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I would like one of those for Christmas please ^^

I've always been fond of the related maglev technology, you may know it. The trains levitate from the ground or hang in the sky. The two main developers traditionally were Japanese and German. One aspect of this hi-speed travel that I think about is how we re-gain time. Travelling between two cities that are 120 miles apart in just 40 minutes, all you need is one book or an ipod, no need for packing cars etc. We lose less time with travel. We do more with less time.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/tra...glev-train.htm

A video of sitting on one of these:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/...i-maglev-video


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It appears that the 3D printing of gun parts in plastic has reached a significant stage due to New York city setting new regulations that makes it a crime for anyone other than a gun smith to do this,And they also need to apply for a licence to do so.This sets a new precedent in 3D printing which is likely to lead to a new establishment stage in the negative use of this new technology.I guess some might disagree with my opinions on gun law.I personally disagree with guns being in the hands of the public altogether, But i understand that there is an established nature for people to carry/have guns in the USA which goes back to the origins of the country.:http://www.prisonplanet.com/ understand that this is considered a human right in the southern states of the US.In the UK where i come from i consider myself fortunate that this is not so.But i fear for our future with this technology being used illegally in my country leading to guns coming onto our streets.
I suspect that the Transits of Pluto and Uranus in square aspect to each other will have a lot to do with this development,I especially suspect that Uranus has a lot to do with the internet development and distribution method of this new technology.And that this is similar to the way that the Arab Spring has been particularly involved in the development of the technology of social media via the internet,It also has a negative side which favors the more ruthless in our societies(Pluto).Time will tell how this develops

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Hi ptolomy - wonder if this one takes off?

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Flying bicycles for commuters
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Hi JUPITERASC

This one certainly will take off,In fact it already has as Electric batteries have now reached a stage where they can power an electric bike for a considerable time.I think an average charge will easily do 40 to 50 miles per charge averaging 30mph,which makes electric bicycles easily suitable for commuting to work and other average journeys http://www.stealthelectricbikes.com.au/.I think once electric bike prices become more reasonable then they will become very popular.Round my way you don't see them at all yet,Albeit the model i have just linked is a bit expensive.
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This one certainly will take off,In fact it already has as Electric batteries have now reached a stage where they can power an electric bike for a considerable time.I think an average charge will easily do 40 to 50 miles per charge averaging 30mph,which makes electric bicycles easily suitable for commuting to work and other average journeys
http://www.stealthelectricbikes.com.au/.I think once electric bike prices become more reasonable then they will become very popular.Round my way you don't see them at all yet,Albeit the model i have just linked is a bit expensive.
Hi ptolomy - apparently the current problem with electric bikes and cars is that manufacture of the battery/batteries creates pollution....

however at some stage someone may notice the Sun


World Solar Car Challenge
http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/

Electric Car Racing http://www.fia.com/news/los-angeles-...ric-car-racing
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What about the invention of creating "body parts" for human beings. Bionics have gotten so sophisticated in the past decade and the innovations are starting to occur faster and faster.

What about DNA discovery? Being able to check for inherited diseases is just the first part, maybe at some point, they can create an antibiotic specifically for the cancer in someone's body or "turn-off" a bad gene.

They have been growing skin for burn patients and now .. what about growing organs to replace lungs, livers, kidneys, hearts, using tissues from the person that will receive the organ. This would minimize any immune responses from the body "thinking it is being invaded by a foreign body".

Getting portable health monitors that check our body as we go about our normal routines could help prevent heart attacks from even happening by providing your medical stats to a database that has programs that check whether "everything is normal" and flag a doctor if something is amiss.

Uranus in Pisces brought so many medical innovations but, most people wouldn't think of them as inventions but, they are.

I'm excited about what Uranus in Aries will bring -- this will be another cycle of innovation, not just invention as Uranus steps though all the signs again. Where are the next steps -- probably space. They were talking about having a colony on the moon at some point in the future -- could that correspond to Uranus in Taurus ....
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Re: Invention - When did we Stop? Uranus Cycles

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The brief list of list of inventions appears to stop at 1990. If we're following the Uranus cycle, that's during the Capricorn transit, the structures of society. Why were inventions during the Aquarius transit so dull? I'm warmed to see big thinkers bring up this point, 'social web 2.0' a.k.a. Facebook, Spotify, Twitter etc. are not inventions on the same scale of revolution or as evident contributions to humans as the list at the top.
They are not dull, you just can't see them. Here are some interesting ones:

