Elon Musk’s latest company aims to make us cyborgs within the next four years

April 21, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk must not be busy enough with his Boring company , Space X and Tesla , because he just became CEO of another company, and this one has a goal of turning us all into cyborgs .  Neuralink,  a  San Francisco -based startup says they are “developing ultra high bandwidth brain -machine interfaces to connect humans and computers ” and Musk says he hopes to start delivering by 2021. Musk hinted that he was working on neural lacing last year , though details were scant, but he has never been shy about his opinion that we should be connecting our brains to computers. According to TechCrunch, Musk wants to make that leap with Neuralink. He wants to integrate our brains and computers, or allow us to connect cloud-based artificial intelligence computing with our selves. This could allow humans to communicate directly with each other, instead of having to compress thoughts into language. Related: Elon Musk says new company will start drilling under LA next month It sounds like science fiction. Musk explained it in detail to Tim Urban of Wait But Why . Musk said we already are cyborgs; we’ve “already kind of merged” with smartphones and laptops. He added, “You’re already digitally superhuman. The thing that would change is the interface – having a high-bandwidth interface to your digital enhancements. The thing is that today, the interface all necks down to this tiny straw, which is, particularly in terms of output, it’s like poking things with your meat sticks, or using words – either speaking or tapping things with fingers. And in fact, output has gone backwards. It used to be, in your most frequent form, output would be ten-finger typing. Now, it’s like, two-thumb typing. That’s crazy slow communication. We should be able to improve that by many orders of magnitude with a direct neural interface.” Neuralink’s product probably won’t be ready for the public any time soon – it could be eight to 10 years for people without disabilities, according to Musk, who said the timeline depends both on regulatory approval and how well the devices could work for disabled people. If you want to dig more into the project, Urban wrote a 36,000-word explanation . About the piece, Musk said on Twitter , “Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to.” Via Wait What Why ,  The Next Web and TechCrunch Images via OnInnovation on Flickr and Max Pixel

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Leonardo DiCaprio eyes Captain Planet revival with a contemporary twist

October 19, 2016 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio may have found his next project to help the planet: a movie starring 90’s cartoon environmental superhero Captain Planet . Captain Planet and the Planeteers ended in late 1992, but it seems DiCaprio thinks the themes from the old TV show are relevant today. There’s a twist: sources told The Hollywood Reporter we might see Captain Planet in a new light, as a ” washed-up has-been .” DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way Productions and Paramount are reportedly attempting to obtain the rights for the TV series. DiCaprio would be a producer on the film – no word yet on whether or not he would play one of the characters. Jono Matt and Glenn Powell’s names have been floated to pen the screenplay. Related: Leonardo DiCaprio could be headed to Mars with SpaceX The original Captain Planet TV series followed the adventures of five children possessing magic rings that, when used together, could summon the environmental superhero. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter a DiCaprio Captain Planet film would be set after the timeline of the TV series. Instead of the hero taking “pollution down to zero,” Captain Planet could be portrayed as a ” washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him .” Actor David Coburn, who voiced Captain Planet, has said he’d love to be involved with a Captain Planet movie. He told The Hollywood Reporter , “There’s nobody better to play Captain Planet than Leo. Well there’s me, then there’s Leo. But if it can’t be me, if Captain Planet can’t be a 51-year-old Jew, then Leo’s a good second choice.” Even though the TV show ended decades ago, Captain Planet is still making his mark through the Captain Planet Foundation , an active organization that works to inspire kids to become ” agents of environmental change ” through clubs, programs, and events. Via The Hollywood Reporter Images via Leonardo DiCaprio Facebook and Captain Planet Facebook

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Elon Musk reveals his big plan for colonizing Mars

