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Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

November 5, 2012

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It looks like a creation from Frankenstein’s lab: a robot with tentacles modelled on an octopus — the world’s first entirely soft robot.

The first prototype has six silicone legs designed for locomotion, while two specialized arms use artificial muscles, motors and sensors to detect and grasp objects. A spring-like structure inside these tentacles, made from a shape-memory alloy, can expand, contract or bend in any direction with… read more

Video Source: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa

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Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part II) — mind-blowing UI

November 4, 2012

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“This is part II (Part I at http://youtu.be/fcMhZ9J0qN8 showed off the technology, in Part II you see where Oblong is taking the technology and productizing it). John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here … you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” —… read more

Video Source: Robert Scoble

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Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part I) — mind-blowing computer/human interface

November 4, 2012

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“John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here he shows me his latest work which is, indeed, mind blowing. This is part I, in Part II, you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” — Robert Scoble

Video Source: Robert Scoble

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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

BeeBee’s special enhancement

November 1, 2012

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BeeBee, a tiny Chihuahua, was born with no shoulder blades; she can’t put any weight on her front legs or straighten them. So engineering students at Bollman Tech, in Thornton, Colorado built a special wheelchair just for her.

Video Source: USA TODAY

Andrew McAfee: are droids taking our jobs?

November 1, 2012

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Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. (Filmed at

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Video Source: TED

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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

Video Source: Microsoft Research

Parallella: a supercomputer for everyone

October 31, 2012

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The Parallella project aims to make parallel computing accessible to everyone. The project has successfully raised its Kickstarter.funding goal of $750,000, with $898,921 pledged.

According to Adapteva founder Andreas Olofsson:
Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as “a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced”. With such a big challenge ahead, we need to make sure that every programmer has access to cheap and… read more

Video Source: Adapteva

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Autonomous robot swarm takes over farm work

October 31, 2012

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A new robot developed by David Dorhout and colleagues from Dorhout R&D is designed to plant seeds in a field while coordinating with a gang of other robotic farmhands, according to New Scientist.

The robot can walk in any direction while avoiding obstacles, using a sensor underneath its body to detect where seeds have already been planted. Once it finds an untouched patch, it drills a hole… read more

Video Source: Dorhout R&D

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Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Ray Kurzweil on How to Create a Mind

October 30, 2012

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Singularity Hub’s Keith Kleiner interviews Ray Kurzweil about his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.

Video Source: Singularity Hub

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Terraform

October 29, 2012

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An overrun world is about to be changed. Over generations, the legend lives on…

A film by Arthur Bayard, Félicien Daros, Guillaume Dadaglio, Vincent Glaize, Thomas Nivet

Video Source: ARTFX

How to deflect an incoming asteroid

October 28, 2012

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Send space-launched white paint balls on pellets, says Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The pellets would deflect the asteroid and the white surface (albedo) would continue to reflect sunlight — and in 20 years, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

Paek won the 2012 Move an Asteroidread more

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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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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Printing a bicycle with a 3D printer

October 25, 2012

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The BBC explores how industrial 3-D printers can go from a nylon plastic powder to any conceivable shape. At this U.K. factory, engineers try to produce a ready-to-ride.bicycle in one go.

Video Source: BBC

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