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Solar Sails are the Future of Space Travel
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1GqkB3h One of the biggest challenges facing space exploration is propulsion. Our main go-to, rocket fuel, is heavy, expensive, and can easily run out during travel. Fortunately, the solution might come in the form of solar sails. The Planetary Society has already tested the solar sail deployment mechanism designed for Lightsail. The next step? Building a deep-space vehicle that uses solar sails as the primary means of propulsion. What sort of citizen-based science project would you most be interested in getting involved in? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 105533 Fw:Thinking
What Is The Future of Social Media?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1uhAXc3 In July 2012, the US spent 121 BILLION minutes on social media - should we be worried? Do social networks threaten our "real world" interactions? In this episode of Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland explores the future of social communication, social relationships, and human/computer interaction. What do you think? Have social networks left you feeling more "connected" to your friends and family? Let us know by leaving a comment! Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: If you have 900 friends that you talk to 140 characters at a time, what does the word "friend" really mean? In July 2012, US users spent 121 BILLION minutes on social media. Now let me break that down for you. In one month, that's 231,000 YEARS worth of Bieber retweets, and Instagrams of what you had for lunch. Now some people worry that this might be a bad thing. That we could actually be rewiring our children's brains so that Generation Z no longer has anyway of knowing how to interact in the "real" world. And they might even lose the ability to use sarcasm. Pfft. Yeah right. If social media is not a real interaction, what is? Is talking on the phone a real social interaction? Or is writing a letter with a quill pen a real social interaction? These are ways we have breached both space and time in order to communicate. So isn't social media just the next step? I'd go so far as to say we shouldn't even call it social media anymore. This is next generation social life. Imagine you walk into a museum with your smart glasses. Now around you everyone's looking at famous works of art or naked sculptures. But you flip on the social filter on your glasses, and suddenly reality itself is annotated just like in your Facebook feed. You can see what people have to say about every work of art. Or you go next door to the restaurant and you take a look at the menu. There you can see what people in your network have liked. Now, just a couple of generations ago, once you graduated high school, you could expect to encounter those people and interact with them about as frequently as you would play tennis with a plutonium core. But today because of Twitter and Facebook I can't go a day without knowing that my old chem lab partner had yet another breakfast burrito. Seriously Victor, you have a problem. Could this be redefining the meaning of friendship? Anthropologists like Robin Dunbar believe that there are a finite number of real friendships any human being can keep. So your brain can maintain about 150 meaningful friendships, and that's it. So has social media blown this number into the stratosphere? Well, not yet. The average person on Facebook has about 190 friends. And the average person on Twitter interacts with between 100 and 200 people. So we haven't drastically altered the social landscape yet. But will we in the future? Social media changes through the emergence of behavior of literally billions of people from around the world all behaving under local rules, creating unpredictable mass patterns. So it's dictated by your niece who corrects everyone's grammar, or that coworker who absolutely insists on sharing every single photo of a cat in a cardboard box ever. But it's not all frivolous. We have actually used social media for real social change. I mean who would have thought the same thing that lets me tell you what I had for lunch helped topple a dictator? Or organize a protest? Or solve a crime? So what if all of our social interactions are limited to 140 characters? I think we'll still be able to keep that social herd all together. Even if that herd does include a few LOLcats.
Views: 162180 Fw:Thinking
Could We Use Terraforming to Colonize Mars?
 
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What would it take to turn Mars into a planet hospitable for human life? Scientists have theorized a number of ideas, from large ice-melting space mirrors to landers that produce greenhouse gas. We have a question for YOU. What celestial body do you think we should terraform first? Share your thoughts in the comments below! ------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Strickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 83057 Fw:Thinking
Will Gene Therapy Cure Cancer?
 
