Deep Space Drones

Voice of World Leader of the #AIResistance - Accelerating technology has implications across the spectrum, from everyone living longer healthier lives, solving the worlds biggest problems, to opening up space exploration like never before. This is Deep Space Drones. The Podcast that deconstructs the latest science and technology breakthroughs, the obstacles they face, and the opportunities they create. Sponsored by: 10x Your Personal Growth.
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Dec 30, 2016

Rich in Stellar Objects, The Serpens Constellation Reveals that it’s going to Strike our Solar System with Comets.

Dec 24, 2016

2016 has been an unprecedented year for entrepreneurs in space. 

Competition is really starting to heat up. 

We now have reusable rockets, plans to go to Mars, and making asteroid mining a reality.

Nov 19, 2016

Tesla Motors is an automaker and an energy storage company in Silicon Valley.

The cars they make are electric. They also make energy storage devices, and now own Solar City.

Elon Musk is CEO of Tesla Motors. One of his primary objectives is to reduce global warming, 

Not everybody believes in global warming. President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he believes it's a hoax, perpetrated by the Chinese to slow down American manufacturing.

He promised that within the first 100 days of his Presidency, he would change what he termed "job destroying environmental regulations and revive coal.

Its clean energy vs. fossil fuels, harnessing the energy from the sun vs. burning the Earth.

Humanity's future is at stake.

Music Credits:

Simulator by Simon Mathewson

Nimbus by Simon Mathewson

Oct 24, 2016

Microsoft is winning in the cloud market right now. In this episode, we deconstruct the Microsoft Cloud, and expose what it can do, and some of the opportunities it can create.

Oct 11, 2016

Last month, China successfully launched a new space station, the Tiāngōng 2 which means "Heavenly Palace 2". It's 47 feet long and 14 feet wide, designed for a crew of 2, with life support for 30 days. 

It's a prototype, part of the People's Republic of China's goal to create a third generation space station similar to the Russian Mir space station. 

The Soviet Union built Mir in space over 10 years between 1986 and 1996. Mir was de-orbited in a controlled manner. 

This space station is iteration 2 of Tiāngōng 1. Unlike the Mir, this baby coming back down to Earth out of control. 

That's right, a year from now the weather prediction somewhere on Earth will be chance of rain of steel. Make sure to dress properly. 

Yeah, the odds of hitting a populated area is low.  

If you are going to launch something into space, you should probably consider, and maybe even plan for where your junk is going to go. 

As of July 2013, there are over 170 million objects orbiting the earth that are under a centimeter in size, 670,00 in the 1 to 10 cm and 29,000 being larger than that. Look up at the night sky, and you will inevitably see 1 of 1419 satellites go by. 

Look, going anywhere into space is not easy. 

With everything going for it, SpaceX has had it's own disasters. 

5 days before China's successful Tiāngōng 2 launch, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launch pad. 

Nobody got hurt, but it was a loss of over a quarter billion dollars. 

The explosion took the AMOS-6 satellite with it. This was a Facebook project to provide 14 African countries with free Internet access. 

The root cause at this point appears to be the a large breach in the cryogenic helium system. 

Some are suspecting sabotage, with an image of an unidentified object near the rocket just before the explosion. 

Conspiracy theorists have been liking this one. There is now a video on YouTube showing an unidentified flying object flying past the rocket at the same time as the explosion took place. 

Although there was a lot of fire, it really wasn't an explosion, more like a flame that started at the top, rapidly moving down, engulfing the entire rocket. 

The YouTube video is called UFO Destroys SpaceX Rocket On Launch Pad. If the object is actually flying over the rocket, It would be just a few feet across in size. 

Let's assume that it is for arguments sake. 

This thing is really moving, showing up in only seven frames of the video. The explosion takes place just prior to the UFO flying directly over the Falcon 9. This could be explained if the object had fired something at the rocket, right before the fly by. 

Let's also assume that the object is not being flown by tiny aliens. This leaves very few possibilities, as to what it can be, other than a drone. 

You may think that drones can't go that fast right? Well, considering that some commercial drones can move at over a hundred miles an hour, a custom built one, may very well be able to go much faster. 

Again, this is assuming the video isn't a fake. 

The implication here is of course sabotage. Yes, it's a leap, but what the hell. Let's see where this takes us. 

If it's sabotage, then how, why, who? 

Lets start with the why. That one is easy, money. If this is corporate sabotage, thus it's likely about money. Yes, we are taking all kinds of leaps today. 

So then who. Who would benefit the most from this hit? Not Facebook. They lost their satellite. In the words of Mark Zuckerberg, "As I'm here in Africa, I'm deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided so much connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent." 

The alleged drone looks like it fired something at the rocket, so that would mean it was an armed drone. 

