NTSB Indicates Human Driver and No Autopilot in Texas Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board issued Monday the preliminary report for its ongoing investigation of the fatal, April 17, 2021, crash of a 2019 Tesla Model S near Spring, Texas. Human Driver in Crash Footage from the owner’s home security cameras show the owner entering the driver’s seat and the passenger entering the front passenger …

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Superintelligence as a Service is Coming and It Can Be Safe AGI

Drexler and the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute proposing that artificial intelligence is mainly emerging as cloud-based AI services and a 210-page paper analyzes how AI is developing today. AI development is developing automation of many tasks and automation of AI research and development will enable acceleration of AI improvement. Accelerated AI improvement would mean …

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AirMap enables 30 second authorization for urban drone flights in restricted airspace instead of 90 days

AirMap is the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones, supporting more than 100,000 drone flights per day. The only platform that powers millions of flights today with APIs and SDKs built for tomorrow. Millions of drones, hundreds of drone manufacturers and developers, and hundreds of airspace managers and stakeholders rely on AirMap’s airspace intelligence …

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4 Megawatt modular micro nuclear reactor is in Canadian pre-license review and targets 2025 for demo reactor

The U-Battery consortium, led by Urenco, has registered its micro-modular reactor technology for pre-licensing vendor design review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). U-Battery is a ‘micro’ nuclear reactor which will be able to produce local power and heat for a range of energy needs, mainly targeting the markets for industrial power units and …

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Costs for orbital space tourism have gone up from $20 million in 2001 to $40 million in 2009 and $80 million now and trip around moon is about $175 million

Space Adventures has sent seven people to the international space station NASA pays the Russian space agency Roscosmos about $81 million and change for a round-trip ticket in a Soyuz capsule. The latest five seats NASA bought in bulk were a little cheaper, about $74.7 million per seat. NASA estimates that a round-trip ticket to …

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Developing Countries, China and Advanced Countries are in a robot and automation race to lower manufacturing costs

A UN report outlines how the increasing use of industrial automation is impacting jobs in developing countries, and what strategies may help in overcoming the problem. Advanced countries, China and developing countries all have to add more automation and robots and the supporting infrastructure and education in order to enable lower manufacturing costs Key points …

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Russia’s air force and precision guided weapons make a military that is geopolitical useful and effective

The United States military had problems in the Vietnam war but introduced precision guided weapons in the first Gulf war. Russia’s air force cannot match the United States in terms of the number of 5th generation planes. This primarily matters in terms of a WW3 or pre-WW3 showdown. However, Russia’s nuclear weapons and conventional capability …

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Production HondaJet is flying and will have breakthroughs like 2 to 3 times more fuel efficient when commercial in 2015

The first production HondaJet achieved its initial flight, marking another milestone toward aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015. The event took place at the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. “With this first flight, the HondaJet program has entered the next exciting phase as we prepare for delivery,” said Honda Aircraft Company …

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Energy Storage with zinc air batteries for electric cars with longer range and competitive grid storage

EOS Energy Storage makes nickel air batteries and has a presentation on energy storage 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 …

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Nvidia launches GPU GeForce Cloud Gaming and in the Fall of 2012 Nividia will power 20 petaflop supercomputer at ORNL

KurzweilAI – Nvidia is flexing its graphics muscle at the 2012 GPU Technology Conference, and the videos below show off Kepler’s new visual tricks:real-time ray tracing, simulation of physical bodies, and cloud gaming powered by its new GeForce Grid system. The Titan supercomputer will go live this fall at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), it …

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All Aluminum frame makes bus 40% lighter than steel and Boeing 737 Max engine will be 12% more fuel efficient

1. Alcoa today announced it has developed a new all-aluminum space frame and bus design for BYD that has reduced the weight of the new BYD Electric Bus body by 40 percent, or nearly one ton, versus steel options. The first two BYD Electric Bus prototypes were launched this week in Changsha City, Hunan Province, …

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