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Gene therapy, an alteration of genes within the body to fight or prevent disease, has sparked a revolution in cancer treatment. Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States, and the two main ways we treat it - radiation and chemotherapy - have severe side effects. In this episode of Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland walks us through the process of human gene therapy, reveals it's exciting potential, and questions the ethics of genetic modification and altering DNA. We have a question for you! If you were a gene hacker, what crazy genetic mutation would you give yourself? Leave us a comment with your answer! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Feeling under the weather? Just tweak a chromosome and you'll be all better. Gene therapy. Now I'm not talking about support groups for people who can't fit into the same pants they wore in high school. I'm talking about the alteration of genes within the body to treat disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and the two main ways we treat it are with radiation and chemotherapy. Both of which have severe side effects. Chemotherapy in particular can be devastating to healthy cells. So gene therapy has the promise of perhaps complimenting or maybe even replacing these other therapies. Currently there are a few different ways to use gene therapy to battle cancer. One way is just to remove the mutated genetic material and replace it with healthy material. Kind of like replacing a flat tire. Another way is to insert special genes into white blood cells. Now this gives those white blood cells the chance to detect and battle tumors. It's like giving a cancer cop a strong pot of coffee and a detailed sketch of what the bad cells look like. But the third, and this is my own personal favorite, is that cells happen to have a little self-destruct button inside them. Now this button gets pressed if there's too much mutation within that cell. But in cancer cells the button is deactivated. So with gene therapy you go in and reactivate that button. Press the button, no more cancer cell. But this raises a question. How do we actually get that genetic material into cells in the first place? Well, do you like spy movies? Because that's what we're talking about here - double agents! In this case, the double agent is a virus. Now normally a virus might be out there to kill you. But what scientists are doing is they're scooping the DNA out of viruses and putting a treatment gene into it, and then putting that into a patient's body. So, like a double agent, the virus works for our team now. In our spy movie, the viruses smuggle in the good genes, so when the cell replicates the good gene is copied instead of the mutated one. Take for example a cancer cell. Once inside the spy virus can deliver the gene that will halt its rampant replication. One such gene is called oligonucleotide. A single stranded piece of DNA that inserts itself directly in the slots of the mutated cell's double helix DNA, essentially jamming up the cell's replicating gears. The mutated segment of DNA can not be transcribed or copied once you've jammed up those gears. And in fact, scientists may one day be able to reverse this process, turning cancer cells back into healthy cells through cellular espionage. So far gene therapy has been used to treat very simple diseases and conditions where a gene is essentially flipped on or off and that effects everything else. Think of it like one of those strands of lights where one light is wrong and therefore the whole thing won't work. You know, kind of like these that I had back in college. Really you just have to find the one bulb that's wrong and fix it and it all comes on again! But some conditions are a little more complicated, and they actually involve lots of different combinations of genes that maybe switched on or off and so we have to determine what that combination is in order to use gene therapy to solve it. We're talking about over 20,000 proteins. This is a big problem. But as genetic information becomes easier for us to obtain, this raises some new questions. For example, should parents be able to determine what their child's eye color should be? Or height? Or sexual orientation? And if we're able to use gene therapy to cure or combat diseases and conditions, does that drastically alter our lifespan and in turn does that drastically alter world population?
Views: 75974 Fw:Thinking
Create Anything You Want With Programmable Matter
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/13K5GUw What if you could fax someone a real, three-dimensional object? The solution might come in the form of programmable matter - a material that takes on predetermined shapes and can change its configuration on demand. We’re already seeing early prototypes coming from Carnegie Mellon and Intel in the form of “claytronics.” So what’s in store for this technology, and why should we be excited about it? If you had a vat of claytronic atoms in front of you, what’s the first thing you’d build with it? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 219759 Fw:Thinking
What is The Internet of Things?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1GTShZS By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. Jonathan Strickland takes us on a tour through a living room of the future to see how this "Internet of Things" (IOT) will impact our daily lives. Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Your next refrigerator may know more about diet than your doctor. How many objects do you have that are connected to the Internet? About a decade ago you probably would have said one or maybe two if you were an early adopter of smartphone technology. But today, oh, well I've got a work computer, I've got a personal computer, I've got a tablet, I've got a smartphone, I've got a video game console, I've got a media player, I've got a smart TV, I even have a smart refrigerator. Now extend this trend outward and what do we get? Well it's estimated by 2020 there will be 50 billion objects connected to the Internet. Now that's billion with a "B." It's also estimated by the US Census Bureau that there will be 7.6 billion people alive at that time. So that means that for every person there will be 6.6 objects connected to the Internet. We're talking about a world blanketed with billions of censors. These censors are taking information from real physical objects that are in the world, and uploading it to the Internet. It's a world where your environment transforms as you walk through it, because technology that you may not even be aware of is monitoring your every move. It's a world that's constantly changing all around us due to these sensors and the Internet and we call it the Internet of Things. Lets stroll into the living room of the future. Now immediately this room identifies you and taps into a cloud based profile of preferences like climate control, music, lighting and decor. Had a long day at work? The room knows based on the calendar app on your phone and biosensors that detect the stress via blood pressure and heart rate. So it turns off the rockabilly surf guitar you usually listen to, and switches to a more soothing classical music. From environmental sensors outside and maybe even worn within your clothing itself, it knows it was snowing earlier, so the climate control begins to crank up the heat in anticipation as your walk through the door. Now on the software side we're talking about algorithms that are so sophisticated, they may be able to predict what you want before you know you even wanted it. So when you walk to the refrigerator, it tells you not only what's in there, it tells you what you can make with the stuff you already have. And it's already telling you what's inside and what's the perfect meal based upon your mood, your activity level, and maybe even, well, your weight loss plan for some of us. As for how many objects could be connected to the Internet? Well, consider this. The latest version of Internet protocol, IPV6, creates more potential address than there are atoms on the surface of the Earth. So we're going to live in a world completely filled with sensors with data reacting to us, changing every moment depended on our needs. I'm no longer going to be asking you "Hey, what's your favorite color? What's your favorite music?" I'm going to ask you, "What's your reality like?" I know what mine is when I walk into my house, how the world reacts to me. But how does it react to you? This is more than philosophy. It's more than technology. It's altering reality as we know it. And it's all regulated by the Internet of Things.
Views: 430851 Fw:Thinking
4D Printing is the Future of Design
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1xxfZWj That's right, it's one D better! Actually, 4D printing is about using a 3D printer to produce self-reconfiguring, programmable material that intelligently arranges itself into basically any object -- with no computers or electricity required! Skylar Tibbits, an MIT researcher, has already developed prototypes from his self-assembly lab. And this is just the beginning - from skyscrapers to space stations, the promises of 4D printing are amazing. How would you use 4D Printing? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Some assembly required may soon be replaced with "Just Add Water." 3D printers. I never get tired of thinking about all the possible applications, like building a brand new coffee table, or building a brand new 3D printer, or finally getting that Strickland action figure everyone's been asking for. But all of these great products have one thing in common - rigidity. That means they're going to keep that shape once I print them, unless I take a flamethrower to them, or maybe a hacksaw. But the advent of something called 4D printing could turn all of that on its head! That's right, it's one "D" better! Actually, it's not just a catch phrase, 4D printing is really about using a 3D printer to print out self-reconfiguring, programmable material. Now imagine this. You have a non-living object that can change its shape and behavior over time. It's kind of like a robot, but there are no microprocessors, no circuit boards no motors - in fact to you it looks like a string of plastic. But you toss it into a kiddie pool, and upon contact with water you now have a secret message spelled out in plastic cursive! Skylar Tibbits, the man who really came up with this idea of 4D printing, has gone even further. He's created programmable sheet material. It's a sheet of plastic that, when submerged in water, can clench up into the shape of a cube. And a cube is just the beginning! More complex designs will mean millions of more shapes - like self-folding origami! In the near future, imagine a smart grid of plumbing, with pipes that can actually expand and contract in response to water demand. Or maybe even heal if there is a frozen segment that breaks open. Or imagine self assembling furniture. Print out a flat board and just add water, next thing you know it curls up into a rocking chair. Now, wrap your mind around how useful this would be in a really hostile environment, like low Earth orbit, where building stuff comes at a high cost and a high risk. Now the prototypes we have seen so far have been pretty simple, but the promises are amazing! Think about it on the really big scale. What about skyscrapers and bridges. If we could make them out of smart materials like smart beams and smart bricks, they could heal themselves after weather damage or prepare for something massive like an earthquake. Or we flip it. We go on to the very small scale and now we have micro particles moving around in our bodies, maintaining our health. You might be wondering, how much complexity can build up our of stuff that changes its shape without computers or electromechanical motors. Lets think about proteins for a second. Proteins are pretty much what make any basic animal function possible on a cellular level. And a protein is really self-reconfiguring material. It's a polypeptide. It's a long chain of amino acids. So once again we're playing Copy Cat to mother nature. Now lets not get ahead of ourselves, I'm not actually suggesting that we're going to be printing out some sort of plastic replicant that can gain self-awareness and yearn for more life But maybe we will. In fact, it's hard for us to predict right now. We're just seeing the very beginning of this technology, and the complexity could become truly amazing. So, how would you use 4D printing? Let us know! Leave a comment below, we promise we're going to read every single one of them and while your there why don't you "like" the vide if you enjoyed it, and subscribe, we got some great stuff coming up soon!
Views: 1109884 Fw:Thinking
Can We Create Artificial Gravity in Space?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1wuAhwP The effects of weightlessness on astronauts can be extremely severe. So is it possible for us to create ARTIFICIAL gravity in space, like in the 2014 film Interstellar? There are several proposed solutions - but are they practical? In the long term, as space travel advances, solving this issue could really impact the future of our species! What is your favorite explanation for artificial gravity in science fiction? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 157482 Fw:Thinking
Tractor Beams are REAL!
 
