Queensland researchers search for the beer that soothes your hangover

Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers. Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.
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Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.

Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.

Queensland researchers have embarked on the most noble of quests – to develop a beer that allows you to drink more while minimising your hangover. And they want to talk to Australia’s ale aficionados.

Previous research has established the importance of electrolytes in aiding hydration, but in the context of alcoholic beverages, scientific knowledge was less clear.

But Ben Desbrow, an associate professor at Griffith University who is leading the studies, said his researchers have shown that adding sodium (an electrolyte) to low- or mid-strength beer improves fluid retention, meaning the body stays better hydrated.

Improved hydration would potentially improve cognitive function after drinking, and could even reduce an imbiber’s suffering the next day, he said. Beer might be a liquid but that does not mean it keeps the body well-supplied with water.

“Beer itself is not what I would call a dehydrater, but it’s a very poor rehydrater,” Associate Professor Desbrow said.

“You lose the majority of the fluid that you bring in. It doesn’t cause you to lose further fluid, but you just don’t get any benefit from the drinks that you’re having.”

Maintaining hydration while imbibing is important, especially for those who may have exerted themselves before or during their night out, perhaps on the dancefloor.

The team’s earlier studies, in which sodium (an electrolyte) was added to participants’ alcoholic drinks, showed electrolytes assisted hydration in low-alcohol beer, but had no significant effect in full-strength beer.

But at low strengths, the effect of adding sodium was more pronounced than reducing alcohol concentration by a small amount, the study showed.

The 12 male participants were made to exercise before drinking various strengths of beer. The light beers contained two different doses of sodium – those with the higher dose had “significantly lower” urine output following the drinking session, and their “significantly higher” net body mass showed they had retained more liquid.

The study used a “repeated measures design”; each volunteer participated in four separate trials. The results were published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Now, in order to get the balance right between function and taste, the researchers want to survey regular beer drinkers to better understand how and why people consume the amber ale.

“As a scientist I’ve got a very good idea of what to do in a lab, but I don’t understand consumer behaviour,” Associate Professor Desbrow said.

Any resulting product would not be a miracle-product, but might provide a safer alternative for drinkers.

“We’re on a bit of a harm-minimisation strategy,” he said. “We’re not saying this will ever be the ideal rehydration solution.”

The Griffith University survey is available here.

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Bowlers brace for tough Hobart pitch in Sheffield Shield final

There are some fine fast bowlers, most notably James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who will feature in the Sheffield Shield final. And they will need to be at their best to prosper, with the captains of Victoria and Western Australia both predicting tough conditions for them at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena for the match starting on Saturday.
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“I just had my first look at the wicket and I don’t think the bowlers from either team are going to be happy with what they see,” said WA captain Adam Voges. “It means it’s probably going to be a fight and a grind for five days. That isn’t a bad thing for us.

“I think we’ve shown throughout this season our fighting qualities at different times when things get tough, so hopefully we can get into a scrap with them over the next five days.”

Victoria captain Matthew Wade said the pitch, which was used during the recent stint of World Cup matches at the venue, was “drier than what we’re used to”.

The Bushrangers are confident veteran Chris Rogers, who is highly likely to retire from the shield after this season, would play despite the grade-one glute strain he suffered last Saturday while batting.

“He got put through his paces today. He’s pulled up really well. We’ll probably just sleep on it and wait and see how he goes overnight, but it’s all looking good for him,” Wade said.

The Bushrangers captain credited the role of his bowlers in the Bushrangers’ progressing from last to first this season. After collectively claiming 118 wickets at an average of 42.39 last season they have this season taken 160 at 28.32.

Wade also highlighted the impact of the three young players who have earned first-choice status this season: Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Scott Boland.

“I think our younger players have stood up. Stoinis, Handscomb and Boland have had terrific years. Petey Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis would have to be close to Australia A selection, if not pushing for Australian selection, after this World Cup,” he said.

“Going from last to first, those younger players have made a huge difference, and our experienced players have definitely played a lot better.”

In addition to the pitch conditions, Wade said the quality of WA’s batting line-up, led by shield player of the season Voges, would provide the Bushrangers’ bowlers with a stiff challenge.

“Three or four of their players are averaging above 60 so we’ve got to bowl well enough to dismiss them twice,” he said.

Wade said the imminent departure of coach Greg Shipperd, disclosed to the players earlier this month and then publicly on Friday, would motivate Victoria.

