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Fed up of driving yourself. Don’t mind it’s all gonna change soon

By 2025, Self-Driving Trucks Will Be Cruising Down Our Highways

The truck drivers of the future may not drive much at all. A new self-driving truck from Daimler takes care of pretty much everything on the highway, so after pulling onto the road and pushing a button, a driver can swivel away from the steering wheel, turn on a tablet, and work on something else.

Not only is the system less stressful and more interesting for the driver–who otherwise might spend 10 or 11 hours on a monotonous journey that demands constant attention–it virtually eliminates the possibility of accidents.

“In the future, accidents caused by human error will therefore be substantially a thing of the past,” Daimler writes in a statement. “Machines make fewer mistakes than people, their attention never lapses, and they do not react emotionally or depending on mood and fitness level.”

A network of cameras and sensors around the truck identify lane markings, recognize pedestrians and other vehicles, and can even read traffic signs. As other self-driving cars and trucks join the road, they’ll be able to communicate automatically back and forth, so traffic flows at the optimum speed–helping ease traffic jams and save a substantial amount of fuel.

In Germany, where Daimler is based, the number of trucks on the road has grown by 80% over the last two decades, and in the EU overall, truck transport may double again by 2050. The new trucks are designed to help ease the pain of that traffic, and possibly attract more drivers to a job that isn’t currently seen as prestigious.

“Drivers will no longer be ‘truckers,’ but rather ‘transport managers’ in an attractive mobile workplace offering scope for new professional skills,” Daimler writes.

The new truck, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was recently tested on a stretch of the Autobahn, disguised in a black-and-white foil wrapper that hid its shape from others on the road. There are legal and political issues to sort out before it can be in use; if people are afraid of self-driving cars, it’s likely they might be even more resistant to the idea of 80,000 pound trucks barreling down the road with no one at the wheel.

Still, Daimler expects it will be in use in a decade, and on the technical side, it could be ready to go in as little as five years. “This short time period means this: Truck drivers currently aged around 50 will become familiar with autonomous driving during their professional lives,” Daimler writes. “For all younger drivers it will one day become a day-to-day part of professional life.”

Self driven trucks. I don’t know if I should be spellbound for it or debate against it. I don’t know if I should appreciate technology or go crying about the laziness which is coming near to take over mankind. A boon or a curse, it’s yet to be decided. A progress to glory or a step ahead to reach the verge of automation?

Ritualistic meals with your family.

PHOTOGRAPHER MIHO AIKAWA EXPLORES HOW THE EVENING MEAL IS EVOLVING IN TWO OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CITIES.
“Having dinner isn’t just about eating food, or even about nutrition,” Aikawa says. “It reveals so many aspects of our lives, much more than lunch or even breakfast would. And because dinnertime is usually private, it uniquely reveals a part of a person’s lifestyle.”

In Aikawa’s photos, dinner is the hinge around which the demands of socialization, nutrition, and work are evoked.

  • In one photo, a musician in Brooklyn eats noodles with chopsticks at 1:20 a.m., while browsing the Internet on his MacBook. 
  • In Jackson Heights, New York, Aikawa photographs a Myanmar monk as he enjoys a 12-course meal at 11 a.m., one hour before he must (per his religion) avoid eating for the rest of the day. 
  • A Shibuya hairdresser shares dinner with an employee from a bento box brought to him by his wife. 
  • And on New York’s Upper West Side, a mother feeds her nine-month-old daughter as they share a meal with the baby’s grandparents–in Boston–over Skype. 

To Aikawa, all of these photos, though inherently private, tell a “precious story.” 

PEOPLE TEND TO GET SO BORED WITH THEIR DAILY LIVES, BUT I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE JUST OVERLOOKING THE MANY TREASURED THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN OUR PRIVATE MOMENTS.

  “People tend to get so bored with their daily lives, but I believe that we are just overlooking the many fun, exciting, surprising, and treasured things that happen in our private moments,” she says. “My photos are voyeuristic, but my attempt is to capture and convey the subtle and important moments that so often pass us by, in our daily lives.”

