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Autonomous Robotic Weapons

Daniel Suarez is one of my favorite SciFi writers because he takes the technology trends happening today and draws a line into the future to warn us of what dystopian nightmare awaits if we take the humanity out of technology. I have recommended his book, Daemon to many people as a must read if you’re involved in the world of news feeds, reputation systems, and social media.

There’s now a TED talk where Daniel introduces the latest in drone technology and talks about the need to reign in the march towards automating the use of these drones in warfare. Tracing the history of weapons to the evolution of the modern nation state, he views drones as a corrosive catalyst that allows power to aggregate back to small, powerful, and ultimately anonymous organizations.

Suarez’s latest book, Kill Decision is about this very topic.

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How Design Can Defeat Technology

The Offline Glass from Mauricio Perussi on Vimeo.

Maybe not the most practical if you’re worried about condensation getting all over your phone but it certainly does make a statement. The Offline Glass needs your phone to keep it from tipping over, thus forcing you to put your device down and engage with those around you.

Developed for a bar in Brazil by an advertising agency, the offline glass campaign states, “Isn’t it boring to be at a table in a bar with someone who just plays with their mobile? We resolved this problem.”

via: The Telegraph