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Oct 14, 2016

The Alba Clockwork — Shielded Alcubierre drive concept

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Today ladies and gentlemen we are able to travel beyond our solar system — May i present you The Alba Clockwork — A successful approach in dealing with previously unstable Alcubierre Drive and its effect on separating space. Previous designs would be obliterated immediately after the generator is powered and would crush upon itself. This new technology creates an energy bubble that can fend off the negative mass generated by the warp field. — Ikarus Shipyards tl;dr — Personal view on a functional Alcubierre driven vehicle with shield to fend off negative mass.

Alcubierre drive : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcubierre_drive

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Oct 14, 2016

Anki’s Cozmo robot is the new, adorable face of artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Human beings have an uneasy relationship with robots. We’re fascinated by the prospect of intelligent machines. At the same time, we’re wary of the existential threat they pose, one emboldened by decades of Hollywood tropes. In the near-term, robots are supposed to pose a threat to our livelihood, with automation promising to replace human workers while the steady march of artificial intelligence puts a machine behind every fast food counter, toll booth, and steering wheel.

In comes Cozmo. The palm-sized robot, from San Francisco-based company Anki, is both a harmless toy and a bold refutation of that uneasy relationship so loved by film and television. The $180 bot, which starts shipping on October 16th, is powered by AI, and the end result is a WALL-E -inspired personality more akin to a clever pet than a do-everything personal assistant.

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Oct 14, 2016

One Big Question: Will kids being born today need to learn how to drive?

Posted by in category: transportation

As part of our regular “One Big Question” series, we put a very similar question to Steven Shladover at the University of California, Berkeley. Shladover is a research engineer who was instrumental in creating California’s PATH program (Partners for Advanced Transportation Technologies), whose mission is to “develop solutions that address the challenges of California’s surface transportation systems through advanced ideas and technologies and with a focus on greater deployment of those solutions throughout California.”

The exact question we put to Shladover and his response follows.

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Oct 14, 2016

We’ll Soon Trust AI More Than Doctors to Diagnose Disease

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

It probably goes without saying, but medicine has improved a lot in modern times. No one would willingly go back to the days of sketchy anesthetics and experimental surgery.

We know a lot more about what ails the body and how to treat disease.

But could we do better? Sure. Some conditions yet confound doctors. Patients still suffer. As much as the situation has improved—some things haven’t changed a bit.

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Oct 14, 2016

Physicists May Have Evidence Universe Is A Computer Simulation

Posted by in categories: computing, physics

Physicists say they may have evidence that the universe is a computer simulation.

How? They made a computer simulation of the universe. And it looks sort of like us.

A long-proposed thought experiment, put forward by both philosophers and popular culture, points out that any civilisation of sufficient size and intelligence would eventually create a simulation universe if such a thing were possible.

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Oct 14, 2016

This Robot Can Do More Push-Ups Because It Sweats

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A robot that uses artificial sweat can cool its motors without bulky radiators.

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Oct 14, 2016

No extension cord is long enough to reach another planet, and there’s no spacecraft charging station along the way

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space travel

That’s why researchers are hard at work on ways to make spacecraft power systems more efficient, resilient and long-lasting.

“NASA needs reliable long-term power systems to advance exploration of the solar system,” said Jean-Pierre Fleurial, supervisor for the thermal energy conversion research and advancement group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. “This is particularly important for the outer planets, where the intensity of sunlight is only a few percent as strong as it is in Earth orbit.”

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Oct 13, 2016

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

It’s the closest we’ve come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab.

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Oct 13, 2016

For The Long Haul, Self-Driving Trucks May Pave The Way Before Cars

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

Despite being self-driving, big rigs will still need truckers to ride along and take control of in case of emergency situations. But some say they may be the last generation to do their jobs.

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Oct 13, 2016

Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities

Posted by in categories: media & arts, military, terrorism

Unfortunately I think the Pentagon is right. We are quickly heading into a dystopian future.


“Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a video created by the Army and used at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University.

The video is nothing if not an instant dystopian classic: melancholy music, an ominous voiceover, and cascading images of sprawling slums and urban conflict. “Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,” says a disembodied voice. “These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.”

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