Video Description (from Social Innovation Summit on FORA.tv): "Daniel Epstein, founder of the Unreasonable Institute, explains why being unreasonable jumpstarts social innovation. "
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Video Description (from Social Innovation Summit on FORA.tv): "Daniel Epstein, founder of the Unreasonable Institute, explains why being unreasonable jumpstarts social innovation. "
Friday, December 14, 2012
Summary: "Amory B. Lovins and Edward Lucas discuss how bold solutions for the new energy era is akin to reinventing the fire.Dr. Amory B. Lovins, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute" (more information)
Thursday, December 06, 2012
I have to personally admit I am a fan of this trend, and I would live in one of these apartments if they were available. I like the idea of being able to transform the apartment as needed. For example, if you have guests that are staying over, you move a wall and pull out of full-size foldable bed. Or you could hide the master bedroom by moving another wall, and open up a living room area for working, eating, entertaining or relaxing.
I am not big on having a lot of space that I don't use, have to clean and heat. Personally I believe if I don't use something, then I should get rid of it (although I have to admit I am still working on practicing what I preach when I say this).
Excerpt from video description: "barcode room is a concept studio apartment composed of product furniture-walls which move freely from side to side, permitting the resident to customize the size of space to fit a variety of uses. Placing functional elements such as storage and furniture into these walls, only to be pulled out when in use, also allows for more of the floor area to be used by the inhabitant and guests, thus creating a space where one is able to both comfortably live and entertain a different number of guests easily." (read the rest of the article)
Saturday, December 01, 2012
There is a paraphrased quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson from the late nineteenth century "build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door". An updated version of that quote should read, "build a better battery, and the world will beat a path to your door"
I have said if anyone wants to be a quick billionaire, all they have to do is invent a revolutionary battery that has a high power density, that is small, light weight and inexpensive to build. The problem is like most things, "it's a lot easier said then done".
One of the biggest technological hindrances to current and futures technologies (from smartphones, to cars, to power grids, etc.) is the current state of battery advancements If you look at the rate of advancements in other technologies, you can see exponential growth that has been happening for years and even decades. For example, if you look at Moore's Law you will see a logarithmic advance in the density of transistors in CPUs over the decades.
The current state of modern batteries has progressed very slowly over the centuries and even last few decades. For example:
- The first electrochemical cell was developed by the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta in 1792, and in 1800 he invented the first battery, a "pile" of many cells in series.
- The Daniell cell in 1836, batteries provided more reliable currents and were adopted by industry for use in stationary devices, in particular in telegraph networks where they were the only practical source of electricity.
- Near the end of the nineteenth century, the invention of dry cell batteries, which replaced the liquid electrolyte with a paste, made portable electrical devices practical.
Over the last few years, some manufactures have been working on alternative technologies to replace or supplement conventional batteries such as supercapacitors, and direct methanol fuel cells. There have been experimental advancements in battery materials like lithum-air, and carbon nanotube electrodes. As of 2012 Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries were the fastest-charging and discharging batteries.
Per a recent article that I saw, it had the title: "DOE wants 5X battery power boost in 5 years". Here is an excerpt from the article "The DOE is creating a new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, at a cost of $120 million over five years, that's intended to reproduce development environments that were successfully used by Bell Laboratories in the World War II Manhattan Project that produced an atomic bomb. "
As far as grid level storage there are liquid metal batteries from a company called Ambri. For more information watch the video below from TED, where Donald Sadoway gives a talked called "Liquid Metal Battery - The Missing Link to Renewable Energy"
If you're current or future employer, significant other to does a quick check of Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, etc. What will they find?
There are somethings (such as, public record, postings, etc.) on the Internet that are not easy to get removed, while there are other things you can (such as, deleted cached web page information).
LifeHacker has a great article on "How to Clean Up Your Online Presence and Make a Great First Impression", here is excerpt from it: "Odds are someone is searching the web for you right now, or at least has looked you up fairly recently. Do you know what they learned? Better yet, do you control the pages and profiles they visited? If not, it's time to take your online reputation into your own hands instead of leaving it to Google. Here's how." (read the rest of the article)
It is worth noting that most of these services are not subscription based like Netflix, they're fee based so you pay for every movie you watch. This is great for people who only watch movies once in a while, but if you like to watch a lot of streaming movies or TV shows this can get expensive.
