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American Museum of Natural History | Beyond Earth: The future of space exploration

January 30, 2012

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American Museum of Natural History | Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration (November 19, 2011 — August 12, 2012) offers a vision of the future of space travel as it boldly examines humanity’s next steps in our solar system and beyond.

See a re-creation of a lunar habitat, a model of a space elevator rising up from the surface of the Moon, and one of… read more

An Affordable, Adaptable, Resilient, Robust Robotic Hand

May 3, 2013

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The ARM-H track of DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program focuses on development of robust, low-cost and dexterous robotic hand hardware. DARPA funded performers to design and build hand mechanisms that could replace the claw-like hands currently used on robots with hands incorporating 3-4 fingers and useable palms.

The teams successfully produced hands that can be manufactured for as little as $3,000 per unit (in batches of 1,000 or… read more

Video Source: DARPA

Andrew McAfee: are droids taking our jobs?

November 1, 2012

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Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. (Filmed at

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Video Source: TED

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Anthony Atala, M.D., discusses tissue engineering at TEDMED 2009

January 23, 2010

Anthony Atala , M.D., Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, discusses advances in tissue engineering at TEDMED 2009.

Video Source: TEDMED

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Anybot robot orders a scone in Mountain View, California

February 7, 2011

Video Source: Aaron Blumenshine

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Apple — Introducing iPad mini

October 24, 2012

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Video Source: Apple Inc

Apple’s 1980s Knowledge Navigator concept videos foresaw the iPad, multitouch, Internet, Google, speech recognition, e-books

October 22, 2010

Wikipedia (with edits) | The Knowledge Navigator was a concept developed by Apple in the 1980s, based on Alan Kay’s Dynabook, for a hypothetical device that could access a large networked database of hypertext information, and use software agents to assist searching for information.

Apple produced several concept videos showcasing the idea. All of them featured a tablet style computer with numerous advanced capabilities, including an excellent text-to-speech… read more

Video Source: Apple Inc.

Armless man pitches at Fenway

September 18, 2012

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Having perfected the art of grabbing a baseball with his feet, he set a goal of throwing out the first pitch at every ballpark in the country.

Video Source: Fox News

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Ars Electronica | Showcase: Festival Ars Electronica 2010 — art, technology and society

February 19, 2011

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Ars Electronica | Repair — Rethink — Reinvent: 2010 Festival for Art, Technology and Society turns to the pioneers of our age. Not the adventurers who’ve sailed forth because they wanted to find out what awaits them on the other side, but rather the visionaries who are bringing expertise as well as a great deal of creativity and idealism to bear in their work on an alternative future. “Repair” is… read more

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Arthur C. Clarke predicting the future in 1964

January 2, 2013

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A great clip from the BBC’s Horizon programme in 1964. Arthur Charles Clarke was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.

He was also a host and commentator in the British television series “Mysterious World.”

For many years, with Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke were known as the “Big Three” of science fiction.… read more

Video Source: BBC

Asteroid to fly between Earth, satellites

January 7, 2013

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An asteroid will narrowly miss hitting Earth in February.

Video Source: CNN

At CES, more gadgets talk to each other

January 10, 2013

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Imagine a day when all of your gadgets can talk to each other. Your phone will control your television and your computer can run your gaming device. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show going on now in Las Vegas, that vision is becoming more of a reality.

— CNET

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AT&T | Ads accurately predicted the future: ‘You Will’ ad campaign 1993-1994

March 15, 2011

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These ads featuring eerily familiar (yet-to-be-created technologies) were produced by AT&T and broadcast on mainstream television from 1993-1994.

A savvy YouTuber culled them together in one convenient spot (video above) — “FunkyWitDaSysTm” says: “I could never find a complete compilation of all of these videos, so I put all 7 together and uploaded it for the world. Looking back on these ads, I remember how moved I was… read more

Video Source: AT&T

Atlas human-powered helicopter — AHS Sikorsky Prize flight

July 12, 2013

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On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo‘s Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres. The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal.

This… read more

Video Source: AeroVelo

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Audi piloted driving at CES 2013

January 11, 2013

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Video Source: Audi of America

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