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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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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

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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

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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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High-power robot legs can jump, balance

May 8, 2012

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University of Tokyo JSK Lab researchers have developed a high-torque, high-speed robotic leg based on a novel electrical actuation system. Their robot uses high-voltage and high-current liquid-cooled motor drivers that get their power from a 13.5-farad capacitor system, which can supply lots of current very fast and reliably, something that batteries are not good at.

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20th Century Fox | Google featured in The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

February 17, 2013

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20th Century Fox | Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of… read more

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Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

July 10, 2012

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Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about profound changes that genomics will bring in business, technology, and society. His TED Book, “Homo Evolutis,”… read more

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Geordie Rose – D-Wave Quantum Computing – A Eureka Moment

December 4, 2012

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This talk is from USC in October 2011.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth

April 18, 2014

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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed game entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

As… read more

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Microsoft KinEtre lets you possess people, inanimate objects

August 9, 2012

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Kinect technique lets your body control virtual avatars of things around your house.

Ever wanted to make your bookshelf shake its booty just by shaking your own? Graphics gurus at Microsoft Research have a new system that will let you do just that — possess other inanimate objects around your house or even make images of other people move. The KinÊtre project starts with a KinectFusion scan of an… read more

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Russian fireball largest ever detected by CTBTO’s infrasound sensors

February 21, 2013

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Infrasonic waves from the meteor that broke up over Russia’s Ural mountains last week were the largest ever recorded by the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System.

Infrasound is low frequency sound with a range of less than 10 Hz.

The blast was detected by 17 infrasound stations in the CTBTO’s network, which tracks atomic blasts across the planet.  The furthest station to record the sub-audible… read more

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Sandia National Labs | Self-guided bullet can alter trajectory in flight, navigating to laser-painted target

February 2, 2012

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Sandia Labs | Sandia researchers have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters). The four-inch-long bullet has actuators that steer tiny fins that guide it to its target. (Images here.)

Sandia’s self-guided bullet prototype can hit target a mile away. The design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor… read more

NAO Writer — NAO robot writes any word

May 17, 2013

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NAO Robot writes any word you ask him, and spells the word as he writes it. This app uses text-to-speech for word recognition and inverse kinematics for writing.

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iRobot | The Ava mobile robotics platform

February 4, 2012

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iRobot | iRobot Ava™ is a breakthrough mobile robotics platform developed to help robot designers, application developers and market innovation specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile robotic solutions.

Autonomous navigation for independent, proactive point-to-point navigation. The right balance of features and robustness integrated in meaningful and productive ways. A highly accessible development platform for business or consumer applications. Comprehensive sensor arrays (laser, sonar, and 2D/3Dimaging) providing complete… read more

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