Friday Futures: the weather on Mars, AI driven cat toy

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: weather on Mars; police and controlling autonomous cars; rebuilding trust; AI driven cats’ toy; the end of the universe and tiny weeny surgeons.

Should police be able to control autonomous cars?

This is the kind of problem AV manufacturers and law enforcement want to avoid, and that could mean programming AVs to pull over as soon as they detect flashing police lights behind them. Read more…

Telcos, others, here’s how to rebuild trust

Life on Mars – well, here’s the weather on Mars

“By operating continuously, we’ll see a more detailed view of the weather than most surface missions, which usually collect data for just a few hours at a time.” Read more…

Honey, I shrank the surgeon (Bill Gates helped)

Take a tiny humanoid robot with two arms and a camera where its head should be and place it inside a person’s body through a small incision. Then have a surgeon anywhere in the world don a virtual reality system, connected to the robot. Read more…

Three possible ends for our Universe

Boaty McBoatface sets off on epic Artic voyage

Boaty McBoatface may be better known for its name than for its oceangoing prowess. But the autonomous underwater vehicle and darling of the internet is headed to greater things. Read more…

And of course: the cat’s toy, driven by AI!

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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