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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

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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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NASA | 3D printed rocket engine roars to life

December 26, 2015

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NASA | A team at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama tested 3D printed rocket engine parts connected together in the same fashion that they would work in a rocket engine. The parts performance rivaled that of traditionally manufactured engine parts. During 6 separate tests, the engine generated up to 20,000 pounds of thrust.

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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

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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.

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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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Soft autonomous earthworm robot at MIT

August 10, 2012

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Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.

Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have… read more

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