The Future is Exciting is a branded content initiative for Vodafone in collaboration with EL PAIS, the most influential Spanish-language newspaper. The project consists of a web video-series that features the people and the organizations that are using science and technology in creative and innovative ways to build a better world. Since its launch in 2015, the series has clocked up 390M views and in October 2017 it became the core of Vodafone’s biggest global branding revamp in its history, rolled out in 36 countries.
A behind-the-scenes view of the technology world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking uses to communicate explained by Lama Nachman, the principal engineer at Intel leading the team that helps improve Hawking’s computer interface.
In March 2017 Elon Musk's SpaceX made aerospace history with the successful launch and landing of the first used rocket. The launch was the culmination of 15 years of work and $1 billion of investment in rocket reusability. This short-documentary explains the feat from the inside.
Vint Cerf is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with TCP/IP co-inventor Bob Kahn. In this interview Vint talks about the direction of online connectivity and communication, how will the Internet will look like 1000 years from now and where the Internet will take us. NOTE: This video is only available in Spanish.
Andrew McAfee is co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and the associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies the ways information technology affects businesses and business as a whole. In this interview Andrew talks how the rise of smart machines will affect the economy and our jobs. NOTE: This video is only available in Spanish.
Burlington, Vermont, the state's largest city, recently became the first in the country to use 100% renewable energy for its residents' electricity needs. In a state known for socially conscious policies, the feat represents a milestone in the growing green energy movement.
Robert Langer’s trailblazing research in biomedical engineering, which ranges from haircare to cancer treatments, has already improved the lives of at least 2 billion people and counting. Recently, his team at the David H. Koch Institute at MIT developed a pill that sits inside the stomach and delivers medication over an extended period of time. People with chronic conditions, like asthma or heart disease, often need to take medications on a daily basis. But that simple act of remembering each day is a huge problem for many. The new device, which has been tested in pigs, could be a potential solution not only for patients with chronic diseases, but also as a way to treat conditions in third world countries that require long-term therapies, such as malaria. NOTE: This video is only available in Spanish.
Ralph Gilles lives in the future. As the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Global Head of Design, he has one of the coolest and most challenging jobs: to develop entirely new cars for scratch that people want to drive and buy. This process can cost a billion dollars and take five years and once the car is rolling it must continue to look cool throughout, at least, the first three to six years of its service life. The only way for designers and carmakers to succeed is paying attention to what 12-year-olds are doing now, how they spend their money and how they use technology, because they will be the target consumers in 2030 of the future electric, self-driving cars. NOTE: This video is only available in Spanish.
Dr. Tony Wagner, an education Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab has identified what he calls a "global achievement gap," which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the seven must-have skills of the future: Critical thinking and problem-solving, Collaboration across networks and leading by influence, Agility and adaptability, Initiative and entrepreneurialism, Effective oral and written communication, Accessing and analyzing information and Curiosity and imagination. He talks about all of them in this conversation with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Could tiny, translucent chips that mimic human organs replace animal testing for drug development? That reality may be coming, according to researchers led by Prof. Donald E. Ingber at the Wyss Institute at Harvard who have developed organs-on-chips: flexible polymer microchips (about the size of a computer flash drive) that mimic the mechanical and biochemical behaviors of the human organ provide a window into the tissue structures, functions, and motions of lungs, intestines, kidneys, hearts, and other organs.
Chris Dancy is arguably the most high-profile exponent of the “quantified self” movement. He uses commonly available sensors to monitor every move and every breath he makes. Dancy has used technology to improve his productivity and reduce his stress; he has monitored and adapted everything from his food intake to his daily commute to his sleep patterns. He is happier and healthier, he says; he has found a kind of technological mindfulness.