VR also stands for virtual reality is a simulated experience that can be similar from the real world. It doesn’t require much for people to have this sort of experience, as long as you have the headset, controller, plus some space, everyone can experience this virtual reality. I actually bought my first one last year and the experience it gave you was like no others. Everything is so real even though you know it only appearing in your headset.
Just like the article says, because of these amazingly real experiences, it can be a potential part for helping serious mental problems like PTSD and so on. Usually during a PTSD treatment, the doctor will ask the patient to imagine the traumatic experience. However, with the help with VR, instead of just imaging, it will be so much easier for patients to work with the treatment. Not only treating PTSD, VR technology can help so many other people with all kinds of mental problems. Perhaps, this VR technology works for some people and some don’t; but the idea behind it is by using technology to help people to feel better and be more positive.
The RAIDER X is the newest helicopter concept developed by Sikorsky, an affiliate of Lockheed Martin (Lockheed Martin). According to the organization’s website, the “RAIDER X is specifically designed as a prototype for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototype competition, part of the service’s effort to revolutionize its enduring aircraft fleet as part of what is known as Future Vertical Lift” (Lockheed Martin).
Some aspects of what sets the RAIDER X apart from contemporary helicopters include its ability to slow its airspeed when diving on a target, and accelerate and decelerate without losing or gaining altitude on a lateral plane. These attributes are due to a propellor located on the tail of the aircraft that also provides counter-rotation for the helicopter (Lockheed Martin).
In my view, the RAIDER X boasts exceptional improvements to the traditional helicopter systems of today and looks as if it will greatly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of special warfare assets utilizing this platform.
Below is a video of the helicopter demonstrating its combat potential from Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/fara-raider-x.html
Media- “Meet Sikorski RAIDER X”: https://youtu.be/LpQC_qpkRRE
As of 20 December 2019, the United States Space Force is now the newest branch of the armed forces (Military). The USSF will be tasked with “[organizing, training, and equipping] space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force” (Space Force) in addition to “developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands” (Space Force).
The reason for creation of the USSF comes from the United States’ lacking ability in the space domain when compared to peer adversaries such as Russia and China according to an article published by the Heritage Foundation (Heritage).
As of now, this branch in not fully independent its recruitment efforts and the former “Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) was re-designated as the USSF as an initial step…” (Space Force).
Personally, I welcome the United States Space Force due to the fact that I believe this frontier will become a crucial asset in the next major conflict. While physical engagements may not occur outside the atmosphere of Earth, it is my opinion that maintaining space superiority will lend the upper hand to the United States when engaged in a combat situation with near peer adversaries due to its unique opportunities for surveillance, and oversight of military operations.
The United States Space Force Website (Fact Sheet): https://www.spaceforce.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheet
United State Space Force (Military.com): https://www.military.com/space-force
Does The United States Need a Space Force?: https://www.heritage.org/space-policy/heritage-explains/does-the-united-states-need-space-force
Media: “Propelling Satellites in to Space”: https://www.spaceforce.mil/Connect-With-Us/Photos?igphoto=2002227181
A video recently posted by VICE news network reveals the advancements being made in regards to facial recognition technology in China. This technology is being used in the public sphere via cameras placed at traffic lights, street corners, and other urban areas. These companies that develop this technology are collaborating with the Chinese government to gather data to increase the surveillance state. The government has used this technology to identify criminals, as well as linking Chinese citizens’ face to their government I.D. in order to easily identify every single person.
The Chinese government is planning to use this facial recognition technology to create a social credit system in which if someone has a ‘bad’ score, then they will not be allowed to travel and are publically shamed. This has received much criticism from the West, claiming that it is dystopian and is a breach of privacy. With this much advancement in facial recognition technology, it is yet to be seen what else private companies and governments will use it for.
Back in October of 2019, Spacex, a privately owned aerospace manufacturer, stated that they plain to roll out a widespread satellite broadband internet service by the end of 2020. This service would require the launching of satellites to form a “constellation” which would offer global internet coverage. These satellites combined with a supplied “user terminal” will give Spacex’s service subscribers access to the internet. No claim’s on the service’s capacity or speeds have been made, but the more satellites that are launched by Spacex the faster and larger the service will be come with a minimum of 24 satellites being required to create global coverage. The cost of the service has also not been disclosed by Spacex. The company plans to sell the service directly to the user where it can, but also stated that in some countries it would require consumers to subscribe to a 3rd party telecom service partner in order to receive Spacex’s broadband service.
Personally I think that this seems like a great idea for Spacex. Having not followed the company much my perception of Spacex is just a company that sent a car into space. This, however, seems like a purposeful and logical project for them to work on. Access to the internet right now in the US seems to be much more limited than it should be. People are paying companies like Comcast and Spectrum huge amounts of money to get subpar internet service, because these are the only companies with the infrastructure to offer these services. With Spacex’s service anyone anywhere would be able to get broadband internet for (hopefully) a reasonable cost. Even if this service isn’t great at the very least it can create competition and possibly lower internet access costs across the board.
This month, new technology is being used by the Roanoke Police Department to recreate crime scenes. FARO Focus Laser Scanners can scan and recreate a scene in multiple dimensions. Police departments are using these to scan crime scenes that are being used in investigations or court cases. If there are questions that come up in court about the scene, a 3D version of the actual scene can be used in a case. The scanner is able to capture 44-million data points every time it scans an area. Then, adding multiple scans together creates the 3D version. The police department stated they will still be handling crime scene investigations the same way they have done in the past, however, the FARO Scanner can be used as another tool.
I think the use of the FARO Scanners can be useful when used in police investigations. As advances are made in technology, it can be used to peoples’ advantage in situations such as this one. The scanners can provide a useful and convenient way to recreate a crime scene or be used to recreate other things to be used in things such as interior design.
FARO® Focus Laser Scanners
As people and organizations are stepping into a more technologically advanced world, jobs are emerging at the same rate with higher qualifications from their hiring manager. Python is one of the most wanted programming languages from the hiring manager that allow people with none or little experience in programming to starts off easily in exploring the world of a programmer. Google has recently announced that it is officially launching a training program along with an online course through Coursera to teach automation with Python. It was said to train workers for a tech job.
When you think about how automation can be useful in a workplace not just for people working in the IT sector, but also for people from the business sector. Daily repetitive work for business people such as sorting a spreadsheet, gathering data, can now be optimized by the use of python to make these work automatic according to user’s need. It is a growing trend that employers want their employees to have similar skills so they can complete their work more efficiently and bring values to the company in return.
Contact lens from their inception have always been a stunning example of how much technology can potentially improve daily human life. Now the invention may be improved further with the first development of the augmented reality lens. MojoVision claims that there are over 14 thousand pixels per inch within the display. The lens will first release with an external power system, as well as an external data storage system. The company claims in future editions of the product, the lens will be equipped with an on board battery system. Potential consumers of this contact lens are reportedly people with very low vision, as the contact lens has to ability to sharpen lines around objects as well as improve the ability to spot edges. Another miraculous feature with this new product is the ability to see images with your eyes closed. MojoVision pushes to finish development on the first release and has now protected their product with multiple patents; ensuring their longstanding leadership in this new market.
Joshua Bongard from the University of Vermont, is a robotics expert and computer scientist who helped discover the research of robots which are made up of living frog cells. Joshua and his colleagues at the UVM used a supercomputer to configure what these robot organisms would actually look like, while biologists from Tuffs University actualy constructed them. The purpose for the creation of these robot organism hybrids is to achieve tasks which weren’t previously capable by modern technology. These hybrids, which will be able to be controlled and told what to do, will change the way certain medicines are delivered and will be used to collect and destroy waste in the environment and toxic materials in humans alike. (University of Vermont, 2020)
Personally I believe the creation of controllable organisms such as these will be not only be extremely impressive, but will also serve as a great innovation for the medical field and really any other field that could use them in a responsible manner. Another thing that I found really cool is that since these robots are made up of living cells, they are able to regenerate themselves if damaged and are biodegradable once their job is finished. (University of Vermont, 2020). My only concern with this type of technology is the possibility of it ending up in the wrong hands further down the road where people may take advantage of it and create something that could be harmful in some way.
Overall, I think that the scientists at both UVM and Tuffs University have created something that will benefit a variety of fields, and have used information responsibly to create something that’s never been seen before.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a futuristic concept car called Vision AVTR designed after the 2009 James Cameron movie “Avatar” (Weiss, 2020). The car has an interesting aesthetic with scales and no doors. One extremely unique feature is that it does not have a steering wheel. Instead it would use biometric detection, which would enable users to place their hands on a control panel so that their hands become part of the steering. This allows them to lift their hand to pull up a menu of car functions. It can monitor their heart rate and breath as well to identify drivers. Another incredible feature is that it is able to move 30 degrees sideways, unlike traditional cars. Finally the car boasts completely recyclable graphene batteries, which are highly sustainable. While it is just a concept car, with no plans revealed on the car’s development or even if this type of car plans to be released to the general public down the line, I find it fascinating that companies are already envisioning how biometric detection could become incorporated to remove physical features that are currently staples of a car.