Upcoming USB Type-C connector won’t have right or wrong sides. And the angels sang, and lo it was a miracle.
Before you snobbishly push up your monocle and say “I’ve never had to flip over a USB cable because it was on the wrong side. Just look for the side with the USB symbol stamped in the plastic”, I’m saying a) you’re full of shit and b) this new USB connector changes everything.
Always thinking about the future and boobies, researchers at Microsoft have been working on a smart bra that would detect when the wearer is stressed out and likely to binge eat, and somehow preventing that unwanted action. Possibly by powerful electric shock or robotic voiced nagging, I don’t know, I got distracted by looking for a picture of boobs for the article header.
Delivering babies can be difficult sometimes, and doctors have invented bigger tongs and suction cups to extract difficult infants, but a car mechanic from Argentina has shown the world it can be easier, quicker and safer to just suck difficult babies out with something like a Dustbuster. Even the head of the World Health Organization has praised the ingenuity of Jorge Odon’s invention.
Taking one more giant leap towards legitimacy, Virgin Galactic announced last week that they will be accepting bitcoins as payment for a flight into outer space. Take a trip of the future with the currency of the future. Ahead of its first trips next year, Virgin Galactic has already had one “future astronaut” from Hawaii book a Bitcoin-funded ticket and hopes that its affluent clientele will follow suit.
According to recent estimates on the growth of robotics in the US military, by 2023, there will be about 10 robots for every one human soldier. Obviously this doesn’t mean that we’ll have an army of Terminators to do all the fighting while the boys stay at home drinking beer, but it means that when human soldiers do have to go into battle, there will be a small personal squadron of bots looking for landmines, laying down suppressive fire, peering around corners and over obstacles and distracting the enemy.
39 minutes. It may not seem like a lot, and obviously compared to the computer you’re reading this on, working for 39 minutes sounds kinda lousy. But in terms of quantum computing, it’s a big, big, big deal. That’s how long scientists were able to hold a qubit’s memory state for, which is way longer than anyone had previously been able to accomplish.
When cars were first invented at the beginning of the 20th century, no one would have been able to predict today’s sleek, smooth and fast automobiles with music players and flip down televisions and engineering that can push even the cheapest car to speeds those old horseless carriages couldn’t even begin to imagine. By the middle of the 21st century, gone will be the big, gas guzzling yachts, gone will even be cars you actually have to drive. By 2050, we’ll be zipping along in tiny personal pods that are autonomous, electric, smart and connected, so commuting to work will be less stress and more spreadsheets, movies and solitaire.
Apple has made literally a gazillion dollars in the last 10 years by making pretty, shiny products that force you to completely replace them when you want to upgrade and by making software only available through their walled garden system. And now, Renault wants to try the same shit in cars. The new Renault Zoe is only available through a rental contract (like a mobile phone), and if you need a new battery, you have to get one through the manufacturer of Renault’s choosing, and if you try any funny business, they’ll just brick your damn car remotely. Oh Google, please save us from this future with an open source car. For fuck’s sake, I can’t believe that’s actually going to be a phrase one day.
People or animals growing in artificial wombs has been a thing in sci-fi for a while now, but researchers in Japan have finally figured out how to make it work. This is a good thing for humans trying to have children, but it’s a bad thing for livestock or anyone who fears being kept in alien-like artificial wombs for eternity as in The Matrix.
Mapping our world is big business, and it’s important business— from understanding our planet, to keeping tabs on population to just knowing the best way to get around, we’re always looking at new and better and faster ways to collect data on our surroundings. And with small, cheap flying drone technology, we could have robots doing constant measuring and monitoring and surveillance for us. Like tiny little mechanical guardian angels.
Motorola hasn’t really set the world on fire since it was acquired by Google a few years ago. Yeah, the Moto X is a pretty damn good Android phone, but it’s not a game changer. But with Ara, they haven’t just launched a single smartphone, but an entire open hardware smartphone platform that very well could set the world on fire, by opening up smartphone development in the way that Android did and on the same grand scale.
Right now when you get a new smartphone, you have to choose between the best camera, best processor, screen size and resolution, battery life, etc etc. But with the Ara platform, you’ll be able to upgrade your smartphone bit by bit cheaply and easily just like you can with a PC. Swap out the camera, swap out the battery, swap out a screen, swap out the processor just as easy as popping together pieces of Lego.
As one test to look at the current technical feasibility of a future technology like teleportation, physics students at the University of Leicester have calculated that as far as we know, with current science and possible technology, you could teleport your entire being somewhere maybe, but that on the receiving end, it could take somewhere around about a quadrillion years to download all of your data.
However, that’s with what we currently know, and damn if science doesn’t keep surprising me every day with learning more about how the universe works. So hopefully one day, we might figure out some law of physics that would allow near instantaneous transfer of a person from one place to another.