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IBM | Perspectives on Watson — customer service, finance, and healthcare applications

February 13, 2011

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IBM | The customer service industry is judged on two criteria: speed and accuracy. Watson, the IBM computing system designed to compete on Jeopardy!, is built to achieve both of these. IBM experts share their thoughts on how the DeepQA technology that powers Watson could transform the customer service industry into a faster, more accurate experience.

Medical records, texts, journals and research documents are all written in natural language… read more

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Verizon Wireless | ‘Susie’s Lemonade Stand’ commercials exemplify democratization of innovation

May 16, 2011

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Ray Kurzweil | This commercial is a wonderful depiction of the enormous power of the tools that are in all of our hands — illustrating the democratization of innovation, and the increasing youthfulness of entrepreneurship.

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New Scientist | Physics in a Minute: The twin paradox

January 5, 2012

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New Scientist | Twins can be competitive, but thanks to special relativity you could age slower than your sibling. The feat requires a trip to space aboard a rocket travelling near the speed of light. Known as the twin paradox, this animation by The Open University explores the scenario posed by Albert Einstein.

As time marches on as usual for the earthbound twin, time ticks slower for the space… read more

CERN: Are we there yet on the search for the Higgs boson?

July 4, 2012

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Amazon | Demo of Zocalo cloud service

January 1, 2001

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Amazon | Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity.

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Scratch Input: novel finger input surface

March 19, 2010

Scratch Input R&D team | Scratch Input: Creating Large, Inexpensive, Unpowered and Mobile Finger Input Surfaces

We present Scratch Input, an acoustic-based input technique that relies on the unique sound produced when a fingernail is dragged over the surface of a textured material, such as wood, fabric, or wall paint. We employ a simple sensor that can be easily coupled with existing surfaces, such as walls and tables, turning… read more

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Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves

November 1, 2006

TED | Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks “What does technology want?” and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life. Kevin Kelly has been publisher of the Whole Earth Review, exec editor at Wired, founder of visionary nonprofits, and writer on biology and business and “cool tools.” He’s admired for his new perspectives on technology and its relevance to history, biology and religion.

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BMW | Demo of ‘CDC hands-free mode’ portends driverless cars

January 26, 2012

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BMW | This clip is a part of the BMW ConnectedDrive Future Lab. More details here.

Daily Mail | BMW developers have designed a car that can drive itself down Germany’s autobahn. Looking no different from a regular BMW, the car is fitted with a “four-sense” system which includes radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonics.

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20th Century Fox | Viral trailers for Prometheus feature David the android

November 26, 2012

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Wikipedia | About the film: Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. The story is set in the late 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map discovered among the artifacts of several ancient Earth cultures. The crew, seeking the origins of humanity, arrive on a distant world and discover a threat that could cause the extinction… read more

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New Scientist | Less invasive mind control system for prosthetics

February 25, 2011

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New Scientist | A model helps to visualize how a new neural implant device reads brain signals and interprets them to control a prosthetic arm. The yellow spikes represent firing motor neurons in the brain. Each neuron is tuned to recognize a different direction in space, so as the arm moves, the spikes change to reflect the changing direction. By combining the output of all the neurons, the direction of… read more

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Hanson Robokind

August 3, 2012

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Hanson RoboKind robots bring you amazing Hanson facial expressions on walking bodies, for the most lifelike robots in the world. With high-definition cameras, numerous sensors, software API, Maxon motors, and a powerful embedded computer, RoboKind robots are perfect for RoboCup, robotics, and psychology research.

 

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A small robot driven by a moth

February 7, 2013

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A male silkmoth uses a small, two-wheeled robot to track down a female silkmoth from the odor of her sex pheromone. The objective: develop autonomous robots that can detect and track down environmental spills and leaks, according to University of Tokyo scientists.

Video Source: University of Tokyo

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Sony Rolly demo 2007

January 1, 2008

WIKIPEDIA | Rolly was an egg-shaped digital robotic music player made by Sony, combining music functions with robotic dancing. It had several motors that allowed it to rotate and spin, as well as two bands of LED lights running around its edge and cup-like “wings” (or “arms” according to the Sony sonystyle USA website) which can open and close on either end, all of which could be synchronized to the… read more

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Reactable, a tangible, multi-user electronic musical instrument

February 4, 2004

Reactable | The Reactable is a new electronic musical instrument which enables musicians to experiment with sound, change its structure, control its parameters and be creative in a direct and refreshing way. The instrument uses a “tangible interface,” where the musician controls the system by manipulating tangible objects.

The instrument is based on a translucent and luminous round table. By putting pucks on the Reactable surface, turning them… read more

Video Source: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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PBS NewsHour | This computer could defeat you at Jeopardy! — What is Watson?

February 14, 2011

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PBS NewsHour | Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert). In the second video, Miles O’Brien takes on Watson, and loses. In the third video, he tells Hari Sreenivasan about how the supercomputer works… read more

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