In understatements of the week: “Conceptual designer Mr Pauley, who describes himself as a futurist, says the structure will consist of a central support biosphere, an observation pod, and dwelling pods which will house up to 100 people.”
In the annals of history, 1990 will be remembered for the reunification of Germany, fighting in the Persian Gulf, Milli Vanilli, and a deluge of denim. We recently stumbled upon an article that ran in U.S. News & World Report on this date in 1967 entitled “The Wondrous World of 1990,” predicting what life would be like in the great unknown of the future. Some of the predictions are downright hilarious (imagine freight being shot across the country by missiles in mere minutes), while others are surprisingly accurate to current times, but were a bit off in 1990 (think video phones and tele-conferencing, and a virtually “cashless” and “checkless” economy run by computers). U.S. News also hinted at the invention of the GPS and even foresaw the feasibility of “Go-Gurt” (food eaten out of a pouch).
Amtrak is proposing a $7 billion to upgrade Union Station in Washington to turn it into a high-speed rail hub for the Northeast.
The Washington Post reports that a plan to be unveiled Wednesday afternoon calls for doubling the number of trains the station can accommodate. Amtrak would add new platforms, tracks and stores. Six tracks for high-speed rail would be added. There’d also be a 50-foot-wide, 100-foot-long glass-enclosed main concourse.
A developer is also planning a $1.5 billion complex of offices, residential towers and a hotel that would be built on a deck over the tracks behind the station.
Union Station, which opened in 1907, is the second-busiest station in the country.
No mention of how they’ll pay for it, but the design is certainly exciting!
"It should be stressed that overall the series is in a fundamentally strong place and there’s little reason to worry for its short-term future. Then again, that’s just when most characters in “Game of Thrones” fall the hardest."
This 15-minute shampoo treatment begins when you lean your head back into a machine that looks like a sink at the salon. First it maps your scalp, then it shoots streams of warm water and foam shampoo from its 28 nozzles before 24 silicone “fingers” work up a lather. One conditioning mist, scalp massage and light blow-dry later, you’re done. Nathaniel Penn (via 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com)
Decades ago, dreamers, scientists and futurologists envisioned life in the 21st century as something straight out of “The Jetsons.” There would be flying cars, moon vacations, dinners in a pill and a variety of fashionable metallic jumpsuits. While many of the past predictions are humorous and wildly inaccurate, our ancestors did get some things right. Here, we’ll take a look at what the past got right (cellphones and the Internet) and what they didn’t (the intelligence pill and the 4-hour workday). What the future looked like way back when
This infographic provides information for the Commercial Space Station, the first space hotel that is being designed in Russia and will be ready to be in orbit as soon as 2016. The infographic provides a visual for the space station and basic information for it’s capacity. It also provides other details for how it will work.
Commercial space vacations, only five to ten decades after originally predicted!
A 1 Terabyte SD Memory Card probably seems like an impossibly unnecessary technological investment. Many computers still don’t come with that much memory, much less SD memory cards that fit in your digital camera. Yet thanks to Moore’s Law we can expect that the 1TB SD card will become commonplace in 2014, and increasingly necessary given the much larger swaths of data and information that we’re constantly exchanging every day (thanks to technologies like memristors and our increasing ever-connectedness). The only disruptive factor here could be the rise of cloud-computing, but as data and transfer speeds continue to rise, it’s inevitable that we’ll need a physical place to store our digital stuff.
The first around-the-world flight by a solar-powered plane will be accomplished by now, bringing truly clean energy to air transportation for the first time. Consumer models are still far down the road, but you don’t need to let your imagination wander too far to figure out that this is definitely a game-changer. Consider this: it took humans quite a few milennia to figure out how to fly; and only a fraction of that time to do it with solar power.
Perhaps, but I’m still holding out for the jetpack superhighway, or flying cars in general.