Category Archives: Technology – Future Trends
By Daniel Taylor
President Obama has begun a week long campaign in Asia to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The TPP, sold as a “free trade agreement” has been criticized as allowing another wave of outsourcing similar to the 1994 NAFTA agreement. The TPP will also create an international “internet police” that will have the power to censor content and remove whole websites. Mega corporations will gain more power to wage war against competition and censor speech online. To demonstrate the influence these entities have, over 600 corporate advisers have helped create the TPP.
The TPP would require all countries involved to align their laws with the agreements copyright laws.
American Forces Press Service
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program personnel demonstrated five technologies under development to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the secretary’s conference room yesterday.
By Lev Grossman
Knightscope K5 promises enhanced policing capabilities, courts controversy
By Mark Prigg
Google has patented a smart contact lens that could see its Glass wearable computer fit inside a smart lens.
The firm has already developed a contact lens for diabetics analyses their tears, warning them if their glucose levels are low.
Now it has revealed plans for a lens with a camera built in – opening the possibility of its Glass system being shrunk down significantly, offering features such as ‘superzoom’ to wearers and even helping the blind see.
Diplomacy is the second oldest profession in the world, Parag Khanna, of The New American Foundation, reminds us. This is, of course, a well-known joke. Diplomacy is as old as human history, and indeed has changed over time. In the latest installment of Big Think‘s Edge, Khanna, a best-selling author, discuses diplomacy today.
Diffusion of Power
“Mega diplomacy is a reminder that diplomacy has always been about anyone who has the status, the prestige, the resources, the authority to be involved in negotiations on an international, on a global level,” explains Khanna. Diplomacy has historically been linked to the state, but that’s not the case anymore.
The Internet grants new power to shaping diplomacy. Khanna discusses how it plays a critical role. “There is the power of the internet and communications technologies to allow any actor, whether it is again a university or a humanitarian group or a religious group, to reach out across the world and form their own connections,” he says.