For this post, I collaborated with Hannah Givens, from Things Matter (which you should totally check out). Our mutual love of international relations shines through everything we do, apparently.
Technological innovation raises some obvious questions. What kind of technology will humans use in the future? How will it work and what will it do for us? How will it change the way we do things? Those questions are, perhaps, at their most controversial in the realm of national security, where technology can kill (or protect) ever-greater numbers of people. Fortunately, geek culture is an oracle of war. Science fiction has been imagining the future for a long time now, and was already providing possible answers before national security experts even understood the questions. Continue reading
Since our change in programming, Tracy and I have been debating what to do in the event of a fifth Friday in the month. In the end we decided to review various geek products and services. It gives us a chance to enhance our geeky lives, and lets you find out if things are worthwhile, without having to drop that oh-so-precious cash only to be disappointed. This month we’ll be talking about Loot Crate.
It’s no secret that tattoos have become a part of geek culture. It’s gotten to the point that several conventions have had tattoo shops present so that attendees can get inked right on the spot. These tattoos are of course done by your standard human tattoo artist, but in the not too distant future, that may change. Recently, French students jury-rigged their MakerBot 3D printer with a pen and began drawing on people. Not satisfied with just using a pen, they eventually installed a full tattoo machine. While the machine can only do simple designs and there are still a few other technical issues to work out, the machine is off to an impressive start.
I’d like to know if these kinds of modifications void the printer’s warranty.
Long, long ago, in the early days of Around the Web (ok, so it was like a year ago…I’m allowed to be dramatic every now and again) we featured an article that discussed a frozen mammoth with actual flowing blood. Well now Harvard Medical School students are working to bring the mammoth back to life, in part by modifying genes of the Asian elephant to match those of the mammoth. This is not the first time something like this has been attempted. In fact an extinct species was successfully brought back in 2003, though the clone died from a lung defect. The real problem is the lack of funding, which is preventing research from progressing further.
Of course there are still the ethical questions that must be addressed.
Lastly, we have a very interesting interview with Fabian Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau. Fabian Cousteau is continuing his grandfather’s legacy by taking part in a 31 day mission on the ocean floor. While the interview is a little lengthy, it’s definitely worth a watch. Cousteau discusses the mission, takes some questions from the internet, and then gives the audience a tour of the facility. Underwater, otherwise known as inner space, is one of the last two truly unexplored regions, and it’s easier to access than outer space.
I’m not sure I could live in such a small space for 31 days.