We’re taking to the skies – Uber 99 page plan!

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VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) could be here quicker than we every thought possible. Is it even conceivable that we could be flying around in these vehicles in 10 years from now? We Uber seems to thing so. Here is their 99 page while paper on how they plan to do it. https://www.uber.com/elevate.pdf

Now you might be thinking ‘hang on a minute, we haven’t even got driverless cars yet’. Things are definitely moving fast. The automation that driverless cars will bring will take us closer to this new kind of transportation becoming a reality.

Watch this robot solve a Rubik’s Cube in a fraction of a second

The hours that I used to spend trying to figure out the Rubix Cube before I know there was a simple system. Now look…

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This is a great infographic that explains the scale of the change that the Autonomous Revolution will bring.

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Source: Futurism.com

Benedict Cumberbatch debuted a koohl new product that noone saw coming

Didn’t see this one coming…

“There is only one approved way to sit on the toilet! It has been designed to make you look stupid and feel foolish! It is against regulation to look cool and feel confident on the toilet! This is the way it has always been and must always be.”

Read More: Digital Trends

Looks like Augmented Reality development is hotting up with Microsoft bring out products!

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Whilst VR has hit the mainstream with Samsung and Sony driving forward with television advertising in the run up to Christmas, it is Augmented Reality or AR that is the focus from Microsoft. An it’s partly their way of getting into the VR space too.

Here is an exerpt from Engadget.com about the developement from Microsoft.

Microsoft is set to unveil several new products at its fall event on Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped CEO Satya Nadella from dropping by Laguna Beach, California this Monday. During a WSJD Live interview with Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker, Nadella delved into topics that concern the company’s future. Specifically: augmented reality.

“The ultimate computer for me is the mixed reality world,” he said. “Your field of view becomes an infinite display. You see the world and in the world you see virtual objects and holograms.” He is of course referring to HoloLens, which is Microsoft’s take on augmented reality hardware. A few months ago, the company announced that it’s opening up Windows Holographic so that third-party makers could get in on it too, potentially creating VR headsetsin addition to AR ones.Right now, Nadella is still excited about the use cases of augmented reality, saying that Case Western Reserve University is already using AR in an anatomy class. He also envisions the technology could be useful in more everyday tasks, like home improvement, offering a solution for those endless trips to the store and back. “Imagine if you could see what your home improvement project would look like and then press order,” he said

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By 2030, Hospitals May Be a Thing of the Past

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BRAVE NEW WORLD

As the world of medicine is increasingly changed by biology, technology, communications, genetics, and robotics, predicting the outlook of the next few decades of medicine becomes harder. But that is exactly what Melanie Walker of the World Economic Forum does, and she predicts a bright new future for healthcare.

Walker is the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council on neurotechnology and brain science and has been a doctor for the past 20 years.

“Nearly 20 years ago, when I graduated from medical school, the world of healthcare was dominated by breakthroughs in the field of biology,” Walker said in the article. “But, that is changing quickly because biology is being eaten by robotics and genetics as we evolve deeper into the networked age.”

The lynchpin of Walker’s predictions is the increasing adoption of new healthcare technologies, not just in hospitals but in homes. In fact, she says the rise of personalized medicine means we’re moving from hospitals to “home-spitals.”

We can already see these trends playing out. Many of the biggest diseases are largely vascular, and better understanding is making them more predictable and preventable. Accidents are likely to fall with the advent of automation and driverless tech and regenerative medicine is already stretching the lifespans in the most advanced countries.

Improvements in health monitoring will also make doctor’s visits rarer since they’ll acquire health data from your smartphone. And scanning technology will one day create devices that combine spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, and radiation in an all-in-one scanner.

BETTER OPERATIONS

The trend also points to less intrusive and more automated surgeries and operations. Microbots will perform surgeries from inside your body and ingestible robotics will diagnose or operate on you before they dissolve.

There’ll also be an end to organ waiting lists. Advancements in 3D printing have made great leaps in printing artificial organs, bones, and even tissue.

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One day, instead of getting prescriptions from your doctor, brain implants may read your symptoms and beam them directly to the smartphone. It will then print out a custom set of drugs to address the root of your problems.

Advancements in genomics will also ensure you know which diseases you’re most likely to get so you’re prepared or even able to edit them out of your genome.

This isn’t a prediction designed to be 100 percent as new advancements and discoveries are made every day. Rather, the predictions help set us on a path to advance the regulatory structure to accommodate future advances and get funding towards the right fields to achieve this vision.

Source: Futurism.com

The next 10 years in Automotive Infographic

This is great and gives an interesting angle on where it’s heading. I still think things are moving more quickly than that. We shall see.

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Source: http://futurism.com/images/car-tech-forecast-the-next-10-years/

Car sharing from $6-8 an hour

The concept of car sharing has really taken off this year with GM and Toyota investing in the space.

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GM’s Maven leases new Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles for $6 to $8 per hour, which includes insurance, fuel, and unlimited 4G data. GM views Maven as a way to give potential customers test drives in the newest models, which it typically loads with options. Current Maven selections include Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Tahoe, and Volt, GMC Acadia and Yukon, and several Cadillac models. GM states that more than 11,000 Maven members have driven more than 23 million miles with over 12,000 reservations since the service started earlier this year. Lyft drivers can also rent Maven vehicles by the hour. In addition to L.A., Maven is also available in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Washington, D.C.

For GM and Toyota, they are responding to the potential reduction in the cost of motoring which is around the corner and hedging their betsagainst a future when individual car ownershipmay be less common.

3D Printers down to just over £100 very soon!

We’ll all be printing in 3D very soon. Not long ago it was a struggle to find a 3D printer for less than £1000. Next year there with be a new brand, launched from the Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Their founders view is to make 3D printing available to anyone. But what will we print?