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3D on display at the IFA in Berlin

September 9, 2010

The old radio tower which stands in the middle of Berlin’s amusement park is decked out in ribbons to mark the 50th edition of the IFA, the biggest European trade show for consumer electronics and domestic appliances.

Video Source: euronews

Documentary on Joseph Weizenbaum, computer pioneer, Rebel at Work

January 5, 2011

Il Mare Film | [Weizenbaum] created the first banking computer in the world, was perhaps one of the first computer nerds ever and pursued an unprecedented career at MIT, where he invented the first virtual persona, ELIZA/DOCTOR, a program that engaged humans in conversation with a computer.  Later, Weizenbaum was branded as a heretic when he began to criticize his colleagues in public.  Joseph Weizenbaum eventually became a “preacher.” strictly demanding… read more

Video Source: Il Mare Film

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Ars Electronica | Showcase: Festival Ars Electronica 2010 — art, technology and society

February 19, 2011

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Ars Electronica | Repair — Rethink — Reinvent: 2010 Festival for Art, Technology and Society turns to the pioneers of our age. Not the adventurers who’ve sailed forth because they wanted to find out what awaits them on the other side, but rather the visionaries who are bringing expertise as well as a great deal of creativity and idealism to bear in their work on an alternative future. “Repair” is… read more

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World Records Academy | Purdue team set new world record for Rube Goldberg machine

April 10, 2012

Purdue Rube Goldberg machine

World Records Academy | The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team smashed its own world record for largest Rube Goldberg machine with a 300-step behemoth that flawlessly accomplished the simple task of blowing up and popping a balloon – setting the new world record for the Largest functional Rube Goldberg machine, according to World Records Academy.

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Blood-brain barrier model to test drugs for brain diseases

August 22, 2012

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Most drugs and small molecules cannot cross the blood-brain barrier to treat diseases originating in the brain. Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University are working on a model using actual cells found in this barrier to simulate how the blood-brain barrier works. The model will help scientists better understand how the barrier works. Such a model also could be used to test… read more

Video Source: John Hopkins University

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CTRL+CONSOLE looks to take editing to the touchscreen

November 16, 2012

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New Kickstarter project creates an instant editing station for Final Cut X, Final Cut 7, and Premiere on iPad or iPhone.

Video Source: Mashable

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The future dangers of technology, from the History Channel’s “Prophets of Doom”

February 5, 2011

The History Channel | Today’s world has troubles unique to its time in history, from the global financial crisis to technological meltdowns to full scale, computerized global war. Observing the convergence of such events, contemporary prophets have begun to emerge from obscurity to suggest that these conditions might be signs of the demise of the modern world. These men are historians as well, using all manner of information and patterns… read more

Video Source: The History Channel

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SkyCube: the first satellite launched by you!

September 12, 2012

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A nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and “tweet” from space, then inflates a visible balloon, and de-orbits cleanly. Fully funded after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Who Are We? And What is SkyCube?

We’re the makers of the SkySafari astronomy apps for iOS, Android, and Mac OS X, and the SkyFi wireless telescope controller.  With our mobile apps, we’ve revolutionized the way people… read more

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Create kinect 3D avatars using your body

March 21, 2013

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Last week, IEEE Spectrum showed you how Microsoft’s new Kinect API lets you use your hands to draw on a painting program. But how about using gestures to create 3D models of any shape that you can use as Kinect avatars? That’s exactly what Microsoft Research’s Beijing team showed early this month at the company’s TechFest 2013.

IEEE Spectrum

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The Economist | Vivek Kundra, the White House’s CIO, discusses technological progress and the Singularity

May 11, 2011

Vivek Kundra talks to The Economist

The Economist | Vivek Kundra, President Obama’s Chief Information Officer, speaks about updating Washington D.C.’s tech for the 21st century. This video was recorded live at The Economist‘s “The Ideas Economy” event: Intelligent Infrastructure — The Architecture of Progess, which was held in New York City on February 16–17, 2011.

Transcript excerpt:

Host | In the spirit of fun, in which we’ve been together the last day and a half, I’ll… read more

Video Source: The Economist | “The Ideas Economy”

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Futurama is back tonight 10/9c

June 20, 2012

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Video Source: Comedy Central

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AirHarp

April 17, 2013

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AirHarp is the result of a weekend hacking session with a Leap Motion dev board. Leap Motion is a highly precise and responsive motion tracking device, making it a perfect tool for expressive musical interactions. AirHarp is being developed in C++ using my audio processing toolkit, MusKit.

My own fork of the project will show up in Leap Motion’s AirSpace app store as a polished, cross-platform… read more

Video Source: Leap Motion

Google developing Android game console: WSJ

June 28, 2013

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Google is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Video Source: Wall Street Journal

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Microsoft Office Labs | Microsoft futuristic concept home

October 28, 2011

Microsoft concept home

Also see: Guided tour of the Microsoft concept home

Microsoft | January 6, 2000 — The Microsoft Home®, located on the company’s Redmond, WA, campus is a concept family home  designed to showcase the company’s vision of the role new software will play in improving people’s quality of life. The Microsoft Home brings together under one roof a broad range of technologies, products and services that work together to… read more

Walking on air

April 23, 2012

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This video features a series of time lapse sequences photographed by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station. Set to the song “Walking in the Air,” by Howard Blake, the video takes viewers around the world, through auroras, and over dazzling lightning displays.

Song lyrics:

We’re walking in the air
We’re floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly… read more

Video Source: NASA

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