#72 Let’s Get Excited About The Future Of Technology

Good Morning!

I had to share this awesome podcast episode with you.

I watched a Rogan podcast earlier this year with Lex Fridman.  He’s a professor at MIT, where he lectures on deep learning, artificial intelligence, and programming with respect to self driving vehicles and other technologies.

I’ve been listening and watching his “Artificial Intelligence (AI) Podcast” on a regular basis lately; I find the subject of deep learning fascinating. Check out his Channel here.

The podcast episode that I want to share with you is called “Michio Kaku: Future of Humans, Aliens, Space Travel & Physics”. Check it out here.

I think I’ve watched and listened to this podcast episode 3 or 4 times now.  I’m a huge geek and I love to nerd out on this subject.

I love these types of conversations: two brilliant people talking about all the technology and the seemingly sci-fi stuff that’s being researched right now that probably won’t be sci-fi in the not too distant future.

It’s kinda crazy how fast technology is progressing, what people are getting funding to study, and what the billionaires of the world are doing just because they want to literally push the envelope for the betterment of everyone.

Man, this stuff is exciting!

Here’s the link again in case you missed it.

Like the old saying says: “It’s a great time to be alive”. It’s been said so many times throughout history and I believe that now is certainly one of those times.

Grab the drink of your choice, get comfy and listen to these two dudes talk about an awesome and exciting future.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

#71 Fun with Fusion 360

Good Morning!

I recently moved back to my hometown where I am currently garageless. 

Eh… it’s no so bad really, but because I can’t keep my idle hands busy with welding and fabrication projects like I normally do, I’ve had to turn to my old friend 3D modelling and drafting to fill the void.

If you didn’t know, studied architecture in college and was a draftsman for about 10 years afterwards.  I worked for a gauge and fixture company for a few years and then a structural steel contractor for the rest. 

I never really stopped using various CAD programs.  Whenever I needed to visualize, plan, or design something, I usually use a program like SketchUp that’s quick, but lately I’ve been spending my time with Fusion 360.

If you’ve never herd of it, Fusion 360 is a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) program that is used to design and fabricate pretty much anything.

After playing around with the program for awhile I decided to take it a bit more seriously. I dove into the tutorials in the learning centre on Autodesk’s website. Fusion 360 sure has some powerful features and some amazing tools. 

There are some really cool things that this program does that other CAD programs I’ve used in the past don’t, like surfacing a solid!

After using the program for awhile now, I have to say it’s pretty rad!

Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been working on.

I drew most of these projects to get more experience using the program to familiarize myself with how the new Autodesk programs work and feel and also to explore parametric modelling further.

Some of these do have practical applications, which is the whole idea of using the program in the first place. It’s a great tool to have in the tool box, or rather it’s a great tool box full of tools to be able to use.

I often live stream my Fusion 360 sessions. If you want to check it out, I usually stream Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 7pm-10pm EST and sometimes Sundays too, live on twitch. Check it out here.

I’m always looking for new projects to work on, so if you need something designed, a pattern made up for laser cutting, tool paths for cnc generated, leave a comment, send me a message or email.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!