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After Horsepower Comes Robotpower?

Jack Caulfield
October 13th 2017
We fear being replaced by robots. They have the potential to be smarter, stronger and more hardworking than us, but so do horses.

Stewart Helps People to Trust Self-Driving Car

Erik van der Veen
November 8th 2015
Stewart is a tactile interface that mediates the communication between human and self-driving car.

Self-Driving Cars Practice Kids Recognition

Alexandra Bremers
October 31st 2015
This year's Halloween, Google asked children from the neighborhood to come by in their spooky outfits and play around the self-driving cars.

Car Paleontology

Alessia Andreotti
August 31st 2015
Cars - autonomous, self driving, uncontrollable - are bound to become the animals of the future.

Analogue vs Digital: Self-Driving Cars

NextNature.net
June 29th 2015
The image on the left is a car, as we know them. It has a lot of digital technology in it already, but not nearly as much as the other one.

High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky

Abby Qin
March 18th 2015
An innovative solution to a better way for transportation: a high-speed elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system.

Ambulance Drone

Alessia Andreotti
December 17th 2014
The ambulance drone: an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator.

Blaming Car Technology for Dumb Drivers

Alessia Andreotti
December 7th 2014
Cars increasingly rely on technology designed to make driving easier and safer. But are these improvements creating less-skilled drivers?

Transportations Of The Future

Francesca Barchiesi
December 3rd 2014
A selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts of future way of transportation.

