February 22, 2011
Time | Here are some of 2010′s biggest (and coolest) breakthroughs in science, technology and the arts.
Video Source: Time
HONDA | Ever since the dawn of man, mobility has been central to our growth and freedom as a civilization. There have always been places to go and people to see, greener pastures, bluer skies and undiscovered lands. But what about the future of mobility? We ask some of the great thinkers of our generation how people will get around in 80 years. From the hope of hydrogen to the… read more
Video Source: Honda
Honda YouTube Channel
IBM | Preparing Watson for the Jeopardy! stage posed a unique challenge to the team: how to represent a system of 90 servers and hundreds of custom algorithms for the viewing public.The result? A dynamic visual avatar based on the smarter planet icon. A speaking voice that clearly pronounces a vast vocabulary. And an answer panel that reveals the system’s top responses and confidence levels. Watch the video to
Video Source: IBM
Life 2.0 full film:
Life 2.0 film trailer:
Life 2.0 | This feature length documentary follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by a virtual world — reshaping relationships, identities, and ultimately the very notion of reality.
Roco Films | Every day, across all corners of the globe, millions of users log onto Second Life, a virtual… read more
“acrossair brings you ‘Nearest Tube’, one of the first augmented reality apps to go live in the iPhone AppStore. The app tells New Yorkers where their nearest subway station is via their iPhones video function. When you load the app, holding it flat, all lines of the New York subway are displayed in colored arrows. By tilting the phone upwards, you will see the nearest stations: what direction they are… read more
Video Source: acrossair
SURFACE STACKS R&D TEAM | Stacks on the Surface: Resolving Physical Order Using Fiducial Markers With Structured Transparency
Considerable work has explored tangible interactions on surface-based computing. Often, this entails the direct placement of physical objects – either abstract or iconic – onto interactive surfaces. Although static themselves, their physicality offers an accurate and intuitive means for instantiating, manipulating, or otherwise acting on dynamic elements within the interface.… read more
Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft
Scientists in Romania have discovered a new type of cell, called telocites, that could help stem cells regenerate and repair the human body.
Video Source: euronews
Scroll down to see a series of videos showcasing Watson’s skill, and some background from IBM on the AI’s capabilities and impact. View more videos on the official “IBM Challenge” website.
IBM-produced video on Watson
Some background on IBM’s Watson
Video Source: IBM, Sony Pictures
ABC News | Video Report by David Muir, ABC News: A long way since that first computer with a hard drive in the 1960s could store about one Manhattan phone book, Watson can hold 12 million of them.
In the 1980s, IBM’s first PC could understand about 5,000 words — Watson: 125 billion.
But sometimes that data misses the human subtlety. Scientists will tell you that… read more
Video Source: ABC News
ABC News videos
Science Bytes | How can three pounds of jelly inside our skulls enable us to do everything that makes us human? For centuries, scientists have been fascinated and puzzled by the mysterious workings of the brain. Now, for the first time, they can re-create in the computer the shapes of every one of the billions of nerve cells that make up our brains, the component parts of the intricate neural… read more