Page 9167

Feb 10, 2018

U.S. transportation agency calls March 1 ‘summit’ on autonomous cars

Posted by in categories: government, law, policy, robotics/AI, transportation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Auto manufacturers, technology companies, road safety advocates and policy makers will attend a March 1 conference over potential government actions that could speed the rollout of autonomous cars, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday.

Last month, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the Trump administration plans to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines this summer as the government sets out to rewrite regulations that pose legal barriers to robot vehicles.

Next month’s “summit” is to help “identify priority federal and non-federal activities that can accelerate the safe rollout” of autonomous vehicles, the department said. It will also be open to the public.

Continue reading “U.S. transportation agency calls March 1 ‘summit’ on autonomous cars” »

Feb 10, 2018

Second Sight touts 1st-in-human Orion cortical implant

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

Second Sight Medical (NSDQ: EYES) today announced the first trial implantation of its Orion cortical visual prosthesis system and updated on implantations of its Argus device and enrollment in an upcoming study.

The first implantation procedure was performed late last month by Dr. Nader Pouratian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Sylmar, Calif.-based company said, as part of an FDA-cleared feasibility trial it won approval to launch last November.

The Orion cortical visual prosthesis system is designed to convert images captured by a miniature video camera, mounted on a patient’s glasses, into a series of electrical pulses which are transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes on the surface of the individual’s visual cortex.

Continue reading “Second Sight touts 1st-in-human Orion cortical implant” »

Feb 10, 2018

Join the Arch Mission

Posted by in category: futurism

Our mission is to preserve and disseminate humanity’s most important information across time and space, for the benefit of future generations.

Read more

Feb 10, 2018


Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Read more

Feb 10, 2018

New Antennas Will Take CubeSats to Mars and Beyond

Posted by in category: satellites

By packing big antennas into tiny satellites, JPL engineers are making space science cheap

Read more

Feb 10, 2018

‘Altered Carbon’ and TV’s New Wave of Transhumanism

Posted by in categories: food, life extension, neuroscience, transhumanism

But Altered Carbon is only the latest bit of transhumanism to hit TV recently. From Black Mirror’s cookies and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ mind-invading telepaths and alien bodysnatchers to Star Trek: Discovery’s surgical espionage and Travelers’ time-jumping consciousness, the classic tropes of body-hopping, body-swapping, and otherwise commandeering has exploded in an era on the brink, one in which longevity technology is accelerating more rapidly than ever, all while most people still trying to survive regular threats to basic corporeal health and safety.

Nobody wants these dumb meat-sack bodies anymore. Now TV is asking if what replaces them will be any better.

Read more

Feb 10, 2018

The special data device SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy sent to orbit is just the start

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, space travel

A so-called ‘Starman,’ which is a life-size mannequin wearing a production version of the SpaceX crew spacesuit; a miniature car created by Hot Wheels to commemorate the Roadster and its primary passenger; and something called an Arch (pronounced “Ark”), which is not so easy to summarily describe.

The Arch on board is a data crystal (sort of like a Jedi Holocron if you’re mad for Star Wars lore) that contains all three books from Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation trilogy. It’s actually a modest amount of data relative to the possibilities of the storage medium – in this case, a quartz silica structure which, using 5D optical storage techniques, can eventually achieve a max storage capacity of 360 terabytes on a disk just 3.75 inches in diameter.

But why shoot a tiny quartz disc into space? Why Foundation, and why aboard the Falcon Heavy, the crowning achievement of Elon Musk’s SpaceX private launch venture thus far?

Continue reading “The special data device SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy sent to orbit is just the start” »

Feb 9, 2018

Ehang Air Taxi Takes Flight With Passengers For The First Time

Posted by in category: transportation

EHang’s 184 air taxi is set to begin testing with passengers in Dubai and the state of Nevada.

Read more

Feb 9, 2018

5D storage crystal joins Tesla Roadster on incredible space journey

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

The successful launch of the new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, by SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida into a Mars orbit around the Sun, has captured the world’s imagination and attention mainly because of its power but also because of its payload.

Famously aboard the spacecraft is a Tesla Roadster, owned by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, but joining the bright red sports car on its journey around our solar system is the Arch Library, created using 5D optical storage technology developed by Professor Peter Kazansky and his team at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre.

This first Arch library (pronounced Ark) – known as the Solar Library — contains the Foundation Trilogy of science fiction books written by Elon Musk’s favourite American author, Isaac Asimov… Archs are the vision of the Arch Mission Foundation which wants to permanently preserve and disseminate human knowledge as part of an ‘Encyclopedia Galactica’ across time and space for the benefit of future generations.

Read more

Feb 9, 2018

First 3D imaging of excited quantum dots

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, quantum physics, solar power, sustainability

Quantum dots are rapidly taking center stage in emerging applications and research developments, from enhanced LCD TVs and thin-film solar cells, to high-speed data transfer and fluorescent labeling in biomedical applications.

Read more