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Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: do aug 16, 2018 11:44 am
door xplosive
Within 5 years
the world could widely accept
that we are within striking distance
of a post aging world
Within 5 years, the world could widely accept that we are within striking distance of a post-aging world. This could be with the achievement of mice that would normally die at the age of three getting life extension at the age of two and living beyond 5 years. It might be after that with the similar treatments to reverse aging in dogs. It could be with the first age reversal treatments in humans that make people look significantly younger but also restore muscle and other body functions.

Investors would then accelerate any funding needed to complete several very promising anti-aging treatments which are currently being worked upon.

One of the many George Church companies is Rejuvenate Bio. This is a stealth company that has been running tests to reverse aging in dogs.

They are performing aging reversal trials on dog this year and next year. Human trials would be in 2019-2022 and about 2025 before they are done.

They have a pipeline of more than 60 different gene therapies, which they tested on old mice, alone and in combinations. The Harvard group now plans to publish a scientific report on a technique that extends rodents’ lives by modifying two genes to act on four major diseases of aging: heart and kidney failure, obesity, and diabetes. According to Church, the results are pretty eye-popping.

How soon will we see results of medical regeneration revolution?
Michael D. West, Ph.D., CEO of AgeX Therapeutics, discusses the medical regeneration revolution by looking back at how advances in recombinant DNA and monoclonal antibodies helped usher in new products that improved the quality of human life after decades of research. Dr. West also addresses pluripotent stem cells and how unlocking their potential will spur the next big medical revolution: regenerative medicine.

West indicates that the technologies that make up regenerative medicine have already been under development for 20 years. The technologies are already maturing.

A Post aging world will be good
Michael D. West, Ph.D. and CEO of AgeX Therapeutics, and Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Vice President of New Technology Discovery for AgeX, discuss the societal impact of a post-aging world and how society currently views efforts to extend human longevity.

HIV mostly under control but HIV testing and treatments are not universal
Let us imagine that the promising anti-aging and aging reversal treatments live up to their promise and are developed over the next 10-20 years. What might this look like? The developments with HIV treatments could be instructive.

Consider the relatively recent success with HIV treatments. There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016.

An estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 – about 5,000 new infections per day.

Approximately 70% of people living with HIV globally were aware of their HIV status in 2016. The remaining 30% (over 11 million people) still need access to HIV testing services.

As of June 2017, 20.9 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) globally, up from 15.8 million in June 2015, 7.5 million in 2010, and less than one million in 2000.
1 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016, bringing the total number of people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic to 35.0 million.

It took about 15 years to get to 50% of the target population treated with HIV treatments.

Successful treatments for aging could see similar rollouts.

Aging is the cause of 2 out of 3 deaths. There are about 157,000 deaths every day. 105,000 deaths are aging-related. If aging reversal added 80 years of longevity, then 10 years after the successful development of anti-aging treatment, perhaps 10,000 deaths per day could be delayed many decades. In 20 years perhaps 40,000 deaths per day could be delayed. Over those 20 years, there would be many more healthy people and 100 million total deaths would have been avoided. If it took 10 years to develop the treatments from today, then by 2050 the population would be 100 million higher. It would be 9.9 billion instead of 9.8 billion. People who are 80-110 would be as healthy and active and productive as people who are 50-80 today.

In the 10 years after that another 250 million lives are saved that would have died from aging. The world population is 10.5 billion instead of 10.15 billion.

Then another 2 billion lives are saved from 2060-2100. The world population is 15.2 billion instead of 12.7 billion. People who are 80-170 would be as healthy and active as people who are 35-60 today.

Aubrey de Grey discusses restoring embyronic regeneration in organisms
Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Vice President of New Technology Discovery for AgeX Therapeutics, discusses how primitive organisms have better regenerative capacity than more complicated organisms such as humans. In humans, Dr. de Grey notes, our best regenerative abilities are at the embryonic stage. During the Embryonic Fetal Transition, out ability to regenerate plummets and continues to diminish as we age. Dr. de Grey discusses the role evolution plays in this and how scientists may be able to “revive” our regenerative power.

Evolution chose to turn off most of the regeneration capabilities at the embryonic stage. Evolution has good reasons for making this choice but evolution has different goals than we do. Evolution does not care about individual longevity. Evolution only cares about the longevity of genetic information. It is okay for evolution if the genetic information is handed off to the next generation through reproduction.

Evolution has different tools. Evolution can make smaller changes with sperm and eggs. We can make larger changes with the new genetic engineering tools.

Telomerase and regeneration could be used to create virtual immortality in humans
Michael D. West, Ph.D. and CEO of AgeX Therapeutics, discusses why humans age. Dr. West notes that somatic cells primarily make up the human body and that those cells have a finite ability to replicate. As each cell divides, the DNA (or genetic blueprint for the cell) has to be copied. Each time this happens, the telomere at the end of each DNA strand is shortened. The telomere shortening acts as a clocking mechanism that causes cells in the body to have a finite lifespan which, in turns, causes humans to have a finite lifespan. This differs, Dr. West says, from our reproductive lineage cells which are passed on from generation to generation. These cells include telemorase (which is an immortalizing enzyme). Dr. West and other scientists are looking at how telomerase can be turned on in other cells in the body so that they too can be immortal. The goal being to not only extend human life, but to extend healthy human life.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: do aug 16, 2018 1:27 pm
door Pilgrim
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Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: zo aug 19, 2018 9:04 pm
door xplosive
German Researchers Have Built a Quantum Transistor
Using Just a Single Atom
By David Z. Morris, August 18, 2018

A team of researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a quantum transistor using just a single atom, and capable of operating at room temperature.

The device points toward major new frontiers in computing power and efficiency. Transistors, which control the flow of electronic signals, are the basis of modern electronics. The steady reduction in the size and energy consumption of transistors has been the fundamental driver of advances in computing power for more than half a century.

The new transistor moves a single atom of silver to open and close a circuit. The materials-science news site Nanowerk describes it as the world’s smallest transistor, though other single-atom transistors have been developed previously. More importantly, the new device is described as a so-called ‘quantum’ switch, meaning it can carry more complex information than the binary “on-off” signal of today’s transistors.

The most notable claim made by the researchers is that the switch can operate at room temperature, while most quantum computing elements can only operate at extremely low temperatures, making them more expensive and difficult to maintain. A peer-reviewed paper describing the new device was published in June in the journal Advanced Materials.

According to the researchers, their innovation could have a major impact on the future of computing, particularly in energy efficiency. Thomas Schimmel, head of the research team and co-director of the Center for Single-Atom Electronics and Photonics, says the switch could use less energy than today’s silicon technology “by a factor of 10,000.”

