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There is no doubt that in the future so many of the jobs we humans do which are tedious, unpleasant or extremely dangerous will in fact be done by robotic assistants. Already we see funding for robotic assistant projects for the military, which can walk a soldier or military hardware technician through an procedure, as a talking interactive manual.
We all know that in technology advances that military and entertainment are two big forces of funding the future. Eventually these robotic a ...more
Perhaps you know a little something about robotic design, programming or haptics? Maybe you know something about all three? Maybe you might win the next RoboPrize worth millions of dollars. For me, well I am not a programmer, but understand all the concepts behind the idea.
It is possible to design such an android or human like artificially intelligent robot. Indeed my biggest concern is that we must create a robot, which can program itself and learn when thrown into a different environ ...more
Can the Japanese outpace the World in the Race for Space? Some believe that they have good reason to, as they live on an island and need growing room (more space). We know that Japan is heavy into satellite technologies, space research and excel in high-tech gadgetry and robotics. Could Japan really be the main competition in the race for space?
In the last year they have landed on an asteroid, sent up several very high-powered state of the art satellites. They have universities with p ...more
Way back in 1955 a then secret project set out to build an aircraft which could fly indefinitely, never needing power. How so you ask? By using a nuclear reactor powered jet engine. In fact the aircraft concept was called the NB-36 and it was built with a 10,000 lb lead bulkhead to shield the pilots from radiation. Originally the aircraft would have spewed radiation out the back and then some brilliant scientists came up with a heat conversion process using liquid metal which allowed the nucl ...more
Stanley Kubrik's HAL 9000 may have been smart enough to run the spaceship Discovery, but HAL lacked one thing today's computers may soon have—a face. Computers, long plagued by the impersonality of a box with speakers and programmer's graphics, will soon have a face and attitude compatible with their users.
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For simplicity's sake, we'll assign a name to our computer's new face and call her Helen (of course, you'll be able to nam ...more
Modern NASA Space Suits have all sorts of bio-monitoring devices to alert the command and control in the shuttle or International Space Station of their present condition. Their breathing, pulse, heart beats are all monitored constantly and that data is also relayed to Earth where medical specialists in the World's Greatest Space Program are standing by just in case anything goes wrong.
With all these bio-monitoring devices, I believe we should add a device, which scans the brains of th ...more
With our Sun somewhat erratic with solar flares of high magnitude and a rather hard to predict solar cycle astronauts, space explorers and space tourists face uncertain risks. We must solve this problem of space radiation to protect our space ships and their occupants if we are to Boldly Go where no man or woman has gone before and come back safely; that is to say live to tell about it.
Recently in an online think tank one of the members suggested; "How about a Radiation Reflector. You ...more
If mankind is to safely travel too and from other nearby Planets like Mars and eventually far beyond, then a solution to the radiation problem must be found. It would be nice to simply have a force field to delete the near spacecraft radiation, but that may not be so easy as it would draw significant energies, which might be in limited supply.
There are a number of theories being floated around on how to go about this dilemma; one recent theory in an online think tank was to re-align th ...more
The future of space flight, exploration and even the future of commercialization of space for space mining, space tourism and research depend on solving one very important issue. Space Radiation. Once outside Earth's atmosphere we are no longer protected from the bombardment of X-rays, Gamma Rays and Space Radiation.
Going into space as a space tourist would be a once in a lifetime event indeed; but surely you do not want to make it the last thing you ever do. After all you want to be a ...more
The latest streaming video technologies allow almost anyone with a computer, a broadband connection and a webcam to quickly and cheaply set up live web meetings with multiple particpants - from their desktop and with no need for downloads or special software. There can be up to 100 particpants with 16 on screen at any one time. It's simple to do and very accessible.
At the same time, businesses spend huge amounts of time and money sending their employees up and down the country and hal ...more