Researchers at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute have created a tiny insect drone. A dragonfly was genetically modified so that that it can be piloted remotely through pulses in its nerve cord. It carries a small backpack with electronics and a solar panel that powers it. But this isn’t the first animal cyborg. Read more View original article at Mashable

Look, up in the sky. It’s…a taxi! That could become reality in six to 10 years if Uber fulfills its vision of a flying cab system. Ahead of its Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas today, the ride-hailing giant shared exclusively with Fast Company its plans for urban air travel—expanding on ideas included in a white paper published last year. They include the choice of cities to start testing the technology and the initial lineup of five aircraft makers it will task with building economical, four-passenger, electric craft that will—eventually—fly…

Flying cars still seem like one of those futuristic technologies that only exists for now in the realm of science fiction and old episodes of The Jetsons. But Uber is taking the technology seriously and this week it takes another step forward with a summit meeting that lays out its vision. In October, the ride-hailing giant published a 97-page white paper laying out all the challenges for setting up an urban flying taxi system to link with its on-demand car service. Since then, it’s hired NASA veteran Mark Moore as director…

Some of the year’s most coveted toys are innovative kid-gadgets, from AI-powered race cars to drone Barbies. Some of the year’s most coveted toys are innovative kid-gadgets, from AI-powered race cars to drone Barbies.When I asked my nephew which toys his peers discuss on the playground, his response was rather illuminating.Read Full Story View original article at FastCompany

And six jobs that will grow, according to design leaders at Frog, Ideo, Artefact, Teague, and more. And six jobs that will grow, according to design leaders at Frog, Ideo, Artefact, Teague, and more.Organ designers, chief drone experience designers, cybernetic director. Those are some of the fanciful new roles that could be created by the global design industry in the next few years.Read Full Story View original article at FastCompany