Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Life in the future according to our visionaries

This "urban loft with mobility" was rated with an official zero chance of production by cars.com; whereas, the Institute for the Future (IFTF) sees this GMC's concept truck -- combination vehicle and residence called the "PAD" --  as a lot more realistic vision of the future than it may at first appear.

IFTF also considers this as a viable lightweight alternative to the traditional home or apartment.  Moreover, if the concept embodied by PAD really caught on, IFTF predicts the emergence of temporary cities; ushering in a whole new form of urbanism based on nomadism and reconfigurable cities.

These new infrastructure designs, according to IFTF, will emphasize smaller, smarter, more independent components that can be organized in ways that are more efficient, more flexible, and more secure than the capital-intensive networks of the 20th century. Lightweight infrastructure will allow urban planners to rapidly prototype new forms of settlement as needs and constraints shift from day to day.

Talk about trailer parks the size of a city!

Perhaps, not now, but in the near future we may be able to see different variations of these futuristic apartments on wheels plying our roads and highways, including huge trailer parks to accommodate them.


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Dr. Michio Kaku, physicist and futurist

I did not know anything about Dr. Michio Kaku until recently when Ms. Margarita Ventenilla Hamada emailed me the YouTube URL of his speaking engagement – Physics of the Future – at Boston’s Museum of Science.  It turns out that he is our generation’s leading physicist and futurist, 

Check out his video and be amazed of his predictions of what the future holds, especially in the realm of practical scientific advances.

Dr. Michio Kaku, according to Wikipedia, was born on January 24, 1947. He is an American theoretical physicist, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics in the City College of New York of City University of New York, a futurist, and a "communicator" and "popularizer" of science. He has written several books about physics and related topics; he has made frequent appearances on radio, television, and film; and he writes extensive online blogs and articles. He has written two New York Times best sellers, Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physics of the Future (2011). He has hosted several TV specials for BBC-TV, the Discovery Channel, and the Science Channel.


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A blast from the past!


Nikola Tesla: The world's greatest inventor

A contemporary and indisputable nemesis of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, according to an Australian Science article, “NikolaTesla and The Magic of Science,” is, “One of the greatest people in the history of science, and the greatest inventor of the post industrial society, Nikola Tesla, is the visionary that many people have never even heard of or about his work. He could visualize the future inventions with the greatest facility. Numerous articles have been published, books have been written related to this magician of the science. There are many sources about this man who lit the world, and his developments.”

Indeed, it’s a shame that many people do not know anything about him.  Be that as it may, for a quick rundown of Tesla’s achievements in whimsical, lay terms, check out this site.

Tesla at his laboratory (courtesy of  Australian Science)   

Suggested read:

Military to Test Hypersonic Jet: NY to LA in 45 minutes

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ABC Wednesday (F = Future)



12 comments:

  1. That was interesting to me. I'd doubt you'd like my site. It is to girly and easy going -- but I do dig futuristic stuff.

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    1. I've visited and enjoyed your site Renae. Just keep blog from the heart, as they say!

      Cheers!

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  2. Great and interesting post!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Nice post - Tesla spent some time in my town, Colorado Springs, partly because of our frequent lightning storms. He had a lab here where he ran various experiments.

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    1. I tried to identify Tesla's building in NYC during my walks there, but unable to.

      Great man he was!

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  4. Dynamic post and excellent photos ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  5. we'll have to do SOMETHING different in our future or we won't have one.
    Tesla is SO cool.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. And that is why I came to Bohol to learn and help promote organic/natural farming efforts, Roger.

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  6. It would be a shock to let go of all of our 'stuFF' and live in such a small space....Intriguing prospect....

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    1. Indeed, an intriguing prospect, Joanne, but it's something I'd seriously consider. And then I won't have to collect stuff ... just the basic essentials only :)

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