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

August 24, 2012


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

Video shows the traffic inside a brain cell

Sergey Brin: why Google Glass?

May 18, 2013


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


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

Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid

Introducing David 8

April 23, 2012


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

Introducing David 8

David Hanson, Dmitry Itskov, Phillip K. Dick on Charlie Rose show

June 28, 2013

Hanson, Itskov

Robotics designer David Hanson & Dmitry Itskov, founder and chair, 2045 initiative on robotics and avatars of the future.

— Charlie Rose show

Video Source: Charlie Rose

Vernor Vinge & The Singularity: Authors at Google

July 19, 2012


5-time Hugo Award winning author Vernor Vinge, one of the most lauded SF writers of our era, discusses his work and concepts from it, including the concept of “The Singularity” which he coined, and his latest novel, “Children of the Sky,” the sequel to “A Fire Upon the Deep.” He is interviewed by Brad Templeton of EFF/Singularity U/Google X.

Video Source: @Google Talks

Vernor Vinge & The Singularity: Authors at Google

Kinect fusion lets you build 3D models of anything

March 8, 2013


At Microsoft’s annual TechFest on Tuesday, international research teams had a chance to show off their latest tools, toys, and APIs to each other, and to us. We got a look at everything, including a robot-powered Haptic touch screen, a gesture recognition API from Jamie Shotton, a custom Kinect avatar builder, and lots of real-time 3-D capture software that will be on it’s way to you soon.

Here’s Kinect… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

Kinect Fusion Lets You Build 3-D Models of Anything

Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part I) — mind-blowing computer/human interface

November 4, 2012


“John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here he shows me his latest work which is, indeed, mind blowing. This is part I, in Part II, you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” — Robert Scoble

Video Source: Robert Scoble

oblong industries

Focus Features | Trailer for surveillance thriller Closed Circuit

August 26, 2013

closed circuit

Focus Features | The international suspense thriller Closed Circuit turns a timely tale of government surveillance in a high-profile terrorism case into a very human drama. It is in theaters August 28, 2013.

Following a mysterious explosion in a busy London market, the police swoop, a suspect is detained, and the country prepares for one of the most high-profile trials in British history. Two exceptional lawyers… read more

Digits hand tracker: freehand 3D computer interaction without gloves

October 10, 2012


Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming.

Video Source: Microsoft Research

Freehand 3D Computer Interaction Without Gloves

SpaceX Grasshopper 12 story test flight

December 25, 2012


SpaceX’s Grasshopper — a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle — took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

Grasshopper rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered, and landed safely on the pad, using closed-loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds.

Grasshopper consists of… read more

Video Source: SpaceX

Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

November 5, 2012


It looks like a creation from Frankenstein’s lab: a robot with tentacles modelled on an octopus — the world’s first entirely soft robot.

The first prototype has six silicone legs designed for locomotion, while two specialized arms use artificial muscles, motors and sensors to detect and grasp objects. A spring-like structure inside these tentacles, made from a shape-memory alloy, can expand, contract or bend in any direction with… read more

Video Source: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa

Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

Researchers confirm new element 115

August 29, 2013


Scientists have now confirmed the existence of a new element, No. 115 on the periodic table, by slamming atoms into each other.


Video Source: CNN

Luna Ring lunar solar power generation concept

May 27, 2011

Luna Ring

Shimizu Corporation | Shimizu claims: ”The energy paradigm shift opens the door to a sustainable society — a shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind. The Luna Ring, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies. Virtually inexhaustible, nonpolluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green… read more

Video Source: Shimizu Corporation

Shimizu Corporation | Luna Ring lunar solar power generation

TEDxLausanne | When creative machines overtake man

March 19, 2012


TEDxLausanne — Jürgen Schmidhuber  

Machine intelligence is improving rapidly, to the point that the scientist of the future may not even be human! In fact, in more and more fields, learning machines are already outperforming humans.

Artificial intelligence expert Jürgen Schmidhuber isn’t able to predict the future accurately, but he explains how machines are getting creative, why 40’000 years of Homo sapiens-dominated history are about to end… read more

Video Source: Youtube

TEDxLausanne --- Jürgen Schmidhuber --- When creative machines overtake man

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