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TED | The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

April 24, 2014

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Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013… read more

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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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Maxed-out or abundance? Paul Gilding, Peter Diamandis debate

May 13, 2012

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Is the Earth maxed out, or should we be optimistic about being able to solve our future? At TED 2012, Paul Gilding made the case for the former, and Peter Diamandis argued for the latter, and then they debated.

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Toward Intelligent Humanoids | iCub 2012

April 15, 2013

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This video, released by the IDSIA Robotics Lab as part of the ongoing work in the EU-funded project IM-CLeVeR, shows recent skills learned by the iCub humanoid.

The IM-CleVeR project, launched in 2009, aims at “developing a new methodology for designing robots that can cumulatively learn new skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations, and reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned… read more

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World Future Society | Top 10 forecasts for 2012

December 21, 2011

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World Future Society | Each year the World Future Society prepares a round up of the most thought-provoking forecasts published in The Futurist magazine.

This video illustrates the World Future Society’s editors’ choice for the top 10 forecasts for the decades ahead. “Outlook 2012″ was published in the November-December 2011 issue of The Futurist.

A PDF of this special report may be ordered here.… read more

The Eye Tribe — eye control for mobile devices

October 25, 2012

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The Eye Tribe software (formerly known as Senseye) allows users to interact with their mobile device using their eye movements.

A simple webcam and a set of infrared LEDs are connected to the USB port of the tablet. The software records the eyes and calculates the point of the screen where the user is looking.

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MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab | Printable desktop robots

January 28, 2014

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MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab | This video shows three of the first devices to be prototyped at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) using a new technology that could make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.

MIT is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed,… read more

Shelley, Stanford’s robotic car, hits the track

August 13, 2012

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Stanford’s self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 mph on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers’ brain activity, the car’s performance could get even better.

Shelley is the product of collaboration between Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab, led by mechanical engineering Associate Professor Chris Gerdes, and the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab.

There’s very little difference between the path a professional driver takes around the course… read more

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

June 28, 2013

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

— Charlie Rose show

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Kinect fusion lets you build 3D models of anything

March 8, 2013

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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

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Vernor Vinge & The Singularity: Authors at Google

July 19, 2012

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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.

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

November 4, 2012

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“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

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Focus Features | Trailer for surveillance thriller Closed Circuit

August 26, 2013

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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

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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.

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SpaceX Grasshopper 12 story test flight

December 25, 2012

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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

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