Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When will robots take over the world?

From The Atlantic Youtube Channel:

At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of futurists, technology experts, and artists to predict the future of robotics. So, will machines revolt against humans? Maybe not, but as Duke University professor Missy Cummings explains, they may have already won. “We don’t even realize where robots are in our world,” she says.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Origami Wheel Robot

From  BioRobotics Lab at Seoul National University

The word, origami, comes from the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The unique characteristic of origami that realizes three-dimensional structures from two-dimensional materials have long attracted attention from various fields such as design, education and mathematics. Many of today’s engineers are using this oriental art to solve problems. It can be used as an inspiration to some architectural designs, and can also be used as fabrication method of robot design or MEMS process. 

By using this origami structure, the deformable wheel can be built without using many mechanical parts; the wheel is built with a single piece of sheet, with specific folds. Moreover, because of the characteristic that the structure constrains its own movement, it is possible to control the shape of the wheel using only a few actuators. When the robot run into the small slit smaller than the wheel diameter, the robot can deform the wheel and it is possible to get through the terrain. The proposed design for the deformable wheel shows the possibility of using origami structure as a functional structure with its own mechanism.

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Freeman Dyson Predicts the Future

Charismatic interview from IEEE with Freeman Dyson about finding alien life, humans in space, our energy future, climate change, neuroscience & biotechnology.

But for many, Dyson is known for his most speculative ideas. He is the man for whom the Dyson sphere is named—a hypothetical structure, built by an alien civilization, that could capture most or all the energy emitted by a star (and leave a telltale excess of infrared light that could be picked up by our telescopes). Dyson was also one of the key players on Project Orion, which ran from 1958 to 1963 and which conceived of a spacecraft, powered by a series of controlled nuclear explosions, that could have potentially carried humans to Saturn by 1970.

We wanted to see what this bold and imaginative thinker might have to say about humanity’s next 50 years. He welcomed IEEE Spectrum to his office at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., last October, just a few days after a celebration honoring his 90th birthday.  

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wolfliving:

*My word, that’s impressively bleak.  At last: cranky Internet conservatives exalting the good-old-days.

wolfliving:

*My word, that’s impressively bleak.  At last: cranky Internet conservatives exalting the good-old-days.

brucesterling:

*Forty-five years ago today

brucesterling:

*Forty-five years ago today

Thursday, July 17, 2014
designersofthings:

Thread Sews Consistency Through the Fabric of the Internet of Things
Nest, Samsung, ARM, Freescale and three other companies have joined forces to form a group dedicated to solving some of the challenges around the Internet of Things. The non-profit is called Thread Group and they have designed and developed a protocol for the Internet of Things aimed at making the connected home much simpler and easier for users and developers alike.
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designersofthings:

Thread Sews Consistency Through the Fabric of the Internet of Things

Nest, Samsung, ARM, Freescale and three other companies have joined forces to form a group dedicated to solving some of the challenges around the Internet of Things. The non-profit is called Thread Group and they have designed and developed a protocol for the Internet of Things aimed at making the connected home much simpler and easier for users and developers alike.

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Much as I am a fan of work like Egger’s and Doctorow’s it is almost too easy to write a dystopia these days. The real challenge, it seems to me, is to write a new utopia.

Albert Wenger

http://continuations.com/post/91753806640/seechange-video-will-be-everywhere-what-do-we-want

(via fred-wilson)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

JIBO, The World’s First Family Robot

#TIL that Kickstarter videos are an - almost independent - subcategory of corporate flat-pack futures. And this one is their new leader. It’s too cute to be true. So let’s wait for the first delivered batch. Nevertheless, the team makes an excellent impression. I hope they don’t neglect the IoT-discussion about data protection & surveillance.

JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family. Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and uses will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined…

WHAT JIBO CAN DO

See Two hi-res cameras recognize and track faces, capture photos, and enable immersive video calling.

Hear 360° microphones and natural language processing let you talk to JIBO from anywhere in the room.

Speak Hands-free reminders and messages, so you’ll never forget and can always be in touch.

Learn Artificial Intelligence algorithms learn your preferences to adapt and fit into your life.

Help Like a personal assistant, JIBO proactively helps you, to make everyday tasks simpler and easier.

RelateCommunicates and expresses using natural social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.

JIBO’S SKILLS

INTELLIGENT & HANDS-FREE
Assistant Politely reminds you of important tasks and events to help you stay on top of things.
Messenger Recognizes you and each member of your household, to deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time & place.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTOR
Photographer Uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when someone’s posing for a picture.
Avatar See-and-track camera makes it easy to turn and look at people, to support video calling as if you are in the room.

