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

December 16, 2012


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

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

Movea’s Data Fusion Transforms Sensors Into Indoor Navigation

TrapWire: spying On YOU?

August 16, 2012


“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 has made it difficult to access the TrapWire docs…”. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Video Source: The Young Turks Network

Trapwire surveillance system exposed in document leak

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

March 18, 2014

TED 2014 Edward Snowden with Vancouver skyline thumbnail

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


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

WikiHouse Open Source Construction Set

The New York Times | Interview with the robot Bina48

June 20, 2011

Bina48 interview

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. [...]

Wikipedia | Martine Rothblatt

Video Source: The New York Times

The New York Times | "Science: Making Friends with a Robot Named Bina48"

Nova scienceNow | The discovery and potential of RNA interference

November 13, 2012

RNA concept

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

Video Source: Nova scienceNOW


Atlas human-powered helicopter — AHS Sikorsky Prize flight

July 12, 2013

Human-Powered Helicopter

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

Finally! A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

Chris Anderson on desktop manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh moment’

October 1, 2012


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

Video Source: Wired

Video: Chris Anderson on Desktop Manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh Moment’

The Ubi — the always-on voice-activated computer

August 20, 2012


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

Meet Ubi: An always-on, connected computer that talks back
Meet Ubi: An always-on, connected computer that talks back (Kickstarter)

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

December 26, 2013


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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DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials winner: Schaft from Japan

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

July 29, 2012


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

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

SkySweeper robot inspects power lines inexpensively

August 21, 2013


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.

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Video Source: University of California, San Diego

SkySweeper Robot Makes Inspecting Power Lines Simple and Inexpensive
Robot goes searching in the sun for another overload

AT&T | Ads accurately predicted the future: ‘You Will’ ad campaign 1993-1994

March 15, 2011

virtual leg

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

Quantic Dream | Tech demo features sophisticated performance-capture and self-aware android

March 9, 2012

Kara performance capture

Wired: Tech Life | A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near.

The clip, which David Cage, the head of Quantic Dream, unveiled on Wednesday at a Game Developers Conference presentation, shows an android named Kara becoming self-aware as she is being assembled, and desperately insisting… read more

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