According to one futurist, the next frontier for human innovation is the body itself. In a talk at Fast Company's European Innovation Festival, historian and international bestselling author, Yuval Noah Harari, said that the human body is on a crash course with technology. 'It’s increasingly hard to tell where I end and where the computer begins,' Harari said, as reported by Fast Company. Scroll down for video In the future, humans and technology will be impossible to differentiate from one another says one prominent futurist. Yuval Noah Harari (pictured, file photo) spoke recently during Fast Company's European Innovation Festival 'In the future, it is likely that the smartphone will not be separated from you at all,' Harari said. 'It may be embedded in your body or brain, constantly scanning your biometric data and your emotions.' Merging humans with technology, Harari said, would represent the biggest revolution humankind has ever known. … [Read more...] about Futurist predicts humans will soon merge with technology in our species’ biggest revolution yet, and claims our ancestors ‘would think we are already Gods’
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding research that could give a future generation of soldiers the power to control machines and weapons with their minds. The agency said it will fund six organizations through the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program who will work to design and build interfaces for application in the U.S. military, that could be worn be soldiers and translate their brain signals into instructions. Those instructions could be used to control swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles, wield cyber defense systems, or facilitate military communications. Soldiers may be able to control vehicles and more by using only their minds under a new initiative from the U.S. Department of Defense. Stock image While the feat may sound firmly in the realm of science fiction, according to DARPA it is setting a completion date within four years. 'DARPA is preparing for a future in which a combination … [Read more...] about US government is funding research into technology that will connect soldiers’ brains to computers
Could the Martin jetpack really be a glimpse of the future? Video of the latest prototype shows a noisy machine that looks like a souped-up Flymo, although the project has come a long way in the five years since its launch, with test flights now reaching 3,500ft and the New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company set to list on the Australian stock exchange. The firm promises that its safety features make it one of the safest light aircraft around, “light” being an important qualification. The aspiration to build the “motorbike of the skies” is a reminder that small light aircraft do not share the credentials of large passenger aircraft as statistically the safest form of travel. Steve Yianni, chief executive of the British technology innovation centre Transport Systems Catapult, said: “With any new mobility solution, the factors in its success start with how safe is it – sometimes there is a difference between the public’s perceived safety and … [Read more...] about Jetpacks: niche hobby or future transport for the masses?
United Kingdom online supermarket Ocado wants to establish itself as one of the most tech-savvy ecommerce companies around — and it’s got the (prototype) robot to prove it. Called ARMAR-6, the humanoid bot is being developed as part of the European Commission’s SecondHands project. It is now being put through its paces by Ocado’s innovation wing, Ocado Technology, with the goal of one day working alongside humans in its warehouses. “The SecondHands project aims to create a robot that provides help to our warehouse technicians in a proactive manner,” Alex Voica, head of Technology PR and Communications for Ocado, told Digital Trends. “Our warehouses include state-of-the-art automation and robotics systems, and our technicians and operations engineers are tasked with ensuring that they function 24/7, 365 days a year. The ultimate goal is for the robot to use machine learning and computer vision to scan its surrounding environment and … [Read more...] about Online supermarket Ocado’s humanoid robot is the factory worker of the future
Caring for our planet is now a priority for everyone, from individuals to institutions. One such conservation charity looking to the future is the National Trust, which is pioneering new ways to save energy at the places it cares for, with new green technologies such as solar panels, biomass boilers and hydroelectric generators. It's part of a National Trust drive to source half of its energy from renewables by 2021, and to reduce energy use by 15% by the same date. Hundreds of smart meters are a key part of this drive, enabling Trust sites to monitor electricity use and make changes to power consumption. The NT burial site at Sutton Hoo, in Suffolk, has had a high tech solar energy system installed The Trust has been working with Smart Energy GB to show how smart meters are helping them to achieve their energy saving targets. The smart meter rollout will see 53 million analogue energy meters installed in 26 million homes, creating an 'intelligent' electricity grid where … [Read more...] about Trust in the future: How smart meters are helping the National Trust go greener – and how YOU can, too!