Spherical Flying Machine
Spherical Flying Machine

This video of Spherical Flying Machines taking off vertically, flying fast horizontally and simply rolling along the ground would be mind blowing a decade ago. It still is very impressive, especially given it is built using around US$1,400 worth of parts. Scroll down the comments to the link for clips of Verticopters and Flightships. Role on the 3D printing of such flying machines for a song. Then make them more powerful and larger as well as a whole lot smaller. Add in autonomous algorithms and you have something that makes Predators look like a blunderbuss.

I suspect US aircraft carriers will make juicy targets should they come up against a technologically advanced opponent. Their fate might mimic that of battle ships, masters in one world war only to find themselves highly vulnerable in the next. Whatever transpires vis-a-vis aircraft carriers, the next world war sure is going to be different, even if it lasts more than a few seconds. Miniaturization and growth of computing power could combine to make deadly swarms intent on eradicating human life. Visions of Skynet come to mind. The exponential technological growth curve clearly holds peril as well as promise.

The educational bubble may have burst, but there could be scope for more schools such as this – plenty of peril to go with the promise. I’d suggest taking out life insurance and income protection prior to enrolling.