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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

Japanese robot actroid-SIT gets more social

March 25, 2013

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Actroid-SIT, a lifelike robot from Japanese firm Kokoro can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Researchers are teaching the robot to handle interruptions and address crowds.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Portabee: an affordable, portable 3D printer

November 28, 2012

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A $480 portable 3-D printer called the Portabee comes as a kit and collapses down to fit into a laptop bag.

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Marc Goodman: a vision of crimes in the future

July 22, 2012

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The theme of TEDGlobal 2012 was “Radical Openness.” In his talk, Marc Goodman explores the unintended consequences of this openness, giving the audience a glimpse into the future of crime and global security.

 

 

 

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Deep Space Industries video

January 23, 2013

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Deep Space Industries believes the human race is ready to begin harvesting the resources of space both for their use in space and to increase the wealth and prosperity of the people of planet Earth.

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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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American Scientist | Huygens's clocks revisited

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.

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Watch flying robots cooperate, throw and catch balls

October 3, 2012

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The Flying Machine Arena at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) offers a safe, controlled sandbox environment for testing mobile robots’ fast-paced motions, thanks to a high-precision localization system, high-performance radio links, easy-to-use software structure, and safety nets enclosing the space.

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Challenges of getting to Mars: Curiosity’s seven minutes of terror

July 12, 2012

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Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

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Russia Today | AI researcher says people will fall in love with human-like robotic romantic partners

February 4, 2012

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Russia Today | Experts say human-like robots could be the way of the future. A perfect partner who’s always happy and never complains, is apparently now a reality. But there’s a catch — he or she is likely be made of plastic. From simple dolls to sophisticated robots, they seem to be winning the hearts and minds of people who’ve given up on finding true love. Gayane… read more

NBC | Unprecendented Ebola virus outbreak

July 15, 2014

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NBC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues highest level travel warning as Ebola spreads.

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CNN | CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with Peter Piot, MD, PhD… read more

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