Tag: Future

Future Heat Stress During Muslim Pilgrimage (Hajj) Projected to Exceed “Extreme Danger” Levels

image…Millions of Muslims participate in the Hajj each year, and those who are in good health and can afford it are obligated to participate in it at least once in their lifetime. The followers of Islam represent nearly one quarter of the world’s human population, and most of them aspire to perform Hajj as an important part of their faith, with their desire to participate becoming more urgent as their age advances (Gatrad & Sheikh, 2005). As a result, among the two to three million pilgrims participating in Hajj every year for 2 to 3 weeks, a disproportionate fraction is elderly coming from Muslim communities around the world and visits the holy sites…more:agubuos

hina’s Aging Population Is a Major Threat to Its Future

A passing typhoon has just tickled southern China’s Hainan Island, churning the sea into angry peaks. One glance is enough for Li An Xiao and Zhao Zhi Ping to cancel their customary 7 a.m. swim, the kind of unspoken agreement that comes with half a century of happy marriage….more:Time

Short Film: Watch ‘Slaughterbots,’ A Warning About the Future of Killer Bots

On Friday, the Future of Life Institute—an AI watchdog organization that has made a name for itself through its campaign to stop killer robots—released a nightmarish short film imagining a future where smart drones kill. The short is called ‘Slaughterbots,’ and it channels the near-future dystopias depicted in Black Mirror in an attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of autonomous weapons…more: motherboard.vice

 

The Future of America in the Arab World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpBinX7XXfY Fundamental changes are needed in U.S. policy and understanding. By Nicholas Kristof New York Times It’s a new day in the Arab world — and, let’s hope, in American relations to the Arab world. The truth is that the…