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TOP 5 Football boot technology that actually works – no gimmicks!


My friends Today we’re looking at a pretty cool top-five list over the boot technology that actually works See in these times of big ballertechnology and boundaries constantly being pushed or the football brands they need a standout technology to really set them apart from everyone else and to stay top of mind in your head when you need to go out and buy a fresh pair of boots, and sometimes some of these innovative technologies turn out to be nothing more than um gimmicks with zippers and other times they actually work extremely well So today we’re doing the top five boot technologies or features that actually work that you can visibly see when you’re on the pitch Now of course keep in mind that despite the fact that the technology or feature on your pair of football boots might not be on the list, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad technology Maybe it’s just doing its job, so well that you don’t really notice that it’s there anyway, let’s kick it off with the list Number five is the ACC technology also known as all conditions controls from Nike and NSG known as Non-stop grip from Adidas, and these two technologies are kind of similar in the sense that they both promise you to give you better control in the wet And while that might be a little bit of a stretch you actually do feel that the both of them work So if you go outside, you bring a football and it`s wet out there you clearly feel how there’s much more grip on the ball with the boot that has either non-stop grip or ACC compared to a boot that doesn’t, it simply grips the ball more when both the ball and the boots are wet Will it change your game much? Well being honest it It won’t, but the fact of the matter is that the technology it clearly works In fourth I brought the formskin technology from the Under Armor Magnetical that promises you an extremely personal fit that feels broken in from the moment you’ve put it on and um somehow it actually really delivers on that promise because this upper is not just soft It has a suppleness that’s extremely difficult to describe but somehow Extremely pleasant on your foot, and the way it stretches to match every foot shape and feel extremely personal like it’s made just for you, but at the same time not feeling overly flimsy or fragile while Under Armour They’re on to a winner with the formskin, I`m a fan Now number three is a bit of a funny one because the anatomical soulplate on the Nike Mercurial boots Kind of feels a bit horrible at first because if you feet aren’t used to it They’re gonna cramp up and it’s gonna hurt, and it’s not gonna be very nice at all But if you give it a bit of time, and you actually get used to it. It feels downright amazing and extremely fast See the thing is that the anatomical plate is made to follow The natural curvature of your foot so your foot kind of sinks in a little bit to the plate instead of just plainly sitting on Top of it And it gives you the sensation of being a little bit more one With the boot and being more securely locked down to make you feel like you’re not moving inside the boot at all and that’s really good for when you want to accelerate basically like you’re firmly placed inside your rocket ship Ready to explore and okay it might mainly happen in your head, but hey if it works I’m all for it Now number two is another technology that just hands-down works, no questions asked Anti-clog technology from Nike the promise is to give you better traction in the wet because you won’t have any mud clogging up your soulplate And if you remember to actually moisten up the plate to make it lubricious Before you go out and play with all the mud and all the dirt And the grass is just gonna slide right off because well it is lubricious and Nothing is gonna stick and not only is it gonna make your traction a million times better because the studs will actually be free It’s also gonna weigh less because you won’t be carrying around half of the football pitch Now of course the anti-clog played itself it weighs considerably more than the normal FG plates do so I only use it when it’s really really wet but if you regularly play on wet muddy pitches This is gonna be a very best friend But before we move on to the Big Boss number one I want to give a shout out to some of the other technologies that do a pretty good job And the first one is the CT-Frame on the Mizuno Rebulas because it’s this form skeleton that gives you a lovely stability and a really great padding and texture on the ball. I absolutely love it No nonsense there Then there’s also the forged knit technology on the Predator 18+`s and the 18.1`s that somehow goes in to give you stability a 3D texturing for better grip on the ball and somehow also keeps the upper extremely maddeningly Insanely soft and supple. Second only actually to the Under Armour Magnetical So big up to ever Invented forged knit and then there is the last thing, a thing that’s been used on football boot for ages Laces talking about technology that actually works laceless boots are all cool They have a lot of advantages, but when it comes to straight-up lockdown nothing does it better than a pair of laces And that’s how it is but number one is the net fit technology From Puma and actually may know I’m a big big fan of net fit. Now the thing is that Execution-wise is actually a pretty low tech thing It’s a woven net sitting on the outside of the Puma Future But the idea behind it is absolutely brilliant because it allows you to customize and personalize your lacing system Completely to the way you want it so if you want more lockdown you can get that if it’s to accommodate for a really wide fit or Basically to make it huck your very slim foot you can do that. You can even clean up the striking surface If you so please in other words you can do Whatever you want now of course if you don’t understand Ned Fodor you suck at net fitting well The technology in itself might suck as well, but if you get good at it You can turn a decent fit into a fantastic fit and when it comes down to it seeing that Fit in the football boot is king something that can help you achieve more or less the perfect fit well That’s good enough for me. That’s number one. So there you go my friends five boot technologies that actually deliver as they say they will now of course keep in mind that just because a certain technology your boot feature isn’t on the Doesn’t mean that it sucks Now for instance some of Adidas`s boots have a lot of technologies around the fit And as we know fit is really really important so while they do their jobs They might not be as should we say directly visible on the pitch as some of the technologies I have on the table And maybe that’s where technologies work the best at least that’s [foot for thought?] But guys which of the boot technology is mentioned on the list or basically on any football boot do you think works as promised? You should let me know in the comment section right down below now if you want to see more videos We’ve got more top 5s. If you click the playlist right down here, but before you do that You should go make sure you subscribe with the notifications on of course by clicking the green bubble over my head And if you want some of these awesome boots you can grab a pair for yourself by clicking the link right over here With that said guys. I’m gonna sign off for today cheerio

SpaceX: The Crew Dragon Future!

February 19, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 16 Comments

SpaceX: The Crew Dragon Future!


From what’s going on with SpaceX, to the future
of the Dragon Crew, join me as we explore Space X the crew Dragon and more! What Is SpaceX? If you want the simple answer to that basic
question, here you go: “SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches
advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize
space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.” While that may sound very basic, it’s actually
quite a complex thing. You see, for all the advances that humanity
has made in regards to going into space, the fact of the matter is that it costs a LOT
to do that. So much so that the United States main space
agency, NASA, was hit with major budget cuts because the attempts they were making to revolutionize
space travel just wasn’t working. Enter Elon Musk, one of the richest men in
the world, and a man who truly believes in trying to make space travel not just the future,
but the present. He founded SpaceX in 2002 to try and make
space travel better, cheaper, more accessible, and beyond, and as the Space X website loves
to boast, since 2002, they’ve had quite a few successes:
“SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of
returning a spacecraft from low Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in 2010. The company made history again in 2012 when
its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the
International Space Station. SpaceX successfully achieved the historic
first reflight of an orbital class rocket in 2017, and the company now regularly launches
flight-proven rockets. In 2018, SpaceX began launching Falcon Heavy,
the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two.” So as you can see, this is more than just
a company, it’s a place with a mission, and that mission is to get humanity into space,
onto Mars, and more. And it’s been working REALLY hard to try and
get a manned flight into space, and it’s getting closer than you might expect! Two words for you, “Crew Dragon”. Yes, I do acknowledge that this sounds like
a hodgepodge of words thrown together so let’s just talk about it via its nickname, “Astronaut
Taxi”. Yeah, that sounds like a hodgepodge too, but
a little less so because it gives a nice visual of its purpose. And in this case, it has a very practical
purpose. You see, when it comes to spacecraft, we’re
kind along the lines of “it has to be big” and “it can only be used once” kind of thing. Or at least, that’s what’s been going on for
years, but with SpaceX, their Crew Dragon is a reusable flight “taxi” that will take
astronauts into space and to places like the International Space Station! In fact, it’s already done several tests that
