Recap #33: pigs hearts and living computers

This week's Recap covers Bidirectional Batteries, nature-inspired innovations, brain cells in a dish, and more.

4 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
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Welcome to the Envisioning Community Recap, a weekly publication in which we curate the best stories around emerging technology and futures thinking.

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Emerging Technology

๐Ÿงค The Next Big Wi-Fi Standard is for Sensing, not Communication
Soon wifi could be used to sense and map people's movements and objects' locations by understanding how signal waves interact with their surroundings. Shared by mz.

Future perspectives
The sensing wifi could be used for motion tracking in games and immersive experiences. We could have all our body movements translated to the metaverse without the need for haptic suits or any wearable gear.

โ˜€๏ธ The Bidirectional Battery
Reilly Brennan brings ideas of how bidirectional batteries could influence the future of transportation and renewable energy systems. If mounted with bidirectional batteries, electric vehicles could store energy to then feed it back to houses or other cars if necessary. Every car could become a power station and dynamically sell energy. Shared by mz.

๐ŸŒฑ Learning from a Tropical World
The Biomimicry Innovation Lab mapped a list of innovations inspired by the animal and plant species featured on BBC's Green Planet series. Shared by one of the project's researchers, Yuning.

๐Ÿ‘€ Facebook's Vision for a Hyperrealistic Metaverse
Business insider listed Meta's recently filed patents. Technologies such as pupil steering and predictive tracking could allow objects to be rendered in real-time according to change in the user's eye gaze.

๐Ÿ“ Human Brain Cells in a Dish Learn to Play Pong Faster Than an AI
Computers made with living cells are now being taught to perform goal-oriented tasks, like playing games.

๐Ÿฝ Man Gets Genetically-Modified Pig Heart in World-First Transplant
The pig used in the transplant had been genetically modified to eliminate genes that could lead the organ to be rejected by the human receiver.

Tech & Culture

๐ŸŒ Exploring Technology + Culture 2021
Read an overview of last year's sessions about Ethics, Belonging and Work and sign up for upcoming conversations on Individuality (February), Community (March), and Dimensionality (April) by Luma and Michell.

โ˜‘๏ธ Check your Technoprivilege
"Does this technology X empowers us and our fellow humans? Or does it make us unnecessarily vulnerable?" Next, Nature Network is creating a checklist to help us understand our relationship with technology.

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