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Monthly Archives: September 2011

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IROS 2011 – The Robots Rule San Francisco

For the past few days I've been hanging out with robots. I know, I know, how is that different than normal? Well, this time the bots in question were the stars of IROS 2011,...
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Google Digitizes The Dead Sea Scrolls – Like Taking a Time Machine To 2000+ Years Ago

An elite team of tech specialists have taken one of the world's most precious historic relics and given it to people for free. Sound like the latest Hollywood heist film? Or maybe a retelling...
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Forget The Big Banks, BankSimple Will Provide The Same Services Without Screwing You Over

Overdraft penalties, hidden charges, ATM fees – mainstream banks have come up with a myriad of ways for separating you from your money. BankSimple not only wants to put an end to the leaching,...
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Hanson Robotics’ RoboKind – Small Bots With Human Faces

As a child who watched way too many 80s horror movies, I grew up fearing any small creature with an expressive face. Chucky, Gremlins, those creepy dolls from Puppet Master - these are not...
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Sphero, The Robot Ball You Control With Your Phone, Is Getting Ready To Roll Into Your Home

Orbotix has the hottest set of robot balls out there, and it's finally showing what they really look like to the public. The Boulder-based startup recently released photos and video of the final form...

Awkward Much? Why Missouri Lawmakers Can’t Stop Student-Teacher Friending on Facebook

Over the past few months, government officials in Missouri have been bogged down in the social networking world as they sought to define how teachers and students are permitted to communicate electronically. Perhaps not...
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Brain Scans On The Go – EEG Hooked Up To Your Smart Phone

Human brains are like wild animals, you learn more when you can watch them in their natural habitat. That's why five scientists in Milab at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have combined the...
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In 3 Weeks Video Gamers Defeat Biochemical Puzzle That Scientists Couldn’t Solve for Years

When someone whines that your playing video games is a waste of time, tell them you're doing it for science. Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully leveraged the power of gamers to...

U.S. Homes Consume Less Power, But Electricity Bills Not Predicted To Drop Anytime Soon

Tough economic times forces people to reevaluate where their money is going, and for most people, the cost of electricity takes a sizeable bite out of monthly income, with the average American electric bill...

Can Magnets On Your Brain Keep You From Lying?

Could telling the truth be as easy as holding a magnet to your head? Researchers at the University of Tartu in Estonia recently published a small study on the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation...

Vocre Turns Your iPhone Into a Real Time Translator With Just a Flip of the Wrist

Strap on your Spock ears Star Trek fans, the age of universal translators is approaching. The Disrupt SF conference recently wrapped up and Vocre has won both the Best Mobile App award and...
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Sonia Arrison Brings Longevity To the Masses With Her Book 100+

What would you do with another 75 years on this Earth? Not as a pain wracked wizened elder in a nursing home, but as a vibrant super-centenarian with the energy of a 30 year...
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From Jeopardy! to Insurance – IBM’s Watson AI Hired by WellPoint For Medical Expertise

Ever feel like the people reviewing your claims at the insurance company are a bunch of faceless, mindless drones? Well it turns out your paranoid cynicism is coming true - congratulations! In a...
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Welsh Scientist Wants Robot To Carry Olympic Torch in 2012

Every parent wants the best for their child, and so it's not terribly surprising that James Law might ask for his to receive the honor to the carry torch in the 2012 London...
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AI Journalist Writes Sports and Now Everything Else. StatSheet Raises $4M, Changes Name and Focus

I have met my replacement and it is a robot. A robot obsessed with sports. AI journalism pioneer StatSheet gained a name for itself by transforming raw sports data into compelling narratives that people...
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Thin Film Transforms Any Surface Into a Massive Multitouch Screen

Open up a cardboard tube, roll out a transparent film just millimeters thick, apply it on a flat object and *tada* you've got an interactive touch surface. Cambridge-based Visual Planet just launched its new...
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World’s Smallest Triathlete – Evolta Robot To Tackle 230km of Ironman in Hawaii

For decades it's been an honor, and a life-changing accomplishment to compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. 140+ miles (230km+) of swimming, biking, and running - most who enter the race simply hope...
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Singularity University Executive Programs Coming Oct 1-8 and Dec 3-10. Enroll Now!

They'll give you seven days to change the world. Hot on the heels of their successful third summer program, Singularity University is gearing up for this year's week-long intensive sessions. The future-minded school is...

Apple’s New ‘Mothership’ Headquarters Looks Incredible. Coming in 2015

They've lost a king, but they're still building Camelot. Apple's CEO Steve Jobs may be stepping down from his position, but one of his last acts in the office will undoubtedly go down as...
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Nike Makes Shoes From Back To The Future 2 – To Cure Parkinson’s!

Would you pay $4000 for a pair of sneakers? What if they glowed and came from the distant year 2015? ...What if they could help rid the world of a dreaded disease? Michael...

Robotic Labor Taking Over the World? You Bet – Here Are the Details

Let's not be silly here, robots don't want to kill all humans...they just want to take all their jobs. The accelerating rise in robot labor of the past decade, and its expansion into all...
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Google Reveals the Numbers Behind Its Massive Hunger for Electricity, and Its Plan for the Future

Google recently revealed that their data centers and operations around the world consume a whopping 260 million watts, or roughly the equivalent of 200,000 homes in the United States. While that's an enormous amount...
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Billions and Billions Helped. Singularity University’s Graduating Class Presents Their Ideas For Changing the World

Every year Singularity University gets better and better. The school that leverages cutting edge technology to help billions of people around the world just graduated their third crop of summer students, and I was...

Augmented Reality Browser Makes Your Mobile A Portal Into the Digital World

I don't know if you noticed, but a parallel Earth has merged with our own, overlapping our reality no matter where we go. I'm talking about the digital realm - the confluence of internet,...
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From the Creator of the Webby Awards, A New Film About Our Addiction To All Things Digital

Good documentaries ask tough questions. Director Tiffany Shlain wants to know: how much internet is too much internet? Or maybe: have our digital lives started to over power our physical lives? Shlain has a...
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iPad: “All Your Cash Registers Are Belong To Us”

Part of the magic of the iPad is that we keep coming up with new ways in which it can revolutionize entire industries. From education to e-books, tablet computers are helping everyone re-imagine how...
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IBM’s Watson Will Take Center Stage at Singularity Summit 2011 in New York City Oct 15-16

Watson, Watson, Watson. Your computer wiles have really seduced all of us technophiles this year. Singularity Summit, the annual TED-style gathering of scientists, futurists, and tech-enthusiasts will be in New York City this...

MakerBot Raises $10 Million in Funding! (And Sends Stephen Colbert’s Head Into Space)

Holy replicating robots, Batman! MakerBot has raised $10 million in venture funding! The New York based startup makes open source desktop scale 3D printers and is helping build a community of enthusiasts to bring...
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IBM: PCs Are Yesterday’s Technology. China: Sure, But Give Us Millions More.

"My primary computer now is a tablet." --- Mark Dean CTO of IBM Middle East and Africa, 2011 Here's a classy move for you: sell your company to someone else, watch them reach new levels...
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Vinod Khosla and Salim Ismail Explain the Future at Singularity University Graduation 2011

Singularity University graduation has rapidly become one of my favorite times of the year. When else can I hear dozens of stellar presentations about how the world is going to change and what humanity...

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