Today it was my privilege to give a presentation called Is it tomorrow already? at the Engage Your Community 2011 Conference:
Miraz offers a whirlwind tour of the incredible array of current research and development in the science and tech worlds and points out some of the highlights that will be changing our lives in the next few years. Will cars drive themselves? Will robots sing and dance? Will we operate bionic arms just by thinking? Will spray on skin heal burns in days? Will we print a new kidney if we need one? Which of these things have already been achieved?
It really was just a lightning tour of a few highlights. The hardest thing for me was whittling down my original list of more than 500 possible items to around 6. There was so much fabulous material I just had to not only leave out but not even mention.
I can’t put my slides themselves up here as the presentation included loads of video clips and images.
What I can do though is give the text of my slides, links to the full video clips and some notes.
I’m not able to do that right away though, so please check back on this blog post in the next few days for the extra material.
Meanwhile, please take a look at my daily Tech Universe column in the NZ Herald Online. All the items I included in my presentation were taken from items I’ve written in the last year.
Notes and background for the presentation
I’ve added below links to a PDF and a zipped version of the PDF which is a visual representation of my slides, with the notes I used to provide commentary. There may be glitches.
On a separate page on this site I’ve also added a huge list of all approximately 1,000 Tech Universe items from which I whittled my presentation down to around 1 dozen items. That page has links, text and embedded videos.
Update: I’ve removed all the video previews, so now the page is around 1Mb in size. It will load, but slowly if you’re using a slower connection.
Be warned that the separate page is ridiculously enormous and may take forever to load. In fact, if you’re on dial-up, 3G or an extremely restricted Internet plan avoid it. The only link to that page appears in this post.
The PDF does not include any multimedia, but does give the URLs for any videos or images that were included. If you have restricted Internet, copy the relevant URLs from that document and view the videos at their origin.