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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

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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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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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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

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

Surround-See: enabling peripheral vision on smartphones during active use

July 18, 2013

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Mobile devices are endowed with significant sensing capabilities. However, their ability to “see” their surroundings, during active use, is limited. We present Surround-See, a self-contained smartphone equipped with an omni-directional camera that enables peripheral vision around the device to augment daily mobile tasks. Surround-See provides mobile devices with a field-of-view collinear to the device screen.

This capability facilitates novel mobile tasks such as pointing at objects in the environment… read more

Video Source: Xing-Dong Yang

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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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‘RADICAL OPENNESS’ for TEDGlobal 2012 by Jason Silva

June 26, 2012

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Video Source: TEDGlobal

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AIRobots: remotely controlled aerial robots

December 24, 2012

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The University of Twente AIRobots project is developing a new generation of remotely controlled “aerial service robots” (a.k.a. drones). The researchers plan to use virtual reality, augmented reality, and haptic (touch) devices to allow the operator to guide the robot while hiding the complexity of the vehicle dynamics.

Video Source: University of Twente

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Best Buy | SXSW interview — ‘A genius predicts the future’

March 15, 2012

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Best Buy | The inventor of text-to-speech says you won’t need text or speech to surf the Web.

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Meta | Planets and 3D printing technical demonstration

March 3, 2014

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Meta | A first look at the META.01 Developer Edition with Matt Kitchales, Product Manager at Meta.

Video Source: Meta – SpaceGlasses

Kevin Margo | Grounded — film trailer

September 19, 2012

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One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

Video Source: Kevin Margo | Grounded

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Next generation DNA sequencing

May 22, 2013

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The advent of next-generation sequencing is considered the most propelling technological advance, which has resulted in the doubling of sequence data almost every five months and the precipitous drop in the cost of sequencing a region of DNA.

This is a rebroadcast of a webinar that tracks the evolution of next-generation sequencing and explores what the future holds in terms of the technology and its medical applications.

Panelists:… read more

Video Source: Gerontology Research Group

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