Best Tech Stories around the web #251

This week: a new prototype of a floating wind turbine, the Milky Way's in virtual reality, the battle between a human pilot and artificial intelligence and, the Virtual National Arts Festival.

INNOVATION

EnBW and Aerodyn Venture Into Deeper Waters via offshorewind.biz

EnBW and aerodyn engineering are testing a 1:10 scale prototype floating wind turbine for the first time in Germany. The 18 meters tall Nezzy2, which comprises two wind turbines on a precast concrete floating platform, is being tested in a flooded gravel pit near Bremerhaven. Read more

CREATIVE CONTENT

Visit the Milky Way's supermassive black hole with 'Galactic Center VR' visualization via space.com

A new virtual reality experience lets you fly closely, but safely, towards the supermassive black hole embedded in the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The "adventure" visualization is called Galactic Center VR and is based on data from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory, as well as other telescopes. The latest iteration allows viewers to see 500 years of evolution at Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the black hole in the Milky Way's Center. You can view the experience for free from Steam or Vivepoint. Read more

QUERKY

Air Force to Test Fighter Drone Against Human Pilot via airforcemag.com

Air Force researchers are designing an autonomous aircraft that can take down a manned plane in air-to-air combat, with the goal of pitting the two against each other in July 2021. Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, head of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said the Air Force Research Laboratory team is pushing the boundaries of what the military can build, compared to the aircraft that already fill the service’s squadrons. Read more

EVENT

Virtual National Arts Festival

As part of its exploration of the digital realm, the Virtual National Arts Festival will be showcasing this year's visual art segment with online works from South African and global artists - which will be available to view and explore between 25 June and 5 July 2020. More info