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Science Bytes | Blueprint for the brain

February 5, 2012

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Science Bytes | How can three pounds of jelly inside our skulls enable us to do everything that makes us human? For centuries, scientists have been fascinated and puzzled by the mysterious workings of the brain. Now, for the first time, they can re-create in the computer the shapes of every one of the billions of nerve cells that make up our brains, the component parts of the intricate neural… read more

Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

November 4, 2012

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In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ — and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.

Video Source: TED

SIGGRAPH 2007 demo of EON Reality’s user interface

August 15, 2007

Interactive user interface from EON Reality. “EON Reality, Inc. is the world’s leading Interactive 3D Virtual Meeting Software provider for business and education based on virtual reality technology. It’s powerful break through interactive 3D collaborative technology enables users to experience more by revolutionizing the way companies leverage their digital assets and communicate.”

Video Source: Eon Reality, Inc.

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ACM SIGGRAPH

Brain-machine interface technology enabling control of a robot by human thought alone

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP), a subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation have collaboratively developed the world’s first Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that uses electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) along with newly developed information extraction technology to enable control of a robot by human thought alone. It does not require any physical movement such as… read more

Video Source: Honda

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Honda YouTube Channel
Honda Research Institute

Google Goggles lets you search the web with images taken on your mobile phone

August 12, 2010

Google Labs | Google Goggles lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. It’s ideal for things that aren’t easy to describe in words. There’s no need to type or speak your query – all you have to do is open the app, snap a picture, and wait for your search results.

Google Goggles works better with certain types of queries. Try taking pictures… read more

Video Source: Google

IBM: Watson sparring matches — pop culture performance

February 13, 2011

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IBM | During its training against former champions, Watson, the IBM computer system designed to play Jeopardy!, was constantly updated on popular music, movies, television and pop culture references in order to be competitive in these categories. Watch Watson tackle pop culture references during these sparring matches. Enormous amounts of data are generated every day in the financial industry. The deep analytics of Watson, the IBM computer system designed to play… read more

Video Source: IBM

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IBM's YouTube channel
IBM Watson official website
Jeopardy! website for "The IBM Challenge"

IDG Computerworld | Telenoid robot attempts emotions

May 16, 2011

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IDG Computerworld | Conveying physical emotions through a phone call or email is difficult, but researchers from Japan’s Osaka University, in collaboration with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, have developed a robot called Telenoid that they think can do just that.

Video Source: IDG Computerworld

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IDG Computerworld YouTube channel
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International

BAE Systems | Tanks test infrared invisibility cloak

December 30, 2011

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ITN | The company behind a new so-called “invisibility cloak” says it will help protect tanks from heat-seeking missiles.

BAE Systems | Unlike traditional camouflage systems which rely on paint or nets to hide vehicles, ADAPTIV can instantly blend a vehicle into its background. The system can also be used on ships and fixed installations, allowing them to stay undetected by enemy surveillance units. With the ADAPTIV system installed,… read more

Google Science Fair 2012: How can robots aid scientific research?

March 14, 2012

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At Google Science Fair, Scientists from Cambridge University talk about using LEGO MINDSTORMS to aid their research.

Prized Science | Peter Wolynes: untangling protein folding

November 9, 2012

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Peter Wolynes, winner of the 2012 ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry, spent his career untangling the process of protein folding and discovered a process through which these chain molecules tumble into shape. His discovery may help usher in new techniques for personalized medicine and reveal how protein mutations affect the body.

Video Source: American Chemical Society

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Ep. 5: “Peter Wolynes: Untangling Protein Folding”

NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

December 22, 2012

NASA Johnson Style

NASA Johnson Style is a volunteer outreach video project created by the students of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It was created as an educational parody of Psy’s Gangnam Style. The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.

Special thanks to astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mike Massimino and Clay… read more

Video Source: Students of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Dubai Holding | Plans for world’s largest domed city

January 1, 2000

Image from the planned Mall of the World. (credit: Dubai Holding)

Dubai Holding | The world’s first temperature-controlled city, Mall of the World, located along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. Occupying a total area of 48 million square feet, the project will comprise the largest indoor theme park in the world, which will be covered by a glass dome that will be open during the winter months.

The project will also house the largest shopping mall in the world with… read more

Steve Jobs’ Apple iPad demo

January 28, 2010

Video Source: Apple Inc.

Abracadabra: wireless, high-precision finger input for very small mobile devices

March 19, 2010

ABRACADABRA R&D TEAM | Advances in small and low power electronics have created new opportunities for mobile computing, leading to an explosion of new devices for the general public. Overall, these advances have allowed extremely powerful computing capabilities to be packaged in smaller and smaller form factors. These devices offer tremendous new potential due to e.g., their extreme mobility. However, with this potential come new challenges for interaction design.… read more

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

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Chris Harrison's website & Abracadabra project details
Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Moon is shrinking according to NASA scientists

September 9, 2010

A recently published NASA study has revealed the Moon has shrunk significantly in the last 800 million years – a very short period of time in astronomical terms.

Video Source: euronews

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