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Donating to UNICEF Innovation Labs Could Land You in the Next Star Wars Movie

What are the grand challenges? Depends on the galaxy. In unspecified galaxies far, far away and long ago, energy and cheap space travel were no issue. Evil Sith lords suffering from acute megalomania, on the...

NASA Spacesuit Design With Sci-Fi Flair Prepares For Mars Missions

NASA may have decommissioned the Space Shuttle, but it's not the end of space exploration for the iconic agency which wants to send humans back to the Moon and on to Mars within the...

Jason Silva’s Latest: To Be Human Is to Be Transhuman

The term ‘transhuman’ inevitably (for me) summons grotesque visions of humans and machines merging into a Borg-like race bent on eradicating biological imperfection. These creatures’ cold rationality calls it an evolutionary improvement, but to...

The Future of Search and the Internet of Everything According to Google’s Scott Huffman

In a recent interview with the Independent, Google engineering director, Scott Huffman, outlined the kind of future he thinks is right around the corner—a future when typing our queries into a little box will be seem downright archaic, and our interaction with technology will be more like a conversation. Instead of keyboards, we’ll have microphones and speakers in the ceiling recording conversations and giving answers to direct questions, like the Star Trek computer.

US Army to Build Armored Talos Suit That Merges Man and Machine

The US Army recently put out a call for proposals to build a futuristic climate-controlled suit of armor that would make soldiers smarter, stronger, and tougher.

What Will Happen 5 Days Before The Singularity? “I’s” Feature Film Aims To Find Out

Sci-fi films have a long history of speculating what the future might be like, seeking to understand what remnants of humanity will continue on when the world may undergo drastic change. More realistic projections...
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Boston Dynamics’ Humanoid Robot, ATLAS, In Latest Video

Boston Dynamics, the robotics design company, has been demonstrating to the world that we're knee deep in the robot revolution. It was only back in April when the company released a series of videos...
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Rod Roddenberry — Fireside Chat At The 2012 Graduate Studies Program

Rod Roddenberry is the CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment and founder of the Roddenberry Foundation, which funds "funds paradigm-changing solutions to critical global issues in science and technology, the environment, education and humanitarian advances." As...
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First Movie Trailer For Ender’s Game Clocks 1.3 Million Views On YouTube On First Day

The first trailer for Ender's Game, the sci-fi film based on the classic novel by Orson Scott Card, was released yesterday and it promises to be one of the biggest sci-fi movies of 2013. The Hugo award-winning story, which focuses on a young boy named Ender Wiggin who is recruited to become a military commander, has been both influential and controversial since it was first published in 1985. It has been followed by numerous sequels and spin offs, crafting an enormous universe that has been begging to be turned into film for decades.

Drones Light Up London Night Sky – With Star Trek Logo

It’s not the Bat Signal, but if you’re a Star Trek fan, it’s even better. And if you’re a geeky Star Trek fan that’s really into cutting edge technology – that was deliberately redundant – you’re really going to love this.

Thalmic Labs Announces MYO Gesture Control Armband

Unlike other gesture control devices that rely on positioning through camera tracking, the MYO armband senses electrical activity in the muscles that control hand and finger motions. Its worn on the forearm and flexing of various muscles serve as gesture inputs. These inputs are communicated via Bluetooth, which are then translated into motions on the screen thanks to some machine-learning algorithms.
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Trailer For Futuristic Film ‘Project Kronos’ Explores Interstellar Space Travel Program

What cost would humanity be willing to pay to make contact with intelligent life in the universe? It's a question at the interface of technology and ethics, an area that a new film called 'Project Kronos' looks to explore at a deeper level. The film, scheduled to be released on April 15, is presented as a faux-documentary that takes place in the future, in which personnel involved in an interstellar space travel program describe what the project was and their involvement with it.

Diamandis: Tricorder X Prize Offers $10 Million to Build Star Trek Inspired Health Scanner

It’s hard to imagine a Star Trek away team without their tricorders waving back and forth, scanning for life forms. Was there anything those things couldn’t do, and might we primitive 21st century humans develop a similarly powerful handheld diagnostic technology? The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, announced in 2012, officially opened registration in early 2013 to find out.

Crowdfunding Star Wars — Kickstarter Campaign For Death Star Construction Aims To Raise $30M

The folks at Kickstarter have given the green light to two projects near-and-dear to the hearts of geeks, techies and futurists alike: the construction of a Death Star and a desperate call to fund X-wing fighters for the Rebel Alliance.
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The Democratization Of Filmmaking — Riveting Sci-Fi Short Film “R’ha” Created By A Single Person

Digital filmmaking is transforming Hollywood, no doubt, but for independent filmmakers, it is nothing short of a revolution. Case in point: 22-year-old German student Kaleb Lechowski. After seven months of writing, designing, and editing as well as reporting his progress on his blog, Kaleb recently posted his short sci-fi film R'ha on Vimeo. The six-minute film, which does not include a single human being, was completed as part of his first-year studies in digital film design in Berlin.

Star Wars Fans Building a Full Scale Replica of the Millennium Falcon

Headed to Tennessee a decade from now? If you're a Hubber, you might consider demoting Graceland. Star Wars geek extraordinaire, Chris Lee, is building a full scale replica of the Millennium Falcon an hour...

