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Robotics Unlimited | OutRunner is world’s first remotely controlled running robot

May 27, 2014

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Robotics Unlimited | Meet OutRunner, the world’s first remotely controlled robot, running up to 20 miles per hour on various terrain, with up to 2 hours of battery life.

Video Source: Robotics Unlimited

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Warner Brothers | Trailer for Interstellar by Christopher Nolan

May 18, 2014

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Warner Brothers | In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame.

A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it’s up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind. “Manking was born on Earth, it was never meant to die here.”

Mainly based on the… read more

NASA | Neutron stars rip each other apart to form black hole

May 14, 2014

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This supercomputer simulation shows one of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole. A neutron star is the compressed core left behind when a star born with between eight and 30 times the sun’s mass explodes as a supernova. Neutron stars pack about 1.5 times the mass of the sun — equivalent to about half a million Earths… read more

Video Source: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

CNET | Parrot Bebop Drone + Oculus Rift

May 12, 2014

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CNET’s Donald Bell shows off Parrot’s compact, tablet-controlled Bebop Drone and uses a pair of virtual reality goggles to see from a drone’s point-of-view.

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Thug Notes | Science fiction and futurism classical literature collection

April 30, 2014

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Thug Notes | Thug Notes is your main hookup for classical literature summary and analysis, original gangster. I’m your host, Sparky Sweets, PhD.

You may have seen my ass on MTV, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Independent, and The Daily Dot. Educate yo self, son. Join me as I drop some of da illest classical literature you ever heard.

A hilarious,… read more

TED | The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

April 24, 2014

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Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013… read more

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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

Deep Learning

April 21, 2014

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Jürgen Schmidhuber, Director of the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA
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The recent resurrection of multi-layer neural networks is generating a lot of interest currently, with deep learning appearing on the New York Times front page, and big companies like Google and Facebook hunting for the experts in this field. Jürgen’s talk will shed more light on how deep learning methods work, and why they work.

Some news… read more

Video Source: Zürich Machine Learning and Data Science Meetup

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth

April 18, 2014

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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed game entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

As… read more

Video Source: Sid Meier’s Civilization

Microsoft | Windows Phone digital assistant Cortana, based on popular smart AI character from Halo video game

April 3, 2014

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CNET | At the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demos a new addition to the Windows Phone 8 operating system, a personal assistant called Cortana.

note | The character design for the Microsoft Windows Phone smart digital assistant Cortana is based on Microsoft Studios’ popular Halo game series, in which Cortana is a powerful artificial intelligence with human-level capabilities.… read more

TED | Edward Snowden speaks at TED 2014 via telepresence robot about electronic spying

March 18, 2014

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TED | Appearing by telepresence robot on March 18, 2014, Edward Snowden speaks at TED 2014 about surveillance and internet freedom in his talk titled “Here’s how we take back the internet.”

The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he… read more

Cole Gerst | Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry the book

March 18, 2014

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Cole Gerst | A video about the book Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry by author and illustrator Cole Gerst. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts on July 12, 1895.

Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called “artifacts.”

Fuller did not limit… read more

Wolfram Research | A personal introduction to Wolfram Language by Stephen Wolfram, PhD

March 7, 2014

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Wolfram Research | Stephen Wolfram, PhD, introduces the Wolfram Language in this video and demonstrates how the symbolic programming language enables functional programming, querying of large databases, flexible interactivity, and easy deployment.

Wikipedia | Wolfram Language is a highly general, multi-paradigm programming language developed by Wolfram Research, that serves as the main interfacing language for Wolfram Mathematica.

It is designed with emphasis on symbolic computation, functional programming, and rule-based programming. It is built to represent arbitrary… read more

Meta | Planets and 3D printing technical demonstration

March 3, 2014

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Meta | A first look at the META.01 Developer Edition with Matt Kitchales, Product Manager at Meta.

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Google | Google Science Fair 2014 launch with Ray Kurzweil

February 21, 2014

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Google | The Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to students 13 to 18 years old. What do you love? What are you good at? What do you want to change? Learn more and start your project.

Wikipedia | The Google Science Fair is sponsored by Google, Lego, CERN, National Geographic and Scientific American. The competition is open to kids around the… read more

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