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CBS News | Ancient skull reveals new clues in human evolution

December 9, 2013

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CBS News | A 1.8-million-year-old skull discovered by scientists in the Former Soviet Republic of Georgia reveals new evidence that may reshape what is known about human evolution.

The discovery of an ancient skull has revealed clues that could shake up the accepted theories of human evolution, it could rewrite the history of humanity.

Instead of many branches in our evolutionary family tree thought to lead to us, like… read more

Enabling end-users to program new skills on their robot

November 19, 2012

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Robots like Willow Garage’s PR2 have the physical capability to do a range of useful tasks for humans, but they’re limited by the software applications written by highly specialized programmers. Instead, Maya Cakmak from Georgia Tech, envisions robots that can be programmed by their end-users for their own specific needs.

Cakmak developed a spoken dialog interface that allows a user to program new skills by physically… read more

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Teaching Kinect for Windows to read your hands

March 7, 2013

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One promising direction in the evolution of Kinect for Windows is enabling hand-gesture recognition. A machine-learning project uses a large, varied set of images of people’s hands to train Kinect to determine if a hand is open or closed. This enables the development of a handgrip detector, which could launch another step forward in natural user interfaces.

— Microsoft Research

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An Affordable, Adaptable, Resilient, Robust Robotic Hand

May 3, 2013

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The ARM-H track of DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program focuses on development of robust, low-cost and dexterous robotic hand hardware. DARPA funded performers to design and build hand mechanisms that could replace the claw-like hands currently used on robots with hands incorporating 3-4 fingers and useable palms.

The teams successfully produced hands that can be manufactured for as little as $3,000 per unit (in batches of 1,000 or… read more

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MediaCart | Shopping cart of tomorrow

March 27, 2010

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MediaCart | MediaCart has developed a computerized shopping cart that assists shoppers, delivers targeted communications at the point of purchase, and streamlines store operations. The MediaCart system accurately anticipates and responds to the shopper’s needs — helping them locate products, check prices and product information, and manage their shopping lists.

Most product purchasing decisions (over 70%) are made at the point of purchase in the store. Until now, effectively… read more

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Reuters | Seasteading Institute aiming for floating cities within decade

February 6, 2012

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The Seasteading Intitute | The Seasteading Institute believes that innovative political systems could serve humanity far better than our governments do today. That’s why we work to enable “seasteads” — floating cities — which will give people the opportunity to peacefully test new ideas about how to live together. The most successful will become thriving new societies — inspiring change around the world. We’re creating this future because our governments… read more

Video Source: Reuters / The Seasteading Institute

Heinrich Rohrer, Nobel laureate who opened the door to nanoscience 1933–2013

May 21, 2013

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Dr. Heinrich Rohrer, IBM Fellow, Nobel Laureate and co-inventor of the scanning tunneling microscope, passed away on the evening of May 16, 2013. He was 79. Dr. Rohrer joined IBM Research – Zurich in December of 1963, where he worked for 34 years.

“The invention of the scanning tunneling microscope was a seminal moment in the history of science and information technology,” said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director… read more

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Building the #Knowosphere

April 27, 2012

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In a talk, “Building the #Knowosphere: How new ways to share and shape ideas can help build durable progress on a finite planet“ on Earth Day 2012 at MIT, New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin suggests how to use the Web and other emerging communication tools and networks to make the world a better place

The notion of Knowosphere has… read more

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The coming civil war over general purpose computing

August 27, 2012

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Even if we win the right to own and control our computers, a dilemma remains: what rights do owners owe users?

Cory Doctorow gave this talk at Google in August, and for The Long Now Foundation in July 2012.

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Robot copies your muscles and bones

December 12, 2012

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Meet Kenshiro, developed by University of Tokyo researchers as a bio-inspired musculoskeletal humanoid robot. They have added more muscles and more motors to their Kojiro robot from 2010, making Kenshiro’s underlying structure the closest to a human’s form so far.

Video Source: University of Tokio

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The Daily | ‘Tase of Our Lives’

March 19, 2012

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The Daily | New police surveillance drones could be armed with nonlethal weapons. As a Texas sheriff prepares to use an unmanned drone as his force’s eye in the sky, and perhaps even arm it with nonlethal weapons like tasers and rubber bullets, civil liberties groups are crying foul.

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Hackers On Planet Earth 2012

July 20, 2012

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Highlights of the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference, held July 13-15, 2012 in New York City.

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Mona Lisa beamed to Moon probe in laser-link test

January 18, 2013

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As part of the first demonstration of laser communication with a satellite at the moon, scientists with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the spacecraft from Earth.

The iconic image traveled nearly 240,000 miles in digital form from the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging (NGSLR) station at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to the Lunar… read more

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Bioprinting a pancreas

March 12, 2013

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The Biomanufacturing Laboratory at the University of Iowa College of Engineering’s Center for Computer Aided Design is  developing a process for bioprinting a glucose-sensitive pancreatic organ that can be grown in a lab and transplanted anywhere inside the body to regulate the glucose level of blood.

Their bioprinter has multiple arms that can print several materials concurrently. This capability offers a time-saving advantage when attempting… read more

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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

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