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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: 97907 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: 417852 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: 1104103 Fw:Thinking
The Future of Wearable Technology - CES 2015
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1CgRUXe Wearable technology (aka “wearables”) has gone from a buzzword to an entire industry over the course of only a few years. Numerous wearables were on display at CES 2015 in Las Vegas – and we got our hands (and arms, feet, heads…) on a bunch of them! From athletics to relaxation, we look at what CES has to offer. Where do you think wearable computers are going next? 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: 68725 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: 214652 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: 159646 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: 172576 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: 74426 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: 154015 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: 76172 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: 63342 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: 133857 Fw:Thinking
Building Robots from BACTERIA?
 
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Our earth has had millions of years to perfect its research and development. We're one of the finely tuned organisms created out of this terrestrial lab. So, can we harness the same power to put bacteria cells and other microbes to work for us? 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: 76140 Fw:Thinking
Why We Should Be Excited About Radar
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1c5zZsU Radar technology is awesome, and we’ve been using it in really innovative ways recently. From emergency response to dynamic cruise control to….quantum physics, the future of radar has a lot in store! What’s YOUR favorite use of radar? 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: 55435 Fw:Thinking
How Do We Clean Up SPACE JUNK?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1u7uFdp Alfonso Cuarón's film "Gravity" brings up a very interesting question - what do we do with all the debris flying above the Earth? Space junk is a huge headache for scientists, engineers, and astronauts. It makes space exploration incredibly dangerous when the tiniest object traveling at incredible speeds can cause catastrophic damage. Jonathan explores some really cool proposals companies have come up with to clear out space junk, from tractor beams to grappling hooks! How would YOU solve the space junk problem? Share your craziest and most creative 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/ [TRANSCRIPT]: How much harm could a paint chip do? Plenty if it's traveling at eight kilometers per second! Welcome to Fw:Thinking everyone, I'm Jonathan Strickland and you are getting a behind the scenes look at my audio podcast studio. Lucky you! Now I want to talk to you about the film "Gravity." I got to see it recently and it was amazing. It gave me a real sense of vulnerability and isolation as I watched this movie, and also a deeper appreciation for one of the biggest challenges facing space exploration today. I'm talking about space junk. Now this is all the stuff that's flying around 2,000 kilometers above the surface of the Earth, traveling at incredible speeds, and it's a huge headache for scientists, for engineers, and for astronauts because it makes it very dangerous to go out into orbit. So how do we get around this space junk problem, where even the tiniest object could cause catastrophic damage? NASA suggests as a first step we build better spacecraft, so that they have heavier shielding, and in case something does collide with the spacecraft, they don't create more space junk, making the problem even worse. I think that's a good idea, it's a great first start. But there's a team in Switzerland that's come up with a really cool idea. The CleanSpace One spacecraft. Now this is a little guy that can go into low-Earth orbit, chase down space junk, and capture it with a claw. Already makes for the coolest spacecraft in my book. It then can redirect its path back toward Earth and burn up in the reentry. Another approach is the GLiDeR - the Geostationary Large Debris Reorbiter. The GLiDeR fires an electron beam at space junk, building up a negative electrostatic charge. Fly a positively charged probe near it, and those opposite charges attract, and then you can just tow that space junk away - maybe back to Earth, or out of orbit entirely. Here's the cool thing guys. Human beings have this habit. We're told something's impossible, and then we make everyone redefine the word "impossible." I expect that's going to be the same with space junk, and I can't wait to see what the solution is.
Views: 67097 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: 160572 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
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The Future of Solar Energy is TINY Technology!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1uhSzVe Technology is getting smaller and smaller -- but NOTHING compares to nanotechnology. As we learn more about how materials behave on the nanoscale, we have more potential applications to use nanotechnology practically -- including more efficient solar energy! Jonathan Strickland explains how nanotech could even make our solar panels more efficient, flexible, and affordable. What does "nanotechnology" mean to you? 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/ [TRANSCRIPT]: The future is huge for tiny technology. Miniaturization is, perhaps ironically, a huge deal. I mean, without it we wouldn't have had the personal computer revolution and we wouldn't have this world we live in now where we have smartphones and tablets and other devices just as powerful as a computer, that can fit in the palm of your hand. But even these gadgets are gargantuan compared to nanotechnology. See, a nanometer is just one billionth of a meter, and that's kind of hard to imagine, so let me put it to you this way. Your typical sheet of paper is about one hundred thousand nanometers thick. And at this scale, individual elements are so small you can't even see them with a light microscope. Now as we learn more about how materials behave on the nanoscale, we have more potential applications to use that knowledge practically. I'm talking about how nanotech could help solar panel technology. And fortunately, at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, they had a panel on just this very subject. Now, if you know anything about solar panels you know they have some drawbacks. For example, efficiency - they max out at around twenty percent in the field under ideal conditions. They're also rigid, so you can't just put them anywhere you like. And they tend to be expensive because manufacturing them is complicated. But scientists hope that nanotechnology can help address all three of these challenges. Now with efficiency they're looking to nature - specifically, moth eyes. You see, moths have these little tiny structures in their eyes that help reflect light back into the eye and it does two things - it lets them see better in the dark, and it cuts down on reflection so predators can't spot them as easily. With solar panels it could actually make them more efficient by reflecting more of the sun's light into the panel so you lose less in reflection. And when we're talking about flexibility, well nanomaterials are really, really small, and there is the potential to create solar panels that are just a few sheets of molecules thick. They could be as flexible as a sheet of paper, and with that kind of flexibility you could put those pretty much anywhere you wanted to. And as for price, well, that's the big one. And in the short term I don't think it's going to turn around. But scientists are cautiously optimistic that nanotechnology will let us use new processes, like printing solar panels directly onto a substrate using just a specialized printer. That would actually be less complicated and expensive than traditional manufacturing methods. Now at that meeting of the AAAS, a Dr. Wolfgang Porod gave a talk about Nanoantenna Thermocouples for Energy Harvesting. Which I admit sounds like techno-babble straight out of a Star Trek episode. But it's actually fairly simple once you break it down. A nanoantenna is just an antenna on the nanoscale. These resonate with long-wave infrared radiation. And a thermocouple? Well that's a component of circuitry that generates a voltage when one part of the thermocouple is a different temperature than other part. So you pair these two together and the antenna generates heat and the thermocouple generates voltage. It could actually help increase the efficiency of solar panels. Now like I said, nanotechnology is a young science and it has lots of different applications across many disciplines. And I'm really excited how such a small technology could have such a huge impact.
Views: 148158 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: 72318 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: 112394 Fw:Thinking
Will Students Be Taught By Artificial Intelligence?
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/14jzs37 You asked for it in the comments, so here it is…this week we’re talking about the future of education! As students across the country are getting ready to go back to school, it’s the perfect time to revisit this topic. So could a new teaching model called “adaptive learning” be the solution we’re looking for? One thing’s for certain, in the future, not only will students learn from computers – computers will learn from students! What do you think the school of 2050 is going to look like? Let us know in the comments below! And keep sending us your topic ideas! You could be featured in 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: 67086 Fw:Thinking
Super-thin Graphene Means Super Power
 
