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Oct 26, 2016

Play the PC game Elon Musk wrote as a pre-teen

Posted by in categories: alien life, Elon Musk, internet, military, space travel, sustainability

Elon Musk is obsessed with space. At age 30, he founded SpaceX. At age 41, he oversaw the first cargo mission to the International Space Station by a private company. And at age 12, as a kid living in South Africa, he made a space-themed PC game called Blastar. Now, thanks to the power of the internet, you can play that game.

Musk sold the code for Blastar for $500 to the magazine PC and Office Technology, and a reproduction of the page it appeared on was published in Ashlee Vance’s biography Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. From there, Tomas Lloret Llinares — a software engineer at Google — took the code and rebuilt the game to work in HTML5.

Your mission, as the game’s lonely space pilot, is to “destroy [the] alien freighter carrying deadly hydrogen bombs and status beam machines.” Blastar is mostly a mix of Space Invaders and Asteroid, though it’s much more basic. There is never more than two ships on the screen, there are few sound effects, and — like many games of its time — it really has no ending. It’s almost unimpressive; that is, until you remember that it was made by a 12-year-old in 1984.

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Oct 25, 2016

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI


The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defense strategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions.

Oct 25, 2016

Russia unveils first images of Satan 2 missile

Posted by in category: military

Russia has unveiled chilling pictures of its largest ever nuclear missile, capable of destroying an area the size of France.

The RS-28 Sarmat missile, dubbed Satan 2 by Nato, has a top speed of 4.3 miles (7km) per second and has been designed to outfox anti-missile shield systems.

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Oct 25, 2016

Russian military build impenetrable closed internet – and mocks US technology

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet, military

For my CISO/ CSO friends.

It is believed that Russia has the Internet that is considered as impenetrable. Such technology protects Russia from hacking attempts.

The World Wide Web (WWW) is prone to hacking, as shown in the recent cyber attacks on the US which led to outages on giants including Twitter, Amazon and Spotify, for which Russia has been largely blamed, so the Eastern European powerhouse has upped its security measures.

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Oct 25, 2016

The exciting new age of quantum computing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, encryption, military, quantum physics, security, space travel

What does the future hold for computing? Experts at the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), based at Oxford University, believe our next great technological leap lies in the development of quantum computing.

Quantum computers could solve problems it takes a conventional computer longer than the lifetime of the universe to solve. This could bring new possibilities, such as advanced drug development, superior military intelligence, greater opportunities for and enhanced encryption security.

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Oct 18, 2016

Russia Turning Cellphone Towers Into Missile Jammers

Posted by in categories: government, military

Heading to Russia anytime soon? Well, that cell tower that you see in Russia may actually be a missile jammer.

Missile jammers aren’t exactly new as far as technology is concerned, but Russia’s implementation of it might. According to a report from Motherboard, it seems that over in Russia, the government is apparently considering stepping up their military defense by equipping civilian cellphone towers with missile jammers.

According to a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman who spoke to the Izvestiya newspaper, “At the present time, the tests of the item have been completed and the system has been accepted into the inventory.” Dubbed Pole-21, these missile jammers can be mounted onto cellphone towers and given the spread of cellphone towers, the end result could be a dome-like defense system that can cover entire regions and protect it from satellite navigation signals.

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Oct 18, 2016

Robotic ALIAS puts Cessna Caravan through basic maneuvers

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The ALIAS system, developed by DARPA, could cut down on crew requirements in military and civilian small aircraft by taking control with a robotic arm. Although it’s still a ways off production, the system has been successfully demonstrated on a Cessna Caravan aircraft.

Oct 18, 2016

An Electromagnetic Arms Race Has Begun: China Is Making Railguns Too

Posted by in categories: innovation, military

CASIC, a major Chinese defense contractor, has made major breakthroughs for China to build and deploy military railguns.

Oct 17, 2016

Archetype: Love this one

Posted by in categories: entertainment, military, robotics/AI

I hope the fickle gods of entertainment see fit to make this a regular show or movie…

Hollywood futuristic sci-fi | sci-fi short film.

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Oct 16, 2016

EmDrive Inventor Gets New Patent For Impossible Engine, US And UK Governments Interested

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

The inventor of the impossible EmDrive, Roger Shawyer, received a new patent for the next generation of his controversial engine and the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense are both interested in obtaining the technology.

If the EmDrive works, which is under some debate, it would allow a military satellite to get close to its target without being detected, it would also revolutionize space travel, Shawyer told the International Business Times.

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