Although she photographs dinners in two of the world’s major metropolises, Aikawa says there are more differences than similarities in the way that people from New York and Tokyo take their meals. For one, New York has more racial diversity, which results in a far richer palette of different cuisines, rituals, and experiences than in Tokyo. In addition, Aikawa says she finds that Japanese people tend to be more shy about being in front of the camera than New Yorkers are. But the bigger theme, which Aikawa’s photography brings home, is that the ritual of dinner itself is far more important than the food.

“Well Amazingly said from her heart, Aikawa is more than true in saying that the ritual of dinner is far more important than the food. Meal time brings a break in the fast moving tired lives of people. They can relax and have something for themselves instead of just buzzing around here and there. Well whatever it maybe Aikawa has brought out an amazing truth in front of us and I heartedly accept that. ” says me.

Undiscovered Discoveries.

Each day more discoveries are being made by researchers and scientists all over the world. Some of these discoveries are unexplained with our current level of technology and understanding. Check out what I’m talking about yourself and write your views in the comments.

Check these out and let me know in the comments which topic you find to be the most interesting!

10. The Taos Hum- An unexplained Humming Noise. This strange noise confuses locals and scientists. What could be causing it? Why do only %2 of the people in the area notice this sound?

9. Sea of Galilee – Cone-shaped Underwater Monument. Weighs 60,000 tons and built over 6000 years ago. What could be its purpose & is this another sacred site?

8. Antikthera Mechanism – Ancient Clockwork Computer. Thought to be built in 150 B.C. and can be used to calculate the movement of planets? Were devises this this used to build sacred sites and or guide our ancestors?

7. Paleodictyon Nodosum – Mysterious creature in the Atlantic that creates perfectly hexagonal burrows. What could be causing these strange patterns? More awesome sacred geometry?

6. Godzillus Fossil – Fossil found that can’t be identified as a plant or animal. Could this be evidence of extraterrestrial or an undiscovered type of life?

5. The Upsweep- Unidentified noise coming from the Pacific Ocean. Scientists have tried to place the noises but have yet to pinpoint a source. What could be causing these sounds?

4. The Placebo Effect- Sugar Pills can relieve Pain and remove symptoms of major illnesses. Scientists are still not sure how the mind is able to do this. How powerful is mind over matter. What could this mean for the pharmaceutical companies?

3. Dark Flow – An unknown Force pushes matter through the universe at breakneck speeds. Scientists are not sure how or why. It appears that the source of the force is beyond the reaches of the observable universe. Is this a force we could tap into?

2. Kepler 78b – A planet similar to Earth in size and density is so close to its star that it orbits the star every 8.5 hours. The heat from the star shouldn’t allow for a planet to form that close. Does this change our understanding of planet creation?

1. The Naga Fireballs – Fireballs rise up from a river in Thailand each October. A must see that I am adding to my bucket-list! Orbs? What could be causing this interesting phenomenon? Check out the video to see what the legend about it says!

This just goes to show that there is so much more going on in this world than we thought. Its exciting to know that there is always something new and interesting to learn and explore.

By this we also learn a lesson that we can never master anything. There always something new to find and do.


 

“Learn from each thing you strike with. Teach to every person you meet with. Do whatever you want with the tools you have right whenever you want.”


CERN – Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or European Council for Nuclear Research

What is the universe made of? How did it start? Physicists at CERN are seeking answers, using some of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.

The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 21 member states.

The name CERN

The name CERN is derived from the acronym for the French “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire”, or European Council for Nuclear Research, a provisional body founded in 1952 with the mandate of establishing a world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe. At that time, pure physics research concentrated on understanding the inside of the atom, hence the word “nuclear”.

Today, our understanding of matter goes much deeper than the nucleus, and CERN’s main area of research is particle physics – the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the forces acting between them. Because of this, the laboratory operated by CERN is often referred to as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics.

Well well well, the questions are :-

  • Can they do it ? (Academically for the sake of knowledge of our universe)
  • Can they beat NASA ?(Competition)
  • Has NASA gotten outdated ?
  • Is it becoming the new NASA ?
  • What can they really do ?

These questions can never be answered because you have to judge them for yourself. So come on now and start visualizing things yourself.