prove it’s a viable machine. In March 2019, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the company’s
spacecraft designed to carry astronauts into space, completed its first test mission to
the International Space Station (ISS for short). Prior to that, in 2012, the Dragon cargo spacecraft
made history when it was the first private spacecraft to berth with the ISS. Since then, Dragon has continued carrying
cargo to the ISS under commercial agreements with NASA. All of these tests are absolutely vital, because
each one proves not just reliability, but reusability as the project evolves. And a recent test showed that should the worst
happen, that the ship is ready for what is coming. Mainly, they did a recent test of an “abort”
situation. Meaning that they did a test of what would
happen if there was a flight error or damage to the ship overall. They did a full-on abort scenario where they
would fall back into the ocean, and this unmanned test worked out beautifully. The capsule fell back down to Earth, ejected
its parachutes, and landed softly in the ocean, much to the joy of NASA, SpaceX, and others:
“Congratulations to SpaceX and the entire NASA team on this final major flight milestone
that we needed to accomplish,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a postlaunch news
conference on Sunday. So where does that put the launch of the manned
Crew Dragon? Well definitively in 2020, but there are still
some hurdles to cover. First and foremost, while this was a successful
test of the hardware systems and the emergency systems, one time success does not mean a
successful product. It’s going to be tested two more times to
ensure that all systems are 100% functional. Not to mention, all the data from every single
flight has to be analyzed by teams to ensure that something that may have seemed to go
right might not have. The last thing the astronauts on the test
flight need is to find out that something bad is going on that they didn’t know about
before they got in. All that being said, Elon Musk is very excited
for what’s coming, and he believes that the manned crew mission could happen in the second
“quarter” (which is April-June if you don’t know) of this year. “We’re highly confident that the hardware
will be ready in Q1, most likely end of February but no later than March,” Musk said, referring
to 2020’s first quarter (which consists of January, February and March). “And we think it appears probable that the
first crewed launch would occur in the second quarter.” Crew Dragon can carry up to seven astronauts,
includes a life support system, an emergency-escape system, touch-screen displays, windows and
other passenger-related equipment. Another design change is that Crew Dragon
docks directly to the ISS while the Dragon freighter is grabbed by the orbiting lab’s
large robotic arm and brought into place. So as you can see, the Crew Dragon is something
that is very useful, as it can help speed things along to the International Space Station,
and since it’s reusable (with some obvious things to fix and repair upon splashdown and
such), it’ll cost a lot less money to get it back up and running and ready for the next
test. Which again, many are excited about:
“It was a really exciting day for us, to see this really important milestone get accomplished
by the SpaceX team and the NASA team,” one of the team said in a video posted on Twitter
by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. “Probably the most exciting part is to see
how much of it kind of proceeded as expected.” That’s a good thing, because you want things
to go as expected so that you show that you have done the right thing in its construction
and building and such and that there are no things you forgot, which happens more than
you think. And with each test, new ideas can come around
to bring even more creative solutions to potential problems to life. Even if they are a little weird… Before we dive into those “weird ideas”, be
sure to like the video and subscribe to the channel! That way you don’t miss ANY of our weekly
videos! So, what weird idea does Elon Musk have cooking
this time? Well, during some of the test runs for the
Crew Dragon and the Dragon spacecraft itself, there were issues. One of the craft went off course and exploded
as it descended back to Earth! Another exploded on the launch pad before
it could even launch. Furthermore, while many of the descents back
to Earth have been wildly successful, some have still gone off course and landed safely
but away from the retrieval vessels known as Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief (yes, it’s exactly
what it sounds like) when they go to pick them up. Or, when they’ve been sent to get the nosecones
of the probes upon initial launch. What’s Elon’s solution to trying to catch
things falling from orbit? Nets, really big and strong nets. “This requires ongoing discussions with NASA,
but I think it would be quite cool to use the boats that we are using to catch the fairing,
once that is really well-established, to catch Dragon as it’s coming in from orbit,” Musk
said. “And then that would alleviate some of the
constraints around a water landing.” On one hand, if done correctly, it could be
