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Merci, LeWeb! Have a great conference!

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Dear LeWeb Community, With the conference starting tomorrow, my work here, posting about the next 10 years of innovation and exploration is drawing to a close. Here’s a quick wrap up of what we’ve covered: Economic trends: Communities are pulling together to collaborate, share resources, and create rather than consume in the face of a depressed economy that appears to …

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The Future of Cancer – Part II

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As we’ve posted before, researchers are saying that we need to think differently about cancer in our search for a cure. In that vein, promising research at the University of Pennsylvania indicates that the body’s own immune cells can be re-trained to fight blood cancers, and perhaps one day, solid tumors: “This is absolutely one of the more exciting advances I’ve seen …

The Future of Hacking

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Amazon announced over the weekend that it aims to offer on-demand, 30-minute delivery of most items it sells via drones by the year 2018. Within 48 hours, notorious hacker Samy Kamkar had posted specs for a SkyJack drone that can hack into other drones’ control systems and take over, turning them into zombie drones that no longer obey their creators: SkyJack …

The Future of 3D Printed Metal

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3D printing and maker culture certainly have some amazing implications for a more collaborative economy. But printing with certain materials is much more cost-effective than printing with others. Machines that print with plastics are already available for hobbyists, but those that print with metal are much more expensive. Until now at least. Engineers from Michigan Technological University in Houghton have …

The Future of Warp Drive

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Scientists have found planets that resemble our Earth closely enough that they could support life forms similar to us. The nearest of these planets, as I previously posted, is twelve light years away. Since travel anywhere near light speed is physically impossible, we would likely have to send out generational ships if we ever hoped to reach even the closest …