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7 minutes | 13 days ago
Enter Virtual Reality Through Airborne Exosuits, Soft Robots to Explore the Universe and Catching 3 Million Kg Rockets.
In this week’s episode of Future Lens Today, we’re covering some of the news coming out of the video games industry as one of it’s largest players makes moves that may be possibly giving us a glimpse at what the future of work might look like for people around the world.Additionally, we talk about Virtual Reality Exosuits akin to those described in the Sci-fi novel “Ready Player One”, as well as some robotics and space news out of Nasa and SpaceX that’ll excite the technology and space lovers in all of us.View full episode transcript on the Humanatronix.com Website.
6 minutes | 2 months ago
Dropping into the World of Sci-Fi with Time Crystals, Tree Resin DNA Extraction and Minimalls in our Pockets.
In this week’s episode of Future Lens Today, we talk about how scientists are taking the first steps towards creating a real Jurassic Park, the existence and interaction of what Scientists call Time Crystals, and all the complex language they use to describe it in detail, as well as some major technical changes to Google’s Youtube and Facebook’s Instagram, as platforms begin to introduce new ways to eat away at our savings accounts.View full episode transcript on the Humanatronix.com Website.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
22 - The Global Need For Multi-Pronged Sterilization and Disinfection Protocols
We are entering a world in which we will need to become better at fighting what we can't see. Learn about the innovations and best practices related to sterilization and disinfection protocols and how the global situation has pushed new technology to the forefront in the fight against viruses and disease transmission.View full episode sources on Humanatronix.com.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
21 - Immersive Entertainment to Cure our Blockbuster Blues
Immersive entertainment, artificial intelligence, industry milestones, and how the movie industry is innovating in order to bring forward new ways to remain profitable and grow its audience. View full episode details and sources on Humanatronix.com.
5 minutes | 3 months ago
The Age of Supersonic is Back, Nasa Moonwalking Spacesuits, & Self-Healing Glass.
In this week’s episode, we talk about some sweet new technology that feels a lot like the world is coming full circle from all the way back in the 1960s, when moonwalking and supersonic jets were state-of-the-art.We also talk about some of the innovations coming out of Compton where a small San Francisco-based startup is testing out new forms of vertical farming with autonomous robotic farmers being trained and tested in warehouses.Additionally, some news coming out of silicon valley as Apple makes headlines while filling for new patents for some next-level advanced materials to be used in its mobile phone suite moving forward.The full episode transcript and sources can be found on Humanatronix.com.
71 minutes | 3 months ago
Milestone Recap 2 - The Way Technology Can Provide Pre-Emptive Medical & Social Support
Hosts Gordon Stencell and Mark Pundzius are joined by Shawn Hopkins the Executive Producer of Future Lens (and Podcast Host of Future Lens Today our exciting new news show) to revisit the highlights from episodes 11 through 20. Amongst others, we’ll discuss water management, “green” burials, contact-free technology, artificial companionship, and how innovation is changing the world that we live in and the work that we do. Thank you for your listenership and for making this series a success! You can view full details about each episode on the Humanatronix website.For full sources go to Humanatronix.com.
6 minutes | 6 months ago
Bottled Water From Desert Air, Human Population Peaking & Clever Robots
We talk about some predictive analytics & projections on the future growth of the human race and its trend towards negative over the next few decades. We also discuss some amazing technology coming out of Arizona, as a firm successfully uses renewable energy to harvest water straight out of desert air. Use cases going as far as bringing a renewable source of clean water to the Arabian Desert for both people to drink and to feed agricultural farms, bringing us all closer to long term sustainability as the world changes. As well as, touch on some new clever robots coming out of a fast-food chain, as well as an Ex-Googler’s startup as innovative tech, starts to enter the mainstream at a faster rate than ever before. Full episode transcript and sources can be found on Humanatronix.com.
