A new microscope developed by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Chicago is allowing scientists track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells. It has the potential to reveal unknown aspects of molecular behavior, including those that turn cells into agents of disease.
How can a post-labor society create a sense of identity when the connection between labor and our identity is so strong? Fred Wilson sees this as a challenge and an opportunity, pointing that one of the answers is to offload tasks to automation and machine learning so that humans can address other challenges that require critical thinking abilities.
Companies, from Spotify to Tinder are using affective algorithms to learn user behavior and present them with individualized, contextualized experiences. Over time, these models are become smarter as they identify and improve (not unlike a simple human) their capabilities. As they learn to overcome bottlenecks, human input becomes less and less necessary.
In the recruiting industry, the process of hiring the right employee is fraught with inefficiencies that result directly from the limited cognitive capacity that recruiters have. The three elements they are given--the CV, cover letter and job application-- offer an incomplete profile of a candidate and almost no insight as to whether they will meet the current. If the hiring company is in a fast-paced environment- say, the high tech world- anticipating future needs is an even bigger challenge.
Given the grave consequences of hiring the wrong person (and the potentially unlimited upside of hiring the right one), the hiring process cannot be left to humans alone. Relink saw this issue and put together an algorithm that combs through massive data sets of applicants and uses preset criteria to match them with certain recruiters and companies- similar to what Tinder does with matches. A smart algorithm has an unlimited capacity for identifying trends and providing accurate job recommendations and while it is contingent on candidates accurately self-reporting, early tests indicates that it is more accurate and efficient than humans at matchmaking recruits.
More than a decade ago, similar uses of machine learning were being applied to the world of finance. Jaffray Woodriff, founder of QIM, manages an asset base of $2.5 billion through a data science approach. The fund uses predictive modeling techniques to systematically make investment decisions. Their returns speak for themselves; QIM has achieved a net annualized return of 21% over the past 8 years, making the fund a leader in the CTA fleet.
Human behavior is at the crux of the algorithms that QIM and others use; their models are able to pick up on these behavioral patterns and seek to predict what's going to happen in the next 24 hours. While factors affecting prices change around the clock, human reactions to them change in certain subtle ways. The 10,000 mathematical formulas that make up their algorithm, use machine learning each with "flavors of favorite quant inputs, orthogonal to data points like volatility and price momentum" to spot and anticipate patterns in various commodity prices.
The true beauty of technology is that it truly allow us to do more with less; rewriting the plan of the world and changing long-held paradigms. Machines not going to take over the world- they will just shake up every conceivable aspect of it. While for the foreseeable future, deep-learning machines will remain pattern-recognition engines, the potential for them to learn and improve upon themselves is endless.
With that, us wonderful humans will have much more time to dedicate to important activities, be they high-level thinking or spending time with loved ones. With the advent of such forces, it will truly be possible to ruthlessly guard out time; a finite resource that money cannot buy more of. Thankfully, it can buy servers and machines.
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Our perpetually-dropped smartphones have pushed glass manufacturers to create stronger and more durable materials to survive our clumsiness. But if you’re curious just how advanced glass making techniques have gotten, someone has made a 30-foot working glass slide that’s completely transparent.
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This past Saturday, at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival, Google's Made with Code initiative unveiled a new project. After Metallica's spirited performance, 'Quantico'-star Priyanka Chopra, a host of the evening, was joined on stage by a legion of teen girls. "The girls you see on stage and screen are coding to fight inequality, to increase peace, and to end poverty," Priyanka explained. She then motioned to the jumbotrons behind her which lit up with colorful shapes, iconography, and cartoon animals. Each image featured text that proclaimed a political, social, and/or environmental message like: "Love Our Animals," "Protect Our Nature," " Support All Women."
Priyanka Chopra and the girls of Made with Code on stage at The Global Citizen Festival. Courtesy of Made with Code.
"Behind me," Priyanka continued, "you will see the hopes and aspirations written and designed with code of girls and young women using their voices to make a difference," She then went on to introduce Ellie Goulding who performed her biggest hits with the girls' work displayed behind her.
What happened on stage is only half the story though. Backstage were some of the individuals working to make such a powerful presentation possible. For each featured image, there were a million more created by teen girls across the world using Made with Code's "Change" App.
