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The 25th KondoCup, A Milestone in Robot Soccer (video)

They said it would never last. Actually, they didn't. They said, "let's keep doing this because it's awesome." KondoCup just celebrated its 25th event last week. The soccer competition featuring small humanoid robots attracted...

Billions and Billions Served – Traffic In The New Era of Google and Facebook

Google's online dominance can now be expressed in a new way: every month, the equivalent of one seventh of the world's population travels to their sites on the internet. Or maybe it's every week....
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Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife! The Eyeborgs Are Out to Get You

Walking robotic cameras have armed themselves, are seeking your destruction, and the guy from the Highlander TV series is the only one who can save humanity. I love bad movies, and Eyeborgs is a...
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Don’t Trust the Cloud? Backup Your Social Network with SocialSafe

It's months before Facebook's IPO, but you can protect the investment you've made in the social network now. Startup SocialSafe is building itself to be the all-in-one tool you need to backup your data...

How well are you sleeping? Ask your pajamas.

Looks like someone’s engineering senior design project is going better than mine did.  That’s the vibe I’m getting anyway – some biomedical engineering students designed something for a class, realized it was actually a...

3D Printers Are Taking Off But One in Every Home? Maybe in Another 10 Years

The 3D printer has come of age….well, almost. Let’s just say that after a tough hit from the recession, the 3D printer industry is back with a vengeance. Low-end sub-$1000 DIY projects to commercial...

New Report Shows Pesticides Found Throughout Produce — USDA Says Keep Eating

The USDA recently released their annual report on the presence of pesticide residue in food commodities, and the study produced a harvest of mixed results, so to speak. The report was quick to point...

A Night Out with the Willow Garage Robots – New Info From the Press Dinner

When a robot asks you out on a date, say yes. Wednesday night, Willow Garage hosted a small press dinner at their offices in Silicon Valley. The young company looking to jumpstart the personal...
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Kurzweil Speaks on the Future of Computer Translation (video)

We live in a world where language technologies, still in their infancy, are powerful enough to turn your web browser into a text translator, and your smart phone into a speaking interpreter you can...

Population Growth and the Rise of Mega-Cities: Can Technology Help?

Are you ready to share the planet with 7 billion people? Current projections estimate that this population milestone is only months away. Along with a rapidly growing world population, the wave of urban growth...
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Libyan Rebel Engineers Improvise War Robots In Fight Against Gaddafi (video)

How do I know we live in the future? Because there's a ragtag group of rebels facing an evil regime and their greatest hope may be the fighting fury of robots they assemble out...
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Cheap, Swarming Kilobots Bring Us Closer to a Bot-Filled World (video)

Quick, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you read the phrase "robotic swarm"? A nefarious group of robots on a devious mission? How about miniature robots working to rescue trapped people...

Has China Wiretapped 20,000 Hong Kong Cars?

Careful what you say when driving between Hong Kong and China, the government may be listening. The Apple Daily, a Hong Kong news source, broke a story this week that "inspection and quarantine cards"...
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The Wild World of Vending Machines

Modern technology. Ain’t it grand? The machines spawned by our collective ingenuity have made our lives longer and better. They’ve made our lives easier and allowed us to do tasks faster. But every so...
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Robot Mercenaries and Corporate Power – The Dark Future of Video Games Seems Closer Everyday (Video)

Every year E3, the epic video game conference, consumes Los Angeles in a fiery ball of geeky glory, and from those ashes rise some truly impressive trailers. Japan's Software Inc. pulled out all the...
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Love That Beautiful Video of Nature? Thank the Aerial Drone That Took It.

When it comes to wildlife videos, a telescopic zoom may be the only way to get an amazing shot of a lion eating its meal without actually becoming that meal. Of course, nature documentary...
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Archetype Movie Asks: Can The Dead Live On As Robots?

Immortality comes in many flavors, but the tastiest may be robotic. Why keep living in your organic body forever when you can have a stronger, faster, more robust one that will keep you from...

