Science

9:40am

Fri September 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Do You Predict The Future?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 2:16 pm

"I do spend time trying to think about what I cannot imagine" — Nicholas Negroponte
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Part 7 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Nicholas Negroponte's TEDTalk

How do you predict the future? Technology leader Nicholas Negroponte accurately predicted some of the most prevalent devices we use to day — back in 1984. Negroponte explains how he makes predictions with great confidence.

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9:40am

Fri September 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What Predictions From 1984 Came True?

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 9:42 am

Nicholas Negroponte at an early TED conference in 1984.
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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Nicholas Negroponte's TEDTalk

Back in 1984, technology leader Nicholas Negroponte was able to predict, with surprising accuracy, e-readers, face to face teleconferencing and the touchscreen interface of the iPhone.

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9:40am

Fri September 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Will GPS Change Our Standards for Privacy?

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 9:42 am

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Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Todd Humphreys' TEDTalk

Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions — or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own.

About Todd Humphreys

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9:40am

Fri September 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

When Will Driverless Cars Be A Part Of Our Everyday Lives?

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 9:52 am

"I'm really looking forward to a time when generations after us look back at us and say how ridiculous it was that humans were driving cars" — Sebastian Thrun
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Sebastian Thrun's TEDTalk

Researcher Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, which he says will not only revolutionize how we get around, but also save lives.

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9:40am

Fri September 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Personalized Will Medicine Get?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 2:16 pm

Ryan Lash TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Nina Tandon's TEDTalk

Call it extremely personalized medicine. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon explains how in the future, we'll be able to grow replacement organs from our very own cells. In the future, that same technology will help develop custom designed drugs.

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9:40am

Fri September 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Will Sequencing Your Genes Change The Way You Live — And Die?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 2:16 pm

"Everybody ... could live an extra five, 10, 20 years just because of this one thing" — Richard Resnick
Mike Ritter TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Richard Resnick's TEDTalk

In this talk, Richard Resnick shows how cheap and fast genome sequencing is about to turn health care (even insurance, and politics) upside down.

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9:40am

Fri September 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What Does The Future Of Crime Look Like?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 2:16 pm

James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Marc Goodman's TEDTalk

Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.

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9:39am

Fri September 13, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Predicting The Future

Will the predictions of today turn into the reality of tomorrow?
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"I do spend time trying to think about what I cannot imagine." -- Nicholas Negroponte

Visions of the future don't just have to come from science fiction. There's very real technology today giving us clues about how our future lives might be transformed. So what might our future look like? And what does it take for an idea about the future to become a reality? In this hour, TED speakers make some bold predictions and explain how we might live in the future.

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3:07am

Fri September 13, 2013
Science

Living Gears Help This Bug Jump

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 1:21 pm

An image from an electron microscope of the back legs of a planthopper insect.
Gregory Sutton

Greg Sutton was closely inspecting the back legs of a planthopper nymph — a small green, flightless insect — when he noticed something odd.

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3:06am

Fri September 13, 2013
Environment

'Rivers On Rolaids': How Acid Rain Is Changing Waterways

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 10:47 am

Gwynns Falls runs beneath Interstate 95 at Carroll Park in Baltimore. The chemistry of this river, like many across the country, is changing.
Courtesy of Sujay Kaushal

Something peculiar is happening to rivers and streams in large parts of the United States — the water's chemistry is changing. Scientists have found dozens of waterways that are becoming more alkaline. Alkaline is the opposite of acidic — think baking soda or Rolaids.

Research published in the current issue of Environmental Science and Technology shows this trend to be surprisingly widespread, with possibly harmful consequences.

What's especially odd about the finding is its cause: It seems that acid rain actually has been causing waterways to grow more alkaline.

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