Google and Johnson & Johnson are teaming up to make robots that perform surgery - Futurism Synopsis The companies say they are developing a "platform" to make robotic assistants to help doctors during surgery. Financial terms were not disclosed.
U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime report reveals international protocol for tracking terrorists online. Photo by Bodo Marks/AFP/Getty Images In the shadowy world of electronic surveillance, tactics used by law enforcement agencies are rarely revealed. But now an international protocol about how to best monitor and track people online has been disclosed for the first time—offering a unique insight into covert police methodology. CBO score on repealing Obamacare: No matter what math you use, repealing Obamacare looks terrible for the deficit. Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images With the Supreme Court getting ready to render a decision that could, theoretically, deal a crushing blow to the Affordable Care Act and throw the U.S. heath care system into chaos, the Congressional Budget Office has just released a helpful estimate of what would happen if Republicans got their wish and repealed the law entirely. The answer is pretty straightforward: The deficit would grow by as much as $353 billion over 10 years and 24 million people would eventually end up uninsured.
10 Ways the World Will Change by 2025 Teleportation, cures for disease, and no more plastic? It may sound impossible, but Reuters has predicted differently - and all by 2025. By: Amanda Froelich, True Activist. Teleportation, food equality, successful disease treatment – sound too good to be true? A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Including Your Location At first blush, it seems obvious that a picture could reveal your location. A picture of you standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge sensibly leads to the conclusion you're in the San Francisco Bay Area when the photo was taken. But now that smartphones are quickly supplanting traditional digital cameras , and even traditional cameras now have wifi built in, many more pictures are finding their way onto the web, in places like Twitter, Flickr, Google+ and Tumblr. In a span of 10 days, popular photo social network Instagram added 10 million new users as a result of the release of its Android app and its acquisition by Facebook.
Supreme Court: DNA swab after arrest is legitimate search The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010, at the Supreme Court. Front row, from left: Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Special Forces” Innovation: How DARPA Attacks Problems Artwork: Monika Grzymala, The River, 2012, Handmade cotton rag paper, fishing line and wire, weaving material of local plants Over the past 50 years, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has produced an unparalleled number of breakthroughs. Arguably, it has the longest-standing, most consistent track record of radical invention in history. Its innovations include the internet; RISC computing; global positioning satellites; stealth technology; unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones”; and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), which are now used in everything from air bags to ink-jet printers to video games like the Wii. Though the U.S. military was the original customer for DARPA’s applications, the agency’s advances have played a central role in creating a host of multibillion-dollar industries.
Use of CCTV surveillance in taxis Since August 2009 it has been the policy of Southampton City Council to require all licensed taxis and private hire vehicles to be fitted with a CCTV system, which system incorporates an audio recording function, and for that CCTV system to be in permanent operation. The effect of this policy is that not only are images from inside such vehicles recorded but also all conversations that take place in such vehicles, whether they are between the driver and a passenger, between passengers themselves or between a passenger and another person on the other end of a mobile phone. The UK Information Commissioner considered Southampton City Council’s policy in light of the Data Protection Act 1998, which requires personal data to processed in accordance with Eight Data Protection Principles. In a press release accompanying the enforcement notice, the UK Information Commissioner stated that Southampton City Council’s policy had “gone too far”.
The bitter tears of the American Christian supermajority The most persecuted minority in the United States is not Muslims, African-Americans or immigrants. It’s our Christian supermajority that’s truly oppressed. Verily, consider three anecdotes from the past few weeks. On March 2, three Baptist ministers in Akron, Ohio, arranged for the local police to mock-arrest them in their churches and haul them away in handcuffs for the simple act of preaching their faith. A video was posted on YouTube to drum up buzz for an upcoming revival show. Emerging technologies An emerging technology (as distinguished from a conventional technology) is a field of technology that broaches new territory in some significant way, with new technological developments. Examples of currently emerging technologies include educational technology, information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, cognitive science, robotics, and artificial intelligence. New technological fields may result from the technological convergence of different systems evolving towards similar goals. Convergence brings previously separate technologies such as voice (and telephony features), data (and productivity applications) and video together so that they share resources and interact with each other, creating new efficiencies.
Swansea illegal parkers face camera car instant fines 19 August 2012Last updated at 07:28 GMT The scheme would cost about £77,000 to set up A camera car could be introduced to tackle illegal parking, mostly at bus stops and outside schools in Swansea. The city council has agreed to a £77,000 scheme, but will ask the public for their opinion first. The mobile camera would not replace wardens, but it covers a wider area and does not have to wait five minutes before handing out a ticket. Swansea council would also use the mobile technology at problem areas like Gower and the Liberty Stadium.
U.S. Federal Debt In Feb. 2011, Bill O'Reilly interviewed President Obama. He asked the president, "Is Federal spending getting out of control." Obama's answer, "If you look at Federal spending as a percentage of Gross National Product (GNP) then we are at spending levels similar to the Eisenhower administration." The White house published a graph which shows this is the case; however, if you look at the data from the U.S. Treasury Dept., and the Commerce Dept. you get a different picture for the last ten years.
Of Time Machines and Foresight Garages: About the September-October FUTURIST One of the most frequently asked questions here at the World Future Society is How do I become a futurist? The first step, of course, is to be interested, but the second, as with any profession, is to learn the required skills. So the next question is Where? There are no better experts on this subject than futurists themselves, so we invited essays from anyone who has participated in a futures-education program—as a learner, as a teacher, or as an administrator. And we didn’t rule out self-learners! The range of approaches described in the special report in this issue is truly inspiring. uncil appeals taxi cam ruling Southampton City Council appeals taxi cam ruling 2:16pm Thursday 16th August 2012 in Southampton By Matt Smith, Politics and business reporter One of the cameras in a Southampton taxi