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TED Talks: How Technology’s Accelerating Power Will Transform Us

March 15, 2009

Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded
detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

Video Source: TED.com

Highlights of Honda at Sundance and ASIMO’s (robot) Film Festival Debut

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Living With Robots, an all-new short documentary film from Honda, debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 22, followed by a live 10-minute demonstration of the worlds most advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility).

The sixth film release in Honda’s popular “Dream the Impossible” Documentary Series, Living With Robots was directed by award-winning filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, (Brother’s Keeper, Crude, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some… read more

Video Source: Honda

Dr. Rohit Khare – Networks and Computing Systems

April 30, 2010

Dr Rohit Khare explains the fundamentals of networks and computing systems. Filmed during the November 2009 Executive Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA.… read more

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

November 12, 2010

These images, called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), were assembled from 342 separate exposures taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) of the Hubble Space Telescope between December 18 and 28, 1995. Representing a narrow “keyhole” view stretching to the visible horizon of the universe, the HDF images cover a speck of the sky only about the width of a dime located 75 feet away. Though the… read more

Video Source: Tony Darnell’s Deep Astronomy

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The Economist | The World in 2012 Festival predicts the future ahead

December 21, 2011

The World in 2012 Festival predicts the future ahead

The Economist | With lively presidential elections in America and France, the Olympics in London, and massive change happening in every corner of the globe, the year 2012 promises to be a big one. And this year, like every year for the past 25, The Economist has published The World in…, a collection of trends and predictions about the year ahead. Journalists from The Economist and leaders in business, government and a wide… read more

Bringing light: an innovation in detecting brain tumors

December 21, 2012

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In the painstaking process of removing brain tumors, neurosurgeons are constantly challenged by the inability to distinguish healthy tissue from tumor in the operating room. “Bringing Light” focuses on a new innovation that will change everything.

BRINGING LIGHT is a Finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if… read more

Video Source: Bert Klasey, Chris Baron, James Allen Smith/Focus Forward Films

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Singularity Summit 2012 — Create the Future

August 20, 2012

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The Singularity Summit, open to the public, is the premier event on cutting-edge technologies including robotics, regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfacing, and more. The event this October 13-14 will draw over 800 thought leaders to San Francisco for discussions on the most revolutionary technological advancements on the horizon.

The annual conference was founded in 2006 by Ray Kurzweil, Peter Thiel, and the Singularity Institute as the first academic… read more

Video Source: Singularity Institute

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Swarm robots cooperate with augmented-reality drone

October 24, 2012

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We’re starting to see swarms of heterogeneous robots, with different robots combining their powers to make each other more efficient and more capable. One of the first projects to really make this work was Swarmanoid, with teams of footbots and handbots and eyebots, and researchers presented a similar idea at IROS earlier this month, using an augmented-reality drone to help a swarm of self-assembling ground robots… read more

Video Source: Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O’Grady, and Marco Dorigo, from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa

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DARPA: Driving critical technological surprise

April 30, 2013

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In this Pentagon media briefing, DARPA Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar explains what the Agency does for the U.S., how it does it, how it thinks about its mission in the context of today’s realities, and the future that it’s building by creating the next generation of technology to give Defense leaders more options for tomorrow’s missions.

She mentions innovations in cyber warfare, electronic warfare, position navigation and timing… read more

Video Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Future cities

September 10, 2010

More than half the world’s population already lives in cities, and that trend is going to continue, putting a high demand on energy and resources.

Ursula Eicker, Scientific Director at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, guides us through the key themes that will define the cities of the future in this special Futuris documentary.

Video Source: euronews

Project Tango: NASA SPHERES

April 21, 2014

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Project Tango Prepping for Launch Into Space.

Since the summer of 2013, the Project Tango team has been working closely with a team at the NASA Ames Research Center. The goal: to integrate a Project Tango prototype onto a robotic platform, called SPHERES, that flies inside the International Space Station. The SPHERES program aims to develop zero-gravity autonomous platforms that could act as robotic assistants for astronauts or perform… read more

Video Source: Google ATAP

Kinect Superman game using virtual reality glasses

February 13, 2011

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Sicco van Sas | We have created a Superman game using Kinect and virtual reality glasses with head tracking. The goal of our one-month project was to create an immersive virtual reality feeling with Kinect which could be controlled in an intuitive way.

This is the result of a month long project of the MSc. Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam with support of ISLA (Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam).

Video Source: Daniel Karavolos, Sicco van Sas, Maarten van der Velden at the University of Amsterdam

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Space Experience Economy seminar trailer

June 8, 2012

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Second trailer introduction to the Space Tourism Society’s new seminars — the Space Experience Economy seminar series.

Video by Virgin Galactic, ESA-Hubble.org, and NASA video
Music by Elegyscores
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Video Source: Space Tourism Society

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Flying Legos

December 21, 2012

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Nicholas and Joshua Scott, with help from their father Ed Scott, have designed “the world’s first flying robot made out of Lego.”

According to Gary Mortimer in sUAS News, the quadrocopter is equipped with a Go Pro camera, offering a first-person-view camera, and a transmitter sends back live video images to its pilot. It is kept on an even keel and able to navigate waypoints via GPS thanks to an APM 2.5 autopilot from… read more

Video Source: Ed Scott, Nick Scott, Joshua Scott

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CES 2013: flying a helicopter with brain waves

January 10, 2013

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The Neurosky MindWave is a headband with EEG sensors that, paired with software, let’s you control things by thinking.

The latest gadget to use the Neurosky interface, the Puzzlebox Orbit, has a helicopter inside an orb (to keep it from damaging itself when it inevitably crashes). It comes with a transmitter that hooks up to a mobile device, software, and a Neurosky headset; the package costs $189.… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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