Elon Musk Revolutionizing 3D Design With Hand Gesture Technology

Hand Gesture Technology

Elon Musk is trying to revolutionize large and small scale manufacturing and design through cutting edge hand gesture and 3D printing technologies.

I believe we’re on the verge of a major breakthrough in design and manufacturing… in being able to take the concept of something from your mind, and translate that into a 3D object really intuitively on the computer.

Musk and SpaceX are partnering with companies like Leap Motion for hand gesture technology that may one day even be used with Oculus Rift virtual reality systemsOculus Rift to develop realistic 3D virtual models.

 

3D printing has gained popularity recently as the cost and time saving potential is being realized by individuals and companies alike.

Musk is joining the likes of NASA in utilizing 3D printing technology and reaping the benefits. NASA who has been printing rocket engines cheaper and faster than ever is among the technology’s biggest proponents.

Let’s hope this trend continues to push the technology to new heights and the cost to new lows.

 

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Joe Rogan – The Corporate Trap

This excerpt from the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast explores how seemingly good corporate jobs by normal standards are restricting personal growth in society. Joe explains how corporate culture, work/life imbalance, and materialism contribute to a lack of self expression.

So, get it together, and this is your life now. No natural behavior, everybody’s wearing clothes they don’t want to wear, everybody’s showing up and doing something they don’t want to do and they have no connection to… that’s the problem with our society.

Joe seems to hit on some pretty solid points in this short video. The main point that I find in this is to actively pursue your interests until your passion reveals itself, and then explore that passion until it has given you everything that it can.

It is difficult to remove money as the motivator of our lives. It is difficult to see the potential in our passions, but just remember as Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

 

Elevator to the Moon by 2020

A new lunar-elevator to transport robots, people, and supplies to the Moon is currently in development by The LiftPort Group, a private company led by CEO and former NASA researcher, Michael Laine.

The idea is different from other space-elevators in that it will be built on the Moon and not on the Earth. This is beneficial as the lack of gravity and harsh atmosphere means that more readily available and cheaper materials could be used in construction.

Spacecraft would launch from Earth, dock on the elevator platform, and take the rest of the journey via the transport pod. This reduces costs tremendously by eliminating the fuel needed to land and the take off from the Moon’s surface.

“The space elevator, scientists say, will help people build manned bases on the Earth’s natural satellite and organize the extraction of helium-3 there – a raw material that will solve global problems of the shortage of energy resources…” – EnergySafe

What If It Got Stuck?

The company has a Kickstarter campaign they started in order to raise funds and awareness. The first step is to build a 2 kilometer test elevator that will be suspended by balloons. If that test is successful, and everything goes according to plan, construction will begin in 2020.

I am beginning to believe that society is becoming excited by space again. Despite the discontinuation of the space-shuttle program, NASA has persevered, and is keeping busy trying to build a warp drive.

Meanwhile, private companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX are making a massive impact on the future of spaceflight and inter-planetary travel that even many countries cannot compete with.

 

 

Personal Jetpacks Approved for Manned Testflights

Anyone who has seen The Jetson’s has dreamed about having their own personal jetpack. New Zealand based company Martin Aircraft is looking to turn that dream into a reality as they begin test flying their personal jetpack with real-life human pilots.

Recently the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA) granted the company a special permit allowing them to begin manned test flights, although they “may not be flown more than 20 feet above the ground or 25 feet above water.”

The video below shows a higher altitude test flight done via remote control with a dummy pilot. The test was to demonstrate the emergency ballistic parachute safety system.

“For us it’s a very important step because it moves it out of what I call a dream into something which I believe we’re now in a position to commercialize and take forward very quickly.” – Peter Coker, CEO of Martin Aircraft.

The ultimate goal for the company is to begin commercial sales as early as mid 2015 at a projected starting price of around $100,000.Martin Aircraft Jetpack You may actually begin seeing these as early as 2014 as there has been strong interest to utilize these for first-responder and military missions.

There has been a lot of work being done in the future of personal and public transportation. Elon Musk recently revealed details for his supersonic hyperloop concept as an alternative to the high-speed rail project in California, and even NASA has joined the game working with California-based company, Skytran to construct the first magnetically levitating public transport system

The Blank Canvass of Life – Can We Engineer Divinity?

Jason Silva’s latest Shot of awe explores the concept of engineering your own divinity. The idea is that life is a blank canvass, and the surroundings in which we choose to exist can and does affect our mental and emotional states. It’s like a feedback loop where our mind creates an atmosphere or environment which then turns around and alters our mode of thought resulting in continued evolution down manufactured emotional and mental canals.

Those spaces we built, “the architectures of happiness” as Alain de Botton writes, the spaces we create inform, shape, sculpt our subjective experience…. we script intention into our designs and those designs in turn script our subjective experience.

This is a great concept to take to heart. Our ability to create the world we want to live in is very real. I follow this philosophy as a general guideline to help manufacture serendipity and inspiration into my own life.

As Terrence McKenna so poignantly states, “We are living in the condensation of our imaginations”

Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan

This video to the voice of Carl Sagan explores the vastness of space in comparison to the relative insignificant size of this pale blue dot called Earth. Sagan continues to illustrate the beauty and importance of the pale blue dot through the movements of life.

This dot is the only known vessel for life that is known in this universe, and that fact alone inspires pride and respect for our home… however long we may stay here.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Thick of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fragment of a dot.

 

Bill Hicks – It’s Just a Ride

Just a Ride

The amazing comedian Bill Hicks paints a philosophical painting of life, simplifying all the complexities and subtexts of human interaction into a simple statement, “It’s Just a Ride”. This Bill Hicks piece inspires goodwill, social responsibility, and inner exploration.

Here’s what we can do to change the world right now… to a better ride – Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defense each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of world, which it would many times over; not one human being excluded, and we can explore space together… both inner and outer, together forever in peace.

I have recently discovered Bill Hicks and his material which I highly recommend to fans of comedy, honesty, and provocative thought.

 

Charlie Chaplin – The Greatest Speech Ever Made

In this speech from The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin encompasses the goodness of humanity. In what is truly the greatest speech ever, Chapman incites feelings of unity, compassion, and altruism in a way that gives you an intense jolt of hope.

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness — not by each other’s misery.

 

I truly believe this speech can affect everyone in a positive way.

If you enjoyed this as much as I did, share it with those you love and spread the happiness. This kind of feeling can be infectious and bring someone a brief moment of beauty.