Archive | February, 2013

Self Driving Cars

Self driving cars, as unbelievable as it sounds, are autonomous vehicles that can literally drive themselves – in traffic. It’s a trillion-dollar technology. A self driving car handles all aspects of driving: lane changes, traffic lights, pedestrians, turning, parking, accelerating and even choosing the route. The only thing it can’t do is load fuel. All […]

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Robotics

Robotics is coming in a big way – this decade. It is a technology driven by computing and artificial intelligence. Today you see robots in museums as novel toys to escort guests. They exist in the forms of drones both for the military and civilian use. Robots also explore mines and deactivate bombs, going places […]

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Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon Nanotubes, and their corresponding Buckyballs, are the hottest short term nanotechnology rolling out this decade. They are incredibly multi-functional. Carbon is the perfect lego block element. It can connect up to 4 other carbons in infinite combinations. Given the right conditions, it will self organize complex structures. One of those is a soccer ball […]

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3D Printing

3D Printing, also known as rapid prototyping, allows everyone to create almost anything. Its quick, inexpensive, and precise using materials such  plastics, metals, or even living cells. Its revolutionary. Traditionally everything was mass produced : Plastic bowls, ceramic cups, or cell phone cases. They are available cheaply because they are designed once and produced many […]

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App Marketplace

The Smart Phone revolution wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the cottage App industry. What was once a cottage has turned into a $30 billion a year metropolis. Considering that it is only 5 years old, that is impressive. In Vancouver there are App companies with revenues north of $30M. Facebook paid over $1 […]

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, also know as A.I. or AI, is one of the least understood and most under estimated fields of technology. Artificial Intelligence has become a corner-stone of today’s world. AI’s run financial markets, fly planes and diagnoses diseases. An AI is often trained or taught, sometimes you will see it called machine learning. An […]

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What is DNA

In leveraging DNA it helps to know how the stuff works. It’s remarkably simple yet generates every living thing around you. From a simple code nature has created effectively infinite combinations. It only takes 5 minutes to learn but you will gain a deep understanding of the process of life and be a hit at […]

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Quantum Computing

Easily the most bizarre technology on the horizon is quantum computing. It is so un-intuitive, don’t be surprised if you first don’t get it. At the atomic level, the smallest level, things don’t exist in the way you and I are familiar with. Atoms made their constituents: electrons, protons, neutrons – don’t exist as distinct […]

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Neural Networks

Neural Networks are a form of Artificial Intelligence that learns through a process called Machine Learning. Neural Networks originated in the 1970’s when scientists tried to recreate the logic of a brain using virtual neurons.  A neuron works by taking input from a variety of sources, mainly other neurons, and when a threshold is reached, it fires. One neuron will […]

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Social Networks

Social Networks, also known as Social Graphs, have taken the world by storm. Arguably the cornerstone of a trend called Web 2.0, it has provided an entire new dimension to the Internet. With social networks it is possible to get an understanding of the human aspect of the Internet. Almost 2.5 billion people today are […]

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