Nissan’s Future Mind-Reading Cars Won’t Steer You Wrong

 “The idea is to blend driver and vehicle intelligence together…

 

… in such a way that eliminates conflicts between them, leading to a safer motoring environment,”

 

This is a natural step in the trend toward “cyborgization.”

I know it sounds hokey, but man and machine are increasingly becoming one. One need look no further than the electronic appendages some veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have gotten in recent years. They work almost as well as what Luke Skywalker got in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s amazing.

We use our smartphones as an adjunct for our minds, holding memories and important information in digital form so we can dedicate our brains to other things.

It makes sense that our cars, which many consider already an extension of themselves, would begin to fuse with us.

This sort of thing makes my wife uneasy, that humankind is on a slippery slope toward a Robocop kind of future. It makes me excited. Though with more and more seniors on the road a mind reading car could be a real problem.

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FreshList App Creates Useful Virtual Marketplace for Local Produce

 

This is the type of thing the Digital Revolution is all about- using technology to maximize productivity and minimize waste.

(From TriplePundit.com)

So let’s say, for example, that you’ve got a few overflowing avocado trees, many of which are rotting away unnecessarily on the ground and you need to get rid of 100 avocados quickly. As a seller, you would simply text your avocado inventory to a list of local buyers. Buyers type in “list” which brings up all the produce being sold on the market in their vicinity. Once a buyer has made their purchasing decision, the seller gets a text message with the buyer’s contact information, after which they can remove that inventory item from the list so it remains up to date for future browsing consumers.

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The challenges and best practices of pursuing low-carbon innovation

 

It’s been said often that, in the face of climate change, there is no silver bullet, only silver buckshot

Climate change—and efforts to mitigate it—are creating an increasingly uncertain future for businesses. The long-term effects of a warming climate are enormously difficult to predict. In the near term, however, new policies, technologies, and market preferences are already altering the competitive landscape of entire industries. That is creating opportunities for companies that effectively produce and manage low-carbon innovations in their markets—and threatening those that, by choice or circumstance, do not.

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The Solar Decathlon: Innovation Through Making

Today (9/23/11), on the National Mall in Washington D.C., 19 houses powered by the sun will be open to the public for viewing. The presentation of these homes is part of an event called the Solar Decathlon; a student competition run by the Department of Energy that takes place every two years designed to spur innovation in residential housing.

 

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Change the Game: How a New Energy Alliance for Natural Gas and Digital Power Can Save the Environment and the Economy

Digital Energy is the energy freed up by information and communications technology.

It isn’t just incremental energy efficiency – the kind most environmentalists and businesses think of. It is potentially transformative, as my colleague Tachi Kiuchi and I hint at in our book, What We Learned in the Rainforest — Business Lessons from Nature.

Digital is the cheapest energy of all. Studies suggest that it can replace fossil fuels at a rate of 3 percent a year, possibly more. At that pace, it would drive down carbon intensity 75 percent by 2060. Combine that with a switch from coal to natural gas in electricity, and we could approach the drop in total carbon emissions scientists believe necessary in the U.S. — and we would have the support of the high tech and natural gas communities in doing it.

Click here for the piece in Huffpo.