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Robots: man’s new best friend?

September 10, 2010

Robots are learning to become more human. But what are the goals and boundaries of such progress?

Meet Erica and Borka.

Erica – 29 years old – lives not far from Budapest. At the age of 2, a road accident left her confined to a wheelchair.

Video Source: euronews

DARPA SeeMe

May 9, 2012

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DARPA’s SeeMe program aims to give mobile, individual US warfighters overseas access to on-demand, space-based tactical information in remote and beyond- line-of-sight conditions. If successful, SeeMe will provide small squads and individual teams the ability to receive timely imagery on a handheld device of their specific overseas location directly from a small satellite with the press of a button — something that’s currently not possible from military or commercial satellites.… read more

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The Verge | Google Now and the future of predictive search

November 7, 2012

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The Verge | An interview with the engineering team behind Google Now on Android to find out what’s next for the innovative search feature. Google executives Hugo Barra, Scott Huffman, Jeff Dean, and Vincent Vanhoucke tell the story behind how Google Now came into being and why it represents the best of Google. Read the full article here.

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Avi Zev Weider | Film Welcome to the Machine to premiere, Ray Kurzweil and Jaron Lanier featured

March 8, 2012

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The Hollywood Reporter | In Welcome to the Machine, Avi Zev Weider uses the occasion of the birth of his triplets to take a look at how technology intermingles with and affects our humanness. The SXSW competition documentary will have its world premiere Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Ray Kurzweil and Jaron Lanier, who are both featured in the film, will participate… read more

Video Source: Avi Zev Weider

A revolution in online education?

March 5, 2013

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In this interview with Physics WorldedX president Anant Agarwal explains why he is so confident that the initiative can transform online learning. The program offers free online learning in the form of “MOOCs” (massive open online courses).

Video Source: Physics World

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3D Systems: Cubify | Bringing 3D printing to the home consumer

January 9, 2012

Cube 3D printer by Cubify

Cubify | 3D Systems’ Cubify™ combines coloring book simplicity with cloud gaming fun to deliver a simple and fun create-and-make experience in 3D. With intuitive apps, 3D printable content libraries of games, puzzles and collections, Cubify™ turns a mobile device, tablet or Kinect(R) into a mobile digital canvas. Capture and customization apps make it simple to personalize creations. Cubify™ them at home on our Cube™ 3D printer or have them delivered… read more

David Orban’s Interview with Vernor Vinge, who coined the term “technological singularity”

March 23, 2010

DAVID ORBAN | Conversation with Vernor Vinge on the Technological Singularity. Vernor Vinge published the original article at a NASA conference in 1993 that reintroduced and popularized the concept of the Technological Singularity.

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EU project looks to make the roads safer

September 10, 2010

When it comes to making driving safer, much has been done over the past decades but there is still much work to do. The European Union is currently backing a scheme to analyse drivers’ habits in order to reduce the number of road accidents.

Video Source: Euronews

Kinect-controlled robot

January 27, 2011

New Scientist | Microsoft Kinect’s game controllers have been popular with hackers since their launch in November last year. The sophisticated depth-sensing camera can detect your gestures from afar, typically to play video games. But we’ve seen it hacked to control a digital bird, morph an image and even to apply digital clothing to a topless man (watch these hacks here). Now developer Taylor Veltrop has used the system… read more

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Crowdsourcing a TEDx at SISSA Trieste, Eric Ezechieli

May 10, 2012

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“A few months ago you enthusiastically responded to my request for help, posted on KurzweilAI. Here you will find the result: a crowdsourced TEDx (probably the first of this kind). It is in Italian (recorded at SISSA in Trieste, Italy) with English voiceover translation.

“I asked the following question: ‘What are the three most important trends shaping humankind’s future in the next 10 years? Provide specific recent examples/news/Web links which exemplify… read more

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IBM scientists create ultra-fast device that uses light for communication between computer chips

February 13, 2011

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IBM | Ultra-low power device could greatly further energy efficient computing: IBM scientists today unveiled a significant step towards replacing electrical signals that communicate via copper wires between computer chips with tiny silicon circuits that communicate using pulses of light. As reported in the recent issue of the scientific journal Nature, this is an important advancement in changing the way computer chips talk to each other.  

The device, called… read more

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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

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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

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

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