Tuesday, January 1, 2019

AI Will Create Millions More Jobs Than It Will Destroy. Here’s How

https://singularityhub.com/2019/01/01/ai-will-create-millions-more-jobs-than-it-will-destroy-heres-how/

The problem I have with this claim is that in each case where automation increases jobs, the automation frees up humans to do what automation can't. But what happens when A.I. becomes vastly smarter than humans in EVERY way? As I see it, any job increases would just go to more A.I.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Smart dust

This is the stuff that makes the privacy-free society envisioned in The Transparent Society (David Brin) possible, even likely:

https://qz.com/emails/quartz-obsession/1494837/

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Toyota taps Docomo 5G to remotely control its humanoid robot

"As for what such a robot might actual be good for (beyond knocking the snot out of pint-sized kaiju), Toyota sees potential in homes and healthcare, with an eye on “a prosperous society of mobility.”"

Oh, I can see many more uses than that! How about sending them into dangerous situations where human dexterity and agility are necessary? Like shutting down a radioactive power plant, fighting fires, dealing with active shooters, going into battle (like Predator and Reaper drones, only for foot soldiers), etc.:

https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/30/toyota-taps-docomo-5g-to-remotely-control-its-humanoid-robot/

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Humans Teamed up With a New Kind of AI to Crush a Notoriously Difficult Video Game

"So rest easy, streamers and speed runners — you’re safe from automation for now. It would seem, if this research is an indication of things to come, that the high scores (and solving of other complex problems) will probably be set by human-AI collaborations, not just machines working alone."

The key words there are "for now."

https://futurism.com/humanity-teamed-up-with-a-new-kind-of-ai-to-crush-a-notoriously-difficult-video-game

MIT Scientists Created A Plane That Flies With No Moving Parts

An electric airplane. It may not scale beyond drone size, but it's still impressive:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mit-scientists-creates-plane-that-flies-with-no-moving-parts_us_5bfc1a5be4b0771fb6bc4cfd

Monday, November 26, 2018

End of Space – Creating a Prison for Humanity

As in the movie Gravity...only this looks to be much worse by creating a permanent sphere of ultra-high-speed projectiles around the Earth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS1ibDImAYU

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

How Zinc Batteries Could Change Energy Storage

"NantEnergy said that at $100 per kilowatt-hour, the cost of zinc air batteries compared favorably with that of lithium-ion batteries, which can be $250 per kilowatt-hour but are more typically $300 to $400"

However,

"At the present rate of production of zinc, zinc reserves will last about 25 years. So it is not clear from the reserves available if we will have enough zinc to support the enormous need that will result from the demand for grid-scale batteries."

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/business/energy-environment/zinc-battery-explain.html

The speed of light is torturously slow, and these 3 simple animations by a scientist at NASA prove it

Cool way to give you some perspective: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-fast-speed-light-travels-earth-moon-mars-nasa-2019-1