The "Change" app was designed around a larger goal: to encourage today's youth to become the computer scientists of tomorrow. It uses drag-and-drop functionality to create a fun jigsaw-esque programming platform that offers coding challenges for beginner and junior coders.
Young participants in Made with Code's programs also owe much to their mentors, women who are recruited for their knowledge, caring, and ability to connect a technical skill set with opportunities in the real world. One of the mentors, Fereshteh Forough, is an Afghan refugee who founded her company, Code To Inspire, to educate Afghani women in technology and entrepreneurship. Fereshteh hopes that her students will go on to thrive in society "without being worried of physical or geographical distances. They come online, they work online, and they get paid online."
Displayed on the Jumbotron is one of the millions of images coded by girls around the world. Photo taken by Alex Schattner.
Another mentor, Rose Broome, is the founder of HandUp, a digital platform that helps users donate money to the homeless people featured on its profiles. Instead of the money going directly into a featured person's pocket, it is given to the shelter he or she belongs to, and used for the legitimate purposes of their choosing (ie. clothes, food, rent). So far, HandUp has partnered with shelters in 25 cities to provide local facilities with global awareness and assistance.
"My favorite part is impacting someone else's life," Rose says, "We have all this technology and innovation, and yet we have people sleeping on the street at night... I wanted to help somebody, and I thought there had to be an easier way to do that. So, I told myself I was going to do something for homeless people. I started working on HandUp as a side project and then it just took off. Now I have two co-founders, and its a five-person team. I was telling the girls at the lunch [earlier] that when you use code, a small team can make something that can scale, and be deployed in many cities."
With such good mentors on its side, and a dedication to helping young women advance in the growing field of technology, Made with Code shows exciting promise. And like Ellie Goulding sang, "Anything could happen."
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The Roundtables were designed to highlight best practices and case studies, explore innovative solutions to data challenges, and lead to new connections and partnerships. The participants in these Roundtables ranged from data scientists to climate scientists, lawyers to public-service advocates, corporate tech leaders to academics. Through the Roundtables, they heard talks from open data innovators and leaders including Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, and DJ Patil, the U.S. Chief Data Scientist. We asked the participants to tackle some of the most difficult challenges and biggest opportunities for government data: privacy, data quality, sharing research data, and public-private collaboration.
Today, we at the Center are pleased to publish the results in our report, The 2016 U.S. Open Data Roundtables: Recommendations from Data Providers and Users (read it here). This report represents the individual participants' recommendations as summarized by the Center for Open Data Enterprise. It also includes 21 case studies of ways that open government data is fueling scientific research, civic innovation, and advances in health, agriculture, energy efficiency, and other fields.
The report's first section includes recommendations that may be useful to a wide range of people working with open federal data. These include approaches to:
Data collection: Gathering data to serve a government agency's or organization's mission
Standardization: Developing common data definitions, formats, and metadata
Managing privacy: Ensuring that personally identifiable information in datasets is not released to the public
Data release: Publishing data in effective and appropriate ways
Quality improvement: Making datasets more accurate, complete, and usable
Curation, storage, and management: Managing datasets for maximum value
Communities and collaboration: Building user communities and collaborations between government, the private sector, nonprofits, and academia
Its second section covers recommendations focused on specific research areas, including:
Arctic: Using satellite, energy, and biodiversity data to help make Arctic communities sustainable and resilient
Cancer and biomedical: Using data for cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment
Climate: Using weather, geography, oceanography, agriculture data in climate science
Health: Exploring research data issues for patients, health care providers, academics
Infectious Disease: Using data to combat outbreaks
Materials Science: Using data to discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials more rapidly
Smart cities: Data-driven strategies to reduce energy use, combat traffic congestion, improve air and water quality
Oceans: Preserving and protecting oceans and preventing over-fishing
Soil and agriculture: Using data for precision agriculture, promoting nutrition, tackling hunger
Open government data has huge potential to fuel innovation and new discoveries in a wide range of fields. We encourage government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and academics to join in improving government data resources and putting them to use.
