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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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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...

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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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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