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  • NASA to Discuss Demonstration of New Space Exploration Power System

    04/20/2018 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | April 18, 2018
    Media are invited to attend a news conference at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland at 9:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 2, to discuss a recent experiment to demonstrate a new nuclear reactor power system designed for space. News conference audio and presentation slides will stream live on NASA’s website. Kilopower could provide safe, efficient and plentiful energy for future robotic and human space exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. The experiment was conducted November 2017 through March 2018 at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). News conference participants include: James Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA’s...
  • This AI Can Automatically Animate New Flintstones Cartoons

    04/13/2018 6:49:30 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | April 13, 2018 | Andrew Liszewski
    The Flintstones, a cartoon about life in the Stone Age, has just surpassed The Jetsons, a cartoon about life in the distant future, when it comes to technological innovation. Researchers have successfully trained artificial intelligence to generate new clips of the prehistoric animated series based on nothing but random text descriptions of what’s happening in a scene. A team of researchers from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, trained an AI by feeding it over 25,000 three-second clips of the cartoon, which hasn’t seen any new episodes in over 50 years. Most AI experiments...
  • Shhh … Alexa might be listening

    04/12/2018 12:41:20 PM PDT · by bitt · 106 replies
    the guardian ^ | 4/11/2018 | alex hern
    Amazon has filed a patent that could allow its Echo devices to one day listen in on conversations to help with user recommendations. A handy feature or more fodder for conspiracy theories? Should you whisper around your Amazon Echo, lest it whisper back to you? That’s the future suggested by a patent recently filed by the company, which examined the possibility of eavesdropping on conversations held around its voice-activated devices in order to better suggest products or services to users. The idea seems to be to turn Alexa, the company’s virtual assistant, from a dutiful aide under the user’s command...
  • Elon Musk Worries That AI Research Will Create an 'Immortal Dictator'

    04/08/2018 6:41:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Space.com ^ | 04/08/2018
    Imagine your least-favorite world leader. (Take as much time as you need.) Now, imagine if that person wasn't a human, but a network of millions of computers around the world. This digi-dictator has instant access to every scrap of recorded information about every person who's ever lived. It can make millions of calculations in a fraction of a second, controls the world's economy and weapons systems with godlike autonomy and — scariest of all — can never, ever die. This unkillable digital dictator, according to Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, is one of the darker scenarios awaiting humankind's future if...
  • The tech bubble gets its (w)reckoning

    04/08/2018 11:08:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 04/08/2018 | Spengler
    The US tech sector does a great job of exchanging photos and recipes and family photos, but it doesn’t do much for overall productivity, which is stagnant as investment goes into apps rather than plant and equipment. This is how it always happens. Late Tuesday an obscure short-seller, Citron Research, announced that Twitter was the social media platform most vulnerable to privacy regulation – and its stock plunged 12% in the course of the day. All the other tech names followed, including the whole of the FANG+ Index (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, along with a half-dozen other big names,...
  • Novel Hydrogel-Based Solar Vapor Generator Yields Clean Drinking Water

    04/04/2018 9:37:30 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 25 replies
    R & D Magazine ^ | 04/03/2018 | Kenny Walter
    Finding a cheap and effective water purification process would have global implications. A research team from the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering has developed a new cost-effective and compact technology that combines gel-polymer hybrid materials to improve the purification process for drinking water. The new materials possess both hydrophilic—an attraction to water—qualities and semiconducting, or solar-absorbing properties. This enables the hydrogel to produce clean, safe drinking water from virtually any source, whether it's from the oceans or contaminated supplies. “We have essentially rewritten the entire approach to conventional solar water evaporation,” Guihua Yu, associate professor of...
  • The Pentagon Needs to Reverse Course