September 27, 2016 by  
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SpaceX founder, lead designer, and chief executive  Elon Musk has talked a lot about Mars over the past few years, and today marks a culmination of everything he’s hinted at so far. This afternoon, the man behind wild ideas like the Hyperloop and solar roofs made an epic (and long-awaited ) announcement  revealing more details about his ambitious plans for colonizing the Red Planet . Musk warned months in advance that his plan would be “mind-blowing,” and he lived up to that promise today. Nearly 100,000 viewers around the world tuned in to the live stream of the event, for a never-before-seen look at simulations based on actual CAD designs for a Mars spaceship. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1YxNYiyALg Musk made his announcement today at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico as promised. The announcement was broadcast simultaneously on SpaceX’s Facebook page and YouTube channel . His lecture, “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species,” focused on “making Mars seem possible” by with the establishment of a “self-sustaining city” on Mars. Despite its inhospitable environment, Musk insists Mars is the best candidate for supporting life, as opposed to Venus’ high-pressure atmosphere and Mercury’s close proximity to the sun. He further suggests Mars is the place to be, because a day on Mars is very similar to one on Earth, stretching 24.5 hours. Its atmosphere, he believes, would support plant life (not unlike we saw Matt Damon grow in “The Martian” ) which makes human civilization seem just a little more possible. Related: SpaceX retro travel posters make Mars look like the ultimate vacation destination As has been the case since the earliest murmurings of a SpaceX “city” on Mars , Musk says the effort will require intense participation (and a whole lot of funding) from industry, government and the scientific community here on Earth. So, how much will it cost future humans to move to Mars? Musk illustrated the estimated cost of a trip to Mars by revisiting the first Moon landing in present-day dollars, which breaks down to around $10 billion per person. He suggests targeting a “ticket to Mars” price around $200,000 per person, an affordable price point he says will be a “bit tricky” to reach, given the need to reduce the cost of interplanetary human travel by 50,000 times. Even so, he says he expects the ticket price to eventually drop below $100,000 after an initial base is setup and spacecraft reusability further brings down the cost of transportation. Musk’s big plan for establishing a human presence on the Red Planet without spending all the money in the world hinges on the development of a ginormous reusable rocket and a huge spaceship capable of carrying human passengers and all the necessary cargo for starting life on a new planet. Given the mixed results of SpaceX’s innovative  Falcon 9 rocket booster  so far in its short tenure, many are skeptical about the idea of ramping up rocket technology fast enough to meet Musk’s timeline. During his announcement today, Musk reiterated the importance of “full reusability” when it comes to colonizing Mars, in addition to refilling in orbit, generating fuel on Mars to use for rocket propellant, and ensuring that the right propellant is used considering all factors involved. Musk tweeted  yesterday (September 26), “SpaceX propulsion just achieved first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine,” with two fiery photos attached as evidence. SpaceX also uploaded a video of the test to its YouTube channel. The company says this is the first stage of technology capable of launching a trip to Mars, with cargo and people in tow. Today, Musk said the design for the Mars spaceship calls for 42 Raptor engines, which provides the immense power necessary for the trip, as well as some redundancy in the event that an engine or two happens to fail. The biggest question, still pressing in just about everyone’s mind, actually has less to do with how humans will reach Mars and more to do with when . SpaceX announced plans earlier this year to send an unmanned vessel dubbed Red Dragon to Mars as early as 2018, and Musk has previously said he thought it would be possible to land on Mars by 2025. When it came time to discuss the timeline for a SpaceX trip to Mars during today’s announcement, Musk waxed poetic over the 14-year history of the company, which he founded, before finally saying that he plans for SpaceX to make its first true grab at the Red Planet as early as 2023. Via Phys.org Images via SpaceX

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World’s largest commercial rooftop solar array is on a shopping mall in the Philippines

