Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

Technology Update: Fly to the moon for Google and get $20 million

September 14, 2007

Google has a new Xprize, if you fly to the moon using a vehicle you created from scratch and travel 1,312 feet across the surface you will get $20 million dollars.  The catch is you have to send Google 1gb of information.  If someone does this by 2012, they get all the money after that till 2014 they only get $15 million.  Second place gets $5 million and any teams that meet the minimum requirements get to split $5 million.

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Technology Update: Filters crap out of your water

September 13, 2007

New lifesaving technology:  when you need water and your only source is fecal matter and pee contaminated water then you probably want the “Life Saver” water bottle.  The water bottle can filter out almost anything harmful.  If everyone during the tsunami and huricane Katrina had one of these the situation would have been much better.  As there was a clean water shortage.

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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

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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

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ENGADGET: The split up computer concept (compartments)

August 18, 2007

I thought of this once, but I am sure many others have.  It seems like a bright idea that could change computing and make it easier for people to fix their computers.  Regular people will be able to build custom machines.  I believe being able to update computers through usb would be nice.  For example I have an old mac mini and I want a better graphics card to run Starcraft II well I could buy it and plug it in to usb and still use my current card.  Peoples computers would come as basic machines with simple motherboards and small capabilities and depending on what the user wants they can add on. This may also make computers last for ever, my old tower may have lasted forever if only the case could fit the new dual core cpus we now have.

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Those who find difficulty in cracking open a typical tower to replace that aging DVD writer with one that burns in high-definition should adore Richard Choi’s UNI concept, which exemplifies compartmentalized computing and takes the stress out of upgrading. Apparently, the “Think” module would act as the core computer and handle the essentials, while a variety of other plug-in modules would provide additional outputs (HDMI, DVI, optical audio, USB, etc.), hard drive space, and optical drives. Granted, this could get out of hand for those who get UNI-stackin’ fever, but we’ll certainly pass along kudos to the idea. Click on for one more shot.