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The Solar Pocket Factory by Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne

October 5, 2012

Solar Pocket Factory

What if you could have electricity anywhere there was sunlight? What if the charge on your phone could last for weeks, the poorest, most remote homes in the world could have electric home lighting, and adding a USB charge outlet was as simple as slapping a sticker onto a sunlit wall? All of these are becoming possible thanks to microsolar: small solar panels that are small and cheap enough to… read more

Video Source: Digibox/Rhine Bernardino/Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne

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Deep Learning RNNaissance with Juergen Schmidhuber, PhD

December 10, 2014

Deep Learning RNN

Juergen Schmidhuber, PhD | Machine learning and pattern recognition are currently being revolutionised by “deep learning” (DL) Neural Networks (NNs). This is of commercial interest (for example, Google spent over 400m on start-up Deep Mind,co-founded by our student). I summarise work on DL since the 1960s, and our own work since 1991. Our recurrent NNs (RNNs) were the first to win official international competitions in pattern recognition and machine learning;… 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

Video Source: Google

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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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Cambridge University & Toshiba | Zoe the emotional avatar of the future

April 13, 2015

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Cambridge University & Toshiba | Meet Zoe, a digital talking head that can express human emotions on demand with unprecedented realism and could herald a new era of human computer interaction.

A virtual talking head that can express a full range of human emotions and could be used as a digital personal assistant, or to replace texting with face messaging, has been developed by researchers. The lifelike face can… read more

After Earth movie trailers starring Will Smith

April 6, 2013

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Sony Pictures | After Earth movie trailers starring Will Smith
RETV | Comic Con sneak peak of After Earth

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Elysium

April 12, 2013

Elysium

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and… read more

Video Source: SonyPictures

Miguel Nicolelis: a monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts

February 22, 2013

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Can we use our brains to directly control machines — without requiring a body as the middleman? Miguel Nicolelis talks through an astonishing experiment, in which a clever monkey in the U.S. learns to control a monkey avatar, and then a robot arm in Japan, purely with its thoughts. The research has big implications for quadraplegic people — and maybe for all of us. (Filmed at TEDMED 2012.)… read more

Video Source: TED

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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

Envisioning

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.

—… read more

Video Source: Microsoft

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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

Video Source: Melissa Chow

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CBS The Big Bang Theory | Technological singularity is primetime hit on award-winning sitcom

June 11, 2014

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Episode “The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification” of CBS hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory brings the concept of technological Singularity to one of its widest audiences.

In the opening teaser, ubergeek Sheldon (Jim Parsons) explains to his roommate and best friend Leonard (Johnny Galecki) that he is trying to determine how much longer he has to live.

Referring to his timeline, he laments that he… read more

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