Is it possible that ancient cultures were interconnected thousands of years ago? According to thousands of underground tunnels that stretch from North Scotland towards the Mediterranean the answer is a big yes. While the reason behind these sophisticated tunnels remains a mystery, many experts believe that this huge 12,000 year old network was built as a protection against predators and other dangers 12,000 years ago. Some experts believe that these mysterious tunnels were used as modern-day highways, allowing the transition of people and connecting them to distant places across Europe. . . Read Complete article
In the past Antarctica was a far more dynamic place than anyone could have imagined.
It’s really hard to imagine that there are mountains under the ice sheet, but what to think of the Gamburtsev Mountains a range of steep peaks that rise to 9,000 feet (3,000 meters) and stretch 750 miles (1,200 km) across the interior of the continent yet the enormous liquid lakes hidden below the ice sheet. Read complete report w/video
Social pedestrian navigation, such as walking down a crowded sidewalk, is something humans take for granted, but the actual process is quite sophisticated – especially if you’re a robot.
Helping to solve competent robot navigationTHROUGH crowdedhuman spaces was the topic of a research presentation by CornellCOMPUTER science professor Ross Knepper and doctoral student Christoforos Mavrogiannis at the International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics, Dec. 18-20 in San Francisco.
“The key insight to the research is that we’re trying to minimize uncertainty when people are around a robot that’s moving,” said Knepper. “In a human pedestrian situation, we all implicitly trust each other to behave in a competent manner. If I move right in a hallway, you will mirror that behavior. Building this same trust in robots is non-trivial because trust comes with prediction. There will be a smooth, socially competent experience if I trust the robot will go by me.” . . . Read complete report
Source: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ~ ANALYSIS ~
19 JANUARY 2015
Editor’s note: Founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later, using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet. The decision to move (or to leave in place) the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock is made every year by the Bulletin‘s Science and Security Board in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 17 Nobel laureates. The Clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, andNEW TECHNOLOGIES emerging in other domains. Complete Article
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists :Doomsday Dashboard
SOME OF WHAT WE CONSIDER, WHEN WE SET THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK.
Cops use robots to defuse bombs, confront barricaded suspects and rescue victims during disasters. But they also use robots that can see, record and track what you are doing all day long. If you aren’t paranoid by the thought of cops knowing your business, watch as Reason TV counts down 7 Creepy Robots for Cops.
Americans know their government uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, on military and intelligence missions from surveillance to assassination. But drones are no longer the sole domain of the military, and just as with many new technologies, they can easily fall into the wrong hands. . . Read Complete Report
British Criminals Are Using Drones To Steal Marijuana
The latest killer application for drone use seems to be in marijuana reconnaissance, reports ITPortal.
Criminal gangs in the UK’s rural Shropshire County are reportedly using flying robots equipped with infrared cameras to spot hidden marijuana growing operations from the sky, then blackmailing the growers or downright stealing their crop from the house. . . Read Complete Report
Criminals use drones to track police during crimes
Wonder what U.S. history would like if Butch and Sundance or Bonnie and Clyde had a few lookout drones?
In a case that would have looked more like a movie plot 10 years ago, new innovations have brought career criminals many new ways to cause a bunch of new troubles. Last Saturday, two members of a burglary ring known as the “Tub Gang” were accused of using a drone to spy on officers while carrying out thefts across Pennsylvania and other states. . . Read Complete Report
Nunzio La Vecchia is back, baby! And at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, he’s pitching an even more extraordinary, updated version of his flow cell supercar, the Nanoflowcell Quant F. La Vecchia claims that the updated car’s flow battery can power the motor to a tune of 1,000 hp (746 kW) and 500 miles (805 km). We’re still loath to believe all the hype, but this high-tech red sports car simply can’t be ignored. . . . Read Complete Report
The new QUANT e-Sportlimousine is the first prototype built around the groundbreaking nanoFLOWCELL® powertrain and energy-storage concept. It marks a quantum leap in the development of electric mobility. Optically, the QUANT e-Sportlimousine stands out thanks to the elegant lines of its state-of-the-art design. . .
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