As with most developments in quantum computing, this one, even if it can be economically produced at scale, is likely years from deployment in real-world computers. This transistor’s use of all-metal construction, rather than semiconductors, means it won’t be easily integrated into conventional computing architectures. But when they do arrive, quantum computers will do much more than save energy, which is why major players, including IBM, are investing in the technology.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: do aug 23, 2018 11:27 pm
door Pilgrim
The evolution of space travel -- a new gold rush has begun

By Jerry Roberts - Published August 18, 2018

As one of the engineers who helped build and launch America’s first spacecraft, I’ve seen first-hand the evolution of getting into space.

Today, massive rockets like Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy nail precise landings to recover their own booster rockets. That’s astounding. Because of Musk and the space ambitions of several other billionaires, everything from asteroid mining to space medicine to space tourism is now being developed. A new “Gold Rush” into space has begun 60 years after America first entered the “Space Race”.

I joined the effort to reach space in 1959 when, right out of college, I was hired by McDonald Aircraft. Contracted by NASA to develop the means to get into space we didn’t have a working rocket and we didn’t have any idea how, or if, we could keep an astronaut alive.

In fact, NASA’s own medical experts expressed grave doubts whether human beings could even survive weightlessness. Some feared that zero-g would cause human intestines to explode. That’s how little we all knew.

In those days most of us worked at least 18 hour days, seven days a week. We all felt we were on the front line of a desperate race with the Soviet Union. The original seven astronauts were considered mythic heroes willing to risk almost certain death to get America into space and later, to the Moon.

But to put this Herculean project into perspective, remember that when JFK promised the nation that we would go to the Moon within 10 years we had less than 15 minutes of manned space flight experience. Fifteen minutes.

With nothing to go by, we tried one thing after another to develop spacecraft systems that functioned in orbit. Design and fabrication of new parts and systems was happening at various places across the country. These were shipped to Florida and elsewhere where we would see if they actually worked. Many didn’t.

Once, I was in the blockhouse when an unmanned Redstone rocket ignited, rose a few inches and came back down on the launch pad. With the umbilical cable already detached there was no way to remove the explosive fuel mixture from the Redstone which could have exploded at any moment. We ran for our lives, six people at a time to a vehicle outside. One man, Walter Burk, a McDonald aircraft vice-president, courageously drove a cherry picker up to the pad and re-energized the spacecraft fuel control circuits before the rocket exploded. That’s the kind of crazy determination I routinely witnessed in the early years.

What we achieved way back then was nothing short of a miracle of human effort with more than a bit of luck. I don’t believe we could get to the Moon in 30 years, much less 10, with the contracting measures that NASA now employs. However, the recent arrival of private sector companies who are aiming for space has accelerated everything again.

I now work, for example, with a scrappy little orbital launch company based in St. Louis, and I know of many other start-ups who remind me both of the people I worked with in the beginning of space travel and of Steve Jobs who invented a new industry in his Palo Alto garage. This is the genius of American innovation that once revolutionized world trade with the invention of fast-sailing “Yankee Clippers."

These big and small companies are now innovating at a speed not seen since our race to the Moon. They, too, think “outside the box” and are developing systems and spacecraft that will open up the wealth of asteroids, create human settlements on the Moon and, in the case of the company I now work with, reduce the cost of orbital launches so dramatically that even small businesses will be able to join the new Gold Rush.

Jerry Roberts was a guidance and control systems engineer on NASA's first spacecrafts and went on to work on America's space program for more than three decades. He is now a consulting engineer with Stofiel Aerospace of St. Louis which is developing a new orbital launch system. ... print.html

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: za aug 25, 2018 12:33 am
door Pilgrim
DO YOU TRUST THIS COMPUTER? FullHD Original Documentary
Aerial Channel - Gepubliceerd op 8 apr. 2018

Science fiction has long anticipated the rise of machine intelligence. Today, a new generation of self-learning computers have begun to reshape every aspect of our lives. Incomprehensible amounts of data are being created, interpreted, and fed back to us in a tsunami of apps, personal assistants, smart devices, and targeted advertisements. Virtually every industry on earth is experiencing this transformation, from job automation, to medical diagnostics, even military operations. Do You Trust This Computer? explores the promises and perils of our new era. Will A.I. usher in an age of unprecedented potential, or prove to be our final invention?

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: za aug 25, 2018 12:53 am
door Pilgrim
Japan teams up with Uber, Boeing, and Airbus to deploy flying cars within a decade

Posted by Erin Winick - August 24th, 2018 12:23PM

The country isn’t a world leader in autonomous or electric vehicles, but it’s all in on putting cars in the sky.

The news: Japan announced today that it’s bringing together 21 companies and organizations, including big hitters like Uber, Boeing, Airbus, Cartivator, and Japan Airlines, to bring aerial vehicles to the skies within 10 years.

The challenge: The government said it will address one of the major things holding back flying cars: regulation. “The Japanese government will provide appropriate support to help realize the concept of flying cars, such as creation of acceptable rules,” the ministry said. If Japan is able to quickly establish a legal system in which flying cars can function, it could get a jump start over countries like the US, whose Federal Aviation Association has been notoriously slow-moving on things like drone regulation.

Not so far off: Flying cars definitely aren’t ready for the mainstream yet, but there’s been significant progress of late. Kitty Hawk, the flying taxi startup owned by Larry Page, has been testing its large air taxi over New Zealand and began giving demos of its Flyer earlier this year. Uber is planning on deploying flying taxis in only five years, including opening a hub in Paris by 2023. ... -a-decade/

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: ma aug 27, 2018 11:57 pm
door xplosive
Picture this: Camera with no lens
ScienceDaily, August 21, 2018

In the future, your car windshield could become a giant camera sensing objects on the road. Or each window in a home could be turned into a security camera.

University of Utah electrical and computer engineers have discovered a way to create an optics-less camera in which a regular pane of glass or any see-through window can become the lens.

Their innovation was detailed in a research paper, "Computational Imaging Enables a 'See-Through' Lensless Camera," published in the newest issue of Optics Express. A copy of the paper, which was co-authored by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering graduate Ganghun Kim, can be downloaded here.

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon argues that all cameras were developed with the idea that humans look at and decipher the pictures. But what if, he asked, you could develop a camera that can be interpreted by a computer running an algorithm?

"Why don't we think from the ground up to design cameras that are optimized for machines and not humans. That's my philosophical point," he says.

If a normal digital camera sensor such as one for a mobile phone or an SLR camera is pointed at an object without a lens, it results in an image that looks like a pixelated blob. But within that blob is still enough digital information to detect the object if a computer program is properly trained to identify it. You simply create an algorithm to decode the image.

Through a series of experiments, Menon and his team of researchers took a picture of the University of Utah's "U" logo as well as video of an animated stick figure, both displayed on an LED light board. An inexpensive, off-the-shelf camera sensor was connected to the side of a plexiglass window, but pointed into the window while the light board was positioned in front of the pane at a 90-degree angle from the front of the sensor. The resulting image from the camera sensor, with help from a computer processor running the algorithm, is a low-resolution picture but definitely recognizable. The method also can produce full-motion video as well as color images, Menon says.

