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Norwegian Boy Stuns Viewers With Now Famous Robot Dance (video)

I'm not sure what the world loves more: cute robots, or cute kids. Luckily, 10 year old Tord from Norway is a little bit of both. A few weeks ago Tord became the latest...
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iRobot’s Latest Military Bot Is a Pocket-Sized Spy Tank You Can Throw (video)

It takes a lot of courage to run into a firefight. It takes a lot of robotics to not have to. iRobot recently unveiled the 110 FirstLook a small, lightweight, throwable robot that soldiers...
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Open Source Robot, DARwIn-OP, Shows Off at RoboGames 2011 (video)

The original Charles Darwin taught the world about the origin of species. The DARwIn-OP may teach the world about the evolution of robots. The DARwIn line of humanoids was created by Dennis Hong's RoMeLa...

Brazilian “RoboCop” Security Goggles Over-Hyped, We’ve Got the Real Facts

For most, the eyes and face are windows to the soul, but for the bad guys at the 2014 World Cup, it could be a ticket to incarceration. Brazilian authorities are deploying the Ex-Eye,...

Control YouTube With Your Voice!

If surfing YouTube for videos is just too grueling of a task for you, don't worry. A developer in Idaho has recently created a prototype set of controls that let's you search for videos...
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Kurzweil’s Talk At Presidential Conference in Israel Now Available for Free (video)

If at first you don't succeed in convincing the world that a Technological Singularity is near then try, try again. Ray Kurzweil has been sharing his predictions about the disruptive effects of exponential growth...

Exoskeletal Arm Support From Equipois to be Released in June

Gravity can be a pain, literally.  Any of you who work in a factory, lab, operating room, or any other setting that requires repetitive tasks with outstretched arms will, I’m sure, agree.  Working with...
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100,000 Toothpicks and 37 Years Later, Man Completes Incredible Model Of San Francisco

For all you ping pong balls out there, get ready to take a tour of San Francisco that will blow your fictional minds. Since 1974 Scott Weaver has been working on his masterpiece, Rolling...

What is the Future of Books? Kindle Lending Library, Piracy, and More!

Going to your local public library? Don't forget your e-reader. Amazon recently announced that their new Kindle Lending Library feature will be arriving "later this year". The Kindle Lending Library will allow over 11,000...

Immortal Jellyfish Provides Clues for Regenerative Medicine

The search for the fountain of youth has been ongoing ever since man decided that dying wasn’t all that appealing. And now, it appears that this elusive holy grail has been found, albeit by...

The Rise of Gen-CS? Computer Science Interest at Stanford Skyrocketing

Something strange is afoot at Stanford University’s Computer Science Department. About five years ago, the top-ranked department had seen much better days. The dot-com bubble, which had brought in many students into introductory computer...

Phenomenal Video Footage of Extreme Sports From RC Helicopters

There are spies in the skies, and they're trying to catch you doing something awesome. As remote controlled flying drones have become more sophisticated and stronger, they've opened up a new field of amateur...
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Look Out Humans – This FRIDA Robot From ABB Will Take Your Factory Job

If a human worker can do it, why not a robot? Swiss robotics giant ABB recently unveiled a new concept robot that showcases how the company is aiming to have humanoid machines work side...
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Cool Videos of the Robonova-1 Humanoid Robot

Surviving in the field of toy robotics isn't easy - it takes durability, versatility, and no small measure of charm. Robonova-1 has been a favorite among amateur robotics engineers for over five years, which...

Pharm. Company Roche Blocking Blindness Cure. Why?

Many great scientific discoveries were born out of pure accident.  How about curing blindness in only one or two treatments with a drug that was originally designed to combat cancer? What if it only...
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Wow! Model Factory Made With Lego Robots Moves 48 Items Per Minute (video)

Chris Shepherd, you are a Lego god. In his continuing obsession with all things Lego, robotic, and awesome, Shepherd recently constructed the Lego Quad Delta Robot System, a full working model of an industrial...
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Incredible Video of California Woman’s Hand Transplant

The latest recipient of a hand transplant is coping well in Los Angeles. On March 5th, Emily Fennel, age 26, received a donor right hand to replace the one she lost nearly five years...
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Google Brings Map Maker to the US. Crowd Sourced Maps Are the Future (video)

