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Fora.TV | Domestic spy drones raise legal concerns

February 22, 2012

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Fora.tv | Author P.W. Singer discusses the increasingly common “leeching” of advanced and often invasive military technology into civilian life and domestic law enforcement. Do drones engaged on American soil violate our right to privacy? Does the Second Amendment protect our right to “bear robotic arms”?

The rate of technological change over the last century has been exponential. According to Moore’s Law, computing power has doubled for the price… read more

** NEW VIDEO ** Comedy Central The Colbert Report | segments on robots, science and human progress

June 16, 2014

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Hilarious collection of segments on robots, genetics, physics and the future from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, updated regularly.

Comedy Central The Colbert Report | The enemy within: Bina the activist android. Sirius Satellite Radio founder Martine Rothblatt invents a black lesbian robot with a radical agenda. Aired June 10, 2014.

Comedy Central The Colbert Report | Morality lessons… read more

Optical motion control of maglev graphite

December 31, 2012

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Graphite has been known as a typical diamagnetic material and can be levitated in the strong magnetic field. Here we show that the magnetically levitating pyrolytic graphite can be moved in the arbitrary place by simple photoirradiation. It is notable that the optical motion control system described in this paper requires only NdFeB permanent magnets and light source.

The optical movement is driven by photothermally induced changes in the… read more

Video Source: Masayuki Kobayashi and Jiro Abe, Aoyama Gakuin University

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Terraform

October 29, 2012

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An overrun world is about to be changed. Over generations, the legend lives on…

A film by Arthur Bayard, Félicien Daros, Guillaume Dadaglio, Vincent Glaize, Thomas Nivet

Video Source: ARTFX

Buzz Aldrin says humanity’s future is on Mars

May 9, 2013

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The moon is not enough for Buzz Aldrin, the second man ever to walk on the lunar surface. If humanity is to truly realize its space travel potential, there is only one place it will find it: Mars.

Aldrin’s new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, now available, charts out a course that could put astronauts on the surface of Mars by 2035.… read more

Video Source: Space.com

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Kessler Foundation | Ekso exoskeleton allowing traumatic spinal cord injury patients to walk

December 21, 2011

Ekso exoskeleton allowing traumatic spinal cord injury patients to walk

Kessler Foundation | Researchers were encouraged by observations of 6 patients with traumatic spinal cord injury: Monitored by scientists at Kessler Foundation, six people with spinal cord injuries tested Ekso, the new robotic exoskeleton (formerly eLEGS™) from Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics) that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk.

The six, each of whom has a different level of injury, participated in one week of preliminary testing in… read more

Max Tegmark: the future of life, a cosmic perspective

June 13, 2013

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Max Tegmark, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), presents a cosmic perspective on the future of life, covering our increasing scientific knowledge, the cosmic background radiation, the ultimate fate of the universe, and what we need to do to ensure the human race’s survival and flourishing in the short and long term.

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Video Source: Future of Humanity Institute

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TED | Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that

June 14, 2011

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TED | At TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft, M.D., offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside.

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CNET | Fraunhofer’s portrait robot at CeBIT

March 25, 2012

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CNET | Robots are widely used now, and they’re only spread even farther into daily life. The sci-fi future may be closer than you think. The Fraunhofer Institute usually uses this robot for gauging the quality of new reflective materials, but at the CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany, it used it to draw portraits. The robot took a digital photo of a person, processed it digitally, drew a line-art portrait,… read more

Video Source: CNET

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Microsoft Research | Deep neural networks for speech and image processing

November 1, 2012

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Microsoft Research | Deep Neural Networks for Speech and Image Processing: Neural networks are experiencing a renaissance, thanks to a new mathematical formulation, known as restricted Boltzmann machines, and the availability of powerful GPUs and increased processing power.

Unlike past neural networks, these new ones can have many layers and thus are called “deep neural networks”; and because they are a machine-learning technique, the technology is also known as… read more

Video Source: Microsoft Research

Reuters | New KNFB smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 22, 2014

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National Federation of the Blind | Snap pictures, listen to printed text read aloud, store and share documents and more using the KNFB Reader iPhone app. The KNFB Reader app for iPhone is available in the Apple iTunes app store.

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Thought-controlled quadcopter takes to the skies

September 5, 2012

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Researchers at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, have developed a quadcopter that they claim can be controlled by thought alone. The idea is to give people with impaired motor abilities a new avenue for interaction, says New Scientist.

Their system relies on the commercially available Emotiv EEG headset to interpret brain activity as commands for the quadcopter. Commands are relayed first… read more

Video Source: Zhejiang University

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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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Shimon Schocken: the self-organizing computer course

November 6, 2012

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Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about… read more

Electronics nerds light up the holidays!

December 17, 2012

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Video Source: multiple on YouTube

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