Facts from today for the seminar

Deeply engaged into the CINUM seminar, I just have time for few facts I ran across this morning on the ACM Tech News:

Designers will be able to convert a sketch of a Web page into a functional Web page using a new software tool that is being developed by researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The software tool, InkKit, which works with a tablet computer that has a stylus, also makes use of some sophisticated rules that will allow it to transform code drawn by hand into a real program. (...) Intel researchers looking to develop a shape-shifting fabric are confident that such an intelligent fabric can be created, but add that the software needed to control millions of tiny robots would be more of a challenge (...) A Greenpeace analysis of just a handful of laptop computers revealed harmful chemicals, indicating the enormous scope of the problem facing regulators in enforcing new rules, such as the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, to rein in the use of toxic materials in electronic products. (...) The US Department of Homeland Security is funding the development of "sentiment analysis" software by a consortium of major universities that uses natural language processing technology to scan foreign publications for negative views on America and its government.

Why do I blog this? since we're working today on foresight scenario, I brought up some facts (randomly, just a vague selection here) to be discussed.