Back in 1985, the best robotic surgeon we had was the Puma 560, a manipulator arm just barely more advanced than Rocky Balboa’s robo-butler. Just barely. The Puma was nevertheless revolutionary. It was the very first mechanical operator, progenitor to steady-handed robo-surgeons like the DaVinci system. But in the near future, robots will no longer be cutting into us — from the outside, at least.
The entire demise of Blu-rays and DVDs are due to one company.
Innovation in the tech industry is moving fast. We can’t know all of the different technologies that will fill our lives in five years. We can however, predict what tech products won’t last. It’s clear the technology landscape will look dramatically different in the near future.
St. Peter’s Square in 2005 and 2013.
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge just how much things have changed with the surge in mobile devices. Sure, we know they’re popular, are loaded with awesome cameras and apps, and ensure we’re connected to the digital world throughout the day, but how have these devices changed society as a whole?
Technology is all about standing on the shoulders of giants, with companies taking and refining each others’ ideas. But which technologies were truly transformative, blazing trails that the rest of the tech industry would soon follow?
An upskirt warning poster in a subway station outside Tokyo.
Almost all smartphone cameras have a built-in shutter noise to prevent the camera being used to take pictures without people’s consent. But a new wave of ‘silent’ apps – some specifically designed for voyeurism – have been blamed for a huge rise in illicit photography in Japan.
Cop car of the near future.
Police cars of the future will be equipped with eight cameras, voice commands, incredibly intelligent software, and LTE radios, perps won’t get away with anything.
Does a teacher have the right to make a video recording of students without their permission and what privacy rights does a student have in school?
Where do we draw the line at which public video recording becomes an invasion of privacy? Even as cell-phone cameras and handheld video recorders proliferate, public video recording is still murky in the eyes of the law.
Aerial photography is photography taken from a point over the Earth. Aerial photography can be taken with cameras mounted on airplanes, kites, ballooons and satellites.
Switching on a lamp is all it takes to turn a table-top into an interactive map with this clever display, on show at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics and animation conference in Los Angeles.
Soon, keeping your head down won’t be enough to stump high-tech security cameras, thanks to Pentagon-funded researchers developing mini-cameras that can nab threats by hunting down — and scanning — their eyeballs.
A small region inside the globular cluster Omega Centauri, which has nearly 10 million stars
Astronomers unveiled new pictures and observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. With the exception of a picture last month of the bruise on Jupiter caused by a comet, they were the first data obtained with the telescope since a crew spent 13 days in orbit last May replacing, refurbishing and rebuilding its vital components. (Pics)
Robert Buelteman uses high voltage photography
Forget the notion of a reverent nature photographer tiptoeing through the woods, camera slung over one shoulder, patiently looking for perfect light. Robert Buelteman works indoors in total darkness, forsaking cameras, lenses, and computers for jumper cables, fiber optics, and 80,000 volts of electricity. This bizarre union of Dr. Frankenstein and Georgia O’Keeffe spawns photos that seem to portray the life force of his subjects as the very process destroys them.