1. Cars: Self-Driving to Self-Flying
A study by HIS Automotive claims that self-driving cars will slowly begin to replace traditional vehicles, and by 2050 nearly all cars on the road will be autonomous. However, along with self-driving cars, there might also be autonomous flying cars as well. The first car-plane hybrid known as the TFX may be commercially available for pilots as soon as 2015, and plans to make them available to everyone are already in the works.
2. Contact Lenses to Replace TV’s?
Innovega has created “IOptik”, essentially contact lenses that work in conjunction with glasses that allow the wearer to see projections of high-definition images. Currently the digital data available includes directions, video calls, heart rate monitoring, and more. Innovega designers equate the visual clarity with high definition televisions, and speculate they may eventually replace the large screens altogether.
3. Glow-in-the-Dark Plants May Light the Streets
Alex Krichevsky, molecular biologist in St. Louis has genetically modified certain plants with naturally glowing marine bacteria causing them to “glow” a yellowish green light. Once the output of light is improved, Krichevsky is optimistic that plants could provide renewable lighting for streets, driveways and more.
4. CES 2014 This Week
The Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas, will begin this Tuesday and as always, promises to debut the latest in Audio, Gaming, Tablets, and more. If you are interested in the latest smartphone designs, wearable technologies, gaming devices or are just hoping to see flying cars, this is where the prototypes will likely be!
5. HER vs. SIRI
The movie Her stars Joaquin Phoenix and includes Scarlett Johansen as the voice of Samantha, a computer operating system. The film begs us to consider the forms love takes, and if the future of AI will change human relationships forever. However, despite nominations for Best Picture, and the apparent glorification of artificial intelligence, SIRI is not fond of questions about “Her”. Some responses include “Her portrayal of an intelligent agent is beyond artificial” and “I don’t spend much time with purely fictional characters”. So if you plan to enjoy the movie, just be cautious when asking SIRI about “Her”… you might hurt SIRI’s “feelings”.
Photo Credit: Innovega
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