Could You Soon Fly An Airplane With Your Mind?
By Geoffrey Ling – Imagine we are at the very early stages of the original cellphone. In the 1980s, they were large bricks and all they could do is make phone calls. That’s sort of where we are with brain science.
We can measure reliably certain signals associated with individual functions. We can see how to move an arm, or what is happening during a specific emotional state. We can measure those things fairly well.
The technology is still bulky and expensive. It’s still not amenable for everyday use: normal people doing real things in real time.
Much like the cellphone though, the progress is going to be staggering. We will learn to measure the signals better, and find more functionality associated with those signals. The innovation is going to explode.
This technology could take human relationships to a whole new level. We could cross boundaries of language, understanding. Misunderstandings could be a thing of the past. more> https://goo.gl/R6yvXh
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By Randy Shumway – Fully half of America’s current highway systems have their origins in Eisenhower’s Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956.
Eisenhower’s investment is still delivering solid returns: America’s roads boost significant economic growth and social mobility.
By dramatically expediting and substantially reducing costs for the transportation of goods, the freeway system changed the way we do business—enabling national supply chains to efficiently make and deliver products. Good, efficient roads make commuting feasible, thereby widening the pool of potential employees and employers.
By connecting small towns with larger cities, freeways improve Americans’ access to education, healthcare and employment. Moreover, infrastructure development is itself a hotspot for jobs, with more than 14 million people working in related fields.
In spite of these benefits, infrastructure spending slowed in the late ’60s, and declined to a 30-year low in 2014. more> https://goo.gl/WiCxGy