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Airfish 8: The Unique Sea-Craft That Could Revolutionize Island Travel

The Airfish 8 could revolutionize travel between thousands of islands in the Philippines, Indonesia, Polynesia and the Caribbean.

Traveling to popular or even secluded island destinations will require you to get on the plane or ride a boat. Even then, there are certain areas that ferries and boats cannot reach. But with the existence of the unique marine vessel, called Airfish 8, traveling to those areas can be a lot easier.

Running on a race car engine and bearing the look of a seaplane, the Airfish 8 can revolutionize the way people travel. Developed by Singapore-based firm Wigetworks, the craft doesn’t need a runway to dock as it can easily land on water, which means harder-to-reach areas like remote islands will be much easier for holidaymakers.

Although it looks so much like a plane and hovers, Airfish-8 is registered as a merchant ship.

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Airfish-8 can hover two to six meters above the water.

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It is powered by a V8 engine with a top speed of 180 km/hr.

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That means it's much faster than conventional ferries.

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As a waterborne vehicle, Airfish-8 requires no runway for take-off and landing. This minimizes set up costs incurred by governments or private companies to operate the craft. The small hull also means docking stations can be constructed in shallow waters near the shore line. This makes Wigs ideal vehicles for reaching places where traditional aircraft and ferry boats can’t.

Airfish-8 can land on water and doesn’t need a runway.

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Making island-exploration so easy.

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Wigetworks’ mission is to change how people travel. But that’s not the only use for this unique vessel. Wigetworks shareholder and Creative Technology founder, Sim Wong Hoo said that the company’s goal with Airfish-8 is “transform, or revolutionize the high-speed maritime transport industry.”

There are thousands of islands in Southeast Asia waiting to be explored and Airfish-8 hopes to offer that opportunity to people. Currently, Airfish-8 is only able to accommodate eight passengers, but that’s not to say that Wigetworks is not planning for something bigger.

The Airfish 8 could revolutionize travel between thousands of islands in Indonesia, the Philippines, Polynesia and the Caribbean.

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Wigetworks is currently designing and building a larger craft, which could carry up to 50 people.

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Wigetworks uses the Wing-in-Ground (WIG), a technology that had a Russian origin but Airfish-8 itself is based on a German design. WIG allows the vessel to fly close to a water surface while supported by the high pressure air beneath the craft’s wings and above the surface of the water.

Wigs are technically boats rather than aircraft.

But the vessels are capable of operating completely above the surface of the water.

It is powered by a powerful yet compact seven litre V8 500bhp racing car engine.

It runs on 95 Octane automotive-grade unleaded gasoline, cheaper than aviation fuel.

And consume less fuel whilst traversing at faster speeds than larger marine crafts.

Because it hovers above the water, Airfish-8 has no hydrodynamic drag, which makes it more fuel-efficient. Since it runs on petroleum instead of aviation fuel, it is a more economical mode of transportation. Plus, one doesn’t need a pilot’s permit since it only flies so low. Chief WIG training captain Syed Abdullah has the best description of what it feels like to fly with Airfish-8.

“The best way to describe it is like we are skimming over the water, like a bird trying to reduce its energy, flying as low as it can.”

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Airfish-8 is currently in a trial phase but it is set to be operational by the second half of this year. Future plans for the vessel include lowering the costs for transports to mid-range resorts and creating a bigger craft that can carry 20-40 passengers.

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Swedish Funeral Agency Plans To Use AI To Let Grieving People Chat With Dead Loved Ones

The chatbot will communicate as if it were the deceased person.

Wouldn't it be nice to get another chance to communicate with someone we have lost? That's what a funeral agency in Sweden hopes to give to people but not in the way you think.

Fenix, a Sweden-based agency, is looking to create artificial intelligence that can offer comfort to grieving people by giving them the chance to talk to dead loved ones. While it would be an interesting thought to be able to speak to "fully conscious copies of dead relatives," Fenix's mission is to develop a chatbot that contains files of the deceased and make them seem like the actual person.

Swedish funeral agency Fenix is looking for volunteers for the chat bot project.

The chatbot will be powered by AI to comfort grieving people who lost their loved ones.

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Meet Gladys West, The “Hidden Figure” Behind The Creation Of The GPS

The humble history of the woman who brought you Global Positioning System (GPS).

Gone are the days when people are contented with asking other people for directions while on the road. If you are using a smartphone, chances are you are using GPS as well. Now everyone knows what a GPS is, but do you know who Gladys West is? She made it possible for you to navigate easy peasy.

Gladys West is a mathematician, one of those who developed Global Positioning System. She isn't exactly a household name, but interested in her increased when she wrote a biography for a sorority function, in which she mentioned her important contribution.

Gladys West pictured with her husband.

When Gladys West, an 87-year-old dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, put together a short biography for herself to be recognized as one of her chapter’s beloved senior members. She had no idea that what she would share would be so noteworthy to the surprise of her sorority sisters. She outlined her outstanding 42-year career at the Dahlgren, VA Naval Base as a mathematician....

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Doctor Invents Machine That Helps People Die Painlessly and Peacefully in 5 Minutes

Dr Philip Nitschke believes euthanasia should be available for everyone who wants it.

With a nickname like ‘Dr Death’, you can bet Philip Nitschke isn’t your typical doctor. In fact, he is the founder of Exit International, a non-profit organization that advocates euthanasia legalization, and has written The Peaceful Pill, a suicide handbook.

As if that was not enough, he has also invented the Sarco, a machine that allows people to die peacefully – without any pain – in just five minutes. The said creations can be printed using a 3D-printer and uses liquid nitrogen to kill the person using it.

Sarco, the death machine.

The capsule, according to Unilad, administers the gas, “killing the person over a period of five minutes” which makes death a peaceful and painless process. ...

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