Fourth Industrial Revolution

Are we ready for the future of personal satellites?

The Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD), in the grasp of the Kibo laboratory robotic arm, is photographed by an Expedition 38 crew member on the International Space Station as it deploys a set of NanoRacks CubeSats in this February 11, 2014 NASA photo. The CubeSats program contains a variety of experiments such as Earth observations and advanced electronics testing. Station solar array panels, Earth's horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for the scene.

Technological advances have made satellites more accessible to the masses – but what are the potential consequences? Image: REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

Andrew D. Maynard
Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, Author of Future Rising: A Journey from the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow
Elizabeth Garbee
Ph.D. Student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Arizona State University
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