Future Trends –Three Laws of Driverless Cars

Posted By on September 30, 2016

Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.

In Future Trends –Three Laws of Driverless Cars we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, September 30th, 2016. Germany defines the rules around driverless cars, SpaceX takes us to Mars, NASA sequences in Space, we look at alt interfaces, and Snap makes social a darker place.

Germany to create world’s first highway code for driverless cars

CALL them the Three Laws of Driverless Cars. This month, Germany’s transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, proposed a bill to provide the first legal framework for autonomous vehicles. It would govern how such cars perform in collisions where lives might be lost.

The laws attempt to deal with what some call the “death valley” of autonomous vehicles: the grey area between semi-autonomous and fully driverless cars that could delay the driverless future.

Dobrindt wants three things:

  • that a car always opts for property damage over personal injury;
  • that it never distinguishes between humans based on categories such as age or race;
  • and that if a human removes his or her hands from the steering wheel – to check email, say – the car’s manufacturer is liable if there is a collision.

Read more at New Scientist

SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

Oh Elon…

Omics: Advancing Personalized Medicine from Space to Earth (NASA)

Survey of Alternative Displays

An artist has a large range of ways they can display their work. Cave walls gave way to canvas and paper as ways to create portals into another human’s imagination. Stained glass windows were early versions of combining light and imagery. Electronic displays are our next continuation of this same concept. A photon is emitted; it travels until it reflects off of or passes through a medium. That photon then passes into your eyeball and excites some specialized cells — when enough of these cells are excited, your brain turns these into what you perceive as an image.

However, standard computer monitors, LED video walls and projection screens offer only a small glimpse of the range of possible visual illusions. Any traditional display can be augmented or used in an unusual way. New displays and technologies are still being actively developed and researched. Some content is suited precisely to being shown on a standard display, like a webpage. Other content is better suited to a space that exists beyond the screen’s surface and enables a sort of suspension of disbelief that this thing is really there. We continue to find new ways to construct the image of new destinations within the eye.

Read more at Medium

Snap’s Spectacles

We’re entering a darker age of social media.


Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.



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