Traffic Ballet

Van Mensvoort
October 22nd 2014
If only next nature would be this perfectly harmonic.
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They have the potential to be smarter, stronger and more hardworking than us. Yet, one could say that horses are bigger, faster and tougher than humans, and still no-one outside of "Gulliver’s Travelsfears being replaced by horses. Instead, we note these useful qualities in horses and quite literally harness them for our own advantage.In fact, our control over the natural abilities of horses is so great that we incorporate it into our language and measurements. When we talk about 'horsepower' in reference to our manmade vehicles, we rarely even consider the metaphor. We do not think of our cars as equivalent to hundreds of galloping horses, but this is what the terminology implies. In the next nature, will we harness 'robotpower' as effectively as we did with horsepower? Or will we allow ourselves to be trampled underfoot?Image: Porsche adverts show benefits of 'rear horsepower'______________________________This article is part of the HUBOT weeks, to contextualize our latest project HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots. Want to learn more about this project? Join NNN and we will keep you in the know! [mc4wp_form id="72385"] [post_title] => After Horsepower Comes Robotpower? [post_excerpt] => We fear being replaced by robots. They have the potential to be smarter, stronger and more hardworking than us, but so do horses. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => horsepower [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-12 15:28:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-12 13:28:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=77852/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 58587 [post_author] => 860 [post_date] => 2015-11-08 12:04:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-11-08 11:04:24 [post_content] => The car used to be a symbol of freedom. The steering wheel allowed us to choose direction and drive where-ever we wanted. The self-driving car will change this. We’ll regain the freedom to do whatever we want - drink alcohol and use smartphones - while driving, but we have to give away a little control. Not everyone can accept this easily, Stewart could help people to get used to giving more control to the car.Stewart is a tactile interface designed by Felix Ros, that mediates the communication between human and self-driving car. By getting into a dialogue with the car, the driver can start building a relationship of trust with the vehicle.Stewart tells the driver the intentions of the car, this information gives the driver a sense of control. If the driver disagrees he or she could go into a conversation with the car by pushing Stewart into a different direction. Stewart will then make an estimation of how reasonable the driver's intentions are. If the driver tries to do something unsafe, Stewart will resist. This way Stewart “tells” the driver his or her actions aren't safe.It could also be the driver wants to take another route than the one planned by the car. Humans are unpredictable and frequently change their plans. Stewart can mediate the drivers request and keep the driving safe. The car can learn from the communication with the driver. By getting to know the character of the driver the car can adjust the route to the wishes of the driver.Via: CorezzFelix Ros [post_title] => Stewart Helps People to Trust Self-Driving Car [post_excerpt] => Stewart is a tactile interface that mediates the communication between human and self-driving car. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => stewart-helps-people-trust-self-driving-car [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-11-12 21:28:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-11-12 20:28:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=58587 [menu_order] => 458 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 58407 [post_author] => 861 [post_date] => 2015-10-31 12:43:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-10-31 11:43:23 [post_content] => There basically is no better moment to get your software adjusted to unpredictable child behavior. This year's Halloween, Google decided to ask children from the neighborhood to come by in their spooky outfits and play around the self-driving cars in their parking lot. According to Google, the odd costumes gave their sensors extra practice in child recognition, for children in all shapes and sizes."We teach our cars to drive more cautiously around children. When our sensors detect children - costumed or not - in the vicinity, our software understands that they may behave differently. Children's movements can be more unpredictable - suddenly darting across the road or running down a sidewalk - and they’re easily obscured behind parked cars", Google wrote in a blog about the project.It may look odd at first sight, but it seems to be a smart move to increase safety regarding these cars. I personally hope many of these training sessions will follow, and most importantly that no "category" of humans, animals or objects will be overlooked.Via: Google [post_title] => Self-Driving Cars Practice Kids Recognition [post_excerpt] => This year's Halloween, Google asked children from the neighborhood to come by in their spooky outfits and play around the self-driving cars. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => self-driving-cars-practiced-child-recognition-skills-halloween [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-11-05 12:00:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-11-05 11:00:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=58407 [menu_order] => 465 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 56416 [post_author] => 809 [post_date] => 2015-08-31 13:16:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-08-31 11:16:51 [post_content] => This skeleton car was dug up created by auto rental company Sixt for their ad campaign. Apart from the message they promote ("Thanks to Sixt expensive car rentals became extinct") this peculiar image of the week makes us realize how cars - more and more autonomous, self driving, uncontrollable - are bound to become the animals of the future.Image via Flickr [post_title] => Car Paleontology [post_excerpt] => Cars - autonomous, self driving, uncontrollable - are bound to become the animals of the future. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => car-paleontology [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-09-03 19:32:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-09-03 17:32:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=56416 [menu_order] => 559 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 44259 [post_author] => 367 [post_date] => 2015-06-29 16:00:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-06-29 14:00:07 [post_content] => I can hear you think. "What’s the difference, both are analogue cars?", you are right. Both cars are analogue, driving on physical, existing roads. However, they differ greatly from each other. The image on the left is a car, as we know them. It has a lot of digital technology in it already, but not nearly as much as the other one. The image on the right shows a Google Driverless Car. I know, I want one too! Just lay back and relax while a complex system of sensors and artificial intelligence software drives you through the streets. Do you think driverless cars belong to the future? Think again! The future is here already.From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game [post_title] => Analogue vs Digital: Self-Driving Cars [post_excerpt] => The image on the left is a car, as we know them. It has a lot of digital technology in it already, but not nearly as much as the other one. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => analogue-vs-digital-self-driving-cars [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-06-13 15:40:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-06-13 13:40:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=44259 [menu_order] => 605 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 43695 [post_author] => 839 [post_date] => 2015-03-18 16:00:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-03-18 15:00:28 [post_content] => How do you feel when you get stuck in the traffic jam? Have you ever fantasized about escaping to another space? An innovative solution to a better way for transportation has been proposed by NASA Space Act company skyTran: an autonomous, high-speed, elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system.Thanks to skyTran, you could get from San Francisco to San Jose in 15 minutes, and from JFK to Midtown Manhattan in five minutes during rush hour. Users can book the vehicle with the smartphone, choose the start station and the destination, and then easily travel through the whole city, enjoying a nice view while managing time in a more efficient way.SkyCar_editskytran_prototypesky-tran-tel-aviv-designboom-06sky-tran-transporte-del-futuro-L-eNAR9o[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68o8_UdeWUM[/youtube]Source: CNN Related post: Transportations Of The Future [post_title] => High-Speed Driverless Taxi for the Sky [post_excerpt] => An innovative solution to a better way for transportation: a high-speed elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => high-speed-driverless-taxi-for-the-sky [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-03-14 19:48:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-03-14 18:48:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=43695 [menu_order] => 734 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42177 [post_author] => 809 [post_date] => 2014-12-17 16:53:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-12-17 15:53:38 [post_content] => Drones have been used to spy and attack people in war zones. Now, Alec Momont, a young graduate student at Delft University of Technology, has come up with an innovative application for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives. He designed a prototype of an ambulance drone, an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator to where it is needed.It tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate. Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room via a livestream webcam. The defibrillator itself operates automatically once it is placed on the victim’s chest.Momont's plan is to cover the Netherlands with his ambulance drones service. “Let’s use drones for a good purpose, let’s use drones to save lives” he states.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-rEI4bezWc#t=40[/youtube]Souce: TU Delft [post_title] => Ambulance Drone [post_excerpt] => The ambulance drone: an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ambulance-drone [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-12-17 16:53:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-12-17 15:53:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=42177 [menu_order] => 819 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 42077 [post_author] => 809 [post_date] => 2014-12-07 12:57:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-12-07 11:57:17 [post_content] => We increasingly depend on car technology designed to make driving easier and safer. Therefore, can be said that these improvements are creating less-skilled drivers?“Technological crutches like GPS are making us not only worse drivers – they could also be making us stupid. Technology wasn’t supposed to work that way. Manufacturers have supported drivers with power steering, cruise control, antilock brakes and electronic stability controls. Then they gave us sophisticated on-board computers that power car entertainment systems and fine-tune our cars’ performance on the go. Today we drive sleek, aerodynamic vehicles with more computing power than early Space Shuttles.” We've already seen GPS lead people into some ridiculous situations. But can we blame the GPS for this, when we follow directions that are totally contrary to good sense?Read more on BBC Future [post_title] => Blaming Car Technology for Dumb Drivers [post_excerpt] => Cars increasingly rely on technology designed to make driving easier and safer. But are these improvements creating less-skilled drivers? [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => blaming-car-technology-for-dumb-drivers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-12-07 12:57:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-12-07 11:57:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=42077 [menu_order] => 828 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 41753 [post_author] => 822 [post_date] => 2014-12-03 11:00:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-12-03 10:00:43 [post_content] => Forced to leave into spacetime, humans always tried to improve the way of moving around. Since the invention of the wheel we travelled quite a distance, however transportation technology is progressing much slower than other sciences. Nowadays most of existing transports are still fossil powered or rely on limited energy sources.Nevertheless great concepts have been developed around the idea of personal freedom and control, new ways to disconnect vehicles from the ground, expand explorable areas and