- Deep Belief Networks, about 2008. Their full potential has not yet blossomed, and to understand it's impact, you have to have enough understanding of how DBN works.
- Magnetic light "batteries", about 2010. That's a huge one, or will be.
- Bitcoins, 2008. This one is also huge, not because how it can replace conventional currency, but in what it can do that conventional currency cannot. It's only now, with the Uranus Square Pluto series that we'll start to see it come into play big time.
- Smartphone 2007. Though people might have argued that "smartphones" is not a real invention, that it had already existed, 2007 - 2008. The main thing is that for a the first time, a LARGE number of people carry a personal computer in their pocket. That's a huge shift in consciousness and the way people interact with the computing world.
- Cloud Computing, 2005 (specifically, the Xen Hypervisor and paravirtualization). That one had a huge impact, again, mostly invisible.
- Internet Browser, 1993. The internet wasn't invented in 1990, that was the ARPA project in the late 1970s (Pluto in Libra), along with intermodal containers (which had a huge impact on globalization)
- Complexity Theory, around 1990, thought it had been bubbling up since the late 1970s. It's from here you peer-to-peer, cloud, social networks, etc.
- Personal 3D Printers, maybe 2008, but they didn't really start tipping until 2012. This one is also huge. Where 3D printers are at now is where personal computers were at in 1980, and where the internet was in the mid-1990s. I guess those economists and philosophers have a big blind spot :-)
- Working quantum computing processor, 2012. Probably the biggest one of them all. It's not just another computer.

Those big thinkers you are talking about forgot another big thinker of the 20th century: Buckminster Fuller. He talked about the ephemeralization of technology, that is, technology tends to get smaller and smaller until it becomes invisible. Once it becomes invisible to the mainstream, it evolves faster.

You gotta dig a little deeper.

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They are not dull, you just can't see them. Here are some interesting ones:

- Deep Belief Networks, about 2008. Their full potential has not yet blossomed, and to understand it's impact, you have to have enough understanding of how DBN works.
- Magnetic light "batteries", about 2010. That's a huge one, or will be.
- Bitcoins, 2008. This one is also huge, not because how it can replace conventional currency, but in what it can do that conventional currency cannot. It's only now, with the Uranus Square Pluto series that we'll start to see it come into play big time.
- Smartphone 2007. Though people might have argued that "smartphones" is not a real invention, that it had already existed, 2007 - 2008. The main thing is that for a the first time, a LARGE number of people carry a personal computer in their pocket. That's a huge shift in consciousness and the way people interact with the computing world.
- Cloud Computing, 2005 (specifically, the Xen Hypervisor and paravirtualization). That one had a huge impact, again, mostly invisible.
- Internet Browser, 1993. The internet wasn't invented in 1990, that was the ARPA project in the late 1970s (Pluto in Libra), along with intermodal containers (which had a huge impact on globalization)
- Complexity Theory, around 1990, thought it had been bubbling up since the late 1970s. It's from here you peer-to-peer, cloud, social networks, etc.
- Personal 3D Printers, maybe 2008, but they didn't really start tipping until 2012. This one is also huge. Where 3D printers are at now is where personal computers were at in 1980, and where the internet was in the mid-1990s. I guess those economists and philosophers have a big blind spot :-)
- Working quantum computing processor, 2012. Probably the biggest one of them all. It's not just another computer.

Those big thinkers you are talking about forgot another big thinker of the 20th century: Buckminster Fuller. He talked about the ephemeralization of technology, that is, technology tends to get smaller and smaller until it becomes invisible. Once it becomes invisible to the mainstream, it evolves faster.

You gotta dig a little deeper.
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They are not dull, you just can't see them. Here are some interesting ones:

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You gotta dig a little deeper.
Yes, the fact that other people; some investors, economists, intellectuals also agree demonstrates I'm hardly alone here...

The premise is important, it is not that progress in many areas isn't being made, but that the world-changing (immediate change, not prospective change) that ripped through the world at the onset of past inventions hasn't happened, as many people set as their reference point - since 1990, with the World Wide Web. You could list 5,000 signs of progress, but that would still miss the point.

I think many of the developments in science and technology that people listed are indeed great technologies, I have no doubt that some of them will fully come to fruition and change the world. I'm a tech geek - so I do indeed like to embrace them. But only when they change the world they become great inventions I think. Maglev (magnetic levitation) is a few decades old, but is only being adopted in new, major infrastructual projects around the world now. It levitates trains and more, entirely off the ground. Perhaps the junction of crossing from promising technology/invention to greatness is worldwide adoption and mass-society usefulness. Maybe, by that definition, smartphones are a viable successor to the World Wide Web. I may be convinced of that one now.