really cool to see these two boats catching the pairings, the payloads, and potentially
even the returning astronauts as they come back down to Earth. But as in all things, that’s easier said than
done. Not the least of which is because re-entry
is a somewhat predictable science, but there’s always a chance it can go wrong, both NASA
AND SpaceX know that. Still, options are good, and even if this
particular one fails, they might come up with another idea that might be able to help them
catch things before they ever hit the ocean. The possibilities are out there, and as a
Mythbuster loved to say, “Failure is always an option”. In fact, you could argue that this was part
of Elon Musk’s mantra when he made SpaceX, to look at the failures of the space industry
as a whole and try to make things better. And with each test, with each mission, with
each adjustment, they’re getting closer and closer to the true mission…Mars. While it’s true that Elon and SpaceX have
been working hard on the Crew Dragon and other smaller projects to help NASA and the International
Space Station out, the main goal of SpaceX is to get humanity to Mars in the VERY near
future. In fact, the first missions (depending on
setbacks, conditions, etc) could start happening in the next few years, maybe even before 2022,
and 2024 at the latest, only time will tell. But why Mars? Because as of right now it’s the closest place
that we could go to colonize that is actually feasible to colonize at all. Sure, the Moon in our sky is closer, but it
doesn’t have its own natural water source that we can find. Whereas Mars has polar ice caps that can be
used to make water and beyond. Plus, while not perfect, Mars has an atmosphere. It’s not ideal as it doesn’t protect the planet
like Earth’s, but it could theoretically be modified to help future colonists. But above all else, Mars is seen as the next
step in human advancement in terms of exploration and moving beyond Earth. Sure, we won’t be at Star Wars or Star Trek
levels of travel just yet, but this is a step in the right direction. What’s more, if we’re able to colonize Mars,
even partially, it could potentially help the Earth via getting people off the planet
and thus preventing overpopulation, which is a serious threat as it stands right now. Mars was one of the reasons why Elon Musk
made SpaceX in the first place, he saw that humanity wasn’t in love with space as a whole
like it used to be during the Space Race (when the United States and Russia battled to get
to the moon first), and he wanted to help reignite that passion. He’s done so in a big way because SpaceX,
NASA, and certain other projects are working right now to get us to Mars and allow us to
colonize it. And Elon Musk being Elon Musk, he has many
different ideas on how to get there, and what to do when we get there. That’s another reason why these Crew Dragon
and Dragon spacecraft missions are so important. Because what him and NASA learn via these
tests will help them improve their longer range rockets and craft for the Mars missions. Space X intends to launch a colony with a
series of reactors and generators. Some of them will be meant to specifically
power the station we’d live in itself. While others will be used to test making power
based on the elements that are naturally and readily available on Mars. Thorium for example is one element they believe
they can harness a great amount of power from. Believe it or not, this is actually a key
element of truly colonizing an area. For it’s easy to just go to a new place and
bring along everything you think you need to survive. But to truly “live” there you need to use
the natural elements and resources around you. That way you’re not just “living” there, you’re
living there. Which is another goal of SpaceX as a whole. They don’t just want to “get” humanity to
Mars, they’re trying to “get humanity to live” on Mars,
Which brings us back to the Crew Dragon missions and tests. Because one of the key parts of the Mars mission
plan is to send people to Mars to set up the first colony, but then bring them back. Elon Musk knows that life on Mars is loads
different than life on the Earth, or even life on the moon should we try to do that
too (and yes, there are plans in the works for that). So Elon wants to make doubly and triply sure
that the short-range craft have no issues on traveling back to Earth because if there
are issues there, then there are likely to be problems with the craft that’ll take the
crew to Mars. This is why NASA and SpaceX are doing all
the tests they can, to push the envelope, to do the rigorous checking, to observe all
the data, and more. Because with each innovation that they make,
humanity gets closer and closer to the stars, and that’s something worth fighting for. Thanks for watching everyone! What did you think of this look into SpaceX,
the Crew Dragon testing, the mission to Mars, and more? Do you think that SpaceX is going to lead
us into the next generation of space travel? How long do YOU think it’ll be before we go
and reach Mars? Let me know in the comments below, be sure
to subscribe, and I’ll see you next time on the channel!


