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.
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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.
Buy It Now: http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html
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In today’s show, we talk iPhone 5, its new features, what it lacks and a little bit on iOS 6.
We have Ken Harrell from Ebongeek.com join us as he is a huge Apple user; his impressions are most surprising.
Hosts: Tony Hannides, Radford Castro & Sean Wilburn
Guest: Ken Harrell
It’s a fear that strikes terror in hearts of internet users everywhere the dreaded “Internet Blackout“. It seems the DNS Changer Virus/Malware is out to get you me and every other user on the net on Monday July 9TH 2012 at least according to the FBI. Why is DNS important? The DNS system is what allows computers on the internet to convert user friendly names like Ebongeek.com to IP addresses that computers can understand. Systems infected with the DNS Changer Virus/Malware redirects users to bogus websites. If you want to see if your system is infected use the links below. This is not the first nor will it be the last such threat, it’s part of modern life in a high-tech world. So are we headed toward an apocalyptic net crash?, probably not but there is no harm in taking precautions.
For years point of sales systems have been pretty mundane, payment authorization in many instances still dials out via a modem and the interfaces are cumbersome at best. Square changes all that with their clean simple mobile app running on the iPad, iPhone and Android devices. With Square retailers can accept credit card payments anywhere and because of that they can operate just about anywhere. When used with Card Case users can pay with their name, connect with merchants and explore new places.
Imagine a pair of glasses that allows you to see a world covered in real time location aware data, where information is integrated into everything you look at touch or interact with. If you want to know where an address is relative to where you are, the Google map moves from your Android Phone into your visual field of view. A call comes in, you can either check your phone or just glance at the caller ID info floating in front of you. Need to know how to set up a tent, put together a baby bed or pitch the perfect fastball? The augmented reality application running on your smart phone streams to your glasses and overlays instructions on top of real world objects in real time. Imagine you are at a meeting and you see someone you worked with ten years ago but you don’t remember the person’s name, you look again and see that the person has both a Facebook and a LinkedIn profile, there is a 89% facial recognition match with the profiles now floating above the persons head but only you can see this thanks to augmented reality. Like so many other emerging technologies it sounds like science fiction but if companies like Google have their way it won’t be for very much longer. For many months now there have been rumors stirring all over the Net about Google’s latest development project to create a augmented reality device that will overlay images, graphics and video into a users field of view. So think about the myriad of applications you currently use on your smart phone extended into your glasses, could such a thing even be possible? When you see the work coming out of the R&D labs of companies like Lumus, Vuzix and Laster it seems clear we are well on our way to an augmented reality.
As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan draw to a close new domestic markets are emerging for armored vehicles, non lethal weapons and aerial drones. Police agencies in the United States and around the world have expressed great interest in leveraging these advanced technologies for use in civilian law enforcement. One example is the Lenco Bear Cat Armored Vehicle initially developed as a armored personnel carrier for special operations, the Bear Cat has enabled SWAT and HRT teams to have armor protection levels normally reserved for military forces. Aerial drones are of particular interest to law enforcement agencies, the Shadow Hawk unmanned aerial system from Vanguard Defense is a fast and highly maneuverable drone that can be deployed from the back of an SUV. At the TED Global 2011 conference FESTO showed off a proof of concept prototype bird like robotic aircraft that both looks like and shares flight characteristics with its organic counterparts. Drone technology is progressing rapidly and the FAA is already drafting new rules on how drones can be used within the United States sparking both controversy and ethical debate about just how these technologies will be used and what legal limits if any will be placed on them. Going forward it seems clear that these technologies will play a vital role in the future of law enforcement. Once the technological cat is out of the bag however it can be rather difficult to tame, in the coming years civilians will also use drones for personal use, recreation, home security, entertainment, aerial photography, protest movements and counter surveillance.
In a network connected world we enjoy a level of advanced technology and interconnectedness that would have been considered science fiction just a few short decades ago but our modern technology often comes at a price. Coltan is a valuable mineral used in our most advanced technologies, from smart phones to fighter aircraft. When refined Coltan becomes metallic tantalum renowned for its heat resistant properties and its ability to hold an electric charge. It is used in the manufacture of tantalum capacitors found in numerous high-tech electronic devices. The 21st century technology boom is largely responsible for the skyrocketing price of the mineral. Coltan is mined by hand in the Democratic Republic of Congo and while the average Congolese laborer makes just ten dollars a month, Coltan miners can make up do fifty dollars a week. Profits from the Coltan trade cause and simultaneously funds conflicts in the DRC. The documentary “Blood Coltan” explores the tremendous human cost of our technological world.
Today’s show is huge as we have Ken from Ebongeek.com join us. We hit on subjects like the recent Megaupload bust and Blackberry’s CEO shuffle. We talk about a spray gun that can heal 2nd degree burns in days, a web developer in Iran who’s on death row and whether Windows 8 tablets will be ready for prime time this year. Mobile news includes Apple suing Samsung again, rumored LG X3 and Evi for Android and iOS are really here to compete with Apple’s Siri. We talk about some new iPad focused instruments announced at Namm 2012, how to learn like the Matrix and some game demos.
Special Guest: Ken from Ebongeek.com
02:35 – Blackberry CEO shuffle and rumors of a new playbook
09:50 – Kim Dotcom, Swizz Beatz and Megaupload
18:03 – Stem Cell Spray heals 2nd degree burns in days
24:09 – Web developer on death row in Iran
28:18 – Learn the way people learned in the Matrix
33:56 – Mobile News: Australia Gets LTE, Apple Sues Samsung, Rumored LG X3
43:15- Evi for Android and iOS is out, comparison vs Apple’s Siri
54:09- Windows 8 tablets may come this year, are they ready?
1:09:57 – Sound updates, new iPad focused music equipment
1:23:54- Impressions of Nero’s cloud based solution
1:30:18- Final Fantasy 13 impressions, Asura’s Wrath Demo, Alienware console HTPC and Resident Evil 6
1:37:08 – Programing tips between Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread
At this year’s CES 2012 the world’s top tech gurus and industry leaders assembled in Las Vegas to showcase their latest technologies and talk about the future of where technology is heading. Check out these exciting presentations by some of the world’s most well known companies and individuals. First up is Hans Vestberg, president and chief executive officer of Ericsson Group as he shares his companies vision of the future networked society. Next is Paul Otellini, president and chief executive officer of Intel Corporation . Intel’s vision of the future calls for consistency of user experience across all devices from mobile phones to Ultrabooks and finally Joshua Topolsky founder of The Verge takes a look back at where the tech industry has been and more importantly where trends are headed in 2012 and beyond.
Paul Otellini, president and chief executive officer of Intel Corporation.
Exciting things are happening at CES 2012 as consumer electronics companies and startups have a chance to show off their latest and greatest technologies. Everything from tablet gaming devices, virtual reality gear, nanotech protected cell phones, personal remote operated drones and 3d printing products only scratch the surface at what this year’s CES had to offer. Check out some of our EBG editors picks below. For more exciting in-depth CES 2012 news check out our friends over at LTG.
The last two decades have been tremendously transformative, the internet has connected our society globally in ways that could never have been conceived. Today internet technologies are sill changing society on every level. But what will the next 20 years bring and how different will life be? These short documentaries by Ericssion Multi Media explore the past present and possible future of our ever changing networked world.
Carlota Perez Researcher, Lecturer and International Consultant
Don Tapscott One of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology
Vent Cerf Computer scientist, recognized as one of the creators of the internet
Charles Ledbeater Leading authority on innovation and creativity
Michael Dell CEO of Dell
Will Steffen Executive Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University, Canberra