“‘Shippy’ has been with me since the start of my career … he’s going to be sorely missed, but I think he understands where the organisation are coming from,” he said.

“We’d just love to win a shield final for him and get him the respect he deserves.”

VICTORIA (from): Matthew Wade (c), Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Daniel Christian, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Rob Quiney, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Siddle.WA (from): Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Tom Beaton, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Harris, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Nate Rimmington, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.

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ARU ignites push to re-schedule in-bound Tests

The Australian Rugby Union has called for a rescheduling of the in-bound Test series in the non-World Cup years to allow Super Rugby to run without a break.
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The request has been canvassed by previous ARU regimes, but current ARU chief executive Bill Pulver tabled the request at a World Rugby meeting of national chief executives in Dublin two weeks ago.

Pulver said the ARU is “frustrated” that in non-World Cup years Super Rugby must stop for the in-bound Tests in June, only to resume in late June for the three last rounds and then the finals series that ends two weeks before the Rugby Championship kicks off in mid-August.

He said the ARU would like to see the Super Rugby played in full without a break and then followed with the international season made up of the in-bound Tests and Rugby Championship.

Pulver recognises, however, that  he faces a challenge convincing his northern hemisphere peers who would be wary of such a rescheduling impacting on their national interests, and those of clubs in the Aviva Premiership and Top 14 competitions.

Nevertheless, Pulver,  said he is determined to push ahead with his request, hoping that some proposed “options” he submitted at the Dublin meeting might prove convincing.

“From a southern hemisphere perspective, we are frustrated that the June in-bounds, force this big break in Super Rugby. We would love to change that,” Pulver said.

“In an ideal world you would have a Super Rugby season that starts in February and ends in the end of June, and then you would roll into your internationals …

“That is an item on the agenda. [But] change on the international match calendar is bloody hard.

“We have put a couple of options to them that we think could work – some that are quite exciting.

“I don’t want to talk about them just yet, but we have thrown a couple of options at them that we really think are worth looking at.”

Pulver said when Super Rugby is made to break, interest in the competition falls.

“There are two or three Super Rugby teams that are out of the ‘comp’ as soon as you get to that break, “Pulver said.

“Then you come back for two or three games after [the break and] their fans are gone.

“It’s a brutal impact on their season.”

Meanwhile, Pulver understands why the Australian Super Rugby teams would be reluctant to release any of their players who are keen to be selected for the Olympic Sevens team.

“The Super Rugby clubs are not going to have you in their team unless you play right through the finals [into early August],” Pulver said.

“And the Sevens coach won’t allow you to walk in two weeks before the event.”

Pulver says contractual negotiation between Super Rugby players who do want to be considered for selection in the Sevens squad and their clubs will be needed.

“I don’t think there will be many players involved,” Pulver said.

“[But] if Australian rugby was taking them to the Sevens event, I wouldn’t be expecting the Super rugby club to keep paying for them.”  

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Unique opportunity for piper to sound arrival of Gallipoli dawn

Corporal Adam Cameron-Taylor will play the pipes at Anzac Cove at the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Picture: Peter StoopWHEN the sun rises over Anzac Cove on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, Corporal Adam Cameron-Taylor will think only of the job at hand.
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Corporal Cameron-Taylor is a member of the Australian Army Band Newcastle and the army’s only full-time piper. He will be the lone Australian pipe player sent to Gallipoli to play at the dawn service.

‘‘On the day I really focus on my job and filter everything else out,’’ he said.

‘‘You can’t afford to think, ‘this is Gallipoli’, or that it has been 100 years since the first Anzac Day.

‘‘You can’t afford to think, ‘there’s a camera six inches from my face with a feed going back to Australia’. If you think about anything other than what you’re doing, that’s it, you’re finished.’’

This year is the centenary of the fateful World War I military landing that has woven itself into the fabric of Australia’s identity.

It is also Corporal Cameron-Taylor’s third time playing at Anzac Cove, but that does not take away from the nerves he is feeling.

‘‘I get the nervous before every performance. The nature of being a musician is that you don’t know how things are going to go,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a unique thing though. ‘‘It’s cold. You’re usually up all night before so by 4.30am you haven’t really slept. And it’s a big thing. It’s high profile. It will certainly be a highlight of my military career.’’

Playing the Gallipoli service previously has meant becoming familiar with the area, and the peculiar feeling of the place.

