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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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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.

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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

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

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The Secret Powers of Time

August 26, 2012

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Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. For example, past-oriented vs future-oriented.

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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

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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

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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,

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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.

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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

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Wired | Ray Kurzweil & Steve Aoki talk technology, the future & humanity: Neon Future sessions

October 12, 2014

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Wired | Steve Aoki talks with famed futurist Ray Kurzweil about how technology will shape our future, in terms of creativity, consciousness, and the coming singularity.

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