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  • On 20 July 2021, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, took off into space on board the New Shepard. Just days earlier, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, achieved the milestone that is paving the way for space tourism, albeit only for multimillionaires. Let's travel into the past to learn about history's earliest examples of space tourism, and then look to the future to glimpse what might be on the horizon for this booming industry.

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    Artificial intelligence has long since abandoned the realm of science fiction and is quietly sneaking into our lives. Although still at a very early stage, is laying the foundation to lead a revolution comparable to that generated by the Internet. Its applications in multiple sectors — such as health, finance, transport and education, among others — have prompted the European Union to develop its own Robotics Laws.

    Volcanoes have darkened the skies of the whole planet, killing 82,000 people and burying cities and entire civilisations. Despite scientific progress, volcanoes are still unpredictable and in recent years eruptions have become more recurrent. In 2021 alone, volcanoes such as Etna in Italy, Fagradalsfjall in Iceland, La Soufrière in the Caribbean and Cumbre Vieja on the Canary Island of La Palma have been active.

  • The progress of neuroscience and, in parallel, of neurotechnology is unstoppable. Over the coming decades we will see, even if it sounds like science fiction, devices capable of decoding information in our brains, amplifying our senses or modifying our memories. Which is where ethical boundaries come into play and, in this sense, neurorights are essential if we are to protect our mental privacy.

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    Neurotechnology, which, hand in hand with neuroscience, seeks to unravel the enigmas of the brain, is not a new discipline, but with the meteoric development of artificial intelligence it opens up a world of almost infinite possibilities. On the one hand, there are questions about the applications, which may even include curing brain injuries, and, on the other, about the limits derived from the union between brain and machine, to the point that concepts such as neuro-rights are beginning to become popular.