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As our planetary environment changes with the collapsing magnetosphere and cosmic and Galactic cosmic ray bombardment, governments are now struggling to wrestle the violence that they knew was coming.
'The cartel is in charge here': Narcos overpower authorities and release El Chapo, son in a massive show of force https://washex.am/2P0FznQ
Blizzard is still banning people for pro-Hong Kong protest statements
Anyone who posts anything sympathetic to the cause seems to earn a 24-hour ban from the e-sports company. (The Verge)
Rampaging mobs stage an arson spree in Hong Kong https://politi.co/2P59MSP
The threat of Insider's and influencers is on the table this week at a private, no press, no recordings conference in Virginia tomorrow. You are going to see more news on these two topics in the days to come.
The “influencer economy” is built on shaky foundations
Social-media influencers are running into the question that has always plagued advertising: how can you prove it works? (WSJ $)
The news below should not surprise you as the world deepens its preparations for the beast system and anti-christ. There can only be one voice, and that will be the antichrist's demands. As Christians, we will listen to the still and quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.
“Tree Planting Drones are Firing ‘Seed Missiles’ Into the Ground,” by Leo Shvedsky, Good, 17 April 2019.
To combat climate change, tech company BioCarbon Engineering has outfitted commercial drones with pre-germinated seed pods that they disperse and plant by firing them into the ground. This method is cheaper and exponentially faster than planting by hand. From a dual-use perspective, one can see many nefarious possibilities. Just as a drone can spread seeds waiting to sprout, it could just as easily spread a biological or chemical agent. The light payload of seeds used today could be replaced with a payload of powder or liquid that could infect humans, livestock, crops, or waterways. Army Mad Scientists
“Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill,” by Zachary Fryer-Biggs, The Atlantic, 3 September 2019.
This detailed but engrossing piece by defense and technology reporter Zachary Fryer-Biggs provides an in-depth look at work on robotics being conducted across the Department of Defense but also helps to visualize and contextualize what a battlefield of the future looks like. This article shows the distinction between what is being explored, built, and tested by the DoD and the dystopian nightmare often portrayed in movies like The Terminator. The article addresses several current technologies – the U.S. Navy’s Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) and Sea Hunter autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), and Israel’s Harpy autonomous anti-radiation loitering munition – that are on the pathway to autonomy already. Army Mad Scientists
The US Army Wants to Reinvent Tank Warfare with AI
A new project aims to make the battlefield more “transparent” — while relying on robots and software that “think” in unpredictable ways.
Tank warfare isn’t as easy to predict as hulking machines lumbering across open spaces would suggest. In July 1943, for instance, German military planners believed that their advance in the Russian city of Kursk would be over in ten days. That attempt lasted nearly two months and ultimately failed. Even the 2003 Battle of Baghdad, in which U.S. forces had air superiority, took a week. For the wars of the future, that’s too slow. The U.S. Army has launched a new effort, dubbed Project Quarterback, to accelerate tank warfare by synchronizing battlefield data with the aid of artificial Intelligence.
The project, about a month old, aims for an AI assistant that can look out across the battlefield, taking in all the relevant data from drones, radar, ground robots, satellites, cameras mounted in soldier goggles, etc., and then output the best strategy for taking out the enemy(s) with whatever weapons available. Quarterback, in other words, would help commanders do two things better and faster, understand exactly what’s on the battlefield and then select the most appropriate strategy based on the assets available and other factors.
US Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle
Typically, I just do snippets to provide you with the flavor of an article plus the link if you want the whole article. In this case, you should know what lies ahead for your access to food. Will you choose God's provision or techno-devil-foods?
Food. Already, indoor farming is projected to be a US$40.25 billion industry by 2022, with a compound annual growth rate of 9.65 percent. Meanwhile, the food 3D printing industry is expected to grow at an even higher rate, averaging 50 percent annual growth.
And converging exponential technologies—from materials science to AI-driven digital agriculture—are not slowing down. Today’s breakthroughs will soon allow our planet to boost its food production by nearly 70 percent, using a fraction of the real estate and resources to feed 9 billion by mid-century.
