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How to live forever? Immortality is possible.

So you really want to live forever? Immortality is something that Humanity was looking after throughout it’s history, but not quite successfully.

There are several feelings that make us want to live forever. First is the fear of unknown. We don’t really know what will happen after the death. Religion doesn’t necessary help to remove this fear. Second is the egoism. We think we are too valuable for this world to disappear. And finally we have an intrinsic curiosity on what will happen in the future. We want to live in the world as we’ve seen it in the science fiction movies.

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Taxation on robots

While first world nations are facing decline in population growth and eldering of the mean citizen, doubts on the public pension system arise. By 2050 in Europe, it is expected that there will be around 60% of dependent residents, compared to these in working age. This means that the tax burden on working people will be very high in order to pay the pension. Read More »Taxation on robots

Smart cities?

Under the Smart Cities paradigm we understand implementation of digital technology and so called big data into municipal management. Currently it solves relatively easy problems such as traffic congestion (traffic cams and statistics), assignation of limited resources in public services (queue management) or real time control of some municipal assets (IoT attached to lighting systems, for example). Essentially these problems occur in “real time” and can be predicted and managed efficiently by IT systems. Statistics may help to identify trends that allow managers to project certain data into future so quantitative analysis is simple. If there’s some known fundamental events that may affect the projected figures, forecasts may be modified in order to depict changing reality. Read More »Smart cities?

What would be the last job on Earth?

In this animated video The Guardian depicts a not so far future, where most of the jobs are performed by automated machines. This makes me ask myself, what would be the last job ever? Economists say that education and entertainment will be the only industries that survive the robotization. What I think is that we don’t know what kind of jobs will appear in the future, but anything that implies creativity will requiere human approach. I don’t believe that there ever be such thing as “last job”, what I believe is that the notion of “job” known to us will evolve with time. Human brain is too powerful and sophisticated to get rid of it completely.Read More »What would be the last job on Earth?

Facebook innovation

I think this is the most exciting video I’ve seen this year. Facebook engineered this solar drone that will stay flying for days to beam the internet down to Earth.

Although the idea of having the internet all over the Planet is very nice, I feel much more intrigued by the fact that there will be a mean of keeping for long periods of time a man made object in the air without the need of sending anything to space. This will open huge possibilities like real time road traffic management, law enforcement, response to disasters, air traffic control, full worldwide communication coverage and so on.Read More »Facebook innovation