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Military robots and the future of war | P.W. Singer


I thought I’d begin with a scene of war. There was little to warn of the danger ahead. The Iraqi insurgent had placed the IED, an Improvised Explosive Device, along the side of the road with great care. By 2006, there were more than 2,500 of these attacks every single month, and they were the leading cause of casualties among American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. The team that was hunting for this IED is called an EOD team— Explosives Ordinance Disposal—and they’re the pointy end of the spear in the American effort to suppress these roadside bombs. Each EOD team goes out on about 600 of these bomb calls every year, defusing about two bombs a day. Perhaps the best sign of how valuable they are to the war effort, is that the Iraqi insurgents put a $50,000 bounty on the head of a single EOD soldier. Unfortunately, this particular call would not end well. By the time the soldier advanced close enough to see the telltale wires of the bomb, it exploded in a wave of flame. Now, depending how close you are and how much explosive has been packed into that bomb, it can cause death or injury. You have to be as far as 50 yards away to escape that. The blast is so strong it can even break your limbs, even if you’re not hit. That soldier had been on top of the bomb. And so when the rest of the team advanced they found little left. And that night the unit’s commander did a sad duty, and he wrote a condolence letter back to the United States, and he talked about how hard the loss had been on his unit, about the fact that they had lost their bravest soldier, a soldier who had saved their lives many a time. And he apologized for not being able to bring them home. But then he talked up the silver lining that he took away from the loss. “At least,” as he wrote, “when a robot dies, you don’t have to write a letter to its mother.” That scene sounds like science fiction, but is battlefield reality already. The soldier in that case was a 42-pound robot called a PackBot. The chief’s letter went, not to some farmhouse in Iowa like you see in the old war movies, but went to the iRobot Company, which is named after the Asimov novel and the not-so-great Will Smith movie, and… um… (Laughter)… if you remember that in that fictional world, robots started out carrying out mundane chores, and then they started taking on life-and-death decisions. That’s a reality we face today. What we’re going to do is actually just flash a series of photos behind me that show you the reality of robots used in war right now or already at the prototype stage. It’s just to give you a taste. Another way of putting it is you’re not going to see anything that’s powered by Vulcan technology, or teenage wizard hormones or anything like that. This is all real. So why don’t we go ahead and start those pictures. Something big is going on in war today, and maybe even the history of humanity itself. The U.S. military went into Iraq with a handful of drones in the air. We now have 5,300. We went in with zero unmanned ground systems. We now have 12,000. And the tech term “killer application” takes on new meaning in this space. And we need to remember that we’re talking about the Model T Fords, the Wright Flyers, compared to what’s coming soon. That’s where we’re at right now. One of the people that I recently met with was an Air Force three-star general, and he said basically, where we’re headed very soon is tens of thousands of robots operating in our conflicts, and these numbers matter, because we’re not just talking about tens of thousands of today’s robots, but tens of thousands of these prototypes and tomorrow’s robots, because of course, one of the things that’s operating in technology is Moore’s Law, that you can pack in more and more computing power into those robots, and so flash forward around 25 years, if Moore’s Law holds true, those robots will be close to a billion times more powerful in their computing than today. And so what that means is the kind of things that we used to only talk about at science fiction conventions like Comic-Con have to be talked about in the halls of power and places like the Pentagon. A robots revolution is upon us. Now, I need to be clear here. I’m not talking about a revolution where you have to worry about the Governor of California showing up at your door, a la the Terminator. (Laughter) When historians look at this period, they’re going to conclude that we’re in a different type of revolution: a revolution in war, like the invention of the atomic bomb. But it may be even bigger than that, because our unmanned systems don’t just affect the “how” of war-fighting, they affect the “who” of fighting at its most fundamental level. That is, every previous revolution in