News: A look inside the small US towns that will be crushed by the trucking revolution

Disruption is coming. Automated cars have been a regular topic here on The Minot Voice, and that will continue. The reason, the technology is going to reshape the base fabric of this country. One of the likely less considered implications, how the transition to self-driving technology will change the small towns and roadside truck stops that service the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Quartz peaks inside the issue to see...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: A Remote Chinese Province Uses Its Climate To Grow A Big-Data Industry

What does a Southwest China have in common with North Dakota? A cool climate, cheap energy, and a steady wind. Why should we care? Because the Guizhou province of China has built a data storage industry around their natural assets. As we take up the conversation about building a sustainable economy here in Minot, perhaps we should be thinking about more than agriculture.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Alphabet’s (Google) Sidewalk Labs wants to build a futuristic neighborhood in Toronto

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is heading to Toronto to take up the work of designing the neighborhoods of the future.  A few specific priorities they’ve expressed interest in so far include flood protection plans, affordable housing opportunities, green technologies. Sound familiar? Perhaps a delegation from Minot should invite Sidewalk Labs to make Minot a side project in a rural environment.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: World’s Most Intense Laser Is About to Get a Totally Insane Upgrade

This is not a Minot story. But because the movies Star Wars and Real Genius are a part of our cultural heritage, the fact that they are approaching full realization is worth momentary call out. Check out this article from Science Alert on a really big laser that’s set to go full Death Star. Sort of.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Minot’s Hobbyist Model Airplane and UAS Pilots Find Growing Interest

There’s little doubt that the UAS industry is growing and full of potential, but where do people in the business get there start? In all likelihood, it’s on their own, through a friend, or perhaps through a grassroots group of like-minded enthusiasts. And it turns out, Minot has just such a community.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Verizon argues throttling video is allowed under net neutrality rules

What will the Internet look like if there’s a roll back on the FCC’s net neutrality rules? We’re perhaps getting a taste. Last week, Verizon was caught and then admitted to throttling video content on its network. Basically, that means they slowed down the speed at which they delivered video — intentionally.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Comcast says it should be able to create internet fast lanes for self-driving cars

The first of a couple articles on the net neutrality issue, Comcast is arguing that the need to provide faster more reliable service to self-driving cars will warrant a competitive pricing model. That means they can charge more for certain types of data traffic. Medical uses and automated cars are the examples they use to justify the regulatory roll-back, but the concern is the loophole would allow them...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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The world’s first crewless ship will launch next year

News: The world’s first crewless ship will launch next year

Automation is coming; there’s nothing to be done about it. Why? Because it will be safer and more efficient. There’s no way to stop evolution toward those values. And it won’t just be cars and trucks. The video below tells the story of technology that’s already available, this ship is in production. The question we should be asking is how are we as a culture and a community...

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News: Ward County asks N.D. board to stop cloud-seeding

Yesterday, the Ward County Commission voted unanimously to discontinue the County’s weather modification program for the rest of the year. This article on the story comes from the Grand Forks Herald — particularly local coverage.  But in the article, you’ll find a bit more scientific context (along with a bit of honest commentary) on the theory of cloud seeding and weather modification.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: ND coal studying supply of valuable rare earth elements

The same geological history that produced North Dakota’s coal history may hold additional value in the form of rare earth elements essential to the electronics and defense industries. Extracting those elements is the challenge, but investment from several government agencies is refining the processes to determine the viability long-term. Jessica Holdman with the Bismarck Tribune has the story.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Self-Driving Cars Mean Cops Won’t Have Excuses to Pull People Over

Self-driving cars are coming; there’s nothing to be done about it. Automation, in general, is going to radically remake the way we live our lives and our society, and if we look at self-driving cars as one of the early dominoes, the challenge then becomes what are the second, third, and fourth cultural dominoes that tip after the transition to self-driving cars starts dropping? Law enforcement will certainly...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn, News: The life-changing magic of getting a person to change their mind—even yourself

With those we care about, we try and try and try. Sometimes we need to do it ourselves, but we resist. Yes, I’m talking about change, particularly of our minds. And as our knowledge of how our brains work starts to align with observed behavior, we’re starting to get confirmation that changing minds is possible. But we have to forced into the uncomfortable situation of holding two opposing...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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