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Can we really design a Star Trek style tractor beam? We already know that two overlapping bessel beams can use energy to move objects toward a source of light, but when will be able to beam a human?...or a space craft?! In this episode of Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland explores the science of Star Trek and the future of tractor beams! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 122361 Fw:Thinking
Video Games That Teach You QUANTUM PHYSICS!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1EAM6FS Video games are more than just a fun way to waste time. They've been scientifically suggested to make us smarter, and may give us skills we can apply in the real world. So could a video game teach us something as complex as, say, quantum physics? The answer might surprise you! If you had to design a video game that taught the player a new set of skills, what set of skills would you teach, and how would the game go about doing it? Give us your most creative answer in the comments below! Check out some of the video games mentioned in this episode! qCraft (Quantum Physics for Minecraft): http://qcraft.org/ Portal 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal_2 CodeSpells: https://sites.google.com/a/eng.ucsd.edu/codespells/home -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 161247 Fw:Thinking
Have We Reached Peak Computer Power?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1sJU61X Moore's Law states that you could fit twice as many transistors on a computer chip every two years -- but many say this will soon come to an end. Engineers have been working around how to overcome the limitations of the modern computer chip, and some of the proposed solutions are straight out of science fiction! Nanophotonics could preserve Moore's Law indefinitely, but are there any other technological trends that you think are in danger of plateauing? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more of Moore's Law explained, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 83846 Fw:Thinking
Is Technology a Threat to Our Education?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1xCwOQT Is technology threatening our system of education? Why spend all day in a dusty library when you could just download information straight into your brain! In this episode of Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland explores the future of technology and education. With a rise in online classes and advanced classroom technology, we must remember that education is more than just processing information, it's about learning how to learn! Where do you see the future of education? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 135015 Fw:Thinking
Does Consciousness Have an On/Off Switch?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1v7v2bB Did researchers at George Washington University accidentally discover the "on/off" switch for human consciousness by stimulating the brain of an epilepsy patient? How do we even define consciousness? Keep in mind, there's still a lot of work to be done, but this study has huge implications for the future of neuroscience! How do YOU define consciousness? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 64518 Fw:Thinking
Can Artificial Photosynthesis Save The Planet?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1A0cvAM Plants generate energy from the sun through photosynthesis. Now, researchers have created an ARTIFICIAL photosynthesis process that uses nanotechnology and biology to capture carbon before it can be emitted into the atmosphere. And while plants use this process to turn carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates, the artificial method can use it to build acetate. From there, this system could be used to make plastics or (maybe) fuel! What do YOU think is the future of energy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 77713 Fw:Thinking
This Genetic Condition Makes You Need Less Sleep
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Bjo9qm In the future, will it be possible for us to extend our waking hours without running into serious health risks? Technology has changed our sleep patterns in the past, and scientists continue to study the science of sleep and the mechanisms that regulate sleep in the brain. Perhaps the answer lies within a rare genetic condition called short sleeping? If you could be happy and healthy on half as much sleep per night, what would you do with all that extra time? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more of Moore's Law explained, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 66455 Fw:Thinking
The Orion Spacecraft is the Future of Deep Space Travel
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/137Jm7Q Following a successful test flight and splashdown of NASA’s Orion space capsule, what’s next for this promising spacecraft? It’s been forty years since humans have gone beyond low Earth orbit, and now the Orion is almost ready to take us back – possibly as far as Mars! Jonathan takes us on an inside look into the incredible technology powering the vehicle that will launch us into our next phase of space exploration. Are you as inspired by the Orion project as us, or do you think there’s another method we should explore for space? Share your thoughts in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 86666 Fw:Thinking
Can Scientists Make Us Live Forever?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/113X7mt What is aging? The average human life span is constantly increasing but we still don't fully understand the science behind our own age expectancy. Regenerative medicine, cell therapy and 3D bio printers are some of the modern medical technologies that could reverse our aging process - but is this a good thing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 173555 Fw:Thinking
Why Your Brain Has Trouble Learning
 
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SHARE ON FACEBOOK: http://on.fb.me/1btKuXg Nearly two decades ago, a professor at Stanford discovered that noisy neurons - brain cells with fluctuating signals - firing in an animal's sensory system seemed to affect the animal's decisions. The animal could be faced with the same stimulus and make different decisions depending on which direction these noisy neurons fired. Recently, Dr. Tatiana Engel published a paper about a computer simulation that suggests these noisy neurons are necessary for learning. So is it possible your study session isn't going well because there's not enough "noise?" And how might we make use of this discovery in the future? Where do YOU think our decisions come from? Are they conscious? Are they elements of things we’re unaware of, therefore are external to us? We want to hear your thoughts in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 73043 Fw:Thinking
Can We Expand Our Carrying Capacity?
 