The Center's work on the Open Data Roundtables was supported by Microsoft and Booz Allen Hamilton. To learn more about the Center, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To download the Roundtables report, go to http://opendataenterprise.org/reports/2016opendataroundtables.pdf.
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The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.
Trump is the guy who made it to the final round of interviews and is finally getting asked about all the shit he made up on his résumé— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) September 27, 2016
[Hillary eloquently answers every question]
[Trump doesn't call Hillary a cunt]
News: No clear winner in the first debate.
I hope while you are in your 20s you appreciate the fact that you can look in different directions without getting neck pain.— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) September 28, 2016
I knew it would never work out between us when he asked if I wanted to split dessert.— Erica (@SCbchbum) September 25, 2016
me: writes article on topic with no real emotional pull
white men: have strong emotional reaction
white men: why are women so emotional
If I had a time machine I'd probably spend a lot of trips in it just going back 15 minutes to re-eat meals.— Ali Spagnola (@alispagnola) September 26, 2016
Hillary Clinton was interrupted 51 times during the debate. This is what's commonly referred to by every woman in your office as "Tuesday."— Heben Nigatu (@heavenrants) September 28, 2016
This election is taking up so much mind space, I can barely plan my dogs Halloween costumes.— Lauren Sivan (@LaurenSivan) September 27, 2016
I want to Freaky Friday into a man and see what it feels like to be overvalued and praised for being competent to above average at my job.— KB (@KaraRBrown) September 27, 2016
God I can't wait for tomorrow's #Debates2016 pic.twitter.com/CE7NvcwU7k— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) September 25, 2016
I would like to think I have strong convictions, but I also know I could probably be bribed with a free pizza.— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) September 27, 2016
The work of feminism will not be completed until we are all given free black hair elastics to wear on our right wrists "just in case."— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) September 28, 2016
Burning my palate on a cheese quesadilla this morning makes me realize that sometimes it's the ones you love that hurt you the most.— Arielle (@jewfacekilla) September 30, 2016
My mother lands Sunday night, which means I have 48 hours to clean my apartment, lose 10 pounds, and write a New York Times bestseller.— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) September 30, 2016
Men re No Scrubs, probably:
"Well she said I don't want no scrubs, which is actually a double negative meaning she wants me to talk to her"
Me: Okay i think i got these breakouts under control
My skin: pic.twitter.com/C0Nn90Bp9C
If you're a male pundit critiquing a woman's weight you should have to do it shirtless in front of an audience of women three rosés deep— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) September 29, 2016
Me: Your word is misery.
"Can you describe the word?"
Me: *points to self*
*gets on elevator* *presses 5*
"so dude my best buddy's bachelor party last week..."
Me: *grabs a donut from conference room* Incredible powerpoint, Greg
"Excuse me ma'am, do you work here?"
Me: *grabs another donut & runs*
Samsung’s newest Galaxy A smartphone, the Galaxy A8 (2016), is now official.
Announced by South Korean carrier SK Telecom, the Galaxy A8 (2016) runs Android 6.0.1 on a 5.7-inch 1920x1080 display. There’s a 16-megapixel camera on its backside and an 8-megapixel camera on its face, as well as an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor and 3GB of RAM inside of its metal shell.Samsung
Earlier in September, Apple started its keynote event, the one where it eventually debuted the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with a bit of a surprise. Nintendo’s own chief game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, took the stage and unveiled Super Mario Run. It’s an endless runner game, and its reveal was kind of a big deal.Apple
The 3.5mm jack is gone, but don't pull your hair out just yetSo you’ve upgraded your ancient iPhone 6 to an iPhone 7 and now your headphones are obsolete. Don’t fret. Even though Apple has killed the 3.5mm headphone jack, you can…
Kanye West is the only screensaver you’ll ever need.
Twitter user and Texas A&M student Michael Butler came up with the genius idea of making Yeezy, with arms raised overhead, the lock screen on his iPhone. Now, whenever he gets a notification,it is presented by Kanye.
this is the best screensaver cos whenever i get a notification, Kanye holds it up for me pic.twitter.com/W3bpDt82MA— mb (@michaellbutlerr) September 29, 2016
It shouldn’t have taken someone so long to think of something so perfect.
The photo was taken back in February when Westsimultaneously debuted his Yeezy Season 3 collection and his album “The Life of Pablo” in front of the audience gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Into it?So are we.
