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DARPA: Driving critical technological surprise

April 30, 2013

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In this Pentagon media briefing, DARPA Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar explains what the Agency does for the U.S., how it does it, how it thinks about its mission in the context of today’s realities, and the future that it’s building by creating the next generation of technology to give Defense leaders more options for tomorrow’s missions.

She mentions innovations in cyber warfare, electronic warfare, position navigation and timing… read more

Video Source: U.S. Department of Defense

DARPA’s Pet-Proto robot navigates obstacles

October 27, 2012

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In this video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge will test these and other capabilities in a series of tasks that will simulate conditions in a dangerous,… read more

Video Source: Boston Dynamics

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Boston Dynamics

DARPA’s Wound Stasis technology could save lives

December 11, 2012

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Battlefield medical care administered by first responders is often critical to the survival of injured service members. In the case of internal abdominal injuries and resulting internal hemorrhaging, however, there is currently little that can be done to stanch bleeding before the patients reach necessary treatment facilities. The resulting blood loss often leads to death from what would otherwise be potentially survivable wounds.

A foam-based technology developed under DARPA’s… read more

Video Source: DARPA

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Data fusion: Movea transforms sensors into indoor navigation

April 3, 2013

Data fusion Movea transforms sensors into indoor navigation

Software company Movea helps app developers corral the data from the sensors that pack today’s mobile devices, such as gyroscopes, magnetometers, accelerometers, GPS receivers, pressure sensors, ambient light detectors, air sensors, temperature sensors, microphones, and cameras,

IEEE Spectrum

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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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

David Orban’s interview with John Nash

March 23, 2010

DAVID ORBAN | During this conversation, John Nash (profiled in the movie “Beautiful Mind”) insisted for a while that change having been always present would not represent anything new today. Who was I to convince him of the contrary? I told him the example of heating water: nothing changes for a long time but temperature. Then, unexpectedly, the same change that from 85 C to 95 C did nothing much,… read more

Video Source: David Orban

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PBS documentary on John Nash: A Brilliant Madness
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David Orban’s Interview with Vernor Vinge, who coined the term “technological singularity”

March 23, 2010

DAVID ORBAN | Conversation with Vernor Vinge on the Technological Singularity. Vernor Vinge published the original article at a NASA conference in 1993 that reintroduced and popularized the concept of the Technological Singularity.

Video Source: David Orban

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Deep Learning

April 21, 2014

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Jürgen Schmidhuber, Director of the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA
Deep Learning

The recent resurrection of multi-layer neural networks is generating a lot of interest currently, with deep learning appearing on the New York Times front page, and big companies like Google and Facebook hunting for the experts in this field. Jürgen’s talk will shed more light on how deep learning methods work, and why they work.

Some news… read more

Video Source: Zürich Machine Learning and Data Science Meetup

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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Defense Distributed | Controversial weapons firm posts mysterious video October Surprise

September 22, 2014

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Defense Distributed, the controversial research and development firm that has publicly released files for 3D printed guns, just posted a mysterious video showing what appears to be World War II bombers in flight. They stated, “Respectfully requesting your attendance for an October Surprise. September 30, 2014.”

“October surprise” traditionally refers to a news event deliberately created to influence the outcome of an election in November. Any guesses?… read more

Deflecting an asteroid, with paintballs

February 25, 2013

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In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A brightly colored asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

How might one encourage such a deflection? The answer, according to an MIT graduate student: with a volley or two… read more

Video Source: MIT

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Departing Space Station commander provides tour of orbital laboratory

December 20, 2012

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In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the… read more

Video Source: NASA

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Deus Ex: the Eyeborg documentary

March 6, 2013

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To celebrate the launch of critically acclaimed video game DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, Square Enix commissioned filmmaker Rob Spence aka Eyeborg (a self proclaimed cyborg who lost an eye and replaced it with a wireless video camera) to investigate prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation. How far are we from the future presented to us in DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION?

— Square Enix

Video Source: Square Enix

Digital carjackers show off new attacks

July 26, 2013

Digital Carjackers

A couple of hackers show off a series of nasty new attacks on cars—with Forbes’ Andy Greenberg behind the wheel.

“Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop — or even slow down — produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I… read more

Video Source: Forbes

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Digital Taste project

October 27, 2012

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Adrian Cheok, a professor at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media Design in Japan, is working on a “digital lollypop” that can electrically and thermally stimulates the tongue to produce basic flavors — bitter, sour, salty, sweet. He wants to design a system for the “multisensory Internet” in which a friend can send you a flavor over the Internet.

Video Source: Adrian Cheok

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