Remotely-Interested.com was defined by rapid progress in its first year of going online. Blogging, podcasting and even t-shirts all came about in 2014. Admittedly, the blog schedule was impacted upon by a heavy work load of peer reviewed articles; book chapters; setting up the front and back end of a laser scanning department, as well as a host of other digitally related things. Fixing and managing this is within reach in 2015.
Reflecting on 2014
Guests are asked to give five things for people to go away and consume on the remotely interested podcast. Molding this idea around the Christmas period, the 12 Days of YouTube has been used to present videos on technology trends. Information that was of remote interest in 2014.
According to Ray Kurzweil, the Singularity is still near.
Ed Catmull – a pioneer in texture mapping and computer science – shared his insights on being a founding member of Pixar Animation Studios. This was done in more detail in the book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration.
Structure from motion (SfM) based 3D images continue to be generated from mobile phone data. Point clouds and meshes are now being created in a more direct way – using every sensor in a smart phone.
Doug Englebart and other key figures from Silicon Valley’s past were remembered in The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.
The potential of synthetic biology is finally being realised. It is over 100 years since the idea was first discussed in France.
3D printing in space was finally made real by Made In Space.
As he builds on the legacy of his grandfather, Astro Teller leads Google X one moonshot at a time.
Changes in the way things are designed and manufactured – what might be called a delocalised model – are being accommodated for through Fortune 500 companies like Autodesk.
It is likely that the Circular Economy will be the next buzz term in 2015. It is already big in countries like Germany and the UK.
Economists like Jeremy Rifkin continue to repackage the Internet of Things, which now has its own IEEE journal as well.
Open source and open distribution communities like Github and SourceForge impacted upon corporate business models in 2014. That is, in terms of software development. The CanaKit Raspberry Pi B+ Ultimate Starter Kit (Over 40 Components: Raspberry Pi B Plus + WiFi Dongle + 8GB SD Card + Case + Power Supply and many more) and Arduino UNO R3 board with DIP ATmega328P had also impacted upon hardware developments. The Intel Edison Kit For Arduino Single Components EDI1ARDUIN.AL.K is a prime example. Iterations of the Edison featured at 123d.circuits.io are discussed in the remotely-interested coverage on Maker movements,
Information and communication technologies (ICT) continue to transform infrastructure and asset management – be it in developed or developing worlds. The changing face of ICT is a theme that runs throughout 12 Days Of YouTube in one way or another. Energy and sustainability are at the heart of what has become a more connected world. Look to Google, Cisco Systems or Autodesk for examples feeding into economic and information cycles linked to ICT in 2014.