Scott Daigle has invented Intelli-Wheels, which are wheelchair wheels with a built in automatic gear change system. The system is still in development, but if it works the way he describes, the system will adjust the gearing as one goes uphill or across a flat surface to maximize a user’s […]
Tyler Cowen explains the massive benefits of driverless cars and asks why we aren’t clamoring for them:
This isn’t a column about driverless cars at all. It’s about our ambivalent attitudes toward major innovations. It’s also about how the true costs of regulation are often hidden. A lot of potentially good innovations never even […]
Tom Carpenter over at Future Digital Life rebuffs Sterling’s claims that writing science fiction about AR is just writing about another medium like cinema or the internet:
What we are seeing in the marketplace and in the research labs are gimmicks and toys and games. We have many examples of AR that stir the […]
Parag and Ayesha Khanna of the Hybrid Reality Institute make their case that the Information Age is already behind us:
Mankind is now experiencing its fifth and most intense technological revolution, and we are transitioning into the Hybrid Age. Most people believe we are still living in the Information Age, but in fact we […]
Robin Hanson dredges up fears I keep trying to bury:
There are (at least) two ways to implement a (Star Trek style) transporter:
A space-time wormhole takes you “directly” from here to there, or We scan you, send the info, make a new copy at the other end, and destroy the original.
A similar […]
Kevin Kelly attempts to summarize his new book What Technology Wants. A snippet:
But of course technology includes old inventions, like clocks and levers, and ancient materials that work very well, like concrete and bricks. The bulk of technology in our lives was invented long before we were born. Ordinary technology also contains intangible […]
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