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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

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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.

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Celebrating the beauty of living systems

April 30, 2012

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Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of a unique form of sensory-blending called synesthesia, which he also experiences.

TEDxBerkeley 2011 — Engaging the World — took place on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at UC Berkeley.

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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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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

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