Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones

Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones
Published on January 07, 2018 at 10:34PM
Zorro quotes DefenseOne:
A new contest seeks flight systems inspired by Mother Nature and powered by directed-energy beams. Tired: multi-rotor copters and fixed-wing drones. Wired: flying robots that move like living animals, are crafted of next-generation materials, and draw their power not from batteries but energy beamed from nearby aircraft…
“The biological study of agile organisms such as bats and flying insects has yielded new insights into complex flight kinematics of systems with a large number of degrees of freedom, and the use of multi-functional flight surface materials,” the announcement reads. The Air Force believes that more and more naturalistic design — coupled with more powerful and smaller sensors to form a better picture of the outside world — should yield “significant improvements in maneuverability, read more

Poche tasse, tanto lavoro:

«E se non siete contenti aboliremo la tassa sulla spazzatura, il bollo auto e l'assicurazione». Pausa. «Applauso, va!». Nonostante una storia di propagande elettorali lunga lunga, che vide un «Partito della bistecca» garantire «l'abolizione totale delle tasse» e «svaghi, divertimenti, poco lavoro e molto …
by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit

SFGATE: Trump says Stephen Miller ‘destroyed’ CNN’s Tapper in interview

Trump says Stephen Miller ‘destroyed’ CNN’s Tapper in interview
Published on January 07, 2018 at 11:02PM by Jeremy Fuster, provided by

White House adviser Stephen Miller’s performance on Sunday’s “State of the Union” was applauded by President Donald Trump, who said Miller “destroyed” host Jake Tapper and calling the anchor a “CNN flunky.” However, not everyone saw it that way. The tense exchange when Miller refuted passages in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” in which former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was quoted as saying that it was “treasonous” for Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. to meet with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016. Although Bannon reaffirmed his support for Trump on Sunday, Miller criticized him, saying his influence during his time inside the Trump administration has been “greatly exaggerated.

After Math: CESpocalypse Now

4: That’s how many of its concept mobility robots Honda is showing off at CES this year. They’ve got a companion-bot, wheelchair-bot, a wheeled pack-bot, and an autonomous ATV. $1,000: That’s how much Vuzix’s Alexa-enabled AR glasses will set you back, assuming you’re the sort of person who needs a pair of Alexa-enabled AR glasses right friggin’ now. Or you could wait until 2019, when the company figures the price will drop by half.

3: That’s how many 3D printers XYZPro will be displaying at CES. There will be the $45 da Vinci 3D Pen Cool, which promises not to burn the heck out of your fingers with molten plastic; a $230 tablet-controlled da Vinci Nano printer, and the burlier $4,000 da Vinci color AiO for small businesses that can both scan and print items in full color.

Also 3: Is the number of new read more

Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones

Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones
Published on January 07, 2018 at 10:34PM
Zorro quotes DefenseOne:
A new contest seeks flight systems inspired by Mother Nature and powered by directed-energy beams. Tired: multi-rotor copters and fixed-wing drones. Wired: flying robots that move like living animals, are crafted of next-generation materials, and draw their power not from batteries but energy beamed from nearby aircraft…
“The biological study of agile organisms such as bats and flying insects has yielded new insights into complex flight kinematics of systems with a large number of degrees of freedom, and the use of multi-functional flight surface materials,” the announcement reads. The Air Force believes that more and more naturalistic design — coupled with more powerful and smaller sensors to form a better picture of the outside world — should yield “significant improvements in maneuverability, read more

You can now control your smart home devices with Samsung Family Hub refrigerators

Above: Samsung’s 2017 Family Hub refrigerator

Continuing its tradition of making your icebox one of the savviest devices in your home, Samsung announced at CES 2018 that it’s offering improved integration of its SmartThings ecosystem into its line of Family Hub refrigerators. 

SmartThings is Samsung’s connected home hub, allowing various devices to speak to and work with one another. By bringing more advanced  SmartThings connectivity to Family Hub, users can now control and monitor all of their home’s connected devices from the screen on their fridge’s front door. 

This command extends to compatible third-party devices, like the Ring doorbell, as well as things like thermostats. Users can also view camera feeds from inside their homes to see what’s happening in another room.

SmartThings integration adds another layer of convenience to the Family Hub experience, even if you aren’t spending a ton of time staring at your fridge door (though, admittedly, read more

KweliTV is Netflix for black people, by black people, starring black people

Kweli.tv aims to be the go-to streaming media platform for black filmmakers all over the world to share their content and make money from its distribution. KweliTV handpicks all of its content, with 98 percent of the content having been official selections at film festivals worldwide.

“There are a lot of really great filmmakers out there globally,” KweliTV founder DeShuna Spencer told me. “For us, we’re offering an avenue for filmmakers of color to make money off of their work and be celebrated for the work they do.”

Perhaps, more importantly, KweliTV wants to be a source of authentic storytelling of the black community from the black perspective. A recent study showed the mainstream media (news and opinion media) offers a consistently warped view of black people and black families. For example, black families represent 59 percent of the poor in mainstream media even though they make up just 27 percent of low-income people, read more

How Will Bitcoin Perform During The Next Financial Crisis

It is certain that during our lifetimes the financial system will need to be completely revamped. When this takes place it is going to be one of the most dangerous in our history. Luckily we have a solution and it is called cryptocurrency, it just needs one nation to fully adopt it as a national currency and then …
social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit