Recently at the TED 2009 conference professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin from the University of California showed us the AlloSphere. For me, this was clearly one of the many highlights of this years TED event!
Visualizing, hearing and exploring complex multi-dimensional data
provides insight that is essential for progress in a number of critical
areas of science and engineering, where the amount and complexity of
the data overwhelm traditional computing environments.
The AlloSphere Research Facility is differentiated from conventional
virtual reality environments by its seamless surround-view capabilities
and its focus on multiple sensory modalities and interaction. Building
the AlloSphere was not an off-the-shelf enterprise. Designing a
large-scale multimedia environment to deliver rich, coherent,
interactive, high-resolution 3D video and audio streams from voluminous
amounts of scientific data, all in real-time, was a non-trivial
computational and systems engineering task that involved a significant
number of faculty from diverse disciplines.
You might think of it as part of the emerging Metaverse/Multiverse as the video below is in a sense a Google Maps application or Mirror World for your brain, cells and molecules.
A truly amazing video, especially considering the huge implications for future research and innovation.
has multiple degrees in materials science and
mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly
and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the co-founder of numerous
companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco,
Instructables.com, HowToons and Makani Power. Saul has been awarded
numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of
Fame, Collegiate Inventor's award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize.
A large focus of Saul's research efforts are in minimum and constrained
energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other
applications. Saul holds multiple patents and patents pending in
textiles, optics, nanotechnology, and energy production. Saul is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics.
In his talk below at the Long Now Foundation on climate change, ecological footprints, sustainability, global warming and alternative energy sources you can see an impressive overview of the current situation. How can you measure your own ecological footprint? How can you reduce it? What are the key trends in energy consumption and production? How much energy do we need right now and in 20 years? And how can we scale up? His talk is bombarded with a lot of interesting and illuminating numbers and statistics.
His latest book called The Art Instinct - Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution combines two fascinating and contentious
disciplines—art and evolutionary science—in a provocative new work that
will change forever the way we think about the arts, from painting to
literature to movies to pottery. Human tastes in the arts are evolutionary traits, shaped by Darwinian selection. They
are not, as the past century of art criticism and academic theory would
have it, just socially constructed.
Juan Enriquez has a solid track record concerning delivering and sharing funny, smart, cutting edge and very interesting presentations on different subjects like the evolution of borders and nation states, biotech, economic structures, evolution at large, synthetic biology and cultural evolution. Juan Enriquez thinks and writes primaril about the profound changes that
genomics and other life sciences will cause in business, technology,
politics and society.
The talk below is from the TED 2009 Event last month. I watched the whole TED show personally for the first time. It was truly mind-blowing and very very inspirational. By far, the best event I have ever experienced in my life. All the buzz surrounding the TED event is true. The structure of the program is outstanding touching your mind, heart and soul in different ways.
The talk below by Mr. Enriquez deals with the current global financial and economic crisis as well as the coming revolutions due to synthetic biology, stam cells as well as advanced robotics. Combining these biotech trends on the bacterial, cellular and tissue level with the robotics trend will eventually lead to advanced cyborgs and the Homo Evolutis. The latter group might co-exist with normal human beings but outperform them in different tasks. And this might be sooner than we think, the speed of innovation in this fields is simply impressive.