There has been a debate raging about GMOs for a long time now. On one side of the debate is the idea that genetic engineering is progress for humanity, and it is a natural extension of more traditional breeding techniques. The other side believes genetically modified foods are unsafe for human consumption and harmful to the environment.
Biotech companies claim that genetic modification yields more precise control over artificial selection. Studies funded by the industry consistently demonstrate safety, but only over the short term. For years Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and other biotech based agricultural companies have told the public that we have nothing to worry about. This will be the technology that will improve food in every conceivable way. Food will be more nutritious, more vigorous, more disease resistant, etc. There are literally thousands of studies demonstrating GMO safety. A pattern has emerged, however. Their glowing, short-term studies are funded or performed by the industry itself.
As more and more independent scientists complete long-term studies, a very different picture has emerged about the safety of GMOs and their many other drawbacks. When these studies are not funded by industry, the results show us an uncontrollable, uncontainable, and dangerous
Finally, there’s a crowdfunding campaign for people who want to watch giant robots fight to the death.
MegaBots Inc. — a Boston-based company that builds huge, human-operated, fighting robots — launched a Kickstarter campaign today (Aug. 19) to raise money to develop a huge, gun-toting robot, in preparation for an upcoming “duel” with a similar “battle bot” from Japan.
The campaign has already drawn in nearly $200,000 of the requested $500,000, and robot fans have until Sept. 18 to contribute funds. [See photos of MegaBots’ massive “battle bot”]
In June, the MegaBots team took to YouTube to challenge its one and only competitor, Suidobashi Heavy Industry of Japan, to a robot duel. Suidobashi’s founder, Kogoro Kurata, accepted the challenge a week later, but with one condition: He wanted the duel to be a “melee.” In other words, the bots aren’t just going to stand across a field from each other and shoot paintballs; they’ll go to head-to-head, fist-to-fist, toe-to-toe and all that good stuff.
But why does MegaBots, the proud creator of a very large combat robot, need to raise money for this robot duel? Well, the company’s robot, the Mark II (Mk. II), just isn’t ready
The future of spaceflight involves building, refueling and repairing spacecraft in a depot far from Earth, all without the aid of human hands, officials with the United States military say.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a highly capable robotic arm that could make such a space “transportation hub” possible in the relatively near future, said former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy, deputy director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office.
“We think that these capabilities — space capabilities — are not just about a single monolithic satellite with a few capabilities, but instead about a vibrant, robust ecosystem that involves transportation, repair, refueling, upgrading, [and] in situ construction,” Melroy said Thursday (Sept. 10) at DARPA’s “Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum” in St. Louis. [Incredible Technology: Space Travel and Exploration]
“Look at the great seafaring port cities in the world for inspiration, and imagine a port of call at 36,000 kilometers,” she added.
Thirty-six thousand kilometers (22,370 miles) is the distance from Earth at which satellites fly in geosynchronous orbit, or “GEO” for short. Spacecraft at GEO — which include most operational telecommunications satellites — complete one lap in the same amount of time it takes Earth
In 1997 Mr. Clayton M.Christensen ( A Harvard Business School Professor ) introduces a new term “Disruptive Technology”. He also describes that disruptive technology unexpectedly displaces an established technology. He explains later in his best selling book in 1997, “The Innovator’s Dilemma” and separate new technology into two major categories: Sustaining technologies and Disruptive technologies.
Sustaining technology: A technology which relies on incremental improvements to an already established technology is called sustaining technology.
Disruptive Technology: Because it is new so lacks refinement, often has performance problems, appeals to a limited audience and may not yet have a proven practical application. The most common example of disruptive technology is “Electrical Speech Machine” later called telephone by Alexander Graham Bell.
Professor Mr. Clayton M.Christensen point out in his book that no. of large corporations is like to work with sustaining technologies and they designed their work accordingly. Large Corporations are staying close to their customers, having a mechanism in place to develop existing technologies, so they excel at knowing their market. Marketing opportunities which are created by the low margin disruptive technologies may cause the capitalizing on the potential efficiency and cost saving by large corporations.
