Futurology

John Deere unveils fully autonomous 8R tractor
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“The autonomous 8R tractor is doing something that was once thought impossible,” says Julian Sanchez, director, emerging technology for John Deere.

Doing good while being selfishness

short introduction of how to combine social impact and your ego

IBM and Samsung Unveil Semiconductor Breakthrough That Defies Conventional Design
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IBM and Samsung Electronics jointly announced a breakthrough in semiconductor design utilizing a new vertical transistor architecture that demonstrates a path to scaling beyond nanosheet, and has the potential to reduce energy usage by 85 percent.

Mercedes Beats Tesla to Hands-Free Driving on the Autobahn
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Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz won regulatory approval to deploy a hands-free driving system in Germany ahead of Tesla Inc., gaining an edge in the race to offer higher levels of automation in one of the world’s most competitive car markets.

China’s new space reactor ‘will be 100 times more powerful than Nasa’s’
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Prototype design for a powerful nuclear reactor for the country’s space programme has been completed and some components have been built, according to researchers.

NASA's Aviation Tech to Roll Out to Airports, Save Time for Passengers
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NASA Administrator Bill Nelson visited Orlando International Airport in Florida Wednesday and met with aviation leaders to discuss implementing aircraft flight scheduling technology developed by the agency that will soon improve dependability for passengers which is especially important during peak travel times like the Thanksgiving holiday.

Science upside for Starship
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This blog is a direct follow up of Starship Is Still Not Understood, and is part of the series on popular misconceptions in space journalism. I think it is relatively straightforward to think of co…

Sandia's Atomic 'Avocado' Could Allow GPS-Free PNT - Breaking Defense
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The first-of-its-kind device, a vacuum chamber for containing clouds of atomic particles that drive quantum sensors, is about the size of an avocado.

Countries, cities, carmakers commit to end fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040
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A group of countries, companies and cities committed on Wednesday to phasing out fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040, as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and curb global warming.

One autonomous taxi, please
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Roboat, a full-scale, fully autonomous robotic boat developed at MIT, is launching along the canals of Amsterdam. The work comes from researchers in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Senseable City Laboratory, together with Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) in the Netherlands.

NASA Fully Stacked for Moon Mission, Readies for Artemis I
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NASA's Orion spacecraft is secured atop the agency's powerful Space Launch System rocket, and the integrated system is entering the final phase of preparations for an upcoming uncrewed flight test around the Moon.

Israeli flying car Startup ‘Air’ presents eVTOL for private use
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The Israeli flying car start-up Air has presented its first electric flying machine called Air One. The flying car is an all-electric two-seater eVTOL that will be sold mainly in the USA starting 2024. Pre-orders for the model are already being taken. Unlike many eVTOL start-ups, Air does not want to build vertical take-off vehicles […]

Radiant aims to replace diesel generators with small nuclear reactors
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California company Radiant has secured funding to develop a compact, portable, "low-cost" one-megawatt nuclear micro-reactor that fits in a shipping container, powers about 1,000 homes and uses a helium coolant instead of water.

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