The Rise of Little Brother is attributed to a new concept sousveillance, which is “privately made recordings that can serve as a counterweight to institutional and government surveillance”. Or in the words of the coiner of this word “Sousveillance is a form of “reflectionism,” a term invented by Mann (1998) for a philosophy and procedures of using technology to mirror and confront bureaucratic organizations. Reflectionism holds up the mirror and asks the question: “Do you like what you see?” If you do not, then you will know that other approaches by which we integrate society and technology must be considered.” Think of Sousveillance as a form of counter surveillance, of you surveillancing the government. Rodney King would of been one of many forgotten victims of police brutality if not for the filming by Abraham Zapruder. As Big Brother is slowly increasing it’s threat to our privacy and liberty, So does Little Brother’s reach.
According to Richard Branson, an entrepreneur, Saudi Arabia isn’t only trying to damage the US’s oil boom by trying to lower oil prices, but also trying to damage the global clean energy industry. The price for solar energy was actually cheaper than oil before oil prices dropped. Branson wants governments to issue a tax on fossil fuel users. OPEC, an association of the countries that produce oil, decided not to cut back on oil production. The price for oil has nearly dropped by half since June 2014. Many oil-producing countries have suffered as a result of the prices dropping.
William Root of Brooklyn New York is using 3D scanning to model, plan, and print customize prothesis limbs. He’s currently working on a prototype for what he calls a Exo – Prothesis Leg. Many other prothesis on the market give function in exchange for form, but his machine uses “3D scanning of the residual and the remaining limb to create a precisely matched and properly fitting prosthetic replica.”
Zoltan Istvan has founded the transhumanist party and is planning to run for US presidency, transhumanism is an umbrella term for a wide and large group of ideas united by the vision that technology now will soon allow us to enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities. Zoltan is running on a very special platform, he will curtail military spendings and spend a trillion a year for ten years on life exertion and also manage the risks of rapid scientific advances. The transhumanisms believe that the singularity is near, which is when a computer programs is smart enough to create a even smarter version of itself which would start to outclass humans.But for now, he isn’t really to run yet, just to raise awareness about the issue.
DARPA or Defense Advanced Research Project Agency have been made famous for its man eating machines and super-strength robots, but this time, they are developing a iron man suit. Well, almost. They have finished the individual parts but are working on sticking them all together. The finished model will allow a soldier to run a mile in 4 minutes and carry 100 pounds
On Thursday, the massive tent camps in the center of Hong Kong were removed, along with 200 arrested protesters that remained. The protesting started months ago, demanding free and open elections. But the Chinese government refused to give concessions and basically waited the protests out. After months, the support for the protests started to die out, the people felt that the students aren’t achieving anything political and are starting to desert en mass.Finally on Thursday, police arrived and removed the camps within 24 hours.
Sikorsky has newly revealed a prototype of the S-97 Raider. It is a high speed helicopter that can travel at twice the speed of conventional ones. The S-97 speed is granted by its double-rotor blades that rotates in the opposite direction, removing the need for a tail rotor. The tail however has been replaced with a propeller that can propel the helicopter to even higher speeds. Sikorsky plans to sell this plane to the US military to replace the V22 Osprey. Mark Hommond, the manager of the Raider project said “It won’t fly quite as fast as a tilt rotor. A tilt rotor is more like a plane that can also hover. Raider is more a helicopter that can fly really fast. It’s more manoeuvrable.”
As the world population continues to grow, food consumption and energy usage steadily increases. The need for meat, for biofuel is a big problem for everyone on Earth. Rising standards of life means a greater demand for food and all sorts of things.
This infographic shows us how global warming is caused, who (countries) the biggest emitters are, what it could do to our environment if it continues like it has been spreading, and more. Many species are at the brink of extinction, and the polar ice caps are melting.