An Exploration of Cultural Sea Changes
From Mindsailing

inspirewiki:

Within the next 10 years, we will be 3D printing our own clothes.

Meet OpenKnit, the first open-source clothing printer.

As noted futurist and self-proclaimed technology oracle Ray Kurzweil said at Google’s I/O conference yesterday, the 3D printing hype, while partly a result of the boom-bust-recovery theory of capitalism, should be taken seriously—at least for the sake of fashion.

In less than ten years, you’re probably going to be able to print your own open source clothes for a few cents, he told the audience, presenting more upward trending graphs than a keynote at a hot air balloon convention.

And he’s probably going to be right, as he has been with many of his other educated guesses ​about what the future will hold for us, technologically speaking (three quarters precisely correct predictions, he said​).

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sarahsosexy:

smartercities:

Vertical Farming Is Key to the Smart Cities of the Future | STATETECH
Smart cities could look very different from today’s urban centers. Streetlights could be communicating with bus stops, and subway trains could be solar powered. Population growth will force local government leaders to rethink more than just transportation and housing. As the population increases, the real estate needed to grow the food we eat will become increasingly scarce. Some experts have suggested that a new agricultural approach called vertical farming, also known as urban farming, could solve this problem. In a model that is already being tested in Singapore, crops are grown indoors in tall buildings. The benefits are extensive, the technology is powerful and the results are delicious.

Why arent we funding this?

sarahsosexy:

smartercities:

Vertical Farming Is Key to the Smart Cities of the Future | STATETECH

Smart cities could look very different from today’s urban centers. Streetlights could be communicating with bus stops, and subway trains could be solar powered. Population growth will force local government leaders to rethink more than just transportation and housing. As the population increases, the real estate needed to grow the food we eat will become increasingly scarce. Some experts have suggested that a new agricultural approach called vertical farming, also known as urban farming, could solve this problem. In a model that is already being tested in Singapore, crops are grown indoors in tall buildings. The benefits are extensive, the technology is powerful and the results are delicious.

Why arent we funding this?

biodiverseed:

browngirlfarming:

I’m back ya’ll! And The Color of Food book is ready for pre-orders! 
I have been on radio silence and under the radar all summer working to finish this amazing book of stories and portraits from farmers of color across the country. (And also moving across states, pulling off a DIY wedding and getting married! whew!) But I’m back and have big news: the Release Date for the Book is April 10, 2015!
And You Can Pre-Order Your Copy Today!! 
:)
Look out for a lot more from me to come!

#books #farming #food politics

biodiverseed:

browngirlfarming:

I’m back ya’ll! And The Color of Food book is ready for pre-orders! 

I have been on radio silence and under the radar all summer working to finish this amazing book of stories and portraits from farmers of color across the country. (And also moving across states, pulling off a DIY wedding and getting married! whew!) But I’m back and have big news: the Release Date for the Book is April 10, 2015!

And You Can Pre-Order Your Copy Today!! 

:)

Look out for a lot more from me to come!

#books #farming #food politics

smarterplanet:

IBM Hopes To Lure New Data-Hungry Customers With Freemium Watson Analytics Tool
IBM IBM +0.6% wants more companies to work with their data through Big Blue, and it’s hoping a freemium model will lower the barrier for entry to get them on board.
The company announced a Watson Analytics tool on Tuesday that allows companies to upload data to the IBM cloud for free and then receive what the company claims will be predictive insights for businesspeople to use. If successful, Watson Analytics should work for companies that don’t have a data scientist.
“Watson Analytics is a tool to let every business user harness all the power we can deliver,” says Alistair Rennie, general manager of business analytics. “What deals am I most likely to win? What sector will be busiest in the next month?”

smarterplanet:

IBM Hopes To Lure New Data-Hungry Customers With Freemium Watson Analytics Tool

IBM IBM +0.6% wants more companies to work with their data through Big Blue, and it’s hoping a freemium model will lower the barrier for entry to get them on board.

The company announced a Watson Analytics tool on Tuesday that allows companies to upload data to the IBM cloud for free and then receive what the company claims will be predictive insights for businesspeople to use. If successful, Watson Analytics should work for companies that don’t have a data scientist.

“Watson Analytics is a tool to let every business user harness all the power we can deliver,” says Alistair Rennie, general manager of business analytics. “What deals am I most likely to win? What sector will be busiest in the next month?”

This week’s innovations include a haptic mattress that helps premature babies feel their mother’s heartbeat and a portable sensor that quickly tests foods for allergens

This week’s innovations include a haptic mattress that helps premature babies feel their mother’s heartbeat and a portable sensor that quickly tests foods for allergens

Save the Date for WE14 + ICWES16
More than 7,000 women from around the world will come together in Los Angeles next October from the 23-25 for WE14 + ICWES16. Save the date now and make a plan to meet your peers and engaging organizations at the largest global exchange for change for women engineers.

WE14 will also be hosting ICWES16, the 16th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists. Now celebrating 50 years since the first ICWES, hosted by SWE, WE14 + ICWES16 welcomes engineers and scientists from around the globe. Attendees from both organizations will discover the latest in technology while building their professional networks and contemplating the next steps in their careers.They’ll be coming to network, start or advance their career and experience highly rated professional development offerings. Plan now to be among your peers—save the date to ensure you are part of this inspiring conference. As a woman in engineering and technology, it’s the best way for you to add to your own personal history of success. 
(via Save the Date for WE14   ICWES16 | The Society of Women Engineers | www.swe.org)

Save the Date for WE14 + ICWES16
More than 7,000 women from around the world will come together in Los Angeles next October from the 23-25 for WE14 + ICWES16. Save the date now and make a plan to meet your peers and engaging organizations at the largest global exchange for change for women engineers.

WE14 will also be hosting ICWES16, the 16th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists. Now celebrating 50 years since the first ICWES, hosted by SWE, WE14 + ICWES16 welcomes engineers and scientists from around the globe. Attendees from both organizations will discover the latest in technology while building their professional networks and contemplating the next steps in their careers.They’ll be coming to network, start or advance their career and experience highly rated professional development offerings. Plan now to be among your peers—save the date to ensure you are part of this inspiring conference. As a woman in engineering and technology, it’s the best way for you to add to your own personal history of success.
(via Save the Date for WE14 ICWES16 | The Society of Women Engineers | www.swe.org)