What you consume, how it was grown, and how it will end up in your stomach will all ride the wave of converging exponentials, revolutionizing the most basic of human needs.
3D printing has already had a profound impact on the manufacturing sector. We are now able to print in hundreds of different materials, making anything from toys to houses to organs. However, we finally see the emergence of 3D printers that can print food itself.
Redefine Meat, an Israeli startup wants to tackle industrial meat production using 3D printers that can generate meat, no animals required. The printer takes in fat, water, and three different plant protein sources, using these ingredients to print a meat fiber matrix with trapped fat and water, thus mimicking the texture and flavor of real meat.
Slated for release in 2020 at the cost of $100,000, their machines are rapidly demonetizing and will begin by targeting clients in industrial-scale meat production.
Anrich3D aims to make this process a step further, 3D printing meals that are customized to your medical records, health data from your smart wearables, and patterns detected by your sleep trackers. The company plans to use multiple extruders for multi-material printing, allowing them to dispense each ingredient precisely for nutritionally optimized meals. Currently, in an R&D phase at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the company hopes to have its first taste tests in 2020.
These are only a few of the many 3D food printing startups springing into existence. The benefits of such innovations are boundless.
Not only will food 3D printing grant consumers control over the ingredients and mixtures they consume, but it is already beginning to enable innovations in flavor itself, democratizing far healthier meal options in newly customizable cuisine categories.
Vertical farming, whereby food is grown in vertical stacks (in skyscrapers and buildings rather than outside in fields), marks a classic case of converging exponential technologies. Over just the past decade, the technology has surged from a handful of early-stage pilots to a full-grown industry.
Today, the average American meal travels 1,500-2,500 miles to get to your plate. As summed up by Worldwatch Institute researcher Brian Halweil, “We are spending far more energy to get food to the table than the energy we get from eating the food.” Additionally, the longer foods are out of the soil, the less nutritious they become, losing, on average, 45 percent of their nutrition before being consumed.
Yet beyond cutting down on time and transportation losses, vertical farming eliminates a whole host of issues in food production. Relying on hydroponics and aeroponics, vertical farms allow us to grow crops with 90 percent less water than traditional agriculture—which is critical for our increasingly thirsty planet.
Currently, the largest player around is Bay Area-based Plenty Inc. With over $200 million in funding from Softbank, Plenty is taking a smart tech approach to indoor agriculture. Plants grow on 20-foot-high towers, monitored by tens of thousands of cameras and sensors, optimized by big data and machine learning.
This allows the company to pack 40 plants in the space previously occupied by 1. The process also produces yields 350 times greater than outdoor farmland, using less than 1 percent as much water.
And rather than bespoke veggies for the wealthy few, Plenty’s processes allow them to knock 20-35 percent off the costs of traditional grocery stores. To date, Plenty has its home base in South San Francisco, a 100,000 square-foot farm in Kent, Washington, an indoor farm in the United Arab Emirates, and recently started construction on over 300 farms in China.
Another major player is New Jersey-based Aerofarms, which can now grow two million pounds of leafy greens without sunlight or soil.
To do this, Aerofarms leverages AI-controlled LEDs to provide optimized wavelengths of light for each plant. Using aeroponics, the company delivers nutrients by misting them directly onto the plants’ roots—no soil required. Rather, plants are suspended in a growth mesh fabric made from recycled water bottles. And here too, sensors, cameras, and machine learning govern the entire process.
While 50-80 percent of the cost of vertical farming is human labor, autonomous robotics promises to solve that problem. Enter contenders like Iron Ox, a firm that has developed the Angus robot, capable of moving around plant-growing containers.
The writing is on the wall, and traditional agriculture is fast being turned on its head.
In an era where materials science, nanotechnology, and biotechnology are rapidly becoming the same field of study, key advances are enabling us to create healthier, more nutritious, more efficient, and longer-lasting food.
