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Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive

I’ve been off grid the last few months working on a few projects which I’ll talk about in future posts. But something caught my eye this last week which I wanted to share in its entirety.
Last week President Obama published an article in Wired magazine titled, “Now is the greatest time to be alive.”

What he wrote ignoring the political sentiment kind of sums up what I’m trying to propel here in my blog, I feel obligated to share what he wrote, as it’s superbly written.

I find it refreshing and inspiring to have one of our great world leaders who understands and embraces science and technology express his views in such a noble manner.

 

“Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive”President Obama
By President Obama

We are far better equipped to take on the challenges we face than ever before. I know that might sound at odds with what we see and hear these days in the cacophony of cable news and social media. But the next time you’re bombarded with over-the-top claims about how our country is doomed or the world is coming apart at the seams, brush off the cynics and fear mongers.

Because the truth is, if you had to choose any time in the course of human history to be alive, you’d choose this one. Right here in America, right now.

Let’s start with the big picture. By almost every measure, this country is better, and the world is better, than it was 50 years ago, 30 years ago, or even eight years ago. Leave aside the sepia tones of the 1950s, a time when women, minorities, and people with disabilities were shut out of huge parts of American life. Just since 1983, when I finished college, things like crime rates, teen pregnancy rates, and poverty rates are all down.

Life expectancy is up. The share of Americans with a college education is up too. Tens of millions of Americans recently gained the security of health insurance. Blacks and Latinos have risen up the ranks to lead our businesses and communities. Women are a larger part of our workforce and are earning more money. Once-quiet factories are alive again, with assembly lines churning out the components of a clean-energy age.

And just as America has gotten better, so has the world. More countries know democracy. More kids are going to school. A smaller share of humans know chronic hunger or live in extreme poverty. In nearly two-dozen countries—including our own—people now have the freedom to marry whomever they love. And last year the nations of the world joined together to forge the most comprehensive agreement to battle climate change in human history.”

This kind of progress hasn’t happened on its own. It happened because people organized and voted for better prospects; because leaders enacted smart, forward-looking policies; because people’s perspectives opened up, and with them, societies did too.

But this progress also happened because we scienced the heck out of our challenges. Science is how we were able to combat acid rain and the AIDS epidemic. Technology is what allowed us to communicate across oceans and empathize with one another when a wall came down in Berlin or a TV personality came out. Without Norman Borlaug’s wheat, we could not feed the world’s hungry. Without Grace Hopper’s code, we might still be analyzing data with pencil and paper.

That’s one reason why I’m so optimistic about the future: the constant churn of scientific progress. Think about the changes we’ve seen just during my presidency. When I came into office, I broke new ground by pecking away at a BlackBerry. Today I read my briefings on an iPad and explore national parks through a virtual-reality headset. Who knows what kind of changes are in store for our next president and the ones who follow?

Because the truth is, while we’ve made great progress, there’s no shortage of challenges ahead: Climate change. Economic inequality. Cybersecurity. Terrorism and gun violence. Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Just as in the past, to clear these hurdles we’re going to need everyone—policy makers and community leaders, teachers and workers and grassroots activists, presidents and soon-to-be-former presidents.

And to accelerate that change, we need science. We need researchers and academics and engineers; programmers, surgeons, and botanists. And most important, we need not only the folks at MIT or Stanford or the NIH but also the mom in West Virginia tinkering with a 3-D printer, the girl on the South Side of Chicago learning to code, the dreamer in San Antonio seeking investors for his new app, the dad in North Dakota learning new skills so he can help lead the green revolution.

That’s how we will overcome the challenges we face: by unleashing the power of all of us for all of us. Not just for those of us who are fortunate, but for everybody. That means creating not just a quicker way to deliver takeout downtown but also a system that distributes excess produce to communities where too many kids go to bed hungry. Not just inventing a service that fills your car with gas but also creating cars that don’t need fossil fuels at all. Not just making our social networks more fun for sharing memes but also harnessing their power to counter terrorist ideologies and online hate speech.

The point is: we need today’s big thinkers thinking big. Think like you did when you were watching Star Trek or Star Wars or Inspector Gadget. Think like the kids I meet every year at the White House Science Fair. We started this event in 2010 with a simple premise: We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated but the winner of the science fair.