war, be it the machine gun, be it the atomic bomb, was about a system that either shot faster, went further, had a bigger boom. That’s certainly the case with robotics, but they also change the experience of the warrior and even the very identity of the warrior. Another way of putting this is that mankind’s 5,000-year-old monopoly on the fighting of war is breaking down in our very lifetime. I’ve spent the last several years going around meeting with all the players in this field, from the robot scientists to the science fiction authors who inspired them to the 19-year-old drone pilots who are fighting from Nevada, to the four-star generals who command them, to even the Iraqi insurgents who they are targeting and what they think about our systems, and what I found interesting is not just their stories, but how their experiences point to these ripple effects that are going outwards in our society, in our law and our ethics, etc. And so what I’d like to do with my remaining time is basically flesh out a couple of these. So the first is that the future of war, even a robotics one, is not going to be purely an American one. The U.S. is currently ahead in military robotics right now, but we know that in technology there’s no such thing as a permanent first move or advantage. In a quick show of hands, how many people in this room still use Wang Computers? (Laughter) It’s the same thing in war. The British and the French invented the tank. The Germans figured out how to use it right, and so what we have to think about for the U.S. is that we are ahead right now, but you have 43 other countries out there working on military robotics, and they include all the interesting countries like Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran. And this raises a bigger worry for me. How do we move forward in this revolution given the state of our manufacturing and the state of our science and mathematics training in our schools? Or another way of thinking about this is, what does it mean to go to war increasingly with soldiers whose hardware is made in China and software is written in India? But just as software has gone open-source, so has warfare. Unlike an aircraft carrier or an atomic bomb, you don’t need a massive manufacturing system to build robotics. A lot of it is off the shelf. A lot of it’s even do-it-yourself. One of those things you just saw flashed before you was a raven drone, the handheld tossed one. For about a thousand dollars, you can build one yourself, equivalent to what the soldiers use in Iraq. That raises another wrinkle when it comes to war and conflict. Good guys might play around and work on these as hobby kits, but so might bad guys. This cross between robotics and things like terrorism is going to be fascinating and even disturbing, and we’ve already seen it start. During the war between Israel, a state, and Hezbollah, a non-state actor, the non-state actor flew four different drones against Israel. There’s already a jihadi website that you can go on and remotely detonate an IED in Iraq while sitting at your home computer. And so I think what we’re going to see is two trends take place with this. First is, you’re going to reinforce the power of individuals against governments, but then the second is that we are going to see an expansion in the realm of terrorism. The future of it may be a cross between al Qaeda 2.0 and the next generation of the Unabomber. And another way of thinking about this is the fact that, remember, you don’t have to convince a robot that they’re gonna receive 72 virgins after they die to convince them to blow themselves up. But the ripple effects of this are going to go out into our politics. One of the people that I met with was a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Ronald Reagan, and he put it this way: “I like these systems because they save American lives, but I worry about more marketization of wars, more shock-and-awe talk, to defray discussion of the costs. People are more likely to support the use of force if they view it as costless.” Robots for me take certain trends that are already in play in our body politic, and maybe take them to their logical ending point. We don’t have a draft. We don’t have declarations of war anymore. We don’t buy war bonds anymore. And now we have the fact that we’re converting more and more of our American soldiers that we would send into harm’s way into machines, and so we may take those already lowering bars to war and drop them to the ground. But the future of war is also going to be a YouTube war. That is, our new technologies don’t merely remove humans from risk. They also record everything that they see. So they don’t just delink the public: they reshape its relationship with war. There’s already several thousand video clips of combat footage from Iraq on YouTube right now, most of