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Celebrate Together When You’re Worlds Apart: Virtual Holiday Dinner (video)

This holiday season 156 people living on six different continents got to eat dinner with their closest friends and loved ones even though they were thousands of miles apart. Was it Christmas magic, a...

Universal Translators in the Next Few Years?

The universal translator is a sci-fi staple: Star Trek made it infamous. Star Wars had C3PO. Hitchhiker’s Guide had the babel fish. Stargate and Dr. Who both had some variation of a voice-to-voice translating...

A Look Inside China’s Robot Restaurant (video)

A restaurant in the city of Jinan in China is making international news by employing some unforgettable waiters. The Dalu Robot Restaurant features six custom built robot servers with some that resemble  the classic...

DNA sequencing for 1/10 the price: Ion Torrent’s sequencer arrives

Thinking of setting up your own genomics lab in the garage? Time to update your Christmas list. The Personal Genome Machine (PGM) by Ion Torrent is a DIY biologist’s fantasy: it’s fast, compact, and...

Fuji, the Bionic Dolphin With the Artificial Fin (video)

In the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, visitors still line up to see the world's first dolphin with an artificial fin. Fuji, now around 40 years old, lost much of her tail years ago to a...

Our Robot Culture: Bots Sell Coca-Cola All Over the World

Every culture has its own bizarre fascination with robots, but in Japan that fascination borders on outright obsession. How else could you explain Vending Machine Red? This eight foot tall robot stomped around Japan...

Robot Uses Air Powered Muscles To Run Like A Human (video)

When you go for a jog do you precisely measure the angle of each of your joints to keep you from falling over? No, of course not, only robots do that ...and if Ryuma...

Man Cured of HIV Using Stem Cells. Fluke or Hope?

Timothy Ray Brown has officially been declared cured of HIV. A US citizen living in Germany with HIV, Brown was treated for leukemia in 2007 at the Charite University of Medicine in Berlin. As...

Innovation and Outreach at the World’s Oldest School of Gerontology

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she surmised, “Hell, something’s gotta kill you.” Well, maybe not. Researchers are working diligently to address the seemingly unavoidable realities of aging and dying. In fact,...

Breath-Taking Aerial Video of New York City – Taken by RC Plane!

Get ready for a view of New York that would make Spiderman jealous. Expert remote control pilot Raphael "Trappy" Pirker recently took his 54 inch Zephyr model plane on a harrowing tour of Manhattan...

Ray Kurzweil: The Mind and How To Build One (video)

Will we ever create an accurate simulation of the human mind? Can we detect and measure consciousness? When will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence? Humanity has questions about the development of AI, and for...

Stem Cells Into Intestinal Tissue, More Biological Alchemy for Your Body

It's time to check off another item on the list of body parts that we can recreate in a lab. Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have succeeded in transforming stem cells...

Robot Hand Copies Your Movements, Mimics Your Gestures (video)

2010 may go down in history as the year of gesture recognition. We've seen it in TVs, we have it in our video games (thanks, Kinect!), and now we have it in our robots....

Video Game Faces So Real, You Can Tell If They’re Lying (Trailer)

Rockstar Games is best known for the Grand Theft Auto series of video games and its sojourn through gritty and violent city streets. With Rockstar's upcoming title, L.A. Noire, they'll be exploring a locale...

Word Lens Translates the Text You See In Real Time. Amazing to Behold (Video)

Another part of the universal translator has fallen into place. Quest Visual recently released Word Lens, a killer iPhone app that lets you see the world around you translated into a new language. It's...

Heartland Robotics To Make A $5000 Industrial Robot?

Rodney Brooks is making news by keeping his mouth shut. After leaving iRobot (so long, Roomba!), and retiring from MIT, one of the most famous names in robotics has been silently building his new...

3D Hologram Prints Invade Military, Commercial Design

Many technologies claim to be holograms, but there's really only one that truly deserves the name. If you have to wear special glasses, it's not a real hologram. For decades, scientists have been able...

Solar Powered Hornets – A New Source for Bioenergy?

Harvesting sunlight for energy isn't just for plants anymore. Scientists in Israel and the UK have discovered that the Oriental Hornet (Vespa orientalis) has a special 'solar panel' that it uses to convert light...

South Korea’s Robot Machine Gun Turret Can See You Coming 3 km Away

The Super Aegis II is the opposite of a friendly robot. This automated turret, created by South Korean company DoDAAM, comes equipped with a 12.7 mm machine gun and an optional 40mm automatic grenade...

Videos From Singularity Summit 2010 Now Available for Free Online

This year's Singularity Summit was a great collection of lectures, debates, and impromptu discussions among the technologically minded. Now, thanks to the Singularity Institute, you can share in those events by watching videos available...

A Robot Stole My Job: Automation in the Recession

Are robots creating a jobless recovery? A recent forecast by the UCLA Anderson School of Business echoes a common refrain in economic circles: as the economy recovers, jobs might not. The report, released last...

Michio Kaku: If You Can’t Beat the Singularity, Join It

Are you worried about the coming robot apocalypse? Does research into artificial general intelligence freak you out? Do you look at computers and start dreading for the safety of your children? If so, world...

Willow Garage Announces First Sales of PR2 Robot, Plus a Great Video

More institutions are buying into Willow Garage's vision for accelerating the field of robotics. The Silicon Valley startup announced that it recently sold its PR2 robots to four new research groups. Willow Garage has...

Do-It-Yourself Star Trek Doors for Your Home! (video)

I have found the perfect project for all of my fellow Star Trek fans out there. Why walk into a room through a regular door like a chump when you can strut into your...

