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Feb 5, 2016

Watch this guy control his Tesla from his Apple Watch

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

The future didn’t come with jetpacks, but it does have this.

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Feb 5, 2016

Elon Musk has been seriously thinking about an electric jet

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, speaking at the Hyperloop Pod Competition this week, said he has been thinking more and more about electric jets.

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Feb 5, 2016

Porsche completes photovoltaic pylon

Posted by in categories: energy, robotics/AI, transportation

All they need to do is also make it capture wind energy…


Porsche defrays its luddite position on driverless vehicles with an impressive solar array that will power the Berlin-Adlershof Porsche center from 2017.

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Feb 2, 2016

Robot drills electrodes into British teen’s brain, cures epilepsy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, robotics/AI, transportation

A British teenager has become the first child in the UK to be cured of epilepsy by a robot that drilled deep into his brain.

Billy Whitaker, 15, had suffered daily seizures for seven years until the operation two weeks ago, which medical experts are convinced has cured him.

The procedure used a £350,000 ($503,455) robot, practically the same as those used on car factory production lines, to drill electrodes into Whitaker’s brain.

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Feb 2, 2016

Here’s the design that won Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod design contest

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

The future of transportation looks awesome.

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Feb 2, 2016

Yamaha, SRI team up on humanoid robot to test motorcycle safety, push performance — and much more

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, space, transportation

The San Jose Mercury News took a look at SRI’s collaboration with Yamaha to develop Motobot, the first motorcycle-riding humanoid robot. “Consider it a high-tech diagnostic tool for motorcycles that just happens to look like a cyborg.”

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Feb 2, 2016

Can Photon Probabilities Change the World?

Posted by in categories: computing, materials, particle physics, quantum physics, transportation

Did you know that Quantum Theory does not know how probabilities are implemented in Nature? And for that matter neither does any other physical theory. Why? Or why not? The closest Quantum Theory comes to explaining probabilities, is to guess that a particle’s wave function is related to its probabilities. That’s it!

Why do we need to ask this question? Commercial opportunities. Imagine if you could control where a photon localizes (captured by an atom). Particle detectors become significantly more sensitive. Boring? No, in fact, DARPA aims to precisely spot single photons and explore the Fundamental Limits of Photon Detection. Anti-stealth is one application. Imagine if you didn’t need 1,000,000 radio wave photons to determine an aircraft’s radar signature, but only a 1,000?

Using probabilities to control photon switching “circuits”, probability switches. Imagine an empty box with optical cables entering and exiting. These probability switches cause photons to exit through different optical cables by controlling where they localize within the box. What if we could build computers with materials lighter than a feather to switch photon paths, instead of heavy silicon or gallium arsenide to switch electron paths? Imagine how fast these switches could operate, as no matter is involved.

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Feb 2, 2016

The Big Business Future Behind Self-Driving Cars: Future of Transportation P2

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, space, transportation

The year is 2021. You’re driving down the highway on your daily commute. You approach a car that’s stubbornly driving at the max speed limit. You decide to pass this overly law-abiding driver, except when you do, you discover there’s no one in the front seat.

As we learned in the first part of our Future of Transportation series, self-driving cars will become publicly available in only a few short years. But due to their component parts, they will likely be far too expensive for the average consumer. Does this mark self-driving cars as an innovation that’s dead in the water? Who’s going to buy these things?

Most articles about autonomous vehicles (AVs) fail to mention that the initial target market for these vehicles won’t be the average consumer—it will be big business. Specifically, taxi and car sharing services. Why? Let’s look at the opportunity self-driving cars represent to one of the biggest taxi/rideshare services on the planet: Uber.

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Feb 1, 2016

Young Aussies thinking twice about car ownership: city futurist

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, finance, habitats, robotics/AI, transportation

2 trends that is happening now especially with millennials: car ownership is no longer the desire; and home ownership is out of reach. And, this will impact at a minimum 4 industries — financial, real estate, auto, and insurance industries? Something that many in industry will need to get very creative in addressing to entice the future larger market consumers.


Young people no longer rush to buy their first car, meaning future cities need to think quickly about public transport and the emerging “share economy”, one of Australia’s leading urban futurists says.

Fewer people will “own a car”, “shared” driverless cars will be common and the “Uber” idea of sharing a ride will extend beyond an alternative to taxis, to ‘sharing’ homes, jobs, electric cars, hotel rooms and bikes by 2050.

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Feb 1, 2016

New invention revolutionizes heat transport (w/video)

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, quantum physics, transportation

Another major leap forward in Quantum; researchers have been able to transport heat consistently ten thousand times further than ever before. This will enable Quantum technology to be leveraged in across multiple areas of manufacturing (clothing, etc.), energy, and electronics due to its heat conductive properties.

Heat conduction is a fundamental physical phenomenon utilized, for example, in clothing, housing, car industry, and electronics. Thus our day-to-day life is inevitably affected by major shocks in this field. The research group, led by quantum physicist Mikko Möttönen has now made one of these groundbreaking discoveries. This new invention revolutionizes quantum-limited heat conduction which means as efficient heat transport as possible from point A to point B. This is great news especially for the developers of quantum computers.

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