The process involves wrapping reflective tape around the edge of the window. Most of the light coming from the object in the picture passes through the glass, but just enough -- about 1 percent -- scatters through the window and into the camera sensor for the computer algorithm to decode the image.

While the resulting photo is not enough to win a Pulitzer Prize, it would be good enough for applications such as obstacle-avoidance sensors for autonomous cars. But Menon says more powerful camera sensors can produce higher-resolution images.

Applications for a lensless camera can be almost unlimited. Security cameras could be built into a home during construction by using the windows as lenses. It could be used in augmented-reality goggles to reduce their bulk. With current AR glasses, cameras have to be pointed at the user's eyes in order to track their positions, but with this technology they could be positioned on the sides of the lens to reduce size. A car windshield could have multiple cameras along the edges to capture more information. And the technology also could be used in retina or other biometric scanners, which typically have cameras pointed at the eye.

"It's not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it opens up an interesting way to think about imaging systems," Menon says.

From here, Menon and his team will further develop the system, including 3-D images, higher color resolution and photographing objects in regular household light. His current experiments involved taking pictures of self-illuminated images from the light board.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: do aug 30, 2018 10:51 am
door xplosive
Advanced Artificial Intelligence
Could Run The World Better
Than Humans Ever Could
by Dan Robitzski, August 29, 2018

There are fears that tend to come up when people talk about futuristic artificial intelligence — say, one that could teach itself to learn and become more advanced than anything we humans might be able to comprehend. In the wrong hands, perhaps even on its own, such an advanced algorithm might dominate the world’s governments and militaries, impart Orwellian levels of surveillance, manipulation, and social control over societies, and perhaps even control entire battlefields of autonomous lethal weapons such as military drones.

But some artificial intelligence experts don’t think those fears are well-founded. In fact, highly-advanced artificial intelligence could be better at managing the world than humans have been. These fears themselves are the real danger, because they may hold us back from making that potential a reality.

“Maybe not achieving AI is the danger for humanity,” Tomas Mikolov, a research scientist for Facebook AI, said at The Joint Multi-Conference on Human-Level Artificial Intelligence in Prague on Saturday.

As a species, Mikolov explained, humans are pretty terrible at making choices that are good for us in the long term. People have carved away rainforests and other ecosystems to harvest raw materials, unaware of (or uninterested in) how they were contributing to the slow, maybe-irreversible degradation of the planet overall.

But a sophisticated artificial intelligence system might be able to protect humanity from its own shortsightedness.

“We as humans are very bad at making predictions of what will happen in some distant timeline, maybe 20 to 30 years from now,” Mikolov added. “Maybe making AI that is much smarter than our own, in some sort of symbiotic relationship, can help us avoid some future disasters.”

Granted, Mikolov may be in the minority in thinking a superior AI entity would be benevolent. Throughout the conference, many other speakers expressed these common fears, mostly about AI used for dangerous purposes or misused by malicious human actors. And we shouldn’t laugh off or downplay those concerns.

We don’t know for sure whether it will ever be possible to create artificial general intelligence, often considered the holy grail of sophisticated AI that’s capable of doing pretty much any cognitive task humans can, maybe even doing it better.

The future of advanced artificial intelligence is promising, but it comes with a lot of ethical questions. We probably don’t know all the questions we’ll have to answer yet.

But most of the panelists at the HLAI conference agreed that we still need to decide on the rules before we need them. The time to create international agreements, ethics boards, and regulatory bodies across governments, private companies, and academia? It’s now. Putting these institutions and protocols in place would reduce the odds that a hostile government, unwitting researcher, or even a cackling mad scientist would unleash a malicious AI system or otherwise weaponize advanced algorithms. And if something nasty did get out there, then these systems would ensure we’d have ways to handle it.

With these rules and safeguards in place, we will be much more likely to usher in a future in advanced AI systems live harmoniously with us, or perhaps even save us from ourselves.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: za sep 01, 2018 8:35 am
door xplosive
New Artificial Intelligence Does Something Extraordinary — It Remembers
by Dan Robitzski, August 31, 2018

When you return to school after summer break, it may feel like you forgot everything you learned the year before. But if you learned like an AI system does, you actually would have — as you sat down for your first day of class, your brain would take that as a cue to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch.

AI systems' tendency to forget the things it previously learned upon taking on new information is called catastrophic forgetting.

That's a big problem. See, cutting-edge algorithms learn, so to speak, after analyzing countless examples of what they're expected to do. A facial recognition AI system, for instance, will analyze thousands of photos of people's faces, likely photos that have been manually annotated, so that it will be able to detect a face when it pops up in a video feed. But because these AI systems don't actually comprehend the underlying logic of what they do, teaching them to do anything else, even if it's pretty similar — like, say, recognizing specific emotions — means training them all over again from scratch. Once an algorithm is trained, it's done, we can't update it anymore.

For years, scientists have been trying to figure out how to work around the problem. If they succeed, AI systems would be able to learn from a new set of training data without overwriting most of what they already knew in the process. Basically, if the robots should someday rise up, our new overlords would be able to conquer all life on Earth and chew bubblegum at the same time.

But still, catastrophic forgetting is one of the major hurdles preventing scientists from building an artificial general intelligence (AGI) — AI that's all-encompassing, empathetic, and imaginative, like the ones we see in TV and movies.

In fact, a number of AI experts who attended The Joint Multi-Conference on Human-Level Artificial Intelligence last week in Prague said, in private interviews with Futurism or during panels and presentations, that the problem of catastrophic forgetting is one of the top reasons they don't expect to see AGI or human-level AI anytime soon.

Catastrophic forgetting is one of the top reasons experts don't expect to see human-level AI anytime soon.

But Irina Higgins, a senior research scientist at Google DeepMind, used her presentation during the conference to announce that her team had begun to crack the code.

She had developed an AI agent — sort of like a video game character controlled by an AI algorithm — that could think more creatively than a typical algorithm. It could "imagine" what the things it encountered in one virtual environment might look like elsewhere. In other words, the neural net was able to disentangle certain objects that it encountered in a simulated environment from the environment itself.

This isn't the same as a human's imagination, where we can come up with new mental images altogether (think of a bird — you can probably conjure up an image of what a fictional spherical, red bird might look like in your mind's eye.) The AI system isn't that sophisticated, but it can imagine objects that it's already seen in new configurations or locations.

"We want a machine to learn safe common sense in its exploration so it's not damaging itself," said Higgins in her speech at the conference, which had been organized by GoodAI. She had published her paper on the preprint server arXiv earlier that week and also penned an accompanying blog post.

Let's say you're walking through the desert (as one does) and you come across a cactus. One of those big, two-armed ones you see in all the cartoons. You can recognize that this is a cactus because you have probably encountered one before. Maybe your office bought some succulents to liven up the place. But even if your office is cactus-free, you could probably imagine what this desert cactus would look like in a big clay pot, maybe next to Brenda from accounting's desk.

