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Due to Google+ closure, unfortunately, I will have to move this group to:
www.Facebook.com/TheFutureIsPrettyRad

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Experts Want to Give Robot Surgeons a Sense of Touch

"Today, most surgical robots don’t serve as a replacements for doctors — instead, they act like an extension of the human. Rather than use their own hands to make incisions or suture wounds, the doctor uses a joystick or some other controller to manipulate a robotic arm equipped with a tool, such as a scalpel or grasper.

According to Trimlet, these arms simply can’t “feel” the same way a human surgeon’s hands can. But he’s hopeful that the research of Carla Pugh, director of Stanford University’s technology-enabled clinical improvement center, might change that..."

https://futurism.com/robot-surgeons-sense-touch/

#future = #REALnews #health #medicine #medtech #wellness #tech #innovation #science #design #biotech #biology #xMed #singularity #engineering #ai #artificialintelligence #robots #automation
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Escape to Far Away Places…On a Workout Bike

"Imagine getting on your workout bike, something we sometimes dread, and instantly, you’re transported to a fantasy world with lush landscapes, wastelands, and busy cities. The fitness powerhouse, Nordic Track, unveiled a virtual reality (VR) bike that allows fitness junkies to workout while playing intense VR games..."
https://www.ecnmag.com/news/2019/01/escape-far-away-placeson-workout-bike

#future = #REALnews #tech #innovation #design #sustainability #science #engineering #singularity #progress #vr #virtualreality #ar #augmentedreality #mr #mixedreality #metaverse #health #wellness #fitness
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Giving up gas: China’s Shenzhen switches to electric taxis

"One of China’s major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet.

The high-tech hub of Shenzhen in southern China announced at the start of this year that 99 percent of the 21,689 taxis operating in the city were electric..."
http://www.impactlab.net/2019/01/14/giving-up-gas-chinas-shenzhen-switches-to-electric-taxis/

#future = #REALnews #selfdrivingcars #autonomousvehicles #robots #tech #innovation #science #design #singularity #engineering #automation #AI #artificialintelligence #cars #sustainability #climatechange #electriccars #electricvehicles #evs
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Smart home tests first elder care robot

"The Robot Activity Support System, or RAS, uses sensors embedded in a WSU smart home to determine where its residents are, what they are doing and when they need assistance with daily activities.

It navigates through rooms and around obstacles to find people on its own, provides video instructions on how to do simple tasks and can even lead its owner to objects like their medication or a snack in the kitchen.

Researchers believe the robot, nicknamed RAS, could eventually help those with dementia and other limitations continue to live independently in their own homes..."

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190114130913.htm

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Solar Farms Shine a Ray of Hope on Bees and Butterflies

"The tidy rows of gleaming solar panels at Pine Gate Renewables facility in southwestern Oregon originally sat amid the squat grasses of a former cattle pasture. But in 2017 the company started sowing the 41-acre site with a colorful riot of native wildflowers. The shift was not merely aesthetic; similar projects at a growing number of solar farms around the country aim to help reverse the worrying declines in bees, butterflies and other key pollinating species observed in recent years..."
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/solar-farms-shine-a-ray-of-hope-on-bees-and-butterflies/

#future = #REALnews #clean #green #sustainability #energy #tech #innovation #progress #science #design #engineering #revolution #environment #solar #climatechange #ClimateAction #renewableenergy #renewables #economy
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New Technique Makes Electricity-Producing Bacteria More Useful Than Ever

"Deeps in mines, at the bottom of lakes, and even in your own gut, bacteria are hard at work producing electricity in order to survive in environments low in oxygen. These potent little power producers have been used in speculative experiments and one day may power everything from batteries to “biohomes.”

There are many types of bacteria capable of producing electricity but some are better at it than others..."

https://futurism.com/new-technique-electricity-producing-bacteria

#future = #REALnews #clean #green #sustainability #energy #tech #innovation #progress #science #design #engineering #revolution #environment #solar #climatechange #ClimateAction #renewableenergy #renewables #economy
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Synthetic organisms are about to challenge what ‘alive’ really means

"We need to begin a serious debate about whether artificially evolved humans are our future, and if we should put an end to these experiments before it is too late.

In 2016, Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic Genomics announced that they had created a lifeform called JCVI-syn3.0, whose genome consisted of only 473 genes. This stripped-down organism was a significant breakthrough in the development of artificial life as it enabled us to understand more fully what individual genes do. (In the case of JCVI-syn3.0, most of them were used to create RNA and proteins, preserve genetic fidelity during reproduction and create the cell membrane. The functions of about a third remain a mystery.)..."
http://www.impactlab.net/2019/01/13/synthetic-organisms-are-about-to-challenge-what-alive-really-means/

#future = #REALnews #health #medicine #medtech #wellness #tech #innovation #science #design #biotech #biology #xMed #singularity #engineering #ai #artificialintelligence #robots #automation
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Ion age: why the future will be battery powered

"The variable nature of wind and solar power means storing energy is a huge part of the fight to mitigate climate change

In a world increasingly anxious about climate change, the surge in the generation of renewable energy over the past 20 years offers a sliver of hope. But the variable nature of wind and solar power means that storing energy until consumers need it has become the next big challenge. And so, large-scale battery installations are springing up across electricity grids around the world, to make them more flexible. In 2017, more than 1GW of energy storage capacity was added around the world – a record, yes, but still a drop in the ocean of global energy demand..."
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/14/on-the-charge-why-batteries-are-the-future-of-clean-energy

#future = #REALnews #clean #green #sustainability #energy #tech #innovation #progress #science #design #engineering #revolution #environment #solar #climatechange #ClimateAction #renewableenergy #renewables #economy
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Why the world is getting better

You'd be forgiven for thinking the world is all doom and gloom – and getting worse. But these seven charts show that’s not actually the case.

The late Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite. This is no wonder, when the news focuses on reporting catastrophes, terrorist attacks, wars and famines..."
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190111-seven-reasons-why-the-world-is-improving?ocid=global_future_rss

#future = #REALnews #tech #innovation #design #sustainability #science #engineering #singularity #progress #poverty
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