change the face of our future.
  5. Robots.  When most people think of robots, they think of large metal boxes with low growly voices, that though is not the future of robots.  Many robots will be designed to look and talk exactly like humans.  There is a small possibility that some will think similar to humans.  Today most robots can’t think but they can walk and some can run.  One day the world of advanced computers and the world of advanced robotics will combine and robots will be smart.  I can assure you that one day you will have a robot that can think for itself.  Unless you are blind, you die, humans destroy themselves or robots that think for themselves are invisible.

The future looks bright!  And thats only a small part of it.  Later on some other day I will post more on the future and what it holds for us.

Written by Ian

Words:  786

The Future of the Internet

September 12, 2007

Have you ever been on the internet and wondered what’s going to happen in it’s future.  Well even though the future cannot be told, it can be predicted and pretty well too.  So far the internet has been getting faster and faster every year.  More and more devices are being able to use the internet.  Internet applications have also been getting more and more advanced, there are now full word processors and gaming applications all online.  People are even turning to the internet to watch their favourite TV.  Millions now use VOIP instead of phones and email instead of standard mail.  These current technologies will continue to develop and advance.  Heres how it has been predicted that the internet will be by 2020:

  1.  The average home internet connection will have a speed of at least one gigabits per second.
  2. The internet will be accessible from anywhere.  Not just in cities but in the middle of the wilderness.
  3. Smaller devices will use the internet like their own hard drives.
  4. Many businesses will move towards the internet, it will become a new business platform more so than right now.
  5. People will use video immersion to connect to their companies over the internet and virtual offices will replace traditional offices.  People will work from home but still be able to see, and talk to their co-workers online.
  6. As I said earlier TV and Phone will be integrated into the internet.
  7. Everyone including poorer and older people will be able to have access to the internet and computers will be cheaper and more available.
  8. Web 2.0 will evolve into Web 3.0 then Web 4.0 the evolution will continue.
  9. Internet in video game will become standard and video gaming communities will be a new part of every gamers life.
  10. All information will be available to anyone and secrecy will become rare as people become more aware.
  11. Computers will get smaller and smaller, desktop computers will no longer be necessary, and computers will be found in almost every part of the standard home.
  12. CD’s DVDs and other methods of removable storage devices will become a thing of the past, everything will be from the internet.
  13. Books will be scanned and put online so you can watch everything on a small computer screen, paper will be used less and less.
  14. Movies on YouTube will be from around all of the world.  People from all over the world will be able to talk to each other and different cultures will get along, wars will be less prevelant.
  15. Programs like Microsoft word will allow anyone to publish a blog.  This is already happening.
  16. People will be more aware and the attempts by governments to censor the internet will fail because of it’s vital position in our future.

Those are only a few of the things that will happen on the internet in the near future.  The internet will evolve on and on and the world will change.   The internet may prove to be the biggest thing that humans have developed and the most important in our progression through time.  What do you think will happen to the internet?

Written by Ian

Words: 528

YouTube vs. Viacom: then come Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart

August 18, 2007

YouTube vs. Viacom: into the ring come Colbert and Stewart


By Joshua S. Hill

Thursday, August 16, 2007

It was only a matter of time before a big entertainment conglomerate attempted to bring their full weight down on the head of internet video giant YouTube, and it was Viacom – the company behind MTV,Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central – that has made the first move. With a twist though, as they have sided with The Football Association Premier League Ltd and indie music label Bourne Co.

Filed with the New York federal court, the suit alleges that YouTube is“…pursuing a deliberate strategy of engaging in, permitting, encouraging, and facilitating massive copyright infringement on the YouTube website”.

The aim of the suit is to draw Google in to a stranglehold where its ability to publish any content is severely restricted. Any further restrictions set upon the YouTube design will mean slower upload times, more checks along the way and less freedom for those who are actually providing decent content. In addition the suit hopes to acquire unspecified damages for past violations.

Thankfully though, Google has deep, deep pockets; really deep! And they’ve announced that they want to depose approximately 30 people, including well known and beloved comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The two funny men, whose shows are broadcast over the Viacom network’s Comedy Central, are surprising additions to a list that includes Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and CEO Philippe Dauman.

No doubt Viacom will be arguing shortly that the deposition of these two funny men is entirely irrelevant to the case, however pundits – including this humble reporter – disagree. In fact these two may very well be the lynch pin in a case that could very well change the face of the internet as we currently know it.

It is well known that both comedians are big fans of YouTube, with Stewart often showcasing funny clips found on the social networking video site on his own show, whereas Stephen Colbert has openly asked people to spread his work across the internet, using YouTube and other video sites. Why have they focused so much attention on this website? The answer is simple, because they understand where media is heading, and what needs to happen so that television stars like themselves can stay in business.

The issue is of course the fact that Viacom – along with many of the major industry heavies across the television, movie and music spectrum – are literally entirely clueless when it comes to the future. They are so wrapped up in the current way of doing things that they are unable to see what is happening outside of their bubble. They receive reports that their ratings are dropping, and that this “internet” thing is picking up speed – “as if it will last”.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart may never make it to an official setting, but they have already made themselves an intrinsic part of the debate that will no doubt be waged for several years to come. We can only sit back and hope that the noise we make from out here in the bleachers is heard all the way up in their tall towers.

A Geek’s-Geek from Melbourne, Australia, Josh is an aspiring author with dreams of publishing his epic fantasy, currently in the works, sometime in the next 5 years. A techie, nerd, sci-fi nut and bookworm, Josh can be found at for his personal blog, or for his writing blog.


Engadget: FORD hydrogen car reaches speed of 200 miles and hour

August 16, 2007

Looks like minuscule RC cars aren’t the only alternatively powered vehicles trying to break 200 miles-per-hour, as Ford just became the “world’s first automaker to set a land speed record for a production-based fuel cell powered car.” The whip used to set the bar, of course, is none other than the Fusion Hydrogen 999, and it reportedly reached over 207 miles-per-hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah without using a drop of gas. Apparently, Ford is hoping that this showcase of speed will somehow translate into advancements that will help us common folk get to work and back sans gasoline, and while we’ve no idea when a fuel cell propelled Cobra will roll off the line, it did note that a number of fuel cell propelled Focus vehicles were still burning down the roads as part of an ongoing study.