Future Clues: We’re Moving in Remarkable Ways

In what has become an ongoing series, I’ve been picking out bits of news that show that we’re livin’ la vida de la futura.

Mens agitat molem

Ian Burkhart, a quadriplegic man, moved his hand for the first time in four years. Doctors at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and researchers from Battelle Memorial Institute used their Neurobridge technology to bypass Burkhart’s damaged spinal cord and send his brain’s signals directly to his muscles. This is truly the mind moving matter!

Our brains drive cars, too

The Freie Universität Berlin and AutoNOMOS have created a hands-free car. They used an Emotiv EPOC commercial EEG to translate brain signals to driving commands.

We don’t need to drive anymore, though

Google has successfully created a car that drives itself. This could solve problems like drunk driving or falling asleep at the wheel. Not only that, but as the article linked above points out, legions of these self-driving cars could run on a service model. This would be another example of cloud ownership, where we only use cars when we need them.

***Update***

Hyundai is getting into self-driving cars as well; here’s their commercial to show off the technology.

We’re moving in space, as well

Commercial spaceflight is a reality. SpaceX is running resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. I’m still looking forward to being able to fly to space as easily as flying to another country…

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