Technology

Hands off the wheel – What self-driving cars mean for humanity

By Satpal Kaler CALVIN “What do you think you are doing?” SPOONER “I’m driving” CALVIN “By hand?” Detective Spooner disengages autopilot. Unable to control the high speed car roaring over 300MPH, he almost crashes into the wave of autonomous vehicles driving steadily through the highway.   Will Smith as Detective Spooner in I, Robot(2004) The …

How Uber and Airbnb are changing the world

Introduction The Intеrnеt’ѕ rapid growth and broad global реnеtrаtіоn since the dаwn оf thе dіgіtаl аgе hаvе connected mоrе human bеіngѕ thаn ever bеfоrе. On рhоnеѕ, tablets, and laptops, thе information we seek can bе fоund wіthіn ѕесоndѕ. Aѕ a result of greater соnnесtіvіtу, the ѕhаrіng есоnоmу hаѕ еvоlvеd tо аllоw buyers аnd ѕеllеrѕ tо …

Future’s Frontiersmen – Three people shaping the Future

Throughout human history there are a few people who have increased humanity’s understanding of the world by achieving significant breakthroughs in science and engineering. Galileo’s invention of the telescope brought a changed understanding of the universe and our place in it. The Wright brothers achieving sustained flight and Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide …

How we got here – On Climate Change and Innovation

Michelle Leong In his election campaign last year, President Trump tweeted that climate change was a hoax by the Chinese government. His comment was brushed off as a joke afterwards, but BreitBart’s America still thinks that man-made climate change is an exaggeration led by Michael Mann to limit personal freedom and increase taxation. True or …

Something is out there – Space-exploration, Mars and Humanity’s Backup-Plan

Kate Prendergast By 2022, manned flight to Mars will begin. Such is the bold claim of Elon Musk, the billion-dollar entrepreneur who in 2002, turned his attention and sizeable fortune to space exploration with the founding of his privately-owned company SpaceX. Revealed in September last year at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, Musk’s grand plan …