Tactile sensor lets robots gauge objects’ hardness and manipulate small tools

https://www.youtube.com/embed/QDvXHNtYbBA?rel=0 A GelSight sensor attached to a robot’s gripper enables the robot to determine precisely where it has grasped a small screwdriver, removing it from and inserting it back into a slot, even when the gripper screens the screwdriver from the robot’s camera. (credit: Robot Locomotion Group at MIT) Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and […]

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Tactile sensor lets robots gauge objects’ hardness and manipulate small tools

http://img.youtube.com/vi/QDvXHNtYbBA/0.jpg A GelSight sensor attached to a robot’s gripper enables the robot to determine precisely where it has grasped a small screwdriver, removing it from and inserting it back into a slot, even when the gripper screens the screwdriver from the robot’s camera. (credit: Robot Locomotion Group at MIT) Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and […]

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New Virtual World Sansar Is Ready to Pick Up Where Second Life Left Off

http://ift.tt/2s3EZGA On its 14th birthday, a reflection on Linden Lab’s groundbreaking Second Life, and how their next project Sansar hopes to go even further. In May 2006, Bloomberg’s Businessweek ran a cover story detailing the business empire of real estate millionaire Anshe Chung. What caught the world’s attention, however, is that Anshe Chung wasn’t a […]

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Ray Kurzweil: Here’s What Will Happen When We Connect Our Brains to the Cloud

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil looks ahead to a time in the not-too-distant future when we’ll be able to connect our brains to computers in the cloud. Individual computers and mobile devices are already billions […]

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This Tech Could Charge Electric Cars While They Drive

http://img.youtube.com/vi/7nkOgiTxfEs/0.jpg The global auto industry is worth $2 trillion, but electric and hybrid cars currently make up less than one percent of that figure. However, experts are predicting an explosion in electric car adoption. Financial services company UBS predicted demand for electric cars will reach an inflection point in 2018 as their cost shrinks to […]

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On Voter Fraud, Immigration, and Economic Disparity

== The New “Voter Fraud” Commission == As usual, Democrats are right to complain… and they are doing it all wrong. President Trump declared a commission aimed at justifying his unfounded voter fraud claims.  (“Millions cast illegal ballots, giving Hillary Clinton her huge popular vote margin.”) But instead of appointing a blue-ribbon, bipartisan committee of […]

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Two drones see through walls in 3D using WiFi signals

http://img.youtube.com/vi/THu3ZvAHI9A/0.jpg Transmit and receive drones perform 3D imaging through walls using WiFi (credit: Chitra R. Karanam and Yasamin Mostofi/ACM) Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have demonstrated the first three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using an ordinary wireless signal. Applications could include emergency search-and-rescue, archaeological discovery, and structural monitoring, according to the […]

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Two drones see through walls in 3D using WiFi signals

http://ift.tt/2rDQSDL Transmit and receive drones perform 3D imaging through walls using WiFi (credit: Chitra R. Karanam and Yasamin Mostofi/ACM) Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have demonstrated the first three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using an ordinary wireless signal. Applications could include emergency search-and-rescue, archaeological discovery, and structural monitoring, according to the […]

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Is There a Multidimensional Mathematical World Hidden in the Brain’s Computation?

http://ift.tt/2sB3nBi Two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks looked into the night sky and saw geometric shapes emerge among the stars: a hunter, a lion, a water vase. In a way, they used these constellations to make sense of the random scattering of stars in the fabric of the universe. By translating astronomy into shapes, […]

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Sauver le symbole

Nous pouvons nous accorder avec certains critiques du transhumanisme pour dire que la convergence NBIC met en question notre rapport au langage et aux symboles. Or, il est probable qu’ils contribuent à ce qui fait émerger l’humain. Une pensée transhumaniste peut-elle relever ce défi ? Le symbolisme s’évanouira-t-il dans nos machines computationnelles ? from Ethical […]

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