Facebook “Messenger Day” is the chat app's new Snapchat Stories clone
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Slow-mo suicideThe comet-chasing European spacecraft descended to its death this morning in a controlled crash…
It seems to be that in the short-term - that the "chasm-crossing" theory by Geoffrey Moore does not fit our smart energy industry too well. In the energy industry, there is currently still a massive challenge in the way of applying Moore's model - regulation. If we take a more long-term view, however, and look to the telecommunications industry, I believe that we will begin to see an energy utility industry that is increasingly becoming more consumer-driven. Just as smart phones, the Internet, and IoT communications revolutionized the telecommunications industry business models and consumer spending behaviors, I expect a similar revolution to occur in the energy infrastructure industry with consumers driving the change. In other words, in the long-term, the Smart Grid will eventually cross the chasm with prosumers leading the charge.
If the Internet of Things (IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items -- embedded with software, sensors, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data, then the Industrial IoT (IIoT) is simply the industrial subset of it. Although the IIoT's potential payoff is enormous - the most conservative independent estimates place spending on the IIoT worldwide at $500 billion by 2020 - the IIoT is a major trend with significant implications and cautions compared to its "consumer IoT" counterpart. Some implications and cautions include platform fragmentation and a lack of industry standards, privacy, autonomy and control, security, and environmental sustainability impact, which all lead to more stringent regulations, particularly in the energy industry.
The preliminary signs of such a revolution, however, are still visibly underway in certain parts of the country. For example, New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked his public state commission and chairman of energy and finance, Richard Kauffman, to fundamentally shift utility regulation to meet the needs of a more distributed, consumer-focused energy system. In fact, according to one recent Gartner research report, "Top 10 Trends Shaping the Energy Industry in 2016," technology innovation and new consumer engagement models are already beginning to disrupt the energy sector, forcing regulators and industry leaders alike to explore new regulatory frameworks and business models for more sustainable energy provisioning. Smart technologies are at the heart of this energy industry revolution.
Here is a proposed 3-step process to help the energy industry and their consumers to more readily "cross the chasm":
Step 1: Modernize Infrastructure & Improving Operations
It may be easy to overlook the importance of modernizing existing power infrastructure, but the bottom line is that we cannot rebuild our power grid from scratch. We have to rely on intelligent technologies to improve the systems we have in place, improve power quality and security, and enable consumers to have a role in their power usage. All technologies from field automation devices to software integration to planning services provide energy providers with unprecedented levels of control over their operations through both improved hardware and digital technologies.
Step 2: Enhance Efficiency & Cost Savings
Focusing on digital technology drives efficiencies across an energy provider's business by increasing the opportunity to integrate new renewable generation and distributed energies into their system. More importantly, intelligent management of grid assets can drive significant value through operational efficiencies.
Step 3: Business Transformation Services for More Value-Added Consumer Services
The value to an energy provider goes far beyond basic operational enhancements or efficiency, ultimately leading to major change to the business value for the energy provider, typically reflected in the form of new products and services that are outside of the traditional business model.
One way the industry can "cross the chasm" is to make Smart Energy and the IIoT more mainstream. Instead of talking about kilowatt hours, the energy industry must explain to consumers and regulators how a smart meter will empower them to better manage their energy usage. Instead of talking about power interruptions, explain how the applications of smart technology will help the industry safely and quickly restore power during outages, with the resulting economic savings. Instead of talking about demand response or energy efficiency, explain in plain everyday language how smart technology is enabling consumers to become "prosumers" (consumers and producers of electricity) with their solar panels and electric vehicles.
As an industry, we are in the midst of an once-in-a-lifetime transformation - to transition our energy infrastructure from the 20th to the 21st century and "cross the chasm." To do this right, we must get ahead of the challenges, be agile, and embrace the opportunities.
Sonita Lontoh is Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Siemens Digital Grid.
We've compiled a 'Top 10' list of our favorite iOS apps to hit the App Store in September 2016. The apps highlighted in this video include Allo, Marline, Weather Widget, Zip Zap, Patch, Keelo, Odio, NBA 2K17, Cardboard Camera, Blend. Which app is your favorite?AppleApple iPhone 7 Plus
Mission accomplishedAfter traveling 4.9 billion miles, the first spacecraft to orbit a comet ended its mission today by softly “landing” onto Churyumov-Garisemonko or 67/P.