I suspect that with smartphones we really have just begun. Smartphones and tablets look like the gateway to 'information everywhere, all of the time'. Has anyone seen Google's internet balloons? Portable internet for a city or nation, possibly of great use after natural disasters and infrastructural failures.

Google internet balloons
http://www.gizmag.com/google-project-loon/27955/

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The premise is important, it is not that progress in many areas isn't being made, but that the world-changing (immediate change, not prospective change) that ripped through the world at the onset of past inventions hasn't happened, as many people set as their reference point - since 1990, with the World Wide Web. You could list 5,000 signs of progress, but that would still miss the point.
I understand your point and I disagree. I'm not talking about "signs of progress". Each of those things I listed are world-changing; it's just not obvious.
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......any one remember about 4 or 5 years ago of talk about devices that could make military vehicles invisible to the naked eye?

Strange how so many new ideas appear through military design 1st.In my opinion its to do with more money being put into designing for the military.
'.The soldier's helmet of the near future may contain something more than extra protection from flying shrapnel

An Arizona State University researcher, working under a grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is trying to develop a military helmet equipped with technology to regulate soldiers' brains. The technology is transcranial pulsed ultrasound, which delivers high-frequency sound waves to specific regions of the brain. Under the influence of these sound waves, neurons send impulses to their targets, exerting control over them. On the battlefield, this has enormous implications....'



'.Using a controller, a soldier could release ultrasound pulses to stimulate different areas of the brain. For example, he or she might want to be more alert after being awake for many hours or relax when it's time to rest. The soldier might even be able to relieve stress or become oblivious to pain, eliminating the need for morphine and other narcotics. Some people think this type of neurotechnology is pure science fiction. Others worry Uncle Sam is attempting taking over the minds of soldiers....'
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Sorry i didnt reply earlier,Ive been in hospital almost a week.
Yes JUPITERASC,As usual,the army gets the development of the new idea,It reminds me of a few more that are very apparent at the moment.The drone appears to be developing very fast,Not just the flying types.But ive been told that tethered Ground based drone soldiers are likely to become more advanced in the USA in the very near future,I've not confirmed this from my own research yet but it wouldn't surprise me.The same source told me that the autonomous untethered ground drone/soldier was not far behind in development.
I guess this device could be put to more important useful purpose for humanity in rescues where it was too dangerous for people to venture.Ie collapsed mines?
Its a shame mankind's development of new ideas is not more initially more positive.But i suppose starting with the military needs is better than not developing the idea at all.
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I guess this device could be put to more important useful purpose for humanity in rescues where it was too dangerous for people to venture.Ie collapsed mines?
Or cleaning up and sealing the Fukushima reactors. I've been hearing that it has not been completely sealed, and people have been irradiated in the region.
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Yes JUPITERASC,As usual,the army gets the development of the new idea,

It reminds me of a few more that are very apparent at the moment.The drone appears to be developing very fast,Not just the flying types.But ive been told that tethered Ground based drone soldiers are likely to become more advanced in the USA in the very near future,I've not confirmed this from my own research yet but it wouldn't surprise me.The same source told me that the autonomous untethered ground drone/soldier was not far behind in development.
I guess this device could be put to more important useful purpose for humanity in rescues where it was too dangerous for people to venture.Ie collapsed mines?
Its a shame mankind's development of new ideas is not more initially more positive.

But i suppose starting with the military needs is better than not developing the idea at all
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Perhaps. Although may I add - JMO not necessarily?

'....Each year, the Pentagon sets aside billions of dollars to develop top-secret military weapons. This so-called "black budget" has grown tremendously, surpassing even the funds spent at the height of the Cold War.

Some of that money has gone toward the development of nano air vehicles (NAVs), remote-controlled micro-drones that could easily infiltrate enemy territory. We all know how the U.S. military has used larger drones to conduct reconnaissance, transport supplies and even target individuals. Unfortunately, the larger attack drones, such as the MQ-1 Predator, can result in unwanted civilian casualties.....'


'....Lockheed Martin's Samarai micro-drone could solve that problem.