21 minutes | 6 months ago
20 - Looking Into Our Past Using Technology Of The Future
The future of archaeology and how we’ve changed the way we discover the secrets of the past, how we preserve them, and how we share them. View the full episode details on Humanatronix.com
7 minutes | 6 months ago
The Great Firewall of Censorship, Big Tech & Business vs. Civil Rights
In this week’s episode, we talk about big tech companies and their participation, both good and bad, in the fight for civil rights around the world. As Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Zoom all announce intentions to stop complying with orders to hand over data to the Chinese government. A move that is said will almost guarantee they be blocked from use by Chinese citizens. All the while on North American shores, Facebook fails its first-ever civil rights audit conducted by lawyers and civil rights experts. And lastly, in the news that has me genuinely dumbfounded, the lines between government and religion continue to blur in the United States as the Supreme Court Rules to let religious employers deny works birth control. All this and a little bit more this week in the news, welcome to Future Lens Today.View episodes sources on Humanatronix.com.
19 minutes | 6 months ago
19 - Water as a Resource, Human Right, and its Insecurity
Last year the world fought some of the world's worst forest fires across the west coast of North America and across Australia. California was struggling to find available sources of water it could use to fight these fires, while some organizations are fighting to remove water as a human right, such as Nestle. We discuss the future of water and how over 30% of the human population is affected by water scarcity, and what companies around the world are doing to solve this critical issue.View the sources for this episode on Humanatronix.com.
5 minutes | 7 months ago
Spyware, Bossware, and Other Invasive Software Plaguing our Lives Today
In this week’s episode, we talk about the software we use every day for entertainment, productivity, socialization, and more. Starting off the TikTok’s fall from grace with its recent turmoil surrounding its vague origins and invasiveness on mobile phones. Sweeping bans of Chinese apps from the Indian Government.Remote work introducing new forms of “bossware”, or alternative invasive spyware that comes gift wrapped with a bow on top, and is branded and sold as productivity-enhancing software for employers. And last but not least, I’ll touch a more polarizing topic, one that touches on data transparency, freedom of speech, and the internet as a tool for information. As the keys for the renowned wiki leaks platform trades hands with a new group ready to take the lead. All sources can be found on the Humanatronix Website.
5 minutes | 7 months ago
Tech Giant Coalitions, Nuclear Thermal Propulsion & 16 Atom Engines
Today we’re talking about the world’s smallest conceivable engine, the US government and DARPA have announced plans for the first Nuclear Thermal Propulsion systems and a line is drawn in the sand as Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple go head to head for dominance in the world of online and mobile gaming. View the transcript and sources on Humanatronix.com.
26 minutes | 7 months ago
18 - Alternative Burial Practices - From Ashes to Diamonds and Eternal Reefs
In this episode of Future Lens, our hosts Gordon Stencell and Mark Pundzius discuss alternative burial practices. We talk about a more ethical and environmentally conscious approach to our burial practices, from turning yourselves into diamonds, or even subaquatic habitats to save our precious reefs. Would you prefer to become a tree or be consumed by mushrooms? All sources available on Humanatronix.com
5 minutes | 7 months ago
#BLM, Pandemic and the Battle Local Businesses Need To Wage
Today we’re talking about the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Pandemic, and their impact on local businesses, as well as the fact that we all need to work together to provide better support to small businesses across the country. In recent weeks Black lives Matter protests have spun up around the world for good reason, bringing attention to issues that are not isolated to single communities but are widespread, and how discrimination has made it difficult for businesses with owners of color to find the support they need. Along with the impacts of COVID-19 businesses are struggling to find support and are dropping like flies on a daily basis. Today we talk Airbnb and it’s unintended consequences for people of color, how bigger businesses are giving platforms for the voices of incredible talent to reach new heights, as well as how the Canadian Government and non-for-profits are mobilizing to provide support, among other things.Full transcript on Humanatronix.com
29 minutes | 7 months ago
17 Managing Our Waste: The Most Important Societal System
