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Macrowikinomics murmuration: swarming, dynamic self-organization

January 24, 2011

Video Source: Don Tapscott

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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

Video Source: TED

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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

Video Source: IBM, Sony Pictures

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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

Video Source: Nova: Making Stuff on PBS

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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

Video Source: Il Mare Film

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Audiopad: Motion-Based Electronic Instrument

January 2, 2011

James Patten & Ben Recht | Audiopad is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on

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Video Source: James Patten & Ben Recht

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Rhythm Ring: interactive rhythm sequencer

January 2, 2011

Creators Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University | The Rhythm Ring interactive rhythm sequencer is an engaging musical device that enables the user to create a plethora of rhythms and beat patterns with the touch of their own fingers.

Besides being fun to play with, the Rhythm Ring provides a tangible method of arranging a musical rhythm. In our design, the user can arrange beats and… read more

Video Source: Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University

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Nokia | Nanotechnology ‘Morph’ concept

December 31, 2010

Morph is a concept demonstrating some of the possibilities nanotechnologies might enable in future communication devices. Morph is a flexible two-piece device that can adapt its shape to different use modes. Morph can sense its environment, is energy-harvesting and self cleaning. Nanotechnology enables Morph to have adaptive materials yet rigid forms on demand. It is featured in the MoMA online exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind.” Morph has been a… read more

Video Source: Nokia

Smart fabrics

December 31, 2010

Video Source: Cetemmsa

Smart clothing, embedded electronics

December 31, 2010

Video Source: EuroNews, Futuris

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

November 12, 2010

These images, called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), were assembled from 342 separate exposures taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) of the Hubble Space Telescope between December 18 and 28, 1995. Representing a narrow “keyhole” view stretching to the visible horizon of the universe, the HDF images cover a speck of the sky only about the width of a dime located 75 feet away. Though the… read more

Video Source: Tony Darnell’s Deep Astronomy

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Microsoft | Origami Project prototype

October 28, 2010

Microsoft Origami

SlashGear | Microsoft’s Origami campaign came in for both praise and criticism, and while they can’t claim to entirely control the UMPC (or subsequent MID) markets they were at least initially responsible for promoting ultramobile PCs. Now Microsoft has decided to shut down their official Origami project site, three years after it was founded.

According to the official Origami Team Blog, the sites closure has been precipitated by their realization that “we cannot… read more

Japanese robot pop star

October 24, 2010

Japanese robot girl “HRP-C4,” created at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), danced and sang a pop song on stage at the Digital Content Expo 2010. The android has come a long way since her debut in March 2009. Wikipedia says: “The robot is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds, including battery. Its shape and joints are based on the 1997–1998 Japanese… read more

Video Source: Digital Content Expo 2010, Japan’s AIST

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Apple’s 1980s Knowledge Navigator concept videos foresaw the iPad, multitouch, Internet, Google, speech recognition, e-books

October 22, 2010

Wikipedia (with edits) | The Knowledge Navigator was a concept developed by Apple in the 1980s, based on Alan Kay’s Dynabook, for a hypothetical device that could access a large networked database of hypertext information, and use software agents to assist searching for information.

Apple produced several concept videos showcasing the idea. All of them featured a tablet style computer with numerous advanced capabilities, including an excellent text-to-speech… read more

Video Source: Apple Inc.

Water droplet bouncing on a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube array

October 18, 2010

Video from the paper “Bouncing Water Droplet on a Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Array,” authored by Adrianus I. Aria, Morteza Gharib, published online on ArXiv, Submitted on 7 Oct 2010: http://arxiv.org/abs/1010.1351

Video Source: ThoughtWare.TV

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