My picks, 2015-15

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System for Australia
  2. DSCOVR Launches Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9
  3. VFX of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  4. Perplexed polar bears on thin ice
  5. Bald Eagles clash
  6. Three Steps to Becoming an Exponential Entrepreneur
  7. The Collective Project: Printing 3D Miracles for Kids
  8. Wild Inside the National Zoo: Baby Boom
  9. Baby Bear Trio’s First Winter

MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System for Australia

Northrop Grumman

The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System will transform the way Australia conducts maritime surveillance missions.


DSCOVR Launches Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

NASA Kennedy

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. DSCOVR is a partnership between NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force, and will maintain the nation’s real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities.


VFX of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Weta Digital

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set in a post apocalyptic future where a nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar are battling for dominance with a band of human survivors. Emotive themes of family, compassion and betrayal are carried by a cast of fully CG apes who deliver intelligent and emotional performances as believable as their human counterparts.


Perplexed polar bears on thin ice

Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom

Alaskan polar bear cubs get to grips with the arrival of new ice.


Bald Eagles clash

Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom

Bald eagles fight over the Chilkat River’s late salmon run as winter fast approaches.


Three Steps to Becoming an Exponential Entrepreneur

Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler, co-author of “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World,” (http://goo.gl/DPjpVm) explains the basic tenets of what he and Peter Diamandis call “exponential entrepreneurship.” An exponential entrepreneur is an entrepreneur who leans on exponentially accelerating technology, exponential psychological tools, and exponential crowd power tools. He also points to the 6 D’s: digitization, deception, disruption, demonetization, dematerialization, and democratization. Each of these is a stage in the exponential entrepreneur process, which Kotler explains is a great way to get a leg up over the competition.

Transcript – An exponential entrepreneur is an entrepreneur who is leaning on exponentially accelerating technology so network sensors, AI, robotics, synthetic biology, 3D printing – these technologies that are all on exponential growth carbs. They’re also relying on what we call exponential psychological tools, right. These are ways to think at scale, flow states, things along those lines. Things that let entrepreneurs to scale up their mental game like never before. And finally they’re also using exponential crowd power tools. These are crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, centerprises and community building, right, that let entrepreneurs get access to capital, get access to expertise, really scale up their reach farther than ever before, right. So an exponential entrepreneur is people who are using these three kind of categories to level up.

If you want to be an exponential entrepreneur and you want to play with exponential technology you need to understand the kind of growth cycle that exponential technologies go on. And we use something call the six Ds to talk about this, right. The first D is digitalization, right. A technology becomes exponential once it becomes digitalized. It becomes represented in ones and zeroes. Once that happens, right, it becomes an information based technology and it hops on an exponential growth curve, right. A classic example being Moore’s laws covering transitions. But now we’re seeing in all of these technologies we’re seeing in synthetic biology once we realized that DNA was essentially could be represented as a binary code, right. It hopped on this exponential growth curve and now synthetic biology is accelerating five times the speed of Moore’s law. That’s the first D. And when that happens there’s usually a lot of excitement. A lot of hype, a lot of excitement which is unfortunate because the second D is deception.

What happens is these technologies get introduced and it takes a while for them to get up to speed, right. And there’s all this hype in the beginning and they fall into this deceptive period and people kind of dismiss them. 3D printing was in that deceptive period for a very, very long time. Robotics, AI, all these things. But all of the technologies that we’re talking about in Bold are now moving out of that deceptive period, right. What Gardner and the Gardner hype cycle calls the trough of disillusionment which I think is a great term, right. They’re all leaving that trough of disillusionment. What happens next is they become very, very, very disruptive, right. A classic example is Uber. It’s totally disrupting the taxi cab industry. Instagram totally disrupting Kodak. These are classic examples of the disruption. After they move out of this disruptive phase you look at demonetization. This means that the cost of the technology itself is dropping and dropping and dropping.

The money comes out of the equation. So, for example, once you could store digital images on a camera, right, film was totally demonetized. And suddenly nobody was buying roll film anymore. Pixels did the same job. So the money comes out of the equation, right. Dematerialization is what follows. So think about all the 1980s or 90s technology that now come free with your cell phone, right. Peter and I did a calculation in Abundance and we were looking at this and we found the average cell phone houses over like a million dollars’ worth of technologies from the 1980s. You have your GPS locator, your encyclopedia, your radio and record player, your camera, video recorder, on and on and on, right. You can now with Instagram get access to editing software that ten years ago was a two million dollar package. And today it’s free with an Instagram account. So demonetization, dematerialization, the technology itself is disappearing. Nobody’s going out and buying cameras anymore because it comes on your smartphone.


The Collective Project: Printing 3D Miracles for Kids

Microsoft

#CollectiveProject’s Albert Manero is a University of Central Florida student who’s transforming lives with #Limbitless: technology that uses 3D printing to create affordable bionic limbs for #BionicKids. Watch the video to learn more and find out how you can help. http://off365.ms/VsEm8A


Wild Inside the National Zoo: Baby Boom

Smithsonian Channel

In this look at the reproduction program at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, we follow some of the zoo’s mothers-to-be—including Bess, a prehensile-tailed porcupine—as they prepare to give birth.


Baby Bear Trio’s First Winter

National Geographic Wild

A Polar bear mom and her three cubs explore their frozen world after awakening from hibernation.

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