Monday, November 15, 2010

Video discussions II

Video 1. Rotating buildings?!
Company: Dynamic Architectures
59 prefabbed floors
Wind turbines between the floors
Central core holds everything up (elevators, etc.)
"No major urban centre can afford not to have its rotating tower" -
None built as of 2010 but you can contract for one now!
      Projects to start in several cities "soon"
Dynamic Skyscraper (
Worlds First Rotating Skyscraper in Dubai (
...and lots more videos if you look for them

Video 2 (TED). Aubrey de Grey says we can avoid aging (23 min.)
What do you think?
Would you do it if it was free?
What if it was expensive?
What if everyone did it?
     What would happen?
What if only some people could do it?
     How could that happen?
     Unfair or that's life?
Would people be more careful?
Would society legally require more safety?

Video 3 (TED). PW Singer on military robots and the future of war (16 min.)

What do you think?
What are the important questions to ask?
      (and the answers)

Video 4 (TED). Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us (23 min.)
What do you think?
What technologies does he discuss?
What curve is he focused on? 
     (linear, exponential, S, plateau)
What are the important questions to ask? 
     (and the answers)

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