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Graphene is a unique material, cheap to produce and many times stronger than steel by weight. But, we haven’t quite figured out how best to use it... yet. What is the coolest or most exciting thing about graphene that YOU know? Teach us a thing or two! We’re excited to hear what you have to say. 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: 140368 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: 121912 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: 92956 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: 65417 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: 64136 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: 85211 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: 83383 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: 43263 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: 82500 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: 103513 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: 172273 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: 72149 Fw:Thinking
Controlling Computers with Your MIND!
 
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Just as typewriters evolved into laptop keyboards, the way we communicate with our machines is ever-adapting. But in the future, could we communicate by only using our brain activity? Natural language processing & advances in neuro linguistic technologies are quickly making this a reality! 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: 192945 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: 62859 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: 128065 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: 179648 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: 96768 Fw:Thinking
There's Drinkable Water in Space!
 
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Water. We're surrounded by it, we're made of it, life springs from it, but as water scarcity becomes an increasing concern, how do we turn an ocean full of saltwater into the clean water we can use? Perhaps we should be looking at asteroids! 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: 67860 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: 478978 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: 77019 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: 104047 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: 113013 Fw:Thinking
Quantum Computing
 
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Google's AI lab recently announced that it had developed a quantum computer with 100 million times the processing speed of an average computer chip. So what is a quantum computer? In this episode, Jonathan takes us on a journey inside quantum computing, where problems are solved in a massively parallel process rather than in sequence. What futuristic computing gets you really excited? Quantum computing? DNA computing? Talk about it with us 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: 52342 Fw:Thinking
What Will Fuel the Future?
 
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It’s necessary for us to find new ways to produce energy without using fission or fossil fuels. Is replicating the Sun’s nuclear fusion here on Earth the answer? Could we mine the moon for fuel? We have a question for YOU. What do you think will fuel our future here on Earth? 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: 68838 Fw:Thinking
5 Science Fiction Technologies That Actually EXIST
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1znmICA Jonathan recently visited Dragon Con 2014 – a huge Atlanta convention catering to fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, horror and video games! At Dragon Con there is no short supply of cosplayers bringing their science fiction fantasies to life. Which led us to thinking, what sci-fi technologies already exist in the REAL world? Which science fiction idea do you think is the next one to become reality? Let us know your thoughts and explain your answer 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: 237804 Fw:Thinking
NASA’s Plan For a Submarine in Space!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Dk4C7p Some researchers at NASA are pushing an ambitious plan that would allow us to explore an ocean. But this isn't an ocean on Earth…it's an ocean on Titan, one of Saturn's moons. Titan's ocean is very different from ours. It's made of hydrocarbons like ethane and methane. The mission would involve a top-secret space plane, a daring entry into the oily ocean of Titan and unmanned exploration of the sea floor of a distant moon. What might we learn if this project moves forward? If you were in charge of planning the next space exploration mission, where would you want to go and why? Let us know in the comments below! On a related note, check out this fascinating article on NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan claiming that alien life will be found by 2025! http://www.space.com/29041-alien-life-evidence-by-2025-nasa.html -------------------------------------------------------- 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: 83790 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: 4075367 Fw:Thinking
Can We Make EVERYTHING On Demand?
 
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SHARE ON FACEBOOK: http://on.fb.me/1LUbob8 Modern manufacturing is currently built around large assembly lines and lots of inventory, but in the future could all goods be created on-demand? From custom clothing to medicine, advancements in production technology have incredible potential. What are your thoughts on the future potential of on-demand manufacturing? Will it be truly transformative? 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: 56104 Fw:Thinking
Secrets of the Universe Buried Under the Earth!
 
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Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1EHJ2d9 From the early optical telescopes of the 1600’s to Hubble, telescopes have expanded human perception and reshaped the way we view our universe. But some of the greatest secrets of the cosmos might not need an observatory at all – they could be buried underneath the surface of the Earth! In the future, telescopes will have all sorts of positive implications – perhaps they’ll even uncover the next Earth. What mysterious object out in the universe do you think is the one we should be concentrating on first? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to explain your answer! -------------------------------------------------------- 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: 138392 Fw:Thinking

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