Now Higgins' AI system can do pretty much the same thing. With just five examples of how a given object looks from various angles, the AI agent learns what it is, how it relates to the environment, and also how it might look from other angles it hasn't seen or in different lighting. The paper highlights how the algorithm was trained to spot a white suitcase or an armchair. After its training, the algorithm can then imagine how that object would look in an entirely new virtual world and recognize the object when it encounters it there.

"We run the exact setup that I used to motivate this model, and then we present an image from one environment and ask the model to imagine what it would look like in a different environment," Higgins said. Again and again, her new algorithm excelled at the task compared to AI systems with entangled representations, which could predict fewer qualities and characteristics of the objects.

In short, the algorithm is able to note differences between what it encounters and what it has seen in the past. Like most people but unlike most other algorithms, the new system Higgins built for Google can understand that it hasn't come across a brand new object just because it's seeing something from a new angle. It can then use some spare computational power to take in that new information; the AI system updates what it knows about the world without needing to be retrained and re-learn everything all over again. Basically, the system is able to transfer and apply its existing knowledge to the new environment. The end result is a sort of spectrum or continuum showing how it understands various qualities of an object.

Higgins' model alone won't get us to AGI, of course. But it marks an important first step towards AI algorithms that can continuously update as they go, learning new things about the world without losing what they already had.

"I think it's very crucial to reach anything close to artificial general intelligence," Higgins said.

And this work is all still in its early stages.
These algorithms, like many other object recognition AI tools, excel at a rather narrow task with a constrained set of rules, such as looking at a photo and picking out a face among many things that are not faces. But Higgins' new AI system is doing a narrow task in such a way that more closely resembles creativity and some digital simulation of an imagination.

And even though Higgins' research didn't immediately bring about the era of artificial general intelligence, her new algorithm already has the ability to improve the existing AI systems we use all the time. For instance, Higgins tried her new AI system on a major set of data used to train facial recognition software. After analyzing the thousands and thousands of headshots found in the dataset, the algorithm could create a spectrum of any quality with which those photos have been labeled. As an example, Higgins presented the spectrum of faces ranked by skin tone.

Higgins then revealed that her algorithm was able to do the same for the subjective qualities that also find their ways into these datasets, ultimately teaching human biases to facial recognition AI. Higgins showed how images that people had labeled as "attractive" created a spectrum that pointed straight towards the photos of young, pale women. That means any AI system that had been trained with these photos — and there are many of them out there — now hold the same racist views as do the people who labeled the photos in the first place: that white people are more attractive.

This creative new algorithm is already better than we are when it comes to finding new ways to detect human biases in other algorithms so engineers can go in and remove them.

So while it can't replace artists quite yet, Higgins' team's work is a pretty big step towards getting AI to imagine more like a human and less like an algorithm.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: zo sep 02, 2018 2:13 pm
door xplosive
De boekenrol keert terug in een modern jasje :
Lab unveils the world's first rollable touch-screen tablet,
inspired by ancient scrolls
August 31, 2018, Queen's University

A Queen's University research team has taken a page from history, rolled it up and created the MagicScroll – a rollable touch-screen tablet designed to capture the seamless flexible screen real estate of ancient scrolls in a modern-day device. Led by bendable-screen pioneer Dr. Roel Vertegaal, this new technology is set to push the boundaries of flexible device technology into brand new territory.

The device is comprised of a high-resolution, 7.5" 2K resolution flexible display that can be rolled or unrolled around a central, 3-D-printed cylindrical body containing the device's computerized inner-workings. Two rotary wheels at either end of the cylinder allow the user to scroll through information on the touch screen. When a user narrows in on an interesting piece of content that they would like to examine more deeply, the display can be unrolled and function as a tablet display. Its light weight and cylindrical body makes it much easier to hold with one hand than an iPad. When rolled up, it fits your pocket and can be used as a phone, dictation device or pointing device.

"We were inspired by the design of ancient scrolls because their form allows for a more natural, uninterrupted experience of long visual timelines," says Dr. Vertegaal, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Director of the Queen's University Human Media Lab. Another source of inspiration was the old rolodex filing systems that were used to store and browse contact cards. The MagicScroll's scroll wheel allows for infinite scroll action for quick browsing through long lists. Unfolding the scroll is a tangible experience that gives a full screen view of the selected item. Picture browsing through your Instagram timeline, messages or LinkedIn contacts this way."

Beyond the innovative flexible display, the prototype also features a camera that allows users to employ the rolled-up MagicScroll as a gesture-based control device – similar to that of Nintendo's 'Wiimote'. And the device's rotary wheels contain robotic actuators that allow the device to physically move or spin in place in various scenarios, like when it receives a notification for instance.

"Eventually, our hope is to design the device so that it can even roll into something as small as a pen that you could carry in your shirt pocket," says Dr. Vertegaal. "More broadly, the MagicScroll project is also allowing us to further examine notions that screens don't have to be flat, and 'anything can become a screen.' Whether it's a reusable cup made of an interactive screen on which you can select your order before arriving at a coffee-filling kiosk, or a display on your clothes, we're exploring how objects can become the apps."

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: ma sep 03, 2018 10:16 pm
door Pilgrim
Stunning anti-ageing breakthrough could see humans live to 150 and regenerate organs by 2020 'for the price of a coffee a day'

By Charlie Coe For Daily Mail Australia - Published: 1 September 2018

An extraordinary new anti-ageing technique could see humans live to 150 years old and allow them to regrow their organs by 2020 (stock image)

An extraordinary new anti-ageing technique could see humans live to 150 years old and allow them to regrow their organs by 2020.

Harvard Professor David Sinclair and researchers from the University of New South Wales developed the new process, which involves reprogramming cells.

Dr Sinclair said the technique could allow people to regenerate organs, and even allow paralysis sufferers to move again, with human trials due within two years.

The same researchers also found they could increase the lifespan of mice by ten per cent by giving them a vitamin B derivative pill.

They also said the pill led to a reduction in age-related hair loss, according to The Herald Sun.

Professor Sinclair said he hoped the pill would be available to the public within five years and cost the same each day as a cup of coffee.

But the professor from the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School warned people not to try to reverse the aging process before the science has been published or peer reviewed.

'We do not recommend people go out and take NAD precursors as they have not yet formally tested for safety,' he said.

Harvard Professor David Sinclair (pictured) and researchers from the University of New South Wales have developed a process, which involves reprogramming cells

The science behind the new technique involves the molecule nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which plays a role in generating energy in the human body.

The chemical is already used as a supplement for treating Parkinson's disease and fighting jet lag.

Professor Sinclair, who is using his own molecule to reduce the aging process, said his biological age has dropped by 24 years after taking the pill.

He said his father, 79, has been white water rafting and backpacking after starting using the molecule a year-and-a-half ago.

The professor also said his sister-in-law was now fertile again after taking the treatment, despite having started to transition into menopause in her 40s.