    04/02/2018 11:32:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2018 | Peter Roff
    A lot has been written about the Pentagon's plan to move its computing operations onto the cloud. The contract to do the work is said to be worth $1 billion in just the first year to the firm that wins the bid, and billions more after that. The contract is sole source - meaning one company would be responsible for designing and maintaining the contracted services for at least a decade and probably in virtual perpetuity - so it's no surprise rumors about the bid being rigged are flying around. There's a lot at stake for the winners and the...
  • FTC confirms it's investigating Facebook

    03/26/2018 8:18:24 AM PDT · by bitt · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/26/2018 | Harper Neidig
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday confirmed that it had opened an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices following reports that data from 50 million users landed in the hands of a political consulting firm without their consent. Tom Pahl, the acting FTC bureau chief for consumer protection, said in a statement that the agency would be investigating whether the incident constituted a violation of a 2011 agreement that Facebook signed to settle charges over other privacy concerns. “Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements,” Pahl said....
  • Raytheon Technology successfully tests high-power microwave capabilities against drones

    03/23/2018 8:11:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Homeland Preparedness News ^ | 03/23/2018 | Kevin Randolph
    Raytheon Technology recently participated in a Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, in which its advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy engaged and destroyed 45 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).Raytheon’s high-power microwave system engaged multiple UAV swarms, downing 33 drones, two and three at a time. “The speed and low cost per engagement of directed energy is revolutionary in protecting our troops against drones,” Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president, said. “We have spent decades perfecting the high-power microwave system, which may soon give our military a significant advantage against...
  • Brave New World?

    03/22/2018 7:01:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2018 | Derek Hunter
    We were promised flying cars and virtual reality that was indistinguishable from the real things, what we got was a mess. The future wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, but it was never going to be. At least not in our lifetimes.That technology has made our lives easier, and some would say better, isn’t really a matter for debate. But advances have begun to outpace common sense and, more importantly, our readiness for them.This week, two stories highlighted just how unprepared we are for the future that resides just around the corner.First, the “Facebook data breach” that wasn’t. You’ve...
  • A Self-Driving Uber Killed a Woman. Whose Fault Is It?

    03/21/2018 12:48:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 119 replies
    TNR ^ | 03/21/2018 | Matt Ford
    When a driverless car kills someone, who’s to blame? That’s no longer a hypothetical question. A self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday night, likely marking a grim milestone for the nascent technology: the first pedestrian killed by such a car on public roads. Police say the 49-year-old woman was walking a bike across the street, outside the crosswalk, at around 10 p.m. The Uber was traveling at 40 miles per hour in autonomous mode, with an operator in the driver’s seat, when she was hit. Police have not...
  • Tech stocks are flashing a warning sign similar to before the dot-com bubble popped

    03/19/2018 4:22:37 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | 19 Mar 18 | Jeff Cox
    • Price performance difference between tech and utilities has spread lately to a level nearly as wide as when the dotcom bubble burst. • "The obsession with dot-com stocks in the late-1990s has been replaced today by a fascination with FANG stocks," said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group. Price performance between the two sectors has spread lately to a gap not quite as wide as during the bubble, but close. Using a measure called the "Popular/Panned Ratio", Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, sees danger signs growing for the bull market that began...
  • Why IS the Pentagon looking into time crystals? Darpa launches program to study (trunc)

    03/15/2018 4:54:30 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 37 replies
    A simple illustration of the concept of driving something out of equilibrium to increase its stability is the well-known trick of making an inverted broom stand up on the palm of your hand or on one of your fingertips,’ said Ale Lukaszew, DARPA program manager. ‘If you hold your hand still, the broom is unstable and will fall over quickly. But if you drive the broom out of equilibrium by moving your hand around periodically, you can make the broom very stable, so it remains upright indefinitely.’ Particles in a quantum state are very sensitive to their environment. With the...
  • Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow

