Drone Based Package Delivery

Amazon Prime Air could change the way you receive packages as early as 2015 to 2017. It is not surprising really, it was a matter of time before small lightweight drone technology was leveraged to gain an edge on the global competition. If the laws regarding the commercial use of drones changes in their favor and if Amazon can manage to pull it off drone delivery will be a major game changer for the entire industry. According to Amazon; “The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.”

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“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

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A Network In The Sky

If you wanted to provide broadband internet access to remote parts of the world without infrastructure how would you do it? Well you could run fiber optic cables but that’s not practical in some parts of the world. Wireless technology is an option but it relies on towers to be constructed and maintained. Satellite internet access is an option for some situations but remains simply too expensive for most. Google may have the answer albeit a rather “loony” idea. It’s called Project Loon and if the folks at Google are right it will create a wireless network in the sky.

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Revolutionary Robots and The New Machine Age

Humanoid robotics development is moving at an ever increasing pace; major corporations, scientists, and independent researchers are creating our future today in laboratories around the world.  From Honda’s Asimo to Boston dynamics Petman, humanoid robots are poised to play a major role in our day to day lives. From industrial disaster recovery to assembly line work these advanced robots will transform our society and could commence the next great paradigm shift; a global robotics revolution.  In this documentary, NHK  explores the latest cutting edge developments in humanoid robotics design and engineering.  Afterward take a look at a fascinating TED talk from researcher and writer Andrew McAfee, he suggests robots will likely replace the human worker  and provides intriguing insights on how human society can rise to the inevitable social challenges of the New Machine Age.

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DARPA Robotics  Challenge http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/
Kogoro Kurata’s KURATAS robot http://kuratasrobot.com/
Honda’s Asimo http://world.honda.com/ASIMO/
Boston dynamics Petman  http://www.bostondynamics.com/robot_petman.html
Boston dynamics Atlas Robot http://www.bostondynamics.com/robot_Atlas.html
Boston dynamics Cheetah Robot http://www.bostondynamics.com/robot_cheetah.html
Robot for Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant http://world.honda.com/CSR/history/asimo3/
Hubo Robot http://dasl.mem.drexel.edu/HUBO/index.php
Rethink Robotics Baxter Robot http://www.rethinkrobotics.com/index.php/products/baxter/

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Ex-NSA Official’s Advice to Edward Snowden

Ex-NSA official Thomas Drake sends a special message to whistleblower Edward Snowden ”… always check six, as we said when I used to be a flyer in the Air Force. Always make sure you know what’s behind you.” Drake went on to say;  ”the U.S. government has an “industrial-scale” surveillance system that the Stasi in East Germany would have drooled over.”

Read More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/11/us-usa-security-nsa-drake-idUSBRE95A12X20130611

Also See:

The Argus Surveillance System

The Trapwire Surveillance System

The Echelon Surveillance System

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NSA Prism Whistleblower Edward Snowden

The courageous Edward Snowden a 29 year old Systems Administrator reveals his reasons for going public and shares his fears about what he calls “Turnkey Tyranny”.

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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance#start-of-comments?guni=Network front:network-front full-width-1 bento-box:Bento box:Position1

Meet Edward Snowden, the NSA Whistleblower
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/meet-edward-snowden-the-nsa-whistleblower/276688/

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I do not expect to see home again’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-why

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All Your Communications Are Being Monitored

By now everyone in the United States and around the world has read about the NSA surveillance program called Prism. It has been widely reported by news outlets worldwide. One of our editors brought this 2012 Democracy Now interview with James Bamford to our attention. It focuses on the massive Utah Data Center called “Bumblehive” a major site for what is known as the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative . It is enlightening considering this week’s revelations.

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

“Parts of NSA’s PRISM program declassified”USA Today, retrieved 9 June 2013

“US intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program”The Washington Post. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.

“U.S. says it gathers online data abroad”New York Times.

“NSA Reportedly Mines Servers of US Internet Firms For Data”. NPR. 6 June 2013.

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You Are Not Alone

The Man Of Steel is back this time under the direction of the legendary Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan. We have high hopes for this reboot of Superman so watch out for it in theaters June 14 2013. Until then check out this creepy trailer that gives some indication of the rather serious tone of this re-envisioned version of the story.

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Drone Control

Brain computer interface research is advancing rapidly thanks to the work of people like Bin He at the University Of Minnesota’s Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory. They have created a BCI which allows its user to control an aerial drone without the need for implants. According to Bin He; “My entire career is to push for noninvasive 3-D brain-computer interfaces, or BCI, researchers elsewhere have used a chip implanted into the brain’s motor cortex to drive movement of a cursor across a screen or a robotic arm. But here we have proof that a noninvasive BCI from a scalp EEG can do as well as an invasive chip.” This research could lead to greater public adoption and acceptance of BCI applications and products. Although there is still much work that needs to be done using this method but thus far the research looks very promising.

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Quadcopter control in three-dimensional space using a noninvasive motor imagery-based brain–computer interface

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Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory

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Has Modern Science Become Too Dogmatic?

Rupert Sheldrake’s “The Science Delusion” is one of those TED talks that will not be truly appreciated for another 50 years or so. Here Sheldrake argues that modern science has become dogmatic akin to a kind of belief system and makes assumptions about the nature of reality that is not supported by scientific evidence. This talk is quite controversial and has spawned many debates online about the  merits of Sheldrake’s arguments. It should be noted that many of the TED talks we today consider to be credible and acceptable would  have been roundly rejected by mainstream scientists 50 years ago. The fact is, we know more now than we did then so perhaps realizing this we can approach Sheldrake’s work with an open mind. Sheldrake in his words seeks to “set science free” and dispel the dogmas that hold us back from opening up new frontiers.

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The debate about Rupert Sheldrake’s talk

http://www.sheldrake.org/homepage.html

Open for discussion: Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake from TEDxWhitechapel
http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/open-for-discussion-graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake/

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Freedom of Mind

In the western world we pride ourselves on the fact that we have achieved an unprecedented level of personal and civil freedoms. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, but how free are we really if we are not free to explore our own consciousness? What about freedom of mind? Consciousness expanding substances like DMT, psilocybin and lysergic acid diethylamide remain illegal despite their valuable and promising therapeutic use. In this banned TED talk “The War on Consciousness” Graham Hancock explores the links between the evolution of human consciousness and psychoactive substances.

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The debate about Graham Hancock’s talk

Open for discussion: Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake from TEDxWhitechapel
http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/open-for-discussion-graham-hancock-and-rupert-sheldrake/

The War on Consciousness By Graham Hancock
http://www.grahamhancock.com/features/the-war-on-onsciousness.php
Johns Hopkins study of ingredient in “magic mushrooms” found participants exhibited more “openness”
Fed-funded research: magic mushrooms create ‘openness’ September 30, 2011 by Amara D. Angelica
An interview with researcher Peter Gasser, M.D.

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Can lysergic acid diethylamide cure alcoholism?
Study On Therapeutic Use of Psychoactive Substances Ends
DMT The Spirit Molecule Documentary parts 1-5

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