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Top 5 technologies that won't be the death of usTechnology can bring out all kinds of doomsayers, but there's no reason to panic. It'll all be okay.
New technology creates lots of fear. People start screaming we're all gonna die! We're all gonna die! These are the top five technologies that will not be the death of us all. I mean there might be some casualties, but not all of us. At number five virtual reality. This technology keeps coming back in one form or another. People worry that virtual reality will lead to isolation which will lead to the downfall of society. No, that's not gonna happen because people will get addicted to VR but it costs money to pay for electricity and an online connection. Society is safe, for now. At number four, wireless technologies. I don't wanna take this too lightly. So let's get serious for a second. There's been a concern that cell phones can cause cancer, due to their emission of radio waves. Tissues near an antenna can absorb this energy. According to the US National Cancer Institute, radio frequency energy does not cause DNA damage that can lead to cancer. We're gonna be okay. At number three, robots in general. We have all seen Terminator and The Matrix. Machines take over and we're relegated to a lower class. We're nowhere near sentient robots that plan to kill us all. Take a look at the Cosmo. That's not killing anyone. How about that robot from Boston Dynamics, Atlas. One long pole and Atlas is done for. Hey, Boston Dynamics, make sure you don't program Atlas for sexual revenge, okay? Thanks. At number two, drones. I'm not talking about military drones. That is flying death. I'm talking about the drones normal people can buy. Take a look at this video from [UNKNOWN]. That's a bird of prey taking out one of those [UNKNOWN] copters. The scaly feet of the bird protected from damage. And at number one, self-driving cars. There's this great fear that self-driving cars will cause accidents which will lead to many deaths. Well, according to some numbers from the Insurance Entity for Highway Safety. There were 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles driven in the US for 2014. Tesla states that worldwide, there's a death every 60 million miles. The first fatality where Tesla's auto pilot was engaged just occurred after 130 million miles. Elon Musk estimates that auto pilot could have saved about a half million people per year at that rate. These cars may save more of us than we expected. For more top fives like this, good luck because that was a really weird one. For other top fives, check out top5.cnet.com. I'm Iyaz [unintelligible] and I'll see you online.