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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 […]

News: Ward County asks N.D. board to stop cloud-seeding   source: Grand Forks Herald  

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.

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News: ND coal studying supply of valuable rare earth elements   source: Bismarck Tribune  

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.

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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News: Scientific American Labels Precision Farming as a Technology to Watch   source: Scientific American  

We all gotta eat, the world’s population keeps on growing. And we don’t seem to be growing a lot of new land, so we’re going to have to feed the growing population with the food production areas already in use. And toward that end, precision farming is a concept that has a high ceiling. Companies that can deliver higher efficiency and yields through technology are thought to have […]

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News: How Sweden is pushing toward the seemingly impossible goal of zero emissions   source: Quartz  

Our distant Scandinavian relatives have built themselves some pretty sustainable energy infrastructure, just 5% of Sweden’s energy comes from fossil fuels. But they’ve set an even higher goal — be 100% sustainable by 2045. And the problems they have to solve in order to get there and the manner in which they’re attempting to solve them is fascinating.

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News: Local angel fund from Dakotas gets farm-tech app   source: Bismarck Tribune  

A North Dakota farm technology company that’s developed an app that streamlines contracts between farmers and local elevators has gotten a financial boost from a South Dakota-based angel fund. Myrian\d Mobile the app developer out of Fargo; The Falls Angel Fund out of Sioux Falls liked Myriad’s prospects and chose to invest $1.35 million to get them off and running. It’s a noteworthy here in Minot as we […]

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News: Africa is now the world’s testing ground for commercial drones   source: Quartz  

North Dakota likes to think of itself as a leader in UAS investment. And in the U.S., we are. But on a global scale, strict U.S. regulations are dampening the industries ability to advance at the pace dictated by commercial demands and technical ability. In Africa, regulatory burdens aren’t a problem there we’re seeing drones deployed in ways that are literally saving lives.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky