Next Big Future

SpaceX Should Go Commercial With Starlink in September

The eleventh launch of Starlink is scheduled for early July. Gwynn Shotwell says that after 12-14 launches, SpaceX will begin selling commercial service. This means that SpaceX should be going commercial with Starlink service in September of this year. SpaceX called the last launch (June 13) SL-9. SpaceX has scheduled SL-10 on June 23. SL-11…

Limitations of Current AI and the Data Problem

The Economist magazine recent Technology Quarterly had a set of articles that described the limitations and disappointment that big businesses are having with current AI. Managers are finding AI projects difficult to implement and the results are disappointing. * Getting and fixing the data to train AI is time-consuming, expensive and the data may not…

Why Were the Germans Winning from 1939-1942?

Youtuber TIK explains why the Germans had the tactical advantage and were winning from 1939 to 1942. The reason is simple. They had a lot more guns (artillery and anti-tank guns) and knew how to use their tanks. They avoided tank on tank fighting, which would destroy their tanks and the allied tanks. They used…

Terahertz Plasmonic Lasers Achieve Record Power Output

Kumar, Jin and John L. Reno of Sandia are reporting another terahertz technology breakthrough: they have developed a new phase-locking technique for plasmonic lasers and, through its use, achieved a record-high power output for terahertz lasers. Their laser produced the highest radiative efficiency for any single-wavelength semiconductor quantum cascade laser. This is the first report…

Another Successful SpaceX Starlink Launch

There was another successful SpaceX Starlink launch. There are now 478 version 1.0 satellites and about 60 version 0.9 satellites. 420 satellites are needed for minor broadband coverage of Earth. 780 of the first ~1600 for moderate coverage. There are STarlink launches scheduled for: June 22 If there are two Starlink launches each of the…

Tesla 2025 and 2030

Here we examine how Tesla can impact the world. Tesla is already worth $170+ billion in market value. In 2019, Tesla delivered 367,000 electric vehicles. In 2020, Tesla should deliver over 500,000 electric vehicles. The 2020 deliveries are in spite of COVOD-19 shutdowns. Tesla will have the capacity to produce 200,000 cars in a quarter…

CRISPR at Lightning Speeds

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University has developed a way to speed up the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing process by using light-sensitive nucleotides. They altered some of the guide RNA sequencing by adding light-sensitive nucleotides. Doing so prevented the guide from doing its job until light was applied. And once that light was applied, the binding took place…

Lunar Mining Outpost Using Cybertruck Bulldozers

SpaceX could use the electric skateboard of the Cybertruck to build all the of vehicles that they need for a lunar mining operation. About twenty-five to thirty cybertrucks could be delivered to the moon with every SpaceX Starship. A lunar base and mining operation would lower the cost for lunar operations by 70 times and…