When the California “high speed” rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world? Note, I am hedging my statement slightly by saying “one of”. The head of the California high speed rail project called me to complain that it wasn’t the very slowest bullet train nor the very most expensive per mile…
The Hyperloop (or something similar) is, in my opinion, the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart. Around that inflection point, I suspect that supersonic air travel ends up being faster and cheaper. With a high enough altitude and the right geometry, the sonic boom noise on the ground would be no louder than current airliners, so that isn’t a showstopper. Also, a quiet supersonic plane immediately solves every long distance city pair without the need for a vast new worldwide infrastructure. – Elon Musk (Tesla Blog)
For those of you who do not know who Elon Musk is, he is one of the most forward thinking minds alive today. He founded the Space X program, and co-founded two small companies. You might know them, Tesla and PayPal. Elon, just 42 years old, isn’t finished innovating just yet. Take this next project that he explained in detail yesterday on his blog. The Hyperloop, which sounds like the most badass roller coaster ever, is essentially a high speed train that will be “much cheaper” than airfare. Also, according to Musk, more enjoyable. With less acceleration force than a subway car and smooth-as-silk travel; featuring no turbulence!
Musk’s Hyperloop blog post post comes in response to the 70 billion-dollar train system being constructed in California (set to be completed in 2029. Musk says “I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” His solution and counter argument to the high speed train? The Hyperloop.
PS- If the Hyperloop is included in Musk’s version of “the city-of-tomorrow”, what’s inlcuded in yours?
Here is a video featuring my favorite scientist, Bill Nye, to help get your mind going.
The real potential of Google Glass involves making it possible to receive contextually relevant information on the go, without having to pull a phone out of a pocket or do much else to gather it. A new Kickstarter project from South African tourism software startup Tourism Radio makes perfect sense in that context, as it aims to liberate pocket guides from the pocket entirely with the help of Glass. -TechCrunch
Tourism Radio, a startup from South Africa, is already making splashes in Google Glass applications before Glass is even available worldwide. Their plan is to make Google Glass a virtual tour guide. The idea is for Glass to pull up relevant information as you travel through, in this case, Cape Town, South Africa. This idea brings exploring the world to a whole new level. Gone are the days of pocket maps and hard to understand tour guides. You want to get somewhere? Tell Glass. What building is that in front of you? Ask Glass. Hungry? Eat Glass…no, don’t eat Glass, please. Anyway, you get my point, no need for anything to get in the way of you and your experience of a new place. Not to mention Glass is now your camera to take stills as well as videos (with geo tagging), that way when you get home you can show family and friends what you did and where you did it.
I have been reading a lot about Google Glass over the past year and I have recently come to one conclusion. Google, you need to make an action version of Glass. I’m talking waterproof, shockproof, the whole shebang . That would be awesome.
PS- Tourism Radio, If you need help programming the “Tour of North Providence” Google Glass app I can lend a hand. I figure once your done with the Cape Town app you would be working on the Rhode Island one next, right? I mean why not. Remember, we have T Swift now!