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10 Technologies That Are Changing the World

Futurists of the 1950s and ’60s predicted that by the 2000s, flying cars and airborne robots would be a part of our everyday lives. Instead, we live in a world dominated by live streaming, smartphones and social networks.

While those forecasters didn’t quite get the timing right, they got the technology right. Today, we are at the brink of another technological boom. This time, technologies like self-driving vehicles and robot assistants are under development. Soon, these and the other exciting technologies described below will go mainstream, changing the world in the process.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/310204

When Putin’s around, GPS goes haywire, study finds

As Russian President Vladimir Putin and a convoy of construction vehicles rolled across one of the most controversial new bridges in the world on May 15, 2018, something funky began happening on ships anchored nearby in the Kerch Strait.

The ships’ GPS systems suddenly began to indicate they were actually 65 kilometers away, on land, in the middle of an airport

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/when-putins-around-gps-goes-haywire-study-finds/

Ownership

Ownership

I do not live in a dense urban setting. My neighborhood, though walkable in modern standards, does not easily accommodate a quick run by foot  to the corner store for missing ingredients needed for dinner. I can however hop in my car and find myself at the grocery store within 5 minutes. I am very used to the convenience and freedom of owning my own vehicle.

Four adults live in our household currently sharing two cars. There have only been a number of times I have felt inconvenienced by the lack of available transportation. My schedule and work commitments could easily adjust as I waited for a car to return. In a sense, our house is a microcosm of the the burgeoning car share industry. Until about a year ago, you could see 4 cars parked around our house. Our city enforces city service days and snow emergencies when no vehicles are allowed parking on the streets.  We found ourselves parking our cars in a public lot a ¼ mile away to avoid fines. I do not miss this activity as our remaining cars line up easily in the driveway. I do not miss that many cars always in my sight lines.

The car share industry may feel very new to you with Zipcar jumping to mind followed by Hertz, Avis, and Enterprise offering true car share opportunities alongside their base rental business, but the concept has been around for a while.

There is a Classic Car Club in England. The mission statement on their homepage reads,”Established in London in 1995, Classic Car Club is an exclusive private members’ club for people who love the joy of driving classic cars but not the heartache of looking after them.” The idea is simple, everyone loves the idea of racing down a country road in your Lamborghini, but how to store it and where will the mechanic live, we’ll have to renovate the chauffeurs quarters above the carriage house. I digress. This concept of access without ownership is now available to the masses.

A lot has happened since 1995 when CCC of London, England decided to share the burden of  purchasing, insuring, maintaining, and storing these elite vehicles for an elite few. Technology once again has leveled the playing field. It’s true your car share app may not lead you to a Porsche conveniently parked in front of the local hardware store, but you may find a Ford Focus there that will still get you where you need to go. Smart Technology does not only create a possible autonomous driver, but it helps with the economics of maintenance and all that entails.

Ownership will become a choice that does not infringe on the right for mobility.

Mobility Aid Devices Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2018 – 2026

Mobility aid devices are designed to assist the elderly and disabled population having difficulty in moving around. These products are also useful in home care settings to transfer patients who have difficulty in moving.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mobility-aid-devices-market—global-industry-analysis-size-share-growth-trends-and-forecast-2018—2026-300818970.html