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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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