‘‘The commemoration site is on the edge of the cove. There’s a steep hill behind you, and you stare out to the sea,’’ he said. ‘‘You hear the sea before you see it. It’s dark when you begin, and then the sun rises and you slowly start to see the water and an island out off the coast.

‘‘It’s quite eerie [but] more than anything it’s sad. Very, very sad.’’

Business declares war on council ‘cash grab’

● Too much take, not enough give, saysunhappy owner
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NEWCASTLE council’s pursuit of a 46.9per cent increase in residential and business rates has hit a new battlefront as the region’s key business group takes aim at City Hall.

It has also sparked a war of words between two of the city’s most powerful and influential leaders.

The latest salvo was fired by Hunter Business Chamber chief Kristen Keegan, who accused the council of a ‘‘cash grab’’ that could force some businesses to the wall.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes fired back, saying the council was seeking the rises to not only balance the council’s books but meet the cost of city revitalisation projects which the community and business groups want.

The council surprised many in November when it voted to apply for a 46.9per cent increase to residential and business rates over the next five years. The move came after it was widely tipped to seek a 37.5per cent increase over the same period.

The council’s public consultation found more people favoured the 37.5per cent increase over other options.

If the application is approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in May, the average residential rates bill will soar by $500 a year by 2020. The average business rates bill will rise by almost $3000 to $9422 a year in 2020.

Many of the city’s small business owners are livid, with some telling the Herald they will need to find another $5000 a year to pay rates on their home and business.

The chamber has emailed its 1800 members and urged them to lodge submissions with IPaRT opposing the council’s application.

Besides the added cost to business, the chamber was angry the council was ignoring its own feedback.

The chamber also took aim at the council’s application which said the community had indicated its support for the higher rise at the recent byelections.

‘‘Are they kidding?’’ Ms Keegan asked. ‘

‘There was no ‘clear feedback’ for the higher rate rise at all. Which one of them went to the election saying they were going to raise rates by nearly 50per cent? Council’s submission suggests that the engagement campaign demonstrated ‘strong community support for a higher rate increase’ but failed to mention that [the smaller increase] was supported by the vast majority in both the independent survey and the council survey.

Ms Keegan said the 37.5per cent option was reasonable as it was underpinned by an ‘‘agreed strategic plan to deliver on services in a financially responsible manner’’.

The average business rate this year is $6437. A 37.5per cent increase over five years will take the annual bill to $8841 by 2020, or $9422 if the council’s application for 46.9per cent is approved.

The difference between the two options, Cr Nelmes said, is only $116 a year, but that doesn’t include the cumulative increases.

She said the chamber’s attitude was ‘‘disappointing’’ given it had called for council to balance its books and invest in infrastructure.

‘‘Essentially the chamber is asking for support to stop council funding city revitalisation,’’ Cr Nelmes said, and that ‘‘will hinder many projects’’ including the restoration of City Hall, replacing bus stops, accelerating work on Hunter Street, as well as road, footpath and cycleway projects.

‘‘The chamber’s view is short-sighted and shows a complete lack of understanding of what Newcastle requires,’’ Cr Nelmes said.

‘‘We need the chamber to be working with us, not just be a mouthpiece for conservative politics. Our city has been divided for too long. Council has embarked on a road to financial recovery with a mandate to protect and improve services.’’

‘‘What mandate?’’ Ms Keegan replied. ‘‘Their own public consultation showed that a 46.9per cent rate rise is not what the majority of people want. And to suggest the chamber is not supportive of the city’s revitalisation is ludicrous.’’

Monica Lewinsky was ‘patient zero’ of online bullying, TED conference hears

Monica Lewinsky has delivered a powerful speech about the devastating effects of online harassment, describing herself as “patient zero” of cyberbullying  and pleading for more compassion on the internet.
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In a rare public appearance, at a TED conference in Canada, the woman who will forever be remembered for her time as a White House intern described how her 1998 affair with then-United States president Bill Clinton erupted on a global scale overnight.

The now 41-year-old said not a day went by that she wasn’t reminded of the affair she had as a 22-year-old, a mistake she regretted “deeply”.

But she said coverage of the scandal occurred at a time when digital media was emerging, and led to an international public shaming that at the time was unprecedented.

Now, with the saturation coverage of digital and social media, it was becoming all too common for people to become the victim of cyberbullying, which could have devastating consequences.

Ms Lewinsky told the conference she “was patient zero, of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously”.

“At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. At the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences,” Ms Lewinsky said at the TED conference, held in Vancouver on Thursday, local time.

