Future capabilities and expectations need to be qualified with key metrics and prices

Jamais Cascio had a piece from early in 2012 about how the major components of “visions” of the technological future have not changed. The items on the list are – Molecular nanotechnology Artificial intelligence and robots galore 3D printers Augmented reality Ultra-high speed mobile networks Synthetic biology Life extension Space colonies The problem is that …

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Carnival of Space 281/282

The Carnival of Space 281/282 is up at Aartscope. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers …

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Distribution center robots

Everything Robotics covered the improvements in the speed of distribution centers through the use of robotics and the Kiva goods to man process. Kiva Goods to man process achieves 600 units per hour versus 160 picks per hour for Man to Goods Amazon has and continues to lead e-commerce-driven distribution with their pick-to-cart method (otherwise …

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Controlled clockwise and anticlockwise rotational switching of a molecular motor

Researchers have made a reversible rotor that sits on a ruthenium atomic cal bearing. Nature Nanotechnology – Controlled clockwise and anticlockwise rotational switching of a molecular motor The design of artificial molecular machines often takes inspiration from macroscopic machines. However, the parallels between the two systems are often only superficial, because most molecular machines are …

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Creating Substrate-Independent Minds

Carboncopies.org is a nonprofit organisation with a goal of advancing and creating Substrate-Independent Minds (SIM). Through carboncopies.org, we reach out to the public (e.g. meetings, Facebook group), to projects and experts, in order to introduce SIM, to explain why we should accomplish SIM, to maintain development roadmaps, as well as to facilitate research and development …

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Winterbergs micro-chemical fusion bomblets

Winterberg’s work in nuclear rocket propulsion earned him the 1979 Hermann Oberth Gold Medal of the Wernher von Braun International Space Flight Foundation. Winterberg is well respected for his work in the fields of nuclear fusion and plasma physics, and Edward Teller has been quoted as saying that he had “perhaps not received the attention …

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Reasons to go beyond biological life extension

A talk by Randal Koene covers the motivation for human technological augmentation and reasons to go beyond biological life extension * Life-extension in biology may increase the fragility of our species & civilization… More people? – Resources. Less births? – Fewer novel perspectives. Expansion? – Environmental limitation. * Biological life-extension within the same evolutionary niche …

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China generates power at the Ningde 1 reactor and starts work on the 30th under construction nuclear reactor

1. Construction of a new reactor was started this week in China. The Russian-designed model is the fourth to be inaugurated since China resumed approvals for new plants at the end of October The new build is at the Tianwan site in Jiangsu province. An AES-91 VVER-1000 unit designed by Gidropress and supplied by Russian …

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Roadmap to Photon Propulsion for Interstellar Flight

Here are steps to Photon Propulsion for Interstellar Flight. First we have to develop photonic laser thrusters (amplifying laser propulsion by bouncing between mirrors to recycle photons). Photonic laser thrusters are described in a previous nextbigfuture article. There has been experimental work that indicates that it is feasible. The systems described here are an improvements …

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Direct Energy Momentum Beaming (DEMB) for Innovative Spacecraft Maneuvering and Basic Photonic Laser Thrusting

Traditionally, Direct Energy (DE), especially High Energy Laser (HEL), has mainly been considered for beaming energy or power, however, it can be exploited for beaming momentum as well. Dr. Y. K . Bae presents an innovative spacecraft maneuvering architecture, DE Momentum Beaming (DEMB), in which momentum is beamed between two spacecraft platforms via the pressure …

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