Drones to roam America’s skies by 2015

What are these Drones and why is there sudden major hustle and bustle AGAIN about them as of current time?

From a technology perspective, unmanned aircraft, especially the self-piloted kind, are in no doubt awesome. These unmanned aerial systems or Drones are used by the government of America a few years back and have served the government at a large amount. Here’s a recap of what these robots have done and are still at it as of present time: it have served as a game changer in many aspects in the past years, especially for men and women who were and are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. These systems have provided troops which much important eyes in the sky and have taken fight to the enemy, eliminate some of the most deadly Al Qaeda terrorists. These drones also are to thank for for increasing the United States of America’s capabilities to secure the countries’ borders and aid first respondents.It began as a possibility back in the year 2004 where US Customs and Borders Protection began looking at using Drones. Fast forward to current time. For the record, CBP owns ten UAS aircraft which are used to surveil  tunnels of smuggling of drugs, and assist with the deployment of National Guard resources to local flooding. CBP has flown missions in support of Texas Rangers, US Forest Service, FBI, Border Patrol and others. These unmanned aerial systems have become a force multiplier for military operations and border security.

News have up about these Drones again as of present time. Why is that? The United States of America is now on the edge of a new horizon for Drones are to be officially used within their homeland instead of just foreign lands. It is expected to take off officially two years from now (2015). In 2012, there are about 200 active Certificates of Authorization issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to over 100 different entities, such as law enforcement departments and academic institutions, to fly drones domestically. By Sept. 30, 2015, drones will have to have access to U.S. airspace that is currently reserved for piloted aircraft. This applies to military, commercial and privately owned drones — so it could mean a major increase in unmanned aircraft winging through our airspace. That’s airspace to be shared with airliners, cargo planes and small private aircraft.

With Obama as president again and these drones under his wing, what are some reactions of people especially American citizens?

Unmanned aircraft are going to be a huge part of the future of aviation, but with great technology comes great ethical responsibility. With Obama as president again and these Drones under his wing, what are the reaction of people regarding this unmanned air crafts roaming the skies of their homeland?

“We want more drones, but we want fewer shadow wars. Let’s develop a legal, ethical framework for ensuring that the precedents you set in your second term put us on a path for responsible use of unmanned systems technology. The rest of the world isn’t terribly far behind the U.S. in drone capabilities, and others are going to look at the example you set for how best to deploy it.”
Clay Dillow, contributing writer of PopSci

“American public are just frightened frankly about the use of UAS possibly have invasion of their privacy invasions of their civil rights.” ~Rep. Paul Broun

“The privacy dangers posed by drones are unprecedented in scope and current privacy law is not equipped to deal with them, surveillance drones may soon be in the lives of everyday American citizens if police are allowed to use them with no judicial oversight or privacy protections.” ~Trevor Timm

 

by Kim Perez

The Future of Humanity: The Aftershock of Evolution

After man, who’s next?

Did the question ever struck your thought on what will happened to the future of humanity. Given the complexities of this common period, are we yet to evolve?

Evolution in a plain sense means continuous process changing form simple to complex or simply turning to a better sate. Man’s evolutionary trace is founded on the idea that humans descend from apes. Then this ape turns to a man through various external changes in the course of time. This process, as what Charles Darwin coins, is Natural Selection. The one who fits with the nature is the one who is most likely to survive the next generation. Therefore, it is humans who adopt the order of nature. By adaptation, we change biologically to cope with the natural standard. Until now evolution does not cease to end its job. It is still a living machine that is meant to changes us.

Experts have been dealing with this Darwinian thought. A lot of theories came in to define the dilemma surrounding man’s evolution. But between and among these theories comes the Charles Darwin of our age – Chip Walter. He filled the words in AllThingsHuman.net and www.chipwalter.com. He also writes for Slate, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. His latest book “Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story Of How and Why We Survived,” shares simple but astonishing views on the evolution next door. The book was available last February 29, 2013.

One of the book’s arguments is that Natural Selection will mutate man as it mutated the previous living things. And that it doesn’t end. Humans, as the last apes standing, are not exempt from biological alterations. But adaptation will not be initiated by nature. In this contemporary era, technology shares the role of mutating humans. It begins form the very food we eat to the gadgets we use.

“In ourselves we may finally have me our match: an evolutionary force to which even we cannot adapt.”

 

  • Chip Walter

Man, as rational animals, are highly creative most especially on their needs and wants. We are holistic animals with formidable mental faculties, innate emotions and compact physique. We have been busy changing the earth. But every action equates to different consequences. Man’s creations cause many consequences including the very end of our human existence.

Aside from the technology that will stirs the alteration of human. Stress comes in as a psychological factor which may change the biological structure of humans gradually.

Gradual change to due to technology will commence. Man will change artificially change due to genetic engineering. These new forms of man are called transhumanists. They will transcend the boundaries that we have now including our current biological constraints. They are the next versions of human. Their capacities go beyond the normal speed, strength and other human qualities. Walter also underscored that blood especially its hemoglobin may be commercialized and be set as a commodity needed for survival. The male and female species will be passé. Man’s reproductive identity will be futile; meaning our capacity to produce offspring will be less possible. The creation of humans will be on genetic centers.

Asteroid collision and global cataclysms will not only be the threat to humanity but even our very own creations. It is in these future events that we are changed and an artificial natural selection is established. This clearly modifies the order of natural selection by which man has been used to adopt with. Vividly, it is man’s invention gives birth to consequences that threaten the humanity’s existence.