Congratulations, you've just been hired by Google. In a quest to bring high-quality digital maps to every corner of the globe, Google produced Map Maker, a crowd-sourced cartography project that allows users to fill...
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Willow Garage Is Selling An Amateur Level Robot! Say Hi To TurtleBot (video)

For those that have been drooling over Willow Garage's PR2, the Silicon Valley robotics company has a way to curb your hunger. Starting early this summer, Willow Garage will be shipping orders of TurtleBot,...
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Lots of Bots and Tots at Stanford’s Robot Block Party (video)

Have no fear of an upcoming war between machines and humans, the fact is that the war has already been fought in the hearts of children...and robots won by a landslide. I had a...
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Organic Farmers Unite Against Monsanto In Battle For Future of Food

Another chapter in the ongoing David-and-Goliath-esque saga between organic farmers and the Monsanto Company kicked off recently with a lawsuit filed in federal court. The suit, titled Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et...

World’s Oldest Man Dies at 114, Thanks For All The Wisdom Walter Breuning

"We're all going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you're born to die." -- Walter Breuning The world's oldest man passed away this past Thursday, April 14th,...
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Skynet Becomes Aware, Launches Nuclear Attack On Humanity

Hide ya kids, hide ya wife! According to the Terminator franchise, at 8:11 PM today (April 19th), the military-designed artificial intelligence system called Skynet will become self-aware and turn against its creators (read: us)....

Transcendent Man Plays In San Francisco. Here’s A Transcript of Q&A Session

Even a great film is better when played in front of the right crowd. Transcendent Man, Barry Ptolemy's documentary on the life and ideas of futurist Ray Kurzweil, had a special screening at the...
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Limitless Movie Thrills, But What’s The Future of Smart Pills?

Limitless is a film about Eddie Morra, a man who just wants to do his best. He’s ingesting a smart drug, or nootropic, named NZT-48 to take his cognitive abilities to the next level. His...

I’ve Got Pictures of that Mysterious “Apple Robot” You Were Asking About!

A few weeks ago, a video of a mysterious rolling robot made it's way through the blogosphere raising a few questions as to whether Apple was building it's own bot. Well as I said...
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Robots Take Over Hospital Pharmacy as Human Pill-Counting Talents Go To Waste (VIDEO)

A new pharmacy supplying medicine to the UCSF Medical Center is currently under the control of a handful of Swiss and Canadian robots that won’t let the pharmacists handle the medications directly. Housed within...
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Crowd Sourced Choir Sings Over Internet With the Power of 2000 Voices (video)

The internet has quickly become the place where everyone's voice can be heard...literally. The Virtual Choir project collected 2052 self-made recordings of people performing the same song and then recombined these efforts into one...
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John Nolan’s Incredible Animatronics Turn Nightmares into Robots (video)

Suburban dads with pig heads, dead mice, road kill squirrels, and mewling premature babies - these are just some of the disturbing images that John Nolan has transformed into awesome animatronic characters. Based in...

G-Dog Robot Is a Humanoid’s Best Friend (video)

They may not be as cuddly as their furry biological counterparts, but training a robot dog involves far fewer ruined carpets, and many more video game controllers. The G-Dog from HPI Japan and Futaba...

Exclusive Offer – 2 for 1 Tickets to Transcendent Man in San Francisco, Thurs. April 14th

Want to watch a movie with me? The Transcendent Man documentary is coming to San Francisco tomorrow night, and I have a sweet deal to offer those who attend. Barry Ptolemy's film about the...
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Kurzweil Visits Colbert Report, Transcendent Man Ready for Mainstream? (video)

The Singularity may be near, but Stephen Colbert's comedy hits much closer to home. Ray Kurzweil, noted author and futurist, visited the set of the Colbert Report to discuss Barry Ptolemy's documentary Transcendent Man,...

Anybots Has An Army of Telepresence Robots Ready to Send Your Way!

