Space is the next frontier our species will explore in one way or another. Doing so is much easier said than done, though, as getting into outer space is not something most consumers currently expect to do. Russian space company Energie plans to change all that by offering “comfortable” flights to the International Space Station. These flights will accommodate up to six people, which may open up a rather interesting market moving forward.
Another Company Aims to Commercialize Spaceflight
Although the venture by Energia isn’t on the same level as what Elon Musk or Richard Branson have planned, it does portend an interesting future.
A lot of changes are coming to the world of technology. More specifically, the way in which we interact with devices will see some interesting changes which may or may not become the new norm. In the case of Samsung, the company has announced it will introduce foldable OLED smartphones later this year. This is a project which has been rumored for quite some time now, but it will be the first time such products have been commercialized.
Foldable OLED Smartphones are Coming
Over the past few years, there have been various rumors regarding the development of foldable smartphones.
The year 2017 was a rather interesting one for Google. This was especially true as far as its Android App Store was concerned. As in previous years, the Play Store saw an influx of malicious applications and nefarious developers. As a result, the parent company took harsh action and delisted over 700,000 troublesome applications. Moreover, it seems over 100,000 developers have had their access revoked as well. This is just a small step in the growing fight against mobile malware-laden apps, though.
A lot of interesting things are happening in the world of artificial intelligence. In particular, there is a lot of excitement regarding Alibaba’s smart city AI platform. This technology has been in development for quite some time now and goes by the name City Brain. The entire system runs on Alibaba’s cloud computing infrastructure and is now making its way to Malaysia.
An Overseas Expansion for Alibaba’s City Brain
Up to this point, there was never any real indication that Alibaba would bring its smart city AI platform to any place outside of China.
In the world of science, there is a growing focus on creating a new type of food. Rather than growing animals for slaughter, it involves growing chicken, meat, and even fish inside a laboratory. While some people would expect this food to taste bland or even horrible, it seems the reality is very different. With meat, fish, eggs, and even dairy now coming out of a lab, an interesting future awaits.
Growing Food Inside a Lab Remains Strange
Most people would not see the appeal of lab-grown food over regular produce bought in a store around the corner.
Multiple governments around the world have not taken a liking to encryption. In fact, some officials want to end encryption in their respective countries once and for all, which will be met with a lot of criticism. NordVPN is warning about a new bill making its way through Australia’s government right now. This new anti-encryption bill will have severe consequences if it is turned into law.
Australia Wants to end Encryption
It is neither the first nor the last time we will see government officials attempt to end encryption.
Everyone knows technology plays a big role in China. Especially in the financial sector, there are plenty of interesting technology-related developments to keep an eye on. The use of QR codes has increased exponentially over the past few years. Surprisingly, street beggars are now using this technology as a way to collect money.
QR Codes Serve Different Purposes
Given the popularity of mobile and digital payment solutions, it’s not surprising to see QR codes become more commonplace.
Driverless vehicles have proven to be an interesting, albeit somewhat worrisome trend. Especially when it comes to drafting new regulations and guidelines for such vehicles, the topic has proven to be rather controversial. In China, the first draft of national rules pertaining to testing autonomous vehicles has been presented to the public. There is still plenty of room for improvement, but the main objective is now to collect feedback from industry experts.
Legislating Autonomous Vehicle Testing in China
The first draft of the rules offered by the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Public Security, and other institutions is a big step forward for China.
Our entire society is almost completely dependent on electronics and cyberinfrastructure. As such, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of cyberattacks executed against companies, governments, and other entities. The Pentagon is now mulling a rather harsh response if such attacks were to occur in the future. More specifically, it’s considering retaliating with nuclear weapons. This is a very worrisome and disturbing development, but it has thankfully not been approved just yet.
The Pentagon’s Plan is Disturbing
No one will deny that the number of cyberattacks on a global scale continues to grow every single year.
Drone technology has always been intriguing to industry experts and enthusiasts alike. In fact, it seems the idea of using drones in the real world may finally become a lot more appealing in the near future. Over in Australia, two lifeguards have successfully used a drone to rescue two swimmers. It is widely considered to be the world’s first success for this specific technology. It is good to see drones get some positive attention, as most of the media headlines are always rather negative.
Brian Behlendorf is confident that 2018 will be a peak year, not only for Hyperledger — the international consortium of companies and organizations developing open source, permissioned blockchain technology — but also for blockchain technology in general as businesses and governments recognize the potential power of distributed ledgers and smart contracts.
Russia is one of those countries which intrigues a lot of people for various reasons. We are all too aware of this country’s mixed opinions regarding financial innovation. Perhaps the most worrisome aspect is that Russia apparently plans to create its own internet. Rumors regarding such a project have been circulating for quite some time now, but it seems this concept has a lot more merit than most people give it credit for.
An Independent Russian Internet
For those people who have no idea how the internet works, this introduction will make little sense.