For starters, we are now able to boost the photosynthetic abilities of plants. Using novel techniques to improve a micro-step in the photosynthesis process chain, researchers at UCLA were able to boost tobacco crop yield by 14-20 percent. Meanwhile, the RIPE Project, backed by Bill Gates and run out of the University of Illinois, has matched and improved those numbers.
And to top things off, The University of Essex was even able to improve tobacco yield by 27-47 percent by increasing the levels of a protein involved in photo-respiration.
In yet another win for food-related materials science, Santa Barbara-based Apeel Sciences is further tackling the vexing challenge of food waste. Now approaching commercialization, Apeel uses lipids and glycerolipids found in the peels, seeds, and pulps of all fruits and vegetables to create “cutin”—the fatty substance that composes the skin of fruits and prevents them from rapidly spoiling by trapping moisture.
By then spraying fruits with this generated substance, Apeel can preserve foods 60 percent longer using an odorless, tasteless, colorless organic substance.
And stores across the US are already using this method. By leveraging our advancing knowledge of plants and chemistry, materials science is allowing us to produce more food with far longer-lasting freshness and more nutritious value than ever before.
With advances in 3D printing, vertical farming, and materials sciences, we can now make food smarter, more productive, and far more resilient.
By the end of the next decade, you should be able to 3D print a fusion cuisine dish from the comfort of your home, using ingredients harvested from vertical farms, with nutritional value optimized by AI and materials science. However, even this picture doesn’t account for all the rapid changes underway in the food industry.
Join me next week for Part 2 of the Future of Food for a discussion on how food production will be transformed, quite literally, from the bottom up. Singularity Hub
I have mentioned my war on fungus and how the fungus is crowding out my crops to the degree, there is no space for them to grow. This is due to the number of particulates in our air, causing nucleation that, in turn, causes rain or snow. As I dove into the HTML to format this for my briefing, the color code was provocative: 666. Interesting. What truth lies behind the scenes in coding that many of us never venture?
Look at this slime blob in Paris
This month, the Paris Zoological Park unveiled a new specimen, and even though it’s at the zoo, it’s not an animal. It’s called a slime mold, and it’s probably the coolest organism you’ve never heard of.
Not a plant, nor even a fungus, the slime mold belongs to the kingdom Protista, an ancient group of organisms that predate animals in Earth’s history by many millions of years.
In all this time on our planet, slime molds have developed some special survival strategies, including the ability to investigate their surroundings, reproduce when cutting in half, and potentially even learn. Look at this ancient slime Inverse
NASA Asteroid Warning: Behemoth Space Rock Threatens Earth Next Month
NASA is currently on alert as all eyes are on a space rock that’s said to be half the size of British mountain Ben Nevis and hurtling towards Earth at an alarming speed of 18,000 miles per hour.
According to a report, the asteroid with code name 481394 2006 SF6 would be nearest to Earth on Nov. 21. What’s alarming is that the asteroid is classified as an “Apollo,” which is considered to be the most dangerous class of space rock that’s set to cross the Earth’s orbit. The asteroid’s path is too close for comfort and can change course and bring it closer to the planet. If things get worse, it can cause damage that’s similar to the Yarkovsky effect.
According to the report, the Yarkovsky effect is when the “soft force of sunlight can steer asteroids into Earth-crossing orbits and drastically alter the layout of their paths across the solar system.”
Scientists Detect Movement on Major California Fault for First Time http://bit.ly/2pGU712
Normalizing perversions that engineer cannibalism, today synthetic-tomorrow the real human deal.
Creepy human-like skin makes your phone ticklish and pinchable
Does your phone need a new skin?
Forget protective covers – there are now skin-like phone cases that respond to being pinched and tickled.
Marc Teyssier at Telecom Paris in France and his colleagues have devised an artificial skin for interactive devices that responds to touch. The skin can detect a variety of gestures, including sliding, stretching, and rotation.
“I wanted to pinch my phone,” says Teyssier as the reason for designing the skin. The skin also responds to different gestures that mimic human emotional communication.
