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Can robots be made creative enough to invent their own language?

January 30, 2013

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Professor Luc Steels describes his recent breakthrough experiments, in which robots are programmed to play language games and come up with novel concepts, words and meanings. He explains how this triggers a process of cultural evolution that leads to more complex forms of language and what this tells us about the nature of our own intelligence and the future of artificial intelligence.

Luc Steels is ICREA Research Professor at… read more

Video Source: University of Oxford

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Microsoft’s future vision: live, work, play

March 7, 2013

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Take a glimpse inside the new Microsoft Envisioning Center, where visitors can experience conceptual prototypes that explore how services and devices will help us stay connected and transform the way we live, work and play. Focused on both productivity and consumer scenarios set 5 — 10 years out, the Envisioning Center is a place where we can engage partners and engineering teams in dialog to evolve our vision.

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Like-A-Hug

October 6, 2012

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MIT Media Lab – Tangible Media Group – Hiroshi Ishii

Like-A-Hug is a wearable social media vest that allows for hugs to be given via Facebook, bringing us closer despite physical distance. The vest inflates when friends ‘Like’ a photo, video, or status update on the wearer’s wall, thereby allowing us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs. Hugs can also… read more

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Microsoft Research | Speech recognition breakthrough for the spoken, translated word

November 9, 2012

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Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid demonstrates a speech recognition breakthrough via machine translation that converts his spoken English words into computer-generated Chinese language. The breakthrough is patterned after deep neural networks and significantly reduces errors in spoken as well as written translation.

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First MRI movies capture fetal brain connecting up

February 25, 2013

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The brains of unborn babies have now been imaged in action, showing how connections form.

This fMRI movie, produced by Moriah Thomason from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, shows a fly-through of several fetuses in their third trimester. By comparing the scans at slightly different stages of development, Thomason was able to pinpoint when different parts of the brain wire up.

By identifying how brain… read more

Video Source: New Scientist

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Daniel Wolpert: the real reason for brains

January 15, 2013

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Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. In this entertaining, data-rich talk he gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion.

- TED

Video Source: TED

How it feels [through Glass]

February 28, 2013

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Want to see how Glass actually feels? It’s surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.

Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.

All video footage captured… read more

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World’s first stainless-steel robot with seven degrees of freedom

July 24, 2013

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries has developed the world’s first all-stainless-steel robot with seven degrees of freedom. It will be used in the drug discovery and pharmaceutical fields to automate experiments that use dangerous chemicals.

Due to its stainless steel body, it can be sterilized using hydrogen peroxide gas, for work in sterile environments. Kawasaki plans to launch this robot in January 2014.

— DigInfo

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Warner Brothers | Trailer for Interstellar by Christopher Nolan

May 18, 2014

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Warner Brothers | In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and the 20th Century is to blame.

A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it’s up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind. “Manking was born on Earth, it was never meant to die here.”

Mainly based on the… read more

Explaining the Future | Singularity or decline?

September 28, 2012

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Explaining the Future | Is a new, more prosperous age beyond a technological Singularity on the horizon? Or does human civilization now face an inevitable decline? This video by futurist Christopher Barnatt discusses the great debate at the heart of future studies.

About Explaining the Future and Christopher Barnatt

Hello, I am Christopher Barnatt — a futurist, author, videographer, and Associate Professor of Computing and… read more

Video Source: Explaining the Future | Christopher Barnatt

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Driverless car research shifts into higher gear

July 11, 2013

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The automotive and tech industries are increasing their research in autonomous driving, but a truly driverless car remains years away.

Video Source: Network World

Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes

October 1, 2012

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If you place 32 metronomes on a static object and set them rocking out of phase with one another, they will remain that way indefinitely. Place them on a moveable surface, however, and something very interesting (and very mesmerizing) happens, notes io9.

The metronomes in this video fall into the latter camp. Energy from the motion of one ticking metronome can affect the motion of every metronome… read more

Video Source: IkeguchiLab

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Autonomous robot swarm takes over farm work

October 31, 2012

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A new robot developed by David Dorhout and colleagues from Dorhout R&D is designed to plant seeds in a field while coordinating with a gang of other robotic farmhands, according to New Scientist.

The robot can walk in any direction while avoiding obstacles, using a sensor underneath its body to detect where seeds have already been planted. Once it finds an untouched patch, it drills a hole… read more

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The Prototype official teaser trailer #1 (2013) — Andrew Will sci-fi Movie HD

September 10, 2012

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In The Prototype (2013), a science-fiction thriller, the military tries to track down a humanoid drone that escapes from a government facility

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Google Glass in the NFL

July 17, 2013

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ESPN’s Katie Linendoll visits the St. Louis Rams to see how Google Glass could change the NFL in the future.

— ESPN

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