The service offerings of these websites change all the time by adding new features, services and prices so the list of providers below are only pointers." (read the rest of the article)
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The 2012 election was also the most expensive ever run. It was estimated that $6 billion was spent nationwide, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit group that tracks campaign finances. (Here is some more information.)
Like anything, when "data" is used properly it can help any organization, and if not properly utilized it won't I think these articles below help demonstrate the importance of a "well organized" I.T. group.
I think it all comes down to good upfront planning/gathering requirements, systems design, implementation/deployment, and hard work (I am over simplifying the whole process, but it covers the basics). If you're in I.T. other considerations are maintenance/monitoring, disaster recovery (we need to remember that "stuff happens" like Sandy, Katrina, earthquakes, etc.), end of life (e.g. project completion).
How Obama did it: On Nov. 17, 2012, on the Business Insider website, they published the following article: "40 Engineers Worked 14-Hour Days, 7 Days A Week To Get Obama Reelected—Here Is Their Story". Below is a excerpt form the article: "The Obama campaign's technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong." (Read the rest of the article)
How Romney did it: On Nov 18 2012, on the Ars Technica web site, they published the following article: "Romney campaign got its IT from Best Buy, Staples, and friends". Below is a excerpt form the article: "Imagine you're launching a company and only have six months to deliver a product. You face a competitor that has been in your industry four years longer than you with twice your staff and twice the budget. If you don't make your deadline, you're out of business." (Read the rest of the article)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Video Description: The world's longest word is the chemical name of titin (189,819 letters: Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl...isoleucine [see whole word]), narrator by: Dmitry Golubovskiy (CEO of Esquire Russia). For more information.
If you can watch the whole video, you should receive an "I have no life" award. ;-)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Video Description: "What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the 'writable society'"
Friday, November 09, 2012
Summary: "Microsoft's Rick Rashid Chief Research Officer at Microsoft discusses the Matrix and the future of computing."
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Summary: "Ed Moses Principal Associate Director, NIF & Photon Science, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses how lasers and fusion are revolutionizing energy innovation."
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Cold fusion, otherwise called Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR), is, theoretically, the fusing together (rather than a chemical reaction) of elements at “normal” temperatures such that they release more energy than is required to fuse them." (read the rest of the article)
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Video Description: "Humans are part of the natural order. We're risen apes that acquired language and learned to use tools. Skyscrapers and spacecraft may seem unnatural, but they're just as much a part of the natural order as beaver dams and bird nests. Boring electrical lines hint at the energy solution of a mammalian species. Open your eyes to the world you've grown accustomed to, and rejoice in the fact that you can participate in the human project."
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Video Description: "The video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent developing these interactive experiences. But there are also small-scale developers working in the indie game realm, creating unique and experimental video games without the budgets of the larger "AAA" games. These indie game developers devote time, money, and take great risks in a quest to realize their creative vision. They deftly balance game mechanics & systems, sound & visuals, and an immersive storytelling experience to push the gaming medium into revolutionary new territory. Much like indie music or indie film, the indie gaming movement provides a creative outlet for game designers who want to work outside of the mainstream."
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Video Description: "'Tears of Steel' was realized with crowd-funding by users of the open source 3D creation tool Blender. Target was to improve and test a complete open and free pipeline for visual effects in film - and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands."
Translated the "Gangnam Style" lyrics into Klingon. Make sure to watch with CC.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Video Description: "Dave is an extremely gifted clairvoyant who finds out specific financial information. This video reveals the magic behind the magic, making people aware of the fact that their entire life can be found online. And by doing so urging everybody to be vigilant."
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Video description: "The Most Incredible Volcano Video ever shot ! Geoff Mackley, Bradley Ambrose, Nathan Berg, after an epic struggle with the weather for 35 days, we became the first people ever to get this close to Marum Volcano's famed lava lake on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Coming within 30 metres of the lava lake down a watercourse, it was possible to stand the heat for only 6 seconds. With Fire Brigade breathing apparatus and heat proof proximity suit it was possible to stand on the very edge and view the incredible show for over 40 minutes."
