Friday Futures: Cities, Cars, Spying on Cars, Drones that Spy on us all
10 breakthroughs that will shape the future. Not your normal list, this one’s pretty good. Nanotech, cheap cameras, smart cars, 3D Printing at scale, robots, renewable energy, more. Deep discussion, videos.
China’s mega-cities are merging into mega-regions. The Atlantic.
By 2025, 21 out of 37 megacities (10 million+) will be in Asia/Pacific. Map.
The world’s first self-driving semi-truck hits the road. Wired.
Automotives + Surveillance
Volkswagen’s Apple Watch app will notify you when your teen driver speeds. TechCrunch. Might it one day combine with on-board car cameras to send you live video of what your kid is doing? (Parental Periscope)
DOJ drones in the sky.
Drone v Drone in the sky.
Using drones to record ghost towns (death camps, radiated cities)
Use of drones in Nepal by aid workers
Small cargo drones being innovated in Africa (“flying donkeys”)
Tree planting drones
Military resupply drones
Lawsuits over printed guns.
More Google searches on mobile than on desktops.
Is Facebook an echo chamber?
A new study published in Science disputes the theory of political polarization among Facebook users. Effectively it says your ‘echo chamber’ is your own fault. NYT. Guardian. Facebook Research.
Not so fast. Lots of problems with the study. Read the Fine Print, says Eszter Hargittai, Christian Sandvig, Zeynep Tufekci, Cyborgology, Eli Pariser (author of ‘The Filter Bubble’).