As icons and rituals adapt to newer technologies, the rise of robotics and AI can change the way we practice and experience spirituality.


This week, the coverage of one of humanity’s most impressive milestones was reduced to a climax of fire. Starship didn’t fail. Science divulgation, however, might have.

Artist Illustration of BFR at stage separation (2018). Original from Official SpaceX Photos.


The aviation industry has committed to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050. In order to do so, companies are exploring the use of sustainable alternative jet fuels that can help address cost, environmental, and energy security challenges. Among the most promising candidates are hydrogen-fueled aircraft, which could enter the market as soon as 2035.


From exascale computing to 5nm graphics cards and 8K gaming, the most anticipated products of the year 2021 will bring unprecedented innovation, speed, and performance. These are the most promising announcements and our predictions for next year’s computer technology evolution.

Image courtesy of Cristiano Firmani.

According to a market report, the global drone market is expected to grow from $22 billion in 2020 to $42.8 billion in 2025, driven by an acceleration in developments from China, Japan, and India. Drone deliveries could take a central role, alongside enthusiasts that could help sales reach $12 billion in 2021.


The manipulation and fabrication of digital images and videos is not a new phenomenon. However, recent developments in AI and deep neural networks have made the process of creating face-swapping deepfakes faster and easier. Deepfakes are being used to intimidate, demean, harass, undermine, and destabilize. This sophisticated synthetic media constitutes a new and unique challenge in the broader battle against online disinformation and the weaponization of technology.

Image courtesy of Markus Spiske.

The life science analytics market, which includes services and software, could reach a worth of $42.0 billion by 2025 (doubling that of 2020), at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.7% between 2020–2025. This growth will be driven by big data, technological advancements, increased adoption of analytics solutions in clinical trials, and the need for data standardization, among others.

Image courtesy of Bill Oxford.

Reusable rockets have revolutionized access to space, reducing both the costs of access and the CO2 footprint of launches. Major entrepreneurial developments are to be expected in the coming years, including those from familiar frontrunners SpaceX and Blue Origin as well as new innovations from Virgin Galactic, ISRO, and Arianespace. Understanding the technology, its financial and environmental impacts, and their promising applications for space tourism, power generation, communications, and materials development, all hint at what’s to come.


Once a formative event in a person’s life, rocket launches are now becoming a weekly occurrence anyone can access and follow online. However, we rarely stop to think about the environmental costs of commercial space flight. With space exploration becoming increasingly significant in the coming years, what are the trade-offs between propellant types and which threats should we get ready to address?


Countries around the world have taken different measures to slow down or stop the spread of the virus. While China, South Korea, and Taiwan quickly dove into AI-powered screening and tracking, western democracies took a more human-driven direction. Almost ten months after the WHO declared the pandemic a global emergency, has one approach proven better than the other?

An empty Lovat Lane, in London. Photo courtesy of Simon Mumenthaler.

Yisela Alvarez Trentini

Anthropologist & User Experience Designer. I write about science and technology. Robot whisperer. VR enthusiast. Gamer. @yisela_at www.yisela.com

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