Professor Mr. Clayton M.Christensen in his
Technology is always changing and evolving, but most businesses can’t afford to keep pace with the latest trends. There is always something new in the market that companies can buy to leverage their systems and upgrade them. It is a dilemma but don’t haste on buying new technology right away, if you have built a good foundation of technology you are still on track.
Focus on laying a solid foundation for your business technology, with a plan and a budget for ongoing support, maintenance and replacement. It’s just as important to get the technology basics right as it is to have a strong financial or marketing plan. In this article, I share with you a touch on the ten technology basics that should be in place in your business to get it running in soid shape.
1. Hardware & Software – The most obvious technology components. To reduce problems, ensure that your hardware isn’t too old and always use legally licensed software.
2. Power protection – Often neglected, power protection equipment is an essential investment for protecting your more expensive technology assets from power-related damage.
3. File sharing – Whether using a shared storage device on your network, a
That means you can profit from anybody anywhere in the world that has an internet connection! With your traditional business, you can only have customers coming in from a maximum of 100 miles radius around your business.
You are geographically limited on the customers you serve! Who do you know that regularly drives over 100 miles to a store to buy? With the sky high gas prices, I think nobody is that crazy!
With internet marketing, the ENTIRE world has access to your business instantly! Whether your prospects are in China or England, they have instant access to your business.
4. You make money using somebody else’s products!
The beautiful thing about the internet marketing is that there are millions of fully developed products out there that you can market instantly!
You no longer have to worry about coughing up obscene amounts of money developing and testing your product from scratch because there are a lot of companies out there that pay major dollars for YOU to promote their fully developed products. Whether you want money coming in from promoting e-books or protein bars or both, it doesn’t matter because you have the option of selling any product or service online! Compare this with your traditional business
History and future trends:
The best summary of the history of information technologies is a graph that shows the calculations per second per $1,000 from 1900 to today. (Try googling calculations per second per $1,000) What we see when we look at these figures is exponential growth.
Up take of the printing press took hundreds of years; uptake of the radio and TV took decades; uptake of the computer and mobile phones took years. The kitsch and yet astonishing comparison that is usually trotted out in conversations like this is that there is over 100 times more computing power in our smart phone than there was in the Apollo Space Program.
Each time we reach the capacity of one technology, a new one appears that takes the technology to the next level. Vacuum tubes were replaced by transistors, which were replaced by chips, which will probably be replaced by 3 dimensional self-organising molecular circuits or perhaps even quantum computers.
I very much like the observation by Ray Kurzweil in his TED talk that this exponential growth is the result of worldwide chaotic behaviour and when we view it from a distance we see the pattern and the trend.
I also like the observation from
We often make smart decision of choosing technology to relish the advantages and to gain an edge over competitors, but we get disappointed amidst if we try to install a technology by ourselves and fail in doing so. A new technology set up could be very smooth and straightforward when completed within the circumspection of a skillful technology professional specialized in the technology to be implemented.
Every business is different and their requirements vary greatly depending on the type of the business, irrespective of that, information technology is one impressive selection for each type of venture. For your business, you may opt to start with a technology and you may be successful in only two cases, either you are well-informed about the technology or you got fortunate with it. It is thereby advised to consult with adept information technology service providers; they would not only assist in selecting and installing the right technology, but also if there is not an existing solution for your business they may as well design felicitous software for your business needs. Below listed are the steps explaining how to start and proceed while going for with a new technology or custom developed software solutions?
Students heading back to school can always count on one thing: Technology will be a little bit more advanced than it was last year. After all, 21st century learning experiences are increasingly enhanced by gadgets and software, and the ability to plug into worlds beyond the classroom.
A recent Concordia University study concluded that these developments benefit formal postsecondary instruction too. Yet they are no substitute for everyday student engagement and collaboration among students.
The study, published in Computers & Education, was the culmination of 20 years of analysis of 1,105 courses dating back to 1990, the year that spawned the World Wide Web.
Concordia researchers Robert Bernard, Eugene Borokhovski and Richard Schmid were part of a team that probed how things changed over two decades: from PowerPoint presentations to virtual reality; from when computers ran on floppy disks to every student packing a smartphone.
