Futurology ~ EM Drive, ludicrously advanced tech, Facebook Trump, maths and prison, Arctic Grip, lip-reader, sewage into oil


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Looks like ‘impossible’ EM drive works — A source close to NASA Eagleworks has leaked the test results of the ‘impossible’ EM Drive. While it’s important to note that the leaked results haven’t been published in an academic journal, they do suggest the system works and is capable of generating force of 1.2 millinewtons per kilowatt in a vacuum.
~ So, that must be good news for Electrolux.

Ludicrously advanced tech by 2100 — As radical as some of the items described here appear, most should be around by the turn of the 22nd century. This has to do with an innovation that doesn’t appear on this list: artificial superintelligence. As computer scientist IJ Good aptly pointed out in the 1960s, “the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.”
~ Why would ultra-intelligence put up with us?

Facebook’s impact on Trump winning — Criticism surrounds Facebook “Americans never honestly saw [Trump] because Facebook prioritizes engagement over truth,” wrote Atlantic editor James Hamblin. The site allowed “more than 200 million active North American users to dwell in a fever swamp of misinformation and ridiculous falsehood,” said Deadspin editor Alex Pareene.
~ When you let fake ads rule your voting preferences ….

Maths does jail time — Some smart algorithms are being used to analyse jail populations in Miamai-Dade. But this algorithmic approach is going way beyond mental health care. It all depends on what you put into the database.
~ Maybe don’t do voting data over intelligence, then, because the US is going to look really, really bad. 

New shoe grips ice — New sole grips ice like nothing else. “I placed it on the slick ramp, leaned in. And the shoe didn’t budge. There was the unmistakable feeling of an excellent, almost tacky grip …” Arctic Grip, which doesn’t increase the cost of shoes it’s on, is currently being licensed exclusively to Wolverine, and will be used in shoes from its brands, including Sperry, Merrell, Hush Puppies, Saucony, and CAT.
~ Great, but … ice is shrinking.

LipNet has been developed by researchers at the University of Oxford Computer Science Department — This is by far the most accurate, achieving an impressive 93.4% accuracy, compared to just 52% accuracy achieved by an experienced human lip reader.
~ Shhh.

Sewage into crude oil — The US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has found a way to potentially produce 30 million barrels of biocrude oil per year from the 34 billion gallons of raw sewage that Americans create every day.
~ The HTL process can also be used with agricultural waste and other wet materials. 

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