TOMATAN: WEARABLE ROBOT THAT FEEDS YOU TOMATOES

March 3, 2016 / 0 comments

A Japanese vegetable juice company has designed a new a wearable robot that dispenses tomatoes for people to eat while on the go. Tomatan is a robot that can be worn as a backpack. Weighing 8kg (18 pounds), it features a tomato shaped head with a mouth that opens to dispense the tomato into circular…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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THE LAST JOB ON EARTH

February 18, 2016 / 0 comments

“Machines could take 50% of jobs in the next 30 years” Moshe Vardi, Professor of computer science, Rice University Meet Alice, holder of the last recognisable job on Earth, trying to make sense of her role in an automated world. ‘The Last Job on Earth’ is a film produced in collaboration with the Guardian Sustainable…

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WILLIAM MITCHELL – CONNECTED CITY

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

A conversation with the MIT Professor and Director of the Media Lab’s Smart Cities Group.

COMPUTERS WATCHING MOVIES

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

“When we think about machine vision, we usually think about it in a human context. We build systems that can recognize faces in our photographs or count the number of cars in a traffic jam. Rare is the computer that’s watching on its own terms. That got artist Ben Grosser wondering: Why not let a…

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THE CHALLENGES AHEAD FOR SOFT ROBOTICS

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

There are many different kinds of robots: factory automation systems that weld and assemble car engines; machines that place chocolates into boxes; medical devices that support surgeons in operations requiring high-precision manipulation; cars that drive automatically over long distances; vehicles for planetary exploration; mechanisms for powerline or oil platform inspection; toys and educational toolkits for schools and universities; service robots that deliver meals,…

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DEXMO

February 2, 2016 / 0 comments

Dexmo is a wearable mechanical exoskeleton that captures your hand motion as well as providing you with force feedback. It breaks the barrier between the digital and real world and gives you a sense of touch.  Dexmo Classic captures 11 degrees of freedom for you hand motion. Three degrees of freedom of motion for the thumb,…

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IS A CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION COMING FOR ROBOTICS?

February 1, 2016 / 0 comments

About half a billion years ago, life on earth experienced a short period of very rapid diversification called the “Cambrian Explosion.” Many theories have been proposed for the cause of the Cambrian Explosion, with one of the most provocative being the evolution of vision, which allowed animals to dramatically increase their ability to hunt and…

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BOOMBOX BLASTER

February 1, 2016 / 0 comments

Dueling for Control – Democratizing and gamifying our musical atmosphere Access to all the world’s music sounds fantastic, but the dark truth is that Pandora will occasionally torment us with songs that boil our collective blood. To save what sanity we have left, we set out to create a solution to deal with the tortuous…

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A WORLD WITHOUT WORK

February 1, 2016 / 0 comments

The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977. For much of the 20th century, Youngstown’s steel mills delivered such great prosperity that the city was…

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