What are the implications of one of societies most important, yet underfunded and undervalued systems. Waste management and recycling centers and how they're trying to innovate on behalf of the rest of the world. To save it.What’s new in waste conversion technology?Waste to BiofuelsTechnologies to convert MSW to renewable transportation fuels, primarily cellulosic ethanol and diesel, have long captured the eye of visionary entrepreneurs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) can provide indirect subsidies approaching $200 per ton of MSW for cellulosic ethanol. Some federal loan guarantees can significantly lower a facility’s cost of capital, which is important as waste-to-biofuels facilities are very capital intensive. A 1,000-ton-per-day waste-to-biofuel facility can cost over $500 million to construct, so these technologies are generally economically feasible only at sizes of 1,000 tons per day or more.Chemical recycling of plastic wasteA relatively new strategy for waste conversion is the chemical recycling of plastic waste. Chemical recycling of plastics involves the conversion of plastic waste into a liquid hydrocarbon that can then be used to produce new products. The conversion process typically involves a pyrolysis technology, which is akin to gasification. With the heightened visibility of the impact of single-use plastics on the environment, this is a sorely needed technology in the current market.Conversion to electricityNoticeably absent from any list of projects coming online are those deploying high-temperature processes, such as gasification or pyrolysis, to generate electricity. This is a reflection of electricity being a relatively low-value product that does not support the capital intensity of these complex technologies at the moment. As long as fracking continues to provide an abundant supply of inexpensive natural gas for electricity production in the U.S., this fact is unlikely to change.Now South Korea is taking a lead, recycling 95% of its food waste.It wasn’t always this way in the country. The mouth-watering array of side dishes that accompany a traditional South Korean meal - called banchan - are often left unfinished, contributing to one of the world’s highest rates of food wastage. South Koreans each generate more than 130 kg of food waste each year.By comparison, per capita food waste in Europe and North America is 95 to 115 kg a year, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. But the South Korean government has taken radical action to ensure that the mountain of wasted food is recycled.Smart BinsTechnology has played a leading part in the success of the scheme. In the country’s capital, Seoul, 6,000 automated bins equipped with scales and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) weigh food waste as it is deposited and charge residents using an ID card. The pay-as-you-recycle machines have reduced food waste in the city by 47,000 tonnes in six years, according to city officials.Urban farmsThe number of urban farms or community gardens in Seoul has increased sixfold in the past seven years. They now total 170 hectares - roughly the size of 240 football fields. Most are sandwiched between apartment blocks or on top of schools and municipal buildings. One is even located in the basement of an apartment block. It is used to grow mushrooms.
18 minutes | 7 months ago
16 Breathe To Relax - Tech anxiety and how tech is being used to fight it
In this latest episode of Future Lens our hosts Gord Stencell and Mark Pundzius talk about anxiety, where it comes from, how technology can often amplify it's effects on how we operate day-to-day.But don't worry, there are innovators out there that are also leveraging technology to fight back against tech induce anxiety with more specially crafted tech designed to help us cope, heal from, and overcome anxiety in its many forms.View full episode details and sources on Humanatronix.com.
22 minutes | 8 months ago
15 Manipulating Matter on an Atomic, Molecular, and Supramolecular Scale
The discoveries and advances being made in the field of nanotechnology are as vast as they are tiny. We explore how this technology will change our approach to monitoring and treating disease, growing crops and tracking manufactured goods, and so much more.A Truly Fantastic VoyageIn 1966, science fiction fans were talking about the imminent release of an American film about a submarine crew who are shrunk to microscopic size and who venture into the body of an injured scientist to repair damage to his brain. Although we have yet to crack the code of how to miniaturize people, great leaps are being made in the field of nanotechnology.The Tiniest of RobotsCalled OWICs, these miniature optical wireless integrated circuits are so small that you can now fit a million of them on a 4-inch wafer chip, at the cost of less than a penny each.Medical Nano-probesHarvard and M.I.T. have developed nontoxic nano-probes that can detect tumors, by way of your bloodstream, in your lungs and gut. Meanwhile, MSU and SU have invented a nanoparticle that eats away portions of plaque that can cause heart attacks, in a non-surgical way.Potential Uses and ConcernsFrom smarter security tags to invisible IoT sensors, to live monitoring of crop disease - new applications are being evaluated by most industry sectors. Might an abundance of nanoparticles inevitably become a concern if they accumulate in our waters and in the air that we breathe?View all sources on Humanatronix.com.
