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U.S. Army Embraces 3D Printers: “It’s Kind of a Magical Thing”

The following article was written by Singularity Hub Member David McNally from the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command, and appeared on www.army.mil. ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 3, 2012) -- When you walk...

Scrap Metal Reborn As Awesome Sci-Fi Robots By Passionate Math Professor

Tal Avitzur may be a math professor, but one look at his workshop reveals his other passion: scrap metal robots. For the last few years, he's been finding other's people junk and turning them into...

19th Century French Artists Predicted The World Of The Future In This Series Of Postcards

If you've ever struggled to imagine how life will change over the next century thanks to technology, take comfort -- you're not alone. Over 100 year ago, some French artists tried to do the...

Retro Commercials: One Company Dared To Compete With IBM And Macintosh Computers In 1984

It seems only a short time ago when the famous series of "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials were ping-ponging consumers around and vying for their devotion. Though these battles have now morphed...

Google Maps Lets You Explore The Last Great Frontier On Earth: The Ocean

Google Maps has been enjoying the spotlight recently, thanks to Apple's decision to boot the app from its mobile devices and introduce its own 'not-ready-for-primetime' mapping service in iOS6. So it may come as...

Visions Of The Future: Carl Rinsch Creates Robot Dogs Remotely Controlled By Humans

What do you get when you mix Lady Gaga-esque/Steampunk fashion, Thriller-inspired dance music, a futuristic interface for controlling racing robotic greyhounds, and heavy product placement for vodka? Just the latest work by Carl Erik Rinsch,...
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Brusspup Goes Viral With Dazzling Optical Illusions

Like optical illusions? You’re going to love these. And the best part of it is, you can recreate them in your own home. A YouTube user who goes by the name of brusspup has garnered...
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Dave The Incredible Mindreader – How Does He Do It?

Ever wonder how all those mall psychics stay in business? I mean, who’s actually sitting down with them – crystal ball and all – and paying $20 for 15 minutes of “You will find...
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Andrew Hessel and Yasaman Sheri Discuss Design, Singularity University

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Faculty member Andrew Hessel and Industrial Designer Yasaman Sheri discuss the evolution of design, biological design, and sustainability.  

Beautiful Brain-Like Structures Form When Watercolors And Ferrofluids Mix

Fabian Oefner is a Swiss photographer who explores the interplay of science and art. Earlier this year, he watched a video of ferrofluids being used to create artistic sculptures. So he started experimenting with...

Free 123D Catch App Makes Your iPhone a 3D Scanner

In three years 3D scanners have gone from $30,000 to $3,000 to—$0.00?! AutoDesk’s free 123D Catch app is now available for the iPhone and iPad. Users can take up to 40 pictures, upload them...

Enthusiast Uses Valve’s Source Filmmaker To Remake Classic Scene From The Matrix

One of the top video game makers today, Valve, recently released a free tool that allows anyone to create their own awesome content without hiring actors, buying cameras, or worrying about distribution. The software...
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Interview: Federico Pistono, Author of “Robots Will Steal Your Job But That’s OK”

The author of “Robots will steal your job, but that’s OK,” is taking it to the next level. Back in January we spoke with the computer scientist/artist/social activist, Federico Pistono, about how automation is...
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For New Movie, “The Prototype,” The Singularity Pits Man Against Machine

Gun fights, cop chase scenes, a damsel in distress, and a good man caught in a bad situation – exactly what you’d expect from a movie depicting one scenario of how the singularity might...
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Machinima Scores $35 Million In Team Play With Google

If you've ever stumbled around on YouTube and landed on videogame footage with a snarky voiceover talking about ex-girlfriends, best snacks, and references to shows on Comedy Central, you might have been rather shocked...
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The Transformer You’ve Always Dreamed Of Is Here

Man, where the heck was this when I was a kid? The Transformers I played with were die cast metal figurines that I posed, providing the “err-arr-errnght!” transforming sounds myself. Now there’s an RC...