If you’re not careful, photography can become a black hole of never-ending accessories and camera gear that you can never escape. You don’t always need to bring along an entire studio’s worth of gear to get a great shot, and Betabrand is making it even easier to travel light with a new camera bag featuring a reflector built right in.
Earlier this year, President Obama traveled to South by Southwest for a conversation on civic engagement. In Austin, TX, he called on creative folks and entrepreneurs nationwide to help tackle the toughest challenges facing our country today. The SXSL event next week's to celebrate that spirit of innovation with a festival of ideas, art, and action.
This is a call for Americans to roll up our sleeves and discover our own ways to make a positive difference in our country. And this is an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring work so many folks have already accomplished.
The White House's mission with South by South Lawn is to highlight the work of people who have really got their boots on the ground harnessing new technologies to solve real problems -- and to get participants to think critically about how they can do the same in their own lives. Essentially this is part of the baton pass from the President back to non-government folks to carry on change. We're long overdue for greater civic engagement from all sectors, but the focus here is really the tech community.
I'd like to challenge you to make a commitment to civic engagement and hold the White House accountable to engage with regular people on a regular basis (maybe one day a week) on issues of civic engagement. The democratization and wide distribution of new technologies is providing new opportunities to more and more people, every day, to engage directly with their governments and make change. Or to start change from the ground up. It's the open and ongoing input of citizens that's really helped drive the conversation in today's political and cultural climate.
As President Obama said in Selma, "It is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow." But the thing is, this isn't true for just one generation, tech is a sector that spans generations, gender, race, ethnicity, among other demographics. We've gotta make a commitment to standing up for what's right.
If you're able, please join us on October 3rd, no matter where you are. The festival will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, Facebook.com/WhiteHouse, and sxsw.com/live. You can also participate in the conversation online using #SXSL to share your ideas and tell us how you're working to create real change. Don't hesitate to tell me about it in the comments, too. Thanks!
This adapted excerpt is taken from a new book, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight, by Julian Guthrie, with a foreword by Richard Branson and an afterword by Stephen Hawking. (Penguin Press, Sept. 20, 2016) The new book tells the story of entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, his idea for a $10 million space prize, and the group of dreamers, engineers, rocket enthusiasts and aviation designers from across the globe who entered the race to become the first team to privately build and fly a rocket to the start of space.
Peter Diamandis arrived at the Skybar, a rooftop watering hole on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, with the idea of meeting two young guys who had struck it rich in the dot com boom. Peter, whose lifelong dream had been to get man and machine to space without the government’s help, had heard these Internet entrepreneurs were interested in space.
Peter had never heard of the men before the meeting was arranged by a mutual friend, so he wrote down their names: Adeo Ressi and Elon Musk.
Peter usually approached pitch meetings with great enthusiasm, but tonight he felt subdued. He spotted Adeo by the Skybar pool, smoking a cigarette and looking out at the gold and glimmering Los Angeles sunset. He was tall and thin, a Giacometti walking man figure, and immediately affable. Adeo said Elon was running late but on his way. Elon was workingon getting his pilot’s license and was flying down from San Jose with his instructor. He had a new plane being built.
It was Sunday, June 3, 2001, and Adeo, Elon, and Peter were scheduledto have dinner at Asia de Cuba, adjacent to the Skybar in the MondrianHotel. Peter took in the beautiful women in filmy tops and shortskirts, and felt overdressed in his suit and mock turtleneck. Adeo was incasual slacks and a shirt open at the collar. The music was pulsating, thelychee up martinis flowing, and the entire hotel was bathed in white,with minimalist accents of Herms orange. Even the matches were stylish,with lime-green tips. Peter had taken notice of the white-clad valet team when he pulled up to the white-faade hotel. The valet attendants all clasped their hands in exactly the same way.Peter joined Adeo for a drink near the pool. Adeo had justsold his Web development firm Methodfive and was working on turnarounds of lagging public companies. He said he and Elon had been housemates at the University of Pennsylvania. Elon was South African and had founded Zip2, a mapping and business services company, and cofounded PayPal, the online payment service being bought by eBay.