Old School Robot Juggles 3 Balls, and Those Hippie Sticks (video)

The internet is a time machine. Case in point: Sarcos' cool humanoid robot that can juggle. With its hands replaced by soft fabric cups, the bot from the Utah based robotics company can flip...

Japan Heals Paralyzed Monkeys Using Non-Embryonic Human Stem Cells

In the debate over stem cell research, it's not just about what you can do, it's how you can do it. Scientists in Japan recently announced that they had successfully treated small paralyzed monkeys...

Dreamer Robot Presents a Cute Face and a Friendly Shoulder (video)

We'll probably decide to trust robots based on how friendly they look, but we'd do better to check whether or not they can crush us. Luckily for Meka's humanoid robot, it passes both tests....

Salim Ismail Promotes Singularity University at LeWeb in Paris (video)

People think linearly, but our world is developing exponentially. We need to change the way we think. That's one of the basic tenets of Singularity University, the startup educational institution looking to teach students...

Exclusive Interview with Complete Genomics – These Guys Get It

The future of human genetics will arrive when we understand how each gene in your DNA interacts with every other gene to form who you are. In order to get that understanding we're going...

Dolly Lives! The Original Cloned Sheep has Four New Copies

Surprise! The world's most famous cloned sheep, Dolly, has four living copies enjoying the sweet life in England. Dolly was the world's first cloned mammal, and a huge media sensation when she appeared. Professor Keith...

MIT Uses XBox Kinect to Create Minority Report Interface

In the movie Minority Report, Tom Cruise uses an advanced user interface system that lets him control media files with nothing more than a gesture from his gloved hands. He could do the same...

Hans Rosling Shows You 200 Years of Global Growth in 4 Minutes

BBC Four is airing a documentary series which reveals that statistics, far from being a cure for insomnia, is one of the most exciting topics on the planet. The Joy of Stats is both...

Robot With Knife Can Carve Any Soft Tissue – Gulp! (video)

Sometimes the similarities between human and pig bodies is neat. Right now it's terrifying. That's because I've just seen a robot that can carve the bone out of a ham hock in a few...

How Was the Billionaire’s Singularity Dinner? We’ll Show You

Five minutes is not enough time to save the world, but it might be enough time to get people to help finance you saving the world. Last night, Peter Thiel and The Thiel Foundation's...

New Study Says We Don’t Need So Much Calcium and Vitamin D

Are you getting enough vitamin D in your diet? Um...yes, you probably are. Maybe too much. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies found that the amount of calcium...

Recorded Future – A Web Search Through Time (video)

Individually none of us seem that great at predicting the future, but collectively we could have some valuable insights. Recorded Future harnesses that potential by searching through public commentary and speculations on the net...

We Will Be At the Billionaires’ Singularity Dinner Tonight

Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, is bringing together an impressive gathering of Silicon Valley investors to spread some interest in the future. As the original big financial backer for Facebook, Thiel has...

Watch This Girl Age a Decade in 85 Seconds!

No, it's not a deleted scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This little baby is turning into a young lady through the magic of lifelogging. Natalie's parents took a picture of her...

Researchers Barcode Mouse Embryos, Humans Next

In most laboratories, mixing up your samples probably means a botched experiment and a bit of frustration. But if you happen to work in reproductive technologies, an accidental swap might… well… impregnate a woman...

Video Game Exercise Bikes Ride onto the Social Network

Do you feel like you need to spend more time at the gym? You're on the internet, of course you do. Why not let video games keep you motivated to exercise? Special accessories like...

The Pills Have Eyes: Microchipped Medicine Is Coming

Open wide! Earlier this month, Swiss pharma giant Novartis announced it will be seeking regulatory approval of “smart pills” embedded with microchips within the next 18 months. The chip-on-a-pill, developed by Proteus Biomedical (and...

Video Of Cyborg Professor With Camera on Back of His Head!

Never question the resolve of an artist. First off, they are crazy enough to do anything. More importantly, some of them are secretly cyborgs. NYU Professor Wafaa Bilal announced his intent to install a...

Japan’s Robot Picks Only the Ripest Strawberries (video)

It takes more than a green thumb to be a great farmer, super-human vision helps as well. The Institute of Agricultural Machinery at Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, along with SI Seiko,...

Heartland Raises $20 Million, Talks Big About Robots

What do Roombas and Kindles have in common? They're fueling the next generation of industrial robots. Rodney Brooks, one of the founders of iRobot, has been developing his new company, Heartland Robotics, for the...

Cool Video of Real World TRON Light Cycle Test Drive

Geeks and gear-heads rejoice: the light cycles from Tron have made it into the real world! This summer the team at Parker Brothers Choppers announced plans to create full street-legal versions of the most...

Extraordinary Memory Through Ordinary Means (video)

Genetic alterations, cybernetic implants, and nanotech helper robots are not going to be featured in this article. Instead I'm going to discuss an even cooler method of human enhancement: practicing mental tricks. For thousands...

Trading Stocks at the Speed of Light – Computers Own Finance, Next the World

One day the world could literally be covered in computers with major network hubs surrounding our planet in a fine meshed grid. What's going to drive us to complete such a herculean task? Profit....

A World of Tweets: Putting the Tweetsphere on the Map

There’s too much damn information in the world! If you haven’t been bored when reading about random statistics from the internet then you’re probably a futuristic artificial intelligence. (In which case, welcome, Overlord). Making...

Super Fast FANUC Robot Sorts Candy According to Color (video)

Before you let a robot handle your prescription drugs, better let it train on candy first. FANUC's M-1iA picking and sorting robot is one of the fastest robots on the planet. While it's not...

Time Presents 10 Questions for Kurzweil: Hello, Mainstream

Everybody thinks about the future, but not everyone makes it their life's work. Besides being an inventor and author, Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's premier futurists and he's the de facto frontman...

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