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May 15, 2007

“Les innovations du XXI siecle qui vont changer notre vie” by Eric de Riedmatten.

The book “Innovations in the 21st century that would change our lives” is a compendium of over 100 innovations expected to be common staples for our living comfort in this century:  they are based on present trend in research and technological development. Many of these improvements are already working prototypes but the giant multinationals are reluctant to have them on the market because they need to take advantage of the cash cow phase in the respective industries, such as petroleum, chemicals and vehicle spare parts.  The innovations are listed within the categories of health, energy, communication, transport, space, and technology.

In the health category we should enjoy some of the following:

– Anti-aging pills labeled DHEA which have been used in the US since 1990 but have not be allowed in Europe until 2006.  They are natural hormones and help people over 50 years because their hormone levels reach 50% of the younger people.

– Contraceptive techniques that are applied to the male population by inserting a clip in the testicles and other alternatives, in addition to the patch for women.

– Anticancer treatment for curing the most dangerous cancer cells using nanobio drug or antibody carrying particles of iron so that the magnetic field will target the malignant cells very accurately; specific genes deposited in the cell will stimulate the immune system; It is already successful but will be widespread by 2013.

– Transgenic food

– Artificial blood

– Genetic treatment for curing Alzheimer

– Graf of synthetic members

– Natural autobio that decontaminate the environment from bacteria, viruses, and fungus; this autobio is a combination of 30 natural plants and minerals.

– Anti-obesity pills

– Auto-reparation of human parts by therapeutic clones

– Graf of the brain

– Substitutes for animal meat

– Most probably the advent of new viruses coming from space.

In the energy category we should expect the following innovations:

– Light without conductive wires

– Cars powered by liquid hydrogen; by 2050, gas service stations would disappear.

– Reactors emulating the energy generated in stars

– Air would be taxed

– Eolian and solar energies would become the prime sources of energy

– Solar Central that capture the energy transmitted by satellites.

– Acclimatized tissues that would keep the body cool.

In the communication category

– Cell phones integrated in the auditory tract or on eyeglasses (Auricom) with an extra flat card carried in the wallet; voice will activate the numbers registered on the card and the outside noises will not disturb communication; already available but will be widespread by 2012.

– Language translators integrated in the ear

– Luminescent tissues replacing plasma; no more TV

– Optical pen replacing the keyboard

– Super dumb assistant carried in our pockets

– Film on CD with a uniquely accepted reader; no more movie theaters.

– Assisted GPS and electronic eyes for the blind

– The whole human knowledge contained on a cerebral diskette

– A universal language adopted at the United Nations; (I would suggest that the Arabic words used in the Spanish, Persian, and Indian languages be included as well as those that form the roots in the other languages; every syllable should be pronounced as in Spanish, the grammatical constructs of the English, the Latin alphabet in addition to other characters that provide distinct sounds, the elimination of double letters, and inclusion of pictorial that represent whole words or whole meanings extracted from the Cantonese language.)

In the technology category

– 3D glasses with antenna hidden in glass where we can have access to internet and numerical TV (TNT) and hidden numeric camera; available by the year 2012

– Credit cards replacing money

– Virtual windows for displays

– Diode replacing bulbs

– Disappearance of noise using inversion of frequencies

– Anti-seismic systems in construction

– Plastic is replaced by another material more environmentally friendly

– Biometric is incorporated in the body for the identification of individuals

– Artificial brain

– Disposable cars invented in India

– “Pay per live” apartments

In the Space and defense category

– A base in Mars by the year 2030

– Inoffensive weapons that neutralize without killing

– Discovery of a live liquid planet in 2064

– A hydrogen airplane that crosses Paris-Los Angeles in three hours in 2069

– Caravels toward the cosmos

– Exploitation of other planets in 2094

Transport category

– Highways without drivers in 2021

– A boom for private jets for short distances in 2025

– An electric airship (dirigible) by 2028

– Metro with no drivers by 2042

– A tunnel under vacuum between Gibraltar and Tangier, a 5-minute trip by 2045.  Optimum trips would not be less than 600 km for these levitating trains with speeds over the sound speed.

– Repairs of cars by software at distance

– A new pedaling system for bicycles that allows 40 km per hour without effort

– Automatic shuttle or “people mover”; no need for walking anymore.