3D Printed Prosthetics Company Bespoke Acquired By 3D Systems

Just like the creations which emerge from their printers, 3D Systems is incrementally growing. The high-end 3D printer maker is continuing its effort to acquire companies that will enable it to break into the...
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Buttons Morph Out Of Your Touchscreen With Tactus

So you love your touchscreen tablet, smartphone, and dashboard. But then you still have those moments when your fingers are missing that tactile feel, that haptic feedback. Wouldn’t it be awesome if our tablets...

3D Printing Is The Future Of Manufacturing And Neri Oxman Shows How Beautiful It Can Be

To be on forefront of a cutting edge field like 3D printing, the skill set required is pretty stacked. You need to be a designer, engineer, researcher, innovator, and technologist. You should be a...

LED Eyeshadow, The Latest In The World Of Battery-Operated Fashion

Maybe if I went to all-night raves with colorful little glowy sticks and jammed to Paul Oakenfold (uh oh, is he old already?) this maybe, somehow, would strike me as making sense. But then...
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Our Cyborg Future: Man Embeds Magnets In Wrist To Make Strapless Watch

Like to keep track of time and enjoy music on your iPod nano, but can’t tolerate those cumbersome bands and straps? Just surgically implant magnets into your wrist and attach your nano – strap-free. That’s...
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Submit to the Robots! …Or At Least To Their Film Festival. RFF 2012 Coming July 14th to NYC

**Update** The submission deadline for RFF 2012 has been extended from June 7th to June 15th! It's about time that the future of cinema reflected the future of the world. The second annual Robot Film...

Let the Computer Talk – Speech Synthesis is Giving Machines the Chance to Have Their Voices Heard

Just a week after Easter, Coachella music festival was shaken by the ghostly visage of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, resurrected to strut the stage for five surreal minutes, leaving the crowd stunned. It is...

Robots Poised To Take Over Your Living Room As 3D Systems Acquires My Robot Nation

The months old startup My Robot Nation was recently acquired by high-end 3D printing company, 3D Systems, adding yet another tool in their arsenal as they break into the consumer market. It’s a robotic...

Movie Theaters Ramp Up For The Next Big Thing: Satellite Delivery Of Digital Films

Technology is taking over Hollywood, and in more ways than digital films and 3D movies. This year's CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, featured numerous shop talks and footage...
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Google Maps Now Lets You Take A Virtual Boat Ride Down The Amazon

I am continually surprised at the extent to which Google Maps cameras have travelled to bring us street views from so many places along the paved world. Just last year they took us on...

If You’re Not Advertising Online, How Screwed Are You? Great Infographic On Growth of Digital Ads

A dozen years ago the world didn't even have social media. Now it's a major portion of many marketing budgets...and it's only one of many ways in which digital ads are changing how companies...
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Smart Phones, WebCams, and Computers are Changing Cinema – Watch The Disposable Film Festival Here

Let's be frank: these days a trip to the movies often ends in more disappointment than intellectual stimulation and wonder. Last night, however, my film-watching experience blew me away. I attended the Disposable Film...
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Archetype Futuristic Viral Video to Become Feature Film. Aaron Sims Uses Youtube, Web to Conquer Hollywood

Sometimes dreams do come true, just ask special effects guru and burgeoning director Aaron Sims. His short film, Archetype, looks like a blockbuster Hollywood movie, and now it has a chance to become one....
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Most Viral Video of all Time? Kony Video Released 7 Days Ago Has 70+ Million Views

This weekend I became the 55,240,519th person to view a certain YouTube video. Can you guess which one? After being posted on March 5th, a video about a murderous leader of an Ugandan guerrilla...
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Robot Begs to be Allowed to Live – Don’t Miss The Impressive “Kara” Video Demo from Quantic Dream

How human does a robot have to act before the world will think it's alive? Video game studio Quantic Dream, makers of the 2010 hit Heavy Rain, unleashed an intriguing demo at the recent...
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Futulele Combines iPad And iPhone Into Real Functioning Ukulele

Forget the cloud, here’s a new way to sync your Apple devices that’s sure to get your toes tapping – or hips swinging. Amidio Inc, makers of the popular OMGuitar have created the Futulele,...

The Crowd-Funding Phenomenon Continues – Comic Raises $1.2M on Kickstarter (+Q&A with Creator Rich Burlew)!

After years and years of giving his work away for free, Rich Burlew just raked in more than a million. That's the power of the crowd. Burlew started his Kickstarter campaign to raise money...
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Love That New Single? Mathematical Equation Predicts Music’s Hits And Flops

Technology is continually getting better at predicting our behavior, and signaling to us that perhaps we’re not as unpredictable and free-willed as we humans like to think. Software can predict where crimes are going to...

The New Nokia TrueView Has A 41-Megapixel Camera

Tired of trying to capture the moment only to have your phone take a grainy photo that you post on Facebook anyway? Well with the new Nokia 808 PureView, you’ll be the envy of...
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New ‘Robot and Frank’ Movie Looks Like A Realistic Portrayal Of The Not-Too-Distant-Future

Get excited Singularitarians, a new robot movie’s coming out. But don't expect them to transform into gigantic battle bots and destroy whole city blocks, and don’t expect them to turn on their human keepers...
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Chronicle Movie’s Real Superpower? Cameras.

What if three young high school students became more than just ordinary teenagers, and what if an action-packed blockbuster movie was about more than it seemed? I just got back from watching Chronicle, the...
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The First Kickstarter Project to Raise $2 Million is an Adventure Video Game!

The future of video games is in the hands of the crowd...and it looks like it's going to be a great adventure. In the last week, Double Fine Adventure has become the highest grossing...
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Canadian Man Excavates His Basement Using R/C Trucks Over 7 Years!

One man's incredible hobby is another man's vision of the future. Since June of 2005, farmer Joe Murray has been excavating a basement in his home in Saskatchewan Canada using only radio controlled vehicles....
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A Vintage Toy Robot Website For The Nostalgic Nerd In All Of Us

There’s nothing like vintage toys to take us back to days gone by, and there’s nothing like vintage robot toys to take us back to nerdy days gone by. One toy collector, known in...

Latest Game In The Star Wars Universe Cost $200 Million, Inspires Millions To Envision The Post-Singularity World

On December 20, 2011, a new chapter in the Star Wars universe was unleashed on the world. After 5 years in development at a cost estimated at around $200 million, Bioware, in partnership with Electronic...

Can A Free Online Education Land You A Job? The Era Of Online Education Dawns

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently announced an initiative to create a learning platform for online education. Preliminarily dubbed "MITx", the initiative aims to take the MIT's OpenCourseWare program, which provides nearly all...
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Special FX Guru Aaron Sims Unveils ‘Archetype’ – New Short Film on Robots With Memories

What good is a killing machine that's developed a conscience? In Aaron Sims' exciting new short film Archetype, RL7 is a devastatingly powerful military robot that seems to be remembering its past life...as a...

Want to Prepare Your Kids for the Singularity? Read Jonathan Mugan’s The Curiosity Cycle

In the future your children won't just be competing against other children, they'll be pitted against robots and computers too. What's a parent to do? Teach them about the best parts of being human:...
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Meet The Author Of “Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK”

Growth is a good thing, right? It’s the buzzword on seemingly every politician’s lips, the answer to our economic woes. You know this if you watched President Obama’s latest State of the Union Address....

High-Speed Photography Captures Art In Drops Of Water

Jim Kramer is an amateur photographer, but his subjects aren't waterfalls or cityscapes. He narrows his focus on a natural process that most of us see everyday but rarely take notice of. He captures...
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Computer Algorithm Used To Make Movie For Sundance Film Festival

Indie movie makers can be a strange bunch, pushing the envelope of their craft and often losing us along the way. In any case, if you’re going to produce something unintelligible anyway, why not...
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40 Years After Moon Mission Made it Famous, NASA Recreates Iconic Picture of Earth – Blue Marble 2012

If you want to see a pretty part of Earth, step outside. If you want to see all the pretty parts of Earth, step into outer space. NASA recently released the first piece of...
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Call of Duty Video Game Reaches $1 Billion In Sales In 16 days, Faster Than Cameron’s Avatar

Modern Warfare 3 (MW3), the eighth in the Call of Duty series, made an astonishing $400 million in sales in the first 24 hours after it launched on November 8, 2011. Furthermore, Activision recently...
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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...

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