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Mar 16, 2017

OffWorld: Erika Ilves

Posted by in category: futurism

https://www.linkedin.com/in/erikailves

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Mar 16, 2017

Automation that could take away human jobs can also open the massive resources of the solar system

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI, space travel, sustainability

Massive and complete automation could enable industrializtion of the moon and space. By using some larger human colonies along with the robots then it would be more robust and less dependent on perfect automation.

Advances in robotics and additive manufacturing have become game-changing for the prospects of space industry. It has become feasible to bootstrap a self-sustaining, self-expanding industry at reasonably low cost. Simple modeling was developed to identify the main parameters of successful bootstrapping. This indicates that bootstrapping can be achieved with as little as 12 metric tons (MT) landed on the Moon during a period of about 20 years. The equipment will be teleoperated and then transitioned to full autonomy so the industry can spread to the asteroid belt and beyond. The strategy begins with a sub-replicating system and evolves it toward full self-sustainability (full closure) via an in situ technology spiral. The industry grows exponentially due to the free real estate, energy, and material resources of space. The mass of industrial assets at the end of bootstrapping will be 156 MT with 60 humanoid robots, or as high as 40,000MT with as many as 100,000 humanoid robots if faster manufacturing is supported by launching a total of 41 MT to the Moon. Within another few decades with no further investment, it can have millions of times the industrial capacity of the United States.

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Mar 16, 2017

Secure Data Storage

Posted by in categories: computing, satellites, security

Launching small satellites with big storage capacities using the highest levels of security. Sensitive information is securely stored off-planet.

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Mar 16, 2017

Warming Mars and thickening its atmosphere can be done in 10–100 years

Posted by in categories: biological, engineering, environmental, space

If all the solar incident on Mars were to be captured with 100% efficiency, then Mars would warm to Earth-like temperatures in about 10 years. However, the efficiency of the greenhouse effect is plausibly about 10%, thus the time it would take to warm Mars would be ~100 years. This assumes, of course, adequate production of super greenhouse gases over that entire time. The super greenhouse gases desired for use on Mars would be per fluorinated compounds (PFCs) as these are not toxic, do not destroy ozone, will resist degradation by ultraviolet life, and are composed of elements (C, S, and F) that are present on Mars. Fluorine has been detected on Mars by Curiosity.

The Warming Phase of a terraforming project on Mars results in a planet with a thick CO2 atmosphere. The thickness is determined by the total releasable CO2 present on Mars.

The temperatures would become well above freezing and liquid water is common. An Earth-like hydrological cycle is maintained. Photosynthetic organisms can be introduced as conditions warm and organic biomass is thus produced. A rich flora and fauna are present. A natural result of this is the biological consumption of the nitrate and perchlorate in the.

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Mar 15, 2017

Another new book is just out by a major publisher on radical science called The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human, by Adam Piore

Posted by in category: science

I’m quoted on the back cover saying it’s a great book! Give it a read! https://www.amazon.com/Body-Builders-Inside-Science-Engineer…atfound-20

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Mar 15, 2017

One Small Change Could Bring Manufacturing Back to the US

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI

Welcome to the world’s first robot-operated 3D printer factory.

This is about as futuristic as it gets.

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Mar 15, 2017

You’ll Want One of These for Your Next Camping Trip

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Charge your phone while you heat your dinner.

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Mar 15, 2017

Rolls-Royce’s pricey paint job

Posted by in category: futurism

This Rolls Royce is painted with real diamond dust: http://cnnmon.ie/2mt8gaQ

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Mar 15, 2017

Lego Robot Battle

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This could be the battle of the century… 😂 😂.

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Mar 15, 2017

George Church, Lumosity want those with good memory to ‘share it, not hoard it’

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, neuroscience

George Church is very interested in your memories now.


Harvard researcher George Church is looking for people with exceptionally good memory to take part in a study aimed at finding genetic mechanisms that boost memory in research that could one day result in better drugs or diagnostic tests.

Church and other researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard Medical School’s Personal Genome Project, in collaboration with Lumos Labs — the makers of the brain-training game Lumosity — will look for common genetic markers in individuals with exceptional memories, attention and reaction speeds.

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