Our Driverless Future from City to Farm?

The first driverless public bus began operating in Lyon, France, during the first weekend of September 2016. You can read more about it and visit the website of the company – Navya – that built the bus they call Arma.

NavyaBusWhirledViewsStaying in France, the driverless subway that has operated in France since 1998 is adding 6 kilometres more of subway line to its service in the coming years.

A little over a week ago, nuTonomy (a new start-up tech business) and local partners began testing the first driverless taxis in Singapore.

Driverless isn’t just for city-life. CNH Industries unveiled two designs for driverless tractors at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa USA during the last week of August 2016. The video of their tractors, like all these vehicles, are impressive.

What happens to all of today’s taxi drivers, bus drivers and farmers if these vehicles of the future become the new normal?

The Navya bus press-kit is interesting. Without reading it, if you quickly look through all the pictures, are there things you would add to the pictures?

Businessman vs. Entrepreneur Graphic Starring Watermelon

A friend of the blog who is an entrepreneur that started her own education business posted this graphic of how an entrepreneur is different than a businessman.

What do you think the graphic is saying?

Do you agree with it?

Do you have some agreement and some disagreement with the representation?

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The Minimum Age to Start a Business

This article on 9 Amazing (Very) Young Entrepreneurs features people as young as the age of 6 starting a business career. Lizzie Marie Likness developed her cooking empire because she was LizzieMarieLiknessinterested in cooking from the age of 2 and wanted to pay for horseback riding lessons at age 6. He business model to pay for horseback riding lessons became her passion: cooking. She formerly blogged at Lizzie Marie Cuisine and now blogs at Wandering the Gap.

Sport Meets Science For Health

In an article on The Superhero Genes, we learn how great athletes are helping scientists find cures for common human health problems. Scientists find high performance athletes often have special genetic coding.

Scientist Euan Ashley runs a study of Elite athletes at Stanford University. He has run studies that have found 9,200 possible genetic variants that help athletes perform above average. Among the highlights of the article, some athletes exhibit at least one of these spepa05504345 Gold medal winners China pose for photographs after the awarding ceremony of the women's Volleyball tournament for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracanazinho indoor arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDSecial genetic benefits:

  • The amount of oxygen their body can use is higher than normal.
  • An unusual ability to keep blood pressure low under strain and recover quickly from athletic strain.
  • Very low levels of cholesterol (a leading cause of heart disease).
  • A higher ability to turn fat into energy which makes the athlete both more powerful and fitter.
  • Higher than normal cellular growth which can allow muscle mass to build faster.

ChinaWomenVolleyballZhuTingThis data could be used to find medical solutions that help people overcome disease and frailty.

A few counterpoints to these interesting advances.

  • The same gene that helps increase cellular growth can also help grow cancer in the body faster.
  • The same gene that helps an athlete keep his blood pressure lower can also cause a rare blood disease (a disease which the athlete could pass on to his children but he does not have the symptoms).
  • Discovering these genetic keys can help us help people in need. Could the same genetic discoveries be used in more negative ways?
  • Are there ethical questions to learning how to reproduce the genetic data that helps great athletes excel in their sports?

Smartphone Usage By Country

Below is a map of current smartphone usage in the world as of 2015.

How would life be different without a smartphone?

How would life be different if your family did not have a phone?

SmartphoneUseConradHackettWhirledViewsThis information was from Conrad Hackett of Pew Research. His news feed is a frequent source of data and graphs for Whirled Views. He is profiled in this article.

Art With Innovations We Can Use

Theo Jansen creates a form of art he calls Strandbeests. Strand means “beach” in his native Dutch language. His creations walk the beach on their own power. They use the wind. They react to water and the environment around them. His artistic creations do not uStrandbeest_6WhirledViewsse electricity. You can watch a 2 1/2 minute BBC video or an 8 minute TED Talk to learn more about his wondrous creations. The Ted Talk is available with Chinese subtitles.

Why We Go To Outer Space

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and Space Administration is usually known as NASA. NASA has sent men to the moon and launched space missions by the dozens. If you have ever wondered why we go to outer space, NASA puts out an annual magazine called “Spinoff.” This magazine has a catalog of all the inventions of the past 50 years that were a result of what mankind has learned in our travels to outer space. All 50 annual magazines are now available online to browse. There is a brief introductory article on Yahoo! or you can check out all 50 editions of Spinoff here.

Cows and Our Environment

CowWithBackpackHumans often consider how to help the environment by modifying our own behavior. There are other creatures related to our own habits to consider. Cows that provide milk, beef and leather for us also generate a lot of methane. Could Less Gassy Livestock Be A Cash Cow? looks at facts and problem solving ideas for cows load on our environment. Read the very last section of this article on page two titled Cow Backpacks for details on the fascinating idea from Argentina in this picture that is both generating energy and curbing global climate change.

