Friday 5 – July 13: The push for an autonomous and connected society

Geoff Aucoin Community, Tech

Goodmorning, and Happy Friday! It is official the World Cup is almost over and we are in for a thriller of a match between France and Croatia! Regardless of you are cheering for, we can all agree that this has been one of the most innovative tournaments to date. As the tourney winds down let’s take a look at how connected and autonomous devices help push society forward.

When I think of autonomous planes, all that comes to mind is the incredible vehicles seen in Star Trek and the new Marvel films. Now looking at BlackFly’s flying car prototype I am delighted that the design looks futuristic and sleek. The craft has the ability to switch between autonomous and user control as the operator soars through the skies. The controls are simple enough that the pilot doesn’t even need an air licence. The vehicle is designed to be lightweight and support one passenger, almost acting as a cargo drone. The autonomous vehicle is set to be cruising the skies by 2020 for the price of a SUV.

Twenty two years ago we saw Deep Blue, a chess playing computer beat the worlds best chess player, now a team of scientists are teaching a autonomous vehicle to race. By using a variety of sensors including LiDar, Gps, Radar, and 360 cameras, the car can safely speed around the track. During test drives, the vehicle was able to keep up with Mercedes and Ferrari drivers but did experience some faults. If the vehicle is going to be picked up by a team it will need to iron out all of its faults before hand.

Blockchain has been integrated in virtually every industry, now including the “world’s first blockchain phone”.  As society becomes more conscious about their data, the device empowers the user to own their digital identity. We should expect to see this device released to the public by Q3 of this year.

The Fifa World Cup comes around once every four years, meaning in the three year gap the next host country has to develop and integrate the latest and greatest technology to their stadiums and city to keep tourists satisfied and connected to their devices. This year’s World Cup was highlighted by the use of VAR, however the most innovative technology in Russia was the Smart stadiums. NFC contactless chips were implanted inside all match tickets to provide fans fast, hassle-free access to Russia’s digitally connected stadiums. NFC technology was also added to the match ball to allow fans to be connected to the match through their smartphones, making this edition of the World Cup the most innovative in the tournaments history.

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NASA’s “planet hunter” is ready to take over for its big brother the Kepler telescope. The transition between the two satellites is fast approaching as the Kepler telescope is running out of fuel. No need to fret, NASA launched the Transiting ExoPlanet Survey Satellite (TESS) back in April. All Cameras are in good shape and have the abilities to zoom into other solar systems and take pictures of planets while dimming the sun’s light to get clearer pictures of other planets. The Picture below us of of the largest volcano our solar system, located on Mars!