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Biomedical

Biomedical

Transhumanism is a biomedical goal to fundamentally transform the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

This is achieved though Cybernetics, Genetic Engineering, Life Extension, Medicine and Stem Cell Treatments.

Computing

Computing

The effect computers have had on the world is unquestionably great, however with their capabilities increasing exponentially we are living in a time where, with the development of quantum computing, their effects on us has barely scratched the surface of what is to come.

Artificial intelligence, Augmented Reality, Holography, Quantum Computing and Virtual Reality are all around the corner.

Energy

Energy

As the planet’s resources are rapidly depleting, perhaps the area of most intense global interest at the moment is finding alternate methods of producing energy and efficiently feeding our populations.

Some of these methods include Artificial Photosynthesis, Biofuels, Fusion Power, Genetically Modified Food, Solar Power, Vertical Farming and Wireless Energy Transfer.

Leisure

Leisure

Consumer goods, with the help of emerging technologies, are changing our day to day lives at an increasingly rapid pace. From the internet to mobile phones and 3D printing, the past 30 years has changed the way we live.

The next 30 years includes Holographic Displays, Immersive Gaming, Smart Clothing, Virtual Reality and Wearable Computing.

Military

Military

Although military may not seem the most constructive of tech focuses, it often has the budget to pioneer new technologies which are refined and used commercially later; for example electronic computers, satellite technology or the internet.

Current military interest includes Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Hypersonic Aircraft, Particle Beam Weapons & Stealth Technology.

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

One of the most exciting progressions of the 21st century so far is our ability to create on a nano scale – allowing us to produce new materials that have never been seen before, and build machines so small that they can even carry out tasks within our blood stream.

Nanotechnology has created new fields of interest within Biotechnology, Computing, Energy and Medicine.

Physics

Physics

Although some people may find physics to be the dull cousin of technology, it is only through the understanding of physics that many of our technologies and understandings of the universe are possible – it is the language to describe and therefore can create our reality, and is incredibly exciting for people who take the time to understand it, as it is the key which can open new doors for our future.

Robotics

Robotics

A very tangible physical embodiment of technology for humans is robotics; we can relate and interact physically with robots and in the future develop relationships with them.

Also as artificial intelligence evolves alongside human intelligence, there will be a time where this technology will increasingly find the need to embody itself in the physical world through robotics.

Space

Space

The final frontier.

The exploration of space holds endless possible discoveries – however one which we may be on the brink of observing which will change the world and the way we think about ourselves as human beings, is the discovery of life on other planets (or moons, such as Jupiter’s Europa or Saturn’s Enceladus, as it may turn out.)

Transport

Transport

Driverless Cars, Jetpacks, Magnetic Levitation, Space Elevators, Fusion Rockets and Teleportation – all areas of intense interest and each offering huge potential for the development of civilisation.

Transport is a practical constraint which touches people daily, which is why future developments could change our lives and the world’s economies on the whole.

Predictions

Predictions

Technology futurists make extrapolations on scientific progress – for example it is predicted that quantum computing will become commercially viable around 2020, based on current advances in technology and projected milestones. This is turn will facilitate breakthroughs in medicine by enabling an accurate virtual model of chemical reactions – thus building an ever-growing web of forecasts.

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The aim of Upstream is to create awareness of the explosion of scientific and technological developments which is currently unfolding behind the curtain of mainstream media. With a better understanding of the possibilities for our future, we can open our imaginations to create a new outlook.

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Scientists Have Begun Hunting For Alien Signals Coming From Mysterious Star

Astronomers from SETI are looking at potential radio signals coming from the peculiar star that has been in the news lately over the idea that it could host an “alien megastructure.”

“We are looking at it with the Allen Telescope Array [ATA],” Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, told Space.com, although he added that people “should perhaps moderate their enthusiasm with the lessons of history.”

The star, KIC 8462852, was discovered by Kepler, the NASA space telescope that looks for planets. It does this by observing regular dimming of stars due to the planets passing in front of them, or transiting. It has so far found 1,013 confirmed exoplanets in about 440 stellar systems, but there are thousands more potentials that are waiting to be verified.

Kepler’s observation of KIC 8462852 has reported some unusual activity: the spacecraft detected irregular dips in brightness that are consistent with small masses orbiting together.

KIC 8462852 is also known as the WTF star, based on the title of the paper (Where’s The Flux?) by Tabetha Boyajian in which the peculiar object was discussed for the first time. The most likely explanation for the phenomenon is a swarm of comets which have been suddenly pushed towards to the star by a massive object, like a giant planet or a passing star.

Another explanation, considerably less likely but more popular, is that the light is stopped by a giant artificial structure, like a Dyson swarm: a hypothetical system of space satellites designed to capture a significant amount of light from the star to provide aliens with energy.

Several studies have been proposed to follow-up on Kepler’s observations, and SETI was the first to begin one. By using the ATA, SETI is going to look for radio emissions of artificial origin from around the WTF star. The ATA has 42 antennas that measure 6.1 by 7.0 meters wide (20 by 23 feet).

Although an alien discovery is improbable, these studies are important for scientific advancement. When pulsars were first discovered by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish they were nicknamed “little green men,” as they were unsure the intermittent radio signal was entirely of natural origin. With the discovery of a second signal like this, the alien idea was completely abandoned and we now know that they were produced by fast-spinning, superdense stars that emit regular beams of radiation.

This study is only the first of on a potentially long series of observations by SETI based on Kepler’s data. The planet hunter’s data implies the possibility of billions of habitable rocky planets in the Milky Way – billions of possible leads for SETI astronomers to chase.

Thanks IFL Science

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