Archive for March, 2019

Digital layers built on top of reality that create a sort of spatial internet could soon revolutionize society, ushering in a new era for mankind.

Referred to as a “Magicverse” or “Mirrorworld” these AR layers would enable people to control their own digital data while they communicate, conduct business, and navigate their lives in entirely new ways that we can’t even imagine yet.  A move that could completely alter the balance of power as socio-economic disparity and political biases are done away with, replaced by an open and transparent system that mirrors reality in form but not function.

As Wired explains, “The mirrorworld doesn’t yet fully exist, but it is coming. Someday soon, every place and thing in the real world—every street, lamppost, building, and room—will have its full-size digital twin in the mirrorworld. For now, only tiny patches of the mirrorworld are visible through AR headsets. Piece by piece, these virtual fragments are being stitched together to form a shared, persistent place that will parallel the real world.”

Adds Futurism:

“Essentially, Magic Leap envisions a future in which any location — ranging from a room to a whole country — has not only a physical presence, but also a digital one that takes the form of various layers. One layer might focus on health and wellness, for example, and another on entertainment, and still another on mobility.”

Eventually, we may even get to the point where we’ll be able to search this mirrorworld, hyperlinking real-world objects the way we’ve hyperlinked words to search for things on the web. Traveling to a new city and want to know all of the best places to watch the sunset? Search the mirrorworld to find out!

But as with any new platform it won’t all be sunshine and rainbows.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  There will be plenty of positives to come out of this emerging technology.  That’s for sure.  But there will also be plenty of drawbacks.  Mostly notably of all the inevitable gold rush and power grab as people from all walks of life race to secure a foothold in this brave new world.

As Wired explains:

“The first big technology platform was the web, which digitized information, subjecting knowledge to the power of algorithms; it came to be dominated by Google. The second great platform was social media, running primarily on mobile phones. It digitized people and subjected human behavior and relationships to the power of algorithms, and it is ruled by Facebook and WeChat.

We are now at the dawn of the third platform, which will digitize the rest of the world. On this platform, all things and places will be machine-­readable, subject to the power of algorithms. Whoever dominates this grand third platform will become among the wealthiest and most powerful people and companies in history, just as those who now dominate the first two platforms have. Also, like its predecessors, this new platform will unleash the prosperity of thousands more companies in its ecosystem, and a million new ideas—and problems—that weren’t possible before machines could read the world.”

Personally, I love the idea of a mirrorworld.  Places that you could never travel to in real life may not be accessible virtually.  Deeply personal information tied to a physical location that you never would have had access to could now be at your fingertips.  This could be a game-changing technology.  One that fundamentally changes what it means to be human.

But I also think it will be years before we see a fully functional mirrorworld. Mapping the entire world at a 1:1 scale would seem to be a massive undertaking.  But I have no doubt that we’ll get there eventually.  The groundwork has already been laid.  Society is already shifting towards VR and AR.  At this rate it’s only a matter of time before we’re living in the mirrorworld, whether we like it or not.  So we might as well get on board with it…

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I have a new all-time #1 favorite invention.  An acoustic meta-material capable of blocking all sound.  No more 6 am wake up calls from garbage trucks, car alarms, jackhammers, woodpeckers, or noisy neighbors.  No more need for ear plugs, sound machines, or sleeping pills either.  Once the entire world is blanketed in this material we’ll have Heaven on Earth, peace and quiet for all for the rest of eternity.

Fast Company explains how this miracle invention came to be:

“A team of Boston University researchers recently stuck a loudspeaker into one end of a PVC pipe. They cranked it up loud. What did they hear? Nothing.

How was this possible? Did they block the other end of the pipe with noise canceling foams or a chunk of concrete? No, nothing of the sort. The pipe was actually left open save for a small, 3-D-printed ring placed around the rim. That ring cut 94% of the sound blasting from the speaker, enough to make it inaudible to the human ear.

Dubbed an ‘acoustic meta-material,’ the ring was printed from a mathematically modeled design, shaped in such a way that it can catch certain frequencies passing through the air and reflect them back toward their source. Typical acoustic paneling works differently, absorbing sound and turning the vibrations into heat. But what’s particularly trippy is that this muffler is completely open. Air and light can travel through it–just sound cannot.”