Human testing is due to begin in 2020, and Professor Sinclair said he hoped the pill would be available to the public within five years and cost the same each day as a cup of coffee (stock image). ... e_fbia-top

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: wo sep 05, 2018 3:15 am
door xplosive
Meest mensachtige robot ter wereld Sophia bezoekt Nederland
4 september 2018 • 21:00

De hoofdgast op Bright Day op 24 en 25 november is de sociale humanoid Sophia van Hanson Robotics. Een Nederlandse primeur.

Na astronaut André Kuipers twee jaar geleden en YouTube-ster Casey Neistat vorig jaar presenteren we dit jaar op Bright Day een robot als hoofdgast: de sociale humanoid Sophia van Hanson Robotics. Veel futuristischer wordt het niet. Ze is de eerste robot in de geschiedenis met een staatsburgerschap (in Saudi-Arabië), telt een kleine vijftig gezichtsexpressies, heeft de Verenigde Naties toegesproken en bezoekt Nederland voor de eerste keer.

Tijdens Bright Day op 24 en 25 november wordt Sophia op het hoofdpodium geïnterviewd over kunstmatige intelligentie, robotica en haar indruk van mensen. Ze is voor ons de belichaming van de 'bright side of tech', het thema van dit jaar. Robots zijn niet eng, we moeten ze alleen beter leren kennen. En zij ons.

Naast Sophia is er nóg een bijzondere robot van de partij: ANYmal van het Zwitserse ANYbotics. Deze geavanceerde viervoeter kan autonoom functioneren en ingezet worden als multi-purpose robot. Tijdens Bright Day krijgt het publiek een live demonstratie te zien.

Het gaming-programma op Bright Day, met onder meer het ESL Dutch Championship en het NK Snake in samenwerking met Nokia, is uitgebreid met een optreden van Royalistiq. Deze YouTubers met een ruim half miljoen volgers is gespecialiseerd in Fortnite en zal live tips & tricks geven over het populairste spel van 2018.

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Het is dus een soort high-tech show.

Ik krijg hier een nogal "unheimisch" gevoel bij. Sowieso vind ik al die computerspellen met veel geweld, zoals "Fortnite", een gotspe. Maar ook zo'n "onecht overhyped blij" optreden van de presentator geeft mij altijd het gevoel met één of andere oplichterij geconfronteerd te worden.

Maar dit is dus wel waar ze jongeren gek mee maken. Voor mijn gevoel deugt het allemaal niet.

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Geplaatst: vr sep 07, 2018 11:45 pm
door Pilgrim
NASA’S STUNNING BREAKTHROUGH: Its First Warp Drive... Is a TRUE Mindblower!

September 07, 2018


A few months ago, physicist Harold White shocked the very wide range of aeronautics industry when he announced that his team at NASA was in the process of developing a faster-than-light warp drive. His design could one day transport a spacecraft to the nearest star in a matter of weeks.

The idea originally came to White while he was considering an equation formulated by physicist Miguel Alcubierre in his 1994 paper titled, “The Warp Drive: Hyper-Fast Travel Within General Relativity. Alcubierre suggested a mechanism by which space-time could be “warped” and behind a spacecraft.

Michio Kaku dubbed Alcubierre’s theory a “passport to the universe,” which harnesses a quirk in the “cosmological code” that allows for the expansion and contraction of space-time. If proven true, it could allow for hyper-fast travel between interstellar destinations. In order to accomplish this, the starship would need able to expand the space behind it rapidly to push it forward. For passengers, it would look like a lack of acceleration.

White believes a drive like that could result in “speeds” that could take us to Alpha Centauri in just a matter of weeks, even though the system is only 4.3 light-years away.

Essentially, a bubble would be created that moves space-time around the object, repositioning it.

“Remember, nothing locally exceeds the speed of light, but space can expand and contract at any speed,” White told reporters at io9. “However, space-time is really stiff to create the expansion and contraction effect in a useful manner in order for us to reach interstellar destinations in reasonable time periods would require a lot of energy.” However,” White added, “based on the analysis I did in the last 18 months, there may be hope.”

“My early results suggested I had discovered something that was in the math all along,” he recalled. “I suddenly realized that if you made the thickness of the negative vacuum energy ring larger — like shifting from a belt shape to a donut shape — and oscillate the warp bubble, you can greatly reduce the energy required — perhaps making the idea plausible.”

The next step for White will be a proof-of-concept. His team are in the lab and working on actual experiments to make that a reality. ... first.html

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: za sep 08, 2018 7:44 pm
door Pilgrim
Interstellar travel BREAKTHROUGH: New material to ‘speed spacecraft to 134,000,000 mph'

By Tom Fish / Published 7th September 2018

BREAKTHROUGH: Caltech's new material can propel spacecraft to 20% of the speed of light.

A NEW material capable of propelling spacecraft to 20% of the speed of light has been engineered, fuelling hopes of imminent interstellar travel.

Before man can cross the vast distances of space, the designs of spacecraft's sails will be key – striking a delicate balance between mass, strength and reflectivity.

Working with NASA, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists have created the new material out of silicon and its oxide, silica.

The team has figured out that super-thin structures made of this composite can transform infrared light waves into a momentum that would accelerate a probe to 134,000,000 mph.

Speeds like this can carry a small probe to our closest stellar neighbours, a huddle of stars called Proxima centauri, within decades rather than millennia.

And it will enable humans to search nearby solar systems for extra-terrestrial life.

The Caltech engineers are exploiting the inertia of photons to reach the astronomical speeds required to cover big distances in relatively short amounts of time.

Unlike chunky air molecules, light doesn't have a resting mass, so it doesn't “blow” in the same way wind does.

But flying photons still pack a punch by exerting pressure via their momentum, according to Maxwell's equations on electromagnetic radiation.

NASA: The material, made out of silicon and its oxide, silica, will be used in solar sails.

The idea is to use a laser to coherently shoot a stream of photons at infrared wavelengths at a “light net”, or sail, attached to a spaceship.

Even for small objects that would mean casting a big sail, which in turn means adding more mass. So this sail needs to be as light as possible, which could make it prone to easy damage.

By turning to nanomaterials, engineers have the advantage of tweaking the way light is absorbed and emitted, allowing them to fine-tune the delicate balance of catching enough light to build up speed without overheating.

