Image: ShutterstockThe United States can’t even figure out how to make regulations to maintain a free and open internet—how’s it going to regulate new technologies that let people enhance and clone themselves, create synthetic organisms, and, perhaps, cheat death?The reality is, aging politicians and slow-moving legislatures are probably not going to be able to. Countries are increasingly going to have to rely on the communities of people developing and using future tech to regulate themselves in the absence of real rules. There’s a long-known reality that technology moves faster than culture (and much faster than politicians), but it’s one thing when that technology is, say, a tablet computer, and a completely different one when it’s DIY neuroscience.”For the first time in hundreds of thousands of years, our technologies are not aimed outwards at modifying our environment—increasingly, they’re aimed inward, at modifying our minds, our memories, our metabolisms, our personalities, our kids,” Joel Garreau, a Future Tense fellow at the New America Foundation, said at a Washington DC discussion about future tech regulations. “If you can do all that, you’re in the stunning position of being the first species to take control of your own evolution—not in some distant science fiction future, but right now, on our watch
The website TravelByDrone.com allows armchair vacations by drone. Founder Jan Hiersemenzel joined Quest Means Business.
We’ve heard the argument that tablets make great robot heads. The have tons of components that robots require: a microphone, a camera, and a touchscreen for input, and speakers and an LCD for output. There’s also a processor and app platform that can power the interface. Google’s Project Tango—basically an Xbox Kinect shrunk down into a smartphone—can take things a step further. It has enough sensors that it can also handle vision and navigation
Publisher Stephen Kosloff tweeted shocking images from the party, organised by gadget website Gizmodo, of his blood-stained t- shirt after an out of control drone hit him in the head.
Learn more about the more peaceful uses for drones, like delivering medicine and mapping during disasters, in this inspiring video by Ideo.org.Drones don’t have the greatest reputation, thanks to the fact that they’ve mostly been used for spy missions and as remote killing machines. But a team at Ideo.org thinks that the technology–which they prefer to call “intelligent flying robots”–could also help solve the world’s biggest health challenges