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Category Archives: 017 Technology

Billionaire Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son plans to invest in singularity

Insightful and a first mover…

Billionaire Softbank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son revealed Monday (Feb. 27) at Mobile World Congress his plan to invest in singularity. “In next 30 years [the singularity] will become a reality,” he said, Tech Crunch reports.

“If superintelligence goes inside the moving device then the world, our lifestyle dramatically changes,” he said. “There will be many kinds. Flying, swimming, big, micro, run, 2 legs, 4 legs, 100 legs,” referring to robots. “I truly believe it’s coming, that’s why I’m in a hurry — to aggregate the cash, to invest.”

“Son said his personal conviction in the looming rise of billions of superintelligent robots both explains his acquisition of UK chipmaker ARM last year, and his subsequent plan to establish the world’s biggest VC fund,” noted TechCrunch — a new $100BN fund called the Softbank Vision Fund, announced last October

Source: kurzweilai.net

The Blockchain and Us: Interview with Caitlin Long, Symbiont – YouTube

This type of technology will revolutionalize the way the world works, and what money is.

The more competition, the better, the more secure your funds will be. The market (now able to react at the speed of light) will find the value as long as no one owns a monopoly on what people want to use.

Hybrid-80 polymer 80% AR-15 lower build and review – Will it hold up to heavy use?

Lets go ahead and list the pros and the cons and why I suggest this as your next AR build! Pros follow. Lightweight, it weighs on average about half what an aluminum standard lower will weigh. Remember, ounces are pounds and so on. I like having an AR that is capable of 200- 300 yard shooting that weighs 5-6lbs loaded. Its NICE! Strong, I was unable to break it with standard drop testing and even some minor use of it as a hammer with the butt stock as the handle.

Source: thesurvivalistblog.net

The Best Thing for Concealed Carry

While I understand why people make up lists for the “x” best “armaments or equipment,” it is important to always remember that the single best thing you can get is training.

“The best gun to win a gunfight with is the one in your hands” is what Evan Marshall says.

After a lifetime of shooting weapons, Evan understands that “any gun will do if you will do.”

The reality is that you can fight like a champ with what you have as long as you have the training required to use it well.

Give an operator a Hi-Point or the darling of this week’s gun magazine and the problem will be solved just as quickly.

They may curse you for the former and bless you for the latter, but make no mistake, it’s not the gun or equipment doing the work, it’s the training they received and the dedication they put into mastering any new tool or equipment they are issued.

Having said that, please, do go out and experiment with different firearms and equipment to your heart’s content.

Please do support the industry with your time and money, it will spur further innovations we all can all use.f you are lucky, you will find a tool or equipment that is worthy of joining or replacing something in your carry kit.

If you are lucky, you will find a tool or equipment that is worthy of joining or replacing something in your carry kit.

But while you do, just remember that it’s your training that will put you over the top and make you better, it’s not the tools and accessories themselves.

 

Coming After Your (replica) Guns?

Toy gun

Of the 86 fatal shootings involving imitation firearms since 2015, the most common theme was mental illness: 38 of those killed had a history of it, according to their families and police reports. Fourteen of the calls were domestic disturbances. Ten others began as robberies. The remaining circumstances range from patrolling neighborhoods to serving arrest warrants to making traffic stops.

Are more laws needed to make a fake gun look fake to protect the person wielding it inappropriately?

Is the problem fake guns that look too real (whatever that means), or could other factors be at play?

Since people under a life or death situation (such as those described in the article) naturally achieve a sympathetic nervous system or (SNS) response which includes the loss of color vision; what modifications will be demanded when simply coloring guns differently doesn’t fix the problem?

It seems to me that the real problem is that some people choose to intimidate, coerce, or otherwise threaten other innocent people, and then other people react with appropriate levels of counterviolence when faced with someone acting in a manner that suggests that they or others are in immediate jeopardy of loss of life and limb.

As my friends in law enforcement say “You do stupid thing, you win stupid prizes.”

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Someone is learning how to take down the Internet – What you can do to safeguard yourself

In a nutshell: The internet is highly centralized and vulnerable to attacks.

The solution to this problem is a distributed network that that becomes more secure and faster as more people partake.

Technologies like MaidSafe are leading the way, and are now in alpha testing.

“These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. It feels like a nation’s military cybercommand trying to calibrate its weaponry in the case of cyberwar.”