Lock it up.  Championship.

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Is an acoustic meta-material the Greatest Idea Ever?

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#1,476 – Ideaism

“In many ways we have reached the fulcrum of the future. A critical point in time where our collective actions will determine whether we continue to progress forward or suddenly move backwards.

To reach our full potential we need new ways of thinking that make sense of the complexity of modern day life and improve our technological literacy. A fresh new approach that can guide us towards a better tomorrow.

In short, what we need, now more than ever, is Ideaism. A social movement built around the idea that ingenuity, innovation, and inventiveness are the keys to making the world a better place. The keys to driving the engine of change forward. The keys to ensuring that progress continues and that we soar to new heights as a species.”

That’s the synopsis from Ideaism, the book that I wrote about the history of innovation.  Part autobiography/part analysis of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed Ideaism takes a look at how we can use innovation to make the world a better place.

Obviously, I’m biased but I think that this book is amazing and deserving of a wide audience.  The Innovation Index highlighting nearly 200 of today’s top trending ideas is worth the price all on its own.

I would be honored if you would check it out and provide feedback or share the following link out with anyone in your networks that you think would be interested.


After all, I can’t do it all on my own.  But together we can save the world.  One idea at a time.

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#1,475 – Onward

Need help dealing with a difficult breakup? No need to bother your besties.  Onward has got you covered.

As Fast Company puts it, “You just broke up and now you need to move out. Meanwhile, you’re an emotional wreck over your ex, barely able to focus at work, let alone organize a U-Haul. How can you possibly deal with so many logistics at such a time? Why not just pay someone else to do it?

That’s the premise of Onward, the newly launched ‘post-breakup concierge service’ that handles all your packing, housing, and self-care needs. Consider it relocation with a soft touch. A one-stop shop for moving out and moving on.

[After all] if one can easily hire a wedding planner or funeral director, then why not a breakup handler?”

Such a person would help you handle the obvious logistical issues that arise during a breakup. Such as gathering your prized possessions.  Something you may not want to do if the other person is going to be around.  But they will also help you handle the not so obvious issues such as helping you find a therapist to talk to.  You can also pay to receive recommendations for singles events and things to do in your area.  Everything you need to get back on your feet.  One overwhelming task at a time.

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Is Onward the Greatest Idea Ever?

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How we came to eat the things that we do in the way that we do has likely been the byproduct of thousands of years of trial and error.  Before we figured out that you could pair milk with cereal someone had to try cereal mixed with apple or orange juice.  Yuck!  Or just imagine walking down the beach trying everything you could find, seaweed, clams, jellyfish, etc. to figure out what was edible and what wasn’t.  I’m a picky eater as it is.  Being an ancient taste tester would not have been for me.  Thankfully, we won’t have to worry about that anymore.  Going forward new food combinations will be concocted, not by human chefs, but by an advanced artificial intelligence, IBM’s Watson.

After winning Jeopardy, Watson turned its attention to healthcare, working with hospitals to diagnose rare diseases, thanks to its astonishing ability to read one million books per second.  At the time I wondered what Watson would turn to next for an encore and now we know.  Watson in a partnership with McCormick & Company will turn its attention to creating food recipes.  Rare, never before created recipes that no human could have ever come up with due to their complexity and chefs natural predisposition to certain favored ways of doing things.

As Futurism puts it, “Each human developer comes with biases. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; they may simply have favorite or go-to ingredientslike particular spices, that are over-represented in their formulas. But because IBM’s AI, largely comprised of a massive neural network, is trained on decades of McCormick data, the system is able to consider alternatives outside of a particular expert’s wheelhouse.

The algorithm also absorbed contextual data from decades of market research — the neural net processed data on people’s preferences based on factors like their culture, location, and moods.”

The end result is a system that is capable of considering food combinations that have never been tried before giving hope that we could be on the verge of revolutionizing the food industry.  Imagine for instance if something as amazing as pizza was only just now getting discovered.  How much would a discovery of that magnitude change the world?  Which begs the question: what new foods will be discovered next?!