Book reviews:  Of controversial manuscripts? Posted in 2008

Many of the books that I have reviewed were written prior to 2008, before I discovered wordpress.com, and they might be categorized as controversial.  

It is not my job to fall into that trap of judging what is fine to read.  I simply reviews,  summarizes, and add my comments of what I have read that express deep feeling and personal reflections.  

I always give my “expert” opinions anyway:  It is your right to express your opinion.

There are books that I had to publish several posts on particular chapters, simply because topics are interesting and need further development.

1) “Life after Life” by Dr. Raymond Moody, (written in June 7, 2004)

2) “A Priest among “Les Loubards”” by Guy Gilbert, (written in July 22, 2004)

3) “We the Living” by Ayn Rand, (written in July, 24, 2004)

4) “Prophesies of End of Timeby Paco Rabanne, (November 15, 2004)

5) “Alexander the Great”, (November 20, 2004)

6) “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” by Thomas Friedman (July 28, 2006)

7) “Season of Migration to the North” by Tayeb Saleh, (August 10, 2006)

8) “The Princes of the Crazy Years” by Gilbert Gilleminault and Philippe Bernert.

9) “Carlos Ghosn: Citoyen du Monde” by Philippe Ries, (Septembre 27, 2006)

10) “Abbo”by Nabil Al Milhem, (November 23, 2006)

11) “Human Types; Essence and the Enneagram” by Suzan Zannos, (December 6, 2006)

12) “One hundred fallacies on the Middle East (ME)” by Fred Haliday, (March 2, 2007)

13) “Origins” by Amin Maaluf, February 15, 2007

14) “Imagined Masculinity” edited by Mai Ghoussoub and Emma Sinclair-Webb

15) “Post-modernism: the Arabs in a video snapshot” by Mai Ghoussoub,( March 4, 2007)

16) “The Joke” by Milan Kundera, (March 22, 2007)

17) “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, March 28, 2007

18)  “Biography” of In3am Ra3d, April 7, 2007

19)  “Al-Walid Bin Talal”, April 4, 2007

20) “The Gardens of Light” by Amin Maaluf, April 19, 2007

21) “Two old women” by Velma Wallis, May 1, 2007

22) “I heard the owl call my name” by Margaret Craven, May 3, 2007

23) “A woman of independent means” by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, May 6, 2007

24) “The Gospel according to Pilate” by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, May 9, 2007

25) “Les innovations du XXI siecle qui vont changer notre vie” by Eric de Riedmatten.

26) “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, July 3, 2007

27) “Liban: le salut par la culture” by Phares Zoghbi, August 19, 2007

28) “Finding Joy” by Charlote Davis Kasl, August 22, 2007

29) “Tadjoura” by Jean Francois Deniau, Septembre 6, 2007

30) “How to dance forever” by Daniel Nagrin, September 8, 2007

31.  “The Second sex” by Simone de Beauvoir, (September 21, 2007)

32.  “A short history of nearly everything” by Bill Bryson, (September 25, 2007)

33.  “The God of mirrors” by Robert Reilly, (October 1st, 2007)

34.  “The tipping point” by Malcom Gladwell, (October 9, 2007)

35.  “The social structure of Lebanon: democracy or servitude?” by Safia Saadeh

October 15, 2007

36. “Fallaci interviews Fallaci and Apocalypse”, by Oriana Falaci (November 8, 2007)

37. “Aicha la bien-aime du Prophet” by Genevieve Chauvel (November 19, 2007)

38.  “Tess of the D’Uberville” Thomas Hardy, (December 19, 2007)

39. “Le livre des saviors” edited by Constantin von Barloewen (December 22, 2007)

40.  Gandhi’s non-violent resistance guidelines (February 21, 2008)

41. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown (March 12, 2008)

42. “La reine de Palmyre” by Denise Brahimi (March 26, 2007)

43. “Culture et resistance” by Edward W. Said (April 18, 2008)

44. “L’Avorton de Dieu; une vie de Saint Paul” by Alain Decaux (April 23, 2008)

45.  “Down and out in Paris and London” by George Orwell (July 14, 2008)

46. “Why the Arab World is not free?” by Moustapha Safouan (July 21, 2008)

47.  “Igino Giordani” by Jean-Marie Wallet and Tommaso Sorgi (August 5, 2008)

48.  “Building a durable World” in “Science et Vie” magazine special issue of June 2008 (August 10, 2008)


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