FUN & SUPPORTIVE
Storyteller Sound effects, graphics and physical movements make a responsive and interactive storytelling experience.
CompanionPhysical presence with helpfulness and heart, JIBO will put a smile on your face and make you feel better.

[myjibo] [indiegogo]

fastcompany:

The partnership could have huge implications in the development of tiny, invisible computers.
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fastcompany:

The partnership could have huge implications in the development of tiny, invisible computers.

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brucesterling:

vintagefuture:

The Next Frontier by Isaac Asimov National Geographic July 1976
via surrogateself

*I see a hell of a lot of spaces like this in contemporary European airports

brucesterling:

vintagefuture:

The Next Frontier by Isaac Asimov
National Geographic July 1976

via surrogateself

*I see a hell of a lot of spaces like this in contemporary European airports

(Source: surrogateself)

prostheticknowledge:

Alexander Porter

Flickr account featuring a portfolio of screenshots related to computational photography results and process, from depth scans to photogrammetry.

You can view the collection here [h/t: James George]

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Synthetic Biology: Lab grown Real Vegan Cheese made without milk

From Indiegogo:

What’s vegan cheese?

Real Vegan Cheese is a not a cheese substitute! It all begins with regular old baker’s yeast. Through synthetic biology, we engineer our yeast to become milk-protein factories, churning out real milk proteins (known as caseins). These milk proteins are then combined with water, vegan sugar and oil to make a kind of milk which is ultimately converted into Real Vegan Cheese using the age-old cheese-making process.

Where does the milk protein DNA come from?

None of Real Vegan Cheese’s genes have been inside an animal—human, cow or otherwise.

To create our proteins, we study animal genomes, choose milk-protein genetic sequences, and synthesize those genes. The genes are then temporarily inserted into yeast and produced using the cellular machinery of baker’s yeast. The genes are yeast-optimized and, though they are inspired by animals, have never been inside an animal!

Same proteins. Different genes.

[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/re… for more info or check out https://realvegancheese.org]

Kegel Trainer Skea: Play Temple Run With Pelvic Floor Muscles

Remember the KGoal Smart Kegel Trainer, the pelvic floor exercise thing on kickstarter? Forget it.

This. Is. The. Funniest. (QuantifiedSelf). Kickstarter. Copycat. Ever!

I’m serious. Go to the Kickstarter Draft of Skea and watch the video. Tom Chen is my hero of the week. Better than any other pitch. Outlandish and bizarre NSFW texts, pics & gifs.

It could also be a great Design Fiction project. I’m not sure. There’s a thin line between newnormal kickstarter products & well-designed near futures.

But who cares. Just read this

"It feels funny at first, but soon I am so immersed in the game that I completely forgot time. Afterwards, my lower abdomen feels so hot and soothing, like having a hot bath after a jog. I have never experienced anything like that before!" – J.M

or have a look at this:

Skea - Smart Kegel Exercise Aid

Playing games while training your pelvic floor muscles at the same time! Skea is the world’s most caring and fun Kegel Exercise aid.

What does Skea do? 

Imagine playing Temple Run with Fitbit. Not with fingers, but with pelvic floor muscles!

We want to help women overcome Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction, the most common gynecological disease. Skea is the solution that is not boring but actually FUN! 

Bye-bye, urinary incontinence. Oh, and welcome back, SEX!

Why should you care? 

To women: we know how frustrated you are when your bladder defies your authority! My wife got urinary incontinence after giving birth to our daughter, it sucks! 

To men: YOUR SEX LIFE IS RUINED. 

The hard truth: >50% of all women suffer from Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction sometime in her life, regardless of race, religion or Zodiac signs. 

This evil disease weakens the Pelvic Floor Muscles, which hold up our organs in our belly and also control our bladder. Men usually have little problems with it (but they got prostate problems instead. Life is fair), but most women do.

Symptoms? Urinary incontinence is most common, but in worse cases womb could drop out in a prolapse! The worst - sex simply falls apart (I refuse to answer any personal questions!).

[Skea Kickstarter Draft]

PLEASE REBLOG Last chance to save Net Neutrality

mostlysignssomeportents:

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There’s only 36 hours left comment on the FCC’s proposal to allow for Net Neutrality-shredding “Internet fast lanes” that let phone companies to pick Internet winners and losers—it’s time to act.

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