While humans use mainly their vision, some animals rely on other senses to navigate. Sharks, for instance, generate and detect distortions in electric fields using electroreceptor organs. Turtles feel variations on Earth’s magnetic field, bats identify distances by the reflection of ultrasound waves on objects, and ants lay down trails of pheromones that serve as a guide to other ants – attracting others when returning to the nest with food or repelling them when the supply dwindle. And what if humans could be enhanced by such cool senses? Would their perception and ability to navigate change as well? (more…)
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How will the world be when every single person gains access to a private car? When flights become so cheap that anyone can spend their vacation in the other side of the world? Will there be a point in which no further expansion will be possible? In this case, how will the world react? Would the prices just rise up to a point to exclude those with fewer resources? But what if mobility becomes a human right? Would only the rich be allowed to drive their cars if technology is cheap enough to be accessed by anyone? What mechanisms would then need to be created to reach a fair equilibrium? (more…)
As GPS and telecommunication systems evolve, there will be a point in which getting from place to place won’t require any planning or thought. By recognizing a new setting, your phone will tell you exactly which street or path in a trail to take. Every time you set a new appointment it will tell you the right bus or train to get to the agreed location, besides alerting you of any delays in the transportation system. You won’t even think about it, because you will totally rely in your navigation system, which won’t ever give you a reason to feel insecure.
As people become more comfortable with technology, they also start to rely a larger number of tasks to personal devices. As claimed by advertisers, the positive side of this responsibility transfer is clear. It frees us from dull tasks such as memorizing phone numbers and appointments, and reduces time allocated for planning and management – so that it is possible to find addresses and your way across a city without having to buy maps or do any previous research.