Weighing a mere 5.29 ounces (150 grams) and boasting a 12-inch (30-centimeter) wingspan, the Samarai looks like a maple-seed whirligig, except this one comes with a miniature jet engine to provide thrust and a tiny flap on the trailing edge of the wing to control direction. In the near future, this nature-inspired micro-drone will snap photos using a camera mounted on the gadget's central hub. But the longer-term goals are to turn the Samarai or other similar micro-drones into armed attack vehicles capable of killing a single individual with little or no collateral damage [source: Weinberger]....'
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I think that there are many factors that reduce the development of new inventions that are almost insurmountable,The UK being traditionally a very inventive country is severely effected by one of them,The fact that as soon as someone here invents something new it is copied by other countries,Especially China,There is presently no way of stopping this and consequently many designers here see no point in attempting to develop new ideas here.There is no world wide copyright law so many ideas are not released as the country of origin is not a beneficiary of financial reward.
In a similar vein because there is little worldwide law to control countries that wont comply with other countries needs in development of new ideas and concepts Many countries see little point in introducing environmental controls like controlling air and sea pollution as this needs world wide agreement to work.
Until there is worldwide cooperation between all countries we have massive problems on reversing worldwide pollution.It only takes one or more countries not to comply with world wide law and others efforts are ruined.So we need a lot more cooperation worldwide before we can move on with very important inventions for our worldwide survival.
I think that worldwide governance needs to become much more cooperative before we can begin to design the new ideas that are needed for the survival of humanity 'Worldwide'.Because this is a serious dilemma that needs the immediate development of new ideas i like to think that humanity has got to the point where it recognizes the need for cooperation or we are toast.I also like to think that people/governance worldwide recognizes that we need to make products that will last so that WE can get on with more pressing priorities like food production/consumption,Weather,environment,power consumption/source etc.I think we seriously need to prioritize worldwide.
The design and manufacture of titillating devices needs to be reduced,We are drowning in such things as cars,flat screen TV's,new kitchens and the effluence from their manufacture and recycling.
I like to hope that as with the beginnings of individual cooperation on the web through social media,That something else might shift in communication devices that affects worldwide governance cooperation leading to worldwide design and manufacture cooperation and a new age for humankind.
Until our worldwide governance stops behaving like lemmings we have little hope of development of ideas that are pressing for development so that humanity can survive the environmental changes that coincidentally came from the consequences of the industrial revolution.
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Theres a very good example on the BBC news presently how the government of one country is put under pressure by another countries need for more production and profits.Japan was asked today by our British Prime minister,David Cameron,How it would respond if Britain pulled out of the European Common Market,Japan in response warns that it would pull out of production in the UK.This would have catastrophic consequences for Britain as a lot of employment in the north relies on Japanese manufacturers,Especially car manufacture by such companies like Toyota,Nissan,Etc which use the cheap labour of a relatively poor labour market compared to the rest of the EU as a centralized production point to distribute Japanese cars to the rest of Europe.Japan would be taxed quite heavily exporting to the EU if Britain was not a member of the EU.
I think this serves as a good example of how present development,manufacture and distribution of Cars.And how the various governments behave in a competitive negative way towards each other is very non productive and dangerous for all of our futures.Somehow world manufacture of important products needs to be cooperatively rather than competitively organised.
In a similar way World wide warfare needs to be discoraged and stopped.The UK is also a bad example of a weapon manufacturing country that distributes this evil equipment worldwide.We don't need to encourage warfare between countries. In fact a ban on all weapon production needs to be enforced in my opinion.
What can i say that's encouraging?Very little.Our governments are so far away from where we need to be for the survival of humanity that its very difficult to see a future of positive development of new inventions that would help our situation.
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Theres a very good example on the BBC news presently how the government of one country is put under pressure by another countries need for more production and profits.

Japan was asked today by our British Prime minister,David Cameron,How it would respond if Britain pulled out of the European Common Market, Japan in response warns that it would pull out of production in the UK.

This would have catastrophic consequences for Britain as a lot of employment in the north relies on Japanese manufacturers,Especially car manufacture by such companies like Toyota, Nissan, Etc which use the cheap labour of a relatively poor labour market compared to the rest of the EU as a centralized production point to distribute Japanese cars to the rest of Europe. Japan would be taxed quite heavily exporting to the EU if Britain was not a member of the EU.

I think this serves as a good example of how present development, manufacture and distribution of Cars. And how the various governments behave in a competitive negative way towards each other is very non productive and dangerous for all of our futures.Somehow world manufacture of important products needs to be cooperatively rather than competitively organised.
Hi ptolomy, in the interests of highlighting I paragraphed your comment to draw attention to the individual points you have made and it certainly does seem clear that what passes for 'International Trade' is simply a form of 'coercion and manipulation by government'

Yet voters consistently vote in governments that coerce and manipulate in this fashion

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In a similar way World wide warfare needs to be discouraged and stopped. The UK is also a bad example of a weapon manufacturing country that distributes this evil equipment worldwide.We don't need to encourage warfare between countries. In fact a ban on all weapon production needs to be enforced in my opinion.

