Freedom Today #1 — Tuesday, 4th October 2016 — Innovation and Technology

In our first ever issue of Freedom Today, we look at the impact of technology on our life. Get to meet a truck that packs flat, like an IKEA package, social change brought by sex dolls and poorly working “smart devices”.

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Welcome to our first issue of Freedom Today! On Tuesdays we feature technology and its implications for a better, more free future. We have read and collected lots of stories to bring you this selection. Enjoy!

Africa’s next Truck comes in an IKEA-like Package

Engineers and designers have developed a truck to aid Africa’s progress. It comes flat packed like IKEA furniture and can be assembled in a few hours with minimal tools. Andrew Williams reports for Ars Technica.

The 15 Most Important Internet Trends

Venture Capitalist Mary Meeker publishes a yearly report(*) full of insights on the internet. Larry Downes for The Washington Post has the most important ones. (See Mary Meeker’s full report here.)

Mechanization: The Newest Disruption in the Oldest Profession

Robotic Sex Dolls are still a novelty. But in the long run they might change prostitution and replace human sex workers. Rachel Bishop for the Daily Mirror.

How Israel got itself Wet

Originally, the middle east country had to be very careful about water. Now the supply is bigger than ever, thanks to science and technology. Rowan Jacobsen on Global Voices.

The Internet of Poorly Working Things

Jean-Louis Gassée for Monday Note deals with connected devices and their biggest challenge: “…security, or the lack of it”. Extra: Here’s a Joy of Tech comic illustrating that challenge.

Innovation Delayed Indefinitely

A whole lot of innovation is waiting to be happening in Air Travel. But good ideas are grounded due to excessive regulation. Rick Barton for the Charles Koch Institute explores the issue.

Blockchain can make Government suck less. Here’s how.

The Blockchain technology from Bitcoin can be used to improve government services. And some are starting to try it out. William Mougayar for Extra Newsfeed with a few examples.

Imagining a World of self driving Cars

Geoff Nesnow on Medium makes 50 predictions how self driving cars will change world. You may disagree with some. But many of them might just come true.

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