They found that the most obvious positive impact of technology on education was reflected in cognitive tools that helped show what was being studied — like a demonstration of how a cell divides, or the details of the internal organs of a medical patient.
Such tools allow students to explore content in greater depth through simulations, games
A groundbreaking piece of medical imaging technology that could revolutionize cancer treatment will be featured as part of a showcase of 100 engineering ideas that have changed our world.
A section of the PRaVDA instrument, developed at the University of Lincoln, UK, for enhancing the treatment of cancer using proton beam therapy, will be included in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) new show wall at its Savoy Place headquarters in London.
The IET is the largest professional engineering institution in Europe and its show wall will be a celebration of engineering ideas that have had the biggest impact on humanity. Other items on show include an internal combustion engine, as designed by Karl Benz, and a mechanical television system, which was masterminded by Logie Baird.
The international consortium of researchers behind the PRaVDA (Proton Radiotherapy Verification and Dosimetry Applications) project is led by the University of Lincoln’s Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering Nigel Allinson MBE.
Funded by the Wellcome Trust, he and his multinational team are developing one of the most complex medical instruments ever imagined to improve the delivery of proton beam therapy in the treatment of cancer. The advances they have made in medical imaging technology could
Jazz-playing computers and robots could soon yield clues about how to help people collaborate with machines, researchers say.
The new project, called MUSICA (short for Musical Improvising Collaborative Agent), aims to develop a musical device that can improvise a jazz solo in response to human partners, just as real jazz musicians improvise alongside one another.
MUSICA is part of a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. military responsible for developing new technologies. The project is designed to explore new ways that people can interact with computers and robots. [Super-Intelligent Machines: 7 Robotic Futures]
“There is definitely a desire for more natural kinds of communications with computational systems as they grow in their ability to be intelligent,” Ben Grosser, an assistant professor of new media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told Live Science. “A lot of us are familiar with various methods of interacting with computers, such as text-based and touch-based interfaces, but language-based interfaces such as Siri or Google Now are extremely limited in their capabilities.”
Grosser and his colleague Kelland Thomas, an associate professor of music at the University of Arizona, are developing MUSICA to explore how people can communicate with one
Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, maker of electric automobiles, is one of the driving forces behind super-intelligence computers that could eventually improve just about everything — from alternatively powered autos to space travel.
But Musk says that the technology that is coming could also be extremely dangerous, and more so, even, than nuclear weapons.
As reported by Britain’s Daily Mail, the billionaire Tesla founder tweeted over the first weekend in August a recommendation for a book that looks at the uprising of robots, then claiming, “We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”
“AI” is the acronym for artificial intelligence.
The book Musk was referring to is titled Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, which was written by Nick Bostrom. The non-fiction tome asks substantial questions about how humanity could potentially be forced to cope with super-intelligence computers developed by Mankind itself.
Then again, Bostrom has also argued that the world that we are currently living in isn’t real and that we are actually existing in a computer simulation, like the one in The Matrix film series.
In a later tweet, Musk added, “Hope we’re not just the biological boot loader for digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable.”
‘A computer that
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new method for inspecting the large intestine, also known as a colonoscopy, a procedure so unpleasant, and arguably painful, that many skip it, despite its high recommendation for those over 50 years old.
While the new, less invasive method is not a substitute but an alternative, it includes the patient swallowing a bite-sized camera that travels throughout the intestine, snapping internal photographs, which are then sent to a device worn around the patient’s waist and later reviewed by a physician.
The device, known as PillCam, has been around since 2001 but was unable to compete directly with a regular colonoscopy because of the photographs’ lack of clarity. The FDA’s recent approval allows the device to be used as a substitute for those who cannot undergo a regular colonoscopy procedure, a demographic of nearly 750,000 U.S. patients annually.
PillCam was developed from missile defense systems by an Israel-based company called Given Imaging (GI) and is available in 80 countries including Japan and countries in Europe and Latin America In addition to its Israel-based headquarters, GI maintains several operating subsidiaries in the U.S., Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Inconsistency in FDA
There’s a breakthrough in oral health that has the potential to help millions. It’s an ozone-infused oil pulling remedy that you swish around your mouth for a few minutes each morning to radically transform your oral health.