Source: KurzweilAI

Video Games Actually Make You A Better Soldier

It’s nice to be proven right, and glad the reality is beginning to sink in.

The debate about whether or not video games improve your cognitive abilities is over. It turns out they can make you quicker and more decisive. And as a result, the military has begun testing and using virtual reality programs to train soldiers. And while you may think that video games or simulations don’t compare to actual field training, experts within the military community suggest that you’d be wrong.

Source: taskandpurpose.com

900 million Android devices affected by Quadrooter security flaws in Qualcomm chips

Hackers can potentially infect Android devices with malware, which when installed, would provide them with “privilege escalation” to gain rooting access to devices, thanks to four new vulnerabilities, dubbed Quadrooter, identified by security researchers. Around 900 million Android devices have been left vulnerable by Quadrooter.

Source: ibtimes

Miniature portable device produces biopharmaceuticals on demand at point-of-care

We love technology and where it can take us.

MIT researchers with DARPA funding have developed a portable device for manufacturing a range of biopharmaceuticals on demand, virtually anywhere… For medics on the battlefield and doctors in remote or developing parts of the world, getting rapid access to the drugs needed to treat patients can be challenging. That’s because biopharmaceutical drugs, which are used in a wide range of therapies including vaccines and treatments for diabetes and cancer, are currently produced in large, centralized fermentation plants. Then they must be transported to the treatment site, which can be expensive, time-consuming, and difficult to execute in areas with poor supply chains.

Source: KurzweilAI

Manned Jetpack

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Whether you’re an adventurer, a futurist or a visionary, the Personal Jetpack gives you the freedom to explore and venture to places that others can only imagine. Its small dimensions allow it to operate in confined as well as open spaces, making it the ideal vehicle to cross the harbour for lunch on a superyacht or carry out that daring midtown rescue before cocktails at the club.

Before flying the Jetpack, proper training and certifications are required. Pricing starts at $200,000, with availability to purchase in a variety of colors beginning December 2017. For details on flight training and certification, as well as specs and pricing and how to pre-orders, please visit www.martinjetpack.com.

Source: martinjetpack.com

The More You Know: Living With Astigmatism When Using Red Dot, Holographic and Prismatic Optics – The Firearm Blog

 

Pete at The Firearms Blog has posted a short and well written piece called Living With Astigmatism When Using Red Dot, Holographic and Prismatic Optics.

It’s informative, easy to follow, and provides quality diagrams and photos to help the reader understand the topic at a deeper level.

If you are considering purchasing an optic for your firearm you will want this information before buying so you can understand what you may end up seeing and what you can likely do to fix it if you suffer from astigmatism.

It’s a topic all shooters need to know about whether they suffer from astigmatism or not. Do yourself and your friends a favor, read it and pass it on.

About 15 years ago I sadly boxed up a brand new Red Dot Optic for it’s return to the manufacturer without ever having used it to fire a shot – the reticle was a blurry burst rather than a crisp clear dot. But before I called and asked for a return authorization, I decided to search the Internet looking for answers on the durability of my new glass. And that’s when I found it: my new optic wasn’t the problem, I was.

Source: The Firearm Blog

Steiner’s new 6X40 Intelligent Combat Sight or “ICS”

We love technology, and it’s only getting better.

At the push of a button, an eye-safe laser instantly provides distance to the target, and calculates an illuminated, trajectory-compensated aiming point based on ammunition ballistics, measured distance, and angle to your target out to 800 meters. As a true electro-optical aiming device, it combines combat-optimized technology, operating simplicity in the field, and the targeting effectiveness to give small-caliber weapons oversized clout.

Source: Intelligent Combat Sight (ICS) 6×40 | Steiner Optics

The Inevitability of Decentralization/Distributed Networks and How To Break Open The Webopoly

Leading to the only logical conclusion: Distributed networks.

All of us, technically minded or not, need to understand the tradeoffs we’ve been making. Then we need to make decisions. We can accept choke points and lock-in. Or we can look for ways to reclaim control—declining to rely so much on centralized services, and using encryption and the new decentralized tools, such as the already-working IndieWeb, as they become available.