What can i say that's encouraging? Very little. Our governments are so far away from where we need to be for the survival of humanity that its very difficult to see a future of positive development of new inventions that would help our situation.
France exports weaponry, as do other European nations as well as other nations worldwide.

The question occurs to one that no matter which government is voted in whether the results remain the same.

Useful inventions for example are suppressed/not noticed or possibly ignored by governments who could easily step in and fund the manufacture
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I think some difficult questions are raised and I think they absolutely effect invention. I don't know if I considered China in my previous points. I don't completely reject the Chinese system on intellectual property, but it certainly does conflict with that of the West. Though, I see too many instances of patent abuse and 'monetisation' of ideas that makes me very unhappy with our (Western, that's where I currently live!) methods of managing the commercialisation of good ideas.

In college they told us that this is why Ikea didn't make a profit in the first ten years of it's operation in China - competitors walked in, picked up a catalogue, replicated items they liked and undercut them. This might infuriate commercial-minded Westerners, but one good side of this as a consumer is more competition. It's tricky indeed.

That's a fascinating condundrum regarding Japan and Britain in the EU. I can totally understand this as a non-personal decision by Japan and yet it's very person for Britain as it's currently considering it's future. The only other English speaking country in the EU is Ireland, but somehow I don't see Japan setting up shop there.
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Has there been any great inventions since the Internet?
Are you serious?

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It has been on my mind for some time that we're living in a bit of an 'uneventful' time for invention.
Uh, you're over-whelmed with inventions.

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When we think of invention in the last ten years, 'social web 2.0' a.k.a. Facebook and Twitter seem to pale into absolute insignificance. These could be utilised for disease control and more as pillars of democracy against an inhuman government, but the former only offers good potential and the latter perhaps has more to do with society than the sparkling brilliance of invention.
You might want to rethink that...it isn't "social net-working"....it's social tethering...by government.

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Consider this list:

1804 - Steam Railway
1876 - Telephone
1878 - Light bulb
1903 - Aeroplane
1928 - Television, penicillin
1981 - Space shuttle
1940 - Colour television
1990 - World Wide Web
It's wrong.

I was using the internet in the early 1980s....since the internet was invented in the early 1970s.

CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) Technology? I was using that in the 1980s too....even though none of you were using it until Sprint Telecom came along with its CDMA wire-less network in the 1990s.

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This list is clearly not exhaustive.
But it is highly subjective.

A pharmaceutical invention saved my sister's life, but according to you, the invention is valueless and of no worth, since only ~1 Million people out of the 6.6 Billion people on Earth would need to use that drug.

There is no obligation for an invention to benefit the masses in order to be of value or have impact.

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Economist Robert Gordon seems to agree. He poses the dilemma of having to choose all of the inventions up until the year 2003 or everything since. He presents this idea, because he also believes human inventions in recent times has been nothing short of dull. Mr. Gordon suggests that we don't take invention has seriously as we used to, such as through adequate investment, albeit he argues from his country's perspective financially.
He is dumber than a box of rocks.

Wanna guess what this is...17,006,794 ?

That is the number of patent applications in the US from 1901 to 2002.

This...6,749,126 ....is the number of patent applications in the US since 2003...through December 2012.

That does not include the number of foreign entities filing for patent protection in the US.

Gosh, it took me a whole 38 seconds to search the internet for the US Patent Office, rip the data and make Gordon look like the buffoon he really is.

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Where is this in the skies?
Nowhere.

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From the modern perspective, we would looks to Uranus.
Please....the logic is indefensible (not to mention totally absent).

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If we look to Uranus cycles, I wonder when did invention seem to slow down? The non-exhaustive list that I briefly compiled ends at 1990.

Uranus in Capricorn - 1988-1996
Uranus in Aquarius - 1996-2003
Uranus in Pisces - 2003-2010
Uranus in Aries - 2010-2019
I already debunked that by proving that the pace of inventions has not slowed:

1990: 274,791 US Patent Applications (excluding foreign applications)
2012: 852,729 US Patent Applications (excluding foreign applications)

Tell Professor Ding-Dong I charge $750/hour to teach research skills to pseudo-academicians.

