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Boston Dynamics | Introducing SpotMini

June 24, 2016

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SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm). SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors… read more

Video Source: Boston Dynamics

Moogfest 2016: Day 2

May 24, 2016

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Day 2 recap of Moogfest 2016 — Durham, NC May 21, 2016

“The key to freeing yourself from oppression is to make your way out of it.”  — Martine Rothblatt, PhD

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AAAI/Sentient | Ray Kurzweil Remembers Marvin Minsky

April 27, 2016

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At a event organized by distinguished researcher Ted Selker and Henry Lieberman, both good friends of Marvin Minsky, technology leaders who knew and learned from Marvin shared memories of how he touched and influenced their lives and their work. This video was Ray Kurzweil’s tribute.

Technology Leaders Reflect On Marvin Minsky, at Stanford University on March 22, 2016, was supported by AAAI.org and Sentient.

Video Source: AAAI

Google Lunar XPRIZE | Moon Shot | Official Trailer

March 24, 2016

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Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Epic Digital have joined forces with Google and XPRIZE to create a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is the largest prize competition of all time with a reward of $30 million and aims to incentivize entrepreneurs to create a new era of affordable… read more

Video Source: Google Lunar XPRIZE

Temple Grandin on her search engine

March 4, 2016

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“Everything in my mind works like a search engine set for the image function.” — Temple Grandin in 2008, from an oral history at Colorado State University

You’ve probably heard the story that Einstein – whose name is synonymous with genius — didn’t seem destined for much when he was a small child. He was years behind other children when it came to learning to talk, he did horribly… read more

Video Source: Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

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Kurzweil Interviews Minsky: Is Singularity Near?

January 27, 2016

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Terasem Motion Infoculture/KurzweilAI | Kurzweil Interviews Minsky: Is Singularity Near? (2010)

  • Understanding how the brain works: “The brain is 400 different computers.”
  • Modeling and building a brain: “You can’t do it from the bottom up.”
  • Backing up the brain: “There’s no ‘you.’ … I’m not exactly like I was five minutes ago….”
  • Is the brain “just” a machine? “There’s no person

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Deep Learning in Action | How to learn an algorithm

January 3, 2016

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Deep Learning in Action | A talk by Juergen Schmidhuber, PhD at the Deep Learning in Action talk series in October 2015. He is professor in computer science at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research, part of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.*

Juergen Schmidhuber, PhD | I review 3 decades of our research on both gradient based and more general problem solvers that search… read more

NASA | 3D printed rocket engine roars to life

December 26, 2015

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NASA | A team at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama tested 3D printed rocket engine parts connected together in the same fashion that they would work in a rocket engine. The parts performance rivaled that of traditionally manufactured engine parts. During 6 separate tests, the engine generated up to 20,000 pounds of thrust.

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Video Source: NASA’s Marshall Center

Nanobots: The rise of the molecular machines (video)

October 14, 2015

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Nanomachines — including nano-sized motors, rockets and even cars — are many orders of magnitude smaller than a human cell, but they have huge promise. In the future, they could deliver drugs anywhere in the body, clean up oil spills and might even be used as artificial muscle cells. Find out more about these molecular machines (and the challenges that nanobot researchers still face) in Reactions’ latest video, produced in collaboration… read more

Video Source: American Chemical Society

Emergence Collective | The future of money

July 30, 2015

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KS12 | What are young adults thinking about money and value? How can we create new systems of wealth generation and abundance?

What does the future hold for banks and other financial institutions in the wake of massive peer to peer exchange? The future of money begins a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.

This video was created as part of Venessa Miemis’ presentation at the… read more

Keiich Matsuda | Artist concepts of the future of augmented reality

June 12, 2015

Image from the concept film Augmented City 3D. -- credit | Keiichi Matsuda

Keiichi Matsuda | Augmented City 3D — an artist’s concept of embedded, real time augmented reality.

The architecture of the contemporary city is no longer simply about the physical space of buildings and landscape, more and more it is about the synthetic spaces created by the digital information that we collect, consume and organize.

An immersive interface may become as much part of the world we inhabit as… read more

The Daily Conversation | Future of driverless cars

May 18, 2015

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The Daily Conversation | The future of driverless cars. Autonomous vehicles have made significant progress in the last decade. This report looks at the history of self driving vehicles, and where the industry is heading.

An autonomous car — also called a driverless car, self driving car, robotic car — is an automated vehicle capable of sensing its environment and driving without human input, or with limited human interaction.… read more

PBS Newshour | Teaching computers how to play Atari better than humans

May 12, 2015

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PBS Newshour | Teaching computers how to play Atari better than humans.

This version of Atari’s “Space Invaders” isn’t being played by a person, but a system of computer algorithms that is learning how to play it just by looking at the pixels on the screen.

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Cambridge University & Toshiba | Zoe the emotional avatar of the future

April 13, 2015

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Cambridge University & Toshiba | Meet Zoe, a digital talking head that can express human emotions on demand with unprecedented realism and could herald a new era of human computer interaction.

A virtual talking head that can express a full range of human emotions and could be used as a digital personal assistant, or to replace texting with face messaging, has been developed by researchers. The lifelike face can… read more

Air Shepherd | Artificial intelligence drones are weapon against poachers

April 1, 2015

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Air Shepherd | Join us to stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos. 40,000 elephants were killed by poachers last year. Drones and supercomputers can stop it.

With 40% of the goal already raised, the campaign runs until April 11th, 2015 so there is still time to support this humane initiative. Visit the Indiegogo campaign to contibute to the project.

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