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Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Help Accelerate Nanotechnology: Donate to the Foresight Institute With Matching Gifts Through Jan 15th

For twenty five years the Foresight Institute has been one of the leading proponents of nanotechnology, and 2011 was no exception. A 25th anniversary conference in June gathered visionary minds like Moon Express' Barney...
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Q&A with Filmmaker Jason Silva as He Preaches the Philosophy of the Singularity

There are many futurists and techno-optimists in the world, but there is only one Jason Silva. The former host of Current TV, and fledgling documentary filmmaker is a force of personality and energy that...

Want To Play Connect 4? The Nao Robot Is Ready to be Your Board Game Buddy

A team out of France has taught a robot how to play the classic board game Connect Four, but this isn't some mere act of technical expertise. The Nao robot can not only strategize...

Moverio – The Virtual 80-Inch, 3D Television You Wear On Your Face

Check Facebook posts, the Twitter feed, text someone, Google that actor in that movie you saw that time…watch a 3D movie. Epson has come up with yet another way for us to tune out...
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This Next Generation Vending Machine Has A Touchscreen And A 65-Inch HD Display (video)

We all know that robots are getting smarter, but their food-dispensing cousins are getting pretty bright in their own right. No longer the mundane machines that collect money and dispense soda and candy bars,...
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Scanadu Raises $2M For Medical Tricorder (video)

Star Trek fans rejoice, the Tricorder is here. Medical tech startup Scanadu has created a scanner that appears to have been inspired by those of Drs. McCoy and Crusher. The ‘Medical Tricorder’ scanner can take...
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Petman – Finally A Robot That Looks Like Terminator (video)

Look out cute and cuddly Nao. Get out of the way ever-attentive Asimo, a new robot’s on the march and he can smash both of you and your girly-man voices with his pinky –...
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Google Shoots Down One Company’s Plans To Turn Street View Into A First Person Shooting Game (video)

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone equipped Google Street View navigators with a gun. Pool Worldwide, a Dutch advertising company, did just that. The M4A1 pointed menacingly at blurry-faced...

CDC Issues New Guidelines for Tuberculosis As Drug-Resistant Forms Spread

The 500,000 year-old pathogen responsible for tuberculosis (TB) has infected 1 out of every 3 people on the planet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Though other worldwide infectious diseases, such as HIV, influenza,...
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The NAO Humanoid Robot Gets Slimmer And Smarter With NAO Next Gen (video)

The next generation of our favorite two-foot, programmable, French robot, NAO, has just been released by Aldebaran Robotics. NAO Next Gen is not only smarter and more physically stable, but increased versatility means the...

Latest Victory For Regenerative Medicine: Pituitary Grown From Embryonic Stem Cells

Chalk up another part of the body that can be grown from stem cells – at least in mice. Scientists in Japan have induced mouse embryonic stem cells to form a pituitary in the...

Drug Cartels Spare No Expense, Make Tunnels High Tech (video)

In a twisted kind of way, this is really cool. Federal authorities discovered a drug-smuggling tunnel linking San Diego and Tijuana. Not a small-time shovel job, the tunnel measured 600 yards long, had a...
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New Gene Therapy Stops The Bleeding In Hemophilia Patients (video)

Finally, some good news about gene therapy. And just in time for the holidays. A recent study showed that giving hemophilia patients blood clotting genes can partially make up for their deficiencies and reduce bleeding....

How Social Media Is Ruining Your Mind

The ongoing creation of Web 2.0 has transformed the average internet denizen into a strange hybrid of producer and consumer. Everyone is now a 'prosumer', and this new role is apparently very addictive. Social...

Chinese Company Continues Plan To Replace Workforce With 500,000 Robots

How to deal with the rising cost of running your factory? Get rid of all those inefficient humans and hire robots instead. Citing labor shortage and rising wages Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract...
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TouchFire – The Keyboard Your iPad Has Been Waiting For

Perfect design is like Big Foot– maybe it exists, but it rarely gets seen. Steven Isaac and Brad Melmon may have created a Yeti of an iPad accessory with their TouchFire screen top keyboard....

Academia.edu – $4.5M in Funding, 3M Unique Monthly Visitors – Can They Change Science Publication?

Don't call it “Facebook for Scientists” - it's not about socializing, it's about knowledge. Academia.edu may appear to be a social network, but it's actually focused on allowing scholars all over the world to...
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A Drop-In Solution for Replacing Human Labor? Kawada’s Nextage Robot

Automation poses a real threat to the factory worker – two armed robots like Nextage can perform many of the same tasks as a human, but only take as much money to run as...
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Blueseed Project To Overcome Immigration Bureaucracy By Building Startup Incubator In the Ocean

Bureaucracy? Ha. Work Visas? Ha. A seasteader craves not these things. The Blueseed Project is one of the more exciting, and by some estimates outrageous, solutions to the bureaucratic hurdles that face many new...

Shopping for the Holidays with a Singularity Twist – A Robot Tea Infuser for the Nerd You Love

Their long delayed quest to kill all humans will just have to wait another day – these robots are taking a tea interval. This holiday season Singularity Hub wants to spend a brief moment...

How Dangerous Is Your Street? Find Out With New Traffic Fatality Maps (video)

Ever wonder how safe that street corner is you cross or turn at every day on your way to work? It seems busy, sure, but you’ve never actually seen an accident, much less anyone...

Freezing Life: Cryogenics Is The Last Hope For Many Endangered Species

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. As pollution and other man-made influences threaten the reef, which is not expected to survive past 2050, Australian scientists are taking measures to freeze the corals’ demise –...

American Middle Class Dwindles As Household Income Drops To 1996 Levels

Back in 1999, middle-class Americans were following the impeachment trial of President Clinton, reeling from the Columbine shootings, and fretting about Y2K. But if they knew then what we know today, they would have...
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The Singularity Summit Videos – A Treasure Trove For Futurist Geeks (video)

The Singularity Summit 2011 took place in New York this past October 15th and 16th. Once again the meeting was was filled with a lot of smart people, a lot of thought-provoking discussion, and...
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Smartphone Pushes – Urban Airship Raises Millions of Dollars, To Send Billions of Notifications a Month

In the future, apps on your smart phone will know where you are, what you want, and how to grab your attention. That future is here. For those that own a smart phone or...

Robotics Meets Architecture: 50 Quadcopters To Autonomously Build 20ft Tower

A new generation of architects is on the march. Leaving their rulers and compasses behind, these builders are trading in their blueprints for algorithms and putting the finer details of design in the hands...

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