The artificial skin is programmed to associate different gestures with certain emotions. Sudden hard pressure on the skin is associated with anger, and tapping is a means of seeking attention, while sustained contact and stroking are associated with providing comfort. Read more
This year, two top marine explorers made another search attempt to look for Amelia Earhart: Allison Fundis, chief operating officer of the Ocean Exploration Trust, a research nonprofit conducting deep-sea exploration, and Bob Ballard, president of the same organization, who famously discovered the Titanic shipwreck in 1985. Both Fundis and Ballard brought the latest technology to a perplexing mystery: Where is Amelia? Read More
The “face with tears of joy” is the most popular of all the emojis 😂
Why? It can quickly and easily diffuse any social tension. (Quartz)
The theme for the Burning Man 2020 is the Multiverse. The money behind this event normalizes the fallen angel agenda for the year. Recall, last year, the theme was Metamorphis, the merging of Humans with everything from machines to other life forms. This year we have the demonic portals open and evil entities and lifeforms are flooding into the world for other dimensions. Check out my article, Epic Battles of the Alien Alignment, that discusses this demonic alien invasion.
The 2020 Black Rock City event theme explores the quantum kaleidoscope of possibility, the infinite realities of the multiverse, and our superpositioning as actors and observers in the cosmic Cacophony of resonant strings. It’s an invitation to ponder the real, the surreal and the pataphysical, and a chance to encounter our alternate selves who may have followed, or are following, or will follow different decision-paths to divergent Black Rock City realities. Welcome to the Multiverse! Read more
Burning Man Library of Babel
Engage in an adventure of the imagination because, for one evening, all books lead to one place: “The Library of Babel.”
We are going to begin to see One World places of worship popping up all over the world. There is one on the Mt. of Olives in Israel just under Gethsemane, where Jesus spent His last hours before crucifixion. It is called the Church of All Nations.
“A brain-controlled exoskeleton has let a paralyzed man walk in the lab,” by Charlotte Jee, MIT Technology Review, 4 October 2019.
“Amputees merge with their bionic leg,” in ScienceDaily, 2 October 2019.
“Boston Dynamics’ Atlas can now do an impressive gymnastics routine,” by Jon Porter, The Verge, 24 September 2019.
The devout person who sits in the refuge of the Most High declares publicly that Abba Father and Jesus is his refuge from all physical dangers, and his fortress, protecting him from all human and nonhuman enemies.
You might ponder that when Moses ascended Mount Sinai or whenever anyone of us embarks upon a mission to increase the kingdom of God, increase goodness, or sanctity in the world, the forces of evil struggle to interfere. Accordingly, demonic forces and hostile angels of violence attempt to block your path. But as Moses ascended and each of us also follows the narrow road, we climb higher and higher, closer to God and Jesus. We must utter only the Name of Jesus and that Jesus is my Rock, refuge, and fortress, and all these evil forces must flee.
Right now, on this very day, there is a war for truth being waged. There is trusting God and His Son Jesus or trusting the beast system and anti-christ.
My God, I will trust in Him
Not only do I find refuge in the Almighty when He appears as the Dispenser of Divine Kindness, but I even trust Him when He manifests Himself as the Dispenser of Divine Justice.
I graphically learned about the Dispenser of Divine Justice (not in a bad way, but Jesus is the True Judge) when my beloved David went home. David's life was numbered, and all along, Jesus knew the day and the hour. I did not. Even with strong and trusting faith, it was a difficult and bitter cup, to acknowledge the sovereignty of God and Jesus. With death, there is no arguing, challenging, denying, or bargaining. It is final, and one must humbly bow their head and acknowledge both the Dispenser of Divine Kindness and the Dispenser of Divine Justice.
Your faith will be challenged in this faith lesson as we go deeper into the days of the Dispenser of Divine Justice.
Faith Lesson: Who do you trust? Have you been hurt by trusting? Have you ever struggled with Jesus on something He has brought into your life?
God Bless you from the trenches. Be safe, everyone.
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