Is the Earth maxed out, or should we be optimistic about being able to solve our future? At TED 2012, Paul Gilding made the case for the former, and Peter Diamandis argued for the latter, and then they debated.
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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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University of Tokyo JSK Lab researchers have developed a high-torque, high-speed robotic leg based on a novel electrical actuation system. Their robot uses high-voltage and high-current liquid-cooled motor drivers that get their power from a 13.5-farad capacitor system, which can supply lots of current very fast and reliably, something that batteries are not good at.
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When performing complex gestures that require a specific form or technique, such as an exercise or playing an instrument, we use resources such as visual diagrams or videos to communicate concepts like posture, movement and speed of motion. Without incremental and real-time feedback such as those we receive from an instructor, interpreting and following a set of instructions can be a challenge.
LightGuide is a new approach to gesture… read more
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Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of a unique form of sensory-blending called synesthesia, which he also experiences.
TEDxBerkeley 2011 — Engaging the World — took place on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at UC Berkeley.
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Inspired by nature, a three-week old remote-controlled machine at the MIT Media Lab is weaving a cocoon-like structure. Eventually it will be autonomous.
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He has been reimagined, reengineered and brought to life with better technological, intellectual, physical and emotional performance than ever before. Welcome to the eighth generation of cybernetic advancement. Brought to you by Weyland Industries.
With his new 99% emotional sensitivity… read more
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Introducing David 8
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.
We’re walking in the air
We’re floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly… read more
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Walking On Air
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.
Twentieth Century Fox | In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.
Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology,… read more
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CNET | Robots are widely used now, and they’re only spread even farther into daily life. The sci-fi future may be closer than you think. The Fraunhofer Institute usually uses this robot for gauging the quality of new reflective materials, but at the CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany, it used it to draw portraits. The robot took a digital photo of a person, processed it digitally, drew a line-art portrait,… read more
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