A spokesperson said: “Light sails propelled by radiation pressure from high-power lasers have the potential to achieve relativistic spaceflight.” ... technology

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: zo sep 09, 2018 9:26 pm
door xplosive
The team has figured out that super-thin structures made of this composite can transform infrared light waves into a momentum that would accelerate a probe to 134,000,000 mph.
134,000,000 mph is ongeveer 20% van de lichtsnelheid in vacuum.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: zo sep 09, 2018 9:33 pm
door Pilgrim
xplosive schreef:134,000,000 mph is ongeveer 20% van de lichtsnelheid in vacuum.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: vr sep 14, 2018 10:23 pm
door Pilgrim
Elon Musk: Something UNBELIEVABLE Is Happening WORLDWIDE (2018-2019)
End Times Productions - Gepubliceerd op 7 sep. 2018

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: za sep 15, 2018 10:44 am
door xplosive
Snellere en minder warme computers dankzij roest
12 september 2018, Nature publicatie

Het hoofdbestanddeel van roest is een goedkoop en veelbelovend materiaal om snellere ICT-toepassingen mogelijk te maken terwijl daarbij minder warmte vrijkomt. Dit blijkt uit een combinatie van experimenteel en theoretisch onderzoek van natuurkundigen van de Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz in Duitsland, de Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) en Rembert Duine en Scott Bender van de Universiteit Utrecht. Hun resultaten zijn gepubliceerd in het wetenschappelijke tijdschrift Nature van 13 september.

Bits en bytes worden nu verwerkt en verstuurd door elektronische componenten, zoals transistors verbonden door bedrading op een chip. Hierbij produceren ze vrij veel warmte waardoor ook de snelheid waarmee ze informatie kunnen versturen begrensd is. Deze eigenschappen belemmeren ontwikkelingen in de ICT, waarvoor zulke componenten kleiner, sneller en vooral niet warmer moeten worden. De Nature-publicatie laat nu zien dat een groep magnetische materialen, de anti-ferromagneten, een goedkoop en veelbelovend alternatief zijn voor sneller informatietransport met minder warmteproductie. Bijkomend voordeel hiervan is dat kostbare energie kan worden bespaard.

Ferromagnetische materialen, zoals ijzer, bestaan uit kleine magneetjes, domeinen, die allemaal hetzelfde georiënteerd zijn en daardoor op dezelfde manier reageren op een magnetisch veld. Anti-ferromagnetische materialen, zoals roest (ijzeroxide), bestaan uit microscopisch kleine magneetjes die in tegengestelde richtingen georiënteerd zijn. Beide oriëntaties wisselen elkaar af in een geordend patroon, waardoor de magnetische velden elkaar opheffen. Wel is het mogelijk om in deze materialen een magnetische golf te creëren, die een magnon of spingolf wordt genoemd. In anti-ferromagnetische materialen zijn het deze magnons die de bits en bytes aan informatie kunnen transporteren.

ICT gebaseerd op anti-ferromagnetische onderdelen, kan mogelijk duizenden keren sneller zijn dan de huidige technologieën. Bovendien is de warmteproductie door magnons in principe veel lager. Daardoor zouden hiermee nog veel kleinere componenten met tegelijkertijd een hogere informatiedichtheid gemaakt kunnen worden.

In hun experimenten stuurden de onderzoekers een elektrische stroom door platinadraden op het isolerende ijzeroxide. Dit leidt tot energieoverdracht van het platina naar het ijzeroxide, waardoor magnons ontstaan. Uit de experimenten blijkt het mogelijk via het ijzeroxide informatie te versturen over de grote afstanden die nodig zijn voor ICT-toepassingen.

“Deze uitkomsten laten zien dat anti-ferromagnetische in principe materialen geschikt zijn om de huidige componenten te vervangen. Snelle devices gebaseerd op deze technologie liggen nu binnen bereik”, aldus Dr. Romain Lebrun van de Johannes Gutenberg Universität.” Volgens Rembert Duine van de Universiteit Utrecht en de TU Eindhoven, kan deze techniek in tien tot vijftien jaar toegepast worden.

‘Electrically tunable long-distance transport in crystalline antiferromagnetic iron oxide’
R. Lebrun, A. Ross, SA Bender *, A. Qaiumzadeh, L. Baldrati, J. Cramer, A. Brataas, RA Duine*, & M. Kläui’
Nature, 13 september 2018,

*Verbonden aan de Universiteit Utrecht; Rembert Duine is ook parttime hoogleraar Spin-based Nanoelectronics aan de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: zo sep 16, 2018 1:34 am
door xplosive

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: ma sep 17, 2018 11:38 am
door xplosive
Smartening robots for edge abroad
Chinese manufacturers are outgrowing the phase when they were mere OEMs or original equipment manufacturers, or contract suppliers, for foreign companies; they are evolving into global-scale manufacturers in their own right by investing more in research and development.

Suzhou-based Ecovacs Robotics Co, China's largest in-home robotic products manufacturer by market share, exemplifies this trend.

It is all set to export its smart vacuum cleaners to markets related to the Belt and Road Initiative, having established a strong presence in developed economies such as the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan.

David Qian, vice-chairman of Ecovacs, said many opportunities come from consumers' growing income, and rapid development of modern infrastructure and internet facilities in certain economies. This is particularly true for the Middle East and Southeast Asia, especially in countries such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Growth opportunities are arising from both online platforms and retail channels.

Thanks to people's growing demand for robots that can perform tasks like cleaning the house, and free up some time, the company saw its revenue from service robot sales grow by 52 percent year-on-year to 2.87 billion yuan ($420 million) in 2017. Over 20 percent of its revenue came from exports. Qian plans to increase exports so they can generate 30 percent of its total revenue by 2020.

"We use customized products in different markets. For instance, the smart robot vacuum cleaners we sold to the US have to be equipped with large-capacity batteries as American homes are relatively larger than those in many other markets," said Qian. "Because of space limitation, we also found that low-noise robot vacuums are fairly popular in East Asian countries."

Qian, who majored in sociology and graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said the company will continue to find competitive advantage in product diversity. Lower-noise, high-end battery-powered products, sensor applications, affordable prices and longer warranty are what will make the company competitive against established global rivals such as iRobot and Neato.

Unlike its main competitors that outsource or contract out manufacturing, Ecovacs is a vertically-integrated company. It does it all: research and design, manufacturing, marketing, sales and support. The company spends nearly 4 percent of its revenue annually on research and development, and operates two research facilities in Nanjing (which is focused on artificial intelligence and robots) and Suzhou.

In addition to shipping smart vacuum cleaners to various overseas destinations, Ecovacs produces window-cleaning and air-purifying robots. Besides, it makes home entertainment and security robots that read out or display news and weather bulletins, enable home patrols via live video streams and detect potential dangers such as smoke or suspicious movements. The company plans to export them sooner or later.

"As floor- and window-cleaning robots have already become everyday necessities, like washing machines in many developed countries, the future domestic robots will be more intelligent. Robots that just clean floors won't be enough," said Qian. "While making robots versatile, it's important to ensure they are easy to use."

Since 2016, the company has introduced or upgraded a number of its robot products that clean floors, control home appliances, monitor households and purify air.

Qian said China's consumer base, fast-growing internet of things, or IoT, technologies, 4G and 5G networks will help the company to build a solid foundation for more innovation.

That would mark a long journey that started in 1998 when Ecovacs started as an OEM of traditional vacuum cleaners. But the Chinese company always aspired for higher things. For seven years, it researched and experimented with home robotics, and its first floor-cleaning robot debuted in 2007, and proved to be a runaway success in the China market.