    03/14/2018 3:55:43 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/14/18 | Dr. Robert Owens
    It's tough to make predictions especially about the future Science fiction has predicted many of today’s realities from cell phones to tablets. Many things that are today part of History like walking on the moon, organ transplants, and space stations were once flights of fancy. Futurists build current events on a foundation of History to provide a launching pad for visions of what is to come. One of the most widely recognized Futurists is Alvin Toffler whose seminal works include Future Shock and The Third Wave. He is also the one who told us, “Change is not merely necessary to...
  • Donald Trump just Saved the U.S. 5G Industry from China

    03/12/2018 6:53:09 PM PDT · by muleskinner · 109 replies
    Gordon Chang | John Batchelor Show
    Donald Trump, in only the 4th time in 70 years, disallowed the merger of Broadcom and QUALCOMM. Broadcom is the 5G leader out of Singapore with ties to Huawei, the giant Chinese electronics conglomerate that's also heavily tied to the PLA. The merger would have resulted in the dismantling of Qualcomm, with Broadcom and Huawei taking any advanced 5G technology and leaving the rest for scraps.
  • The STEM Glut

    03/08/2018 9:17:43 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 89 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 7, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    An increasing number of insiders say, contrary to the multitude of studies and seminars we've slogged through, that there is not a shortage of Science Technology and Engineering Majors (STEM) but a glut. "It turns out that new PhDs in science have a hard time getting a job like their mentor's: tenured faculty in a research university," John Staddon a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Duke University writes in an essay distributed by the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. "Fifty years ago, in my own area of experimental psychology, things were very different." "Postgraduates,...
  • China Weaponizing Isotope That Could Dramatically Worsen Nuclear War

    02/26/2018 9:51:27 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 53 replies
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    The future of nuclear warfare is becoming far more destructive. The Chinese Academy of Sciences announced last week that state-backed researchers at a facility in Lanzhou had successfully fired superheated beams of Tantalum 181. Tantalum 181 is a radioactive isotope that could be added to nuclear warheads to increase their devastating fallout. This news from a Chinese city that many Westerners have likely never heard of has sobering implications for every person alive. Adding Tantalum 181 to a warhead could theoretically produce a “salted” nuclear bomb. After causing extreme damage with the initial explosion, a salted bomb would release a...
  • AI - Voice Of God Technology - Mind Hacking

    02/24/2018 4:53:47 AM PST · by smileyface · 13 replies
    Youtube lecture ^ | Sept 5 2017 | Dr Robert Duncan
    Harvard University's Dr Robert Duncan speaks on the Voice Of God technology, Mind Hacking and Game theory. Full lecture can be found via the Source Video link below.
  • TRANSPARENT ALUMINUM - CLEAR METAL?!

    02/21/2018 8:01:36 PM PST · by goldendelicious · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7-24-2017 | Tiffany Loverd
    Aluminium oxynitride or AlON is a ceramic composed of aluminium, oxygen and nitrogen. It is marketed under the name ALON by Surmet Corporation. AlON is optically transparent (≥80%) in the near-ultraviolet, visible and midwave-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is 4 times harder than fused silica glass, 85% as hard as sapphire, and nearly 15% harder than magnesium aluminate spinel. Since it has a cubic spinel structure, it can be fabricated to transparent windows, plates, domes, rods, tubes and other forms using conventional ceramic powder processing techniques. ALON is the hardest polycrystalline transparent ceramic available commercially. Combination of optical...
  • Why The Next Oil Boom Will Be Fueled By Blockchain

    02/21/2018 4:16:35 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 21-02-2017 | Mike
    Big Oil is due for a disruption. The world’s most important industry has been carrying on without any significant changes in its day to day routine for far too long. But now, the new tech on the block has its sights set on the multi-trillion-dollar oil and gas sector. It’s official: Blockchain technology has infiltrated Big Oil. The hype behind blockchain has reached a full-blown frenzy. And for good reason. The technology, which creates secure ledgers for digital transactions and rapidly accelerates the pace at which transactions can be made, has the potential to disrupt every major industry: real estate,...