Pyramid of Technology
How Technology Becomes Nature in Seven Steps.
By KOERT VAN MENSVOORT
From stone-axes to mobile phones, throughout history people have given birth to a wide range of technologies that extend our given physical and mental capabilities. Today, it is almost impossible to imagine a world without technology. Every human being on the planet employs technology of some sort, and every human has to cope with technological change at various points during his or her lifetime. Yet, despite our deep-rooted relationship with technology, and the fact that we are wholly surrounded by it, most of us are still relatively unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted or discarded within our society.
A Plan to Eliminate Predators
Should humans intervene and phase out Earth’s predator species? Some futurists think we should! British philosopher David Pearce, in particular, believes we have to stop animals from hunting and killing other animals.
He wrote a Blueprint for a Cruelty-Free World to create a biosphere without suffering. How to achieve this goal? Re-engineering the ecosystem and reprogramming predators through genetically-driven behavioral modification.
BrainDriver: the Mind Controlled Car
German researchers have just made possible to drive a car using only the thoughts.
The BrainDriver consists of a headset with 16 sensors that monitor electrical signals from the brain. After reading these signals through the skull, the system has to turn them into instructions for the car.
Balloon-Powered Internet For Everyone
Both Google and Facebook have challenging intentions to bring the Internet to the next billion people, and while Zuckerberg’s dream involves drones with lasers, Google is planning to create a hot air balloon network.
With a system of balloons traveling on the edge of space, Project Loon will attempt to connect to internet the two-thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have access to the Net.
The practice of using robots for medical purposes is taking a new step towards the complete surgery executed by robotic hands.
Some doctors, like Mehran Anvari, are performing surgeries without being physically present in the operating room. This physician is not using his own hands to perform the surgery. He operates through a robot controlled from a console situated miles away from his patient.
DIY Wire Networks In India
The growing demand of electricity and digital communication has a major impact on Indian urban areas.
The increasing use of electronic devices in daily life and the ways we relate to them affect also fast developing countries, like India. This modernization process has led to the creation of DIY electrical and digital communication network in some areas of New Delhi.
Super Computer Chips
Nowadays computer chips are made of silicon, a great conductive material. Its suitable properties have been extensively employed to design fast processors.
Researchers at MTL (Microsystem Technology Laboratories) developed the smallest transistor ever built from a material other than silicon. They used indium gallium arsenide.