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Max Tegmark: the future of life, a cosmic perspective

June 13, 2013

how wil our universe end

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.

Future of Humanity Institute

Video Source: Future of Humanity Institute

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Nikola Tesla pitching Silicon Valley VCs

June 10, 2013

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Nikola Tesla pitches wireless energy to VCs.

Video Source: Northern Imagination

Mind-controlled microbes

June 3, 2013

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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:

Mon Microscopic
Proyecto Agua
desertfox326

Video Source: Geva Patz

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Next generation DNA sequencing

May 22, 2013

Coles

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

Heinrich Rohrer, Nobel laureate who opened the door to nanoscience 1933–2013

May 21, 2013

Dr. Heinrich Rohrer

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

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Gesture-based robot control

May 20, 2013

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JPL’s BioSleeve enables precise robot control with hand and arm gestures. It uses EMG sensors, and other devices to decode hand and arm gestures and map them onto a robot control system. The system was presented at ICRA 2013 by Michael T. Wolf, Christopher Assad, Matthew T. Vernacchia, Joshua Fromm, and Henna L. Jethani from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Video Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Sergey Brin: why Google Glass?

May 18, 2013

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It’s not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers — not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.

Sergey Brin is half of the team that founded Google. Now he’s leading the development… read more

Video Source: TED Talks

Cara: a new way to measure the world

May 17, 2013

cara

Cara is ultra-light software that turns any web camera into an intelligent sensor. Accurate, insightful, real world analytics in real time.

  • Gather anonymous real time audience analytics such as gender, age and attention time using a basic webcam.
  • Use Cara to create intelligent things and interactive spaces — trigger events based on the audience. Connect the online and offline worlds.

IMRSV

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NAO Writer — NAO robot writes any word

May 17, 2013

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NAO Robot writes any word you ask him, and spells the word as he writes it. This app uses text-to-speech for word recognition and inverse kinematics for writing.

Video Source: Aldebaran Robotics

Gravity — official teaser trailer

May 14, 2013

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At 372 miles above the Earth, the view is breathtaking.

Don’t let go.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney:

In theaters October 4th.

Video Source: Warner Bros Pictures

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Space Oddity

May 13, 2013

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A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield for all their hard work.

Find out more:

Twitter: twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AstronautChrisHadfield
Google+: plus.google.com/113978637743265603454/po­­sts/p/pub

— Chris Hadfield

Video Source: Evan Hadfield

Discovery | 2111 show features Alcor member Maria Entraigues

May 10, 2013

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Discovery | Interview for a Spanish/English show about the future called 2111, a series covering robotics, communications, travel, longevity, and other futures scenarios. This is a segment of the episode dedicated to longevity, the part on Alcor and cryonics, featuring Alcor member Maria Entraigues. The full episode includes interviews with Dr. Aubrey de Grey at SENS Research Foundation, Alcor president Max More, Peter and Louise Voss, James Canton, and Ray… read more

Video Source: Discovery

Buzz Aldrin says humanity’s future is on Mars

May 9, 2013

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The moon is not enough for Buzz Aldrin, the second man ever to walk on the lunar surface. If humanity is to truly realize its space travel potential, there is only one place it will find it: Mars.

Aldrin’s new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, now available, charts out a course that could put astronauts on the surface of Mars by 2035.… read more

Video Source: Space.com

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Ender’s Game — trailer

May 9, 2013

Ender's Game

Based on the best-selling, award winning science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, ENDER’S GAME is an epic adventure starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.

Mission Statement of the International Fleet

United under a single, harmonious government, the International Fleet serves to protect the Earth from another global invasion, while striving to maintain order and propel human progress… read more

Video Source: I.F. Sentinel

OppiKoppi beer drone tech

May 8, 2013

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Visitors to the OppiKoppi festival in South Africa can now order beer and have it delivered by a drone and parachuted right to their location at the “District 9″ campsite..

 

Video Source: Oppikoppi Festival

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