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May 20, 2017

A trip in Airbus’s flying car will cost the same as ground taxi

Posted by in category: transportation

Airbus has revealed a trip in its flying taxi will cost ‘the equivalent of a normal taxi’ — from $1.50 to $2.50. The firm is set to release a working craft in 2020 to alleviate the ever-growing issue of traffic jams.

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May 20, 2017

Air Force Unmanned Fighter Jets

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

These fighter jets can fly themselves.

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May 20, 2017

Court Strikes Down FAA’s Drone Registration Rule

Posted by in categories: drones, security

Despite its Big Brother-ish nature, the rule was ostensibly enacted to improve safety as more and more drones take to the air. In his decision, Judge Kavanaugh noted that although the rule is unlawful, “aviation safety is obviously an important goal, and the Registration Rule may well help further that goal to some degree.”

The FAA said on Friday that it is reviewing the court decision, but did not immediately announce whether it would appeal.

“The FAA put registration and operational regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats,” the agency said in a statement. “We are in the process of considering our options and response to the decision.”

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May 20, 2017

Riding high: Toyota eyes ‘flying car’ future

Posted by in categories: drones, futurism

Toyota has its sights set on a Blade Runner future as the Japanese automaker backs a move to launch a flying car in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The company is giving about 42.5 million yen ($375,000) to the Cartivator project, which is developing the three-wheeled sci-fi car that relies on drone technology to take flight.

The manned vehicle, dubbed SkyDrive, will have four sets of propellors and — at 2.9 metres (9.5 foot) long and 1.3 metres wide — is aiming to be the world’s smallest flying car, according to the project.

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May 20, 2017

Plasma jet engine breakthrough heralds beginning of new era in space travel

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

A major new breakthrough in jet propulsion technology could revolutionize the aerospace industry, paving the way for plasma jet engines that could carry a craft to the edge of space using only air and electricity.

Berkant Göksel, the lead researcher in a new study by the Technical University of Berlin, says his team have successfully completed tests on plasma engines that could take future aircrafts to altitudes of 30 miles (50km) and beyond.

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May 20, 2017

Join me today at Moogfest from 4:30PM to 6PM at Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1, 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

I’m talking #transhumanism, liberty, the Immortality Bus, politics, and overcoming death w/ science. I’ll be making a tribute to my recently deceased father too. There will be a Q & A after. &

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May 20, 2017

Volvo’s Self-Driving Garbage Truck Wants Your Trash

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The truck also offers “major environmental upsides,” Volvo said, since “gear changing, steering and speed are constantly optimized for low fuel consumption and emissions.”

Volvo plans to test the autonomous truck with Renova through the end of the year.

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May 20, 2017

Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit

Posted by in category: futurism

No sweat: MIT researchers have designed bioLogic, moisture-responsive activewear — a workout suit and running shoe — with ventilating flaps lined with humidity-sensing cells. The flaps open and close in response to an athlete’s sweating.

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May 20, 2017

Bitcoin closes in on (US) $2000; Why it matters

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, finance, government

At the beginning of 2016, Bitcoin was fairly steady at $430. Richelle Ross predicted that it would finish the year at $650. She would have been right, if the year had ended in November. During 2016, Bitcoin’s US dollar exchange rose from $433 to $1000. In the past 2 months (March 24~May 20, 2017), Bitcoin has tacked on 114%, rising from $936 to $2000. [continue below image]…

If this were stock in a corporation, I would recommend liquidating or cutting back on holdings. But the value of Bitcoin is not tied to the future earnings or property value of an organization. In this case, supply demand is fueled—in part—by speculation. Yes, of course. But, it is also fueled by a two-sided network built on the growing base of utilitarian adoption. And not just an adoption fad, but adoption that mirrors the shift in our very understanding of bookkeeping, trust and transparency.

Despite problems of growth, governance and regulation, Bitcoin is more clearly taking its place as the future of money. Even if it never becomes “legal tender” in any country—and is used only as a mechanism of payments and settlement, it is still woefully undervalued. $2000 is not an end-game. It is a beginning.

Philip Raymond co-chairs Crypsa & The Bitcoin Event. He is columnist & board member at Lifeboat Foundation,
editor at WildDuck and is delivering the keynote address at the 2017 Digital Currency Summit in Johannesburg.

May 20, 2017

Intel’s Next CPUs Have 100 Million Transistors Per Square Millimeter: A Generation Ahead Of AMD?

Posted by in category: computing

Moore’s Law is alive and ahead of schedule.

Intel claims Moore’s Law is alive and well and that it’s a generation ahead of the competition.

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