Explore the next frontier of tech innovation, and imagine our society in the near and far future.
The AI Problem
I feel it is a duty and privilege to strongly caution my fellow human beings about the transhumanism movement that is growing more and more as we speak. This goes far beyond wondering about whether to buy the newest iPhone model. (When in doubt, go without.) We stand at a crossroads about what it means to be human, and we all have the responsibility to add our unique perspectives on this matter.
How Augmented Reality Will Change the Way We Work
Imagine being able to go to work by just putting on a helmet or wearing the right pair of goggles. If the Microsoft HoloLens or the DAQRI Smart Helmet have their way, that's exactly what will be able to happen.
When the Internet Goes Down
Today, we enjoy many conveniences that have been made possible by our technology. We can talk to a friend a world away, in real-time, with clear video to make eye contact as we talk. We can pay our bills and order the next week’s groceries and supplies without leaving the comfort of our couch. We have come to accept these things as reality and enjoy the streamlining of our lives. But, what would happen if the internet suddenly went down and could not be restored quickly?
Old Worlds of Nature vs. The Future of Trash and Technology
The definition of nature is constantly changing. The word itself conjures up many different feelings, thoughts, and images. It cannot be pinned down into one simple definition. Critical theorist, Raymond Williams, once wrote about nature as “the most complex word in the language(p. 216).” Nature is often defined through our re-creations of it, because most of us live in cities. Some of these re-creations come in the form of parks. These spaces are an invented form of nature, reflecting our ideal versions of it. The city park acts as a reminder in all the urban chaos that we can still preserve nature. This all sounds reasonable, except that the park is not a preservation, it is a creation, just like nature itself. The same thing goes for wilderness conservations, with their ties to a settler past and frontier mythology. We continue to assume there is some kind of nature out there, and that we are truly connected to it. There are representations of that idea everywhere:
Technology in Education
The range of electronic devices that can be used for teaching and learning has blossomed dramatically since the start of the twenty-first century. Touchscreen machines such as smartphones and tablet computers can fulfill a wide variety of educational functions. For example, a science student can physically manipulate a 3-D model of an atom or molecule displayed on their tablet with a series of gestures, learning about the structure of each. A student in a music class can play the notes of a classical composition on his or her tablet by using it as a full piano, with visuals and sound to match.
The Basics of Dash
Our lives have been moving to the Internet for some time now. After being only marginally present on the World Wide Web ten or fifteen years ago, we’re now relying on it in all aspects of our lives. Therefore, it’s no surprise that even our finances became virtual, so an increasing number of people are using digital currency as we speak. So, what is it, how does it work, what can it do for you and how can you become a part of this trend as well?
10 Insane Crime Fighting Tools You'll See in the Future
The fight against crime is a noble one that makes the world safer for everyone. As police search for violent criminals, they will need to have every tool that they can get.
Will the Military Use Giant Robots?
After marathoning the military giant robot anime Mobile Suit Gundam, one is forced to take a step back, and ask "Will the military use giant robots in the future?" Countless works of fiction, from cartoons like Robotech or Gundam and movies like Pacific Rim or Transformers, feature giant, bipedal mechs taking the future of war in hand or blaster, and blowing adversaries away in a hail of fire power.
How Much Will People Pay for Privacy?
With the Trump Administration's decision to repeal internet privacy rules that protect ISPs from selling users' private browsing history, many people are beginning to wonder if our era of privacy has come to a close.