Latest Call Of Duty Game Raises Franchise To The Heights Of Star Wars And Harry Potter

The latest Call of Duty game continues the franchise's dominance of the video game market. Activision reported that within the first 24 hours after Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 went on sale, a...

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,...

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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SH Interviews Vernor Vinge – How Will We Get To The Technological Singularity?

Science Fiction: it has been a muse of geeks, techies and scientists for decades. Many of the technologies we explore on Singularity Hub were first imagined and explored in SF (star trek tricorders, the...
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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...

Leap 3D Offers Amazing Gesture-Based Control of Your Computer for Just $70

For the last six years, game consoles have been the developers hot spot for motion control, but finally good old computers are getting some love. A startup called Leap Motion has announced the development of...
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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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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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Latest Geminoid Robot Looks More Human than Creepy (video)

The Uncanny Valley is a pit of doom for robots, few that dare enter its depths will ever emerge again. Yet the latest realistic robot from genius Hiroshi Ishiguro is as close to spanning...
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Google Translate Voice Now on iPhone – Star Trek Come To Life (video)

The Universal Translator is one step closer to reality. One awesome and frustrating step. The Google Translate mobile app, now available on iOS as well as Android platforms is the sort of technology we've...

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...

Do-It-Yourself Star Trek Doors for Your Home! (video)

I have found the perfect project for all of my fellow Star Trek fans out there. Why walk into a room through a regular door like a chump when you can strut into your...

Cool Video of Real World TRON Light Cycle Test Drive

Geeks and gear-heads rejoice: the light cycles from Tron have made it into the real world! This summer the team at Parker Brothers Choppers announced plans to create full street-legal versions of the most...

TRON is Coming, You Can Already Drive a Light Cycle On Your Phone (video)

I've crashed my motorcycle dozens of times in the past few days. Don't worry, it's virtual. Coke Zero has teamed up with the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie and created a fun new smart phone...

New Video of MIT’s Minority Report Interface: G-Speak

John Underkoffler thrilled geeks and normals alike when he designed the revolutionary computer interface seen in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report. Using nothing more than gloves and gestures, Tom Cruise was able to explore video...

Telenoid – The Creepiest Telepresence Robot You’ll Ever Love (video)

Imagine talking to your friends through a robotic copy of Casper the Friendly Ghost. That's what I imagine it must be like to use Telenoid R1, the new telepresence robot developed by Osaka University...

Raytheon’s New XOS 2 Exoskeleton Looks Cool, but It’s Not Iron Man (video)

Blame it on Tony Stark's ego, but Raytheon's debut of the XOS 2 Exoskeleton focuses too much on the Iron Man theme. Raytheon (via Sarcos) developed the XOS 2 for the army to help...

Endhiran – Movie Featuring Singing, Dancing, and Robots!

Get ready for another blockbuster science fiction flick, but this time it's gonna be Bollywood* style. September 3, 2010 will see the release of Endhiran (English title: The Robot), a science fiction epic from...

Robot Culture: Home-made R2D2 Droids from Star Wars

There are few geek-gasms as powerful as those that are created when a home made R2D2 Droid rolls into a comic-con. There's something about combining do it yourself robotics with Star Wars that just...

Tokyo’s Digital Billboards Know Who’s Checking Them Out

Be careful if you're riding the trains around Tokyo this summer, the billboards may be watching you. A consortium of 11 Japanese railway companies have teamed up with marketing researchers to determine who looks...

NY Times Interviews Replicant While Its Owners Prepare for Digital Resurrection

Modern robots don't make the best conversationalists. That's something that New York Times reporter Amy Harmon found out the hard way. She recently published her interview with Bina48, a robotic head created by Hanson...
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Real, Working Light-Cycle From New Tron Movie For Sale on eBay!

Rule 43 of the Internet: the more you want something, the higher the chance someone is selling it on eBay. Case in point: 5 working replicas of the amazing light-cycles seen in the movie...

Creepy but Very Life-Like Telepresence Replicant from Kokoro (video)

In the future, those unable to attend a meeting in person may decide to send a creepy robot in their place. Kokoro, maker of the Actroid, have teamed up again with famous engineer Hiroshi...

Four Great Science Fiction Authors Weigh In on the Singularity (video)

Let's face it. Most what we think we know about the Universe may come from science, but most of what we think we know about the future comes from science fiction. So it only...
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Tron Legacy Trailer Released With Daft Punk Sound Score

The cult classic movie Tron from 1982 is set to get a facelift this year with the release of a sequel movie called Tron Legacy.  The second trailer for the movie was released yesterday,...

Minority Report Interface Is Real, Hitting Mainstream Soon (Video)

Steven Spielberg asked John Underkoffler to help design a futuristic human computer interface for a movie that takes place in the year 2054. Little did Spielberg know that Underkoffler would adapt that concept from...

Technology from Caprica Series on SyFy is Already Here

I love great science fiction, especially when it takes the scientific truths of today and cranks them up a notch. That's probably why I'm hooked on the SyFy channel's newest drama, Caprica. It is...

Google Challenges You To a Game of Tron

Update: Google, the event sponsor, has not officially announced a cash prize for the winner. The annual Google AI Challenge has been announced: contestants will be competing to see who can build the program that...

UCSD and Kokoro Team Up To Make Terrifying Baby Robot

Researchers beware: if photos of your prototype robot are published too soon you may freak everyone out. The Machine Perception Lab at UC San Diego does some amazing work in the field of human-robot...

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