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The Future is closer than you think!
Radio Open Source: The End of Work with Ray Kurzweil, Andrew McAfee, Chris Lydon
The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need you, or me either. Anything we can do, machines can do better — surgery, warfare, farming, finance. What’s to do? Shall we smash the machines, or go to the beach, or finally learn to play the piano?
Ray Kurzweil: Director of Engineering at Google, futurist, inventor, and author ofThe Age of Spiritual MachinesandThe Singularity Is Near.
Andrew McAfee: Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, author ofThe Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.
Charles Derber: sociologist and author ofThe Surplus American.
Sarah Jaffe: journalist and host ofDissent’slabor podcast “Belabored”
U.S. Navy To Test And Evaluate Lockheed Martin Industrial Exoskeletons
Lockheed Martin has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) for the U.S. Navy to evaluate and test twoFORTIS exoskeletons. This marks the first procurement of Lockheed Martin’s exoskeletons for industrial use. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The FORTIS exoskeleton is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator’s strength and endurance by transferring the weight of heavy loads from the user’s body directly to the ground.
The objective of this effort is to mature and transition exoskeleton technology to the Department of Defense industrial base and perform testing and evaluation for industrial hand-tool applications at Navy shipyards.
‘Urban Nomads is the first book about an upcoming and hard-to-define new lifestyle. It sheds a light on possible new ways of living, working, cooking, and medical care in an age of increasing flexibility. The book is a huge catalogue of movable micro buildings and well-designed solutions for on-the-go living experiences, all based around themes like instant housing, instant cooking, instant exhibition, and instant help.’
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”
Graphene-Based Artificial Retina Sensor Being Developed
Researchers at Germany’s Technical University of Munich are developing graphene sensors like the ones depicted above to serve as artificial retinas. The atom-thick sheet of linked carbon atoms is being used because it is thin, flexible, stronger than steel, transparent and electrically conductive.
TUM physicists think that all of these characteristics and graphene’s compatibility with the body make it a strong contender to serve as the interface between a retinal prosthetic that converts light to electric impulses and the optic nerve. A graphene-based sensor could help blind people with healthy nerve tissue see, they say.
Infiniti Q50 Active Lane Control - Selfdriving Car
Don’t do this. Never! They should be glad that nothing bad happened.
Hands Free Driving: Let’s see how well the Active Lane Control works on the new Infiniti Q50S Hybrid. The interesting bit: The system doesn’t turn off if you take your hands off the steering wheel (or leave the drivers seat entirely).
NASA presents Robo-Glove - a wearable human grasp assist device
Researchers at the NASA Johnson Space Center in collaboration with General Motors have designed and developed Robo-Glove, a wearable human grasp assist device, to help reduce the grasping force needed to operate tools for an extended time or for repetitive motion tasks. This wearable device allows the user to tightly grip tools and other items for longer periods of time without experiencing muscle discomfort or strain. The Robo-Glove also has potential applications in prosthetic devices, rehabilitation aids, and people with impaired or limited arm and hand muscle strength.
The Robo-Glove is a patented technology available for commercial technology licensing. For more information about Robo-Glove and other technology license opportunities, visit:http://technology.jsc.nasa.gov
This is what your home on Mars could look like - NASA JPL and Makerbot have announced the winners of their Thingiverse Mars Base challenge to design and 3D print a human habitat for the Red Planet. - Humans living on Mars is a fascinating concept. We already have Mars One looking to establish a Mars colony, and NASA planning manned missions to the Red Planet, with one objective being to assess the feasibility of living there; whether Mars has the resources necessary for human survival, and whether we have the technology to create what we need. While, however, it’s still a distant dream, that hasn’t stopped people from thinking about how we might live if we get there. Recently, NASA and Makerbot held the Mars Base challenge: to design human habitation, using materials either found on Mars or brought from Earth, that could be 3D printed. With 228 submissions on Thingiverse, the competition was fierce — but the three top designs are in, with the first place winner receiving a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer and spools of MakerBot PLA filament going to second and third. (via This is what your home on Mars could look like - CNET)
Ownphones has progressed a lot in the several months since it first announced its entrance into the 3D-printed custom-fit wireless headphones space. Here we see the actual guts, and the multitude of applications from sportswear to casual or even more fashionable accessorized designs.
Four independently motorized fingers controlled individually by four touch sensors; powered by one Mindstorms EV3. Flair includes a mount for my cell phone (just for my convenience), a blue light-up bar, and 5 blue LEDs.
I wore this for 2 hours in low light during the “world of lights” event at BrickFair VA 2014 (all overhead lights in the expo hall turned off so lit-up MOCs could shine). I also wore this for several hours during the public days, Saturday & Sunday, August 2nd & 3rd — shaking hands with attendees all day.
Physical build time: off & on for many evenings. Programming time: 1 hour. No I don’t have instructions written up to share.
August 12, 2014 5:31 PM EDT — Researchers at the University of California-San Diego report that they have developed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that not only measures exercise progress, but can harvest energy from sweat to power small electrical devises. (The American Chemical Society)