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daily link  Thursday, March 04, 2004


The Digital Imprimatur: Lengthy and persuasive dystopia of an increasingly restrictive Internet, all based on current technologies.  The key are digital certificates:  "This, then, is the digital imprimatur; the right to publish as, in olden times, was granted by church or state. A document's certificate, its imprimatur, identifies the person (individual or legal entity) responsible for its publication, provides a signature which permits verifying its contents have not been corrupted or subsequently modified, and identifies the document registry which granted the imprimatur and which, on demand, will validate it and confirm that it has not been revoked. Trusted Computing systems and the Secure Internet will perform these functions automatically and transparently; to a user browsing the Web, everything will look and feel precisely as it does today."  6:00:09 PM  permalink  

Mobiles 'narrow information gap': "The Washington-based Worldwatch Institute says that in developing countries, the proportion of people with access to a phone has grown over the past 10 years by more than 25%.  One in five of the world's population had used a mobile phone by 2002, it reports - up from one in 237 in 1992.  In 2002, for the first time, the number of mobile phone subscribers (1.15 billion) was greater than the number of fixed-line connections (1.05 billion).  The report says phone access in Africa has grown "dramatically" on the back of the growth of mobile phone technology.  In 1992, just one in 778 of the world's population had used the internet. By 2002, one in 10 had. "

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Electric fuel cell aviation: "Backed by the non-profit Foundation for Advancing Science and Technology and education (FASTec) supports the exploration and application of emerging technologies, especially alternate energy technology such as fuel cells, for all types of transportation vehicles. FASTec along with NASA, is currently funding the development of the world's first fuel-cell-powered electric airplane.

The Electric Airplane, or Eplane, will be developed around an all-carbon French-built DynAero Lafayette III, which will be powered by an advanced electric motor supplied by UQM Corp. There will be three flight development stages. First, the plane will be equipped with advanced high-energy, lithium-ion batteries and flown. It will have about a 100-mile range. Then, it will be equipped with a combination of the batteries and a 10-15kW fuel cell, and will have a 250-mile range. In its final form, it will fly solely on the power of a fuel cell and have a 500-mile range, with emergency assist from reserve Li Ion batteries. "

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The Arlington Institute: A futurist link-fest on their site has monthly listings of interesting articles.  5:17:42 PM  permalink  

 

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