Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lockheed Martin - Helping the Future Arrive

Oh, what a …

At Lockheed Martin, helping the future arrive is what we do. Because we solve the great problems of our times. We create the innovative technologies that define eras.

The great problems of our times is a joke, right? I’d like to see a fusion reactor and routine flights to mars, for sure. But a moving autonomous laser weapon shooting a planes out of the sky??? Btw, nobody wants to work on your transparent flatscreens with glowing touch interafaces.

(Best part of the video is the woman looking into the hotter than hot plasma of the fusion reactor. I want those glasses!)

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Medicine 2064 with Dr. Daniel Kraft

The video is part of the new Conversations with Tomorrow series from Alger. Not that bad. Looking forward to more.

Curing half of the world’s known cancers, granting movement to the paralyzed, preventing Alzheimer’s. Visionary medical expert Dr. Daniel Kraft believes all of this and more can happen by 2064. In this first film in our “Conversations with Tomorrow” series, take a glimpse at the future of medicine and its impact on our lives.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The most exciting phrase to hear in science — the one that heralds new discoveries — is not “Eureka!” but “That’s funny”.

Isaac Asimov

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Sega’s created the projection-mapped kids’ sandbox of the future

Besides VR, this is obviously the future of gaming. Can’t wait for a Popolus or Dungeon Keeper Remake.

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AKINCI 2 Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates ASIMO, HRP, PETMAN

Nick Bostrom on Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers and Strategies

Fine summary from Nick Bostrom for RSA of Bostrom’s latest book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.

How should we prepare for the time when machines surpass humans in intelligence? Professor Nick Bostrom explores the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life.

Monday, September 15, 2014

WMO Weather Report from 2050

The UN and the Weather Channel teamed up to produce a provocative longterm design fiction climate-change forecast, based in the year 2050.

From Motherboard:

Three of the station’s best-known personalities—Sam Champion, Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams—each contribute to a segment that imagines a nation besieged by the kind of extreme weather scientists expect to see a lot more of by midcentury. Rampant is the flooding, the drought, and the heat wave.

Interesting to see, that the future will use digital avatars from TV celebs of the 2010s. Cheaper than real people.

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DARPA: Jetpack developed to help every soldier run 4 minute miles but currently provides 5-12% assist

Nice What if? project from scientist at Arizona State, who developed a small personal wearable jetpack for DARPA to help soldiers run faster.

Let’s combine this with exoskeletons & fire-resistant synthetic spider silk body-armour and you get the futurific soldier from the future.

What if every soldier could run a four-minute mile? That’s the goal behind 4MM, or 4 Minute Mile, a student project to create a wearable jetpack that enhances speed and agility. Working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and a faculty mentor, Jason Kerestes is the mastermind behind 4MM. He built a prototype of the jetpack and is now testing and refining his design to be as effective as possible.
The 4MM project is part of an ASU program called iProjects, which brings students and industry together to find innovative solutions to real-world problems. See an overview of this year’s iProjects here:
Produced by Alexander D. Chapin. Additional videography by Kirk Davis and Matthew Larsen Join the conversation…

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"We’re bouncing now" - New version of MITs robotic Cheetah

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in their robotic cheetah. It enables the robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass.

In experiments on an indoor track, the robot sprinted up to 10 mph, even continuing to run after clearing a hurdle. The MIT researchers estimate that the current version of the robot may eventually reach speeds of up to 30 mph. The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot’s legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In general, the faster the desired speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. Sangbae Kim, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, hypothesizes that this force-control approach to robotic running is similar, in principle, to the way world-class sprinters race. “Many sprinters, like Usain Bolt, don’t cycle their legs really fast,” Kim says. “They actually increase their stride length by pushing downward harder and increasing their ground force, so they can fly more while keeping the same frequency.”

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Soft robotic Exoskeletons

Harvard is working for DARPA’s Warrior Web program on a wearable robot/smart suit that will add power to your movements. The smart suit is intended to be worn under clothing and could boost the endurance and strength of everyone.

Tom Cruises scifi future exoskeletons seems to be outdated. Outpaced by Innovation.

The device, the Soft Exosuit, is intended to be worn comfortably under clothing and could enable soldiers to walk longer distances, keep fatigue at bay, and minimize the risk of injury when carrying heavy loads. Alternative versions of the suit could eventually assist those with limited mobility as well.

DARPA’s Warrior Web program seeks to develop technologies to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for military personnel, but the same technologies could also have civilian applications. A reduction in such injuries could reduce long-term healthcare costs and enhance quality of life for wearers of the suit.

[Wyss Institute]

Saturday, September 13, 2014

*It’s not a “book,” it’s a new design essay of mine.  However, since it’s shareable on VKontakte, it might make some nice Indian-summer reading for Edward Snowden.


*It’s not a “book,” it’s a new design essay of mine.  However, since it’s shareable on VKontakte, it might make some nice Indian-summer reading for Edward Snowden.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

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