So, the scenario now is that a pilot remotely controlled the armed drone and fired something at it while moving at high speed, at precisely the moment when the rocket was vulnerable, and at exactly the right spot to blow it up. 

Sounds pretty fantastic doesn't it? 

There are excellent drone pilots out there. Just google drone racing, and you will see drone pilots conduct some radical maneuvers at high speed through hoops, obstacle courses, and parking garages. 

There are now drone racing leagues cropping up all over the place. It's about to get telivision coverage. 

Their drones however are not armed and dangerous. 

That would require someone who has both the skills to fly a drone super fast, and simultaneously be able to fire a weapon, targeting a very specific target, at precisely the right time. 

An armed drone that can fire something with precision while moving at high speed, sounds like military level expertise. 

Or, the drone could be programmed with an AI with one mission in mind. Sounds pretty advanced. 

//-What if it's a kid, thinking he or she is playing a video game. Whoa, that opens up a lot more leaps. Enders Game. 

Who has military drone capabilities? Countries, like Iran, China, Russia could do it, but why? They want to slow down the American space program, at the risk of looking like wimps for taking the route of sabotage if found out? The motive just isn't there. 

Does SpaceX have competitors? Yes, one in particular stands out, United Launch Alliance (ULA). 

ULA is a joint venture between Lockhead Martin Space Systems and Boing Defense, Space and Security. Sounds military doesn't it. Military in Space even. 

Could we be witnessing corporate star wars? Or maybe it's a military control mindset. We can't have this Elon Musk take over the Universe and hold the world hostage for 1 million dollars. 

Let's see, ULA held a monopoly over military launches for over a decade, until SpaceX was awarded a GPS satellite contract to SpaceX earlier this year. 

That's right, on April 27th, The US Air Force awarded SpaceX an 83 million dollar contract to launch a GPS satellite. This contract effectively broke ULA's monopoly that Lockhead Martin and Boeing held for over a decade. 

If SpaceX rockets keep blowing up, then they would be in a great position to remonopolize, if that's even a word. 

By the way, the military GPS contract SpaceX won, won't be launched until May, 2018. 

ULA didn't even compete to win the contract. Their Atlas Rocket uses Russian-made engines. This has been an issue since Russia's annexation of Crimea. 

SpaceX successfully lobbied to ban the Russian engines. 

This opened up a huge market for them. 

By banning the Russian engines, ULA would have to use their Delta rockets. These would be 35% more expensive to launch than SpaceX rockets. 

The stage is set. ULA vs. SpaceX. 

Some think rivalry is healthy, and competition is good. Launching a drone to kill your competition however, would be lame, thus not likely. 

SpaceX may now have to mitigate a new risk for future launches. Sabotage from the competition, real or not. 

Drone defenses do exist. SkyDroner is a camera that can detect an approaching drone, and can hijack it mid flight, and land it. 

Of course, nobody is accusing anyone. This is just a story. It's an awesome story though... 

OK, so there is motive, money. 

How about Opportunity? 

ULA roof is line of sight... OK, enough about ULA, other than to say they've done a great job in supporting the US in space for 50 years. They have a strong code of ethics that would prevent them from engaging in anything like this. 

Besides, if it were sabotage, there are other suspects conspiracy theorists are pointing the finger at. 

Johny Depp, out of jealousy. Peter Thiel, from a grudge back in the Paypal days. Thanks for the leads Clair McNear. 

Jeff Besos could be a suspect. He recently exposed his rocket to prove his is bigger than Elon Musks. Jeff isn't keen on going to Mars. He thinks it's just another gravity well like earth. Getting into space is difficult enough without having to recreate the problem. He would rather see people live on space stations and mine asteroids. 

Anyways, it's interesting to speculate. The only thing we know for sure is that a new space race is brewing. 

China's space program is about to take advantage of an opportunity. The International Space Station is scheduled to retire in 2024. This would leave China with the only space station in orbit. 

Even though their first space station is about to rain down back to Earth, they plan to send more, with the goal of having a fully functional space station in 2024, right when the ISS retires. 

China's space station will be the combination of several modules, with several docking ports. They are planning to have a 20 tone module in orbit by 2022. If they succeed they will be the second nation since Russia, to have an orbiting station. 

Unlike the International Space Station, China isn't sharing much about the project. 

Whatever, the real stars are in the private sector anyways. 

Boeing's CEO said earlier this month that he plans on going toe to toe with newcomers such as billionaire Elon Musk in the next era of space exploration and commerce. 

He envisions a Jetson-Like future where space-travel happens between continents on Earth in under 2 hours. He also wants to go to Mars first. The race to space is on people. It's a safe bet that we are about to become a multi-planetary species. 

This race will open up space like never before. The solar system is going to become our new backyard. 

