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Microsoft Research | Deep neural networks for speech and image processing

November 1, 2012

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Microsoft Research | Deep Neural Networks for Speech and Image Processing: Neural networks are experiencing a renaissance, thanks to a new mathematical formulation, known as restricted Boltzmann machines, and the availability of powerful GPUs and increased processing power.

Unlike past neural networks, these new ones can have many layers and thus are called “deep neural networks”; and because they are a machine-learning technique, the technology is also known as… read more

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Thought-controlled quadcopter takes to the skies

September 5, 2012

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Researchers at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, have developed a quadcopter that they claim can be controlled by thought alone. The idea is to give people with impaired motor abilities a new avenue for interaction, says New Scientist.

Their system relies on the commercially available Emotiv EEG headset to interpret brain activity as commands for the quadcopter. Commands are relayed first… read more

Video Source: Zhejiang University

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The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates (C-SPAN)

January 24, 2013

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Author Howard Bloom discussed om C-SPAN his latest book, The God Problem: how A Godless Cosmos Creates, in which he explains his theory of how the universe was created without a creator, and how the universe might end. The talk was hosted by Columbia University Bookstore in New York City.

See the full video of the talk on C-SPAN, along with transcript.… read more

Video Source: C-SPAN

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Shimon Schocken: the self-organizing computer course

November 6, 2012

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Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about… read more

Electronics nerds light up the holidays!

December 17, 2012

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Building new experiences with Glass

April 5, 2013

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Timothy Jordan gave developers at SXSW in Austin, TX a sneak peek at the Google Mirror API, which is what they’ll use to build services for Glass. With the presentation, we set out to help developers and entrepreneurs start imagining what they could do on Glass.

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Video Source: Google

The New York Times | Interview with the robot Bina48

June 20, 2011

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The New York Times | Bina48 was designed to be a “friend robot,” as she later told me in one of her rare (but invariably thrilling) moments of coherence. Per the request of Martine Rothblatt, the self-made millionaire who paid $125,000 for her last March, her personality and appearance are based on those of Bina Rothblatt, Martine’s living, breathing spouse. [...]

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Nova scienceNow | The discovery and potential of RNA interference

November 13, 2012

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Nova ScienceNow | RNA, the close chemical cousin of DNA, was once thought to be a bit player in the life of a cell, but not anymore. RNA is now at the heart of a scientific and medical revolution. It’s a revolution that started with the cultivation of a purple petunia, and it has led scientists to what may be the most important advance in biology in decades.

Through a… read more

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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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Chris Anderson on desktop manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh moment’

October 1, 2012

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With the advent of affordable, advanced desktop 3-D printers like the Makerbot Replicator and Cubify’s Cube, we’re standing at the starting line of a manufacturing revolution, says Wired. These tools, once reserved for top-level firms, give curious minds everywhere rapid prototyping capabilities for almost any type of project.

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired, DIY robotics enthusiast, and author of recently released Makers: The New Industrialread more

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The Ubi — the always-on voice-activated computer

August 20, 2012

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The Ubi is an always-on voice-activated computer ready to help. Just plug it in, talk to it and it’ll help you connect with your world.

Ubi uses voice recognition technology to listen for plain language commands, responding to requests in a synthesized voice or offering simple status updates using the multi-colored LED indicator lights. It’s been designed to synchronize with other Ubis in the home or office, and users… read more

Video Source: Team Ubi

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Time | Meet the Google robot that won DARPA Robotics Challenge trials

December 26, 2013

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Time | SCHAFT was developed by a Japanese team and is owned by Google. The rescue and response humanoid can even drive a car.

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Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

July 29, 2012

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Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

Photography is about creating images by recording light. Ramesh Raskar and his team members have invented a camera… read more

Video Source: TED

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SkySweeper robot inspects power lines inexpensively

August 21, 2013

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Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on an inexpensive 3D printer, the SkySweeper prototype could be scaled up for less than $1,000, making it significantly more economical than the two models of robots currently used to inspect power lines.

—… read more

Video Source: University of California, San Diego

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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

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