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We need to spend a lot more on our own country for once...I agree strongly with Obama on this.

 

Indeed. The article mentions it very briefly but this also comes right near the 10th anniversary of the 2003 blackout in the Northeast (Aug 14), knocking out power to 50 million. I still remember that. :p


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California billionaire lifts lid on 'Hyperloop' futuristic transport

 

 

 Billionaire U.S. entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled plans on Monday for a futuristic "Hyperloop" transportation system to whisk passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under half an hour.

http://www.reuters.c...E97B0U320130812

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by Italian Ufo, 16 August 2013 - 02:03 AM.


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EADS unveils its vision for the future of aviation.

http://www.gizmag.co...ts-paris/27979/

 

This article is almost 2 months old but it is related to the newest prediction for distributed propulsion.

 

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EADS unveils its vision for the future of aviation.

http://www.gizmag.co...ts-paris/27979/

 

This article is almost 2 months old but it is related to the newest prediction for distributed propulsion.

 

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If it is more energy efferent and more powerful = probably going to become true. ;) Economics rules tech development.


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I'm really intrigued by Elon Musk's idea. I want to see something like his Hyperloop become a reality, though I'm curious about how many tubes would be made for traffic etc. Whether or not one tube can hold more than one train at a time, or if each tube can only have one train in it going one direction. And if there can be more than one train in a tube at a time, there'd have to be some sort of mechanism at the ends to switch over the trains and move the cars before the next train comes.



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HS2 'could cost taxpayer £80bn'

The HS2 high-speed rail project could cost more than £80bn - almost double the current estimated cost of £42.6bn, a free-market think tank has said.

The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) expects lobbying by local councils for extra infrastructure and design changes will inflate the cost.

It wants HS2 to be scrapped and the money spent on other transport schemes.

The government said the "absolutely vital" scheme would give a "huge economic boost" for generations.

High-speed 2 (HS2) is intended to allow trains to run at 250 mph (400km/h) from London to Birmingham from 2026, with branches to Manchester and Leeds via Sheffield planned by 2032.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23744619

 

 

 

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Disruptors like Spacex, Tesla Motors, Broad Group fight the courts and politically connected

If Spacex fully succeeds then launch costs to orbit could drop to $10 per pound from $4000-20000 per pound. This could open up space to colonization and industry and enable the economy of civilization to expand by trillions of dollars in decades and enable large scale expansion into the solar system much the way nationwide highway and rail allowed the US to fill out from coast to coast.

If Tesla Motor fully succeeds then the electric car could become displace gasoline cars on a global and set the stage for mainstream electric airplanes and other vehicles.

If Broad Groups factory produced skyscrapers fully succeed the cost of building construction could drop two to ten times. This will changes cities and world urbanization and the $4 trillion world construction market.

http://nextbigfuture...(nextbigfuture)


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$10/lb.... is that a typo?

 

I want a reliable source for that figure. Desperately want one*

 

Indeed. That's cheaper than the price of checking luggage on a plane.



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By 2035, Nearly 100 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be Sold Per Year, Report Says

 

August 19, 2013

 

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The rise of autonomous cars might turn out to be more rapid than even the most devout Knight Rider fans were hoping. According to a new report from Navigant Research, in just over two decades, Google Cars and their ilk will account for 75 percent of all light vehicle sales worldwide. In total, Navigant expects 95.4 million autonomous cars to be sold every year by 2035. 

 

http://motherboard.v...e-sold-per-year


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By 2035, Nearly 100 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be Sold Per Year, Report Says

 

August 19, 2013

 

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The rise of autonomous cars might turn out to be more rapid than even the most devout Knight Rider fans were hoping. According to a new report from Navigant Research, in just over two decades, Google Cars and their ilk will account for 75 percent of all light vehicle sales worldwide. In total, Navigant expects 95.4 million autonomous cars to be sold every year by 2035. 

 

http://motherboard.v...e-sold-per-year

 

 

Saver, more energy efficient and you can sleep as you go to work in the mornings. A real winner ;)


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Tesla Model S achieves best safety rating of any car ever tested!

http://www.teslamoto...car-ever-tested


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EDIT: repost


Edited by TransAustin, 20 August 2013 - 06:32 AM.


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By 2035, Nearly 100 Million Self-Driving Cars Will Be Sold Per Year, Report Says

 

August 19, 2013

 

 

 

The rise of autonomous cars might turn out to be more rapid than even the most devout Knight Rider fans were hoping. According to a new report from Navigant Research, in just over two decades, Google Cars and their ilk will account for 75 percent of all light vehicle sales worldwide. In total, Navigant expects 95.4 million autonomous cars to be sold every year by 2035. 

 

http://motherboard.v...e-sold-per-year

 

That will make a nice reference for the timeline. :)


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The city of 2050

Have you ever wondered where you or your children may be living in 2050? Experts predict that by then three-quarters of the world's population will live in cities. For part of its Tomorrow's Cities season the BBC takes a look through the crystal ball to imagine what city life might be like in 40 years' time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-23524249



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Tesla’s Model S is out-selling Buick, Fiat, Land Rover and Lincoln in California

 

August 21, 2013

 

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Articles about sales figures are always weird, especially when they’re broken down into regions. Consider that Tesla’s Model S is out-selling Buick, Fiat, Land Rover, and Lincoln in California — the most populous state in the union and home to about 1 in 8 of all Americans.

 

http://www.rawstory....-in-california/


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Google, IBM, and Continental AG teaming up to create self driving system for cars.

http://www.reuters.c...E97K0RM20130821


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US electrical grid on the edge of failure

 

August 25, 2013

 

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Network analysis suggests geography makes grid inherently unstable.

 

http://www.nature.co...failure-1.13598


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^ If failure is what it takes to improve on the older system, then so be it. It's like that with rest of America these days - more reactive than proactive.


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^ If failure is what it takes to improve on the older system, then so be it. It's like that with rest of America these days - more reactive than proactive.

 

 

This is what happens when half of this country elects idiots that wants no government. These people may turn us into a third world country...


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Nissan to have self-driving car on market in 2020

 

Motorists could go hands-free, leaving their cars' computer brains fully in charge, as early as 2020, when Nissan says it plans to have a self-driving vehicle ready for the market.

 

The Japanese automaker said Tuesday that its "revolutionary" self-drive technology could be ready by then, and that it is already building a synthetic cityscape of real roads and buildings for testing the vehicles.

 

"I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it," chief executive Carlos Ghosn said Tuesday.

 

http://phys.org/news...riving-car.html

 

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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which released this photo on August 27, 2013, says it will be ready with multiple, commercially-viable Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020. Nissan announced that the company's engineers have been carrying out intensive research on the technology for years.


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