The book provides an innovative approach to continue the perspectives of Darwin. It draws a modern essence on man’s future evolution.

by Ian Harvey A. Claros

Awaken Inside A Dream

Have you ever seen a monster? Been chased by someone you fear? Or meet someone from a far place? Probably, every question above-mentioned is possible in your dreams. Dreams are these unlimited and involuntary shuttering of imageries while sleeping or unconscious. It is a human experience that whets everyone’s interest. Amazingly, this human experience is not just exclusive to us. It extends to certain types of birds and most of the mammals, here the animal kingdoms hares some commonality.

Dream takes a toll on the man’s interest. In fact, there is a study centered on dreams–oneirology. The interpretation of dreams even took created a great faction between world’s most prominent psychologists namely Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

There recognizable characteristics of dreams that carry a lot of us. Dreams are more like a pantomime or silent movies. It composes more of images than scent, taste or sound. You are more likely to see yourself flying or falling than hear your roommates talking.

A dream is, therefore, among other things a projection: an externalization of an internal process.” — Sigmund Freud.

They also show imprints of our personality. Deep in our mind live our hidden thoughts, desires or emotions. Aside from slipping these thoughts in your tongue, we dream of these as if the thoughts remind us that they exist. And that they need to be expressed.

Basic conflict: Desire to establish an autonomous and independent life either through a career or marriage, preferably the latter, vs. fear of leaving the security provided by the family.
Spotlight dream A1: I dreamed that I volunteered to go overseas as a teacher. I went to Italy to teach the children there. My dream consisted of leaving my family and being very graciously welcomed in Italy by an Army officer and his wife. I was married shortly after my arrival there. Most of my dream was the difficulty I had leaving home.

Interpretation: The basic conflict is clearly projected into this dream. She does leave home, even the country, yet despite the presence of parental substitutes in Italy and a speedy marriage, much of the dream is concerned with the difficulty she has in leaving her home. That the dreamer is aware of the conflict is indicated by the explanatory comment appended to the dream. “I guess this dream has to do with my fear of leaving home. I have never been away for more than a week and my folks keep insisting it would be wise for me to leave for a while.”

On 1947, Calvin S. Hall had this interpretation of a personality through dream assessment. The dream clearly showed the defiance of the girl to parental submission.

Sometimes people’s dreams seem to be opaque in nature, uneasily understood. The reason why these dreams become hard to interpret is that they come in symbols. Such symbols may have interpretations relatively varying. Dream moods, a website which serves a dictionary provides this:

Lamp

To see a lamp in your dream symbolizes guidance, hope, inspiration, enlightenment and reassurance. If the lamp is dimly lit or unlit, then it suggests that you are feeling overwhelmed by emotional issues. You have lost your ability to find your own way or see things clearly.

To see a broken lamp in your dream suggests that you are shutting out those who are trying to help you. It is also symbolic of disappointments, misfortune and bad luck.

Sausage

To see or eat sausage in your dream symbolizes material values. It may also represent the phallus and thus refers to sexual feelings or tension.

Dreams also concertize our memories. As you notice, dreams seem to be continuing. They tend to be like television series as it appears as a similar continued dream from the past. Actually, these dreams resembles reality our past experiences. They recur in such a manner that they are derived from one origin- our memory. McNamara’s studies show high similarities upon comparing a diary to one’s dreams. If a man visits a blue room, he will most likely dream of a blue room. In this way dreams become aids to our recall of thoughts.

Our surreal thoughts carry a lot of meanings and reflections to our self especially our personality. Dreams cannot be compounded in a single book, they are man’s unfathomable experiences that we continue to unravel.

by Ian Harvey A. Claros

The Beating Heart of “Father Time”

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Photo by Andrew Brookes/National Physical Laboratory

National Physical Laboratory (NPL)–the place where the first atomic clock was made, have made recent development in ways to measure time even more accurately. According to their website, the current atomic clock system at NPL is the basis of all UK time, and the cutting-edge research being carried out is working to improve timekeeping accuracy even further.

Scientists at NPL built a super-accurate timekeeper, an optical atomic clock that promise significant advances than the ones that uses microwave frequencies.

When it comes to stability, optical atomic clocks are more reliable than atomic clocks operating at microwave frequencies because visible light has a frequency roughly 100 000 times higher than that of microwaves.

Potential applications of atomic clocks range from improved satellite navigation systems and better tracking of deep space probes to sensitive tests of general relativity and measurements of fundamental physical constants. They could even lead to the SI unit of time, the second, being redefined in future.

But how does this device work?
Every tick of this “clock” is governed by a single ion of the element strontium. This ion is trapped in an electromagnetic field within the small cube at the center and cooled with lasers to just fraction above absolute zero. The lasers are fired through three of the glass emanating from the cube, but must be carefully directed out of the other side to prevent them scattering within the clock, which is why there are six shafts in total, as reported by Jacob Aron.

Once the ion is cooled, another laser makes it resonate between two energy states with an incredible regularity governed by quantum mechanics. It gives off a regular pulse of optical radiation exactly 444, 779, 044, 095, 485 times per second, said in an article published online by Newscientist.com.

Thanks to NPL’s caesium fountain, NPL-CsF2, the currently most accurate clock in the world, able to measure the SI second more precisely than any other clock. This conclude that NPL plays a major role in the worldwide accurate time systems.