it gathered by drones. Now, this could be a good thing. It could be building connections between the home front and the war front as never before. But remember, this is taking place in our strange, weird world, and so inevitably the ability to download these video clips to, you know, your iPod or your Zune gives you the ability to turn it into entertainment. Soldiers have a name for these clips. They call it war porn. The typical one that I was sent was an email that had an attachment of video of a Predator strike taking out an enemy site. Missile hits, bodies burst into the air with the explosion. It was set to music. It was set to the pop song “I Just Want To Fly” by Sugar Ray. This ability to watch more but experience less creates a wrinkle in the public’s relationship with war. I think about this with a sports parallel. It’s like the difference between watching an NBA game, a professional basketball game on TV, where the athletes are tiny figures on the screen, and being at that basketball game in person and realizing what someone seven feet really does look like. But we have to remember, these are just the clips. These are just the ESPN SportsCenter version of the game. They lose the context. They lose the strategy. They lose the humanity. War just becomes slam dunks and smart bombs. Now the irony of all this is that while the future of war may involve more and more machines, it’s our human psychology that’s driving all of this, it’s our human failings that are leading to these wars. So one example of this that has big resonance in the policy realm is how this plays out on our very real war of ideas that we’re fighting against radical groups. What is the message that we think we are sending with these machines versus what is being received in terms of the message. So one of the people that I met was a senior Bush Administration official, who had this to say about our unmanning of war: “It plays to our strength. The thing that scares people is our technology.” But when you go out and meet with people, for example in Lebanon, it’s a very different story. One of the people I met with there was a news editor, and we’re talking as a drone is flying above him, and this is what he had to say. “This is just another sign of the coldhearted cruel Israelis and Americans, who are cowards because they send out machines to fight us. They don’t want to fight us like real men, but they’re afraid to fight, so we just have to kill a few of their soldiers to defeat them.” The future of war also is featuring a new type of warrior, and it’s actually redefining the experience of going to war. You can call this a cubicle warrior. This is what one Predator drone pilot described of his experience fighting in the Iraq War while never leaving Nevada. “You’re going to war for 12 hours, shooting weapons at targets, directing kills on enemy combatants, and then you get in the car and you drive home and within 20 minutes, you’re sitting at the dinner table talking to your kids about their homework.” Now, the psychological balancing of those experiences is incredibly tough, and in fact those drone pilots have higher rates of PTSD than many of the units physically in Iraq. But some have worries that this disconnection will lead to something else, that it might make the contemplation of war crimes a lot easier when you have this distance. “It’s like a video game,” is what one young pilot described to me of taking out enemy troops from afar. As anyone who’s played Grand Theft Auto knows, we do things in the video world that we wouldn’t do face to face. So much of what you’re hearing from me is that there’s another side to technologic revolutions, and that it’s shaping our present and maybe will shape our future of war. Moore’s Law is operative, but so’s Murphy’s Law. The fog of war isn’t being lifted. The enemy has a vote. We’re gaining incredible new capabilities, but we’re also seeing and experiencing new human dilemmas. Now, sometimes these are just “oops” moments, which is what the head of a robotics company described it, you just have “oops” moments. Well, what are “oops” moments with robots in war? Well, sometimes they’re funny. Sometimes, they’re like that scene from the Eddie Murphy movie “Best Defense,” playing out in reality, where they tested out a machine gun-armed robot, and during the demonstration it started spinning in a circle and pointed its machine gun at the reviewing stand of VIPs. Fortunately the weapon wasn’t loaded and no one was hurt, but other times “oops” moments are tragic, such as last year in South Africa, where an anti-aircraft cannon had a “software glitch,” and actually did turn on and fired, and nine soldiers were killed. We have new wrinkles in the laws of war and accountability. What do we do with things like unmanned slaughter? What is unmanned slaughter? We’ve already had