The practice of “oil pulling” has been used for thousands of years to pull toxins from gum tissue in the mouth.* It’s a mainstay tool of Ayurvedic Medicine and many people swear by its benefits. But now we’ve taken oil pulling into the 21st century with the addition of an ozone infusion right into the oil.
Ozone, the same elemental molecule you can smell in the air after a lightning storm, is now being used to radically transform modern dentistry. What dentists have discovered is that ozone kills bacteria throughout the mouth, including in tiny, microscopic crevices. Today, more and more dentists have become aware that old root canals may harbor dangerous bacteria and release toxins into the mouth which get swallowed into the body.
An ABC News story from Fresno, California wrote the following about ozone therapy used in dentistry:
A Fresno dentist is taking the pain out of cavity treatment, with a process that uses air and water. The technique drastically reduces the need for
In the first quarter of 2015, I’ll be launching a new “low-tech technology” solution that will become an instant must-have among people who want to be more self-reliant. The timing of the Ebola outbreak makes this solution even more urgent, so I’m shifting my present priorities to really focus on this project and complete all the R&D and manufacturing steps necessary to bring this to the world as soon as possible.
While it’s too early to reveal the exact nature of this invention, it’s a surprisingly low-tech solution that needs no electricity to operate and contains no circuit boards. It is therefore EMP-proof. It will also continue to function during a power grid failure, a nuclear catastrophe or a viral pandemic. There are no pumps, gears or circuits in this system, and it does not consume any fossil fuels to operate.
This solution grants people everywhere the ability to be more self-sustaining and self-reliant in four key areas: food, water, nutrition and medicine. It will be deployed both in first-world nations and developing nations, and it has the potential to vastly improve human health and reduce human suffering almost everywhere across the planet; at very little cost. I am not the original
Is the federal government seeking a near-term technological solution to combating airborne Ebola virus? A document posted at FedBizOpps.gov would seem to suggest as much.
As reported by WorldNetDaily (WND), the sourcing document, titled “Chemical/Biological Technologies Department Ebola Broad Agency Announcement,” seeks “research proposals for Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) requirements for the CBDP Ebola BAA for the FY2015-2016 program.” Both the CBDP and the DTRA are part of the Defense Department.
According to a DTRA Broad Agency Announcement [PDF], the government is seeking technology “for rapid disinfection of interior surfaces with viral contamination. The technology must prove effective against viral contamination either deposited as an aerosol or heavy contaminated combined with body fluids (e.g. blood, vomit, feces). Responses must address the entire process, a response that only develops a disinfectant/sterilant is not sufficient.” [emphasis added]
The document also notes that the “means by which Ebola virus is maintained in nature remains unclear,” and that “it is unknown what other natural reservoirs exist” beyond the known reservoir of fruit bats.
The document and bid for new technology in the “near-term” indicate that federal health officials and the Defense Department believe that the virus can be spread, at some
When I announced yesterday that the release of an important new invention in 2015 would be accompanied by posting downloadable 3D printer files for parts used in the invention, I was surprised to see some of the reader questions. (See that article here.) Many readers were wondering how they were going to print these 3D objects if they don’t have a 3D printer.
The answer to that question is that 3D printers are on course to become as commonplace as desktop computers today. Nearly every modern household will likely have one within a few years, and the idea of “printing out” small objects that you need around the house or office will become commonplace.
For example, instead of running to the hardware store to buy a wildly overpriced T-connector for a drip irrigation line in your back yard, you’ll simply fire up your 3D printer, select the T-connector object from a menu, and click PRINT. A few minutes later — and for about a nickel’s worth of PLA material — you’ll have your part! (You also don’t need to drive your 2,000 lb. car to the hardware store just to buy a piece of plastic that weighs a few grams.)
With all the hazardous health and environmental aspects of our current energy sources — like nuclear, coal, petroleum and natural gas — innovative and nontoxic alternatives are in high demand. Regrettably, even “green technology” has serious drawbacks, where windmills and solar farms decimate bird life, while dams for hydroelectricity disrupt waterway ecosystems. In an attempt to find a better solution, we’re often faced with significant (and destructive) consequences. And yet, a glimmer of hope is on the horizon with a state-of-the-art material developed at Michigan State University (MSU).
