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Jun 30, 2016

Inside ULA’s Plan to Have 1,000 People Working in Space by 2045

Posted by in categories: economics, space travel

GOLDEN, Colorado — A major American launch provider has outlined a plan that the company says will help enable a space economy based on refueling spacecraft in Earth orbit.

Dubbed the “Cislunar 1,000 Vision,” the initiative foresees a self-sustaining economy that supports 1,000 people living and working in Earth-moon space roughly 30 years from now. The concept stems from an analysis and ongoing technical work by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co. that provides launches aboard Atlas and Delta rockets.

A central element of the plan involves the use of a souped-up Centaur rocket stage called ACES (Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage). This liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen upper stage is designed to be reusable and can be refueled, perhaps by propellant made using water extracted from Earth’s moonor asteroids. [Moon Base Visions: How to Build a Lunar Colony (Photos)].

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Jun 30, 2016

CNN Courageous studio putting on a special conference on human augmentation some transhumanists are part of

Posted by in categories: ethics, transhumanism

This is very new way of media outreach and news. I’m happy to be a part of it. Featuring Deus Ex too.


This summer, CNN’s brand studio Courageous is partnering with Square Enix®, publisher of SQUARE ENIX interactive entertainment products in the Americas, to host a first-of-its-kind conference on human augmentation. Human by Design will be held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on August 3, 2016, and explore the intersection of technology and humanity with the objective of bringing together top minds to debate, question, and challenge what it means to be human.

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Jun 30, 2016

A new patent means Google Glass might soon have night vision

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

Although we love them to pieces, eventually smart phones won’t be the only way we communicate and spend our time. Scientists predict we might end up using neural networks to play candy crush, or we could spend all our time using smart eyewear.

They still have a few issues to iron out, but there’s a new reason that smart eyewear might be a good option — night vision! Google’s just submitted a patent that suggests it’s planning on adding the future at some point.

Seriously though, we’re keen for anything to stop us tripping over stuff in the middle of the night.

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Jun 30, 2016

3D Printing + Five Axes = 5D Printing?

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, 4D printing, neuroscience

This article is a bit odd to me. Why? Because the way 5D printing is describe is not that much more advance than 3D printing. In fact, 4D printing (as shown by Mitsubishi Lads) prints an object that self evolves/ assembles itself into the object specification submitted to the printer. In another article, it was highlighted that 5D printing would take the 4D printing formation and apply technology that enables the object/s to have intelligence to repair/ evolve over time. So, at this point 5D is still being defined.


3D-printed parts made with five-axis technology are stronger and use less material.

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Jun 30, 2016

DARPA Develops Largest Sensor Network to Navigate “Minefield” of Space Junk

Posted by in category: space

At some point we could see an EPA in space especially with the mining that will be occurring starting in 2017.


Even the smallest piece of space junk could cause a horrible crash.

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Jun 30, 2016

DARPA Completes Integration of Live Data Feeds Into Space Surveillance Network; Jeremy Raley Comments

Posted by in categories: information science, military, robotics/AI, satellites, surveillance

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has finished its work to integrate live data feeds from several sources into the U.S. Space Surveillance Network run by the Air Force in an effort to help space monitoring teams check when satellites are at risk.

SSN is a global network of 29 military radar and optical telescopes and DARPA added seven space data providers to the network to help monitor the space environment under its OrbitOutlook program, the agency said Wednesday.

DARPA plans to test the automated algorithms developed to determine relevant data from the integrated feed in order to help SSA experts carry out their mission.

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Jun 30, 2016

Americans Doubt Future Popularity of Virtual Lovers

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Robots have shown us disappointment in their delivery v. promises in the past. Therefore, I understand why consumers are disenchanted.


A survey finds many Americans seem skeptical or uncertain of future predictions involving robots, artificial intelligence and virtual lovers.

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Jun 30, 2016

Tiny 3D Printed Cameras with Enormous Potential

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, drones, mobile phones

3D printing has has a presence in the medical industry since the 1980s for modelling body parts that are otherwise untouchable without invasive surgery, but research into the potential of this technology is bringing clinicians closer to getting a good look up close at the real thing. Instead of scans, what about injecting a camera no bigger than a grain of salt into your patient?

A group of German researchers have been working on a complex lens system that is small enough to fit inside a syringe, and applications aren’t just limited to the medical industry. They have the potential to also be used in many products which need parts to be as small and light as possible, such as drones and smart phones.

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Jun 30, 2016

The World’s First Freeform 3D Printed House Is Slated To Open in 2017

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats

With Singapore planning to 3D print public housing and the fascinating 3D Print Canal House in Amsterdam, the concept of 3D printed houses is hardly new. But as a result of a Freeform Home Design Challenge hosted by a Tennessee-based startup Branch Technology, the world will see its first freeform 3D printed house called ‘Curve Appeal’ by first half of 2017.

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Jun 30, 2016

Quantum technologies to revolutionize 21st century

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, particle physics, quantum physics

Is quantum technology the future of the 21st century? On the occasion of the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, this is the key question to be explored today in a panel discussion with the Nobel Laureates Serge Haroche, Gerardus ‘t Hooft, William Phillips and David Wineland. In the following interview, Professor Rainer Blatt, internationally renowned quantum physicist, recipient of numerous honours, Council Member and Scientific Co-Chairman of the 66th Lindau Meeting, talks about what we can expect from the “second quantum revolution”.

Blatt has no doubt: are driving forward a technological revolution, the future impact of which is still unclear. Nothing stands in the way of these technologies becoming the engine of innovations in science, economics and society in the . Early laboratory prototypes have shown just how vast the potential of quantum technologies is. Specific applications are expected in the fields of metrology, computing and simulations. However, substantial funding is required to advance from the development stage.

Professor Blatt, the first quantum revolution laid the physical foundations for trailblazing developments such as computer chips, lasers, magnetic resonance imaging and modern communications technology. In the Quantum Manifest published in mid-May, researchers now talk about the advent of a second quantum revolution. What exactly does this mean?

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