And, while the race is on to own the solar system, others are working on getting us to planets outside our solar system. 

Yuri Milner, a Billionaire Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist, dropped a $100 million dollars to fund Breakthrough Starshot. The goal is to send a bunch of micro drones to our neighbor star system, Alpha Centauri to hunt for Alien life. 

Using solar sails, they would be traveling at 20% the speed of light. This would allow the tiny drones to reach an exoplanet located there called Proxima Centauri B. 

This planet is orbiting it's sun in the habitable zone. And, a recent study from the University of Marseilles and the Carl Sagan Institute suggest it may be up to 50% water. 

Although the planet is similar to earth in size, it's much closer to it's sun. A solar year is 11 days. Imagine having a birthday every 11 days? 

It's sun is a red dwarf which is way smaller than our sun. It may appear in the sky as a permanent red sunset. It's unclear yet if it is rotating fast enough not to always have the same side facing it, but liquid water sounds possible. This also means that alien life could also possible exist on this water world. 

The only way to know for sure is to send our very own deep space drones. 

Aug 31, 2016

We are currently busy preparing for a Kickstarter launch. One of the requirements is to create a video. So, we are making a trailer by chiseling through past podcasts. It's interesting what happens to context when you remove supporting sentences. Please enjoy Episode 1, AI for everyone, sliced and diced, making it sound even more ominous than the original.


Photograph taken by Polimerek in MIT Museum during Wikimania 2006

Aug 26, 2016

We've taken our first step, made a choice to explore space. So how are we going to do this? We could build a really fast drone, slap a warp drive on it, and hit the launch button. It might take a few episodes, but let's explore that possibility. 
Another possibility is to use the tech that already exists. We have no budget, so what can we do for free? Oh yes, ask questions. Space exploration is about answering questions.
Let's see now what would be a good question? Got it! 
Are we alone?

Aug 22, 2016

So far we've explored Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Smart Manufacturing, Future Cities, self diving cars, and the mindset needed to create the future.

Since this is episode 10, a milestone so to speak, we are now going investigate how to get Deep Space Drones off the ground, and explore the possibility of actually launching drones into space.

Aug 20, 2016

Uber is launching driverless cars in Pittsburg later this month.

That’s right, if you pull out your smart phone Uber app, and summon a vehicle, you may find yourself stepping into a self-driving car.

Don’t worry, there will be a human there, supervising, for now.

Aug 18, 2016

Most people in Europe, the Americas, and Oceania live in cities.

In Africa and Asia, most people don't live in cities, but rather in rural areas.

All that is about to change. A massive population shift is expected, and billions of people will need a new place to live and work in cities.

Cities in emerging countries must learn how to cope with this mass migration of people.

City leaders are wondering how they can make this sustainable.

The future and availability of cities is a big deal.

Science, city builders, and managers must understand how to model cities as a living entity.

Big Data, machine learning, social media, and Internet of things all play a role.

Here's how...

Aug 8, 2016

Industry 4.0 includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing.

New smart factories are being created with cyber-physical systems that virtualize the real world into their own cyber-space. The machines themselves are taught to communicate with each other and make their own decisions.

In this episode, we deconstruct the fourth industrial revolution, look at the challenges they face, how to take advantage of the opportunities the industrial Internet of Things will bring, and how future automation came to be.


Jul 18, 2016

In this episode, we talk about the technology behind Pokémon GO, the success model it follows, the industries that will be disrupted, and the opportunities it will create.

Jul 13, 2016

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Matt Thomas is on the show from Canadian startup SimWave. They are VR tech gurus.

They’ve created what has got to be the closest thing to a time machine. They will send me back to 1917, in France at ground zero of the Vimy Ridge battle, a pivotal point in Canada's history, where Canadian soldiers burst onto the international scene and claimed a great victory against the Germans in WW1.

We also get into VR for 21st century warfare, some of the projects they are working on, challenges they face, and the strategy they use to overcome them.

There is some really good content here. If you looking to get into VR, or want to add it to a project your working on, these guys are the ones to talk to.

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Jul 4, 2016

You might think your mind is set, that you’re only so smart. But, what if you could choose to be more intelligent?

In this podcast, we get into how we can think to improve our performance, by switching from a fixed to a growth mindset.

This episode is sponsored by:

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Jun 21, 2016

VR has been a promise from the computer world for decades. It has finally arrived, and it's awesome.

Jun 9, 2016

In this episode we will go back in time to 1965. This is where Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, made a prediction, that would become known as Moore's Law.

This prediction has held well, and will continue for some time.

The impact is world changing.


Jun 7, 2016
What if I told you that “The development of FULL artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”?
AI is not the enemy, unless we make it that way.

It can help us solve some of the worlds biggest problems.

This episode is a little bit scary and fun at the same time.

My first crack at making a podcast...