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Soon, a trip to the park may require an elevator, and your lunch will be grown in the building next door. Welcome to the future of vertical gardens and urban farming in this episode of Fw:Thinking. Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 73624 Fw:Thinking
Could We Live Underwater?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1wYHObb Planning your next vacation? How about an UNDERWATER HOTEL? Research shows that looking at an aquarium can help reduce stress and anxiety levels. So in the future, will underwater resorts provide the ultimate form of relaxation? Much like living in space, there are many life support challenges to consider with underwater habitats. But once we find a solution, the possibilities are endless! Which would YOU rather do...spend a night in an underwater luxury hotel, or aboard a space station orbiting Earth? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Want to get your stress under control? Get yourself underwater. How would you like to take a vacation in a self-contained underwater habitat? A stay at the beach is lovely, but it's the stuff beyond the beach that's truly amazing. Especially when you consider that more than 90% of it has never been directly explored by humans. The mysteries of the ocean are phenomenal. And if we go back about 3.5 billion years, it's probably our ancestral home. And hey, if you want to look at aliens, don't look to the stars...look to the water! If you don't find these creatures to be absolutely mind-warping, there's a 90% chance you are a robot. An underwater resort might be the perfect place for a little relaxation and recovery. Research shows that looking at an aquarium can help reduce stress and anxiety levels. It's actually called aquarium therapy. But why think small? Instead of a three foot wide tank filled with exotic fish, why don't we put ourselves in a tank and surround that with an underwater world? I can feel that stress dream of being naked at school just melt away. But how would an underwater resort actually work? Underwater living faces many of the same life support challenges as living in space. Managing pressurization, supplying breathable air and scrubbing carbon dioxide, and keeping clean drinking water available. Habitats could be supplied fresh air and water via refillable tanks or an umbilical hose to the surface. But in the future, underwater habitats might provide their own oxygen with artificial gill technology to extract dissolved air from the sea water. And why pipe in city water when you could use a miniature desalination apparatus to remove salt from the water around you? An anchored seafloor habitat could be the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Or a base of operations for avid scuba divers. Or we could go with a modular living approach that's not anchored to the seafloor at all. Just imagine going down to the docks and you see a reinforced bubble that's actually furnished to look like a hotel room, and it's equipped with life support machinery. You get inside, close the door, and it pilots itself off to diving coordinates, fills up ballast tanks, and sinks beneath the waves, and you're there until check out time! In fact, one undersea hotel already exists. The Jules Undersea Lodge in a lagoon off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. Now in many ways it's your average hotel room. It's got air conditioning, a television, a phone. It even has pizza delivery. But to get there you have to scuba dive twenty-one feet down, and it's not exactly great for people who have a problem with tight spaces. Now there have been plans for a lot of other luxurious hotel rooms that would be underwater, but none of them have really...surfaced. And anyone who wants to build an underwater luxury hotel has a few questions they really need to answer first. For example, how would it affect the life in the oceans and the ecosystem in that area? Could it possibly change the tidal patterns in the nearby shoreline? And what do they do in case of an emergency? But once we answer these questions, the possibilities are endless! I mean imagine having living quarters in transparent bubbles built around abandoned oil rigs. Or floating cities surrounded by underwater apartments. Or even living inside an artificial coral reef!
Views: 106389 Fw:Thinking
How Nano-Cocoons Could Revolutionize Cancer Treatment
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1D3v16M Sometimes it’s the small things that can make the biggest impact on our lives. Researchers at North Caroline State University and the University of North Carolina have used DNA to create a “nano-cocoon” capable of delivering anti-cancer medication on the nanoscale. It’s targeted, cellular chemotherapy, and it has some HUGE implications on cancer treatment. What medical breakthrough do you think is just on the horizon and why? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more of Moore's Law explained, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 58551 Fw:Thinking
Setting Sail for Alpha Centauri
 
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Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to us at about four light years away but it would take us thousands of years to get there by rocket. Some people just don't have that much patience. ------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Strickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616... Setting Sail for Alpha Centauri: https://www.youtube.com/user/fwthinking
Views: 143357 Fw:Thinking
The Future of 3D Printing Will Blow Your Mind!
 
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3D printing companies like Makerbot have already come a long way in advancing the technology of 3D printing; allowing the manufacture of everything from home furnishings to transplantable human organs. In this video from Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland talks about the present and future of 3D printers. Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Soon you may be able to create a kidney with a copy machine. How would you like to download a coffee table? Or at least a digital model of a coffee table that you could customize any way you like so it fit perfectly in your living room and then you just print it out. I'm not talking about a picture of a coffee table. I'm talking about an actual, physical three-dimensional object that lives in your living room. Well it's all possible. It's the world of 3D printing and it's going to change everything. It'll redefine the way we think about innovation, design, manufacturing, distribution. Everything about buying and selling tangible goods from here to Mars. Simply put, 3D printing is the process of making three-dimensional, solid objects out of 1's and 0's from a digital file. 3D printers bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds. It uses very thin layers of plastic, measuring just a few microns, as thin as a sheet of copy paper, to build an object from the bottom up. This is additive manufacturing. It creates a new item by adding only what is needed. Unlike other forms of manufacturing where the excess is carved, cut or melted away, leaving a ton of waste. And 3D printing isn't limited to plastics. Already, you can print stuff to glass, metal, food, organs - I'm not talking about the musical instrument, I'm talking about human tissue. I kid you not! A couple of years ago there was a guy who demonstrated he could print human kidneys using living cells as ink. We're talking about the ability to create transplant organs with a 3D printer. And this isn't the future we're talking about - we're talking about right now! I mean we've come a long way from the 1980s when a bunch of do-it-yourself nuts decided to kickstart 3D printing. Today, you and I, you know, people who have real jobs, we can actually go out and buy one of these things for like, a thousand bucks. Forbes estimates that it'll be a five billion dollar industry by the year 2020. And as these printers become more popular, the price comes down, which means consumers like me and you can afford to buy one ourselves. Or have a friend print one out for us. Once we get to the point where we can print circuitry directly, you print one printer that prints another printer, and it's game over. We're talking limitless customization. You could even scan your entire body and print out your own action figure. Or in my case, an inaction figure. NASA's using 3D printers to make repairs on space equipment. They use a process called selective laser melting, or SLM, that they use to create a nickel alloy to repair everything like the J2 rocket engine. I mean, this is the promise of 3D printing! We can make our lives as customized as we want, print any object you can imagine, and have it in your hand in just a matter of hours. And in the immediate future, it could mean that astronauts are able to print our repair parts for space craft or space stations, which are pretty important when you're months away from a rescue mission. I mean, imagine what it would've been like if Apollo 13 had a 3D printer on board. But then we wouldn't have had Tom Hanks in space...
Views: 175996 Fw:Thinking
The Future of Alternative Energy
 
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We know our fossil fuels will dry up someday, so what alternatives energy sources are there? From Piezoelectricity to Biofuel Algae, Jonathan Stirckland explores the future of renewable energy in this episode of Fw:Thinking. Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 114451 Fw:Thinking
Big Data: The Internet is Watching You!
 
