Will there be more fish or plastic in the sea in 2050? DARPA has laid the groundwork for thought-powered prosthetics and Self-driving cars not so close? Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
Our growing use of plastics is as we all know heavily polluting the world. But just how much and where isn’t perhaps as clear. Plastic pollution of our oceans has however risen more and more in the past years and in a recent predicting World Economic Forum has estimated just how much it is affecting. There may be more plastic (by weight) than fish in the sea by 2050…
While this is an estimate and may not be 100% right it does say a whole lot about the direction we are going. Let’s just please change that direction… NOW!!
Mind controlling prosthetic limbs
The US government’s science wing, DARPA, has devised a tool that might make life A LOT easier for people with prosthetic limbs. They will be able to control them with their mind!! Yes, that’s right mind controlled mechanical arms. This surely opens up broader questions as well. Will I be able to have an extra “arm” in the future? What about riding a bike or driving a car (that doesn’t already drive itself)?
Self-driving cars not so close?
For the first time we have gotten an understanding of how Uber’s autonomous car project is going. An internal performance report for tests in Arizona show that drivers had to re-take control every 0,67 miles. That’s fairly often and unfortunately indicates that, despite huge amounts of research, the truly self-driving car might still be ~10 years away. Which is also what some people within the field still believe.