Category Archives: Technology – Future Trends
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.