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AI vs. AI – What Happens When You Make a Chatty Computer Talk To Itself? Cornell Finds Out

I can think of few things as annoying as being forced into a conversation with an idiot. But when that idiot you're talking to turns out to be an identical copy of yourself...well you've...
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Canadian Cyborg Documents The Reality Behind Today’s Cyborg Tech

Will the future be full of humans who merge with machines to become cyborgs? Ha. It's already happened. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the hottest new game from Square Enix and it gives us...
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Share Your Family History on Storytree

Oral history is finally catching up with the digital age. Storytree is a new website and free mobile app that allows you to easily build a family history made up of pictures, videos, and...
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Transforming Shipping Containers Into Local Farms – PodPonics Brings Produce to the City

Urban agriculture has a new hope, and its name is PodPonics. Based in Atlanta, the startup is pursuing a new kind of recycling: transform old shipping containers into miniature hydroponic farms that can be...
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A Video Game That Teaches You To Make Video Games – Code Hero Rocks Maker Faire, Next The World

Most first person shooters ask kids to run around and kill enemy soldiers, demons, or prostitutes. Code Hero just wants you to kill your ignorance. An action packed video game, Code Hero is also...
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Games, Pop-Ups, 3D, and More – The iPad is Changing Books Forever

I grew up on a healthy regimen of Choose-Your-Own Adventure books, Nintendo, and role playing games, but even I am intimidated by the new brand of interactive storytelling that is flooding the iPad. More...

MIT Unravels the Secrets Behind Collective Intelligence – Hint: IQ Not So Important

When it comes to a successful group, the easiest way to ensure victory may be placing women on the team. MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence seeks to understand how humans get better (or worse)...
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Why Am I Wearing This Glove? Oh, It Controls My Robot Hand, That’s All

If you've never thought about describing a robotic limb as sleek and sexy then you've never met Handroid. The latest production of Japan-based ITK, Handroid is a five fingered robot hand that moves smoothly...
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Al Qaeda In Azeroth? Terrorism Recruiting and Training in Virtual Worlds

In their pursuit of terrorists, government intelligence agencies leave no digital rock unturned: telephone calls, emails, text messages, blogs, news sites - they monitor them all. Sometimes, as with social networks like Facebook, the...
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Robot Band Rocks Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People”

Some bands play heavy metal, this band is heavy metal. End of Life is a robotic ensemble ready to rock all you puny humans into the 21st Century. Their latest work, which took more...

Entrepreneur Anshe Chung Makes A Fortune Selling Virtual Land, Banking and Fashion

How much would you pay for a piece of imaginary real estate? Anshe Chung has made millions renting it. Maybe your investment portfolio needs to include more fake property. A decade ago Ailin Graef...
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Singularity University About To Graduate Its Third Year of Summer Students

What would you get if you combined the Justice League with business school? Singularity University. The startup university, located at NASA Ames smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley, is now finishing its...

Texting While Driving… Are You Crazy? Get iSpeech and Talk to Your Phone Instead

Texting while driving leads to thousands of accidents each year in the United States alone, and the death toll continues to rise. Luckily, text to speech technology is coming to the rescue. Drive Safe.ly...
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Scotland Yard Using Facial Recognition To Find Rioters – But Tech Isn’t Up To The Task

There are more than a million CCTV cameras in London, and it's time for them to start paying off. The recent riots have left local police and Scotland Yard with untold hours of video...
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100,000+ Sign Up For Stanford’s Open Class on Artificial Intelligence. Classes With 1 Million+ Next?

A groundbreaking change has struck academia, and its reverberations may be felt for years to come. One of Stanford's first full courses to ever be openly made available online has gone viral. In a...

Company Scans Your Books For a Dollar – Ship ‘Em In, Get a PDF via Email

Someday my grandchildren will ask me what a printed book looks like. Hell, at the rate we're going, my children will probably ask the same question. The physical to digital conversion of books just...
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Augmented Reality Game Fueled By Advanced Robot Mapping Technology – SLAM Goes Mobile!

One of the most powerful tools in the robot software arsenal just made it's way into a video game. SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) lets a computer explore an area, know where it is,...
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Synthetic Legs, Real Athlete – Oscar Pistorius ‘The Blade Runner’ Qualifies For the Olympics

One of the fastest runners in South Africa is finally going to the Olympics. Oscar Pistorius is the twenty four year old sprinter who has garnered global attention because he has the heart of...

$80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes in Kenya, the World Next?

It seems like just yesterday when only the slickest kid on the block had a smartphone, but now, this revolutionary gadget is selling like hotcakes in the developing world. Earlier this year, the Chinese...

One Armed Robot From Willow Garage Set to Expand Open Source Robotics

Willow Garage is running a half off sale on their PR2 robot. Take half off the price and half off the robot. The PR2 is a two-armed world class research platform for personal robotics...

The ‘Free Coffee’ Starbucks Card Has Died. What The Social Experiment Really Meant.

