The 1st Question - 3 Feb 2012 - Questions

1) We start with invention, and the mind is disposed towards improvement, from hey I bet I can open this thing to, there must be a better way to kill that mouse. Some inventors are more prolific than others. He is. Also, secretive and while much has been written about his digital inventions in music, video, printing, e-commerce, computer graphics, LCD's, robotics, 3D fabrication, organic chemistry, DNA analysis, lab-on-a-chip, microelectromechanical systems, and more, not much is out there on him. Truth like beauty must reward the lonely worshiper then, as he is the currently the world’s record holder for inventions. And allegedly hasn't given an interview in 15 years. His company Memjet revolutionized printing again at CES 2011 with a desktop printer capable of 60 and 70 pages per minute With former Qualcomm COO Len Lauer working for the mem, the future might be a pizza you can phone into your 3D printer. Who is this man of 9 thousand + patents?

2) 17 elements in high-tech products are rare earth minerals. They are in solar panels and mobile phones, wind turbines and hybrid cars. Etcetera, you get it - Important. China, with 90 – 97% world output, wants to hold back production, American companies sought emergency tariffs on solar cells. The EU wants the WTO to step in. Although plentiful in the earth’s crust, rare earths are not easily found in economically exploitable forms. Within the next decade worldwide demand is expected to exceed supply by 40,000 tons a year. Some news - A US study in southern Afghanistan found over a million metric tons there, estimated at about $7.4 billion... And... Urban mining! New recycling plants in Japan, could mean about 300,000 tons in discarded electronics. In the US, reserves are 13 million metric tons. PS> The rares are also sold on the private market, which makes their prices difficult to track. Oh earth!! So rare art thou - Discovered in Sweden in 1787, and renamed gadolinite in 1800 – what was the first rare earth element known as?

3) Being a realist, I understand that the military is responsible for vast technology, some we have even heard of. In 1976, When the Israeli army recreated an airport in operation Entebbe to practice their mission, the DOD took notice. What if a computer could instantly and cheaply re-create a three-dimensional replica of a hostile environment to familiarize soldiers with hostile territory? In 1978 the first interactive “virtual travel” project was born. It incorporated photo-realistic images via computer-controlled videodisc with the faces of town buildings texture-mapped onto 3D models. The film was assembled and then transferred to laserdisc, a precursor to DVDs. The “traveler,” was seated in an instrumented armchair, controlling speed and direction through the town with Touch screens, display maps and aerial views which gave additional multimedia This was for the time a revolutionary hypermedia system developed by MIT . What is the name of this early full-featured surrogate-travel experience?

4) We encounter all kinds of maps, but the most important ones are those we carry with us, in our heads and not in the glove compartment. Our cognitive maps are composed of what we know, how we process, and construct. This activity occurs in the hippocampus. A new kind of cell found in the entorhinal cortex is a neuron discovered in 2005 in rats and mice. These cells are all at equidistance’s from their neighbors and their spatial firing structures reflects internal computation. This regular triangle-pattern is different from those that show learning, and this configuration actually shows a predisposition to Euclidean space. The discovery also suggests we enter the world with mechanisms for dynamic computation as well as processing abstract spatial structure. Its already there, inside the brain What kind of cells are these which set up a network dynamic from birth?

5) Looking as Samsung’s 22-inch transparent window that creates shade and light and all good things made me reflect on this kind of technology as it was imagined in the past. I was reminded of a 1936 movie where transparent panels with floating images appeared, whose screenplay was written by a genius of a writer, someone who predicted air battle as early as 1901. Very involved in the film, he set his screenplay from 1940 to 2036, in “Everytown”. The protagonists understand war can accelerate technology but after Humanity enters a new Dark Age, the world in ruins has little tech left. Religion is abolished worldwide to create a Utopia, and by 2036, mankind lives in modern underground cities, including the new Everytown. At the root of the story though is the question: Progress and Humanity hand in hand, or fist in glove? Which shall it be? Based on his book, what was the movie called, and/ or for the point who wrote the screenplay? (“Things to Come” HG Wells)

6) More on the world record book ‘cause we like to think Big on The 1st Question! You have let’s say a bank, a big bank, do your customers want another commercial about the joys of automated teller service or “how well your banker really understands you”. Marketing any product is a challenge when we are bombarded with ads with screens everywhere. How to stand out? Recently, this country's largest private bank put on a show, which is bound not be forgotten soon. Almost a million of this town's citizens saw a a world-record 275,000 sq. ft. audio-visual show that celebrated a civic event. It used 81 high-powered hi-def video projectors. Alfa-Show 4D was conceived by Alfa-Bank to celebrate its 20th birthday. In what city did a $6- 8-Million-dollar light show equal success?

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