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Record-setting asteroid flyby

February 1, 2013

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On Feb. 15th an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly past Earth closer than many man-made satellites. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet.

— NASA Science

Video Source: NASA Science

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Can robots be made creative enough to invent their own language?

January 30, 2013

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Professor Luc Steels describes his recent breakthrough experiments, in which robots are programmed to play language games and come up with novel concepts, words and meanings. He explains how this triggers a process of cultural evolution that leads to more complex forms of language and what this tells us about the nature of our own intelligence and the future of artificial intelligence.

Luc Steels is ICREA Research Professor at… read more

Video Source: University of Oxford

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Lew Keilar | The Singularity in three minutes

January 28, 2013

Lew Keilar The Singularity in Three Minutes

Happy Endings Film Fest | “Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity” is a brilliant animation short by Lew Keilar and was a 2012 Happy Endings FilmFest finalist. This is a whiteboard animation explaining, in three minutes, the Technological Singularity concept made famous by Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil, and other futurists.

Credits: Illustrated, shot, edited, and co-written by Lew Keilar. Stephen Smith, co-writer and collaborator, aka BirdInHandLane. Jeff Duff, music.… read more

Google Glass concept video revisited

January 28, 2013

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Google Project Glass | We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and… read more

Video Source: Project Glass

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Trailer for new film by Doug Wolens The Singularity

January 24, 2013

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Doug Wolens | The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress.

Clearly, some emerging technologies could have unknown consequences that could lead to catastrophic events or be abused for… read more

Video Source: Doug Wolens

The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates (C-SPAN)

January 24, 2013

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Author Howard Bloom discussed om C-SPAN his latest book, The God Problem: how A Godless Cosmos Creates, in which he explains his theory of how the universe was created without a creator, and how the universe might end. The talk was hosted by Columbia University Bookstore in New York City.

See the full video of the talk on C-SPAN, along with transcript.… read more

Video Source: C-SPAN

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Deep Space Industries video

January 23, 2013

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Deep Space Industries believes the human race is ready to begin harvesting the resources of space both for their use in space and to increase the wealth and prosperity of the people of planet Earth.

Video Source: Subtractive, Inc.

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Landscape House by Universe Architecture

January 21, 2013

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One surface folded in an endless möbius band. Floors transform into ceilings, inside into outside. Production with innovative 3D printing techniques. Architecture of continuity with an endless array of applicability.

— Universe Architecture

Source: Universe Architecture

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Mona Lisa beamed to Moon probe in laser-link test

January 18, 2013

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As part of the first demonstration of laser communication with a satellite at the moon, scientists with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the spacecraft from Earth.

The iconic image traveled nearly 240,000 miles in digital form from the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging (NGSLR) station at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to the Lunar… read more

Video Source: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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Daniel Wolpert: the real reason for brains

January 15, 2013

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Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. In this entertaining, data-rich talk he gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion.

- TED

Video Source: TED

Audi piloted driving at CES 2013

January 11, 2013

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Video Source: Audi of America

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At CES, more gadgets talk to each other

January 10, 2013

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Imagine a day when all of your gadgets can talk to each other. Your phone will control your television and your computer can run your gaming device. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show going on now in Las Vegas, that vision is becoming more of a reality.

— CNET

Video Source: CNET

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CES 2013: flying a helicopter with brain waves

January 10, 2013

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The Neurosky MindWave is a headband with EEG sensors that, paired with software, let’s you control things by thinking.

The latest gadget to use the Neurosky interface, the Puzzlebox Orbit, has a helicopter inside an orb (to keep it from damaging itself when it inevitably crashes). It comes with a transmitter that hooks up to a mobile device, software, and a Neurosky headset; the package costs $189.… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Meet Diego-san, a robot baby than learns

January 9, 2013

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“DIEGO-SAN” by Hanson for the Machine Perception Lab at the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation.

With a face by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics, which mounts on a body by Kokoro, this robotic baby boy was built with funding from the National Science Foundation and serves cognitive AI and human-robot interaction research.

With high definition cameras in the eyes, Diego San sees… read more

Video Source: Hanson Robotics

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How you can change the past

January 8, 2013

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The outcomes of recent experiments in quantum physics show that “particle” and “wave” are concepts we latch on to because they seem to correspond to guises of matter in our familiar, classical world. But attempting to describe true quantum reality with these or any other black-or-white concepts is an enterprise doomed to failure.

Video Source: New Scientist

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