Elon Musk success with the Falcon Heavy reusable rocket, with a Tesla Roadster heading toward out to space, reveals his grand plan for colonizing Mars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also the CEO of SpaceX. Elon Musk seems to have never met a business idea he didn't like, the wackier the better. He's in! Drill tunnels under major cities? Give him a shovel. But if there's a method fueling Musk's madness, it's identifying society's long-term needs and hoping that being ahead of your time eventually yields a financial windfall.
Elon Musk, the founder of Space X, says humanity must colonize Mars so that our survival is insured after the onslaught of a third world war. Amid rising nuclear tension, humans must make the colonization of Mars a priority, says Musk. According to The Guardian, Musk believes getting to the Red Planet should be at the top of humanity's to do list. "If there's a third world war we want to make sure there's enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else to bring it back and shorten the length of the dark ages," Musk said, responding to questions from his friend Jonah Nolan, co-creator of TV show Westworld. "It's important to get a self-sustaining base on Mars because it's far enough away from Earth that [in the event of a war] it's more likely to survive than a moon base," Musk said on stage at SXSW, just days after Donald Trump announced plans to meet the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, in an attempt to defuse rising nuclear tension.
Musk, prodded along by Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan, started by talking about his goals for SpaceX and the future of interstellar travel. Audience members submitted questions on a private network, and the first asked how everyday people could help get humans to Mars. Musk's answer essentially boiled down to, "I appreciate your support, but I got this." Though Musk has his hand in myriad industries -- transportation, energy, artificial intelligence and space, to name a few -- interplanetary travel was the star of the conversation. Early on, the lights dimmed as Nolan introduced the Falcon Heavy & Starman video that hit YouTube over the weekend, highlighting the recent, successful Falcon Heavy launch that put a Tesla in space.
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he's "very proud" of their latest launch of the Falcon Heavy. The rocket lifted a $100,000 Tesla Roadster into Space with a mannequin named "Starman" in the driver's seat. Elon Musk's tunnel project has is moving forward. The Boring Company intends to build an underground hyperloop between New York and Washington, DC.
We better hope that when the artificial intelligence apocalypse finally descends on us, it'll be something like "Westworld." That's the word from show co-creator Jonathan Nolan, who spoke Saturday at the South by Southwest Conference during a panel about the hit series. "I think we'd be lucky if this was the AI apocalypse, if it was this attractive and charming," Nolan said, noting that while folks tend to think it'll take a super AI to overthrow humans, bots are already manipulating social media users. The implications of AI comprised just some of the discussion during the panel, which in addition to Nolan featured co-creator Lisa Joy, a cast member or two, and a rocket-fast cameo by tech-minded Renaissance man Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring Company. After a preamble from Nolan on the aspirational qualities of going to space, Musk walked on stage in the last few minutes to show off a short video by Nolan and Joy.
In June, German astronaut Alexander Gerst will embark on his second six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS), serving as station commander in the second half of his stay. On this mission, Gerst and his team will receive some unusual support: CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) will be on board – a medicine ball-sized device, weighing about 11-pounds. CIMON is currently being developed by Airbus on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as an intelligent, mobile and interactive astronaut assistance system. This new technology will be tested on the ISS as part of the Horizons mission of the European Space Agency. CIMON, using IBM's Watson technology, will help astronaut Gerst to perform three tasks: Together they will experiment with crystals, solve the Rubik magic cube based on videos and conduct a complex medical experiment using CIMON as an'intelligent' flying camera.
Can we land a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket in simulation using machine learning? Yes! Reinforcement learning is a technique that lets an agent learn how best to act in an environment using rewards as its signal. OpenAI released a library called Gym that lets us train AI agents really easily. We'll use a combination of the Tensorflow and gym libraries to build an RL agent capable of landing a rocket perfectly.
The core concept remains the same. Pop.Up Next revolves around a passenger pod that attaches to a skateboard-like platform that drives around town, but hooks up to a drone for times when flying would be more convenient. As a passenger, you'd stare at a 49-inch touchscreen that uses face recognition, eye tracking and voice recognition for interaction. It's still not certain if or when the concept will see production. There are any number of hurdles beyond the technology itself, such as legal frameworks, infrastructure (you'd want safe places for the ground-to-air transition) and, of course, business models.
The rise of technology has given way to reliance on virtual assistants, such as Alexa and Siri, for tasks like playing music, setting alarm clocks, and scheduling appointments. Currently, the Airbus company is engineering a similar mission assistant to help astronauts finish everyday tasks on the International Space Station.