Their shared interest in space came to light during a late-night car ride the weekend before Memorial Day. As they drove back to New York City from Long Island on a cloudy night, talk turned to what they wanted to do next. As a joke, one of them said, “Why don’t we do something in space?” When the laughter died down, Elon said, “Well, why can’t we dosomething in space?” The debate went back and forth: Space was tooexpensive. Why was it so expensive? Space takes a lot of infrastructure.Why does it take so much infrastructure? Space is controlled by governmentsand strict regulation. What happens if it is taken out of the government’shands? Finally, they asked each other, Why do we even think spaceis interesting? This led to a discussion of where they would go if they couldgo to space. By the end of the car ride, they had their answer about what todo next. They knew exactly where they wanted to go.
Before Adeo could continue, Elon arrived and apologized for beinglate. The three men moved with drinks in hand from the Skybar to therestaurant and ordered a feast: pan-seared ahi tuna, miso grilled salmon,the Asian noodle box, and more. Tracks from the Buddha Bar collectionplayed in the background. Peter found Elon immediately likable: goodchemistry from the start, soft-spoken, polite, his words well chosen.Adeo was also great, but more of an extrovert who seemed to enjoy playingdevil’s advocate. Peter knew very little about the two coming into thenight’s dinner. He’d had a quick conference call the week before with Elonand Adeo, thought they said all the right things, and took Elon’s accent tobe British.
Adeo made Peter laugh knowingly when he said, “I think every geek isa bit of a space buff.” Peter talked about his various space ventures, including the XPRIZE, which he had launched five years earlier to try to jumpstart the private space industry by offering a $10 million prize for the first team that could build and fly a rocket to the start of space. Peter also talked about Space Adventures, his company with Eric Anderson, which had brokeredthe final part of the deal to send the world’s first space tourist, DennisTito, to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuzspacecraft for $20 million. Peter talked briefly about how NASA had triedto stop Tito from flying, but Tito had launched on April 28 and landedsafely in Kazakhstan on May 6. It was big news in space circles that Tito,an American, had to fly with Russian cosmonauts and was not allowed onthe U.S. side of the space station.
As Peter talked about what the “ultimate space company” would looklike, putting on Moon missions and suborbital and ZERO‑G flights, Elonand Adeo said they had set their sights on something different, somethingeven more difficult. They wanted to reach the Red Planet. Their mission,decided that night on Long Island, was to put humanity on Mars. Theywanted to spend money to “shame, embarrass, or prod” the governmentinto doing a human mission to Mars.
Peter cautioned that he had seen a lot of great missions fail becauseone wealthy backer or another expected other wealthy individuals tosupport his vision. “But every wealthy person has his own vision,” Petersaid. To make such a mission work, Peter now believed, one very wealthyand determined person would need to be willing to pay for everything,something he had yet to encounter. As Elon listened to Peter talk aboutBlastoff and his other companies, he thought Peter’s heart was in theright place, and it was obvious that he cared deeply about the future ofspace travel. But the Blastoff plan didn’t make sense to him. He didn’tthink sending a rover back to the Moon was going to reignite space travel.
Returning to the subject of Mars, Elon said, “We want to do somethingthat’s significant enough but does something for a reasonable budget—for a couple million.” Adeo added that they had $10 million to $15 million tospend, but wanted to start with a $1 million or $2 million project.
Peter was stunned to hear such a low figure of “a couple million,” butknew that in aerospace, a couple million often led to many more millions.He listened to them with interest, but made sure not to get his hopes up.
Still, at the very least, even if Elon and Adeo did nothing, Peter had metsome smart guys who would be friends. Elon was a major Trekkie. He hadwatched all of the episodes as a kid in South Africa, dreamed of spaceships,and read Heinlein, Asimov, and Douglas Adams. He said his successesin Silicon Valley had paved the way for his future in space—not unlike what Jeff Bezos had told him.
