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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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Audiopad: Motion-Based Electronic Instrument

January 2, 2011

James Patten & Ben Recht | Audiopad is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on

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Video Source: James Patten & Ben Recht

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“Augmented (hyper) Reality: Domestic Robocop” by Keiichi Matsuda

February 10, 2010

KEIICHI MATSUDA | The latter half of the 20th century saw the built environment merged with media space, and architecture taking on new roles related to branding, image and consumerism. Augmented reality may recontextualise the functions of consumerism and architecture, and change in the way in which we operate within it. A film produced for my final year Masters in Architecture, part of a larger project about the social and… read more

Video Source: Vimeo / Keiichi Matsuda

Augmented-reality SpaceGlasses

August 23, 2013

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Meta’s SpaceGlasses video shows the huge potential of augmented reality, bringing the computing scenarios of “Iron Man” to life. Spaceglasses.com.

— CNET TV

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Autonomous robot swarm takes over farm work

October 31, 2012

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A new robot developed by David Dorhout and colleagues from Dorhout R&D is designed to plant seeds in a field while coordinating with a gang of other robotic farmhands, according to New Scientist.

The robot can walk in any direction while avoiding obstacles, using a sensor underneath its body to detect where seeds have already been planted. Once it finds an untouched patch, it drills a hole… read more

Video Source: Dorhout R&D

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Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors at MIT

August 10, 2012

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For decades, academic and industry researchers have been working on control algorithms for autonomous helicopters — robotic helicopters that pilot themselves, rather than requiring remote human guidance. Dozens of research teams have competed in a series of autonomous-helicopter challenges posed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); progress has been so rapid that the last two challenges have involved indoor navigation without the use of GPS.

But… read more

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Avi Zev Weider | Film Welcome to the Machine to premiere, Ray Kurzweil and Jaron Lanier featured

March 8, 2012

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The Hollywood Reporter | In Welcome to the Machine, Avi Zev Weider uses the occasion of the birth of his triplets to take a look at how technology intermingles with and affects our humanness. The SXSW competition documentary will have its world premiere Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Ray Kurzweil and Jaron Lanier, who are both featured in the film, will participate… read more

Video Source: Avi Zev Weider

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