The last thing our society needs is having another government agency be granted even more oversight. This is especially true if that agency is none other than the NSA. For some reason, the US Senate has voted to end debate on expanding the NSA’s surveillance authority even further. The debate in question was rather one-sided, and the “but terrorism” argument was seemingly sufficient to persuade legislators. This is anything but a positive development for anyone on this planet.
More Surveillance Authority for the NSA
The bill in question doesn’t bode well for American citizens.
Machine learning is one of the more interesting industries to keep an eye on right now. Various technology giants have shown a great interest in this technology, with varying degrees of success. Both Alibaba and Microsoft seem to be capable of developing “smarter” machine learning models. So smart, even, that their creations have surpassed human scores on a reading test. It’s a rather surprising turn of events, although there is still plenty of work to be done.
Taking Machine Learning to the Next Level
Most technology enthusiasts are concerned about how smart machine learning products will become over time.
Since December, video game-related currencies across the board have exploded in price and volume. Video games represent an industry prime for blockchain integration, and initial penetration is poised to take place as early as this year.
Gaming cryptocurrencies are growing on an industry-wide scale to new all-time highs every day. EnjinCoin (ENJ) has grown from under US$0.03 to over US$0.30. GameCredits (GAME) and its sister coin, MobileGO (MGO) have both more than tripled during this time frame, with GameCredits setting a new all-time high above US$6.
In the world of technology, end-to-end encryption has become more important than ever before. Given our society’s tendency to use instant messaging and social media apps on a daily basis, the information we distribute should be encrypted at all times. Skype, one of the world’s most popular communication tools, is finally introducing end-to-end encryption. This is made possible thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with Signal.
Skype Finally Gets Proper Encryption
It is always interesting and worrisome to see how technology giants such as Microsoft still offer products which are not fully encrypted.
Renaissance man and real life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has repeatedly mentioned how he believes that robots and computers will just become too good at doing the vast majority of jobs to be sustainable for modern economies. I happen to agree with him on this to an extent. Because of this, Musk believes that we will need to turn to a system of universal basic income sooner rather than later.
Slowly but surely, artificial intelligence continues to make inroads in the financial sector. There are many areas of this industry which could benefit from an AI-first approach. Amanda is one of those new projects well worth keeping an eye on. This AI loan assistant combines the best of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. It is the flagship project of Money Token, the blockchain-based financial ecosystem.
Amanda Combines Blockchain and AI
It is evident that the world of finance will undergo some major changes in the coming years.
LiveEdu is a decentralized learning ecosystem that teaches people how to build complete products in future technological fields. They are building the YouTube for online education. You can also describe their ecosystem as the next-generation Lynda.com. Unlike existing online education platforms, LiveEdu is not focused on beginners, but mainly intermediates to experts. People learn on LiveEdu by watching how peers build real projects and can also download all project resources and files.
It is fairly obvious that a lot of people are uncomfortable with the idea of introducing sex robots to the masses. For now, we can only speculate as to how these devices will impact our society as a whole, as the jury is still out on that front. One expert is warning about how these sex robots could turn into killers due to hacks. It is not the first time someone has raised such concerns.
Sex Robots are Vulnerable to Hacking
While most people would classify sex robots as “lust objects” and the prelude to a “rape culture“, there are other concerns to take into account as well.
In an unregulated market such as cryptocurrency, bad actors and spontaneous events continually prey upon unknowing individuals. While the victims of these acts typically consist of naive and inexperienced individuals, even savvy traders sometimes find themselves duped by these ploys.
Since last Thursday, McAfee Antivirus creator and eccentric cryptocurrency magnate has been tweeting a “coin-of-the-day” to his almost 500,000 followers on Twitter.
Autonomous vehicles are some of the most intriguing inventions in the world today. One of the questions most people have is whether or not these vehicles can hold up under severe weather conditions. Martti, a self-driving vehicle designed in Finland, took a trip through the snow last weekend. Surprisingly, this worked out quite well, and Martti even set a new drive record over a very dangerous road.
Finnish Autonomous Vehicles Don’t Mind Snow
It is evident the roads in Lapland are very different from the rest of the Western world.
The topic of net neutrality has been kicked around quite a bit over the past few weeks. It is obvious opinions are very divided on this front. The recent vote to repeal net neutrality has not been well-received by the general population, mainly because it will change everything we know about the internet. It is due time we had a thorough investigation of this matter, especially given the fraudulent comments filed regarding this proposal.
Russians Commenting on FCC’s Proposal?
Political tensions between the US and Russia have flared on more than one occasion this year.
Every now and then, something unusual happens on the internet which no one can explain. Earlier this week, a lot of web traffic destined for major sites and platforms was routed through Russian servers for some unknown reason. This did not affect users directly, as they were still able to access the information requested. However, it seems something went wrong with the Border Gateway Protocol, and no one knows for sure exactly what went down.
An Intentional Border Gateway Protocol Error?
It is evident Russia doesn’t have the best of reputations when it comes to Internet activity right now.
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