We must continue to nurture our children’s curiosity. We must keep funding scientific, technological, and medical research. And above all, we must embrace that quintessentially American compulsion to race for new frontiers and push the boundaries of what’s possible. If we do, I’m hopeful that tomorrow’s Americans will be able to look back at what we did—the diseases we conquered, the social problems we solved, the planet we protected for them—and when they see all that, they’ll plainly see that theirs is the best time to be alive. And then they’ll take a page from our book and write the next great chapter in our American story, emboldened to keep going where no one has gone before.

 

To the next

 

Steve

Nanobots Will Keep You Healthy

January is always the month for starting your New Year resolutions, Exercise ..no doubt being one of them. But what about the mental determination in keeping that body healthy and staying away from the Bagels & Doughnuts…..

……Ever thought that tech could  assist your new held desires?

Well… in the not too distant future what if you could install nanobots into your blood system to automatically and autonomously clear your arteries, thereby preventing heart disease with an army of tiny groups of magnetically charged particles that band together to break up clogged vessels…Imagine that.? An international team of researchers from the U.S., South Korea and Switzerland are already collaborating on this very task, and this year, they’ll begin trials on mice.

The nanorobot molecules will be able to deliver drugs to soften clogged arteries, then drill in to break up blockages. An MRI machine serves as the command and control center, as well as the power source for the robots; the robots are controlled by harnessing the power of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the tunnel-like machines more commonly used for X-ray imaging in hospitals. Working with the nanobots, they both steer and observe the magnetically charged bots as they navigate their way around inside the body; blasting unwanted clogs in the canals. If all goes well, human trials will commence by 2019.

As powerful computing capabilities continue to dematerialize and demonetize, it won’t be long until we have an army of robot surgeons inside our bodies, detecting cancers and unblocking arteries keeping us healthy and extending the human life cycle .

One to ponder over.

To your health

Steve

Jeans That Fit – At Last

Retail is going through a radical transformation and online purchasing has seen incredible exponential growth over the last 5 years as our lifestyle becomes more mobile online. Many start ups have started to experiment with how the market will play out next – but the most fundamental area that needs addressing are “returns” and that 15 lost minutes( in the dressing room) when sizing becomes a real problem on hitting your bottom line on customer refunds. A smart US start up “LikeAGlove” hopes to close that gap & to demystify online clothing shopping using a smart fabric. Its sensor-equipped, conductive fiber-woven leggings discreetly measure a woman’s figure and create an accurate digital representation of her figure. Shoppers can then instantly browse  clothing of their choice in the exact sizes that will fit them.

This is a very important step up as a game changer ; Because of the large variance in women’s sizes between designers, it’s difficult to find a good selection of right-sized clothing online. LikeAGlove’s sensor-packed leggings make measurement accurate, private and, fundamentally easier. I see this company moving forward and partnering with other online retail disrupters out there ( maybe even me) with new ideas that get away from traditional bricks ‘n’ mortar shopping.

The company is hopeful that they’ll be able to expand the technology to include other types of clothing, like tops, dresses, and more.

If you’re in search of some seriously high-tech leggings that will simplify your search for your perfectly fitting pair of jeans, search no longer. Just grab a pair of LikeAGlove leggings.

I’ll be watching this company closer as I have a few ideas of my own that compliment the whole social shopping experience.

Hope the size works for you.

To your success

 

Steve

 

NASA – Gratis Patents For You

This was a major bold move last week; for all you budding astronauts & space entrepreneurs out there.

NASA has invited tech startups to license patented NASA tech without upfront costs in an initiative called Startup NASA. The agency eliminated initial licensing fees and minimum fees for the first three years of use, but will collect a standard net royalty fee for any products sold after that period. An online patent portfolio organizes the 1,200-plus patents into 15 categories; to get started, entrepreneurs just need to fill out an application for a desired technology.

 

“The Startup NASA initiative leverages the results of our cutting-edge research and development so entrepreneurs can take that research — and some risks — to create new products and new services,” explained David Miller, NASA’s chief technologist.

The agency will waive the initial licensing fees, and there are no minimum fees for the first three years — but once a startup starts selling a product, NASA will collect a standard net royalty fee

That said, even with royalty costs later on down the road, free and unfettered access to the agency’s patent portfolio could be well worth it to the right startup. NASA’s patents range from materials coatings to sensors, aeronautics technology, instrumentation, and more — so there’s plenty of room for innovation.

The agency has even gone the extra mile and put together a “streamlined, online patent portfolio covering 15 categories and packed with patents protected by the U.S. government.” You can seriously just browse through the patent collection online, and once you’ve pinpointed a desired technology you think you could commercialize, you can get the ball rolling by filling out and submitting application through the website.

