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Violent or erotic images cause momentary periods of ‘emotion-induced blindness’

August 17, 2005

A new psychological study finds that when people are shown violent or erotic images they frequently fail to process what they see immediately afterwards.

An emotion-induced blindness test is available for readers to take.

Viewing protein interactions in brain cells

December 27, 2011

At the core of the new imaging technology is the phenomenon known as FRET that occurs only when two fluorescently tagged molecules come within the distance of 8 nanometer or less. Detecting the FRET serves as a proxy for the two proteins X and Y associating within a living cell (credit: University of Miami)

University of Miami (UM) biology professor Akira Chiba is leading a multidisciplinary team to develop the first systematic survey of protein interactions within brain cells. The team is aiming to reconstruct genome-wide in situ protein-protein interaction networks (isPIN) within the neurons of a multicellular organism.

Like all other cells, each neuron produces millions of individual proteins that associate with one another and form a complex communication network.… read more

View to the Edge of No-Return

February 23, 2004

Imagine making a natural telescope more powerful than any other telescope currently operating. Then imagine using it to view closer to the edge of a black hole where its mouth is like a jet that forms super-hot charged particles and spits them millions of light-years into space.

The length of a telescope needed to do that would have to be gigantic, about a million kilometers wide. But just such… read more

Videos: Do Electric Sheep Dream of Dancing Fractals?

December 22, 2010


These fractal animations, known as Electric Sheep, were created by a downloadable (Windows, Mac OSX or Linux) screensaver program that harnesses the power of many computers to create abstract art. The more people who run the Electric Sheep program, the better the animations get.

Videos of 28th Chaos Communication Congress talks

January 4, 2012


Videos of the 28th Chaos Communication Congress (28C3) are now available.

The four-day conference on technology, society, and utopia, offered  lectures and workshops on effects of technological advances on society.

The recordings are available for download and can be viewed on the 28C3 Youtube channel.

See also: Cory Doctorow keynote talkread more

Video: the year in robots

December 31, 2008

This robot, developed at Reading University, has a tangle of rats neurons in place of control software; its biological “brain” even allows it to avoid obstacles.

Other videos include swarms of robots that use electromagnetic forces to cling together and a human-like robot head that can spookily mimic a person’s facial expressions in realtime.

Video: Sociable robots learn to get along with humans

February 23, 2009

U.K. researchers’ emotional robots are learning human social tricks to help future humanoid robots fit in with humans.

Video: Robot uses human mind tricks to navigate

February 9, 2009

Engineers in Germany have been studying human brain activity related to visual information to improve the way moving robots avoid obstacles.

Video: Revealing the technology of invisibility

February 4, 2009

A New Scientist video shows a device created at Duke University, North Carolina, that can make objects invisible to microwaves.

The team thinks its technology could be modified to work for infrared and visible light too, making it able to hide 3D objects from human eyes.

Also shown: using cameras and a projector, Japanese researchers beam the background video onto an obstacle’s highly reflective surface, causing it… read more

Video: Jumping rolling robot avoids all obstacles

December 9, 2008

A new robot design from University of Bath allows it to either jump or roll over obstacles, making it useful for space exploration.


Video: Is Zeno the future of home entertainment?

November 1, 2007

Zeno, a humanoid robot with a $300 price tag, is set to be released in 2009.


Video: Goertzel presents open-source AI engine at AGI-11 conference

September 22, 2011

Ben Goertzel at AGI11

AI researcher Ben Goertzel gave a talk about the OpenCog open source AI engine at the Fourth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-11), held on Google’s campus in Mountain View (Silicon Valley), California, on August 3–5, 2011. The video of the talk is now online at YouTube.

Video: Artificial intelligence: Noel Sharkey on the inexorable rise of robots

January 15, 2010

In a video interview, Noel Sharkey, professor of robotics and AI at the University of Sheffield, discusses developments in robotics and ethical issues: which robots are most interesting, what are their limitations, what countries have the most robots, and which robots will have the most serious impact?

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    Video surveillance system that reasons like a human brain

    September 23, 2009

    “AlSight Cognitive Video Analytics,” an autonomous video-surveillance system tbat uses cognitive learning engines and computer vision to process visual data on a level similar to the human brain, has been developed by BRS Labs.

    It is used to protect global critical infrastructure assets, including major international hotels, banking institutions, seaports, nuclear facilities, airports and dense urban areas plagued by criminal activity.

    Video Startup Thwapr Doesn’t Bother With iPhone App, Shoots for 400 Million Users

    December 23, 2009

    Thwapr lets mobile phone users share photos and videos via SMS (texting) — no app required, and supports 169 mobile handsets, as well as PCs and Macs.

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