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Microsoft | Windows Phone digital assistant Cortana, based on popular smart AI character from Halo video game

April 3, 2014

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CNET | At the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demos a new addition to the Windows Phone 8 operating system, a personal assistant called Cortana.

note | The character design for the Microsoft Windows Phone smart digital assistant Cortana is based on Microsoft Studios’ popular Halo game series, in which Cortana is a powerful artificial intelligence with human-level capabilities.… read more

Stunning and prescient architectural futurism of the 1920s

March 2, 2010

CHRIS FAGAN | A Visual Exploration of the Fritz Lang’s Film Metropolis and its relationship to other Futurist works of the 1920s, including Le Corbusier’s The City of To-Morrow & Hugh Ferriss’s The Metropolis of Tomorrow.

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Cedars Sinai Heart Institute pioneers heart stem cell procedure

May 25, 2010

CBS News | Cedars Sinai Heart Institute physicians have completed the world’s first procedure in which a patient’s own heart tissue was used to grow specialized heart stem cells that were then injected back into the patient’s heart in an effort to repair and re-grow healthy muscle in a heart that had been injured by a heart attack. Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, Director of the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, who… read more

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Apple’s 1980s Knowledge Navigator concept videos foresaw the iPad, multitouch, Internet, Google, speech recognition, e-books

October 22, 2010

Wikipedia (with edits) | The Knowledge Navigator was a concept developed by Apple in the 1980s, based on Alan Kay’s Dynabook, for a hypothetical device that could access a large networked database of hypertext information, and use software agents to assist searching for information.

Apple produced several concept videos showcasing the idea. All of them featured a tablet style computer with numerous advanced capabilities, including an excellent text-to-speech… read more

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Gapminder | Professor Hans Rosling presents:200 years that changed the world visualized with Gapminder

February 28, 2011

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Gapminder | For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Professor Hans Rosling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 — 200 years ago. The interactive animations and corresponding documentation are freely available at www.gapminder.org/world. Further information and other videos are available from www.gapminder.org/videos

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Video Source: Hans Rosling, Gapminder

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The Economist | 2011 Innovation Awards winners

December 21, 2011

2011 Innovation Awards winners

The Economist | This year The Economist’s Innovation Awards reached its 10th year so we invited all of our past winners and our judges from around the world to attend the ceremony and summit to mark the tenth anniversary.

The theme was “the essence of truly great innovation” and in recognition of this we launched the Anniversary Award which was presented to Steve Jobs for his contribution to innovation… read more

Dreamworks | The Fifth Estate film trailer

September 10, 2013

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Dreamworks Pictures & Reliance Entertainment | Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game.

Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

The story begins… read more

** FIFA World Cup collection ** Nike | The Last Game animated short film

June 11, 2014

Nike The Last Game film poster

Nike | The Last Game is a story about risky soccer versus safe soccer. The scientist and the clones want to prove that riskless soccer is more effective.

Ronaldo Fenomeno and the original players disagree, and they are willing to risk everything to prove the scientist wrong. There is only one way to know who is right: the last game. Register for the new Nike Soccer app and get… read more

Micro and nanotechnologies are revolutionizing medicine

January 25, 2010

EUTUBE | Micro and nanotechnologies are revolutionizing medicine. ‘Almost invisible’ tools are being developed by European researchers to discover diseases earlier and to treat patients better. The miniaturization of instruments to micro and nano dimensions promises to make our future lives safer and cleaner. A team of European researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Technologies Institute near Saarbruecken is using nanotechnology to improve diagnostic capabilities. In the “Adonis”-project, nano-sized… read more

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MeBot: A robotic platform for socially embodied telepresence

March 10, 2010
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MIT MEDIA LAB | The MeBot is a semi-autonomous robotic avatar that gives a person a richer way to interact remotely with an audience than is allowed with phone and video conferencing. The robot was designed with an emphasis on being able to convey the non-verbal channels of social communication. That is, it is able to communicate some body posture, a wide range of head movement and very expressive hand… read more

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Meet the robots

September 9, 2010

On hi-tech this week – Acroban, a humanoid robot who plays with children, technology to control robotic hands and arms and Digoro the ‘Partner Robot’

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Intel CTO Justin Rattner on Intel and the Singularity

November 4, 2008

Alvis Brigis, FutureBlogger | Intel CTO Justin Rattner paints a scenario in which humans have access to “computers, and cameras, and phones that run infinitely”, relating that the feasibility and demand for such devices has spurred Intel to seriously research the underlying technologies that could spawn such a future reality.  Rattner says Intel has been coming at wireless power “in a number of ways”, first from

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IBM Labs | Stream computing: massive pattern recognition at 200+ times/second

February 17, 2011

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IBM Labs | Stream computing software enables massive amounts of data to be correlated and analyzed for patterns and trends at more than 200 times a second, faster than a hummingbird can flap its wings. This advanced analysis can be quickly turned into insight that is used to determine which actions drive optimal results. Organizations across industries have begun to use analytics to sift through 1000s of simultaneous data streams —… read more

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Radiolab | Talking to machines

March 26, 2012

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Radiolab | We begin with a love story — from a man who unwittingly fell in love with a chatbot on an online dating site. Then, we encounter a robot therapist whose inventor became so unnerved by its success that he pulled the plug.

And we talk to the man who coded Cleverbot, a software program that learns from every new line of conversation it receives…… read more

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We’re NASA and we know it (Mars Curiosity)

August 20, 2012

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A YouTube video titled We’re NASA and We Know It has gone viral since the video’s launch on August 15, 2012 with over 1.5 million views.

The video published on the Satire YouTube channel features a Jet Propulsion Laboratory “Mohawk Guy” look-a-like as the lead singer with NASA flight-suited break dancers surrounded by nerdy back-up dancers dressed in baby-blue NASA mission control polo shirts and khakis.

Exploiting the… read more

Video Source: Satire

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