“Now I admit I made mistakes – especially wearing that beret – but the attention and judgment that I received, not the story, but that I personally received, was unprecedented.

“In 1998, I lost my reputation and my dignity … I lost my sense of self.

“When this happened to me, 17 years ago, there was no name for it. Now we call it cyberbullying,” she said. “It was the first time traditional news was usurped by the internet, a click that reverberated around the whole world.”

Ms Lewinsky, who has rarely spoken publicly since the scandal emerged 17 years ago, said she found herself being attacked online by people she did not know.

“The public humiliation was excruciating. Life was almost unbearable,” she said. “I was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo and of course ‘That woman’. I was seen by many, but known by few.”

She also pointed to recent scandals, including the nude photo leaks involving Jennifer Lawrence and the Sony hacking scandal.

“Public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry,” she said. “And what is the currency? Clicks.”

The suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, a US college student who killed himself a day after other students secretly streamed footage of him kissing another man, had also prompted her to speak out in an attempt to help others deal with the pressure, she said.

What saved her at the time, Ms Lewinsky said, was compassion shown by family, friends and sometimes even strangers.

She called for a “cultural revolution”, away from the “culture of humiliation” and towards an internet community of empathy and compassion.

“Anyone who is suffering from shame and public humiliation needs to know one thing: you can survive it. I know it’s hard. It may not be painless, quick or easy, but you can insist on a different ending to your story,” she said.

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Malcolm Fraser dead: Condolence book

Death announced: Malcolm Fraser. Photo: Brendon ThorneMalcolm Fraser diesObituary: a towering figureLeave your tributes belowMalcolm Fraser: Full coverage
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Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has died at the age of 84.

Mr Fraser was prime minister of Australia and leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1983.

He was Australia’s 22nd prime minister, taking the job in events so dramatic they still reverberate decades on.

Mr Fraser was prolific on social media in his later years, taking to Twitter with gusto.

Following is a selection of tweets from among the thousands paying tribute to him. though many disagreed with him at different times #MalcolmFraser was a man of conviction & compassion who gave much to public life – vale. — Simon Birmingham (@Birmo) March 19, 2015 Those who recall the manner of his election discouragingly should remember Malcolm as a liberal on issues of race and human rights. #auspol — Philip Ruddock (@philipruddockmp) March 19, 2015 So sad to hear about the death of Malcolm Fraser. He’d become our wise Twitter granddad. I know that sounds silly, but it was the real deal. — Briony Kidd (@BrionyKidd) March 19, 2015 So sad to learn of the death of @MalcolmFraser12 who was such an advocate for displaced people. A voice of sanity in these idiotic times. — Monique Mayze (@moniquemayze) March 19, 2015 My younger self wld never have believed that I wld one day say this – am deeply sad to hear of passing of #MalcolmFraser our last statesman? — Magda Szubanski (@MagdaSzubanski) March 19, 2015 The last time I saw Malcolm Fraser, he bought me a double single malt, and chuckled when I protested that it was lunchtime. — Jess Gabriel (@ConstantStars) March 19, 2015

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Tony Abbott asked why he keeps saying ‘stupid things’ in fiery ABC interview

Tony Abbott has defended himself from the criticism he keeps saying ‘stupid things’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Tony Abbott has defended himself from the criticism he keeps saying ‘stupid things’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Tony Abbott has defended himself from the criticism he keeps saying ‘stupid things’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Abbott has defended himself from the criticism he keeps saying ‘stupid things’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied being a bully when asked by an ABC radio host what credibility he has to front an anti-bullying conference.

Mr Abbott released a video addressed to the “boys and girls of Australia” telling them that as Prime Minister he is behind victims of bullying.

“There’s no place for bullying on the playground or on the internet,” Mr Abbott says in his pre-recorded video.

“If you are being bullied I want you to know that I’m behind you, your teachers are behind you and your family is behind you as well,” the Prime Minister said.

ABC local radio host Jon Faine interviewed Mr Abbott while the Prime Minister was on his way to an anti-bullying conference in Melbourne on Friday morning.

“What credibility do you have on bullying – you’ve been accused of it so often yourself?” Faine asked.

“Without foundation, I would say Jon,” Mr Abbott replied.

“This is where I think our country would benefit from a little bit more fair-mindedness.

