July 11, 2013
The automotive and tech industries are increasing their research in autonomous driving, but a truly driverless car remains years away.
Video Source: Network World
Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. He introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that
Video Source: TED
Robotics designer David Hanson & Dmitry Itskov, founder and chair, 2045 initiative on robotics and avatars of the future.
— Charlie Rose show
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Over the past two and a half years, Instagram has become a community where you can capture and share the world’s moments simply and beautifully. Some moments, however, need more than a static image to come to life. Until now these stories have been missing from Instagram.
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n 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: Sony Pictures
Elysium (early trailer)
In the Czech Republic three companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle capable of flying, The Telegraph reports. It has six propellers powered by six battery-powered engines. It’s currently only capable of five minutes of flight before the batteries need to be recharged.
Video Source: The Telegraph
Max Tegmark, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), presents a cosmic perspective on the future of life, covering our increasing scientific knowledge, the cosmic background radiation, the ultimate fate of the universe, and what we need to do to ensure the human race’s survival and flourishing in the short and long term.
Video Source: Future of Humanity Institute
With an Arduino board, a hacked brain sensor, and a little code, you can control paramecia, which will change their swimming direction in response to an electrical field.
Build instructions and source code:http://making.do/paramecium
Paramecium footage credits:
Video Source: Geva Patz
The advent of next-generation sequencing is considered the most propelling technological advance, which has resulted in the doubling of sequence data almost every five months and the precipitous drop in the cost of sequencing a region of DNA.
This is a rebroadcast of a webinar that tracks the evolution of next-generation sequencing and explores what the future holds in terms of the technology and its medical applications.
Panelists:… read more
Video Source: Gerontology Research Group
Dr. Heinrich Rohrer, IBM Fellow, Nobel Laureate and co-inventor of the scanning tunneling microscope, passed away on the evening of May 16, 2013. He was 79. Dr. Rohrer joined IBM Research – Zurich in December of 1963, where he worked for 34 years.
“The invention of the scanning tunneling microscope was a seminal moment in the history of science and information technology,” said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director… read more
Video Source: IBM Research