Demonstration of factory robot Baxter, built by Rodney Brooks and his company Rethink Robotics. (Learn more)
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Video description: "In her talk, "Why Whales are Weird," energetic, articulate anatomist Joy Reidenberg presented an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don't actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She took us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival."
Video Description: "Social critic John Thackara argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day. 'I am a proper tree hugger, as well as a lichen hugger.'"
Video Description: "Eben Upton is the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which is developing a $25 microcomputer with the goal of putting programmable hardware in the hands of every child in the UK. Eben is responsible for the overall software and hardware architecture of the Raspberry Pi device."
Monday, August 27, 2012
Video Description: "Career coach Marty Nemko offers a word of advice to the unwillingly self-employed entrepreneur: don't innovate, replicate. "Guinea pigs often die," he warns. Instead, Nemko suggests identifying already-successful business plans and following their lead."
Video Description: "Building the right team for your business, an A-Team, is one of the most important, yet difficult elements of a start-up. Our panel discusses some of the unique challenges associated with building an A-Team such as:
What is the most important position to fill?
What personality traits should entrepreneurs looks for?
Where do you find the members of your team?"
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Note: iPad is not included in that price.It basically looks like an iPad riding around a minimalist version of a Segway scooter that allows someone to remotely interact with people in different environments, such as offices, schools, and more.
I am not sure if this device can be controlled by anything other then another iPad. The device looks cool in concept, but I am not sure how practical in real life it would be. For example, what happens if it hits something that knocks the robot down, how much force would it take to break the iPad?
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Video Description: "Department of Climate Change Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor David MacKay FRS, is responsible for ensuring the best science and engineering advice underpins DECC's policy and decision-making.
In addition to his role at DECC, David is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems, including the invention of Dasher -- a software interface that enables efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He has taught Physics in Cambridge since 1995 and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
David is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Sustainable Energy — Without the Hot Air, which is intended to help people understand the numbers around sustainable energy."
Video Description: "World renowned autism authority Dr. Ami Klin takes a deeper look at autism beyond its widely acknowledged genetic origins. He explores how autism results when the evolutionary conserved and developmentally early emerging mechanisms of social adaptation, such as the mutually reinforcing choreography between infant and caregiver, are disrupted."
Video Description: "Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed."
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Video: Printing a House With a 3D Printer (TEDxOjai - Behrokh Khoshnevis - Contour Crafting: Automated Construction)
Video Description: "Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). He is active in CAD/CAM, robotics and mechatronics related related research projects that include the development of novel Solid Free Form, or Rapid Prototyping, processes (Contour Crafting and SIS), automated construction of civil structures, development of CAD/CAM systems for biomedical applications (e.g., restorative dentistry, rehabilitation engineering, haptics devices for medical applications), autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications in space, and invention of technologies in the field of oil and gas. His research in simulation has aimed at creating intelligent simulation tools that can automatically perform many simulation functions that are conventionally performed by human analysts. His textbook, "Discrete Systems Simulation", and his simulation software EZSIM benefit from some aspects of his research in simulation. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development."
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Here is an excerpt from an article from U.S.News & World Report entitled "New Burst of Energy Could Bring Cold Fusion to Front Burner": It's been more than 20 years since esteemed researchers Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann electrified the world with news that they'd observed low-energy nuclear reactions, or LENR, at the atomic level that generated excess heat, holding out the promise of "cold fusion" that did not require the blast furnace of nuclear fission as part of the energy-creating process. (Read the rest of the article)
Then there are also companies like National Instruments (N.I.) is among a few companies actively participating in the research of "Anomalous Heat Effects" (aka LENR or Cold Fusion) technology. The video below contains some basic background information about LENR, but also contains sales and marketing buzz from N.I.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Video Description: "Avi Rubin is Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and Technical Director of the JHU Information Security Institute. Avi's primary research area is Computer Security, and his latest research focuses on security for electronic medical records. Avi is credited for bringing to light vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines. In 2006 he published a book on his experiences since this event."
Video Description: "Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions ... or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own."
Thursday, August 02, 2012
More information at: http://planedriven.com/faq/
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Video description: "More Awesome & Easy tips and tricks you may have never thought of. In this video we cover the following topics:
1. Using Alternate Batteries
2. Combat Stinky Shoes
3. Find out how much propane you have
4. Cut through plastic packages quick!
5. Pack like a Pro
6. Youtube Multi-task
7. DIY Air Freshener
8. Revive a pen
9. Open a Jar
10. Fill a bucket, easily"
Video Description: "Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look "around" corners or see inside the body without X-rays."