Further information on the initiative, as well as application info, can be found on NASA’s dedicated Web page.  NASA StartUps

This is really opening the book wide to everybody that might have an idea of how to harness state of the art thinking and make a viable business. As their opener suggests ” Bringing NASA Technology Down To Earth”

I’m certainly going to check out that webpage and see where my creative mind takes me!

Will you do the same as now the agency is encouraging innovation and expediting dramatic breakthroughs; so you have a chance to make your mark on the world stage.

What a great platform as a discussion point.

Time to make your own “One Giant Leap for Mankind”

Join me

Steve

Most jobs automated in 500 years

In 500 years less than 10 percent of people on the planet will be doing paid work.

Thats a prediction by Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson who discusses the future of automation. Among his visions is that 90 percent of people will be unemployed in 500 years, thanks to automation; instead of doing busy work or a “physically repetitive thing for a living,” we’ll be involved in information or entertainment. … There will be no farmers, there will be no people working in manufacturing anymore.

As mentioned in my previous post ….Everything about Uber has been automated except for the driver. The billing, the fetching—every part of it is a modern, information-centric company. Interestingly, what that means is as soon as automated vehicles arrive, that driver is easily removed. You don’t have to restructure any part of that business.

What you’re farming out to humans today are those things that computers just barely can’t do. We know from Moore’s Law and improvements in computing that in two or three years [much of this] work will be automated. If a startup or new business venture has created a job that involves human labour, it probably has done so in a way that is pretty marginal. Whether you’re a technology enthusiast or a detractor, the rate at which this will shift is probably going to be unprecedented. There will be massive dislocation.

“It pretty much will be what life was like for most of human history—just without the gruesome servitude. The concept of a “job” is pretty recent. If you go back a few hundred years, everyone was either a slave or a serf, or living off slave or serf labor to pursue science or philosophy or art. We’ll live off the production of robots, free to be the next Aristotle or Plato or Newton,” he explained. “Unless we’re miserable without doing busy work.”

Whilst this is not going to effect us in the short term  it’s importance is a fundamental consideration for the progressive idea generators out there; The long term players creating the next wave that will shift society as we know it to the next level: A well-informed innovator with an abundance-focused approach to the effects of increasing automation and the future of work. Jurvetson also underscores the importance of finding and funding these entrepreneurs who are thinking big and solving global problems — despite their inherent risk.

 

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To you traversing your next idea

 

Steve

 

Download apps at the speed of light!

Fujitsu has developed the world’s first 300 GHz band compact receiver with an internal antenna. It’s capable of high-speed wireless communications at a rate of several tens of gigabits per second — over 100 times faster than current mobile technology. Radio signals with a frequency greater than 100GHz, called the terahertz band, allow for increases in usable frequency range and communication speed of more than 100 times compared with the 0.8-2.0 GHz range used by current mobile devices. Now, Fujitsu has developed technology that combines a receiver-amplifier chip and terahertz-band antenna with a low-loss connection. This has made it possible to reduce the receiver’s size to one tenth that of previous receivers, making use in mobile devices possible.

One of the main hurdles was that existing high-sensitivity terahertz-band receivers consist of a receiver-amplifier module and separate antenna, with a specialized component called a waveguide to connect them, which makes for large receivers. The most effective way to miniaturize them is to build the antenna directly into the receiver-amplifier module and eliminate the waveguide. Modules with built-in antennas are built by connecting the antenna and the receiver-amplifier chip through an internal printed-circuit substrate, making a waveguide unnecessary. The problem then is that the most common materials for printed-circuit substrates for high-frequency waves are ceramic, quartz, or Teflon, but when used in the terahertz band, there is significant signal attenuation and loss of receiving sensitivity.

Why is this  important: Imagine visiting a download kiosk at an event hall, station, bus terminus, shopping mall or theme park and being able to instantly download 4K or HD video straight to your smartphone. Fujitsu envisions “split-second data transfers between mobile devices and split-second backup between mobile devices and servers,” according to Next Big Future.

Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories will begin field trials of multi-gigabit-per-second, high-speed data transfer using this newly developed compact receiver, aiming to commercialize this technology around 2020.

This will dispel  the common frustrations felt from  ‘on the hoof’ downloads from highly expectant video hungry consumers.

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To the next

 

Steve

What ET could teach you, me & our Scientists?

