To boldly go…

Is it worth the cost to continue sending humans into space when technology is advancing rapidly in robotics and unmanned “flight?”  Robin McKie, writing for The Observer, presents an argument for the less popular automated future (2014).   By centering the debate firmly around cost, the debate is framed as a return on investment in scientific… Continue reading To boldly go…

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And the future belongs to…swarms

In an article for the MIT Technology Review, Jamie Condliffe writes on the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) use of manned aircraft to launch drone swarms in October, 2016 (2017).  A swarm of 103 Perdix drones, themselves developed at MIT, were launched by three F/A-18 fighter aircraft and were able to autonomously execute pre-planned missions… Continue reading And the future belongs to…swarms

Infrastructure may be the key…

On March 15, 2017, Mr. Marco Cava wrote for the USA Today about the cloudy future of autonomous cars.  Capturing the concerns, Mr. Cava wrote, “While there remains a general feeling of technological inevitability about self-driving vehicles, industry experts remain concerned about the shift’s looming logistical, legal and social ramifications.”  Indeed, there is an inevitability… Continue reading Infrastructure may be the key…