July 11, 2013
The automotive and tech industries are increasing their research in autonomous driving, but a truly driverless car remains years away.
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The Double looks like an ultra-simple robot that can navigate a far-off place through two iPads. One acts as the robot’s eyes and ears, and the other controls it through an iPad application. It is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others.
You can stay… read more
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A new study at the University of Vienna, on an Indonesian cockatoo species — the Goffin’s cockatoo — which recently made headlines, showed notable results.
“The animals… read more
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Il Mare Film | [Weizenbaum] created the first banking computer in the world, was perhaps one of the first computer nerds ever and pursued an unprecedented career at MIT, where he invented the first virtual persona, ELIZA/DOCTOR, a program that engaged humans in conversation with a computer. Later, Weizenbaum was branded as a heretic when he began to criticize his colleagues in public. Joseph Weizenbaum eventually became a “preacher.” strictly demanding… read more
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The DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 kit offers you the opportunity to turn any object into a drone, simply by attaching four motors and a control unit — no technical know-how needed. The kit consists of multiple parts that are easy to assemble and can be attached to a wide range of different objects.
For more advanced uses, you can take the original designs and alter the kit… read more
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DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0
DISPLAX | This DISPLAX Multitouch Technology uses a controller that works by processing multiple input signals it receives from a grid of nanowires embedded in the film attached to the enabled surface. Each time a finger is placed on the screen or a user blows on the surface, a small electrical disturbance is caused. The microprocessor controller analyzes this data and decodes the location of each input on that grid… read more
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Wikipedia | The Monsanto House of the Future was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, from 1957 to 1967. It was sponsored by Monsanto Company.
The design and engineering of the house was done jointly by Monsanto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
The fiberglass components of the house were manufactured by Winner Manufacturing Company in Trenton, New Jersey, and were assembled on site.… read more
Discovery | Interview for a Spanish/English show about the future called 2111, a series covering robotics, communications, travel, longevity, and other futures scenarios. This is a segment of the episode dedicated to longevity, the part on Alcor and cryonics, featuring Alcor member Maria Entraigues. The full episode includes interviews with Dr. Aubrey de Grey at SENS Research Foundation, Alcor president Max More, Peter and Louise Voss, James Canton, and Ray… read more
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Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming.
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A couple of hackers show off a series of nasty new attacks on cars—with Forbes’ Andy Greenberg behind the wheel.
“Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop — or even slow down — produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I… read more
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To celebrate the launch of critically acclaimed video game DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, Square Enix commissioned filmmaker Rob Spence aka Eyeborg (a self proclaimed cyborg who lost an eye and replaced it with a wireless video camera) to investigate prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation. How far are we from the future presented to us in DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION?
— Square Enix
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In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the… read more
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In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A brightly colored asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.
How might one encourage such a deflection? The answer, according to an MIT graduate student: with a volley or two… read more
Video Source: MIT