Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.



We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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Robot ships - the next step towards autonomous transportation.

ralphewig:

Robot Ships - using self driving car technology, robotic cargo ships are the next step in the evolution of autonomous / remote piloted vehicles. Environmental concerns are limiting the maximum speed at which Earth’s ocean going vessels can travel, prolonging travel time and leading to a shortage of qualified captains willing to spend the majority of their life at sea. Now the same technology used to enable self driving cars or flying drones is being extended to allow navigating a behemoth cargo ship from the comfort of your land based office.

If artificial intelligence is sophisticated enough to guide a car through Bay Area traffic, surely it can pilot a ship safely from port to port on the open sea. That’s the premise of a European Union-funded project called MUNIN tasked with designing largely automated cargo ships by the beginning of 2015.

The project got a push from Rolls-Royce plc, the major British military contractor that splintered from the car company with the same name in 1973, when an executive hinted that Rolls-Royce may design such systems and that they would bring down the industry’s costs. “Sometimes what was unthinkable yesterday is tomorrow’s reality. So now it is time to consider a roadmap to unmanned vessels of various types,” Oskar Levander, the company’s vice present of innovation, engineering and technology said in a recent company publication.

Levander indicated that Rolls-Royce would begin supporting vessels that can be sailed from an onshore office. “When ‘fleet optimization’ is considered, the advantages compound. The same person can monitor and steer many ships. As conditions ashore are often preferred, it will also help retain qualified and competent crew, and is safer,” he said. 

Innovative contact lenses - with night vision.

fleshcoatedtechnology:

Scientists create sensor for night vision contact lenses

It may seem like the stuff from spy and superhero movies but scientists have created “the first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared spectrum” which, according to researchers at the University of Michigan, can be made so thin that it can be easily stacked on night vision contact lenses.

Back in 2011 some speculated that Seal Team Six used night vision contact lenses in the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Those rumors were never substantiated, but this invention is very real…

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(via fuckyeahfutureshock)

A bit more on that railgun here.

I look at the US Navy`s railgun in action - sea trials to start in 2020 2016.

2020:

[The U.S. Navy’s] latest weapon is an electromagnetic railgun launcher. It uses a form of electromagnetic energy known as the Lorentz force to hurl a 23-pound projectile at speeds exceeding Mach 7. Engineers already have tested this futuristic weapon on land, and the Navy plans to begin sea trials aboard a Joint High Speed Vessel Millinocket in 2016.

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/electromagnetic-railgun-launcher/

[Haitus ended -sorry for the lull]. An interesting use of an Oculus Rift to control a drone.

prostheticknowledge:

OculusDrone

Hacking experiment from Diego Araos in controlling a camera-mounted ParrotAR drone with an Oculus Rift and head tracking - video embedded below:

Integrated Oculus Rift head tracking and video feed with the AR Drone to make a head motion controller. It’s really fun and latency very low.

This project is open source and a fork of another of my projects drone-swarm (to control several AR Drones within one network)

Source code can be found at GitHub here

(via we-are-star-stuff)

Our daily Shuttle magnificence!

for-all-mankind:

The final departure.

This clip and the related study offers an interesting look into future human-robot interaction.

futurescope:

Would You Do as a Robot Commands? An Obedience Study for Human - Robot Interaction

Snip from Fast Co:

In the future, we will have robot overlords. This uncomfortable experiment (captured in hilarious video) shows just how easily humans will roll over when we work for the machines.

University of Manitoba:

Would you do as a robot commands? Robots are beginning to play a larger role in society, finding their way into hospitals, the military, and our daily lives; it’s not too far off to think that they may one day be put in positions of authority over people. We know all to well the dark side of authority from classical psychology experiments such as the Milgram and Stanford Prison Experiments, but one question remains: can the authority figure effect apply to robots as well as people? As a preliminary study we decided to test this theory out; we had our robot pressure participants to continue a highly tedious (and unpleasant) task, and compared the results to having a human experimenter. Did they obey the robot? Check out the paper and project video to find out!

[read more] [University of Manitoba] [paper (pdf)]