In 2012, the robot-maker decided to venture beyond China and established three international subsidies in San Francisco, Dusseldorf in Germany and Tokyo.

Supported by over 6,000 employees, the company currently operates four plants in Suzhou and Shenzhen, and several branches around the globe, including Spain, France, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.

That kind of global footprint is in line with worldwide sales of privately used service robots, which are estimated to reach 35 million units by this year-end. Household robots will be right at the top of the future shopping lists of consumers, according to data from the Germany-based International Federation of Robotics.

"The commercial market for household robots will be attractive in the long run, especially for small businesses working in the catering industry, which is facing labor shortage as well as wage rise in both China and abroad," said Sun Fuquan, a researcher at the Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development.

Given global market demand, many Chinese companies have gradually shifted their focus to high-end industrial research and development. This has led to strong technical breakthroughs in high-tech sectors such as robotics, computers, telecommunication and in upgraded consumer electronics products, Sun said.
De Chinese reus roert zich danig. En ze hebben daar niet zo'n last van moslims als wij hier en ze gaan daar bovendien anders met moslims om dan wij hier.

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: ma sep 17, 2018 12:40 pm
door xplosive
De Chinezen geloven in zichzelf, zijn trots op hun prestaties en hebben geen "weg met ons cultuur" :

Amazing China's Innovation That Challenges The World! China Technological Advancement is Unstoppable

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: ma sep 17, 2018 11:52 pm
door Pilgrim
Examen voor zelfrijdende auto noodzakelijk

Gepubliceerd: 17 september 2018


Als de komende jaren de zelfrijdende auto de weg op mag, moet deze auto eerst rijexamen doen. Wordt dat naar behoren afgelegd, dan krijgt het autonoom rijdende voertuig een rijbewijs S, waarbij de S staat voor software.

Het is de bedoeling dat het nieuwe rijbewijs eerst nationaal wordt opgezet, gevolgd door een internationaal toelatingsproces.

Het Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen (CBR), de dienst wegverkeer RDW en RobotTuner, een bureau in Wageningen dat zich bezighoudt met kunstmatige intelligentie in de mobiliteit, werken samen aan het zogeheten 'Software Driving License Project'. Dinsdag presenteren ze de meest recente ontwikkelingen op dit gebied tijdens een congres op de Nationale Rijschooldag in Drunen.

Het CBR wil de digitale beoordelingsmethodiek in de toekomst niet alleen voor intelligente machines gaan hanteren, maar mogelijk ook voor menselijke bestuurders.

Volgens de partijen is voor het toekomstige praktijkexamen van de autonoom rijdende auto een nieuwe manier van beoordelen nodig. Die moet niet alleen zijn gebaseerd op de techniek in de wagen, maar ook op de software waarin data zijn verwerkt gebaseerd op menselijk gedrag in het verkeer.

Door: ANP ... lijk-.html

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: di sep 18, 2018 12:38 pm
door Pilgrim
SpaceX schiet Japanse miljardair naar de maan

Caroline Kraaijvanger, 18 september 2018


Yusaku Maezawa zal – vergezeld door maximaal acht anderen – in 2023 een rondje rond de maan vliegen

Dat heeft SpaceX gisteren bekend gemaakt tijdens een persconferentie, waarbij ook Maezawa aanwezig was. De ruimtemissie van Maezawa en gezelschap zal ongeveer een week duren. Hun ruimtevaartuig zal het oppervlak van de maan tot zo’n 200 kilometer naderen. Na een rondje om de maan te hebben gevlogen, keert het ruimtevaartuig terug naar de aarde (zie afbeelding hieronder).

Afbeelding: SpaceX.

Het idee
Begin 2017 maakte SpaceX bekend voornemens te zijn om twee ruimtetoeristen te lanceren en om de maan te laten vliegen. Dat moest al in 2018 gaan gebeuren. In de tussenliggende tijd is er echter veel aan dat plan gesleuteld. Zo is inmiddels duidelijk dat de missie geen gebruik zal gaan maken van de Falcon Heavy-raket, maar de nog in ontwikkeling zijnde Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Ook is de missie uitgesteld en uitgebreid. Zo werd gisteren tijdens de persconferentie duidelijk dat Maezawa pas in 2023 gelanceerd zal worden. Ook zullen er niet twee, maar zeven tot negen zitplaatsen beschikbaar zijn. Die zijn overigens allemaal door Maezawa opgekocht.

Over zijn redenen om naar de maan te vliegen, zegt Maezawa het volgende. “Ik houd al van de maan sinds ik een kind was (...) de maan spreekt tot de verbeelding: hij is er altijd en heeft de mensheid voortdurend geïnspireerd. En daarom kon ik de kans om de maan van dichtbij te zien niet voorbij laten gaan. Tegelijkertijd wilde ik die fantastische ervaring niet alleen meemaken, want dat zou heel eenzaam zijn. En ik houd er niet van om alleen te zijn. Dus ik wil deze ervaring met zoveel mogelijk mensen delen. Daarom heb ik ervoor gekozen om naar de maan te gaan met kunstenaars uit alle delen van de wereld.” Maezawa hoopt dat zij geïnspireerd worden door de ruimtereis en dat daar kunstwerken uitrollen die mensen op aarde weer inspireren.

Welke kunstenaars er met Maezawa meegaan, is nog onduidelijk. Tijdens de persconferentie maakte Maezawa bekend om – samen met SpaceX – de komende jaren op zoek te gaan naar bijvoorbeeld architecten, schilders, beeldhouwers, fotografen, musici, mode-ontwerpers en filmregisseurs die tot de top binnen hun vakgebied behoren. Uiteindelijk zullen er zes tot acht gekozen worden voor deelname aan het kunstproject dat Maezawa ‘dearMoon’ heeft gedoopt.

“Ik heb lang en hard nagedacht over hoe waardevol het is om de eerste private passagier tijdens een missie naar de maan te zijn,” aldus Maezawa. “Tegelijkertijd heb ik ook nagedacht over hoe ik wat terug kan geven aan de wereld en hoe dit bij kan dragen aan wereldvrede.” Het mondt uit in het beschreven kunstproject. Want kunst kan – zo is de overtuiging van Maezawa – mensen samen brengen en zo een bijdrage leveren aan de wereldvrede.

De plannen van SpaceX zijn heel concreet, maar zeker ambitieus. Want we moeten niet vergeten dat het bedrijf tot op heden nog geen mensen de ruimte in heeft geschoten. En de raket waarmee het bedrijf dat in 2023 wil gaan doen, is nog in aanbouw. Maar SpaceX verwacht de komende tijd grote stappen te gaan zetten. In november wil SpaceX de Crew Dragon – een voor bemanning geschikte variant op de Dragon die nu al regelmatig naar het ISS vliegt – voor het eerst de ruimte in sturen. Die eerste missie is onbemand. Maar in april 2019 moet de Crew Dragon met bemanning vliegen. Als dat allemaal goed gaat, lijkt het een kwestie van tijd voor de Crew Dragon de eerste astronauten aflevert bij het ISS. De BFR zou in 2020 of 2021 de eerste orbitale vlucht moeten maken. SpaceX hoopt daarna nog voldoende tijd te hebben om een onbemande testvlucht rond de maan te organiseren: een generale oefening voor het echte werk in 2023.

