yesterday, and yes, I found it the most impressive one, especially when the
guy kicks it and it recovers without falling.
They should've put a head on it, it's too weird to watch it moving without a
head, kinda of scary :-)
And that is in my opinion the biggest challenge for mobile robotics...
autonomy. Electrical power is in my opinion not appropriate for mobile
robotics, and gasoline is too messy and noisy.
I wonder if one day nuclear energy will be as safe and as known to be put
into a device the size of a AAA battery that could give energy for a robot
to move centuries non-stop. (ok, it's early in the morning, I'm still
Well, that's sort of the dream of cold fusion. While chemical reactions,
like combustion or batteries, is pretty efficient, atomic fusion or decay
should be more so.
What I'd like to see is a practical conversion from nuclear "radiation" to
electricity. We'd dig up all the discarded waste from power plants and pack
it into lead lined batteries packs. Sure, we'd also have to make a
container that couldn't be broken, but something having a half like
measured in hundreds or thousands of years, seems like a wasted power
It's called an "IsoMiTe"--NASA has been using them since the '60s.
If the half life is that long the amount of energy that can be derived in a
given time is quite small.
Fuel cells are likely to be far more satisfactory for most robotic uses.
I'm pretty sure it is in the form of particles and not waves, and yes, I
know that there are formula to represent virtually anything as either, but
I think it is more than that.
Right now, we are sort of primitive. We can only harness two types of
energy, heat and electronic force. We harness magnetism only in so much as
it creates movement of electrons. There are so many forms of energy for
which we may have ways of measuring them, but thus for can not harness
If a device like a Geiger counter could be constructed so that particle
impact, somehow, created sufficient electronic force, then it would be
possible to wrap atomic waste in such a device and have a virtually
perpetual energy source.
D'oh! And to think they've been using steam all these years in nuclear
Seriously, such an antenna would be nearly atomic in size because of the
wavelengths involved. Plus, the principle nuclear emission from spent
fuel rods is alpha particles, which don't travel far. The antenna
(antennas) would have be very close to the rod to be effective. Fuel
rods are known to turn cement casings into a spongy mass. Think how long
an antenna would last. It would just be yet another highly radioactive
material to dispose of.
But these are thermonic, which some people would say is not terribly
efficient. However, they do seem to have suited V'ger quite well. In a
few centuries, that blasted thing will come back to kill us all.
I've been researching technology, and the "WE" in the above
statement refers to society. Mass marketed technology. "they"
create a demand for the supply they've manufactured.
There is more information out there than "WE" know. Individuals
have developed technology that hasn't been marketed. It isn't
marketed because it threatens or or will destroy the current market
It isn't a conspiracy. It's called engineering of society.
How does a secret gain in size?
You drive a vehicle that has a gasoline powered
reciprocating engine. Do you know how long "we"
have had technology superior to this machine? It
lasted the lifetime of the inventor, then died with him.
Do you know that "we" almost had a DC electricity
distribution system? The idea was driven by the
industry leaders at the time.
Do you know that GE made the first refrigerator/freezers
as inefficient as possible, to increase sales of electricity?
Do you think that duracell, energizer would allow a "battery"
that lasted 10X as long as their products to be marketed?
Do you think that the oil/automotive manufacturing/repair
industry would allow a maintenance free, 10X more efficient
engine to be marketed?
New inventions are accepted by the established industry
only if they increase the demand for the products that are
currently being manufactured.
Machines that have a long lifetime (relative to current lifespans
of current machines) are unacceptable. If you build an umbrella
that lasts for 50 years, each person has to buy only one every
50 years. The umbrella company goes out of business.
If umbrellas are manufactured to break in a year, you can sell
one per year per person. The umbrella company thrives.
light bulbs, autos, shoes, clothing, paint, roads, all manufactured
to break, so you have to go get a new one.
is it a "huge" secret? Nope. Just something that most people don't
When we were hunter/gatherers, we worked as a tribe for about
4 hours a day to get our food. That leaves about 8 hours a day
for recreation, art, thought, invention.
Now we work 8 hours a day to get our food. What happened to
our free time? What does it get spent on?
The products that we MUST HAVE. Why must we have them?
because "they" tell us we must have them.
The individuals who have invented machines that threaten
the design of the society have been labeled "crackpots", crazy,
or just plain silly. We believe they are "crackpots" and that
the inventions they created are impossible, because that is what
we are told.
Whoever benefits most. The people who have us working 8
hours a day, who have us spending all of our time on their
Mass media. Newspapers, television, books, "gaps" between
"generations" of people.
How do you keep a secret? You either don't ever tell anyone about
it, or lie. If you don't tell anyone about it, it would be good to
dramatic stories to keep people thinking about something else. Or
invent engaging activities to keep people busy enough that they don't
have time to question the lies.
And this technology is?
Yes, that is well known, and in fact some localities in the US were running
DC as late as the mid '60s. What of it?
You've never been involved with the initial release of a new product have
you? At that point you don't know enough about how it's going to hold up
in service to be able to do that kind of fine tuning. In any case, GE
doesn't sell electricity so why would they do this?
You mean like methanol fuel cells?
They would bring it to market themselves if they could, but there is no such
thing so they can't. Or haven't you heard of CAFE?
I've never worn out an umbrella. I've lost many of them. Your scenario
makes a false assumption about the umbrella market.
So how does one make any of those things in such a manner that it won't
break? Sorry, but you're finding a conspiracy where there isn't one.
When were you a hunter-gatherer?
And yet somehow you have discovered all these secrets. Gee, seems that they
Mainly due to limited temperature differential. Internal combustion engines
are not terribly efficient either but they are nonetheless "practical".
The Russians used nuclear thermionic cells all over the place at one time
and there are people running around with nuclear powered pacemakers, so
it's certainly a "practical" technology.
I'll just comment on this one.
The main impetus behind a DC power grid was non other than Thomas
Edison. If there was ever anyone in history that people would listen to,
trust, and invest in, it was Edison and his companies. The fact that we
don't have a DC grid is based on pure economics that even a famous
inventor like Edison couldn't change: AC is cheaper to generate and
transmit than DC.
While I have no doubt there have been technologies developed and then
buried to keep the status quo, this wasn't one of them. The debate of AC
versus DC was well publicized at the time, and everyone who read the
paper knew about it.
In the united states, it is taught in gradeschool to highschool that
Franklin flew a kite with a key on it, and discovered electricity.
Then Edison made the lightbulb.
Who invented AC? We use it every day. We're taught that Ford
invented the automobile. We use them every day.
Who invented AC?
ask a high schooler.
The inventor isn't taught.
Edison is taught, and is taught to be a "wizard" of electricity. A
in the USA school system will probably tell you Franklin or Edison
What did Edison invent?
He was an entertainment invention improver... He improved
the motion picture machine, the phonograph. He took someone
else's idea (light bulb) and randomly tried different elements
until he found one that would last long.
his company manufactured the lightbulb in this form for a few
years before they figured out if they built them to break, people
would have to come back and buy more.
Who invented AC?
Why isn't it taught?
What else did he invent?
What else did he discover?
why is Edison, and entertainment machine improver, taught in USA school
system, and the inventor of AC power generation + transmission + AC
electric motor is forgotten?
Edison had the backing of the industry owners at the time.
He was a thief who stole other's ideas and claimed they were his own.
Read about these events in our history. Read where the money was at,
who was friends with the people that had the money?
Read about how the guys with the money accepted, and rejected new
Read about the things the schools didn't teach you.
Or not... it may be more comfortable for most people to believe
what information they are fed.