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March is upon us and as scheduled the Etherium project - reinventing a secure private internet with digital currency and security baked in - has made very impressive strides the past year and is nearing launch of the genesis stage... startup of this new network.

This week should come a number of important communication milestones, starting today with an outline of the major milestones (beginning with the Frontier release where the blockchain begins) and the key attributes of each release. 

Later this week its expected we'll see a more formal timeline and roadmap. 

I'm actually quite excited and eager to see this start... lots of ideas for digital apps and autonomous corporations. There have been hundreds if not many more speculating on ideas, and there will no doubt be some fascinating new Dapps in just a few months.

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Interesting points on the progression on the pathway to autonomous vehicles.

I agree with the assertion that the tech industry (aka Silicon Valley in the US) has a big role, perhaps leading role here. 

Another aspect is its not simply U.S. Tech that has an opportunity here but others worldwide. 

Of the traditional automakers the ones that seem most adaptive our the European makes like Volvo, BMW and Mercedes benz... each has a significant lead (mostly in thinking I believe) on traditional US (and Japanese) automakers.

I'm especially keen on the design innovations as implied here. There will likely be all sorts of interesting new form factors to better fit the changing daily/hourly demand needs of the community.

I can even see a simple powertrain platform that connects itself to whatever body type is needed for a job... two seater, four seater, eight seater, conference room, extra cargo (home depot run), extra bags to and for the airport and so on... vehicles that can reconfigure by adding modules at a local reconfig point as needed.
 
The self-driving car market will be huge, and conventional car companies aren't well positioned to control it.
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Another fun video to mesmerize yourself with...

Next time you see a segment bowl at a arts festival, etc you'll have a greater appreciation for the love and care that went into its creation. <smile>
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Its fun and nostalgic to see the images of the amazing Mercury and Apollo missions from 40+ years ago - though at the same time saddening to see so little progress in human exploration of space since.

But thats all changed now with multiple governmental, corporate and even private endeavors to space under development and with launches beginning before the end of the decade. This next barrage of man into space will almost certainly be our pivot to true space faring species not unlike our ocean faring journeys of centuries past.
 
Gene Cernan standing on the moon with Earth above. Apollo 17. 1972. #spacehistory
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It's interesting and fun to see some of the design houses in Europe thinking about the future of mobility, including automobility. Neat.

http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/26/ideo-self-driving-driverless-vehicles-car-21st-century-mules-cody-truck-wow-pod-work/
Design and innovation consultancy IDEO has developed a series of self-driving vehicle concepts that could radically transform how we work, shop and travel.
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There is no better way to learn how to do something than doing it, and Volvo it seems is emerging from the leading pack as the first auto manufacturer with fully self driving vehicles coming to market in two years. IN a real city, with real people driving so as to learn what needs work.

Already the sensory technology is in place with radar, ladar and video sensors to actually 'see' far more than the human eye (and ear) can to much broader spectrum of frequencies so situational awareness is far better than human.

In addition these vehicles have communication between themselves so they all share local and area intel (pilot on road now with 100 cars sharing data to see how to integrate local and shared data effectively).

The real work is in the software to account for more and more situations - but already they are orders of magnitude safer than human drivers and getting better fast.

Volvo's repeated goal is to by 2020 have zero fatalities or serious injuries in their cars - hows that for a sales pitch. If true they will sell as many as they can make.

Hope US automakers are paying attention because foreign car manufacturers are progressing fast.
Volvo aims to put actual self-driving cars in the hands of customers by 2017 through a pilot project in Sweden.
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Also note Intel's 3D camera tech, which promises to take the $100,000 units Google uses and reduce them in size and cost suitable for consumer drones

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/9/7520967/intel-realsense-3d-camera 
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THIS makes me want to play some good old-fashioned board games again. Need to add some fancy die and we're golden.
 
Can we just use these for real money? Campaign Coins are absolutely amazing!
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Taking immersion to the next level :-)
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Many of these images are surreal... amazing
 
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Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp was a dream come true for Dave and I. We had been obsessed with everything Everest in the past reading every book, and watching every documentary that we could on expeditions to the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

For a decade we talked about how “one day we’d like to see Everest.” We never thought we’d have the opportunity to see it with our own eyes.

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Dubai is looking into incorporating self-driving vehicles into their public transit - potentially in advance of their 2020 expo.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/aviation-and-transport/2014/02/10/Driverless-cars-could-revolutionize-Dubai-s-infrastructure-UAE-govt-summit-hears.html
Driverless cars could change the future of Dubai’s infrastructure, a UAE government summit
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I see someone's doing some digging into self-driving cars... :)
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More details on self-driving cars - and trucks - in Europe.

Plans from Mercedes for self-driving lorries (trucks) and Volvos plans for a "sustainable mobility" and "a crash-free future". 

Looks like Europe is pulling ahead of the US in next gen vehicles.
Swedish manufacturer Volvo has revealed plans to test 100 self-driving cars with members of the public as passengers on public roads by 2017
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Someone needs to start putting it on the road. I think the best place to start is open highway outside of cities and local roads. Just a side not, my wife hates when I tell her in the future it will be illegal to drive your own car ;)
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