Friday Futures: hackable weapons, spider toxin, cool cars

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: hackable weapons; deep ocean light show; wind farms; healing cafes and the cars of the future.

Whole generation of weapons is hackable

On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office announced that the Pentagon had been caught off guard. It turns out that an entire generation’s worth of weapons systems, including those that are still being developed, are really easy to hack. Read more…

Video: a cool light show from the ocean floor


Turns out wind farms might make global warming worse

There are a lot of annoying talking points against the use of wind farms — they’re an eyesore, they kill birds occasionally. But for the most part, these seem like small gripes. But now, that idea might not be guaranteed. A new study found that transitioning to wind power might actually exacerbate global climate change. Read more…

Video: spider toxin – kill or cure, or kill and cure? 


Kick back, relax – now there are ‘healing cafes’

There is a growing “fast healing” cultural movement in South Korea, “where people look for a quick remedy for relaxation the same way they consume fast foods,” says the Korea Times. This has led to a rise in healing cafés, where visitors can recharge and relax. Read more…

Video: a comedian’s take on the unintended consequences of technology.


Why are the oceans turning acid faster than predicted?

New research finds that when westerly winds in the Antarctic Ocean strengthen during the austral summer (October to February), surface waters in the region acidify faster than can be accounted for by increases in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere alone. Read more…

And here’s a glimpse of what the cars of the future will look like

Every year, the world’s automakers gather in Paris to offer a glimpse into a parallel universe where bigger cars aren’t necessarily better, electric propulsion is a sure bet, and the future of the automobile is almost whimsical. Read more…

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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