Source: Fast Company

SIG OPTICS Echo1

I am a huge fan of technology, Sig Sauer has made progress in thermal sights, check out their new ECHO1…

“The ECHO1™ Digital Thermal Imaging Reflex Sight from SIG SAUER® is the most innovative direct view thermal sight in the world. Based on the newest generation of thermal imaging sensors, the digital sight provides for day or night time predator and hog hunting, while functioning similar to a conventional reflex sight using both eyes open for fast and intuitive target acquisition with greatly improved situational awareness. The sight is also perfect for home defense, law enforcement, military, and search and rescue situations.”

Injectable sponges used for first time to stop soldier’s bleeding | Fox News

Brilliant, another useful tool for your blowout kit.

A U.S. military surgical team used an innovative device to staunch the bleeding on a gunshot victim, RevMedx, the company that makes it, recently announced. That marks the first documented occasion that the device has been used in a patient clinically, the company said.

Source: Injectable sponges used for first time to stop soldier’s bleeding | Fox News

First gene therapy successful against human aging – BioViva USA Inc

In March 2016, the same tests were taken again by SpectraCell revealed that her telomeres had lengthened by approximately 20 years, from 6.71kb to 7.33kb. This implies that Parrish’s white blood cells (leukocytes) have become biologically younger. These findings were independently verified by the Brussels-based non-profit HEALES (HEalthy Life Extension Company), and the Biogerontology Research Foundation, a UK-based charity committed to combating age-related diseases.

Source: First gene therapy successful against human aging – BioViva USA Inc

BOHICA – Obama to Make ‘Smart Guns’ Push but Police are Pushing Back

Don’t be fooled, it’s not just cops that are skeptical and pushing back against the gun centralizers – I know of no serous gunman (in the Jeffersonian sense) that wants to risk their lives and the lives of other innocents on unproven technology.

While I do support rock solid (RF/EM shielded, untrackable, unhackable, unbreakable, transferable, sharable, and 100% reliable) technology that can be used to prevent an unauthorized persons from using my firearm without my permission, adopting such technologies should be a personal choice, not one to be forced upon people.

Here is an idea: Let’s make the Secret Service (sorry to my friends in that department, but you get where I am going with this…) the guinea pigs for this, and see how the bureaucrats like putting their lives on the line instead of the people they are purporting to serve with such policies.

Among the biggest skeptics are cops worried about testing an unproven technology on the streets.“Police officers in general, federal officers in particular, shouldn’t be asked to be the guinea pigs in evaluating a firearm that nobody’s even seen yet,” said James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police. “We have some very, very serious questions.”

Source: POLITICO H/T Say Uncle

Why the Controversy Over CCW Technology?


The core concept behind concealed carry is to keep the firearm hidden until it is needed. The means of carry, or how it is concealed is secondary to having it on/near you and readily accessible when it is needed.

Keeping the core concept of concealed carry in the front of ones mind, whatever configuration the firearm is, the carrier is under no obligation to make their own true lethality known to those who may wish them harm.

With the numbers of carriers ever growing, it is only natural that those technologies which will serve to help concealed carriers better conceal their weapons and blend into their surrounding environments – will inevitably and thankfully – proliferate.

In light of the new technology boom, it is only logical that CCW holders find transformer guns such as the herein mentioned “Ideal Conceal” as invaluable alternatives when traditional carries may be less practical due to bulk, discomfort, or otherwise less desirable for whatever reason.

In the end, let the carriers make the decision of when and to what extent they want to gear down, it is their lives on the line and no one should make the decision for them.

The two dominant conversations surrounding Ideal Conceal are pretty polar opposite: glowingly optimistic or severely pessimistic. Some people view Ideal Conceal for its curb appeal of convenient to deploy, easy to conceal, and its level of comfort or basically not requiring a holster. The other mindset is that Ideal Conceal creates a horrifying new concern for law enforcement. All cellphones could now be possible weapons used against our men and women in blue. As if their jobs aren’t difficult enough in the heat of the moment they must now decipher and identify if a small object is a possible threat or just another Samsung cellphone.

Source: The Firearm Blog

Government moves on Apple, orders Apple to violate your rights – Apple respectfully says No.

Tim Cook looks to be taking a stand against government overreach. In a statement on Apples website, he claims that, “Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority.

The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by ‘brute force,’ trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.”

This is an obvious no-go for anyone who has even a elementary understanding of individual rights, the right to ones own private thoughts, communications with others, and let’s not forget the protections the Fourth Amendment is supposed to serve.

Cook continues, “The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.

We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.

While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”

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