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Internet has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings as Arpanet. Big data - the huge amount of information accumulated by online data centers - has become a billion-dollar market, and data science is a rapidly growing industry. From business, to the environment, to education, big data analytics offers exciting possibilities. In this episode of Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland decodes the future of big data and explores the opportunity these algorithms can provide. -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Think you are obsessed with your smart phone? Wait until you hear how much it thinks about you! Like any good motivational speaker, the Internet comes from humble beginnings. It comes from Arpanet, that's the first computer network. And originally there were just two computers connected to it. But it crashed the very first time they tried to send a one word message across. In fact, it crashed after they typed in three whole letters. Flash forward about 50 years or so and now the average person is producing huge amounts of digital information through things like internet searches, online purchases, emails, social media. And all that information is being stored on server farms, which leads us to ask the question - why would anyone do that? I mean, who really cares that I'm about to watch yet another cat video, or that I tweeted six times during last week's Game of Thrones? Winter is coming. Corporations and governments. That's who. And big data is what makes it all possible. Now, I know what you're thinking. Big data, that's a giant android who does not use contractions. No, we're actually talking about the huge amount of information generated by the Internet, and our ability to sift through it and make sense of it all. Do you want to see big data in action? Well in 2000, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey was able to generate more information about our universe in a few weeks than we had accumulated in the history of astronomy! And in 2008, Google was able to predict flu outbreaks by tracking searches for things like "flu symptoms" and "where to buy a thermometer." And if you've ever bought anything online, you've probably also seen the "you may also be interested in..." message. That's not generated by some creepy guy sitting in a backroom watching your every move. Those are generated from algorithms that are based upon what you've liked, what you've bought, and how long you've looked at it. And big data is about way more than just discounts. From business to the environment to education, big data offers exciting possibilities. Even the boys in blue will benefit. Data scientists are working with police departments to develop crime prediction algorithms to prevent crimes like burglaries which, when they happen, tend to be followed by more burglaries soon afterward in the same area. The algorithm will pin point where and when more burglaries are likely to occur so cops can disrupt them before they even take place. Big data could also help power companies and their customers conserve energy. For example it might send a message from a malfunctioning meter to the power company so it goes out and repairs it. Or maybe you get an app on your phone that tells you when you're wasting too much energy, like "you should really close that fridge door already." Kids in school could benefit from big data which could track their grades to such a subtle degree, they could detect when a kid is having trouble before a teacher can even notice, letting the teacher step in and help the kid succeed. Although big data is really exciting, I have to admit it's a little scary too. I mean, do we really want a judicial system that's based on computer algorithms? Where prosecutors and police look not for probable cause, but as one expert put it, for probabilistic cause. The cops could come in and bust you for a crime you would have committed. Ya'know, Minority Report style. One estimate sets the amount of data that's just floating around out there by 2020, to be 100 zettabytes. Which is about 107 BILLION terabytes! That's a lot of cat videos.
Views: 78172 Fw:Thinking
Are We Becoming Cyborgs?
 
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We'll soon be able to build the perfect prosthetic arm, but would you be willing to upgrade your healthy limb for a robotic replacement? And what do biological improvements mean for the future of sports? Are we becoming cyborgs? Jonathan Strickland explores these ideas in this episode of Fw:Thinking. Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 104513 Fw:Thinking
The Future of Money: Bitcoin & Beyond
 
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From downloading eWallets to mining Bitcoin, is the future of money something we won't be able to fit in our pockets or hold in our hands? Jonathan Stickland explores the implications of a cashless society in this episode of Fw:Thinking. Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 77722 Fw:Thinking
The Future of Asteroid Mining
 
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There are some scientists who believe that an asteroid only 150-ft wide could contain up to 130 BILLION dollars worth of platinum-group metals! Looks like asteroid mining might be the future of space exploration. Companies like Planetary Resources have already assembled mission profiles to mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals. What do you think? Is asteroid mining crazy, or are these people just ahead of the curve? Let us know in the comments! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 114754 Fw:Thinking
How Do We Solve Our Trash Problem?
 
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In the US, over 50% of trash (that's 1000 pounds per year, per American citizen) sits in landfills waiting to decompose...or not decompose. In this episode of Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland explores the future of environmental science and some creative ideas that aim to solve our problems with pollution and waste management. How would YOU solve the trash problem? We want to know! Share your ideas in the comments. -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 210604 Fw:Thinking
Hack Your Body To Have Superpowers
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1pWGtAY It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but advancements in medical technology are turning us into superheroes. Want to detect villains like the Amazing Spider-Man? Just put on the SpiderSense suit. How about Predator's infrared vision? Welcome to the world of biohacking, where all your comic book fantasies come to life! If you could add a sense to the ones you already have, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 4140392 Fw:Thinking
5 Ways Lasers Will Be Used in the Future
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1sK8oi9 Happy belated birthday to Charles Hard Townes - Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor of the laser. In honor of Mr. Townes, we’re talking about five mind-blowing ways laser technology will be used in the future! Have a topic you’d like us to cover? Give us your ideas in the comments below! Your response could become a future episode of Fw:Thinking! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more of Moore's Law explained, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 95363 Fw:Thinking
Reusable Rockets
 
