Visionaries of the future: Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley (1797 -1851) made her debut as a writer in 1818 with the worldwide renowned novel Frankenstein. She became, according to experts, the first ever-true science fiction writer. Her story about Dr Frankenstein and his monster could be interpreted as a story of technology gone out of control. But she also asked … Continue reading

The nano-supermarket is coming towards you this autumn!

Nanotechnology, a range of technologies with unprecedented opportunities. Nano could be the road to many awesome products and super solutions for today’s problems. But yet, there are many things unknown about these technologies. As many nanomaterials are discovered quite recently, their characteristics are not yet fully understood. Let alone, that … Continue reading

Toilets of the future

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As listed in the milennium goals, basic sanitation is a big challenge for developing countries. With an expected population boom in Africa and Asia this remains an issue and an urgent need for technology and new products to raise sanitation standards. Needless to say, the amount of water used in … Continue reading

Energy 2015: economic crash, gas fires, nuclear explosions, massive floods and black-outs

The world has become addicted to energy and for the production of it we use mostly fossil fuels. This could lead to catastrophes and endanger the lives of many people, as can be seen in MSNBC’s documentary Future Earth: 2015 Addicted to power. Like it’s predecessor Future Earth 2025 this documentary … Continue reading

Clean energy for all the 9 billion World citizens

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This is literally one of the most daunting challenges for the 21st century. Clean energy for the global population: for people who climb up the prosperity ladder and will consume more energy, for people who currently rely on relatively polluting energy sources, such as wood stoves, and for people who … Continue reading

Water in 2025: drought, locusts, fire, wars and floods

What might be the consequences of global water shortages in 2025? To answer this question, MSNBC’s documentary Future Earth: 2025 provides us with five short scenarios. A documentary worth watching, even though it was originally aired in 2009 and some exact data might be outdated. I think it’s greatest worth is in … Continue reading

Insects in our diet

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One big need for the nine billion people of the 21th century will be meat or protein in their diet. Especially if poverty is lifted off successfully, billions of people will enjoy a more protein rich diet than today. Could everybody eat like the Western world does today? Probably not. … Continue reading

An energy-efficient human being?

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In April 2012, 360 Magazine published an interview with Matthew Liao, Professor in philosophy and bioethics at the New York University. This interview appeared originally in The Atlantic in March 2012. This article caught my eye, because it was the first time I read about someone suggested making alterations on … Continue reading

Dutch visionairs about the Netherlands in 2030 (video clip)

Now with the Dutch parlement elections, and all the politicians making promises about the future, this very nice television program, called ‘There is always something’ asked a couple of experts to explain their vision of the Netherlands in 2030. Bekijk de video in andere formaten. Barbara Baarsma, economics professor at … Continue reading

Urban farming in an urbanized world

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The global population is moving towards the cities. Feeding those emerging mega-cities will become more and more of a masterpiece. Urban gardening and urban farming could be part of that solution. Urban gardening is a way to make use of the open spaces in town, rooftops and empty construction sites. … Continue reading