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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

Video Source: University of Iowa

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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

Behrokh Khoshnevis — contour crafting: automated construction

August 4, 2012

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The next humans to lose their jobs may well be construction workers, says The Atlantic.

Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California, has spent the last 15 years working on a machine that will “print” buildings. He calls the practice Contour Crafting.

The technology, he says, will be faster than all conventional building methods (including prefab construction), cheaper,… read more

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Iuro robot asks humans for help navigating cities

October 16, 2012

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Iuro, or Interactive Urban Robot, has  21 actuators inside its head, giving it fully controllable eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, ears, and mouth. Stereo cameras above the eyes and a Kinect sensor in the chest help Iuro to interact with humans it runs into on the street, interpreting speech and gestures to enable it to find its way from place to place without using maps or GPS.

The overall… read more

Video Source: Interactive Urban Robot Project

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Could Mars support life?

August 30, 2012

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Google+ Hangout on August 29 with astrobiologist Pan Conrad — NASA deputy principal investigator with the Sample Analysis at Mars chemistry lab aboard the Curiosity rover, to learn more about the Mars astrobiology mission.

Her instrument is currently “sniffing” the Martian atmosphere, and will soon start digesting bits of the soil around Curiosity, trying to answer one pressing question: Could Mars support life?

With Fraser Cain and Amy… read more

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How to deflect an incoming asteroid

October 28, 2012

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Send space-launched white paint balls on pellets, says Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The pellets would deflect the asteroid and the white surface (albedo) would continue to reflect sunlight — and in 20 years, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

Paek won the 2012 Move an Asteroidread more

Some GM 2013 cars to support Siri for voice control

November 28, 2012

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General Motors says a number of its 2013 models will be compatible with Apple’s Siri. You’ll be able to use Siri’s Eyes Free mode without ever glancing away from the road. Triggered by a steering wheel button, Siri will find directions, look up information online, send text or e-mails,

 

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Sony Pictures | CHAPPIE — Hugh Jackman Sci-Fi Movie

January 14, 2015

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Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone… read more

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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.

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Oakley | Airwave goggles

November 7, 2012

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The $600 Oakley Airwave snow goggles feature a small corner display that lets you see how fast you’re going, where your friends are on the mountain, vertical feet attained, maps, incoming calls/text messages, and music playlist. The Airwave app for Android or iOS lets you control your phone and playlist through the Airwave’s wrist controller. The display is perceived to be the size of a 14-inch screen viewed from a distance of… read more

Video Source: Oakley

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