Affordable, Rapid Bootstrapping of Space Industry and Solar System Civilization

Journal of Aerospace engineering – Affordable, Rapid Bootstrapping of Space Industry and Solar System Civilization Advances in robotics and additive manufacturing have become game‐changing for the prospects of space industry. It has become feasible to bootstrap a self‐sustaining, self‐expanding industry at reasonably low cost. Simple modeling was developed to identify the main parameters of successful …

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DARPA offer $2 million prize for rescue robot challenge

DARPA plans to offer a $2 million prize to whomever can help push the state-of-the-art in robotics beyond today’s capabilities in support of the DoD’s disaster recovery mission. DARPA’s Robotics Challenge will launch in October 2012. Teams are sought to compete in challenges involving staged disaster-response scenarios in which robots will have to successfully navigate …

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Robin Hanson updated analysis of the economic impact of Whole Brain Emulation Artificial Intelligence

Robin Hanson’s best guess for the next revolution on the scale of the industrial, or farming, or human revolutions, is artificial intelligence in the form of whole brain emulations, or “ems.” The powerpoint slides for the talk are here Sander Olson interviewed Robin Hanson in 2010 You have written about how a major AI advance …

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Japan plans robotic farms for tsunami damaged land

Taipei Times/AFP – Japan is planning a futuristic farm where robots do the lifting in an experimental project on land swamped by the March tsunami, the government said yesterday. This report also shows that Japan is working to remediate land by removing more widespread salt from soil. There is also new technology for removing radioactive …

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Computronium is claimed to be unobtanium

Quantum Computer researcher Suzanne Gildert claims that computronium is unobtanium. Computronium is defined by some as a substance which approaches the theoretical limit of computational power that we can achieve through engineering of the matter around us. It would mean that every atom of a piece of matter would be put to useful work doing …

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New Space Age Materials for a New Space Age

Ideas for Space Industrialization in the spirit of G. Harry Stine’s The Third Industrial Revolution By Joseph Friedlander Space Products And Potential Earthly Markets. The original Space Age (say 1958-68 and to a lesser degree all the way to 1975) was not merely the successor to the Atomic Age (immediate post WW2 say 1945-57) but …

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New DARPA projects for 2011

DARPA has new solicitations for 2011 Controlling Cellular Machinery – Vaccines Looking for new ideas about how to discover, design, evolve, assemble and demonstrate the ability to use genetic components, modules and circuits for the development of a highly efficacious nucleic acid based vaccine whose activity can be regulated in vivo by a mammalian host. …

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Setting Up An Industrial Village On The Moon using the nuclear cannon

Hi, this is Joseph Friedlander with a guest post for Next Big Future. This article will discuss setting up an industrial village on the Moon. And on import substitution and Jane Jacobs economics (transactions of decline and transactions of ascent). Note- This is a lengthy discussion of a plan for bootstrapping civilization into space. In …

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