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SkySweeper robot inspects power lines inexpensively

August 21, 2013

SkySweeper

Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on an inexpensive 3D printer, the SkySweeper prototype could be scaled up for less than $1,000, making it significantly more economical than the two models of robots currently used to inspect power lines.

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Video Source: University of California, San Diego

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AT&T | Ads accurately predicted the future: ‘You Will’ ad campaign 1993-1994

March 15, 2011

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These ads featuring eerily familiar (yet-to-be-created technologies) were produced by AT&T and broadcast on mainstream television from 1993-1994.

A savvy YouTuber culled them together in one convenient spot (video above) — “FunkyWitDaSysTm” says: “I could never find a complete compilation of all of these videos, so I put all 7 together and uploaded it for the world. Looking back on these ads, I remember how moved I was… read more

Video Source: AT&T

Quantic Dream | Tech demo features sophisticated performance-capture and self-aware android

March 9, 2012

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Wired: Tech Life | A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near.

The clip, which David Cage, the head of Quantic Dream, unveiled on Wednesday at a Game Developers Conference presentation, shows an android named Kara becoming self-aware as she is being assembled, and desperately insisting… read more

TED | Markus Fischer: A robot that flies like a bird

August 3, 2011

Markus Fischer robot flies like bird

TED | Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011.

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Video Source: TED

Off The Grid — inside the movement

July 11, 2012

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Some of the characters (including author Carolyn Chute) from the book – OFF THE GRID – Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government and True Independence in Modern America, (Penguin, August 2010).

I traveled around America meeting these extraordinary people and writing about their lives. Above all I wanted to find out WHY they live off the grid.

Video Source: Off-Grid

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Basil Gelpke and Alexander Kluge | Human 2.0 — documentary trailer

September 10, 2012

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The human being will be the first species able to understand its own blueprint. The rapidly increasing knowledge of genetics, nanotechnology, robotics, and AI will dwarf everything philosophers, scientists, science fiction writers and other visionaries have ever conceived. Human life without disease and possibly even without death doesn’t seem impossible anymore. Film by Basil Gelpke and Alexander Kluge, now available on DVD.

Video Source: Basil Gelpke and Alexander Kluge | Human 2.0

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Cara: a new way to measure the world

May 17, 2013

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Cara is ultra-light software that turns any web camera into an intelligent sensor. Accurate, insightful, real world analytics in real time.

  • Gather anonymous real time audience analytics such as gender, age and attention time using a basic webcam.
  • Use Cara to create intelligent things and interactive spaces — trigger events based on the audience. Connect the online and offline worlds.

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Video Source: IMRSV

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World Future Society | Top 10 forecasts for 2012

December 21, 2011

Top 10 forecasts for 2012

World Future Society | Each year the World Future Society prepares a round up of the most thought-provoking forecasts published in The Futurist magazine.

This video illustrates the World Future Society’s editors’ choice for the top 10 forecasts for the decades ahead. “Outlook 2012″ was published in the November-December 2011 issue of The Futurist.

A PDF of this special report may be ordered here.… read more

Toward Intelligent Humanoids | iCub 2012

April 15, 2013

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This video, released by the IDSIA Robotics Lab as part of the ongoing work in the EU-funded project IM-CLeVeR, shows recent skills learned by the iCub humanoid.

The IM-CleVeR project, launched in 2009, aims at “developing a new methodology for designing robots that can cumulatively learn new skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations, and reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned… read more

Video Source: IDSIA Robotics Lab

The Eye Tribe — eye control for mobile devices

October 25, 2012

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The Eye Tribe software (formerly known as Senseye) allows users to interact with their mobile device using their eye movements.

A simple webcam and a set of infrared LEDs are connected to the USB port of the tablet. The software records the eyes and calculates the point of the screen where the user is looking.

Video Source: The Eye Tribe

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MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab | Printable desktop robots

January 28, 2014

MIT CSAIL printable desktop robot

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab | This video shows three of the first devices to be prototyped at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) using a new technology that could make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.

MIT is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed,… read more

Shelley, Stanford’s robotic car, hits the track

August 13, 2012

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Stanford’s self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 mph on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers’ brain activity, the car’s performance could get even better.

Shelley is the product of collaboration between Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab, led by mechanical engineering Associate Professor Chris Gerdes, and the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab.

There’s very little difference between the path a professional driver takes around the course… read more

Video Source: Stanford University

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David Hanson, Dmitry Itskov, Phillip K. Dick on Charlie Rose show

June 28, 2013

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Robotics designer David Hanson & Dmitry Itskov, founder and chair, 2045 initiative on robotics and avatars of the future.

— Charlie Rose show

Video Source: Charlie Rose

Vernor Vinge & The Singularity: Authors at Google

July 19, 2012

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5-time Hugo Award winning author Vernor Vinge, one of the most lauded SF writers of our era, discusses his work and concepts from it, including the concept of “The Singularity” which he coined, and his latest novel, “Children of the Sky,” the sequel to “A Fire Upon the Deep.” He is interviewed by Brad Templeton of EFF/Singularity U/Google X.

Video Source: @Google Talks

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Kinect fusion lets you build 3D models of anything

March 8, 2013

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At Microsoft’s annual TechFest on Tuesday, international research teams had a chance to show off their latest tools, toys, and APIs to each other, and to us. We got a look at everything, including a robot-powered Haptic touch screen, a gesture recognition API from Jamie Shotton, a custom Kinect avatar builder, and lots of real-time 3-D capture software that will be on it’s way to you soon.

Here’s Kinect… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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