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SAP | Michio Kaku fires off on America’s H-1B ‘genius visa’ and declining skilled worker population domestically

January 25, 2012

Michio Kaku at SAP event

Full video, from SAP’s Sapphire Now/TedEd conference in Madrid, Spain, November 8-10, 2011. (The Big Think panel discussion transcript is here.):

The72tube | Michio Kaku, Ph.D., speaks about how America’s poor educational system has created a shortage of Americans who can perform highly skilled technology jobs. As a result, America’s H-1B “genius visa” is used to attract immigrants who are skilled enough to perform these jobs.… read more

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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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.

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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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Meta | Planets and 3D printing technical demonstration

March 3, 2014

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Meta | A first look at the META.01 Developer Edition with Matt Kitchales, Product Manager at Meta.

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Kevin Margo | Grounded — film trailer

September 19, 2012

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One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

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Next generation DNA sequencing

May 22, 2013

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The advent of next-generation sequencing is considered the most propelling technological advance, which has resulted in the doubling of sequence data almost every five months and the precipitous drop in the cost of sequencing a region of DNA.

This is a rebroadcast of a webinar that tracks the evolution of next-generation sequencing and explores what the future holds in terms of the technology and its medical applications.

Panelists:… read more

Video Source: Gerontology Research Group

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