Seguidores

29.6.07

The commercial value of energy (1)

If you study physics or feel luck, take a look at this, and at this video. He enjoys playing with Tesla-like phenomena and equipment. He's made remarkable re-discoveries, though he doesn't know really how it works. But it works.
There's one slight problem. He is just not commercially interesting.

Look around you: do you see anything that lasts more than 5 years? What's the most durable object or desire you can buy today? 30 years? The world economy at the moment just doesn't seem to be able to cope with long-lasting technologies.
Think about great inventions for daily use. For example Gillette, only "hit it on" when it became disposable. The key word in today's economy is rotation. The world is a supermarket where the only non-changing technologies are the technologies that provide the very bases of rotation of goods and desire of goods.

There are hundreds of on-line videos about him. Just try googling Hutchison Effect and you'll have lots of boring videos to watch. Here's one in a News format, less boring:



Here is a boring format, but with the real thing. Why does it have to be boring? This guy and his friends are not into selling really.

7.6.07

13.4 Million $ for BOP Project

This is Dr. Paul Polak.
In a prior post I mentioned Paul Polak. He got a huge grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This are some versions of his project: at changemakers, globalgiving and IRC. These links include phone number, address and email.

Here's my source.

Riches For Good: Gates Foundation Grant to IDE:

IDE (International Development Enterprises) is a non-profit my friend Barry told me about several months ago. Tonight Colorado Public Radio had an interesting interview with Paul Polak, founder of IDE, which recently got a $13.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

IDE creates technology to aid farmers in the developing world to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. They don't give away the technology -- they sell it -- but they expect a 300% return on investment. For example, if a farmer purchases a $25 pump, they can expect to earn an incremental $75.

Polak believes that in order for poverty to be wiped out, there need to be revolutions in the following areas:

* Water
* Agriculture
* Markets
* Design

Click the link below to listen to the interview:

Colorado Nonprofit Wins $13.4 Million Grant"

Convertirnos en Cyborgs?


Lo siento, Star Trek me ha influenciado más de lo que pensaba. Espero que a la larga sea un tamiz fructífero. Comienzo pidiendo disculpas, porque sin querer queriendo estoy dándole un tono negativo a algo que en realidad aparece como el paso siguiente en la evolución de una parte de la humanidad (aquellas sociedades que más invierten en conocimiento y en unir átomos y bits, es decir el mundo físico/natural y el mundo computacional/informacional).

Recuertan a los Cyborgs de la serie Star Trek?
Esa mezcla de humano con robot. Parece que esto no es algo tan lejano. Según Ray Kurzweil la tecnología está creciendo exponencialmente (acelarando los tiempos de creación de nuevas tecnologías x10 o x100 veces) y no linealmente, lo que según sus cálculos significa que para el año 2020 la humanidad logrará sobrepasar las barreras de la tecnología actual, superando las barreras de la ley de Moore, creando soluciones nano-tecnológicas e fusionando estas tecnologías con nuestros sistemas nerviosos.

Aquí está el video, facilitado por www.ted.com donde lo explica



Aquí pueden encontrar más sobre el futuro que visualiza Ray Kurzweil (por cierto es el inventor de estos programas de reconocimiento de voz y texto, que se usa para "hablarle" a la computadora y que lo transforme en texto, o que se usa para que la computadora le lea textos a los ciegos).