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Anybot robot orders a scone in Mountain View, California

February 7, 2011

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The future dangers of technology, from the History Channel’s “Prophets of Doom”

February 5, 2011

The History Channel | Today’s world has troubles unique to its time in history, from the global financial crisis to technological meltdowns to full scale, computerized global war. Observing the convergence of such events, contemporary prophets have begun to emerge from obscurity to suggest that these conditions might be signs of the demise of the modern world. These men are historians as well, using all manner of information and patterns… read more

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Tour of The Daily, the world’s first iPad-only news app in the U.S.

February 4, 2011

The Daily Holdings, Inc. | The Daily is the world’s first iPad-only news app in the U.S., owned by News Corporation, with original daily content created exclusively for the iPad and covering: breaking news, sports, pop culture, entertainment, apps, games, technology, opinion, celebrity gossip and more. The Daily has the depth and quality of a magazine but is delivered daily like a newspaper and updated in real-time… read more

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Nova | Making Stuff with David Pogue: materials science super stories — smaller stuff

February 1, 2011

Nova: Making Stuff — with David Pogue | How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking “fantastic voyages” in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: transistors, microchips, laptops, cell phones. Now, David Pogue takes Nova viewers to an even smaller world in “Making Stuff: Smaller,” examining the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day… read more

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Nova | Making Stuff with David Pogue: materials science super stories — stronger stuff

February 1, 2011

Nova: Making Stuff — with David Pogue | What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? Nova kicks off the four-part series “Making Stuff” with a quest for the world’s strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan’s beak. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft… read more

Video Source: Nova

Kinect-controlled robot

January 27, 2011

New Scientist | Microsoft Kinect’s game controllers have been popular with hackers since their launch in November last year. The sophisticated depth-sensing camera can detect your gestures from afar, typically to play video games. But we’ve seen it hacked to control a digital bird, morph an image and even to apply digital clothing to a topless man (watch these hacks here). Now developer Taylor Veltrop has used the system… read more

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Colorado State University develops artificial tissue for training

January 27, 2011

Colorado State University | Medical students in both the human and veterinary world must translate information from the classroom to surgical suite with limited realistic practice. Students learn basic techniques such as sutures by practicing on carpet foam, rubber sheets, pig feet and whole, raw chickens from the grocery store, and orange rinds. Colorado State University veterinarians Dean Hendrickson and Fausto Bellezzo have developed artificial silicone models that realistically respond… read more

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Colorado State University biologist rewires plants to detect pollutants, explosives

January 27, 2011

Colorado State University | June Medford, plant biologist at Colorado State University, explains from her laboratory on the CSU campus how she’s discovered how to rewire plants so that they can detect environmental contaminants and explosives. Green plants turn white once they’re exposed to such contaminants — a discovery made by Medford and her collaborators including some 30 graduate, undergraduate, post-doctoral fellows and researchers in her lab.

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Geoffrey Beene Foundation’s “Rock Stars of Science” campaign raises funds, profiles cutting edge R&D in critical areas of medical research

January 27, 2011

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Keynote: Don Tapscott – Zeitgeist Europe 2010

January 26, 2011

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Macrowikinomics murmuration: swarming, dynamic self-organization

January 24, 2011

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Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now

January 19, 2011

TED | Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves. Amber Case studies the symbiotic interactions between humans and machines — and considers how our… read more

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IBM | AI program ‘Watson’ competes in a practice round on the TV game show Jeopardy!

January 14, 2011

Scroll down to see a series of videos showcasing Watson’s skill, and some background from IBM on the AI’s capabilities and impact. View more videos on the official “IBM Challenge” website.

IBM-produced video on Watson

Some background on IBM’s Watson

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Overview of Nova: Making Stuff with David Pogue, exploring materials science breakthroughs

January 11, 2011

Nova: Making Stuff on PBS | Invisibility cloaks. Spider silk that is stronger than steel. Plastics made of sugar that dissolve in landfills. Self-healing military vehicles. Smart pills and micro-robots that zap diseases. Clothes that monitor your mood. What will the future bring, and what will it be made of? In Nova’s four-hour series, “Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter,” popular New York Times technology… read more

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Documentary on Joseph Weizenbaum, computer pioneer, Rebel at Work

January 5, 2011

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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