Wie is Maezawa?
Maezawa (42) is oprichter van het bedrijf Start Today en Zozotown, de grootste online kledingwinkel van Japan. Zijn vermogen wordt geschat op 2 tot 3 miljard dollar. Daarmee zou hij de op dertien na rijkste man van Japan zijn. Maezawa is een kunstverzamelaar die recent nog meer dan 110 miljoen dollar neertelde voor een kunstwerk dat hij graag wilde hebben. Wat hij betaalt voor de missie naar de maan, is niet bekend gemaakt. Maar het is volgens Musk “heel veel geld”. Dat geld wordt voor een deel ingezet voor de verdere ontwikkeling van de BFR en het ruimteschip. In die zin maakt Maezawa tevens de weg vrij voor toekomstige ruimtemissies. Want uiteindelijk wil SpaceX de ruimte voor iedereen ontsluiten. ... r-de-maan/

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: vr sep 21, 2018 1:29 am
door Pilgrim
SpaceX Will Livestream Moon Tourist Flight in HD Virtual Reality, Elon Musk Says

By Tariq Malik, Managing Editor | September 20, 2018

An artist's illustration of a violinist performing in weightlessness inside SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the company will offer a live, high-definition, virtual- reality webcast of its first moon tourist flight. Credit: SpaceX

Only a lucky handful of artists and a Japanese billionaire will take a trip on a rocketship to the moon with SpaceX. But the moonshot won't just be televised; you'll get to experience it from Earth in virtual reality.

That's the message from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on the upcoming private moon flight of entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa, which Musk unveiled to the world Monday (Sept. 17). Maezawa will launch on a trip around the moon on SpaceX's new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), and he plans to take between six and eight artists along for the ride. The flight, called the Lunar BFR Mission, could launch as early as 2023, and we'll all be able to watch it live and in VR, Musk said.

"Moon mission will be livestreamed in high def VR," Musk announced on Twitter Tuesday (Sept. 18), "so it'll feel like you're there in real-time minus a few seconds for speed of light." That speed-of-light reference is apparently a nod to the ever-so-slight time lag for a signal to cross the 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) between Earth and the moon. [How SpaceX's Passenger Moon Flight Will Work]

There might even be entertainment. "Perhaps one of the invited artists choosing to play. There will be no obligation to do so," Musk said after posting an artist's illustration of a violinist performing on a potential mission, her gown flowing in weightlessness behind her.

When asked how SpaceX could accomplish the Herculean feat of providing a high-definition VR broadcast in real time, Musk said the company's new Starlink communications satellites could handle the load.

"Yeah, Starlink should be active by then," he wrote. SpaceX is developing a constellation of more than 4,000 Starlink communications satellites to provide broadband internet access around the Earth. The first two prototype Starlink satellites launched earlier this year.

The Lunar BFR Mission will send Maezawa and his artist guests on a loop around the moon using SpaceX's BFR booster and its crewed spacecraft, the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS). The BFR-BFS launch system will be the largest rocket in the world once it's assembled, standing a whopping 387 feet (118 meters) tall. It is designed to be fully reusable and be able to launch up to 100 people and 110 metric tons (100 metric tons) of cargo into space.

SpaceX has tapped the BFR-BFS launch system as the centerpiece for the company's Mars colony plan, an ambitious goal to send explorers to Mars and build a new home on the Red Planet. The crewed spaceship, Musk has said, will be able to land on Mars, the moon and any other planetary body, and could also fly point-to-point trips on Earth.

The BFR booster will separate from its crewed spacecraft and return to Earth much like SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy first-stage boosters do today.

One Twitter fan asked Musk if SpaceX would ever consider a contest or raffle to allow members of the general public, not just the ultrarich, to go on a trip to the moon.

"Long-term, there will be thousands and eventually, hopefully, millions of missions & anyone will be able to go," Musk wrote on Twitter.

And those flights might just come with some welcome comforts from Earth. One Twitter user suggested the BFS could use a bar.

Musk, it seems, concurs.

"Space bar," he replied. ... tream.html
(Zie ook de videoclipjes op de site.)

Re: Futuristische ontwikkelingen

Geplaatst: wo sep 26, 2018 5:16 pm
door xplosive
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba
has built a robot porter for hotels
called Space Egg
By James Vincent Sep 25, 2018, 8:31am EDT

Alibaba may not be a household name in the US, but the Chinese e-commerce firm is one of the world’s largest: its online sales in 2015 were greater than Walmart, Amazon, and eBay combined. Now, the company is getting into commercial robotics with the launch of the Space Egg: a robot porter designed to ferry items around hotels.

The robot was unveiled at a computing conference in Hangzhou, China, last week, and it will start work at its first hotel in the city next month. It has a curved aluminum casing covering a set of wheels, and it uses cameras and lasers to navigate. It’s less than a meter (3 feet) in height and quite slow, trundling behind humans at a pace of one meter a second.

The Space Egg is the latest robo-porter we’ve seen unveiled in recent years. There’s also Botlr, a “robot butler” built by Savioke for hotels; HOSPI, which is made by Panasonic and designed to ferry medical supplies around hospitals; and LG’s CLOi range, which includes bots that are intended to serve drinks in bars and tote luggage around airports. All have pretty similar capabilities (they’re basically boxes on wheels that move small items from A to B), and none have become widespread (although the field is still in its infancy).

Where Alibaba’s creation stands out is its functionality and provenance. For a start, the bot is integrated with the company’s AI assistant, Tmall Genie, which does a similar job as Alexa in Alibaba’s own smart speakers. With Genie integrated into hotel rooms, guests can use voice commands to order items, which are then delivered by Space Egg.

Alibaba also has a particularly rich background in robotics, with masses of relevant experience in building the robots that run its automated warehouses. The company’s entry into the robot porter market could thus make a bigger impact than that of its rivals.

Space Egg might just be the start, too. Speaking to The Verge by email, a spokesperson for Alibaba said the company was working on future variations, including a Space Shuttle for delivering medicines in hospitals. The spokesperson said Alibaba was looking for ways to customize its robots for new environments, including, potentially, restaurants and offices.

In a press statement, Lijuan Chen of Alibaba AI Labs, the group that made the Space Egg, said the robot would “bridge the gap between guest needs and the response time that they expect.” Said Chen: “The robot will be the ultimate assistant for hotel guests who want everything quickly and conveniently at their fingertips.”

It remains to be seen if robot porters make sense for hotels in terms of cost and convenience. But who knows, maybe the next time you order room service, it’ll be delivered by an egg.