SpaceX crushes it for NASA

Launch America a multimedia event

The successful launch of NASA’s contracted-to-SpaceX return of astronauts to space from U.S. soil proved a celebratory event. One of the best YouTube compilations is, ironically, from BBC.

dis-rup-shun: Bob and Doug’s excellent adventure is amazing in many ways, including the fact that mankind has the technology to safely deliver humans to a space station that is moving at the speed of 4.76 miles per second (17,136 mph), that the company entrusted to complete this mission, SpaceX, did not exist until 18 years ago, and that the video footage of this event is crystal clear, from many camera angels and narrated as if it is a promotional film for both SpaceX and the U.S.A.

Software bot tracks security flaws for Pentagon

ForAllSecure is a company spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. Its software vulnerability bot, called Mayhem, rapidly analyzes code to spot vulnerabilities that then must be fixed by human coders.  The company is enjoying a $45 million contract to spot bugs in systems across the entirety of the U.S. military. Mayhem was born out of a Las Vegas hosted hacking competition sponsored by DARPA, with a $2 million prize. Wired

dis-rup-shun: A perfect application for artificial intelligence is to make AI more intelligent. With essentially all U.S. weapons systems having some software vulnerabilities, Mayhem’s value is, well certainly in the multi-millions of dollars.

Must read guide to 5G terms

5G is here and if you didn’t already know, it is the latest wireless transmission technology that is supposed to drastically increase data (and voice) transmission speeds over the air, create thousands of new jobs as people build new transmission facilities and develop software and service, and transform how we use mobile devices. CNET’s guide to understanding 5G lingo includes DSS, MIMO, small cell, and many others. CNET

dis-rup-shun: 5G is much hyped, and may be all of the things it is claimed to be, or simply may be an upgrade to our existing wireless infrastructure. What is certain, however, is that global governments are claiming that the country with the most 5G technology (providers and users), will gain technology superiority over its neighbors. So the 5G race, like the space race, will be intensely followed by the media.

Robots are replacing wheelchairs

Robotics continue to find important applications and one with great promise is for ambulatory impairments. Robot exoskeletons are providing relief and hope for people who can no longer walk. New examples are being developed by Caltech. CNBC

dis-rup-shun: Commercialization of robots for impaired people will occur in only a handful of years, as enabling impaired persons to move around and exercise their bodies will provide any number of health and healthcare cost benefits, aside from the freedom and hope provided to those currently confined to wheelchairs.