Thug Notes | Thug Notes is your main hookup for classical literature summary and analysis, original gangster. I’m your host, Sparky Sweets, PhD.
You may have seen my ass on MTV, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Independent, and The Daily Dot. Educate yo self, son. Join me as I drop some of da illest classical literature you ever heard.
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April 24, 2014
Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013… read more
Video Source: TED
April 21, 2014
Project Tango Prepping for Launch Into Space.
Since the summer of 2013, the Project Tango team has been working closely with a team at the NASA Ames Research Center. The goal: to integrate a Project Tango prototype onto a robotic platform, called SPHERES, that flies inside the International Space Station. The SPHERES program aims to develop zero-gravity autonomous platforms that could act as robotic assistants for astronauts or perform… read more
Video Source: Google ATAP
April 21, 2014
Jürgen Schmidhuber, Director of the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA
The recent resurrection of multi-layer neural networks is generating a lot of interest currently, with deep learning appearing on the New York Times front page, and big companies like Google and Facebook hunting for the experts in this field. Jürgen’s talk will shed more light on how deep learning methods work, and why they work.
Some news… read more
Video Source: Zürich Machine Learning and Data Science Meetup
April 18, 2014
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed game entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.
As… read more
Video Source: Sid Meier’s Civilization
Microsoft | Windows Phone digital assistant Cortana, based on popular smart AI character from Halo video game
April 3, 2014
CNET | At the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demos a new addition to the Windows Phone 8 operating system, a personal assistant called Cortana.
note | The character design for the Microsoft Windows Phone smart digital assistant Cortana is based on Microsoft Studios’ popular Halo game series, in which Cortana is a powerful artificial intelligence with human-level capabilities.… read more
March 18, 2014
Cole Gerst | A video about the book Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry by author and illustrator Cole Gerst. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in Milton, Massachusetts on July 12, 1895.
Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called “artifacts.”
Fuller did not limit… read more
March 3, 2014
Meta | A first look at the META.01 Developer Edition with Matt Kitchales, Product Manager at Meta.
Video Source: Meta – SpaceGlasses
February 21, 2014
Google | The Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to students 13 to 18 years old. What do you love? What are you good at? What do you want to change? Learn more and start your project.
Wikipedia | The Google Science Fair is sponsored by Google, Lego, CERN, National Geographic and Scientific American. The competition is open to kids around the… read more
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab | This video shows three of the first devices to be prototyped at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) using a new technology that could make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.
MIT is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed,… read more
January 13, 2014
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