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The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Incredible Critter That’s Tough Enough to Survive in Space 
WTH? Our world is filled with crazy things. #TIL
HP plans 3D printer announcement for June

There’s a lot of “buzz and hype” around 3D printing, but the systems available now have two big challenges, Whitman said at HP’s shareholder meeting. One is that they’re deathly slow.
“It’s like watching ice melt,” she said.
The other, according to Whitman, is that the quality isn’t as good as it should be. “The surface of the substrate is not perfect,” she said.
“We believe we have solved both these problems and we’ll be making a big technology announcement in June around how we are going to approach this,” Whitman said.
That doesn’t mean HP will release products at that time, but it implies the company will show what it’s working on and where it’s heading.
Whitman said it will target the business market first, where it thinks there’s demand for systems that can be used to print prototypes and finished products.

HP knows printing, but can they win with 3D Printing? (Full disclosure, I used to at HP, in the Imaging and Printing division, several years ago.) They have a lot of tech and understanding in printing technology. (Their LaserJet and InkJet printers are the most profitable IT products EVER!) They probably also have a lot of IP that will help them in this space. 
But the fact that this is yet another B2B Enterprise play, is worrying to me. Yes, 3D Printing as a service will be where the majority of this market is headed, but the innovation and use cases is driven by the hackers and makers. By targeting B2B, they’ll never get ahead of this trend and will forever be chasing it. Unless they come out with something truly revolutionary, like multi-material, complex printing, at a fraction of the current cost, I wouldn’t expect HP to be a major player in this space. They haven’t even been able to get ahead of electrical conducting printing (circuits) by hacking an ink-jet printer. Why didn’t HP do that? 

HP plans 3D printer announcement for June

There’s a lot of “buzz and hype” around 3D printing, but the systems available now have two big challenges, Whitman said at HP’s shareholder meeting. One is that they’re deathly slow.

“It’s like watching ice melt,” she said.

The other, according to Whitman, is that the quality isn’t as good as it should be. “The surface of the substrate is not perfect,” she said.

“We believe we have solved both these problems and we’ll be making a big technology announcement in June around how we are going to approach this,” Whitman said.

That doesn’t mean HP will release products at that time, but it implies the company will show what it’s working on and where it’s heading.

Whitman said it will target the business market first, where it thinks there’s demand for systems that can be used to print prototypes and finished products.

HP knows printing, but can they win with 3D Printing? (Full disclosure, I used to at HP, in the Imaging and Printing division, several years ago.) They have a lot of tech and understanding in printing technology. (Their LaserJet and InkJet printers are the most profitable IT products EVER!) They probably also have a lot of IP that will help them in this space.

But the fact that this is yet another B2B Enterprise play, is worrying to me. Yes, 3D Printing as a service will be where the majority of this market is headed, but the innovation and use cases is driven by the hackers and makers. By targeting B2B, they’ll never get ahead of this trend and will forever be chasing it. Unless they come out with something truly revolutionary, like multi-material, complex printing, at a fraction of the current cost, I wouldn’t expect HP to be a major player in this space. They haven’t even been able to get ahead of electrical conducting printing (circuits) by hacking an ink-jet printer. Why didn’t HP do that? 

"Here’s my day so far: went to jail, lost the girl of my dreams and got my butt kicked pretty good. Still, things could be a lot worse. Oh, that’s right… I’m falling to my death. Guess they can’t."

"Here’s my day so far: went to jail, lost the girl of my dreams and got my butt kicked pretty good. Still, things could be a lot worse. Oh, that’s right… I’m falling to my death. Guess they can’t."

futurist-foresight:

Draw your own circuits with conductive ink. (This just made my wishlist!)
cosmo-nautic:

This GIF shows an example of conductive ink. 
Circuit Scribe is a rollerball pen that uses a silver conductive ink to let you create fully functioning circuits as fast as you can can draw, making it cheaper, faster, and easier to test out electronics and prototype concepts.


Yes please. 

futurist-foresight:

Draw your own circuits with conductive ink. (This just made my wishlist!)

cosmo-nautic:

This GIF shows an example of conductive ink. 

Circuit Scribe is a rollerball pen that uses a silver conductive ink to let you create fully functioning circuits as fast as you can can draw, making it cheaper, faster, and easier to test out electronics and prototype concepts.

Yes please. 

(Source: cosmo-nautic)

Meet DARPA’s new generation of robots.

But for all its apparent capacity for work and even mayhem, it was a baby, barely aware of the world and how to move about within it. I watched as an Atlas belonging to one of the teams stared in apparent perplexity at a door handle. With its slightly stooped posture and seemingly stunned inaction, the robot looked like nothing so much as a dunce made to stand in a corner for not learning its lessons properly.

Don’t be fooled. These robots are just trying to lure you into a false sense of superiority. 

Meet DARPA’s new generation of robots.

But for all its apparent capacity for work and even mayhem, it was a baby, barely aware of the world and how to move about within it. I watched as an Atlas belonging to one of the teams stared in apparent perplexity at a door handle. With its slightly stooped posture and seemingly stunned inaction, the robot looked like nothing so much as a dunce made to stand in a corner for not learning its lessons properly.

Don’t be fooled. These robots are just trying to lure you into a false sense of superiority. 

The rise of video game economies: http://youtu.be/cxf0aoDQDWs 

The rise of video game economies: http://youtu.be/cxf0aoDQDWs 

(Source: pbsdigitalstudios, via pbsarts)

Weird suburbia: How atomic bombs and UFOs created modern America

Levittown’s original inspiration is the planned community created in secret at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to house the technicians and scientists of the “Manhattan Project” busily engaged in developing the first atomic weapon. For ease of orientation, the identical housing units that make up Oak Ridge are arranged along a series of precise grids and identified by numbers and colors. Levitt developed the basic models and techniques for preparing low-cost suburban homesteads out of prefabricated units while fulfilling military housing contracts during the closing years of World War II when storage facilities, dormitories, and administrative buildings had to be built quickly, cheaply, and in vast numbers.

The impact that the nuclear bomb had on Gen X is further reaching than we thought. 

Weird suburbia: How atomic bombs and UFOs created modern America

Levittown’s original inspiration is the planned community created in secret at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to house the technicians and scientists of the “Manhattan Project” busily engaged in developing the first atomic weapon. For ease of orientation, the identical housing units that make up Oak Ridge are arranged along a series of precise grids and identified by numbers and colors. Levitt developed the basic models and techniques for preparing low-cost suburban homesteads out of prefabricated units while fulfilling military housing contracts during the closing years of World War II when storage facilities, dormitories, and administrative buildings had to be built quickly, cheaply, and in vast numbers.

The impact that the nuclear bomb had on Gen X is further reaching than we thought. 

Crimea Through a Game-Theory Lens

NUCLEAR DETERRENCE: From the standpoint of game theory as developed by Thomas C. Schelling, a 2005 Nobel laureate in economic science, the conflict can be seen as a case study in nuclear deterrence. That’s because, after the Soviet Union split into many pieces in the 1990s, a newly independent Ukraine gave up its portion of the old Soviet nuclear arsenal. In part, it did so in exchange for a memorandum supporting its territorial integrity, signed by both Russia and the United States.
Eliminating its nuclear weapons may have seemed a good deal for Ukraine at the time, and it can be argued that the world became a safer place. Yet if Ukraine were a nuclear power today, it would surely have a far greater ability to deter Russian military action.

Everyone who lived through the Cold War has to be a little bit 1980s-paranoid, right? 

Crimea Through a Game-Theory Lens

NUCLEAR DETERRENCE: From the standpoint of game theory as developed by Thomas C. Schelling, a 2005 Nobel laureate in economic science, the conflict can be seen as a case study in nuclear deterrence. That’s because, after the Soviet Union split into many pieces in the 1990s, a newly independent Ukraine gave up its portion of the old Soviet nuclear arsenal. In part, it did so in exchange for a memorandum supporting its territorial integrity, signed by both Russia and the United States.

Eliminating its nuclear weapons may have seemed a good deal for Ukraine at the time, and it can be argued that the world became a safer place. Yet if Ukraine were a nuclear power today, it would surely have a far greater ability to deter Russian military action.

Everyone who lived through the Cold War has to be a little bit 1980s-paranoid, right? 

If you weren’t on the robotics team in high school or don’t have a younger sibling into robots, you probably haven’t been to a FIRST Robotics Competition (FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”). These events, which team up high school students with professional engineers as mentors, are designed to combine the thrill of sport with the excitement of robotics. But, really, they’re more like a rave mixed with a science fair. There were team mascots in costumes, obnoxiously loud music and group dances, and lots of cheering.

The Intense and Beautiful Future of Robotics, via a Bunch of High-Schoolers

If you weren’t on the robotics team in high school or don’t have a younger sibling into robots, you probably haven’t been to a FIRST Robotics Competition (FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”). These events, which team up high school students with professional engineers as mentors, are designed to combine the thrill of sport with the excitement of robotics. But, really, they’re more like a rave mixed with a science fair. There were team mascots in costumes, obnoxiously loud music and group dances, and lots of cheering.  

We need more robot wargaming. Purely for sport of course…. 

I am Iron Man

I noticed that my daughter had the picture on her phone contact for me set to something that wasn’t me, but I couldn’t see what it was. I asked her about it and she told me it was Iron Man. I was pretty proud because I thought maybe she chose him because I was her hero, or because I’m brave, or smart, or maybe even because it’s a movie we both enjoy so much. Then she told me, “It’s because you’re snarky.” Apparently the trait I have in common with the super hero, Iron Man, is the snarky sense sense of humor I share with Tony Stark. 

German Astronaut Ulrich Walter Thinks Everyone Should Go to Space
I totally agree! I want to go to space. 

German Astronaut Ulrich Walter Thinks Everyone Should Go to Space

I totally agree! I want to go to space. 

(Source: motherboardtv)

Rejection might be just the thing your creativity needs to thrive. Research has also shown that rejection can enhance creativity in individuals who embrace it.

It’s Not An Innovative Idea Until It Gets Rejected (via fastcompany)

(via fastcompany)


What You Get Wrong about the Internet We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake sharing for reading.

What You Get Wrong about the Internet
We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake sharing for reading.

The Terrifying Future Where Everything Is A Video Game
Ready Player One anyone? 

via: motherboardtv

In another dimension there’s a version of me that takes notes with a green steno pad and a blue Bic pen.