“We are at the moment a somewhat querulous country and I think if we counted our blessings a little more, saw ourselves more in the way the rest of the world sees us, we might have a better public conversation, we might in the end have much more constructive debates.”

“You yourself admit you have an aggressive streak – isn’t that the core of bullying?” Faine insisted.

“Well I’m not so sure I have ever said that in so many words,” Mr Abbott responded.

“Obviously when I feel strongly about things I argue strongly for them but of the things I’ve always tried to do is give credit where it’s due,” he said.

Earlier in the often tetchy interview, the ABC radio host asked Mr Abbott why he kept on saying “stupid things” when he is a Rhodes scholar.

“Mr Abbott, for a Rhodes scholar, how come you say so many stupid things? ‘Lifestyle choices’ has enraged Aboriginal community leaders, and yesterday, bringing Goebbels into the Parliament?” Faine put to the Prime Minister.

“I withdrew and I apologised and I did it straight away, there was no hesitation. I accept that in the context of history and the way things have developed that was an over-the-top remark and I straight away withdrew and apologised,” Mr Abbott responded.

“But why do you have this foot in mouth disease, what’s going on?” Faine asked.

“All of us from time to time in the heat of debate, and you know how heated the Parliament can get, sometimes can go too far,” Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott’s comment sparked outrage when Jewish Labor MP Mark Dreyfus was kicked out of Parliament for protesting against the remark. Another Labor Jewish MP Michael Danby stormed out of the House in anger.

“At least 11 Labor members of parliament have made a similar reference including one of those who was outraged last night, namely Mark Dreyfus,” the Prime Minister noted.

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Sydney’s new furniture gets top rating from man who has slept on it

The expert: Ronny Ng poses on a new bench, part of the City of Sydney’s $3 million suite of city furniture. Photo: Joosep MartinsonSelf-described “survival artist” Ronny Ng is Sydney’s pre-eminent expert on the city’s best public seats and benches. After sleeping rough on Sydney’s streets for 17 years, he rates the city’s new modern furniture as close to perfect.
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“It is a great idea, I can sleep on it,” he said.

He said the new bench’s sleek design meant he could lie down without an uncomfortable bar in the middle. The pared-down design of the arm rest meant he could stretch out: “I can put my feet through the hole.”

The new suite of city furniture is designed to encourage people to “explore and linger”. Costing about $3 million in total, it is part of a plan to encourage residents, workers and visitors to explore the city on foot, said Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore. “This is about making our city more accessible, and we hope the increased foot traffic will be a boon for local businesses,” she said.

The new suite includes bubblers, benches like the one where Mr Ng stopped to sit and roll a cigarette on Tuesday morning, a pedestrian light pole, three bollards, tree guards and grates, and bins.

Designed by Tzannes Associates, the pieces will be rolled out across Sydney as needed in new developments and as older furniture needs replacing. The company’s design director Alec Tzannes said the suite had been designed to reflect Sydney’s outdoor lifestyle.

“We wanted the pieces to have a real sense of casualness – we wanted to capture how people live in Sydney, how you can enjoy the city’s terrific climates and open public spaces,” he said.

When he lost his job as an advertising consultant, 60-year-old Mr Ng’s life unravelled. He lost his home soon after, and has since sat and slept on most of Sydney’s benches and chairs.

Another favourite spot of his is a bench in Hyde Park: “I like the trees. They gave me a lot of inner peace.” When anybody asked him about his sleeping arrangements, he said he always responded: “Just enough for one person”. One common problem is rolling off the bench, and landing on the ground.

Some of the new furniture was installed behind Town Hall on Kent Street a few months ago. It will be rolled out across Sydney as streets are upgraded or new infrastructure projects take place.

The replacement of existing furniture would be done on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with the city’s heritage experts.

“Much-loved or heritage pieces will be preserved,” said a spokesperson for the city. This included historic wooden benches on Glebe Point Road and the old cast iron bubblers, such as the ornate bubbler in Beare Park, Elizabeth Bay.

