Google Backed venture demonstrated an all electric flying vehicle that could lead to flying cars

The Google backed startup has a all electric plane that could function like a flying car. The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. It is safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. They have designed their first version specifically to …

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Singularity University going global with about 50 international chapters #gsummit

Singularity University is a Silicon Valley think tank that offers educational programs and a business incubator. It was founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil at the NASA Menlo Park in California. The focus is on exponential technology and creating companies that positively impact a billion people. Singularity University is going global by …

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Israel has a desalination fresh water surplus and desalination could be used to reduce middle east conflicts

Just a few years ago, in the depths of its worst drought in at least 900 years, Israel was running out of water. Now it has a surplus. That remarkable turnaround was accomplished through national campaigns to conserve and reuse Israel’s meager water resources, but the biggest impact came from a new wave of desalination …

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Singapore Malaysia high speed rail and the pan asia rail network

China, Japan and South Korea will be bidding next year to build the 350 km Malaysia-Singapore high speed rail line. In January 2016, China reached a total of 19,000km of high speed rail track. China plans to build at least 11,000 more kilometers of high speed rail by 2020. The Singapore Straits Times said in …

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Next generation German and French main battle tank will use new 130 mm tank gun to defeat Russian Armata tank

German defense company Rheinmetall has a prototype of a 130mm smoothbore gun for a future main battle tank (MBT). According to the company, the increase of 8 percent in caliber results in 50 percent more kinetic energy over the 120mm gun from Rheinmetall. The 130mm gun, which was financed entirely by the German company, weighs …

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Why Education Does Not Fix Poverty

Brookings and the American Enterprise Institute claim to have hatched a bipartisan consensus plan for reducing poverty. David Brooks will unveil the plan at an event on December 3rd. The consensus poverty reduction plan will focus on three things: education marriage work. The Education Poverty Argument The higher the education, the lower the poverty rate. …

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Starry Station solves cost of providing high speed internet to the the last mile

Starry Station is a new internet provider who can use a two-foot-high rooftop unit able to serve between 600 and 900 customers within a roughly one-kilometer range with 300 Mbps to 1 Gbps internet. The cost per customer to setup is $25 instead of $2500 for other providers. This will solve the cost of providing …

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The engines and other components of the planned B21 stealth bomber

The planned B21 stealth bomber will likely use a pair of unaugmented 28,000lbs-class F135s engines from the F-35 With some tweaks, such as an increased bypass ratio, a version of the F135 could probably produce more than 30,000lbs of thrust while potentially increasing fuel efficiency. Sixty thousand pounds of thrust should be more than adequate …

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About $20 billion for futuristic update to levees to protect against $62 billion of damage to San Francisco Bay Area by rising oceans by 2100

Kuth and Ranieri, the husband-and-wife founders of a namesake architecture firm in San Francisco’s North Beach, submitted a proposal in the International Rising Tides competition to solve the problem of rising ocean water. The answer was was equal parts high-tech and high-design. They envisioned a “ventilated levee” that minimized impacts on the environment and bay …

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USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier scheduled for commissioning this summer

The $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) aircraft carrier is the most expensive and most advanced warship ever built. It will be commissioned this summer. The ship can hold 4,500 people and weighs 90,000 tons. The CVN-78 is the lead ship in the Ford class of aircraft carriers, replacing some of the U.S. Navy’s …

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What is different about AlphaGo versus Deep Blue? AlphaGo is a learning system and a hybrid system

AI expert Ben Goertzel explains AlphaGo. We are using learning now and not just simplistic search Alphago is not just one system Deep Learning neural networks Monte Carlo Sampling Game tree search Goertzel at Hanson Robotics is using hybrid architecture as well Deep Learning Symbolic Reasoning Computational Linguistics Machine Translation- Google is using pure statistical …

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