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What you’re doing wrong when you think about the future

March 28, 2013

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Humans are notoriously bad at anticipating events that don’t conform to a very narrow idea of what the future will be, which is why we’re often caught off guard by the unexpected. In the recording of an online conversation above with Andrew Zolli, executive director of PopTech and the author of Resilience, we’ll discuss what about our psyches makes future thinking hard, and how we can recognize major… read more

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HENRi trailer

March 1, 2013

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HENRi is an emotionally powerful short film, which explores human existence at the most fundamental, personal level — what it means to be a conscious individual.

Hundreds of years in the future, a derelict spacecraft, controlled and powered by a human brain, floats aimlessly in the outer reaches of space. HENRI, the name of the ship’s power system, is an acronym which stands for Hybrid Electronic / Neuron Responsive… read more

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University of Pennsylvania | Water drops slide off of any surface with Nelum Science’s coating

December 12, 2013

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University of Pennsylvania | Hanging hundreds of feet off the ground to wash a skyscraper’s windows or pumping water out to a desert solar array to keep its panels and mirrors clean is more than just a hassle — it’s an expensive problem with serious ecological implications.

A spin-off company from Penn has found a way to solve the problem of keeping surfaces clean, while also keeping them transparent.… read more

Living Tomorrow | House of the future

November 3, 2011

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Wannahaves | Living Tomorrow was founded in 1991 by architects Frank Belien and Peter Bongers. Their mission was to create a platform on which several companies could show their innovative ideas. Have you ever wondered what a future home will look like? We have been there, so watch here and find out.

Wikipedia | Living Tomorrow is a research oriented company with projects in the cities of Brussels and Amsterdam. It focuses… read more

Robotics Unlimited | OutRunner is world’s first remotely controlled running robot

May 27, 2014

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Robotics Unlimited | Meet OutRunner, the world’s first remotely controlled robot, running up to 20 miles per hour on various terrain, with up to 2 hours of battery life.

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Warner Brothers | Transcendence film trailers by filmmakers Wally Pfister and Christopher Nolan

December 20, 2013

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Warner Brothers | Synopsis: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.

His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but… read more

Bipedal hobby robot walks a tightrope

October 23, 2012

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A Japanese roboticist that goes by the handle Dr. Guero, famous for programming his hobby robot to ride a miniature bicycle and walk on stilts, has managed to get his robot to balance on a tightrope.

The video shows Dr. Guero’s robot as it slides its way along the wire, making minute adjustments to its balance by waving its arms, based on signals from its… read more

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Alexander Graham Bell voice recording recovered

April 26, 2013

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A dramatic application of digital technology has allowed researchers to recover Alexander Graham Bell‘s voice from a recording held by the Smithsonian — a breakthrough announced in the Smithsonian magazine for the first time.

The precise methods they employed in early efforts to play back their recordings are lost to history. As a result, says curator Carlene Stephens of the National Museum of American History, the discs, ranging… read more

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International Supercomputing Conference | Henry Markram on simulating the brain — the next decisive years

July 10, 2011

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Henry Markram, Ph.D., Director of the Blue Brain Project at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, speaks at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011.

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Video Source: International Supercomputing Conference 2011

Electrical near-field 3D gesture interface

November 14, 2012

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Microchip Technology has introduced GestIC, a configurable 3-D gesture controller that allows users to interact with their devices using hand/finger position tracking and intuitive free-space gestures in real time. The device is only available as a development kit. Applications include: 

  • Notebooks/Keyboards/PC Peripherals
  • Mobile phones
  • Tablet computers
  • Electronic readers
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers

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Back to the Moon for power?

December 11, 2012

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Lunar and Planetary Institute geologist Paul Spudis believes that human exploration of the Moon should begin again, in part to tap into polar water which can be used for rocket fuel and life support.

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John Carmack talks virtual reality at E3 2012

June 7, 2012

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John Carmack, co-founder of id Software demonstrates his latest VR work at E3 2012.

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Meet Diego-san, a robot baby than learns

January 9, 2013

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“DIEGO-SAN” by Hanson for the Machine Perception Lab at the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation.

With a face by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics, which mounts on a body by Kokoro, this robotic baby boy was built with funding from the National Science Foundation and serves cognitive AI and human-robot interaction research.

With high definition cameras in the eyes, Diego San sees… read more

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Ubi Interactive: turn any surface into a touch screen

August 15, 2013

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Microsoft announced Tuesday that its Ubi Interactive system, which instantly turns any surface into a touchscreen, is now available. It requires a computer running the Ubi software, a projector, and the Kinect for Windows sensor.

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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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