December 31, 2012
Graphite has been known as a typical diamagnetic material and can be levitated in the strong magnetic field. Here we show that the magnetically levitating pyrolytic graphite can be moved in the arbitrary place by simple photoirradiation. It is notable that the optical motion control system described in this paper requires only NdFeB permanent magnets and light source.
The optical movement is driven by photothermally induced changes in the… read more
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
Video Source: Nova: Making Stuff on PBS
Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology | Eric Drexler explores physical law and future of nanotech
February 9, 2012
Oxford Future of Humanity Institute | Dr. Eric Drexler speaks at the Inaugural Lecture of the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology. Introduced by Professor Nick Bostrom: “Exploring a Timeless Landscape: Physical Law and the Future of Nanotechnology”
In the inaugural lecture of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, Eric Drexler explores the implications of physical law for the future potential of nanotechnology, then… read more
Video Source: Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology
October 24, 2014
Eustace made history with a near space dive from a high altitude balloon at approximately 135,000 feet. Eustace broke several records, including national record for highest exit altitude; world and national record for free fall under a drogue chute; national record for vertical… read more
November 15, 2012
CRNS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory researchers are developing a brain-controlled interface (BCI) that would allow tetraplegics or paraplegics to remotely control robots via thought alone.
Using a cap with electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes, a computer program would interpret the user’s brainwave signals and transform them into robot actions to control movement and interaction.
Video Source: DigInfo TV
January 13, 2014
The new Parrot MiniDrone is a miniaturized version of the AR.Drone quadcopter, at about a tenth the size.
An optical flow camera, sonar rangefinder, and computer allows it to sense how high it is off of the ground, and using optical flow, sense its own motion relative to the ground. This, with the assistance of a barometer, accelerometer, and gyro, enables the MiniDrone to self-stabilize.
It… read more
Video Source: IEEE Spectrum
PBS Newshour | Teaching computers how to play Atari better than humans.
This version of Atari’s “Space Invaders” isn’t being played by a person, but a system of computer algorithms that is learning how to play it just by looking at the pixels on the screen.
PBS NewsHour | Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert). In the second video, Miles O’Brien takes on Watson, and loses. In the third video, he tells Hari Sreenivasan about how the supercomputer works… read more
Video Source: PBS | NewsHour
December 20, 2013
PBS NewsHour | Want to have a just-like-real-life fantasy experience without leaving your living room? Virtual reality technology is already employed by certain industries, but economics correspondent Paul Solman considers the variety of applications it could have in the consumer market in the future.
Force for good or ill? Economics correspondent Solman explores the latest virtual reality technology with Stanford University’s Jeremy Bailenson, and weighs its societal impact with… read more