The Italians call it "caffe pagato". In the US it's referred to as "pay it forward". 7-11 dubbed it "take-a-penny, leave-a-penny". At Starbucks it was known as "Jonathan's Card"... and it has died. Mobile...
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More Than 1 Million Download Socialcam So They Can Share iPhone Video Instantly

The social network has taught us to love sharing our thoughts at the speed of light, and now our mobile videos are ready to follow suit. Socialcam, Justin.Tv's free app for iOS and Android,...
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Dutch PlantLab Revolutionizes Farming: No Sunlight, No Windows, Less Water, Better Food

You've heard of paint by numbers? Get ready for feed-the-world by numbers. Dutch agricultural company PlantLab wants to change almost everything you know about growing plants. Instead of outdoors, they want farms to be...
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A First Look Inside Virgin Galactic’s Commercial Spaceship

If there is one dream that captures the imagination of most little children, it is that of space travel. Countless books, movies, and heroes (both real and fictional) are available to feed that dream....
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Autonomous Robot Truck Will Debut in Afghanistan This Year

While robots aren't ready to carry the burden of being a soldier, they are more than able to carry their load. Lockheed Martin's Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) is a 11 foot long, two...

Complete Genomics’ Stock Plummets Despite Thousands of New Genomes On Order

Mo' genomes, mo' problems - it's as true for Complete Genomics as it was for Biggie Smalls. The Silicon Valley startup has a revolutionary approach to sequencing the complete DNA of a human being,...

The Gamification of Google: Image Labeler, Logos, Google+, and Now Badges in Google News

The word “gamification” has gotten a lot of buzz lately, which hopefully means it will be in the running for Oxford Dictionary’s 2011 Word of the Year (hey in 2005 it was “podcast” so...
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Are Nations Less Important Than Phone Calls? New MIT Map Redraws The U.S. According to Communication

Who we talk to may be a better measure of how to draw our maps than the arbitrary lines laid down by history. MIT's Senseable City Lab has used hoards of data compiled by...

Portal 2 Achieves What Games Aspire To Be — A Funny, Enthralling, Thought-Provoking Story That Makes Money

Portal 2, Valve’s follow-up to the groundbreaking, first-person puzzle game Portal, has been out since April 19 and has received a boatload of near perfect reviews and numerous accolades. Across all platforms, 3 million...

Massachusetts Police Want To Track All Cars On The Road — Are Your Rights Being Violated?

Last month, the governor of Massachusetts approved half a million dollars in grants for 27 police departments to acquire automated license plate readers that mount to the top of squad cars. These readers allow...
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Stunning Sculpture of the Modern City Circulates 100,000 Cars Every Hour!

Information may be the fuel of the modern city, but traffic is its blood. Chris Burden's massive model Metropolis II pays respects to the never ending flow of urban autos by circulating 1200 hundred...
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Square Transforms Your Phone Into a Credit Card Machine – Now Handling $4 Million A Day!

A tiny phone attachment is helping credit cards become a truly universal currency. The Square mobile reader allows anyone with a smart phone, iPod, or iPad to accept plastic anywhere. Just plug in the...

Internet-Based Political Movement Aims To Put Presidential Ticket On Ballots For The 2012 Election

The response to the recent debt ceiling fiasco underscores how Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the U.S. government. Though many feel we are stuck with a two-party system after numerous attempts to elect a...

AIDS Turns 30: Are We Close to a Cure?

On June 5th, 1981, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report told the world about five rapidly deteriorating men who arrived at clinics in Los Angeles. They exhibited a disturbing array of symptoms - swollen...
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Robot Roommates Prove To Be a Dynamic Dining Duo Cooking Sausage and Pancakes

It's official: robots make great roommates. Sure, they may hog all the electric outlets and WiFi bandwidth, but they'll also cook you breakfast. The Technical University of Munchen (TUM) recently demonstrated the culinary skills...
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Reminder: Transcendent Man Movie Blowout Tonight – Ray Kurzweil, Steve Wozniak, Michio Kaku, and Many More!

**This article was originally posted on July 14th, but we're reposting it today to remind everyone that the event is happening tonight. Hope you'll attend and enjoy the show!** The future is coming to the...

Scientists Bag and Tag the Stem Cell That May Create An Endless Supply of Blood

Rejoice ye vampires, the pursuit of an endless supply of blood took a major leap forward this month. Researchers at the Ontario Cancer Institute, led by John Dick, have found a way to hunt...
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25 Ordinary Citizens Write Iceland’s New Constitution With Help From Social Media

The newest government in the world was designed with help from comments on the internet. God help us all. After Iceland's economic collapse in 2008, the island nation decided it was time to write...
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Albert Brooks’ 2030 Is a Funny, Age-Obsessed 1984

A good book can make you laugh or cry or think. A great book makes you do all three. 2030, the debut novel of famed comedian, screenwriter, director, and actor Albert Brooks, is an...
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World’s Largest Electronics Manufacturer Foxconn Wants 1 Million More Robots In 3 Years. Bye-bye Human Labor

Cheap labor isn't cheap enough for the world's largest electronics manufacturer. Terry Gou, the CEO of Foxconn recently told employees that they would be replacing human workers with one million robots over the...
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Robots Riot In Brixton – Eye-Popping Short Film Discusses Civil Rights With Machines

Unemployment, poverty, and oppression can push humans to take desperate actions. Why should robots be any different? Drawing inspiration from the 1981 Brixton Riot in London, Kibwe Tavare's short film, Robots of Brixton, explores...
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Take A Look Inside The Video Spy Glasses That Conquered Kickstarter

Apparently the internet really wants video spy glasses. ZionEyez, a Seattle startup recently offered to sell you a pair of their Eyez video recording glasses if you made a $150 donation to their KickStarter...

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