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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...

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...

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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Latest Hatsune Miku Videos in High Definition – Virtual Singer Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

Good news for all you Hatsune Miku fans: the virtual diva is ready for you to enjoy in high definition. Ever since her US debut in Los Angeles this past summer, bootleg copies of...
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Wherever You Go, Cameras Are Watching You

The modern digital camera is small enough to fit on a phone, powerful enough to record in high definition, and popular enough to be almost everywhere. With the rise of camera technology have come...
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Origo’s 3D Printer Could Be The Last Toy Your Ten Year Old Will Ever Need

Origo may be the last toy you ever have to buy for your child. The prototype 3D printer under development by Artur Tchoukanov and Joris Peels allows children aged ten and up to design...
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Need 30 Seconds of Laughter? Check out This Awesome Daycare Robots Commercial

Do I trust robots? Sure. Would I trust a robot to look after my children? Um...okay, let me think about this. Insurance provider Geico, already known for its commercials and their humorous take on...

Robot See, Robot Do…Robot Understand. Machine Vision Is Changing The World – Here Are The Details

Open up your webcam and look at its unblinking eye. If you catch a glimmer of intelligence don't be surprised - computers are understanding more of what they see every day. Machine vision is...

The Art of Transhumanism…Part II

Every day Singularity Hub reviews some of the emerging technology that could drastically alter humanity's future. This is some exciting science, to be sure, but many of the most interesting developments we cover won't...
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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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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...

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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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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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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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...
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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...

The Gamification of Google: Image Labeler, Logos, Google+, and Now Badges in Google News

The word “gamification” has gotten a lot of buzz lately, which hopefully means it will be in the running for Oxford Dictionary’s 2011 Word of the Year (hey in 2005 it was “podcast” so...

Portal 2 Achieves What Games Aspire To Be — A Funny, Enthralling, Thought-Provoking Story That Makes Money

Portal 2, Valve’s follow-up to the groundbreaking, first-person puzzle game Portal, has been out since April 19 and has received a boatload of near perfect reviews and numerous accolades. Across all platforms, 3 million...
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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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Albert Brooks’ 2030 Is a Funny, Age-Obsessed 1984

A good book can make you laugh or cry or think. A great book makes you do all three. 2030, the debut novel of famed comedian, screenwriter, director, and actor Albert Brooks, is an...
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Robots Riot In Brixton – Eye-Popping Short Film Discusses Civil Rights With Machines

Unemployment, poverty, and oppression can push humans to take desperate actions. Why should robots be any different? Drawing inspiration from the 1981 Brixton Riot in London, Kibwe Tavare's short film, Robots of Brixton, explores...
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Humanity Struggles With Augmentation Addiction in Mind-Blowing Deus Ex Trailer

Holy Crap, this thing is awesome. Straight from Comic Con comes one of the most amazing and enthralling video game trailers I've ever seen. It's sixteen years in the future, 2027, and the world...
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Players Rule Their Real Neighborhoods with Shadow Cities, a Location-Based MMORPG for the iPhone (VIDEO)

When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in 2007, he described it as a revolutionary and magical product. Fortunately, the founders of the Finnish company Grey Area, the maker of Shadow Cities, were listening...
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Japan’s Virtual PopStar Hatsune Miku Rocks Los Angeles!

July 2nd, 2011: the day a software program became an internationally touring pop sensation. Hatsune Miku gave a blowout concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles this weekend as part of Anime Expo...
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Come Watch How To Live Forever Movie With Me in San Francisco This Friday!

If you could take a pill that would let you live 500 more years, would you? That's one of the many questions director and star Mark Wexler asks in his latest documentary, How To...
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Virtual People Watching Virtual Movies In Virtual Space – Recursively Delicious!

Locating your indie film festival in the real world? Meh, that's so mainstream. The fourth annual Machinima Expo is coming this November to a virtual world near you. Taking place in the online game...
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Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife! The Eyeborgs Are Out to Get You

Walking robotic cameras have armed themselves, are seeking your destruction, and the guy from the Highlander TV series is the only one who can save humanity. I love bad movies, and Eyeborgs is a...

3D Printers Are Taking Off But One in Every Home? Maybe in Another 10 Years

The 3D printer has come of age….well, almost. Let’s just say that after a tough hit from the recession, the 3D printer industry is back with a vengeance. Low-end sub-$1000 DIY projects to commercial...
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Archetype Movie Asks: Can The Dead Live On As Robots?

