Category Archives: Technology – Future Trends

DARPA’s New Biology Department: brain implants, bionic limbs and combat exoskeletons

Nature | June 10, 2015

By Sara Reardon

When Geoffrey Ling talks about the future of technology, his ideas go flying around the room like a whirlwind. Ling eagerly describes a world in which people live far beyond their natural lifespans, minds can be downloaded into external ‘hard drives’ for enhancement by artificial intelligence and robots and aircraft are controlled by human thought.

Researchers Predicted In 1971 that Debit Cards Would Become the Ultimate Spy Tool

Washington’s Blog | May 23, 2015

“They imagined an electronic funds transfer system, or EFTS—a system that looks strikingly similar to the debit card system we all use today.”

Billionaire Cartier Owner Sees Wealth Gap, Artificial Intelligence Fueling Social Unrest

Bloomber | June 8, 2015

By Thomas Mulier and Andrew Roberts

Johann Rupert, the South African who has made billions peddling Cartier jewelry and Chloe fashion, said tension between the rich and poor is set to escalate as robots and artificial intelligence fuel mass unemployment.

Should We Be Afraid of Facebook’s Expanding Artificial Intelligence Lab?

Esquire | June 2, 2015

By John Hendrickson

The company now plans to open an A.I. lab in Paris, its third such office around the world.

Facebook is more powerful today than it was yesterday. So, what does Facebook plan to do when it masters Artificial Intelligence?

Amazon, Google race to get your DNA into the cloud

Reuters | June 5, 2015

By Inc is in a race against Google Inc to store data on human DNA, seeking both bragging rights in helping scientists make new medical discoveries and market share in a business that may be worth $1 billion a year by 2018.

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees: How soon will robots take over the world?

The Telegraph  | May 21, 2015

By Martin Rees

In Davos a few years ago, I met a well-known Indian tycoon. Knowing I had the title Astronomer Royal, he asked: “Do you do the Queen’s horoscopes?” I responded, with a straight face: “If she wanted one, I’m the person she’d ask.” He then seemed eager to hear my predictions.

Genetically Modified Humans? Seven Reasons to Say “No”

Center For Genetics And Society | May 2015

Researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China published a paper on April 18, 2015, detailing the first use of the “gene editing” technology CRISPR in human embryos. The news initiated a global media firestorm about the irresponsibility of attempting to create genetically modified humans.