What If We Get The Ability To Extract By Nanotech Rare Elements From The Bulk of The Earth?

A guest article by Joseph Friedlander Given that energy supply is severely limited, and the Peak Everything people tend to take that as a given, sharp limits appear in vital mineral resources in many areas of supply; thus the Peak (fill in the blank) articles you read now and then. But what if technology develops …

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AI and robotics will redefine jobs rather than eliminate them in the short term

The potential of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics to perform tasks once reserved for humans is no longer reserved for spectacular demonstrations by the likes of IBM’s Watson, Rethink Robotics’ Baxter, DeepMind, or Google’s driverless car. Just head to an airport: automated check-in kiosks now dominate many airlines’ ticketing areas. Pilots actively steer aircraft for …

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Velmenni targets 2018-2019 for commercial Li-fi LED bulbs for Gbps to multi-Gbps communication

Velmenni Jugnu smart LED bulbs can transfer data through visible light. Velmenni is implementing the Li-Fi technology in their new range of LED bulbs. It refers to the wireless communication system which uses light as a medium of transport instead of traditional radio frequencies. Although the use of light in order to transmit data can …

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China’s Hainan island will soon open a circular high speed rail track

South China’s island province Hainan began a trial run on Thursday of a new stretch of track that completes the world’s first high-speed train line circling an island. Up to 20 empty trains will run on the 345-km Western Ring Railway per day in the trial period. Exercises will test responses to emergency situations. The …

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US Air Force Might Buy 72 new upgraded F-15 2040C or upgraded F-16 Fighter Jets

The U.S. Air Force might buy 72 upgraded F-15, F-16 or even F-18 fighter aircraft due to low F-35 production rates and the high cost of the F-35. The U.S. Air Force “is struggling to afford 48 F-35s a year” for the first years of full-rate production a senior Air Force officer told Aerospace Daily …

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China’s yuan set for IMF reserve currency status

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to announce on Monday that China’s currency, the yuan, will join the fund’s group of international reserve currencies. Just the US dollar, the euro, Japan’s yen and the British pound are currently part of this select band. Earlier this month, IMF head Christine Lagarde backed the yuan’s inclusion. …

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Elon Musk is ramping up engineering teams for fully autonomous cars

Elon Musk and Tesla want to take their cars to Level 4 or 5 autonomy. This will require some breakthroughs. It goes without saying that Google has made astonishing progress with its Google Car, but that vehicle isn’t at all ready to be manufactured in significant numbers. It’s more of an adorable platform to provide …

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UK sets up £250 million research for small modular nuclear reactors and will likely partner with China

The UK could build one of the world’s first small modular nuclear reactors in the 2020s, after ministers announced support for the technology through a £250 million research package. A competition to identify the “best value small modular reactor design for the UK” will be launched in the new year, which will “pave the way …

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Bill Gates, other billionaires and the governments of the USA, China, India and other countries will fund multi-billion dollar clean energy fund

Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of a Paris summit meeting intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions, according to people with knowledge of the plans. The fund is meant to pay for research and development of new clean-energy technologies. It …

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If climate change is a serious problem then we need serious solutions like scaled nuclear power

Peter Thiel makes the case in the NY Times for policy to get aligned to enable new nuclear designs to be used to reduce the emissions associated with climate change Speaking about climate change in 2013, President Obama said that our grandchildren will ask whether we did “all that we could when we had the …

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