May 31, 2016 by  
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A shopping mall in the Philippines now boasts the world’s largest commercial rooftop solar array , which generates 2.9 MW of clean energy to help run the mall’s operations. The project is also the biggest private solar power system designed for self-consumption in the country. The Philippines-based property developer behind the venture, Robinsons Land, has plans to add rooftop solar panels to its other retail centers, for a total of 12.5 MW by the end of this year. The 2.9 MW solar array was switched on this month atop Robinsons Starmills shopping mall in San Fernando, in the province of Pampanga. It is the latest in a series of solar projects backed by the Robinsons Land company, which announced in March a lineup of six currently on deck – they are were targeted for completion by May. Two others are expected to be up and running by the end of this year. The company switched on at least two other solar plants on mall properties in 2015, and each project is bigger than the one before. Related: 1 Liter of Light project illuminates thousands of Filipino homes with recycled bottles In total, the developer is aiming for 12.5 MW solar power capacity across 10 solar plants, all located on the rooftops of shopping malls. The company said in a release that those 10 plants combined will generate almost 16 million kW/h of clean energy , saving 8,760 tons of CO2 emissions each year. According to the developer, that is equivalent to planting 223,965 full grown trees. By the end of this year, Robinsons Land promises the plants will, together, generate around 30 percent of the energy needed to run those shopping malls. The developer eventually plans to install solar power arrays on the rooftops of all of its 41 malls, although the timeline for that expansion hasn’t been released. Via PV Magazine Images via Robinsons Land and Wikipedia

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Secret sources say Apple’s electric car could debut as soon as 2019

September 22, 2015 by  
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Apple still hasn’t gone public about its electric car project, reportedly named Titan, but new developments are coming to light nonetheless. The Wall Street Journal has had its journalistic finger on the pulse of the Titan project since the beginning, and a new report sheds a little more light on the timeline of this secret research. According to WSJ’s unnamed source, Apple has committed employees and resources to get its electric car prepared for release in 2019. Read the rest of Secret sources say Apple’s electric car could debut as soon as 2019

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Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

February 24, 2014 by  
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If you thought that diamonds were forever , they have absolutely nothing on the zircon of Jack Hills, Australia. Professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin , John Valley has confirmed that this bit of Earth’s crust is the oldest fragment of the planet ever found at 4.375 billion years old. Using a technique called “atom-probe tomography,” Valley and his fellow scientists dated the zircon with more accuracy than previous methods. Not only did they confirm the zircon’s spectacular age, but also solidified the theory that early Earth was cool and had temperatures low enough to sustain liquid water and a hydrosphere. Read the rest of Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atom-probe tomography , australia , early earth , earth’s oldest fragment , geology , geoscience , jack hills , john valley , lead atoms , university of wisconsin-madison , zircon        

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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

February 24, 2014 by  
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Scientist Provides Alarming Prediction That All Arctic Ice Will Be Gone in Four Years

September 18, 2012 by  
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The entire Arctic ice shelf will be gone in four years, as predicted professor Peter Wadhams, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at Cambridge University. The new blunt assessment, which comes from one of the leading scientists in the field , flies in the face of a conventional prediction made less than 5 years ago that gave the Arctic another 50 years before all its ice would disappear. But this year’s dramatic reduction in sea ice has many rethinking the timeline. Moreover, this does bleak prediction not only mean the end of the polar bear, but rather the beginning of a very serious feedback loop that will demonstratively hasten the heating of the planet. Read the rest of Scientist Provides Alarming Prediction That All Arctic Ice Will Be Gone in Four Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic ice , arctic ice sheet , Arctic ocean warming , Global warming feedback , Methane permafrost , peter wadhams

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Evolution of Solar Technology (Infographic)

August 30, 2011 by  
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Image via SunRun Ever wonder about the timeline of solar technology? This infographic starts us out in 1839 and brings us up to 2010, nothing the major advances and milestones for solar tech. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Best of Earth2Tech: Sputtering Solar, Tony Blair & Tesla Timeline

May 28, 2010 by  
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This week we’re thrilled bring you the Best of Earth2Tech , a new feature that will highlight the most interesting news about green entrepreneurs and innovators that the folks at Earth2Tech covered. Startup MiaSole makes thin sheets of cheap solar by sputtering chemicals onto a thin roll of steel, using a similar technique to how potato chip bag makers get that silver coating inside the bag. It’s one of the cheapest methods around, and while the startup has gotten a bad rap in the past, it’s now shipping products to customers.

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