Article: NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

Code, Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Software, Open Source

NASA’s next lunar rover will run open-source software

In 2023, NASA will launch VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover), which that will trek across the surface of the moon and hunt for water ice that could one day be used to make rocket fuel. The rover will be armed with the best instruments and tools that NASA can come up with: wheels that can spin properly on lunar soil, a drill that’s able to dig into extraterrestrial geology, hardware that can survive 14 days of a lunar night when temperatures sink to ˗173 °C.

But while much of VIPER is one of a kind, custom-made for the mission, much of the software that it’s running is open-source, meaning it’s available for use, modification, and distribution by anyone for any purpose. If it’s successful, the mission may be about more than just laying the groundwork for a future lunar colony—it may also be an inflection point that causes the space industry to think differently about how it develops and operates robots.

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Article: Understanding and Complying with Open Source Software Licenses – an Intellectual Property Perspective

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Understanding and Complying with Open Source Software Licenses – an Intellectual Property Perspective

Open source compliance is not just for software companies. More and more business-critical tools take the form of mobile applications, downloadable software and web interfaces – from email and customer-relationship management to data analytics. These products may utilize open source components to varying degrees, even if offered as a proprietary offering.

What is Software?

Software is merely a compilation of instructions directing some sequence or action. These instructions are first written in some human-readable form, usually a programming language, known as source code.

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Article: It’s Time for Open Source Healthcare

Cures, Drugs, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

It’s Time for Open Source Healthcare

Thoughtful design in healthcare, whether directly or indirectly impacting patients, can ultimately save lives. Digital health promises that patients will have care plans and treatments best suited to their needs. We can deliver on that promise, but we’ll have to face some uncomfortable truths about our current system and fix them before we can get there.

Too often in the United States, health and the design of healthcare systems are treated like fashion, with an eye towards short-term profits and benefits rather than long-term sustainable infrastructure and patient-centered outcomes.

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