In 2007 David Hanson first unveiled the Zeno humanoid robot toy, he hoped to sell it for around $300. The first production versions has a starting price tag at $11,500.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Video Description: "Two-thirds of the world may not have access to the latest smartphone, but local electronic shops are adept at fixing older tech using low-cost parts. Vinay Venkatraman explains his work in "technology crafts," through which a mobile phone, a lunchbox and a flashlight can become a digital projector for a village school, or an alarm clock and a mouse can be melded into a medical device for local triage."
Monday, July 30, 2012
Video Description: "In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom."
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Video Description: "A list of awesome & easy tips and tricks you may have never thought of. In this video we cover the following topics:
- Fixing a warped screw
- Make your own DIY Stylus
- Natural Paint Remover
- Unclogging shower head naturally
- Cleaning windows with coke
- Garbage Bag Storage
- Unsealing an envelope
- Natural bug Repellent
- Freshen up a dish pad
- Automatic Toilet Cleaner"
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Video Description: "The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse."
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Video Description: "The computer was invented in the 30s: not the 1930s, but the 1830s. British mathematician Charles Babbage designed and prototyped a fully functional mechanical computer he called the Analytical Engine, but it was never completed. Now a team in Britain plans to build the machine for display at London's Science Museum before the 2030s come around."
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Video Description: "A troupe of 16 quadrotors (flying robots) dance to and manipulate sound and light at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2012."
Video description: "We created an unique physical 3D video mapping experience by turning a white living room into a spacious 360° projection area. This technique allowed us to take control of all colors, patterns and textures of the furniture, wallpapers and carpet. All done with 2 projectors."
Video description: "Moments in China is a collection of vivid moments I experienced while traveling around China last month. The piece flows from Hong Kong to Beijing, and visits Guilin, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Some moments are more significant than others, but I have a personal connection with each. The video is particularly special to me because I have not had time for personal projects over the past several months."
Friday, July 13, 2012
Video Description: "For the last two years the Sauber F1 Team mechanics have been using their downtime to slice a Formula One racing car lengthwise down the middle with the precision of true craftsmen. Chief Designer Matt Morris quite literally gets underneath the skin of the F1 car, pointing out where and how the individual components are located within the chassis. Everything is packed in pretty tightly. Sergio Pérez is also on hand to demonstrate the driver's seating position."
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday, July 02, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
For the last several years, I have been hearing more people talk about "Low Energy Nuclear Reaction" also known as LENR (formerly known as Cold Fusion) as being a plausible and clean form of energy production. I figured if my son wanted to investigate controversial technologies, I would prefer him investigating LENR then perpetual motion.
Below are some of the most reliable sources of information that I have found so far on the subject:
Here is an excerpt from an article posted on the NASA web site, "Although there is a quite long history of "anomalous" observations, including transmutations, the "recent" consideration of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) began in the late 80's with the Pons/Fleischmann observations and assertions regarding what they termed "Cold Fusion." However, subsequent difficulties with experimental replication and an utter lack of convincing theoretical explication forced research in this arena "underground" with minimal financial support. " Finish reading the article: Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, the Realism and the Outlook
More related information:
Video Description: "The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria."
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Video Description: "CONAN highlight: Jack McBrayer & Triumph the Insult Comic Dog pay a visit to Chicago's infamously hostile hot dog stand."
This is the funniest video I have seen in a long time, be aware its very vulgar but it is bleeped. I hope you enjoy it and are not offended by it.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Video Description: "Paul Otlet, a Belgian bibliographer, pacifist and entrepreneur imagined a day when users would access the database from great distances by means of an "electric telescope" connected through a telephone line, retrieving a facsimile image to be projected remotely on a flat screen."
Paul Otlet is one of several people who have been considered the father of information science. (More information)
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Video Description: "Anil Gupta is on the hunt for the developing world's unsung inventors -- indigenous entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hidden by poverty, could change many people's lives. He shows how the Honey Bee network helps them build the connections they need -- and gain the recognition they deserve."
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Video Description: "Drew Curtis, the founder of fark.com, tells the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email." Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.
Video Description: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail."
Video Description: "Reuben Margolin is a kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in the pattern of raindrops falling and waves combining. Take nine minutes and be mesmerized by his meditative art -- inspired in equal parts by math and nature."
Monday, June 04, 2012
Video Description: "From the brains behind viral smash Address Is Approximate comes the smallest police chase ever seen, made using the world's smallest video projectors. 100% projected and filmed FOR REAL without CGI trickery, Speed of Light features an escaped convict, a determined cop and a fully armed police helicopter!"
Video Description: "Over 30,000 still images, taken over the course of a year."
Friday, June 01, 2012
Throughout history sexual content has influence language, art (e.g. sculptures, drawings, paintings, etc.), printing (Pietro Aretino's Postures (1524)), photography, film, cable, telephone, computer (e.g. content and games), VHS, DVD, Internet Streaming. The basic appeal of sexual content has help standardize technologies when there are media format wars such as VHS vs. Beta. Its often speculated the VHS won this format war because the pornography industry backed the VHS standard, because Sony refused to allow sexual content on the Betamax system." (read the rest of the article )
Monday, May 28, 2012
Video Summary: "At the heart of modern cosmology is a mystery: Why does our universe appear so exquisitely tuned to create the conditions necessary for life? In this tour de force tour of some of science's biggest new discoveries, Brian Greene shows how the mind-boggling idea of a multiverse may hold the answer to the riddle."
Discusses: How Multiverse are tied to String Theory.
Summary of the video: "In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening -- like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks -- but some require a bigger vision."
In Summary: Discusses how modern efficiencies making the world better.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
- Minute Physics: Explains complicated physics concepts with easy to understand examples.
- Kahn's Academy: Has over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
I have used a Roomba for years, I like the product but it does have its limitations. The greatest limitation of mine has been the batteries which seem to die after a few months of use, and then have to be replaced.
Now I have a new intelligent vacuum cleaning robot lust known as Cocorobo. You can communicate with robot via your a smartphone application, speech recognition, or its remote. It also has the ability to respond to you with simple greetings.
Other features include:
- 1.3-megapixel camera
- an LED light
- wireless LAN connectivity
- Uses phosphate lithium batteries (which has a batter life three years or 1,200 charges)
All these features doesn't come cheap, the estimated retail price for the RX-V100 is around US$1,600 or the basic version RX-V80 without a camera will be around US$1,100
Video Description: America Got Talent a Show For all kind of people with crazy talent from singing to variety dance crew so better to say everthing is welome on America got talent 2012
IMHO: This guy is an amazing dancer, that comes from a very humble background.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
The Dutch company PAL-V announced the first flights of its prototype "flying car". This vehicle is called the PAL-V One, or the 'Personal Air and Land Vehicle'. On the ground the vehicle drives like a sports car. Within minutes its rotor is unfolded and its tail is extended: then it is ready to take off with its gyrocopter technology. The next step will be the design of the first commercial production model of the PAL-V, and first deliveries are expected in 2014. (More information: www.PAL-V.com)
In April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk http://radioklassisk.dk/. All music was performed and recorded in the metro.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Have you ever had the need to reset a device back to its original factory default? If you do a search for the device in your favorite search engine you will probably find these instructions.
Warning: Following the instructions on this site will erase all your data on the device and revert it back to its original configuration when you first bought it.There's a site called Factory-Reset.com that is trying to be a one stop shop for this information. Before resetting your device, backup your data (if you still can). To reset it, just search the site for the product, then follow the instructions.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Watch the video like the one below to see what awesome things can be done with this technology, but you might also see the potential for how the technology can be abused. For example, it gives anyone access to view in to places they might not of had access to before.
I am not a legal expert in any way, but as I understand the law about privacy, every person has a reasonable expectation of privacy unless they are in a public place (more information).
Monday, April 09, 2012
Will and Norm meet The Paper Airplane Guy to learn about the craft of designing and folding amazing paper airplanes. John Collins creates paper airplanes for a living, and recently designed a plane that broke the world record for longest flight. Learn more about folding paper airplanes at John's website.
