Category Archives: Technology – Future Trends

Report: Half the World’s Population Will Have Chip-Based National ID Cards by 2018

PR Newswire | October 23, 2014

Leading identity analyst firm Acuity Market Intelligence forecasts that in five years time half of the world’s population will have a chip-based National eID card, including near-complete regional coverage in Europe. Asia, with its vast population, is expected to dominate the market accounting for more than 60% of all National eID cards issued between 2014 and 2018.

Interpol facial recognition experts meet to develop global guidelines

Biometric Update | October 23, 2014

By Stephen Mayhew

Biometric experts recently gathered at the first meeting of the Interpol Facial Expert Working Group to begin development on international facial recognition standards, according to a report by Eurasia Review.

Brookings Institution: Our Cyborg Future – Law and Policy Implications

Brookings Institution | September, 2014

There is, however, another way to think about all of this: what if we were to understand technology itself as increasingly part of our very being?

Biohacking: How hackers transform biology into building material

PBS NewsHour/YouTube

How do you transform mushrooms into furniture, or re-wire algae to conduct electricity? Biohacking, the practice of rewiring the biology of living organisms for practical uses, is evolving from a fringe science to a more legitimate academic discipline. But just as the movement is gathering converts, it’s also attracting controversy. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports.

Nine real technologies that will soon be inside you

Yahoo News | October 19, 2014

By Mike Edelhart

Given the frenzy of interest following the announcement of the Apple Watch, you might think wearables will be the next really important shift in technology.

Not so.

Google 2.0 will ‘build airports and cities’ says report

The Independent | September 19, 2014

By James Vincent

Related: Google-Berg Merger Ushers in Planned-Opolis Future in the Hybrid Age

Google’s seemingly limitless ambition has seen the company take on drones, self-driving cars and even the problem of aging, but the company’s founders have even grander plans – to build cities and airports.

Oligarch Buys Russia’s Most Popular Social Media

AP | September 16, 2014

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA

A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia’s most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court.