Buy Me Once

The innovation of website Buy Me Once is the idea of helping consumers find and purchase products that are long-lasting. The idea is that buying things that last creates a lighter load on our wBuyMeOnceorld’s environment than buying similar products that are not long lasting and will be thrown into the garbage for new versions of the same product. Check out Buy Me Once USA and UK websites on the link. Write them an e-mail if you think they should expand into China. Start your own website if you like the idea and want to get here before they do.

U.N. Holidays for September to December 2016

Welcome to the Whirled Views Blog. This blog will provide ideas and thought prompts from around the world.

Below is a selection of United Nations international holidays for September through December 2016 as well as the current “UN year of” and the next “UN year of”.

2016 is the International Year of Pulses

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

September 5 – International Day of Charity
September 8 – International Literacy Day
September 16 – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
September 21 – International Day of Peace UN_logo_blue_1024
September 27 – World Tourism Day
September 28 – World Rabies Day
September 29 – World Maritime Day
Oct 4 to Oct 10 – World Space Week (United Nations)
Saturday, Oct 1 – International Day of Older Persons (United Nations)
Wed, Oct 5 – World Teachers’ Day (United Nations)
Tuesday, Oct 11 – International Day of the Girl Child (United Nations)
Sunday, Oct 16 – World Food Day  (United Nations)
Monday, Oct 17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty  (United Nations)
Thursday, Oct 20 – World Statistics Day (United Nations)
Monday, Oct 24 – United Nations Day
Monday, Oct 24- World Development Information Day (United Nations)
Thursday, Oct 27 – World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (United Nations)
Monday, Oct 31 – World Cities Day (United Nations)
Wed, Nov 2 – International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
Sat, Nov 5 – World Tsunami Awareness Day
Nov 9 to 15 – International Week of Science & Peace
Thursday, Nov 10 – World Science Day for Peace and Development
Monday, Nov 14 – World Diabetes Day
Wed, Nov 16 – International Day for Tolerance
Thursday, Nov 17 – World Philosophy Day
Saturday, Nov 19 – World Toilet Day
Sunday, Nov 20 – Universal Children’s Day
Friday, Nov 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Thursday, Dec 1 – World AIDS Day
Friday, Dec 2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Saturday, Dec 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Monday, Dec 5 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
Monday, Dec 5 – World Soil Day
Wed, Dec 7 – International Civil Aviation Day
Friday, Dec 9 – International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
Saturday, Dec 10 – Human Rights Day
Sunday, Dec 11 – International Mountain Day
Sunday, Dec 18 – International Migrants Day
Tuesday, Dec 20 – International Human Solidarity Day
January – please note there is only one U.N. international day in January
Friday, Jan 27 – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Feb 1 to Feb 7 – World Interfaith Harmony Week
Saturday, Feb 4 – World Cancer Day
Saturday, Feb 11 – International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Monday, Feb 13 – World Radio Day
Monday, Feb 20 – World Day of Social Justice
Tuesday, Feb 21 – International Mother Language Day
Wed, Mar 1 – Zero Discrimination Day
Friday, Mar 3 – World Wildlife Day
Wed, Mar 8 – International Women’s Day
Monday, Mar 20 – International Day of Happiness
Tuesday, Mar 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Wed, Mar 22 – World Water Day
Thursday, Mar 23 – World Meteorological Day
Friday, Mar 24 – World Tuberculosis Day
Sunday, Apr 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
Tuesday, Apr 4 – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
Thursday, Apr 6 – International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Friday, Apr 7 – World Health Day
Wed, Apr 12 – International Day of Human Space Flight
Saturday, Apr 22 – International Mother Earth Day
Sunday, Apr 23 – World Book and Copyright Day
Tuesday, Apr 25 – World Malaria Day
Wed, Apr 26 – World Intellectual Property Day
Friday, Apr 28 – World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Saturday, Apr 29 – Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
Sunday, Apr 30 – International Jazz Day
Wednesday, May 3 – World Press Freedom Day
Monday, May 8 – Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War
Sat/Sun, May 13-14 – World Migratory Bird Day
Monday, May 15 – International Day of Families
Wed, May 17 – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
Sunday, May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Monday, May 22 – International Day for Biological Diversity
Monday, May 29 – International Day of UN Peacekeepers
Wed, May 31 – World No-Tobacco Day
Thursday, Jun 1 – Global Day of Parents
Sunday, Jun 4 – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
Monday, Jun 5 – World Environment Day
Thursday, Jun 8 – World Oceans Day
Monday, Jun 12 – World Day Against Child Labor
Wed, Jun 14 – World Blood Donor Day
Friday, Jun 16 – International Day of Family Remittances
Saturday, Jun 17 – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
Tuesday, Jun 20 – World Refugee Day
Wed, Jun 21 – International Day of Yoga
Friday, Jun 23 – United Nations Public Service Day