There's little in this world that will frustrate us technophile types more than having to wait for our robots to arrive in the mail. For many who purchased the QB telerobot from Anybots, that...
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160,000+ Watch Virtual Popstar Hatsune Miku Return to the Stage (video)

She's beautiful, she's talented, she's immensely popular...and she's not real. Hatsune Miku the virtual popstar creation of Crypton Future Media in Japan, has sold out another concert. Her much anticipated second annual March 9th...

Is Aged-Based HIV/AIDS Testing the Key to Stamping Out the Disease?

HIV/AIDS is a huge health problem in the world and a cure still seems years away.  Yet even though a cure has eluded us, testing for the disease can be an extremely effective tool to slow...

First New Treatment for Lupus Erythematosus in Over Fifty Years!

A small, but significant victory has been won in the war against lupus, one of the most debilitating systemic auto-immune diseases. The US FDA approved experimental drug Benlysta, the brainchild of Human Genome Sciences...

X-Ray Vision: Handheld Radar Allows Army/Security To Look Inside Walls

A portable device the the size of a textbook promises to give army and security personnel the x-ray vision of Superman...only without the x-rays. The prototype Sprint system, developed by Cambridge Consultants, uses...
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Watch the US Navy Use A Laser Beam to Set a Boat on Fire (video)

Naval combat is finally entering the 21st Century. Last Wednesday, April 6th, the Office of Naval Research conducted a test of their Maritime Laser Demonstrator (MLD), a high energy laser capable of burning through...

Free DNA Analysis From 23andMe – Good Gimmick, Tired Technology?

It's the biggest sale of the spring, and it's available right now in every cell in your body. Personal genomics pioneers, 23andMe are offering to give you a free DNA test if you order...

Robot Bartenders Call The Shots At BarBot 2011 (video)

You know what I love about geeks? They understand that the only thing better than a nice cold drink is a nice cold drink made by a cute robot. The annual BarBot event attracted...

New Disposable, Medical Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

Thanks to a German research institute, in the very near future, we may not even see the cameras looking back at us at all. It may not be news that camera technology is getting smaller,...

Scientist Records 230,000 Hours of Son’s Childhood: What It Means and What’s Next

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates When Deb Roy’s son invites his girlfriend over for dinner with his family, there will be much more than photo albums to embarrass the teenager. His parents...
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Surgical Robot Folds Tiny Paper Plane And Lets It Fly (video)

Sure, when I make a paper airplane it's goofing off, but when a robot does it, it's a phenomenal PR campaign. Doctor James Porter, head of the surgical robotic team at the Swedish Medical...

eTextbooks and Educational Apps: iPads Enter the Classroom

Rolling backpacks are lame.  There, I said it.  No one wants to be that kid rolling into class, crushing people’s toes and running into desks with their weapon on wheels.  On the flip side...
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Brain Computer Implant Still Working in Patient 1000 Days Later

The latest report from academia: when you hack someone's brain to turn them into a cyborg, count on it lasting for a few years. Scientists developing Braingate, the revolutionary device that translates brain impulses...
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DaVinci Surgical Robot Plays ‘Operation’ Board Game, Saves Cardboard Life (Video)

Modern life teaches us funny lessons like: if you can't win at a child's board game, use a multimillion dollar robot to cheat. PhD students at John Hopkins University's Lab for Computational Sensing and...
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Robot Replicants Gather With Their Originals In World’s Creepiest Reunion (video)

There are only a handful of people in the world who can say they have a robotic clone of themselves, and most of them just got together in Japan. ATR's facilities in Nara hosted...

Robotic Musicians Push Boundaries of What Machines and Instruments Can Do (video)

The next wave of upcoming musicians don't have soul. Or heart. Or even blood. That's because these cutting edge instrumentalists are robots. Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI) is an organization geared towards automated acoustic...

A Liquid Biopsy Test on the Market? A $30 Million Partnership May Finally Make it Happen

As Singularity Hub followers are well aware, it’s an exciting time in cancer screening. We’ve recently highlighted a number of new technologies that are in the works, such as Bio-Nano-Chips, a handheld microNMR detection...

Exclusive Interview With Barry Ptolemy, Director of Kurzweil Documentary Transcendent Man

How do you get everyone to sit up and pay attention to the idea of the Singularity? Make it entertaining. No doubt about it, Transcendent Man is that and more. Barry Ptolemy's documentary on...

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