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Anybot robot orders a scone in Mountain View, California

February 7, 2011

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Proud Pixels | Short film Singularity. Fashion. Reincarnation.

December 6, 2011

Short film "Singularity. Fashion. Reincarnation."

Proud Pixels | Short film created for a fashion event. We shot with almost no budget (something about $200). With the project, except me, worked two talented designers and photographers as well as a musician and fashion designer whose clothes you can admire on the screen. Greetings to everyone who helped us on this film. Enjoy watching. Shot on: Canon 5d mkII, Canon 24-70 L, Canon 70-200L, Zeiss ZE 35mm F2.… read more

Juggling robot takes on two balls with one very fast hand

May 17, 2012

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Japanese roboticts at Chiba University have taught one of their robots to repeatedly juggle two balls at once with an incredibly lifelike motion. This high-speed hand and arm combination is coupled to an even higher speed vision system.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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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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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

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

May 21, 2013

Dr. Heinrich Rohrer

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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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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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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