A Future Without Fear

Moors Law anticipated the world we live in today, it is an observation which states that “the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years”. This has profound implications for the speed at which new technologies can emerge, become a disruptive force on all scales of human life and rise to dominance. Our regulatory systems, economies, laws are increasingly ill-equipped to cope with the pace of change. Ben Hammersley, technologist, author, broadcaster and editor-at-Large of Wired Magazine takes a look at this issue and provides strategies for approaching the future and how we think about it.


RSA Talk

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Related reading: Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development

The MakerBot Replicator2 3D Printer

Makerbot unveils not one but two new 3d printers the MakerBot Replicator2 and MakerBot Replicator2x 3D printers. At last high resolution 3d printing is available for the maker community or just about anyone else that wants to print their digital designs.

More Info: http://www.makerbot.com/replicator2-press-assets/

Buy It Now: http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html

You Are Being Watched

In the 21st century it is nearly impossible to escape the watchful eyes of technology, the net and the world, a private dinner cannot be assumed to be truly private nor can a casual “off the cuff remark”. There are no more private places or private spaces. Those in political office and those that seek political power can no longer shape their messages to appeal to a particular audience in a world where nearly everything politicians say and do is on the record. Moments like this represent an important moment in history demonstrating both the power and influence of technology and the value of truth, honesty and transparency.

Cloud Atlas

It seems like once every few years or so a film comes along that you really look forward to seeing for our editors it’s Cloud Atlas. Based on the novel by David Mitchell  the film consists of six intertwined stories spanning hundreds of years from 1850 to the mid 22nd century to sometime after the complete breakdown of global civilization referred to only as “the fall” in a distant post-apocalyptic future. The trailer is awe inspiring to say the least so check it out. Cloud Atlas opens October 26th 2012.

The first song is: “Sonera” by Thomas J. Bergersen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC1w1FjAfqE

The second song is: “Outro” by M83 http://youtu.be/-i2PBmiAZTk?t=1m38s

The piano song is: “Cloud Atlas Sextet” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEQW3vc10dQ

For more about this film check out the Cloud Atlas Wiki