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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

NBC | Unprecendented Ebola virus outbreak

July 15, 2014

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NBC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues highest level travel warning as Ebola spreads.

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CNN | CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with Peter Piot, MD, PhD… read more

Amazing traffic inside a brain cell reveals brain’s continuous renovation

August 24, 2012

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Using bioluminescent proteins from a jellyfish, a team of scientists has lit up the inside of a neuron, capturing spectacular video footage that shows the movement of proteins throughout the cell.

The video offers a rare peek at how proteins, the brain’s building blocks, are directed through neurons to renew its structure.

“Your brain is being disassembled and reassembled every day,” said Don Arnold, associate professor… read more

Video Source: University of Southern California

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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

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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Introducing David 8

April 23, 2012

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Introducing David 8 is a promotional video for the Prometheus movie. See also Project Prometheus and the website of the fictional corporation Weyland Industries.

He has been reimagined, reengineered and brought to life with better technological, intellectual, physical and emotional performance than ever before. Welcome to the eighth generation of cybernetic advancement. Brought to you by Weyland Industries.

With his new 99% emotional sensitivity… read more

Video Source: Weyland Industries

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Seth Lloyd on quantum life

October 9, 2012

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Seth Lloyd of MIT spoke at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.on how organisms have evolved to make use of quantum effects.at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

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NBC | Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” spoofs Google Glass

May 6, 2013

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AeroVironment/DARPA | Nano hummingbird reconnaissance UAV

February 19, 2011

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Newly released Aerovironment demo footage of the final project phase of the Nano Hummingbird aerial reconaissance vehicle, developed for the DARPA Defense Sciences Office. The flight test video shows the “birds eye view” on screen as well as the bird and engineer. Bird flies outside and then goes inside the building. We see what it sees via flat panel screen. Battery-powered and remote-controlled, the hummingbird-like prototype uses flapping wings for… read more

Video Source: AeroVironment, Inc.

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Google Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

December 25, 2012

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1.2 trillion searches.

146 languages.

What did the world search for in 2012?

2012 was a year of big moments, from global games to historical elections and everything in between. With this site, we’ve analyzed over one trillion queries to showcase what the world searched for.

We studied an aggregation of over one trillion searches (or queries) that people typed into Google Search this year. We used data… read more

Video Source: Google Zeitgeist 2012

The Machine that Changed the World: Giant Brains. 1992 Documentary (1of5)

December 16, 2012

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Documentary overview:

The Machine That Changed the World is the longest, most comprehensive documentary about the history of computing ever produced, but since its release in 1992, it’s become virtually extinct. Out of print and never released online, the only remaining copies are VHS tapes floating around school libraries or in the homes of fans who dubbed the original shows when they aired.

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The first… read more

Video Source: WGBH Boston/BBC TV coproduction in association with NDR Hamburg

Data fusion: Movea transforms sensors into indoor navigation

April 3, 2013

Data fusion Movea transforms sensors into indoor navigation

Software company Movea helps app developers corral the data from the sensors that pack today’s mobile devices, such as gyroscopes, magnetometers, accelerometers, GPS receivers, pressure sensors, ambient light detectors, air sensors, temperature sensors, microphones, and cameras,

IEEE Spectrum

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TrapWire: spying On YOU?

August 16, 2012

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“Emails obtained via a hack of intelligence agency Stratfor have shed light on a secret, comprehensive U.S. surveillance effort led by Virginia-based TrapWire. The details were released by whistleblower site Wikileaks, but an ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Wikileaks.org has made it difficult to access the TrapWire docs…”. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Video Source: The Young Turks Network

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TED | Edward Snowden speaks at TED 2014 via telepresence robot about electronic spying

March 18, 2014

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TED | Appearing by telepresence robot on March 18, 2014, Edward Snowden speaks at TED 2014 about surveillance and internet freedom in his talk titled “Here’s how we take back the internet.”

The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he… read more

Alastair Parvin: architecture for the people by the people

August 4, 2013

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Alastair Parvin believes in making architecture accessible to 100 percent of the population.

“As a society we’ve never needed design thinking more,” says Alastair Parvin, but most people — particularly those in cities of growing density and poverty — can’t afford it. Parvin, who was trained in architecture but chooses to make a career looking for ideas beyond its conventional framework, wants to change that.

He is one… read more

Video Source: TED

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