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?
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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’
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
After 35 years in development, the world’s first commercially available jetpack will be available next year for $150,000. The Martin Jetpack is made from carbon fibre and aluminium. It eschews the traditional rockets of science-fiction jetpacks, which are powerful but difficult to control, and instead uses fans. A two-litre petrol engine drives two fans either side of the pilot to lift the jet pack and up to 120kgs of human into the air, along with a low-altitude parachute for use should things go wrong. After initial test flights in 2011, an updated version was shown off recently at the Paris airshow. It could fly for up to 30 minutes at speeds as fast as 74 kilometres per hour. Pilots will be able to reach altitudes of 1,000m taking off and landing vertically, meaning rooftops, gardens and parking lots are all viable launchpads. In fact, Martin believes that the jetpack’s ability to land in confined spaces will be its selling point, not aimed at millionaires as an … [Read more...] about The world’s first commercial jetpack will cost $150,000 next year
By Prince Osuagwu …Taxtech, AO2 Law advocate total compliance On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, was enforced as the strictest and most encompassing data protection law ever to be passed. Its scope reaches far beyond the borders of the EU, in so far as it applies to all organisations and all websites globally, that process data of EU citizens.That means that Nigerian companies that receive communications from either European companies or citizens, are not excluded from the regulation. Furthermore, the GDPR has set a high standard for data protection that is being followed as an example for other data protection authorities in the world, as they update their legislations to correspond to the demands of a digital and data-driven society. Police in Lagos deploy 12,000 men for Eid-el-Kabir celebration(Opens in a new browser tab) GDPR is very much to be reckoned with, and has been adopted by national authorities, privacy activists and offended parties … [Read more...] about DON’T MESS WITH DATA: NITDA kicks of National Data Protection regime