Visionaries of the future: Robert Heinlein

Many experts see Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) as the father of modern social science fiction. Not only did he think about the technology and science of his time, his stories are also strongly influenced by world politics. Heinlein started out as a military (navy) man in his early twenties. He held the military … Continue reading

DNA Dreams, designer babies of the future

DNA Sequencers at BGI

In her film DNA Dreams, documentary maker Bregtje van der Haak gave us a magnificent view into the world of young scientists eager to unravel the mysteries of our genome. She presented the dreams of genome researchers and their vision of the future. It all happens in China and on … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: George Lucas

In a 1977 interview, George Lucas (1944) said ‘I would feel very good if someday they colonize Mars when I am ninety-three years old or whatever, and the leader of the first colony says: “I really did it because I was hoping there would be a Wookiee up here.’ With his Star Wars Saga, Lucas hoped … Continue reading

The future of home diagnostics and remote medicine

With an aging population in our near future and big pressure on health care budgets, there is a great need for clever ways to diagnose and monitor our medical health. Luckily, all sorts of new technology helps use out better and better. And because we are already used to do-it-yourself … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Philip K Dick

  Philip K Dick (1928-1982) published 44 novels and over 120 short stories in a career span of 30 years. He lived as a poor author, but is now seen as an ambassador of science fiction literature and as the scifi writer who not only sparked his readers imagination, but also … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Jules Verne

Many consider Jules Verne (1828-1905)  ‘the father of science fiction’. In the 19th century, he saw innovations in technology and in his tales of adventure took those innovations to the next level. Whereas the characters in his book explore far off lands, space and even inner-earth, Verne himself can be seen as ‘an explorer … Continue reading

Wearable computers, augmented reality at our doorsteps

If you ask me, “what has really changed our everyday lives in the past ten years?”, then I would say broadband internet and all the devices that built on its potential. We can now share videos, photos and music. We have social media and connectivity everywhere, through smart phones and … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Mary Shelley

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

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

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

An energy-efficient human being?

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

Uit je eigen stad

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