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Apple — Introducing iPad mini

October 24, 2012


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Avian-inspired grasping for quadrotor micro aerial vehicles

March 19, 2013


Video Source: Justin Thomas, Joe Polin, Koushil Sreenath, and Vijay Kumar, GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania

Eagle-eyeing researchers design swooping quadrotors with claws

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

The Solar Pocket Factory: an Invention Adventure

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

Video Source: Juergen Schmidhuber, PhD

Deep Learning RNNaissance

HP | The Machine: the Future of Computing

December 10, 2014

The Machine

The world is facing a data explosion. Soon, we’re going to hit a technology inflection point where we can’t effectively store, process, and secure all the information coming at us.

By 2020, 30 billion connected devices will generate unprecedented amounts of data. The infrastructure required to collect, process, store, and analyze this data requires transformational changes in the foundations of computing. Bottom line: current systems can’t handle where we… read more

Video Source: HP

Watch HP CTO Martin Fink introduce The Machine at HP Discover 2014

Warner Brothers | Trailer for Interstellar by Christopher Nolan

May 18, 2014


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

After Earth movie trailers starring Will Smith

April 6, 2013

After Earth poster

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

After Earth official website

video sources: Sony Pictures / RETV


April 12, 2013


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


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

Miguel Nicolelis: A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts. No, really.

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

January 30, 2013


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

Oxford Robotics Research Group

Microsoft’s future vision: live, work, play

March 7, 2013


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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Video Source: Microsoft

Step inside the Microsoft Envisioning Center


October 6, 2012


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


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

November 9, 2012


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.

Microsoft Research | “A promising new breakthrough in speech translation technology”

Video Source: Microsoft Research

First MRI movies capture fetal brain connecting up

February 25, 2013


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

First MRI movies capture fetal brain connecting up
Baby's birth captured in MRI movie for the first time
Unborn twins caught on video MRI for the first time

Daniel Wolpert: the real reason for brains

January 15, 2013


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.


Video Source: TED

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