Tagged: future

Trends in manufacturing - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 09, 2013

Boeing’s Dreamliner has 6.5 million lines of software code for onboard systems support. It’s a very complicated aircraft. The new Chevy Volt – a humble little hybrid car – has 10 million lines. That says a lot about the direction of travel of transportation in particular, and manufacturing more generally. Simon Arnold noted in his comments … Read More

The awakening lions – Africa in 85 years - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jul 18, 2013

While there is a lot of attention on the rising power of China, the stuttering development of India, and the potential of Brazil and Russia, think ahead to Africa. The Washington Post has written a nice piece about the rising demographic might of Africa, based on UN projections. Barring major catastrophes (famine, disease, war, environmental collapse, … Read More

A fictional timeline of the future - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 28, 2012

In an earlier post I noted how optimistic some early 19th Century visions of the future were. I wondered then whether we are getting more pessimistic. Now there is some real data to play with. Brain Pickings has published an infographic from Giorgia Lupi called A visual timeline of the future based on famous fiction. Read More

The Future by Airbus - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 27, 2012

I’ve been looking at the latest instalment of The Future by Airbus and considering how it compares to the way some New Zealand sectors are looking toward the future. Their latest work is centred on “smarter skies”, and they look at 5 concepts associated with reducing fuel and energy emissions. Their horizon is 2050. Airbus’ approach is less about predicting what … Read More

TOSP Episode 20: February 14th 2012 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Elf Eldridge Feb 15, 2012

Greetings, TOSP listeners! This week’s podcast is a teensy bit late (heh), and a little different to usual as it was the first we’ve done and edited ‘On the Road’. We (well, Elf – aimee was driving like a loon between Auckland and Wellington as practice for the Rally) travelled to … Read More

12 Trends post-Christmas (Part 2) - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jan 12, 2012

Finally Part 2 of some key trends to think about for the longer term. 700 quadrillion 770 actually. The amount of energy (in British Thermal Units) the planet may be using in 2035, up from 505 quadrillion Btu in 2008, according to the Energy Information Administration’s International Energy Outlook 2011 Reference Case projection. A quadrillion is 10 … Read More