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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

Video Source: Smithsonian

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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

Video Source: Microchip Technology

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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.

Video Source: Lunar and Planetary Institute

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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

Video Source: Hanson Robotics

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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.

Video Source: ETH

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Challenges of getting to Mars: Curiosity’s seven minutes of terror

July 12, 2012

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Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

Video Source: NASA

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Russia Today | AI researcher says people will fall in love with human-like robotic romantic partners

February 4, 2012

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Russia Today | Experts say human-like robots could be the way of the future. A perfect partner who’s always happy and never complains, is apparently now a reality. But there’s a catch — he or she is likely be made of plastic. From simple dolls to sophisticated robots, they seem to be winning the hearts and minds of people who’ve given up on finding true love. Gayane… read more

A Boy and His Atom: the world’s smallest movie

May 1, 2013

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You’re about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made here). The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM’s research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used… read more

Video Source: IBM

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

Deflecting an asteroid, with paintballs

February 25, 2013

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In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A brightly colored asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

How might one encourage such a deflection? The answer, according to an MIT graduate student: with a volley or two… read more

Video Source: MIT

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