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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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Upstream is an aggregation of news websites curated by Oliver Rozynski, a Sydney based freelance digital designer by trade, technologist by hobby and entrepreneur by aspiration.

It includes the absolute latest on emerging technologies, projections on future trends and scientific breakthroughs as they happen from over 60 universities worldwide.

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.

We have a lot to look forward to!

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New ‘Digital Lightfield’ technology approaching as Magic Leap CEO hints: “We’re gearing up to ship millions of things” (Video)

What Is Magic Leap, And Why Is It Worth $500M?

Magic Leap Demo

Just another day in the office at Magic Leap

During yesterday’s WSJD technology conference, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz finally broke the silence since the mysteriously cancelled TED appearance scheduled back in March, where he was to give insight into the company’s ‘Digital Lightfield’ technology.

The Google-backed Magic Leap, which attracted $524 million dollars in funding last year, has been highly secretive about their augmented reality device—but in the face of yesterday’s big demo reveal that Abovitz calls “the most human way to understand visual reality,” we may still have more questions than answers.

During yesterday’s talk, Abovitz revealed that Magic Leap is no longer “in the research lab doing theoretical things,” but far out of the R&D stage and moving on to production phase. “We’re gearing up to ship millions of things,” Abovitz said.

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Abovitz calls the company’s new manufacturing base in South Florida, a former Motorola phone factory, the beginning of a “new product production line,” but anyone who’s glimpsed a Magic Leap device is already well under NDA, so just what ‘product’ we’ll be seeing, we can’t say for sure.

MIT Technology Review writer Rachel Metz says Magic Leap’s basic hardware is likely composed of “a tiny projector that shines light onto a transparent lens, which deflects the light onto the retina.” On stage, Abovitz explained some of the basics behind the theoretical grounding for the yet unrevealed device, but didn’t go into anything specifically hardware related:

magic leap rony abovitz“In the real world, in visual reality, there’s this interaction with the light field. The world is a very complex dynamic light field… [it’s] not really a hologram, it’s even more complicated. It’s like a moving hologram bouncing off of everything… Think of a hologram as freezing a light field, and in visual reality these light fields are moving and dynamic and alive … our goal is to recreate that as completely as possible.”

Magic Leap has today updated their website, but you won’t find any clues there either—only the usual corporate-level marketing jive that promises that whatever is coming is “your new way to create/play/know/learn/entertain/share and bring magic back into the world.”

Millions of things? We’d be happy to see just one for now, please.

Thanks Road to VR

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