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India wants panic buttons on mobile phones to keep women safe—will it work?

January 8th, 2018 at 2:55 pm » Comments Off

The Indian government has a hack for women’s safety: a panic button. Come Jan. 26, a pilot project to test a panic button feature on mobile phones will be launched in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Maneka Gandhi, the union minister for women and child development, said on Jan. 02.



High-speed broadband will be a legal right for homes and businesses in the UK

December 24th, 2017 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

The UK Government has announced that homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, says that 10 Mbps is the minimum speed needed to meet the requirements of an average family. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport has […]



An inside look at the world’s first nation with a minister for artificial intelligence

December 20th, 2017 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

From robots that can flawlessly perform backflips to electric cars that can go over 950 km (600 miles) on a single charge, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the future is far closer than we may have previously thought. If the missteps of the industrial revolution are any indicator, we need to start planning for […]



Estonia, the digital republic

December 17th, 2017 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?



Worlds first floating city to emerge in the Pacific Ocean by 2020

December 3rd, 2017 at 7:25 pm » Comments Off

The concept of floating cities may sound like something from a science fiction novel, but it could become a reality by 2020. Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit has been developing this idea since the foundation of the organization in 2008, and it has reached an agreement with the government of French Polynesia to begin […]



China’s “social credit system” will rate how valuable you are as a human

December 3rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm » Comments Off

A Citizen Score in China In a contentious world first, China plans to implement a social credit system (officially referred to as a Social Credit Score or SCS) by 2020. The idea first appeared in a document from the State Council of China published in June 2014. It is a technological advancement so shocking to […]



Will cryptocurrencies trash cash? ‘Fedcoin’ could do it

December 1st, 2017 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

The cryptocurrency hype train obviously has no brakes. But could it eventually replace cash in the US? According to the thinking of economists cited by the Bank for International Settlements, it just might. And to the chagrin of the anti-establishment types that fueled bitcoin’s early rise, it will likely be run by the Federal Reserve.



Asgardia, the world’s first ‘space nation’, takes flight

November 27th, 2017 at 10:25 am » Comments Off

The world’s first “space nation” has taken flight.



Elon Musk has finished building the world’s biggest battery in less than 100 days

November 27th, 2017 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk looks to have delivered on his promise to build the biggest lithium ion battery in the world in an effort to help South Australia with its crippling energy problems. “100 days from contract signature or it’s free,” Musk tweeted at the time, in a deal initially negotiated over Twitter. Musk is well ahead […]



Saudi Arabia just announced plans to build a $500 billion mega-city that’s 33 times the size of New York City

November 25th, 2017 at 5:48 pm » Comments Off

The Saudi Arabian government says it will build a $500 billion mega-city, with the goal of diversifying its economy to focus less on crude oil. The project, called NEOM, will measure 10,230 square miles. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the government will aim to make NEOM run on 100% renewable energy – a […]



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