Immortality comes in many flavors, but the tastiest may be robotic. Why keep living in your organic body forever when you can have a stronger, faster, more robust one that will keep you from...
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How To Live Forever….The Documentary (trailer)

Baby boomers are getting old quickly, and while all of them have to struggle to deal with that, at least one has made a movie about it. How To Live Forever is 54 year...
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Build Your Own Tweenbot (video)

It's about time you started running your own social experiments using robots instead of relying upon scientists to do it for you. Luckily, Tweenbot is coming to help you. The diminutive rolling robot with...
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Piano Playing Robot Claims to be First of Its Kind…But It’s 27 Years Too Late (video)

When it comes to technology, there really needs to be a ban on claiming to be the 'First', or at least a really good review committee. Hiwin Technologies unveiled their new piano playing robot...
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Norwegian Boy Stuns Viewers With Now Famous Robot Dance (video)

I'm not sure what the world loves more: cute robots, or cute kids. Luckily, 10 year old Tord from Norway is a little bit of both. A few weeks ago Tord became the latest...
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100,000 Toothpicks and 37 Years Later, Man Completes Incredible Model Of San Francisco

For all you ping pong balls out there, get ready to take a tour of San Francisco that will blow your fictional minds. Since 1974 Scott Weaver has been working on his masterpiece, Rolling...
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Skynet Becomes Aware, Launches Nuclear Attack On Humanity

Hide ya kids, hide ya wife! According to the Terminator franchise, at 8:11 PM today (April 19th), the military-designed artificial intelligence system called Skynet will become self-aware and turn against its creators (read: us)....
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Crowd Sourced Choir Sings Over Internet With the Power of 2000 Voices (video)

The internet has quickly become the place where everyone's voice can be heard...literally. The Virtual Choir project collected 2052 self-made recordings of people performing the same song and then recombined these efforts into one...
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John Nolan’s Incredible Animatronics Turn Nightmares into Robots (video)

Suburban dads with pig heads, dead mice, road kill squirrels, and mewling premature babies - these are just some of the disturbing images that John Nolan has transformed into awesome animatronic characters. Based in...
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160,000+ Watch Virtual Popstar Hatsune Miku Return to the Stage (video)

She's beautiful, she's talented, she's immensely popular...and she's not real. Hatsune Miku the virtual popstar creation of Crypton Future Media in Japan, has sold out another concert. Her much anticipated second annual March 9th...

Robotic Musicians Push Boundaries of What Machines and Instruments Can Do (video)

The next wave of upcoming musicians don't have soul. Or heart. Or even blood. That's because these cutting edge instrumentalists are robots. Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI) is an organization geared towards automated acoustic...
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Japan’s Twimal USB Device Will Read Your Twitter Feed to You (video)

Some people will go to great lengths to enable their Twitter addiction. Japan created an entirely new species. The Twitter Animal, or Twimal, from Takara TOMY is a cute little blob that will read...
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Watch the Wifi: Visually Stunning Look at the Digital World Invading Cities (video)

Much as our ancestors may have envisioned the spirit world permeating and flowing through our mundane existence, we can only imagine the complex web of digital signals that penetrate and surround us. Yet a...
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Eye-Opening Visualization of RFID Fields (video)

How do you visualize something that is invisible? That's the challenge that Timo Arnall, Jack Schulze, and Einar Sneve Martinussen faced when they decided to give designers a better insight into RFID technology. Radio...
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Toyota Robots Play Trumpet and Violin In Tokyo (video)

There are many things that make humans unique, but apparently a love of music isn't one of them. Toyota had its violin and trumpet playing robots on display recently during several public performances at...
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I Am The Very Model of a Singularitarian – Hilarious Video

Oh YouTube, you have so many precious gems hidden among your piles of social excrement that it takes me years to find some of the best ones to share. Today's retro hit is from...

Ebocloud, A Novel About The Social Singularity

The Singularity may arrive through robots, computers, or bioengineering...or it might be created by Facebook. Ebocloud, the debut novel from Rick Moss, is set in a not-too-distant future where a fictional social network is...
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Google Digitizes Famous Art – Amazing New Virtual Museums

You can now explore some of the world's most precious works of art to a depth that even their creators may not have known. Search engine giant Google has unveiled their unparalleled Art Project,...

Ultra Sharp 3D Outdoor and Indoor Maps for Mobile and Home

C3 Technologies makes Google Maps look like it was drawn by a toddler. A Swedish offshoot of SAAB, C3 has ultra sharp 3D maps of major cities based on de-classified government aerial photography technology....

Our Digital Culture: Hunting for the World’s Strangest Features on Google Maps (video)

Google Earth lets you see the surface of the world in remarkable detail. Turns out there was a lot hiding out there. Since its release in 2005, Google Earth has been fueling a sort...

Our Robot Culture: R2D2 Statue Made from a Keg of Beer!

Behold, BeertooD2, the keg that is a work of art, and a symbol of my generation. There are few things that my contemporaries love more than Star Wars, robots, and alcohol, and BeertooD2 is...

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