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The Singularity Is Near | The six epochs

February 22, 2012

yellow molecule

A video produced by TranshumanistForums with audio excerpt from Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near, describing “the six epochs of technology evolution.”

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Big Think | Ray Kurzweil: The six epochs of technology evolution

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Fora.TV | Domestic spy drones raise legal concerns

February 22, 2012

domestic drone

Fora.tv | Author P.W. Singer discusses the increasingly common “leeching” of advanced and often invasive military technology into civilian life and domestic law enforcement. Do drones engaged on American soil violate our right to privacy? Does the Second Amendment protect our right to “bear robotic arms”?

The rate of technological change over the last century has been exponential. According to Moore’s Law, computing power has doubled for the price… read more

Aaron Sims | In short film Archetype a combat robot rebels after malfunctioning with memories of once being human

February 19, 2012

Archetype short film RL7 robot

Aaron Sims | RL7 is an eight-foot-tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.

Directed by Aaron Sims and starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heroes, 24).

“Thanks for all the… read more

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Wake Forest University | Organ manufacturing

February 17, 2012

printing human ear

NTD | The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.

TED | Anthony Atala’s state-of-the-art lab grows human organs — from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he… read more

Video Source: NTD / TED / The Methuselah Foundation / University of Minnesota / Joseph Mercola, D.O.

Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology | Eric Drexler explores physical law and future of nanotech

February 9, 2012

Bionanotechnology

Oxford Future of Humanity Institute | Dr. Eric Drexler speaks at the Inaugural Lecture of the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology. Introduced by Professor Nick Bostrom: “Exploring a Timeless Landscape: Physical Law and the Future of Nanotechnology”

In the inaugural lecture of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, Eric Drexler explores the implications of physical law for the future potential of nanotechnology, then… read more

Video Source: Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology

Reuters | Seasteading Institute aiming for floating cities within decade

February 6, 2012

Blueseed concept

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

Science Bytes | Blueprint for the brain

February 5, 2012

brain branching

Science Bytes | How can three pounds of jelly inside our skulls enable us to do everything that makes us human? For centuries, scientists have been fascinated and puzzled by the mysterious workings of the brain. Now, for the first time, they can re-create in the computer the shapes of every one of the billions of nerve cells that make up our brains, the component parts of the intricate neural… read more

Russia Today | AI researcher says people will fall in love with human-like robotic romantic partners

February 4, 2012

Love and Sex with Robots book

Russia Today | Experts say human-like robots could be the way of the future. A perfect partner who’s always happy and never complains, is apparently now a reality. But there’s a catch — he or she is likely be made of plastic. From simple dolls to sophisticated robots, they seem to be winning the hearts and minds of people who’ve given up on finding true love. Gayane… read more

iRobot | The Ava mobile robotics platform

February 4, 2012

iRobot Ava

iRobot | iRobot Ava™ is a breakthrough mobile robotics platform developed to help robot designers, application developers and market innovation specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile robotic solutions.

Autonomous navigation for independent, proactive point-to-point navigation. The right balance of features and robustness integrated in meaningful and productive ways. A highly accessible development platform for business or consumer applications. Comprehensive sensor arrays (laser, sonar, and 2D/3Dimaging) providing complete… read more

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Sandia National Labs | Self-guided bullet can alter trajectory in flight, navigating to laser-painted target

February 2, 2012

Sandia self guided bullet

Sandia Labs | Sandia researchers have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters). The four-inch-long bullet has actuators that steer tiny fins that guide it to its target. (Images here.)

Sandia’s self-guided bullet prototype can hit target a mile away. The design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor… read more

University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab | A swarm of ‘nano’ quadrotors in agile formations

February 1, 2012

swarm of nano quadrotors

Daniel Mellinger | Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the General Robotics, Automation, and Sensing (GRASP) Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support.

A nano quadrotor is a multicopter that is propelled by four rotors and nanotechnology.

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GRASP Lab YouTube channel
University… read more

Video Source: University of Pennsylvania | GRASP Lab

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | Get sneak peeks at hilarious upcoming Super Bowl commercials, nerd-approved

February 1, 2012

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | For many people the Super Bowl is the only time they don’t fast forward the commercials with their TiVo.

Many Super Bowl 2012 commercials are released only days ahead of the February 5th Super Bowl game.

The first Super Bowl 2012 ads are here! See our constantly updated 2012 advertiser list to find out who’s advertising during… read more

Video Source: Super Bowl Ads for Geeks

American Museum of Natural History | Beyond Earth: The future of space exploration

January 30, 2012

AMNH Beyond Planet Earth logo

American Museum of Natural History | Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration (November 19, 2011 — August 12, 2012) offers a vision of the future of space travel as it boldly examines humanity’s next steps in our solar system and beyond.

See a re-creation of a lunar habitat, a model of a space elevator rising up from the surface of the Moon, and one of… read more

Albino Black Sheep | Animator versus animation

January 29, 2012

Animator vs Animation by Alan Becker

Albino Black Sheep (Alan Becker) | This animation was made using Flash (now called Adobe Flash). It’s for Windows or Mac. See part 2 here.

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Video Source: Albino Black Sheep (Alan Becker)

BMW | Demo of ‘CDC hands-free mode’ portends driverless cars

January 26, 2012

BMW driverless demo connecteddrive

BMW | This clip is a part of the BMW ConnectedDrive Future Lab. More details here.

Daily Mail | BMW developers have designed a car that can drive itself down Germany’s autobahn. Looking no different from a regular BMW, the car is fitted with a “four-sense” system which includes radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonics.

Some other recent research by BMW into automated driving:read more

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