Technology is advancing so rapidly these days – and we rely upon it so readily – that that we hardly notice innovations anymore. But we’ve actually come a long way since the dawn of the internet and mobile devices. Here are 40 totally amazing technological advancements that we don’t even notice anymore. We don’t have hover crafts or teleportation just yet, but we’ve come pretty far technologically since the dawn of the internet and mobile devices. In our busy everyday routines, we rely upon that technology to do a lot for us. And that technology is constantly changing. As a result, it’s easy to forget just how advanced some of it is. But we’d be left scrambling if all of our innovations, from our smartphones to our high-speed internet, ceased to operate. Here are 40 technological advancements so ingrained in our daily lives that we don’t even notice them anymore. Many of us rely a great deal on our … [Read more...] about 40 totally amazing technological advancements that we don’t even notice anymore
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Technology is ripe with ethical dilemmas. New tech usually comes with more power and more advanced capabilities; we might be able to reshape the world in new, innovative ways, or we might expose the human mind to conditions it’s never experienced before. Obviously, this opens the door to ethical challenges, such as determining whether it’s right to edit the human genome or programming self-driving cars to behave in ways aligned with our morals. I could write an article with thousands of ethical questions we still have to answer, covering artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), medical breakthroughs, and the internet of things (IoT). But there’s one bigger question that affects all the others, and we aren’t spending enough time to address it: who gets to decide the answers to these questions? The high-level challenges There are some high-level challenges we have to consider here: 1. Balancing ethics and innovation. Our legislative process is … [Read more...] about Who should get to decide what’s ethical as technology advances?
Birthdays always bring up nostalgia, especially when it's a significant one. It seems like it was only yesterday that the Bavarian Engine Manufacturer (BMW) saw the light of day as it launched production of aeroplane engines, the brand new baby-blue and white propeller icon glistening in the sun. But over the course of the years the company has outgrown its infant shoes and become a real adult – in fact, one of the largest companies in Germany, counting 116,000 employees and a turnover of €80 billion. BMW first made a name for itself as a builder of motorbikes and plane engines, but in 1928 the compact car Dixi 3/15, with a mighty 15 horsepower engine, was the first BMW automobile to grace German roads. BMW's first-ever car: the Dixi 3/15; Photo: DPA Shame of forced labour Then came the Second World War and with it one of the darkest chapters of BMW's history. Especially in the final years of the war, most of the company's output went to the Luftwaffe (German air … [Read more...] about Munich’s beloved car giant
Other than Ferrari, no Formula 1 team has won more World Constructor Championships than Frank Williams' eponymous organization. In fact, it's responsible for a car that many agree was the most technologically advanced F1 racer ever to turn a wheel, the active suspension FW14B. Success at the track has been hard to come by in recent years—Williams last won a race in 2012—but designing and building race cars isn't the only thing that happens at its base in Oxfordshire, England. Williams Advanced Engineering, a sister business to the F1 team, has just revealed a rather clever new electric vehicle platform. The new platform is called the FW-EVX, and it's an integrated design that includes the batteries and their associated cooling, suspension for up to four motors, and crash structures in a scalable design that could be used in midsize or larger electric vehicles. What makes the FW-EVX particularly interesting is that it's extremely lightweight, thanks to extensive use of … [Read more...] about F1 champ Williams made a cool new carbon platform for electric cars
We're halfway through 2015 already, so gather round, fellas! It's time for some sweet introspection of what the past six months were about in terms of important device announcements, technological advancements, and notable industry events!Device announcementsThe first half of 2015 brought us no less than 12 hot new smartphone and tablet announcements. We've rounded them up in the gallery below, making sure you won't miss any interesting devices among the ones that really matter. But what makes a mobile device superior than others of its kind? Well, products by companies with an established global presence and a track record of impressive achievements deserve the most attention. These are devices almost anyone anywhere can buy, and are usually design and hardware benchmarks for all the smaller competitors to strive for. All the flagship smartphones and tablets of H1 2015 in one place All the flagship smartphones and tablets of H1 2015 in one place Announced: Jan 5, 2015 … [Read more...] about H1 2015: a recap of important device announcements, technological advancements, and notable industry events