Adeo, Elon, and Peter shared an interest in using small teams toaccomplish what only the government had done before, though Elonremarked that he saw the government as “a corporation—the biggest corporation.” And like Peter, Adeo and Elon didn’t see NASA as the bad guy,but instead saw the public’s expectation of perfection as an unnecessaryspeed limit on innovation. The expectation that everything needed to goright caused NASA to be overly cautious.
Elon talked about how he had been trying to understand why theworld had not made more progress in sending people to the Moon orMars. “There was a lot of excitement with the Apollo program and thedream of space travel,” Elon said. “It was ignited, and somehow thatdream died or was put into stasis.” He said he was “trying to figure out ifthere is anything we can do to bring back the dream of Apollo. Maybeeven a philanthropic mission.”
Peter could see that Elon—a logician and engineer above all else—needed to understand the physical and psychological limitations of whyrockets hadn’t improved since the sixties. Peter knew that Elon and Adeowere in research mode, talking to a mix of major players and fringe playersin the world of aerospace. Peter told them he thought Mars was a greatplace to set up a future colony, but “the Moon was economical. The Moonis a place where you can go to gain access to resources and you are closeenough to Earth that you can build on it.”
But Elon was not interested in the Moon. “Maybe we do a mini greenhouseto Mars,” he said. “Maybe mice to Mars. Maybe we grow samples offood crops.” He said it had been obvious to him since childhood, whenthe Moon was already reached, that “Mars is next.” Also, Mars was evenmore mythical, more unattainable. The Moon was 240,000 miles awayfrom Earth. Mars was about 34 million miles away when their orbits weretogether on the same side of the sun, but as much as 250 million milesapart when the two planets were on the opposite sides of the sun. TheMoon was the talcum face in the night sky. Mars was the out‑of‑reachgem. Mars would take at least half a year to reach, using optimal energycost. It would take a year and a half for the planets to realign, and then itwould take another six months to return. Elon said he thought such amission sounded entirely doable. Earlier, in May, Elon had attended aMars Society event with Jim Cameron, who was working on a six-episode TV miniseries on the Red Planet. Over breakfast the next morning withMars Society cofounder Robert Zubrin, Elon had pledged $100,000 to thecause.
Peter, who had been in constant pitching mode for what felt like aneternity, tried to sit back and listen, but he kept finding himself back inthe mode of selling. Elon and Adeo asked whether a manned mission toMars was possible for less than $10 billion. Now the budget is edging closerto reality, Peter thought. Peter said enticingly, “I’ve got a way for you to doit for a tenth of the cost, for one billion.” Everyone leaned in. “You couldbuild a one-way mission with existing Russian hardware. You send afew people with the goal of their living on Mars for five years until aresupply or rescue mission gets there. They will be the world’s first Martians.”
Adeo and Elon loved the idea and spent the next hour in a fast-paceddiscussion, going over details and obstacles. Peter then told themthat whatever they did in space, they needed to first prove themselves,“step by step.” Even though Peter had figured out quickly that Elon and Adeo had nointerest in funding one of his for-profit ventures, he admired how these guys were willing to gamble on space. And the evening offered a pleasant surprise: Elon loved theXPRIZE idea. “I could be a supporter of that,” he said. Elon thought thatthe XPRIZE could jump-start an industry and rekindle public interest in space.
Elon and Adeo appeared keenly interested as Peter talked about the Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh, and the teams that had signed up for the XPRIZE. Peter said that the idea for his space prize came from reading about the $25,000 Orteig prize offered first in 1919 to the first aviator who could fly nonstop from Paris to New York or New York to Paris.
“I’d love to meet some of the teams,” Elon said. Adeo offered to join the XPRIZE board.
Well after midnight, the men finally walked out of the restaurant andwere greeted by the white-clad valet. They had plans to meet the nextmorning to continue the discussion.
As Peter drove back to his apartment in Santa Monica, he turned on his recorder and began to reflect. It was strange, he said, how untiltonight, he had felt like the kid in the room. Now, at forty, he felt more likethe elder statesman. Both Adeo and Elon were weeks shy of turning thirty.They were just starting on space; he had never been anywhere else.
“They only have ten million to fifteen million to spend,” Peter said as hedrove. “They could be backers of the XPRIZE. Regardless, I get the feeling we’ll be friends. I really liked this guy Elon. He was quieter, but sounded serious about space. I think Iplanted some ideas, some seeds, maybe some direction, tonight.”