Miraculous New Spray On Skin Technology Treats Burns Without Scars

If you were a nerd like me as a kid, then perhaps you took delight in knowing the answer to this fun trivia question: what’s the largest human organ? It’s the skin, of course!...
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Pool Playing Robot Shoots Five Billiard Balls in a Row (video)

Not every masters thesis will earn you street cred in a pool hall, but this one will. Thomas Nierhoff, from the Institute of Automatic Control Engineering at the Technical University of Munchen in Germany,...

UN Declares Internet Access A Human Right, But Fast and Cheap May Be as Important as Open

You have a right to the internet...maybe even a fast internet. In a breakthrough report to the 17th session of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue from Guatemala...

Eat Food, Mostly Plants… Live Indefinitely?

When lunchtime rolls around, what are you thinking about: your health or your hunger? We all want to eat healthier in theory, but for many of us, attempts at healthier diets tend to be...

Artificial Intelligences Fight for World Dominion…in Ms. Pac-Man (video)

The story of Ms. Pac-Man is an epic tale of the struggle between the machinations of an evil horde of spirits and the enduring courage of a yellow alligator hungry happy-face very feminine cheese...
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$150 Spy Glasses Transmit Video In Real Time To the Social Network (video)

Ever since True Lies I've been waiting for an affordable pair of spy glasses that can transmit video in real time. My wait looks like it may be over very soon. Seattle startup ZionEyez...

Is Arizona’s Fat Tax a Solution to Obesity?

When I first heard that Arizona could be taxing the obese I thought it was an April Fool's Day hoax. Looks like the joke's mostly on Arizona. The very real proposal, endorsed by Governor...
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Nintendo’s New Wii U Wows at E3, and Changes Gaming Forever…Again

The halls of E3, the world's most beloved video game conference, are ringing with excitement over Nintendo's latest announcement: the successor to the Wii will be coming in 2012. The eighth generation console will...

Julian Assange: The Facebook Has You

With the increase and further development of communication technologies, everyone is concerned with the impact it will have on the individual’s privacy. Social networking and other internet services like geo-location, which we have covered...

The Rise of Netflix and the Future of Home Entertainment

Our entertainment habits and the nature of our online life are shifting beneath our feet. According to Sandvine, a network analytics firm, Netflix is now the reigning champion of Internet traffic. Its video streaming...

Foresight’s Nanotech Conference at Google June 25-26 ($50 OFF To Hub Readers!)

Back in 1986, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and shoulderpads were popular, forward minded scientists and friends gathered together to form the Foresight Institute - arguably the premiere futurist organization focused on nanotechnology. Now,...
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Cisco Announces Internet Will Quadruple by 2015! (video)

Cisco is a giant in tech and telecomm - a giant with prophetic visions. Every June it releases its Visual Networking Index (VNI), a review and forecast of how IP networks are growing worldwide....
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iRobot Teams Up With Google – AVA Pedestal Robot With Tablet For A Head (video)

Finally Android tablets are going to be able to live up to their names. At the recent Google I/O conference, Colin Angle of iRobot announced that the Boston based company would be teaming up...
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Social Network Information Overload? Greplin Lets You Search Your Digital Life

You have a Facebook wall, Twitter feed, Gmail account, Dropbox, and LinkedIn profile. What you don't have is the time to manage all these disparate streams of media while still getting your job done....
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Need a Dermatologist in Your iPhone? There’s an App for That.

It's time to show some me some skin. Don't worry, it's for your own good. The latest medical app for your smart phone aims to put a dermatologist in your pocket and keep your...
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How To Live Forever….The Documentary (trailer)

Baby boomers are getting old quickly, and while all of them have to struggle to deal with that, at least one has made a movie about it. How To Live Forever is 54 year...

Steal This Meme: Why Understanding Internet Culture Will Make You Sexy, Rich, and Powerful

I'm here to talk memes. Internet memes. And if you think they're just about trendy videos, cute cats, and dancing babies then think again. Memes are serious business: they shape elections, change the way...

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