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In November of 2015, Blue Origin launched a vehicle into suborbital space and then returned the rocket to earth and landed it upright... Then they did it again with the same launch vehicle. Meanwhile, Space X actually delivered a payload into orbit with its reusable rocket before its historic landing. These developments have the potential to drastically reduce the cost of launching stuff into space which would be a game-changer for the future of space exploration. Does this mark a new era in our access to space? What upcoming space project has you excited and why? Let's start a conversation - Let us know in the comments below. ------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Strickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 43390 Fw:Thinking
Toyota Releases Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents Royalty-Free @ CES 2015!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Aqrall Toyota VP Bob Carter just made a BIG announcement at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. In an effort to develop a “hydrogen society” and support the release of their new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, Toyota is making approximately 5,680 of their fuel cell patents available for royalty-free use. This is an enormous step forward in developing this technology for our future! We're at CES 2015 all week long, so keep checking back for new videos! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 110931 Fw:Thinking
Can Brain Implants Make Us Smarter?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1zRJyp7 Is it possible for us to significantly boost our intelligence within a lifetime? Studies show that changes in our lifestyle like exercise and nutrition can help increase brain power - but these improvements are modest at best. Perhaps the future of intelligence will come in the form of a brain implant? We’ve already seen some amazing research to get computers and brains to communicate more easily - and the future implications are limitless! If you could boost any part of your mental faculties, what would it be and why? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more of Moore's Law explained, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 130654 Fw:Thinking
Computers That Think Like Humans
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1sKamin Wish you were as smart as a computer? Well engineers wish they could build a computer as smart as YOU! Believe it or not, your brain has many advantages over a computer chip, and at a fraction of the wattage. In a world of brain-inspired machine intelligence, computers of the future will no longer require programming -- you'll just need to teach them! If you had a robot with brain-inspired learning hardware, what would you teach it and what would you NOT teach it? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 84288 Fw:Thinking
Gravitational Waves from the BIG BANG Discovered!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/11mi7p6 BICEP2 has recently uncovered direct evidence for gravitational waves. What are gravitational waves and why is this exciting news? Does this really prove the Big Bang Theory? If confirmed, scientists will have the opportunity to learn more about how the universe works, how it began, how space-time and gravity interact and maybe even how to manipulate the very fabric of the universe in the future! What's YOUR favorite scientific theory or discovery? Why? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Finding waves and flexing biceps, it's not Muscle Beach...it's the Big Bang! You've probably heard the exciting news that people at the Background Imaging for Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization 2, or BICEP2, have found evidence for gravitational waves. But you might be saying, why exactly is this exciting and what is a gravitational wave? Well, to answer those questions we need to go back about 13.8 billion years. You see, we're talking about the time of the Big Bang. The theory that explains how the universe behaved when it first came into existence. We're talking a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a second when the universe expanded rapidly. And by rapidly I mean it violated the universal speed limit of the speed of light. It actually went much faster than that. Scientists believe there should be evidence for this rapid inflation in the form of gravitational waves - something that Einstein hypothesized about in his theory of general relativity. But no one had observed any real evidence that they had actually existed. Until now. If you were able to look at space time really closely, you would be able to see these little quantum fluctuations - ripples in space time. But they're so small we can't actually observe them. However, during cosmological inflation they got stretched really far and became gravitational waves. No one had seen any evidence of these things until the folks over at BICEP2, who used a telescope to look at photons, little particles of light, in the cosmic microwave background, and they saw patterns that indicated the presence of gravitational waves. This is the last observable element of Einstein's theory of general relativity. Everything else had already been catalogued. So this is incredible news! Scientists suggest that we should wait for other people to either confirm or refute those findings, but they look pretty promising. Einstein also said that the closer you get to the Big Bang, the more the laws of physics break down, and in fact time itself at some point ceases to exist. What happened before that? It's a meaningless question, because without time there's no "before." And I saved the best for last. This really has me excited. You see, cosmological inflation models often include multiple universes as a possibility. The multiverse theory! In that, that inflation where the universe expands so fast it sets off other bubbles expanding with universes of their own inside them. Each universe having its own laws of physics. How awesome is that? I'll admit there's very little practical application of this information in our day to day lives. But I maintain that it's this kind of knowledge that'll allow us to forge a path to the idealistic future. And just think. If we can learn more about how space time expanded faster than the speed of light, who knows, maybe in the future we'll be racking up some galactic speeding tickets of our own.
Views: 63034 Fw:Thinking
What If The President Were A Robot?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1yDwvU1 Could the president of the United States ever be a...robot? Before you start throwing around words like "Skynet" and "Matrix," consider that an emerging field of machine ethics is working to make sure your evil overlord scenario never comes to pass. You might be surprised to learn all the ways a robot could make the most humane president ever! If you were designing a superhuman intelligence to govern all of us, what fail-safes would you put in place to protect us from harm? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 73715 Fw:Thinking
Start Planning Your Trip to SPACE!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1tObWA5 Start packing your bags, because we are in the middle of a space tourism revolution! Companies like Virgin Galactic, Space Adventures, and XCOR Aerospace are creating tours for both orbital and suborbital spaceflights - but at what cost? Jonathan explores the future of space tourism and possible solutions to increase efficiency and lower ticket prices. If you went into space, but could only bring five pounds (lbs) of stuff with you, what would you pack? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Why float in a hotel pool when you can float in your room? Being a private astronaut sounds like a dream, but it's 100% real. As of 2013, seven private space tourists have slipped the bonds of Earth to go out into space, at least for a short while. We are in the middle of a space tourism revolution, and you can actually start planning your trip today! Maybe you want to take advantage of a package from Space Adventures, where you go on a twelve-day trip into Earth orbit. You'll be traveling at 17,000 miles-per-hour which is fast enough for you to see the entire surface of the Earth rotate underneath you in ninety minutes. So what's the downside? Well...it costs about 50 million dollars. But hey, maybe that's not right for you. Maybe you would prefer a sub-orbital flight. Now this would be cheaper and shorter, but it would also mean that you would go high enough so that you could see the actual curvature of Earth, you would experience weightlessness, and you'd be about sixty miles over the surface of the planet. So Virgin Galactic estimates that the first 1,000 passengers of its service will spend about $250,000 for this privilege. But a company called XCOR estimates that a shorter flight would cost only about $95,000. One company called Bigelow Aerospace wants to be the leader in space lodgings. They have these space stations they called expandable habitats. Just imagine an orbital rental cabin made out of inflatable fabric. But as long as we're going into space, we might as well go whole hog right? I mean, more than 500 people have been up in space. But only twelve human beings have ever been to the moon! An organization called The Golden Spike Company estimates that they could take a person from Earth to the moon for the measly sum of $750,000,000 per person If we can create an efficient non-rocket launch system like a space elevator or a launch loop concept driven by electro-magnets, that could radically reduce the price. But each of those methods have their own drawbacks. Another way to drop prices might be to have the space tourists do science when they go up into orbit on behalf of a professional or nonprofit organization. Just imagine, you could reduce costs, you'd go into space, and you'd do science. Everybody wins! This is a chance to be a part of a human movement that's a new era in our history. And we might be able to answer some important questions that professional scientific journeys have yet to address. Things like what sort of party games are best in zero gravity? Or what's it like to jam out with your garage band when you're in space? Or even what baby is going to have the honor of being the first human conceived outside of Earth?
Views: 89329 Fw:Thinking
