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Miguel Nicolelis: a monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts

February 22, 2013

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Can we use our brains to directly control machines — without requiring a body as the middleman? Miguel Nicolelis talks through an astonishing experiment, in which a clever monkey in the U.S. learns to control a monkey avatar, and then a robot arm in Japan, purely with its thoughts. The research has big implications for quadraplegic people — and maybe for all of us. (Filmed at TEDMED 2012.)… read more

Video Source: TED

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Mind Camp 3.0 | Singularity discussion with Alex Barnett inspired by Ray Kurzweil

November 22, 2006

Session by Alex Barnett at Mind Camp 3.0, inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s concept of the Singularity.

Video Source: Bryan Zug on Blip.tv

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Mind-controlled microbes

June 3, 2013

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With an Arduino board, a hacked brain sensor, and a little code, you can control paramecia, which will change their swimming direction in response to an electrical field.

Build instructions and source code:http://making.do/paramecium

Paramecium footage credits:

Mon Microscopic
Proyecto Agua
desertfox326

Video Source: Geva Patz

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Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part I) — mind-blowing computer/human interface

November 4, 2012

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“John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here he shows me his latest work which is, indeed, mind blowing. This is part I, in Part II, you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” — Robert Scoble

Video Source: Robert Scoble

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Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part II) — mind-blowing UI

November 4, 2012

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“This is part II (Part I at http://youtu.be/fcMhZ9J0qN8 showed off the technology, in Part II you see where Oblong is taking the technology and productizing it). John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here … you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” —… read more

Video Source: Robert Scoble

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MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab | Printable desktop robots

January 28, 2014

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MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab | This video shows three of the first devices to be prototyped at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) using a new technology that could make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.

MIT is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed,… read more

MIT’s Mars space suit

September 4, 2012

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Throughout the history (pdf) of NASA space suits, astronauts had to deal with bulky, hard to move in, non-mobile suits that hindered their work flow as opposed to helped them achieve their tasks and jobs.

That is, until Dava J. Newman — a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Director of Technology and Policy Program, and MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT — and her… read more

Video Source: Pop Tech

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Model of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop 3D-printed

August 21, 2013

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Five designers set out to build a 3D-printed model of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. Each designer took a component of the Hyperloop concept and designed digital 3D models based on images released by Musk. The model consists of elevated tubes that are supported by pillars. There are passenger transport capsules that run through the tubes and a station where people will load and unload.

After the models were designed in… read more

Video Source: WhiteClouds

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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

Video Source: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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Moon is shrinking according to NASA scientists

September 9, 2010

A recently published NASA study has revealed the Moon has shrunk significantly in the last 800 million years – a very short period of time in astronomical terms.

Video Source: euronews

Move over Dr. Moreau! Official trailer for Warner Brothers’ sci-fi movie Splice, genetic engineering nightmare

June 2, 2010

WARNER BROS. | Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley)specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground—risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve… read more

Video Source: Warner Brothers Pictures

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MovieReshape software

October 14, 2010

The MovieReShape software was developed at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrucken by Christian Theobalt and colleagues, and enables movie-makers, both amateur and professional, to dramatically change the appearance of people on video without computer editing each frame. The software can quickly and easily manipulate parameters such as muscularity, body bulk, height, waist and hip girth, and length of legs.

Video Source: Max Planck Institute for Informatics

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Multiple hopes for multiple sclerosis

September 10, 2010

Anette Hansson, is one of the tens of thousands that fall prey to MS across Europe, she describes the onset of the disease:

“I had a lot of balance problems. My muscles were very weak. I had pain in my eyes. It was the optic nerve, I understood afterwards. So I went to the doctor. And after a while I got the diagnosis.”

Video Source: euronews

Multitouch musical instruments

September 4, 2008

Using infrared lasers and an infrared camera, it is possible to transform any surface into a low cost, multi-point interface for controlling electronic musical instruments, lighting, and other applications.

Video Source: University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland & Music Conservatory of Geneva

MUSIC to your mobile’s ears

September 10, 2010

Providing information in real time in crowded places, like the Paris metro, or connecting smartphones and servers, regardless of their pre-installed operating systems – this is now possible, thanks to new digital technology that allows mobile devices to reconfigure themselves, to adapt to a changing environment, automatically.

Video Source: euronews

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