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Five amazing things we’ve been promised ‘within five years’

A prototype of a Google driverless car: The company is building cars that don’t have steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals. Photo: suppliedThe head of Google’s self-driving car unit says his team is committed to getting autonomous vehicles on the road within five years. That’s a wildly ambitious goal, considering Google has a long list of technical, production, and-perhaps most difficult-regulatory roadblocks to overcome. Five years may seem like an arbitrary time frame to promise delivery of a controversial, unproven product, but it turns out to be a sweet spot for business leaders’ technology predictions. In the past year or so, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and other tech executives have chosen five as the magic number of years for their big predictions to come to fruition. Sometimes these estimates do come true: Mobile carriers in the US are on track to deliver on President Obama’s five-year promise from 2011 to cover 98 per cent of Americans with high-speed wireless internet. Just don’t get your hopes too high. In 2001, Bill Gates told us we’d all be using Windows tablet PCs in five years. Another Microsoft exec, Nathan Myhrvold, predicted the five-year demise of Windows, starting in 1999. By next year, IBM should be bringing us mind-controlled computers. Good luck with that. Why five? When you consider that there were no iPads or mass-market electric cars five years ago, it shows how much can be accomplished in a half-decade. A cynic might say it’s because nobody will remember a crazy prediction five years from now. Five might be the favourite number among technologists (and, incidentally, Joseph Stalin), but it’s not the only measurement for prophecies. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman frequently and infamously predicted during the height of the Iraq War that “the next six months” would be critical to determining success or failure. More recently, an Italian neuroscientist says it’ll be possible to transplant a head onto someone else’s body within two years. Senator Harry Reid predicts the Washington Redskins will change their name”within the next three years.” A NASA astronomer thinks we’ll find evidence of aliens within 20 years. A group of scientists predicts that a volcano could make Japan “extinct” within 100 years – or maybe the entire planet will face mass extinction, according to another group. Those are cheery thoughts. While this isn’t a comprehensive list – we haven’t forgotten about 5G, Star Wars holograms, a universal flu vaccine, or Myanmar’s first satellite launch, which will be no easy feat for one of Asia’s poorest countries – here are five of the most amazing (and horrifying) things we’re supposed to get within five years. 1. Google self-driving cars on the roadChris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car project, gave a presentation at TED Talks on Tuesday, where he said the company is aiming to get its vehicles on the road within five years. Urmson has a personal reason for picking that deadline: His 11-year-old son will be eligible to get his driver’s license in about four and a half years. “My team and I are committed to making sure that doesn’t happen,” he said. Few people are as optimistic about the road to autonomous vehicles as Urmson. A director of General Motors’ self-driving car research lab at Carnegie Mellon University said they’ll be common within 15 years. An analyst at Morgan Stanley went with 2026. Musk, who’s not shy about making predictions, avoided nailing down a time frame for autonomous vehicles this week. The chief executive officer at Tesla Motors, which has been developing its own autopilot system, said on Tuesday that we’ll “take autonomous cars for granted” in a short period of time. 2. Netflix everywhere in the worldTed Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told a UBS media conference in New York in December that the company would like its streaming service to “be completely global, available everywhere in the world” within five years. Netflix is currently available in 78 markets, mainly in the Western Hemisphere, and about to launch here in Australia. 3. Zuckerberg’s vision for a mostly video FacebookSmartphones are making it easier for people to shoot video, and the latest server tech is making it possible for Facebook to store and deliver more of it than ever before, Zuckerberg said in a public question-and-answer session in November. “Now, most of Facebook is photos,” the CEO said. “Five years ago, most of Facebook was text, and if you fast-forward five years, probably most of it is going to be video.” If it turns out to be anything like the Ice Bucket Challenge of last summer, we’ll go back to Friendster. 4. Musk’s killer robot nightmareThe Tesla and SpaceX CEO started sounding the alarms about the risks of artificial intelligence last year. Elon Musk joked at a Vanity Fair conference in October that an AI system designed to get rid of e-mail spam may determine that “the best way of getting rid of spam is getting rid of humans.” Then in November he penned a dystopian prediction on the website Edge上海龙凤419. “The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most,” he wrote in a comment that has since been deleted. Musk, along with physicist Stephen Hawking and many researchers in the field, co-signed an open letter pushing for “maximizing the societal benefit of AI” to avoid a doomsday scenario 5. Amazon drone deliveryBezos announced Amazon上海龙凤419m’s delivery drone in December 2013, saying the company may start using them within five years, pending US Federal Aviation Administration approval. That’s turned out to be a big “if,” and a year later, Amazon told the FAA it may move drone testing outside of the US. On February 15 the government agency introduced a proposal to open the skies to unmanned flight. But the rules would prevent companies from flying the vehicles outside of the operator’s line of sight. That kind of eliminates the point of delivering packages via drone. Meanwhile, Alibaba has been flying drones over Beijing to deliver ginger tea. Bloomberg
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