Can We Make Thor's Indestructible Hammer?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/11mr4Pp Is it possible to design Thor's hammer in the REAL world? In the future, we'll have materials that are both invulnerable to damage and self-healing. From carbon nanotubes, to carbyne and amorphous metals, just by manipulating a few molecules, we can create materials for everything from better electronics to space elevators! If you could make something out of an indestructible material, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Is it possible the strongest stuff in the universe is just one atom thick? Hey guys, it's Jonathan Strickland with Fw:Thinking. I'm here at the movie theatre. I'm about to catch the next Thor film, which got me to thinking about his mighty hammer, which as we all know is made out of Uru, a nigh-invulerable material. Which got me to thinking, is there such a stuff here in the real world? Material science has come an incredibly long way. For example: carbon nanotubes. I know you've heard about them, they're the stuff of the future. What are they? Well, take a sheet of carbon atoms. It's one atom thick. Roll it into a tube. This thing is hundreds of times stronger than steel, and six times lighter. And for a while it was the strongest stuff we could imagine, which kind of puts some limitations on what we want to do in the future. But those limitations can say "Bye, bye." I'm talking about carbyne. This is just a string of carbon atoms that have single and triple bonds between them, and it ends up being twice as strong as graphene, and nearly three times stronger than diamond. Now that means this stuff could possibly have the tensile strength that we would need to make something like, I don't know...a space elevator! So this is kind of a super material. But still not invincible. Now amorphous metals have been super cooled and formed in such a way that they don't have a crystalline structure. They're much more messy. They get really locked down. So if you strike it, those layers have nowhere to go, and it's much more resilient to impact. But they're also really malleable, so you can form them into whatever you like. It's pretty awesome. I can finally make my Thor hammer, right? Eh, there is a drawback. They actually suffer from fatigue more readily than regular metals do. So after whackin' a few bad guys my hammer's gonna break. But that's where self-healing materials come in. Some guys at MIT were playing around with some nickel alloy and they noticed that microscopic tears in the metal were healing themselves after pressure was being applied to other parts of the metal. Stressing this material made it stronger. It would heal other injuries. This is phenomenal stuff. If we can engineer this, imagine the possibilities. We're talking buildings that heal themselves, bridges that repair themselves, airplane wings that get stronger the more times we fly! Now, none of this stuff is going to get me my immortal, invulnerable hammer. But I think it's pretty cool that just by manipulating a few molecules, we can make everything from electronics better, to find a new way to get to the moon!
Views: 100988 Fw:Thinking
Will We Need Money In The Future?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1C64qK3 Leonard Nimoy’s legendary performance of Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise created an icon in science fiction, and we here at Fw:Thinking are all sad to see him gone. As a way to honor his memory, we decided to ask a very Star Trek question, “In the future, will we have money?” Is our technology bringing us closer to Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a world that isn’t driven by wealth? Do you think money will still be around in the future, or will it disappear? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 97568 Fw:Thinking
Will Wireless Charging Power Our Future?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1xDjDAv Between all of our power cords and charging cables, technology comes with some serious clutter. Wireless charging is a convenient solution that’s been around for a while, but how does it work, and why aren’t we seeing it everywhere? And as the technology improves, could wireless power become the norm? What irritating problem of today do you hope the technology of tomorrow will solve? Share your thoughts in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 62708 Fw:Thinking
Extinct Animals Brought Back to LIFE?!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/11mikZC Could Jurassic Park become a reality? Will we see woolly mammoths return to roam the Earth? As techniques and technologies improve, scientists are on the verge of bringing extinct species back to life! Jonathan Strickland explains the scientific processes behind de-extinction, and explores the ethical concerns and drawbacks that might arise along the way. If you could bring one species back from extinction, which one would it be and why? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Will our science fiction future include the prehistoric past? We're all familiar with the story of Jurassic Park. The eccentric billionaire pays a bunch of scientists to genetically resurrect dinosaurs for his amusement park and hilarity ensues. So, how realistic is this scenario? Well, for dinosaurs, the sad answer is not very realistic, because DNA degrades over time. Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. So being able to sequence the genome of a dinosaur looks to be impossible. Even with the mosquito in amber scenario. But the same is not necessarily true for animals that went extinct more recently, like in the last ten thousand years or so. In fact, it's not just a hypothesis, scientists are working on it right now. Back in 2003, a team of scientists attempted to clone a bucardo, which is an extinct animal that's similar to a goat. They harvested nuclei out of bucardo cells, and then they put that into empty goat egg cells and then into goat surrogate mothers. After several attempts, they had a live bucardo delivered by c-section. Sadly, it only lived a few minutes. But it laid the ground work for the future. And since then, techniques and technologies have improved and scientists are now on the verge of being able to bring back several extinct species. And they don't necessarily need a viable cell to do it. Another approach is create a chimera, which is an animal that, on the outside, resembles one species, and on the inside resembles another. This is how scientists plan to bring back the passenger pigeon. They're going to reconstruct passenger pigeon DNA, and inject it into band-tailed pigeon eggs. Now the hatchlings are going to look like band-tailed pigeons. They're going to act like band-tailed pigeons. But they're going to have the reproductive cells of passenger pigeons. So if you breed two of these altered band-tailed pigeons together...BAM! You've got passenger pigeons! Now the question is - is this a good idea? I would love to see flocks of passenger pigeons flying around, or even a woolly mammoth walking by. How cool would that be? But some people are a little worried that this de-extinction technology could lead to less importance placed on conservation. Why should we spend money and effort conserving a species, if we can just bring them back from the dead, should they go extinct? Now using this same sort of flawed logic you could see people decide to exploit the environment even more than we already are. And another drawback is that some extinct species may not be able to survive in today's ecosystems. And it hardly seems fair to bring a species back from the dead, just for it to go extinct again. But this doesn't mean de-extinction technology is a bad idea. It's actually an amazing idea! For one thing, it can help us bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction by increasing biodiversity in these small populations. And who knows, maybe the reason why traffic is so bad in the morning is because the woolly mammoth crossing is particularly busy today.
Views: 118785 Fw:Thinking
How Robots Are Entering Our Everyday Lives – CES 2015
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1BqCJdR One of the biggest stories at CES 2015 was about robots entering the consumer world. So how will robotics continue to enter our everyday lives? Get ready to look into the future with some of the most mind-blowing consumer robots we saw at CES 2015! If you could design a robot of your very own, what would it do? Let us know in the comments below! Check out more of our CES 2015 coverage! http://bit.ly/1wWanmt -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 85069 Fw:Thinking
How Fuel Cell Vehicles Work – CES 2015
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1HNN7OC In light of Toyota’s recent announcement at CES 2015 that they would be making all of their fuel cell patents available for free, we decided it was a good time to explore the science behind this technology. So we spoke with some experts at CES to help us gain a better understanding of how hydrogen fuel cell vehicles work and why we should be excited about their potential for the future. What do YOU think about fuel cells? Are they the future of cars? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 522818 Fw:Thinking
Why We Should Harvest Energy From The Ocean
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18lZ3uM When we think about renewable energy sources, the usual suspects are typically solar and wind. But what about the ocean? Since ocean waves are constantly in motion, and motion means energy, could there be a way for us to harvest this energy and limit our dependence on fossil fuels? Jonathan explores some emerging technologies that are already showing promise! What other ways do you think we’ll use the ocean’s power and depth to create renewable energy in the future? We want to hear your most creative ideas in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 63404 Fw:Thinking
Amazing Technologies Inspired By Nature
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1sJV9Po We have to thank the scientists and inventors who designed the high-tech gadgets we know and love. But who do THEY have to thank? Spiders, moths and geckos, oh my! From solar panels to adhesives, some of our most advanced technology is dedicated to mimicking what nature already perfected. In the future it will be important that we continue to fund biological sciences -- it might just spark our next big technological innovation! What technology based off of nature do you think is the coolest in the world? Let us know in the comments below and explain your answer! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 77562 Fw:Thinking
Being Human In 100 Years
 