Uranus has nothing to do with inventions. If you want, you can look at Mercury, Venus, Mars & Saturn (depending on the nature of the invention).

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Is there any argument that there is another planet involved? Is there a Uranus - Pluto, Uranus - Neptune cycle?
No.

However, I will tell you something that Professor Moron doesn't understand:

Necessity is the Mother of Invention.

Things are invented, because they are needed.

No one invents things that are not needed.

Aren't you one of the Queen's subjects?

What, you never seen The Secret Life of Machines or Connections?

Those two programs are the bomb, and James Burke is "Da Man."

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Lanier discusses the hopes and aspirations and tantilising excitement in the early internet days, and how a few decades later, he and other 'old-timers' are gravely disappointed at the 'de-volvement of the internet' with 'social seb 2.0'.
Gosh, who didn't see that coming?

That's what happens when idiots sit in their Ivory Towers for too long.

It's really hard to understand the world, when one is insulated from it, and has no connection to it.

It's not a "social web" rather it's a "social tether" ...it's classic Pavlovian Conditioning......and only a blithering idiot couldn't see that government would pervert it and take control of it. It's no different than Americans and their stupid bottled water.....they're too dumb and dense to realize they are being conditioned so that they won't blink an eye when private corporations take over their water supplies....since they will have been conditioned and used to buying water from private corporations...they won't resist.

By the way, how is control of the water supply by private corporations such as Coca-Cola and McDonald's working out for everyone in India?

This might not be true in other States, but in the United States and certain others, the internet is a means of giving people the illusion that they are connected and enfranchised and participating, when in fact they disconnected, disenfranchised and not participating.
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Have you not learnt how to control your ego yet?It appears to me that you are a bot because this part of you is running you unconsciously,But your oblivious of this fact and consequently you are unconsciously imposing your negativity on others,When in fact this is your problem,You should learn how to look critically at your self before you impose your unconscious negative nature on people you disagree with.And i also suggest that you take a second look at the trans personal planets ;Uranus,Neptune and Pluto,They will show you where your problem is.Refusing to move with new astrological developments is a very ignorant stance,Most likely from an egotistical position i think.
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A pharmaceutical invention saved my sister's life, but according to you, the invention is valueless and of no worth, since only ~1 Million people out of the 6.6 Billion people on Earth would need to use that drug.
Well, as was mentioned several times before, by great inventions I'm referring to world-changing inventions of mass effect. Therefore, every other useful invention doesn't lose value but isn't what's being discussed.

To be fair, the dismissal of qualified, experienced professionals (academics, economists, technologists etc.) is also highly subjective.
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Billionaire and Pay Pal founder Elon Musk unveils plans for Hyperloop transport link between Los Angeles and SanFranCisco
:http://www.theguardian.com/technolog...loop-transport

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^^ I've been thinking about that invention for a few days now. I think it's probably a bit of fantasy. I don't understand why he wouldn't use an existing advanced technology like maglev (magnetic levitation) trains or one of the many super high-speed trains available. That is a massive investment for a new technology. It hasn't been deployed anywhere else in the world has it? Though, once in a while, a technologist pulls these wild ideas off - Richard Branson is one of them.
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^^ I've been thinking about that invention for a few days now. I think it's probably a bit of fantasy. I don't understand why he wouldn't use an existing advanced technology like maglev (magnetic levitation) trains or one of the many super high-speed trains available. That is a massive investment for a new technology. It hasn't been deployed anywhere else in the world has it? Though, once in a while, a technologist pulls these wild ideas off - Richard Branson is one of them.
Hi byjove

I think you will find this article will explain a lot of the pros and cons of travelling at 4,000 mph in a vacuum.
http://www.gizmag.com/terraspan-vacu...a-fast/23267/I recommend reading the "Comments"
If i was to design it i would have 2 tunnels beside each other,With up-line damage sensors,so if the track you were on had a loss of vacuum ahead,then you would be gently switched via a long diagonal tunnel to the other tunnel.That way you would not lose any speed.The biggest problem with this idea is construction cost.There has been an appreciable increase in tubular tunnel boring in recent years,Most of the tunnels cut through the mountains in recent years where i live were initially tubular,Also in the UK we have the Channel Tunnel which was cut this way.I suspect tubular tunnel boring speed has been increasing considerably in recent years.
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The beginning of it all i think :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_railway
The Atmospheric Railway,Some of them ran for up to a year,But ultimately the materials were inadequate for example leather being used for air tight seals which was coated in tallow to keep it supple,Unfortunately this was a good food source for Rats which ate holes in the leather.
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