reduce time-traveling distances. Below a selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts.1. HoverboardHendoHoverboard The famous levitating skate board you saw in "Back to the Future" has finally been invented! Hendo Hoverboard is the first two feet jump against gravity, Tony Hawk already made a go for it, your turn to take a flying-ride over your favorite hoverpark.2. Jet PackJet-Pack-2JetpacksMartinAircraftCo-1378822802483 Used for astronauts extra-vehicular activities in the space, jet packs challenge Earth's atmosphere allowing multiple direction freedom to a personal transportation. Will this single user propelled vehicle become popular transforming us into a swarm of buzzing humans hovering around like insects?3. Autonomous Cars, Smart Delivery Trucks and Workpodsideo-self-driving-car-concept-2 Self-drivingDeliveryTrucks_jzzxlicxhm01enlzn697 Workpod Capable of driving without human input, autonomous vehicles can sense the environment and ride safe around the city. Three different vibrant concepts were developed by the innovative design firm IDEOSmart Family Cars connected to your digital agenda know where you want to go before you do; Self Driving Delivery Trucks are high efficient automated couriers that drives around and drops-off your package after scanning your face; and Work On Wheels Pod brings your working space with you while moving to different appropriate locations.IDEO affirms: "As we move from struggling with today’s inefficient relationship between cars and infrastructure to one empowered by automobility, new capacities and better use of our existing resources will emerge. Daily commutes will improve in ways that allow us to accomplish so much more, making the slow seem fast."4. Windowless Planewindowless plane Windowless-fuselage-designboom04 windowless-plane How about making a flight less boring with a 360° panoramic view of the external scenery? Design company Technicon Design conceptualized a plane with external cameras that capture the surrounding and project it on high-res screen from passenger point of view, making the walls looking completely transparent. Thanks to windows removal, the plane gets lighter and reduces fuel consumption. Get ready for a close look on a real storm or eventually see some fake UFOs hacked by a joker passenger.5. Personal Air VehicleFlyingCar1 FlyingCar_140416-coslog-future_68133c8eb54d3d05c561cdb1fb05814d.nbcnews-fp-1280-600 Where's my flying car? We saw them in fiction movies and dreamed about them all the time, aerial vehicles represents the next level of personal freedom in the sky. Despite technical challenges and low feasibility, several concepts were developed, different prototypes were realized and some of them worked out. AeroMobil 3.0 and TF-X™ from Terrafugia both make use of existing infrastructures for automobiles and planes.6. Personal Submarine VehicleUnderwaterVehicle_Bongo submarine vehicle From the blue sky to the blue marine, another mysterious domain to explore and desirable area to conquer. If you want to take a ride under the sea in total private autonomy, a self-propelled submarine vehicle is what you need! Despite deluxe private submarines and luxurious yachts with undersea basements, will private underwater transportation become accessible to everyone one day? EGO-Compact Semi Submarine from Ego inc. does not dive, but offers a pleasant way to snorkel around while comfortably sitting inside a submerged capsule.7. Hyperloops and VactrainsHyper-Loophyperloopconcept4vactrain There is no future for friction. Train-capsuled vehicles will run fast as rockets into pressurized tubes. Conceptualized by Elon Musk, the Hyperloop is suspended on air cushion and propelled by induction motors and air compressor. Running at 1,220 km/h it could cover LA-San Francisco in only 35 minutes. Vactrain uses magnets to levitates into vacuumed tubes, the absence of air resistance makes it 5-6 times faster than sound speed. Traveling under the ocean from London to New York in less than one hour? Channel Tunnel 2.0 here we come!8. Space ElevatorSpace_elevatorbase_1024SpaceElevator SpaceElevator_seattle_space_elevator_observatory_by_alterbr33d-d5j8j2p Imagine launching yourself into deep space just taking the lift. Proposed as type of space transportation system, the space elevator consists of a 96,000-km carbon nanotube cable attached to the planetary surface and extended into space, where vehicles attached to the cord travel from a ground base station into the orbit. This ambitious project triggered minds of many artists and designers that developed incredibly ingenious concepts. So get ready, cause there is no need to wait light-years to see this coming, Japanese construction firm Obayashi Corp announced that they'll have a space elevator operational in 2050!9. Teleportationteleportation-600x450 Teleportation_591075_15201706_lz The ultimate transportation is moving without traveling. There is no need to cover distances when it is possible to transfer matter and energy from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them. With the Internet we are able to reduced gaps between digital information, but will we ever be ready to clear-cut all distances between everything? Beam me up, Scotty!Sources: Da Vinci Institute, Wired, Designboom, Discovery News [post_title] => Transportations Of The Future [post_excerpt] => A selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts of future way of transportation. 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Instead, we note these useful qualities in horses and quite literally harness them for our own advantage.In fact, our control over the natural abilities of horses is so great that we incorporate it into our language and measurements. When we talk about 'horsepower' in reference to our manmade vehicles, we rarely even consider the metaphor. We do not think of our cars as equivalent to hundreds of galloping horses, but this is what the terminology implies. In the next nature, will we harness 'robotpower' as effectively as we did with horsepower? Or will we allow ourselves to be trampled underfoot?Image: Porsche adverts show benefits of 'rear horsepower'______________________________This article is part of the HUBOT weeks, to contextualize our latest project HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots. Want to learn more about this project? Join NNN and we will keep you in the know! [mc4wp_form id="72385"] [post_title] => After Horsepower Comes Robotpower? [post_excerpt] => We fear being replaced by robots. They have the potential to be smarter, stronger and more hardworking than us, but so do horses. 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