From YouTube: "WEST LAFYETTE, Ind., USA--The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team smashed its own world record for largest Rube Goldberg machine with a 300-step behemoth that flawlessly accomplished the simple task of blowing up and popping a balloon - setting the new world record for the Largest functional Rube Goldberg machine, according to World Records Academy"
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Anemia is a major -- and completely preventable -- cause of deaths in childbirth in many places around the world, but the standard test is invasive and slow. In this witty and inspiring talk, TED Fellow Myshkin Ingawale describes how (after 32 tries) he and his team created a simple, portable, low-cost device that can test for anemia without breaking the skin.
The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Below is except from the site, "Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can - and much more. Announcing the Free Universal Construction Kit: a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys."
Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don't know about women's heart health -- including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they're often missed).
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Note: This talk starts out really slow but gets much better about half way through.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. (This is the first talk posted from an amazing TEDYouth event. Many others will come on line next month as part of our TED-Ed launch. We can't wait ...)
It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution?
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Diffie-Hellman key exchange was one of the earliest practical implementations of key exchange within the field of cryptography. It relies on the discrete logarithm problem. This test clip will be part of the final chapter of Gambling with Secrets!
Avi Rubin is Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and Technical Director of the JHU Information Security Institute. Avi's primary research area is Computer Security, and his latest research focuses on security for electronic medical records. Avi is credited for bringing to light vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines. In 2006 he published a book on his experiences since this event.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
You can use your smartphone to find a local ATM, but what if you need a defibrillator? At TEDxMaastricht, Lucien Engelen shows us online innovations that are changing the way we save lives, including a crowdsourced map of local defibrillators.
Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I'm not saying we don't have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down."
The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts. At TEDxRC2, Paul Conneally shows extraordinary examples of social media and other new technologies becoming central to humanitarian aid.
2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create.
A casual talk from TEDx, writer Jenna McCarthy shares surprising research on how marriages (especially happy marriages) really work. One tip: Do not try to win an Oscar for best actress.
Brewster Kahle: Universal Access to All Knowledge from The Long Now Foundation on FORA.tv As founder and librarian of the storied Internet Archive (deemed impossible by all when he started it in 1996), Brewster Kahle has practical experience behind his universalist vision of access to every bit of knowledge ever created, for all time, ever improving.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Thursday, February 02, 2012
From Fora.TV: "Kevin Kelly has been a participant in, and reporter on, the information technology revolution for the past 20 years. His books include the best-selling work on the networked economy, New Rules for the New Economy, and the classic volume on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control. His most recent book, What Technology Wants, lays out a provocative view of technology as an autonomous force in the world. Kelly helped launch WIRED in 1993 and served as executive editor for six years, during which the magazine twice won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He currently holds the title of Senior Maverick at WIRED and is the publisher and editor of the Cool Tools website. From 1984 to 1990, Kelly was the publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review. He also helped launch the WELL, a pioneering online service, in 1985 and co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, Harpers, Science, GQ, and Esquire."
Sunday, January 22, 2012
What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.
We all want customized experiences and products -- but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing. (Source)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
"Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Paul O’Neill, the famously candid Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush and a 2008 adviser to Barack Obama, and Jesse LaGreca (blogger and writer for Daily Kos and Occupy Wall Street activist) meet for a high-voltage conversation about the rise, fall and bailout of Wall Street, the perils of speaking truth to power, and the tough choices ahead for America." (Source)
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Tower Crane always seem to be part of almost any metropolitan cityscape that I have been too. These cranes are a critical tool in the construction of modern skyscrapers. Although for years I wondered how they were setup. I answered my own question by spending a few minutes to do a YouTube search.
From the YouTube Description:" What can you accomplish in 360 hours?
The Chinese sustainable building company, Broad Group, has yet attempted another impossible feat, building a 30-story tall hotel prototype in 360 hours, after building a 15-story building in a week earlier in 2011.
You may ask why in a hurry, and is it safe? The statistics in the video can put you in good faith. Prefabricated modular buildings has many advantages over conventional buildings.
Higher precision in fabrication (+/- 0.2mm).
More coordinated on-site construction management.
Shorter construction time span.
Lower construction waste.
Also many other health and energy features are included in Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB)
The building was built over last Christmas time and finished before New Years Eve of 2012."