Carnival of Space Week 58

Carnival of Space 58 is up at UniverseToday This site contributed an article on the top ten near term developments for vastly increased capabilities in space Centauri Dreams talks about a light tower for propelling solar sails Bad Astronomy talks about a quantum mechanics test at the space station Colony Worlds indicates that future colonists …

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Better Robots and AI are not the only ways your job could disappear in the future

by Christina Wong When people talk about the Technological Singularity and advanced robots and artificial (general) intelligence, it seems a large part of the denial of that future is the idea that “a machine cannot do what I do” or “a machine cannot replace my job”. It does not necessarily take more “intelligence”. People have …

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Interesting articles at Space Review on space logistics for space solar

Mike Snead talks about aerospaceplanes and space based solar power I agree some of the things in the article but Mike Snead had said: While some argue that SBSP construction and operations can be undertaken with little or no direct human involvement—using robotic and self-assembly technologies—I [Mike Snead] do not share the optimism that these …

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Taking space based solar power to the megawatt level

The cheapest launch for a moderate sized payload is the Dnepr rocket. It costs $10 million and can launch 4500 kg to LEO. $2222/kg. They are flying now and there are 150 more until 2020. digg_url= ‘http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/06/taking-space-based-solar-power-to.html’; digg_skin =’compact’;reddit_url=’http://advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/06/taking-space-based-solar-power-to.html’reddit_url=’advancednano.blogspot.com/2007/06/taking-space-based-solar-power-to.html’ Dnepr rocket We can either user light thin film solar cells or we can use thin …

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Nanowires for imaging and more

New Scientist reports on nanowires suspended in an invisible “force field” of laser radiation could soon be peering into biological samples, taking low-cost snapshots of viruses and proteins with unprecedented resolution. The team’s prototype can already scan objects with a resolution of 100 nanometres, allowing it to capture the features the size of those on …

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Bussard Fusion Navy contract renewed

As of April 2007, Dr. Robert Bussard, stated that due to the publicity from his 11/9/2006 talk at Google and the 2006 Outstanding Technology of the Year Award, the U.S. Navy sent him a contract extension to continue his fusion research. UPDATE FROM TOM LIGON: Evidently somebody got carried away with some fairly routine bookkeeping. …

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State of cognitive enhancement

A pdf by Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg that surveys the state of cognitive enhancement in 2006 Nick Bostrom’s website The paper reviews ways to train ourselves to be more intelligent/expert, drugs for enhancement /nootropic drugs, genetic modification, enhancing devices like computers, and brain /computer interfaces. I think collaboration and collective productivity as in corporations …

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