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What will it be like to be human one hundred years from now? It's a hard question. Some fields of science progress at breakneck speed while others languish behind for what feels like an eternity (I'm looking at you battery technology). Today we give this question our best guess - what will it mean to be human a century from now? Will everyone's brain be wirelessly connected to the 2116 internet? Will illness and disease be a thing of the past? Will you be an immortal cyborg?? Come along with us as we explore the possibilities and make our predictions! What do you think humans will be like one hundred years from now? Let us know in the comments below! ------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Strickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616... Category Science & Technology License Standard YouTube License
Views: 125236 Fw:Thinking
Big Robots Made From Smaller Robots!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1FNgJsx What if you could own a big robot made up of thousands of smaller robots, and it was able to change its shape in order to complete various tasks? Sounds crazy, right? Well you’d be surprised to learn that this is actually a real thing – Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robotics! From the m-blocks at MIT, to the kilobots at Harvard, there are already examples of these robots in the real world, and these little guys stand to make a BIG impact! What three chores are you ready to shove off to a robot? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/
Views: 79234 Fw:Thinking
The Future of Exercise is All About Data
 
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From epidermal electronics printed on your skin, to flying drones encouraging you to run, does the future hold a promise that we will be able to keep our bodies well conditioned? And even as technology and data improve, will we have the will power to go the distance? We have a question for you. If you were to design a video game to help people get fit, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below! -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=fwthinking For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Stickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616405453822675/ [TRANSCRIPT]: Feeling sluggish and out of shape? Maybe you need to play some video games. You know, I often think to myself I should really draw up an exercise plan. And then I think when was mayonnaise invented. And then I get on the Internet to find out and then it's 4am (mid-15th Century as it turns out). For a health adult, the US Department of Health recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercises and two sessions of physical strength training per week at minimum. Even haters like me have to admit that exercise is really good for your body, particularly for preventing things like cardiovascular diseases. But still it's a hard sell. I mean I spend a lot of my time trying to figure out the bare minimum amount of movement I need to make to prevent birds from building nests on me. Does the future actually hold a promise that even people who are not natural athletes will still be able to keep their bodies well conditioned? First and foremost, the future of fitness is all about data. Today, personal fitness trackers count your steps and calculate how many calories you've burned during exercise. In the future, smaller, even more seamless form factors could replace them. Epidermal electronics are basically smart temporary tattoos. Tiny flexible electronics printed directly onto your skin, which can monitor heart rate, brain waves, and muscle activity. They could revolutionize the way we monitor vital signs on patients in hospitals, but they could also be perfect for silently collecting data on your fitness performance. Or how about something a little less up close and personal? Like a drone that actually encourages you to exercise. No kidding, there are people who are working on this - quadcopter drones that fly ahead of you and then encourage you to pick up the pace and just keep on going. Whatever form factor you choose, you're probably going to be wearing piezo-electric nano-generators. And yes, that really is their name. These are actually tiny little devices that can harness energy from everything from your foot hitting the ground to your muscles contracting. That energy might recharge your phone! But even when we have better tech and better data at the consumer level, there's still a risk that we won't have the willpower to go the distance. I call that a motivation gap. How do we address it? Well, there are some controversial ways, like drugs. A 2004 study found that a psycho-stimulant used to treat narcolepsy could prolong the amount of time adult males could do intense exercise before exhaustion. That's great, but keep in mind that the negative effects of this drug could outweigh the benefits of exercise. On the other hand, there's another method that's been around for thousands of years. I'm talking about sports! Or if you're one of the corporate drones like me, the "gamification of fitness." Now, not all of us have the time to fit a soccer league into our schedule, so how about a more flexible approach. You know, like that app that turns your smartphone into survival horror zombie invested nightmare! I was on the beta program of that, you had to run away from zombies and try and route your way around them, and uh...I was eaten on day two. Birds build nests on me.
Views: 43817 Fw:Thinking
The Future of Language
 
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What will language be like in the future? Will we all be speaking Mandarin? Or French? Or communicate only through pizza emojis? We look into some predictions of where language may be headed and how technology could shape the future of personal communication. ------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Fw:Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... For the audio podcast, blog and more, visit the Fw:Thinking website: http://www.fwthinking.com Fw:Thinking on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fwthinking Jonathan Strickland on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonstrickland Fw:Thinking on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FWThinking01 Fw:Thinking on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108500616... The Future of Sleep: https://www.youtube.com/user/fwthinking
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