A Few Words On Energy

No one before or since Einstein advanced our understanding of this crazy little thing called energy-but it is the basis for everything. Every piece of matter that ever was and ever will be started as pure energy and came down in vibration to stabilize into a flowing, pulsing article of matter.

In a matrix beyond our understanding, we live in an ‘arrangement’ of energy and we draw to us and repel things as our existence evolves. Our thoughts direct the energy we attract as well as those we push away like opposite poles of a magnet.

Magnetic energy will be the basis for our next transportation system. It has to be. Fuel has ruined us. We mismanaged our natural fuel reserves and emergency measures will be taken to preserve humanity or they won’t but magnets provide a clean way to transport the lot of us for all that we choose to move about. And we are a moving community. Nomads and gypsies abound.

America has proven herself to be the unifying melting pot that should serve as an example to the world that people can live side-by-side in peace most of the time. Our recession, depression, concession to world order has pushed many past healthy limits. Our mental health situation is almost critical. People who have never experienced such ongoing stress are ‘cracking up.’ I’ve seen it over, and over, and over on this mountain. And we are only 1500 people.

I love energy-studying it, measuring it, trying to create more of it. The space-time continuum makes for excellent daydreaming. Ask Einstein. He pictured the theory of relativity long before he put it into words. He envisioned a man falling inside of an elevator which is also falling. The man inside the falling box is gravity-free which is a continuum of Isaac Newton’s idea of this added force or power holding us all on this whirling planet.

If the space-time continuum puzzles you, find a juggler and watched him until you get it. Keep watching. He has to calculate his movement like a chess game, always keeping everything in motion. The key to time travel will be found in this puzzle. Back to the Future was a fun movie but they were going the wrong way.

Universal pain has been created and exists within the atmosphere. Our creative types, the artists, will have to work like madmen to put a dent in diffusing it; bringing it down into measurable pieces to be dismantled. All that fear and angst did was cause a firestorm. Nothing was resolved through fear and it never will be.

For all her strengths, America’s greatest weakness has always been its ignorance on where to find wisdom. We looked to our mother countries and found nothing but ropes to the past. We looked to each other and we were weary from the journey. Finally, Padres came and began building the missions which are still preserved and revered as the gathering places of original religion in these … Read the rest

Drones, AI and Big Data Transforming the Warfare Future

The warfare techniques have undergone a complete makeover ever since the entry of Big Data and IoT (Internet Of Things) in this industry. It has enhanced not in just the way opponents engage in a war but also the fronts on which they get engaged, though the dilemma of its usage is still debatable.

Taranis is an autonomous stealth drones by BAE Systems. It is named after the Celtic God of Thunder. This drone when programmed with a flight path in a pre-selected area can fly, identify threat, target it and send an alert to the human operator. The human operator reviews and then approves if required for the attack. Taranis then fires and destroy the target threat with a missile and flies back home.

As of today military widely uses drones for conducting surveillance, attack hostile target, spot submarines and mines. With advantages like being smaller and stealthier these drones have been also found successful in delivering humanitarian aid to distant places. As it is distantly controlled the safety of the pilot is also enhanced.

Though this fact doesn’t thrill many people, owing to the possibility of killing, damaging or destroying autonomously. A huge list of people have written an open letter to UN (United Nations) to crease the use of these weapons as it’s not clear how and where human intervention or approval is sought by the machine. The human intellect can’t be fully replaced by these machines.

Another factor that challenges the weapon equipped with AI, Big Data, IoT is that battle fields and line of controls can be replaced by digital networks replacing soldiers with hackers. If the attack is done on the network itself these weapons can turn highly suicidal. Making things smart are making them venerable too.

These facts can be over- sided by organizations like the Defence Department of United States, the UN, and the CIA. These organisations in last few years have launched many initiatives using these weapons to anticipate outbreaks of diseases, crisis (political, economic & natural) and shortage of resources.

The organisations like these and many more are able to gather huge unstructured data from various sources like reports from media, blog and social media posts using these technology. This data was then used to anticipate and plan events/intervention as well assesses which actions were successful, though it will take time to enhance the scale of impact of these technologies.

Using this data to prevent problems and promote peace may still be a long way off, but because these are learning algorithms, every bit of data they receive and every prediction they make brings them closer to their goals.

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Breakthrough Battery Charging Technologies

Battery chargers are devices that feed electric currents into rechargeable batteries to renew their energy. Protocols for charging depend of the type of battery being used and its size. Some batteries are programmed to tolerate overcharging while being connected to a constant current source. Such kinds may need manual disconnection when the battery is recharged or they may cut-off at a fixed time through a timer. Those types that cannot withstand overcharging may have in-built voltage and temperature sensing circuits to cut off when fully charged.

Over the decades, smart phones and other devices have become technologically advanced with each passing year but power limitations are severely restrictive. The battery hasn’t witnessed the kind of advance that other devices have. But all that may be changing now.

It is only now that big technology companies such as those making electric vehicles are becoming aware of the limitations of lithium-ion batteries. The maximum recharge duration of the best Smartphone is limited to less than 60 hours while operating systems are becoming more and more power efficient. Universities around the world are making huge investments into a plethora of studies, research and discoveries. However, in spite of the many developments that have taken place especially in the last two decades, the ‘perfect replacement’ has not yet been achieved. Manufacturing techniques cost huge amounts and any additional changes come with huge costs.

But we may see huge changes as early as 2017 with superfast 30-second recharging and over-the-air charging likely to start trending.

Some of the path-breaking discoveries and technologies could be those that we are reading about already.

• Lithium-air breathing batteries – this mean oxygen is the oxidizer resulting in batteries costing nearly a fifth of the price and weighing a fifth less than lithium-ion making phones, cars and other devices last longer. Dallas University is still pursuing this discovery and it may take at least five years to come to market.

• Bioo plant charger – as the name suggests, this harnesses photosynthesis to charge a device. Already available in the market, the ‘plant pot’ reacts with organic matter and water using organic materials and generates enough power for charging devices. This is a huge step forward as it provides green energy and allows energy from forests to be harnessed; in addition, it can add up to a greener planet.

• Gold nanowire batteries – a thousand times thinner than human hair, this technology provides a breakthrough for future batteries that can withstand plenty of recharging and not die. Researchers at the University of California have used gold nanowires in a gel electrolyte that have withstood 200,000 recharges in three months and have not broken down at all.

• Magnesium batteries – a breakthrough in harnessing the mineral magnesium for batteries has been achieved by some scientists. This allows for smaller densely packed battery units that in the long run could make cheaper batteries not dependent on lithium-ion. However, this is still in the development stage.

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