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Science Vs. Cinema: ARRIVAL

November 29, 2016

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We take a look at Denis Villeneuve’s latest film ARRIVAL, with one-on-one conversations with stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, author Ted Chiang and screenwriter Eric Heisserer. To evaluate the science we talked to Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram, SETI astronomer Seth Shostak, and linguist Jessica Coon.

Andy Howell, PhD, Science Vs. Cinema, Staff Scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT)… read more

Video Source: Science vs. Cinema

HUMANS Season 2: Waking Up

November 17, 2016

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AMC. Premiering February 2017.

Video Source: AMC

book tour calendar | New graphic novel by Amy Kurzweil called Flying Couch

October 21, 2016

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Dear Readers,

My daughter Amy Kurzweil is a graphic novelist working as a teacher and writer, exploring human perspective and the idea of human identity. Here is the calendar for her current book tour for her new graphic novel called Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir. The comics are hand drawn. You can see her and get an autograph copy of her book at many cities across the U.S.… read more

Dimensions: Cosmic Eye HD

August 26, 2016

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Danail Obreschkow

This movie was generated using the iOS App “Cosmic Eye“, written by Danail Obreschkow at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at the University of Western Australia. This app draws inspiration from a progression of increasingly accurate graphical representations of the scales of our Universe, including the classical essay “Cosmic View” (1957), the short movie “Powers of Ten” (1977),… read more

Video Source: Danail Obreschkow

The Fermi Paradox — Where Are All The Aliens? (1/2)

August 3, 2016

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The universe is unbelievably big — trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and scary universe?

Videos, explaining things. Like evolution, time, space, global energy or our existence in this strange… read more

Video Source: Kurzgesagt

Demis Hassabis | Towards General Artificial Intelligence

July 14, 2016

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Dr. Demis Hassabis is the Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading General Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, which was acquired by Google in 2014 in their largest ever European acquisition. Demis will draw on his eclectic experiences as an AI researcher, neuroscientist and video games designer to discuss what is happening at the cutting edge of AI research, including the recent historic AlphaGo match, and its future potential impact… read more

Video Source: Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM)

Demis Hassabis | Creating rat-level AI

July 14, 2016

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“One of our goals over this next year is kind of create the rat-level AI, an AI agent that’s capable of doing all the things a rat can do.” — Demis Hassabis, Google DeepMind

Video Source: Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM)

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

Video Source: Moogfest

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

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