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Technology/Recreation: Computer Genius Bjorn Harms Converts His Corvette Into A Full-Sized Remote-Controlled Car (Video)

Dude. A full-sized remote control Corvette. Like FULL… you can in and drive, but why? Because it’s REMOTE-CONTROLLED… sized!

@ojones1

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Elon Musk Speaks On His Concerns About Artificial Intelligence (Video)

I’m an alien… It’s true.
Elon Musk

Got the full (very full) show with Elon chatted up for over 2 and 1/2 hours of tech talk (for those who want it) after the jump. But the clip above though: We’re focused on convo about artificial intelligence. Probably goes without saying that a Mars expedition (like the Space X venture being planned) has gotta be able to use some of that sweet A.I. Especially if the crew runs into some ‘other’ aliens (ha)!

Thoughtful (and kinda scary) insights from the guy we call ‘Real Life Tony Stark’ around here.

@ojones1

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Filmmaker And Tech Enthusiast Pete Majarich Gives Us A Look At The ‘Surface Of Mars’… From Utah (Short Film)

Uh ohhh. Elon Musk, we have a problem.

There are still moon-landing deniers around who claim that all that video of that American space trip was faked. And this short film “The Visitor” (by Australian filmmaker Pete Majarich) is an even more appealing, amazing, look at a trip to what looks to be a ‘red’ planet.

This was shot in a southern Utah desert. Confirmed (hit the jump and see). So, if we make the Mars trip… proving it… could be a problem!

(But this is a cool tech-driven flick though. No problem with that.)

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This ‘Dr. Frankenstein’ Mechanic Salvages Tesla Cars Doomed To Go To The Scrapheap (Video)

Hmm. A great example of how a craft or hobby can be expressed in the form of activism. We might more readily think of print, TV, or music content creators as activists before a Tesla fix-it guy. But peep. Rich has a mission and a message; putting both out there at great risk. Watch.

Rich is a car enthusiast whose passion is to find wrecked Teslas, bring them back to life, and then share his repair adventures on his YouTube channel Rich Rebuilds.

When he found out that Tesla would not service or support his salvaged cars, he took it upon himself to scour the internet and harvest working parts from several busted Teslas. He Frankensteined them together until his creations were fully operational, at a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new or certified pre-owned Tesla.

Motherboard travels to Massachusetts to meet with the rogue mechanic leading a grassroots movement of DIY fixers who are taking back the right to repair the things they own.

– Motherboard

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Dermaclip Is A Painless Replacement For Stitches In Closing Wounds (Video)

Yeah. Go medical technology! I am no fan of needles or pain. I have not had stitches yet, so whoever is in charge should get on this before I do. No needles! Gimme the Dermaclip instead of stiches, please.

@ojones1

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Flight Of The Man-Made U.F.O. Check Out The BlackFly (Video)

U.F.O. means “Unidentified Flying Object”… meaning that onlookers just don’t know what it is. No one said anything about little green men… this time.

(Hit the jump to learn a bit more about the U.F.O. that “anybody can fly.”)

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Technology: Disney’s Robot Stunt Doubles (Video)

Nice! With this tech, moviemakers could very well get realistic action shots, of some pretty daring (read: potentially dangerous) stuff, without having to risk human lives.

The robot acrobats can flip through the air and stick a landing every time.
– TechCrunch

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Catch Me If You Can: Frank Speaks With Google (Video)

Late pass but this is interesting. Yep, words from the guy that was the focus of the “Catch Me If You Can” movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the USA series “White Collar.”

For Google’s Security and Privacy Month, we are honored to present the real Frank Abagnale, Renowned Cybersecurity And Fraud Prevention Expert, Bestselling Author & Subject of Catch Me If You Can.

His transformation from one of the world’s most notorious con men to an international cybersecurity expert trusted by the FBI has been mythologized in film and literature – but the takeaways he shares are the real deal.

– Talks at Google

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Watch The Spider Mower In Action (Video)

Soooo… am I officially OLD because this video of [what in effect is] a big azz’d lawnmower cutting grass has me geeked AF??? Maybe. Sorry, but not sorry. Check it out. Be an old nerd like me.

Cutting the grass with this heavy-duty lawn mower won’t feel like a chore anymore.
– In The Know Innovation

On top of that, I really hate yard work. Full disclosure.

@ojones1

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Uber’s Flying Taxi (Video)

Uber unveiled its flying taxi prototype, which looks like a giant drone from CNBC.

So they came up with a concept for a four-passenger taxi that flies? Now THAT’S how you earn the name Uber for real! This is uberAIR.

The reality of urban air transportation is closer than you think. In fact, Uber Elevate has already started exploring the barriers we’ll need to overcome to make vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) a reality and bringing uberAIR to Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020. Watch this video to see what an end-to-end flight in an uberAIR VTOL will look like. We’re excited to partner with some of the world’s top manufacturers, real estate developers, agencies, and cities to make this vision a reality.

