Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: DARPA, NASA, STANDOUT | Tags: 100 Year Starship, 100YSS, DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Gene Roddenberry, NASA, Transfictontrek | No Comments »
That US behemoth, DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aka the Department of Everything – has teamed up with that other US giant, the fiscally challenged NASA to create a program that would see interstellar travel within the next 100 years. The duo have awarded $US500,00 in seed funding to the Dorothy Jemison Foundation to form the aptly named 100 Year Starship - 100YSS – program.
The initiative will call on expert opinion from a wide range of disciplines, engineers, scientists and artists will contribute to a single shared vision, to develop the capability for mankind to achieve interstellar flight within the next 100 years.
A public symposium will be held this year, in Houston, Texas from September 14 to 16. In what will become an annual event. Has the real world finally caught up with the strangely accurate transfictontrek world of Gene Roddenberry? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 31st, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Cankler, Science, Science News | Tags: Borg Satellite, Buddha's Brother, Cankler, DARPA, Orbital Repair, PODS, Project Phoenix, Re-Purposing, science, Tender Satellite | Comments Off
Satellites envelop our world like a web, another kind of world wide web. Proving to be indispensable for communications, scientific exploration and avoiding getting lost when shopping, they have become our eyes and ears in the sky, an essential part of everyday life.
DARPA, America’s greatest research and development organizations has turned it’s attention to space junk and satellites. With such previous contributions to society such as the Internet and GPS satellites DARPA isn’t the sort of company you ignore. Sure they may have their odd flight of fancy, the flying Humvee idea turned a lot of heads, turned heads with curious looks wanting to ask flying what now? Project Phoenix aims to create a new class of satellite, the Borg Satellite.
The Borg or Tender - DARPA’s designation – space robot will be able to disassemble and maintain other satellites. Eventually DARPA hopes the Tender’s will be able build working satellites from various spare parts floating around in GEO – geostationary – orbit. Could the DARPA Borg satellites begin eating other satellites and produce kill-bots to take over the world, possibly but there are a lot of technological hurdles to overcome yet :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Author: Buster Cookson | Filed under: Buster Cookson, Cankler, Engineered Life, Favorite New Thought, No Sh_t Sherlock, Outside the Box, Science, Science News | Tags: BAE Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, Crisis Early Warning and Decision Support, DARPA, Dewey Murdick, Facebook, Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition, FUSE, IARPA, ICEWS, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Isaac Asimov, Kathleen Carley, ODNI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Organization Risk Analyzer, Psychohistory, Raytheon BBN Technologies Corporation, Sean O'Brien, Social Media, Social Networking Sites, SRI International, The World Future Society, twitter | Comments Off
It’s every government’s dream, a system that can predict future events such as riots, political upheaval and the outbreak of war.
With social media playing such a prevalent role in the organisation of events like The Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, there’s surely a way to trend upcoming events through social media, the U.S intelligence community believes this to be the case.
Research aimed at predicting future social upheaval isn’t a new thought, automating the way data is collected and analysed is a little more complicated though. Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition - FUSE – has been commissioned to do just that by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - ODNI.
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