New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry NYT

  Very interesting article from the NYT as part of its iEconomy series.  Key message is that advances in robotics allows robots to do very complex tasks that were historically only possible with human hands – low wage human hands.  In one example a Phillips factory in Holland is producing electric shavers, using a tenth of the number of More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
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Robotic telepresence: a cheap way to commute, get skilled foreign labour

Robotic telepresence has just gotten a lot slicker and cheaper thanks to a new product from Double Robotics. A few weeks ago I wrote about living in a virtual world, and the impact of virtual working, virtual emigration, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, August 10th, 2012
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Grid parity for solar photovoltaics in Spain today

Last month we wrote how the cost of solar photovoltaics had dropped to such a low point that it was now possible to develop solar projects in the sunnier parts of Spain without any government support. This piece More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, August 5th, 2012
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NASA Curiosity hours from landing, or crashing, on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity is hours from landing on Mars.  NASA has produced a great video animation about how terrifyingly dangerous the landing is going to be with an array of never before tried technologies used More...

By historyfuturenow On Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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Go to college so you can afford to pay your college debts

Thanks to Post Growth Institute for the cartoon.  More...

By historyfuturenow On Saturday, July 21st, 2012
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Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism

Markus Covert, assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University had a significant announcement to make this week: In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world’s first complete More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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SpaceX: private space vehicle supplies the Space Station and brings engineering talent back to Earth

Elon Musk is a pretty exceptional individual: he was the founder of PayPal, which has transformed the financial services sector, was the founder of Tesla Motors, which is producing some of the most exciting motor More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
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Transcript: Schmidt and Thiel smackdown – Fortune Tech

Very interesting, wide ranging discussion between Eric Scmidt and Peter Theil on 16 July 2012 about the past, present and future of technology and its impacts on society and government. Peter’s views on education More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
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Map of history’s most influential thinkers

Bredan Griffen has produced an incredible image / map of how the most influential thinkers have impacted each other, which is perfect for Future, History. Now. which is a website focused on looking how the past More...

By historyfuturenow On Monday, July 16th, 2012
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Migrant Workers in China Face Competition from Robots – Technology Review

iPhone manufacturer Foxcon is planning to switch many of the repetitive tasks done by its labour force in China to being done by robots.  This could be politically even more problematic for them than the rash of More...