three instances of Predator drone strikes where we thought we got bin Laden, and it turned out not to be the case. And this is where we’re at right now. This is not even talking about armed, autonomous systems with full authority to use force. And do not believe that that isn’t coming. During my research I came across four different Pentagon projects on different aspects of that. And so you have this question: what does this lead to issues like war crimes? Robots are emotionless, so they don’t get upset if their buddy is killed. They don’t commit crimes of rage and revenge. But robots are emotionless. They see an 80-year-old grandmother in a wheelchair the same way they see a T-80 tank: they’re both just a series of zeroes and ones. And so we have this question to figure out: How do we catch up our 20th century laws of war, that are so old right now that they could qualify for Medicare, to these 21st century technologies? And so, in conclusion, I’ve talked about what seems the future of war, but notice that I’ve only used real world examples and you’ve only seen real world pictures and videos. And so this sets a great challenge for all of us that we have to worry about well before you have to worry about your Roomba sucking the life away from you. Are we going to let the fact that what’s unveiling itself right now in war sounds like science fiction and therefore keeps us in denial? Are we going to face the reality of 21st century war? Is our generation going to make the same mistake that a past generation did with atomic weaponry, and not deal with the issues that surround it until Pandora’s box is already opened up? Now, I could be wrong on this, and one Pentagon robot scientist told me that I was. He said, “There’s no real social, ethical, moral issues when it comes to robots. That is,” he added, “unless the machine kills the wrong people repeatedly. Then it’s just a product recall issue.” And so the ending point for this is that actually, we can turn to Hollywood. A few years ago, Hollywood gathered all the top characters and created a list of the top 100 heroes and top 100 villains of all of Hollywood history, the characters that represented the best and worst of humanity. Only one character made it onto both lists: The Terminator, a robot killing machine. And so that points to the fact that our machines can be used for both good and evil, but for me it points to the fact that there’s a duality of humans as well. This week is a celebration of our creativity. Our creativity has taken our species to the stars. Our creativity has created works of arts and literature to express our love. And now, we’re using our creativity in a certain direction, to build fantastic machines with incredible capabilities, maybe even one day an entirely new species. But one of the main reasons that we’re doing that is because of our drive to destroy each other, and so the question we all should ask: is it our machines, or is it us that’s wired for war? Thank you. (Applause)

S. Korea’s centrist, conservative lawmakers form ‘Party for Future Integration’…


in domestic politics with South Korea’s
April general elections a matter of weeks away
lawmakers of three centrist and conservative parties will come together
to create a integrated blog it’s going to be called the party for future
integration this new party will be comprised of 115 lawmakers from the main
opposition Liberty Korea party the new Conservative Party and the onward for
future 4.0 the latter two were formed by lawmakers who broke away from the
current Perrin mere a party they hope the move will help them win the April
15th general elections the committee preparing the merger said the party’s
main color will be millennial pink to represent the integration of moderate
and conservative forces the deputy korea party’s color is red the party for
future integration will officially launch next Monday

Brainerd Future Problem Solvers Teams Advance to State


TWO YEARS. >>>TWO FUTURE PROBLEM-SOLVING TEAMS IN BRAINERD HAVE ADVANCED TO A STATE COMPETITION. FORESTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL AND NISSWA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMPETED AT THE REGIONAL FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING COMPETITION IN SAINT CLOUD. THE COMPETITION CONSISTS OF TWO PARTS, THE WRITTEN AND ORAL PHASE. THE JUNIOR AND MIDDLE DIVISION AT NISSWA ELEMENTARY AND FORESTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM PLACED SECOND IN GLOBAL ISSUES PROBLEM SOLVING AND FIRST IN PRESENTATION OF ACTION PLAN. FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO APPLY CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS TO HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS. NISSWA AND FORESTVIEW WILL COMPETE AT THE STATE FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING COMPETITION.