Why VTOL?
With VTOL aircrafts, passengers can enjoy quicker daily commutes, while our cities experience less traffic congestion and cleaner air.

– Uber

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Realistic Cosplay Wings (Video)

Dude. They got wings, like the wings that mutant Angel, in the X-Men comics, and apparently you can get your own!

@ojones1

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Affordable 3D Printed Home Technology Could End Homelessness (Video)

Okay, if this tech isn’t out here ending homelessness AGGRESSIVELY by year’s end… we all ought to feel some kind of way. Why not?

3Dhome.org – The first permitted, 3D-printed home created specifically for the developing world was unveiled today in Austin, Texas by New Story, the non-profit working to create a world where no human being lives in survival mode, and ICON, the newly launched construction technologies company leading the way into the future of homebuilding by using 3D printing to make major advancements in affordability, building performance, sustainability and customizability.
– New Story

And just imagine clearing and “reprinting” new homes in storm-ravaged areas. Instead of having long-standing shanty towns left in the wake of hurricanes, just do up a bunch of these. C’mon business. C’mon government. Who would stand against this???

@ojones1

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Portland Water Pipes Bring Water And Power To The People Around The Clock (Video)

Like any reasonable person needed another reason for the country to invest in upgrading its infrastructure.

These awesome pipes generate power from drinking water.
– Our Planet

We need our pipes replaced anyway. Replace them with pipes that generate power while moving that water better. Brilliant!

@ojones1

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The U.S. Wants To Have A Word With You: A Plasma Effects Weapon Is In Development Now (Video)

The government and military use drones already. Man do they use drones! Imagine giving them lasers, too. But not just ‘pewn pewn’ ray gun lasers; though surely those are in development, as well. However, this tech is a new kind of way to weaponize with lasers.

The U.S. military’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, is inching closer to a weapon that alters atoms to literally create words from thin air. It’s called the Laser-Induced Plasma Effect and, fingers crossed, they hope to be able to say intelligible words within the next three years.
Patrick Tucker

Creating words from thin air! Think about it: Within three years, we are thinking that they will be able to aim a beam or something into a room and create a voice that sounds like someone is in that room. An enemy combatant is sound asleep, and they put a ghost voice in the room – no body, no drone, just a voice – to tell them something startling like, “There is nowhere to run. We’ve got you in our sights. See the red dot on you? Do… NOT… move!”

Scary, right? Especially if ‘they’ decide that YOU are the enemy.

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Technology: Whirlpool Turbines Designed To Provide Renewable Energy For Small Communities (Video)

We’ve seen this work on a large scale… Hoover Dam and others… where you wall up a huge reservoir of water and then let it go; the force of the waterfall spinning a turbine that generates electricity. It is all about turning potential into kinetic energy and harnessing the power.

So what if we could do that on a smaller scale? Oh wait, this is no longer a ‘what if’ thing. This is a ‘why not’ thing. And it is awesome!

Clean, renewable, no harm to inhabitants (including the fish), and only one moving part. Genius!

@ojones1

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Technology: Boston Dynamics’ Latest Dog-Bot Prototype Can Open Doors (Video)

Boston Dynamics has done some of everything in the field of robotics. Even dog-bots like this one. But this one… can open doors! When will they go ‘too far’ you wonder? Who knows? Especially if they keep topping the last robo-tech feat with the next.

(Extra creepy bonus points for those bots working together. Wow!)

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Cover Story: How Falcon Heavy Will Change Space Travel (Video)

Did you catch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the other day? Wonder what all the fuss was about? And maybe why it carried a red Tesla roadster into orbit? Well, watch and learn, friends. Watch and learn.

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Smart Glasses With A Normal Look & Feel (Video)

Know how folks want to rock some tech bling that stands out; that actually ‘blings’ and gets noticed? Like a really nice watch? Well, you don’t want that in a pair of smart glasses, do you? Nahhhh.

Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses won’t make you look like a Glasshole. Dieter Bohn got an exclusive look at Intel’s latest gadget. By shining a low-powered laser into your retina, the glasses can get all sorts of information without pulling out your phone.
– The Verge

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Technology: Ehang’s Passenger-Carrying Drone (Video)

Drones for racing & recreation, drones for recreation, drones for exploration, drones for the military. Indeed, there are drones for home and work, but how about for the commute (e.g. for human transportation)? Yeah… that’s coming.

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Can Prosthesis Give An Opponent Power? Yes! About 8,000 Pounds Of It (Video)

Prosthesis is an 8,000-pound, 15 foot tall, 18 foot wide, exoskeleton that is completely controlled by a human operator. It’s the world’s first racing “mech” (a class of tech that includes robots or machines controlled by people). Built by Furrion.

I mean. I know it’s tech. But it’s a BEAST, too!

@ojones1

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