Luminescent solar concentrators are nothing new in the realm of solar energy. Focusing the sun’s rays onto a compact area, the effect is similar to using a magnifying glass for generating heat and fire. The technology doesn’t come without problems, however. Solar concentrators tend to be unattractive monstrosities that pose a threat to local bird wildlife. Efforts have been made to merge the concentrators with standard windows, but the end result compromised the transparency and color of the glass. In response, the quest for a completely clear material began.
Affordable and non-intrusive
According to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, his team has developed a truly transparent luminescent solar concentrator that “can be used
When big time entrepreneur Elon Musk headed to the podium at the MIT symposium at a recent meeting on technology, he turned heads as he spoke openly about the threat of artificial intelligence potentially causing human extinction.
“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that,” said Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors. “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories with the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s sure he can control the demon. It doesn’t work out.”
Elon Musk is known for the Tesla Motor’s dual-motor Model S sedan, which features a revolutionary autopilot feature, allowing the vehicle to steer itself between lanes. He is also the CEO and co-founder of SpaceX , a company that is now striving to build communities on Mars.
Can AI gain consciousness and evil intent?
It turns out that Elon Musk’s doomsday fears are quite plausible and potentially realistic. In fact, prominent AI researchers are coming out, backing Musk’s concerns.
“At first I was surprised and then I thought, ‘this is not completely crazy,'” said Andrew Moore, a computer scientist
Technology is the archetypal golden calf of the modern age. Everything that naturally exists in a purely analog and resonant state is being artificially mechanized, computerized, digitized and hybridized (think half-human, half-robot on this one). And with this gradual suffocation of the living, breathing fabric of our world comes the ominous threat of eventual human extinction, as the very essence of humanity is systematically uprooted in favor of a wholly synthetic and programmed existence.
Much of what is considered technological advancement these days is inherently evil and has the potential to be used as a collective weapon of mass destruction against life itself. Synthetic biology, for instance, which involves re-engineering genes to manufacture fake organisms, is one such example that threatens to set off an unpredictable chain reaction of devastation and death within the larger ecosystem of life itself.
“The idea that technology is neutral or amoral is a myth that needs to be dispelled,” said Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Science Group at California Polytechnic University, as quoted by io9. “The designer can imbue ethics into the creation, even if the artifact has no moral agency itself. This feature may be too subtle to notice in most cases,
In April 2014, the BioInitiative Working Group — consisting of 29 experts from 10 countries, 10 holding medical degrees, 21 PhDs, and three MsCs, MAs or MPHs — said there is growing evidence that wireless technology causes brain damage, tumors and a host of chronic health conditions.
Based on a review of the science released in 2012 and 2013, Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, at Orebro University, Sweden, said, “There is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and cordless phones.”
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“We know that microwaves can cause genetic damage.” — Barry Trower, a retired British military intelligence scientist and expert in microwave technology.
“Our grandchildren and children are being used as lab rats…”
This quote is taken directly from Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, president of the Environmental Health Trust. Dr. Davis is seriously concerned about the future of humanity. Our
A prominent climate scientist who’s actively involved in developing technologies to thwart the natural weather patterns of the globe says he’s disturbed by the prospect of having to make such drastic changes to the common order of things in order to fight so-called “global warming.”
Dr. Matthew Watson from Bristol University in the UK told the media recently that he’s “terrified” by many of the geoengineering projects currently in the works to thwart man-made climate change, which is still being hawked by many in mainstream science as a threat to humanity.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Online, Dr. Watson explained how futuristic technologies like spraying chemical particles into the sky to reflect sunlight back into space have the potential to disrupt how rain falls, how plants grow and how life lives.
Right now, Dr. Watson is working on a $2.8 million project of this exact nature. The plan is to inject sulfur particles into the earth’s atmosphere with the stated goal of blocking the sun’s rays from reaching Earth, ostensibly to keep the earth from getting too warm.
“Personally, this stuff terrifies me,” Dr. Watson told reporters. “Whilst it is clear that temperatures could be reduced during deployment, the potential for misstep is considerable.”