One could probably devote a whole website & fanbase to this subject but I couldn’t resist the current news release snippet that hit the airwaves in the last few days that certainly warrants an airing as part of my  wider interest; this has thrown into question why are there technologies available to us that are lying dormant locked away from public view. As a leaked memo suggests from FBI files has been seen & reported on the internet. The memo was unearthed at the Hakui Centre for UFO Research in Tokyo.

The truth will be outed  – there’s no doubt. The truth will reach a critical mass and explode across the planet eventually. Or as George Orwell once wrote: “In a world of lies and deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.

People like Dr Steven Greer and The Disclosure team have done amazing things to bring awareness to the masses through all their endeavours about what is really happening behind the scenes.

Following NASA’s big announcement yesterday about water on mars, I can’t believe those known by reputable researchers  will stoop this low, to insult us with a few crumbs from their vast table of knowledge – people/us incidentally who pay for them – with a triffling story of “water or possible water, now and again”, nothing too concrete.

Let’s be honest here….Life is everywhere in the Solar System and the Universe at different evolutionary stages both advanced and primitive even cellular!

Here’s a gem of an idea for NASA: How about stop messing with the truth about having U.S/Russian/Alien facilities on the Moon and Mars since the 1960’s – that is on Mars both above and below the surface? The Martian ruins/buildings past and present, and the Mars/Earth connection.

The leaked memo  outlines that an “E.T.” inter-dimensional craft, the real thing has been brought down by military radar;  Our radar interferes with the piloting of their craft. The reason is, they are flown by mind control, what most of us mortals know as ESP, programmed into sophisticated software. The military call it ‘remote viewing’ and they have been practicing it since Roswell. Look up the history of Ingo Swann & Stanford University & the CIA.

Then there are all the other super technologies being withheld from us, like Zero Point energy, over unity propulsion systems (free energy) from the quantum vacuum – that is available to be tapped into all around us, to power most of what we need and even the odd human piloted flying disc, instead of forcing us to continue to poison the Earth with fossil fuels – something we have not needed since 1954. That was when Zero Point was successfully tested and then promptly buried, by certain government departments in favour of the oil cartel.

One has to ask how long is NASA going to keep up this farce of not divulging the details of their secret space program, which runs alongside’ the 1940’s primitive rocket technology version  – that E.T have already been contacted more than 60 + years ago under Eisenhower, the history of the various deals that were made with them by the military, and who exactly runs this planet today?

NASA and the arm of the Military Industrial Complex with their dark corporate partners have painted themselves into a corner with their pointless secrecy and lies, one from which they cannot escape. It’s all about weaponising super technologies and world control. They will have to tell the truth to the public eventually and they know it. I know there is an argument as to why everything is being held back as to what effect it will have on global markets and the possible global hysteria. But on the flipside the longterm advantages of knowing far outweigh the interim short term panic that will eventually wither away to acceptance.

Despite what we claim to know as human beings, the universe is far beyond our understanding & comprehension. Look at our technological advances over the last 100 years. Now try to imagine what a civilization with 100,000 or 1,000,000 years of technological advances might look like. They could just be explorers. Even though this possibility warrants caution. A species that has evolved and developed enough to traverse the universe is more likely exploring. Conflict and aggression are unfortunately part of the human species as we fight and claw our way through life( appearing almost prehistoric to ET) for dominance on this small planet of ours. These aliens don’t need Earth or it’s people or resources as they have the entire universe & trillions of galaxies at their disposal. They don’t live by the “law of the jungle” as they’ve emerged triumphant in their own space and are no longer fighting to survive. They have already harnessed abundance of knowledge on a galactic scale.

Some people believe that if there are aliens with great technology, they would have tried to make meaningful contact with us by now. Have you ever tried to make meaningful contact with an ant farm?

Perhaps we are no more than ants to them; a typical arthropod. Kind of puts things in perspective however exciting or daunting it may feel. Even if their civilization came about just only 1,000 years before us there is a good chance that it would be like showing a working laptop to King Harold ….”the Anglo Saxon King of England”! Completely Mindboggling!

But hold that thought for a minute!

Imagine you meeting ET and spending an hour with him? Imagine the idealogical gems that could be discovered! Advanced Hyper Physics & Exponential Technology for starters!

One to ponder over.

In the meantime chase your own dreams and make them a reality .

To your success

 

Steve

Kids Breakfast time …….. becomes a Virtual Experience!

Remember those days as a child when you tore open a new cereal packet to collect your next favourite plastic spaceman freebee.
Well science has just taken another leap in to the future of cereal branding .