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Is a new food algorithm the Greatest Idea Ever?

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One of the holy grails of science is to create a room temperature superconductor, a breakthrough that could have far-reaching implications.

As Futurism explains, “Plenty of materials conduct electricity — copper, steel, water — but each introduces some level of resistance, meaning you lose a bit of the energy as it moves from point A to point B.  [However] some materials can become ‘superconductors,’ meaning they don’t lose any energy during the transmission process, but only if cooled to very low temperatures. The ‘warmest’ superconductor still can’t work above -70 degrees Celsius (-95 degrees Fahrenheit), and that’s not very useful for practical applications.”

Practical applications such as transporting solar energy from the desert to an urban city, creating Maglev trains, or designing longer lasting batteries.  But thanks to a new design from Navy scientist Salvatore Cezar Pais all that may soon be possible.

So how does this amazing theoretical technology work?!

According to Futurism, “Pais’ application describes a wire consisting of a metal coating over an insulator core. An electromagnetic coil surrounds the wire, and when activated by a pulsed current, this coil causes a vibration that allows the wire to act as a superconductor at room temperature, according to the application.”

Now this isn’t the first time that a design for a room temperature superconductor has been put forth but it is still existing nonetheless.  Because if it works out, it could change everything.

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Is a room temperature superconductor the Greatest Idea Ever?

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Like most people, I’m constantly plagued by the annoyance of the charge in my cell phone not being able to make it through the whole day.  Even with minimal to moderate use.  I always wondered why the Energizer Bunny couldn’t solve this age-old problem of cell-phone battery life.  If it just keeps going and going why can’t our phones do that too.  Well, now they can.

As Futurism explains, “According to Avenir, the Energizer smartphone features an 18,000 mAh battery, enough to last for 50 days in stand-by mode. The iPhone X contains a 2,716 mAh battery, for comparison — giving the P18K Pop more than six times the capacity.”

But that’s not all!  The article adds that:

“If you want to actually use the P18K Pop, you could spend 90 hours making calls, listen to 100 hours of music, and watch 48 hours of videos on just one charge…Beyond this long-lasting battery, the phone also includes 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and five cameras, two of which are front-facing.”

There’s just one problem.  The Energizer Phone is a massive brick that only Zach Morris could appreciate.  In fact, it’s over twice as thick as the iPhone X or most other standard smart phones.  If sleekness appeals to you then this is not the phone for you.  But if you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail then this phone would be perfect for you!

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Is the Energizer Phone the Greatest Idea Ever?

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#1,471 – Hachimoji

Mind-blowing new research suggests that we may be on the verge of creating entirely new life forms as scientists have now found a way to essentially double DNA’s capability, creating a hybrid 8 letter system, that’s half natural and half synthetic.

According to Wired “On Thursday, researchers unveiled the latest feat in artificial DNA engineering: an eight-letter synthetic system called ‘hachimoji’ DNA. From the Japanese hachi for eight and moji for letter, the system is made up of four natural nucleotides and four synthetic ones that all fit seamlessly into DNA’s helical structure, maintaining its natural shape. Moreover, sequences spelled with these new letters pair predictably, and can evolve just like natural DNA.”

This is a remarkable breakthrough, one that opens up a whole new world of possibilities.  Even more so than run of the mill CRISPR gene editing.

Adds Wired, “If you were to boil all of biology down to a simple equation, it would be that DNA makes RNA, which makes proteins, which are what make every living thing you can see, smell, touch, and taste (and a lot of things you can’t). This central dogma of biology, built on strings of Cs, Gs, As, and Ts, has prevailed since Francis Crick, James Watson, and Rosalind Franklin discovered DNA’s double helix 65 years ago. Now that’s changing as scientists expand the code of life beyond the four letters provided by nature.”

Now the question becomes what does this new code of life look like?  What exactly could we use it for? And is 8 letters the new maximum?  Or could we cram even more letters in?!

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Is Hachimoji the Greatest Idea Ever?


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