29 minutes | 8 months ago
14 Individual and Societal Health Monitoring by the Worlds Largest Private Big-Data Institutions
In this episode our hosts discuss the implications of remote health monitoring. Would you be more or less comfortable knowing that your health-related data is being fed into a system designed to monitor your vital signs and track associated behaviors in order to provide early detection of worrisome changes in your health?Public Health MonitoringSome municipalities are already analyzing effluent to monitor public health and behavior. As far back as 2002, fourteen Canadian cities found traces of pharmaceutical products in waste water. More recently, in Massachusetts, high concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 were found in water collected at a major sewage treatment facility.Social Responsibility and Big BusinessThe importance of a reliable and responsive health care system is underscored with every passing day, as we battle a global pandemic. Unlikely players, tech and data giants, are now interested in a piece of the action.Individual Self-Monitoring Many individuals are looking to be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to their health. Companies are already leveraging the power of wearable devices to provide information on vitals such as heart rate, respiration, cadence and walking distance, but would you want to tie that to information pulled from your medical records, currently held by hospitals and health clinics?Public TracingSeveral countries are in the spotlight and are generating controversy due to their public tracing programs that use data from personal cell phones. Would you be willing to opt in and allow tracking of your movement in order to provide important information related to virus transmission?For more information check out Humanatronix.com
28 minutes | 8 months ago
13 Artificially Intelligent Companionship
As loneliness and social isolation impacts a growing number of people, technology steps in to help to fill a void.In this episode our hosts discuss the changing digital landscape of relationship discovery platforms, as well as the rising need for alternative remedies for our more socially distant and busy lives. What would the world look like if every human had an artificially intelligent partner or companion?Although social isolation has always been a concern for a segment of the population, social distancing is reminding us and underscoring of the importance of physical intimacy in our lives. Robotic PetsInteractive robotic cats and dogs are growing in popularity at senior residences. Caregivers praise the positive impact artificial pets are having on the aged. They report a decrease in feelings of isolation, loneliness, and many forms of cognitive decline. These pet robots offer the interactive companionship, happiness and purpose associated with having a pet, without the responsibility of caring for a living creature.Online Dating Match Group Inc. and rival Bumble have reported that message ex-changes between daters using their platforms have increased by as much as 21%. Interest is also growing in the use of anonymous video call features. Are online daters now spending more time and forming deeper connections through virtual dating, as a result of social isolation?AI Enhanced E-robotic Silicone CompanionsAlthough it’s unlikely that human companions will be ever be completely replaced by erobots, technology is now available for developing a first generation of interactive life-size erobots. Will androids offer a unique version of intimacy, when human alternatives are not available or desirable?Check out all the sources on Humanatronix.com
22 minutes | 8 months ago
12 Contact-Free Technology, Solutions & Business Models Are On The Rise
In this episode, our hosts talk about cashier-less grocery stores and the various autonomous solutions that are slowly gaining acceptance and are likely to become ubiquitous by the end of this decade.Our On-Demand World Needs Better Delivery OptionsAn estimated 20% of all of North America’s 250+ billion vehicle trips every year is for running shopping errands. While new markets grow and climate concerns increase, interest in finding faster, cleaner, and more profitable delivery solutions are popping up across the globe.“Last Mile” logisticsAs online shopping consumes a larger part of the traditional “brick & mortar” retail market, new solutions for getting products into your hands faster are producing some interesting delivery services. Don’t be surprised to soon find “Micro Fulfillment Centres” popping up in your neighborhood and delivery bots sharing your local sidewalks. Navigation & Location Detection Are GPS DrivenDelivery systems will leverage personal smart devices and offer easy ordering by simply downloading an app. Regardless of your location, you’ll be able to track your purchases in real-time and have them dropped off directly to you.By Land, Air, (and Sea?)Although local regulations and Civil Aviation limitations have held back the wide-scale implementation of delivery bots and drones, some jurisdictions have authorized technology companies to test autonomous delivery - in part, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic expediting the public need for contactless delivery services.Check out all the sources on Humanatronix.com
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