Kellogg’s just launched a promotion in New Zealand in which customers can create their own Virtual Reality headsets out of Nutri-Grain boxes. The makeshift device is akin to Google Cardboard in that it uses your smartphone as the display. Scanning the box’s QR code will take you to the NG Bolt app, which contains three VR videos to watch.

It’s very important as  this represents Demonetization  in action as a disrupter to the value of currency as a unit — this VR headset is the price of a box of cereal. It’s also a creative marketing move for Kellogg’s to appeal to younger consumers and their parents. Leading the mental pathway of new technology and the rewards of informative consumer stimuli.

If you want to discuss this and other topics please drop me a line through the opt in box.

 

To your success

 

Steve

Turn Smog into Gemstones

I’ve just supported a great innovation on Kickstarter. The Largest Air Purifier Ever Built that  Sucks Up Smog and Turns it Into Gemstones!

A very clever designer Daan Roosegaarde has unveiled the Smog Free Tower, a 23-foot air purifier that captures smog from the outside air and turns these smog particles into gemstones. The tower purifies 30,000 cubic meters of air each hour, and each gemstone is the product of roughly 1,000 cubic meters of air. Roosegaarde is currently raising funds via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to cover the travel costs of transporting the air purifier to major cities like Beijing, Mumbai and Paris, with smog gemstone cufflinks and rings as backer prizes. So I’ll be getting a small cube to remind me about how I’m helping the planet by purifying the air in inner city environments.

The process taking place inside its walls  powered by 1,400 watts of sustainable energy, which is comparable to a water boiler, and the studio says it hopes to one day integrate solar PVs into the design to power the process—which works not so differently than some ionic air purifiers. Roosegaarde explains; that the way it works is by charging the Smog Free Tower with a small positive current, an electrode will send positive ions into the air. These ions will attach themselves to fine dust particles. A negatively charged surface -the counter electrode- will then draw the positive ions in, together with the fine dust particles. The fine dust that would normally harm us, is collected together with the ions and stored inside of the tower. This technology manages to capture ultra-fine smog particles which regular filter systems fail to do.

smog tower

I think this was an important project to get involved with because it demonstrates another example of how creative thinkers are transforming scarcity into abundance. This architectural feat appeals to me as its a blindingly obvious solution to a growing problem; your born with a fine set of lungs – it makesense to keep them clean. Unfortunately us humans through our industrial endeavours have polluted certain areas of the planet through the need of  our ever expanding consumption of stuff;  and this innovation marks a turning point to give something back to our congested communities. Environmentally it ticks many boxes and will set the scene for other concepts to support its success through crowdfunding, DIY innovators and other material based sciences. This is a project which has immense scalability; Can you imagine giant versions of these towers sucking in huge amounts of polluted air with the residue being used in the building industry or other sectors as a sustainable material.

This is truly exceptional and an example of an idea I get excited about and want to discuss. This really lights my inner fire. I hope this encourages you to comment & contribute about what could be next.

To your success.

 

Steve

Smartphones become Solar Panels

Transparent Batteries That Charge in the Sun Could Replace Smartphone Screens –

A group of smart Japanese techies  have managed to improve the design of a transparent lithium-ion battery so that it’s now able to recharge itself when exposed to sunlight without the need for a separate solar cell.

The transparent battery was first developed by the researchers, led by Kogakuin University president and professor Mitsunobu Sato, back in 2013. The electrolyte used for the battery’s positive electrode is made mostly from lithium iron phosphate, while the electrolytes used for the negative electrode include lithium titanate, and lithium hexafluorophosphate a stronger chemical bond at subatomic level.

Those are all common ingredients used in Li-ion rechargeable batteries, but the thickness of these electrodes are just 80 to 90 nanometers, which allows a lot of light to pass through and makes these batteries almost completely transparent. Imagine that! Where else could this technological discovery be applied.

But by changing the chemical makeup of the negative electrode, the Japanese researchers have found a way to make these transparent batteries now recharge themselves in the presence of sunlight, or other bright sources of illumination, say a lamp or street light.

This is important because future iterations of this battery could become smart mirrors for buildings and vehicles that can auto-dim when it’s bright outside during the heat of the day, but also store power as they’re recharged by the sun. And as an extension of that idea, one day your smartphone’s display might even serve as an additional battery, using sunlight to charge the device whenever you’re outside.

Harvesting energy is becoming more and more portable. Have any ideas to join in the discussion?

Whats the next disruptive vision that will enter the solar market place?

To the next

 

Steve