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In the face of a changing climate and the challenges that come with it, companies the world over have been attempting to pull solutions out of thin air — literally.
There are firms turning air into fuel and others transforming it into stone. Some are even extracting clean drinking water from it.
Israel’s Water-Gen has built devices that create and store drinking water by harvesting condensation from the air. It was among a group of Israeli firms that presented their technological innovations at the United Nations General Assembly last week.
“Put simply, [our technology] leverages the same process as a dehumidifier, but instead captures and cleans the moisture,” said Zach Gorin, a company spokesman,in an email this week. “This ‘plug-and-drink’ technology is fully independent of existing water infrastructure. All we require is an electrical outlet and the humidity found in the air.”
Water-Gen isn’t the only company to market such a technology, but it says its machines ― known as atmospheric water generators ― are far more energy-efficient than any other water production device currently available.
“Our technology takes one-fifth of the amount of energy used by other methods ― around three liters of water produced for every kilowatt of energy. That makes the water we produce much cheaper, too,” Gorin said.
At current energy prices, Water-Gen estimates the water its machines generates would cost less than 10 cents per gallon.
The company’s devices come in three sizes: industrial, medium and one for use in the home or office. Each machine comes equipped with a system of plastic “leaves” which cools the air and then collects any resultant condensation. The water collected then passes through a water filtration system which filters out any chemical and microbiological contaminants.
The smallest device can yield up to 5 gallons daily, while the largest can produce more than 800 gallons a day.Gorin noted, however, that the technologyis easily scalable.
Water-Gen got its start providing its water generation technology to the Israeli military and other armies, including those of the U.S. and France.But the company said its focus has recently shifted to providing the technology to communities facing water scarcity.
“We think it’s possible to bring drinking water to all countries. Humidifiers, army solutions, etcetera are a secondary issues,” Maxim Nasik, Water-Gen’s chairman, told Business Insider in an interview this month. “What’s important for us is to bring water to the people. This is a basic human right.”
The company is in talks with several governments, including the United States, India, China, Brazil and Mexico. And it’s currently doing field tests in cities such as Mumbai, India, and Shanghai, China.
Water-Gen said it’s also working with industrial manufacturers to scale up production for its home appliances. The company’s products are expected to be commercially available in 2017.
“We’ve all seen the numbers about the global water crisis: under conservative estimates, one out of every ten people in the world lacks access to safe water; one out of every five deaths of children under the age of 5 is the result of a water-related disease,” Gorinsaid. “Global leaders have made it clear that all sectors ― government, business, and non-profit ― must take significant steps to reduce our carbon footprint while conserving existing resources. Water-Gen’s technology is a critical to expanding access to safe, clean, and sustainable water supplies.”
According to the World Bank, 1.6 billion people live in countries and regions that struggle with water scarcity. That number is expected to balloon to 2.8 billion by 2025.
“There is zero doubt that the threat posed by global climate change means that water supplies will be under increasing amounts of stress each year,” Gorin said. “We’re excited about the impact we can make for the world.”
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Is Twitter trying to reconcile Rosie O’Donnelland Donald Trump?
The duo’s decade-long feuderupted again this week following the GOP nominee’s jibe at the TV personality during Monday night’s presidential debate.O’Donnell fired back, calling the brash businessman an “orange anus.”
The micro-blogging giant seemed to attempt to play peacemaker on Thursday by suggesting O’Donnell follow the account of her nemesis. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t want to know.
ummmm - wrong pic.twitter.com/a0JdqDUVZz— Rosie (@Rosie) September 29, 2016
OK, so the suggestion was more likely down to Twitter’s algorithms, rather than a conscious effort by someone at the service.
The site suggests who users should follow based on their location and who they’ve previously interacted with. And with thousands of people discussing the duo’s animosity, it was perhaps inevitable that at some point one would be invited to follow the other.
CAUSE HE IS A MORON https://t.co/dWO6t5LHF1— Rosie (@Rosie) September 30, 2016
While O’Donnell continues to campaign against Trump online, other comedians are calling on Twitter users tounfollow the Republican candidate as part of “The Big Unfollow” initiative on Saturday.
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