Here’s a cool old film that takes a look at our future, as they saw it in 1920!
Conventional science claims this is impossible, yet generations of inventors have been mesmerised by the promise of an engine that powers itself. The world’s reliance on diminishing fossil fuel resources and the associated problems of pollution serve to spur them on. A Machine to Die For showcases a number of dedicated, sometimes eccentric, and always obsessive individuals who have devoted their lives to this quest.
For those who have been told they’d never walk again, a variety of medical therapies have shown some promise, but not as immediate as a suit with military origins.
The Ekso Suit, designed to help soldiers carry much bulkier loads great distances, is increasingly being used to help people with spinal cord injuries get back on their feet and walk again, albeit slowly and carefully.
Watch this video from ABC News, showing how the Ekso Suit has helped 27-year-old Aaron Bloom and others get back on their feet following a spinal cord injury.
Autonomous cars will be in showrooms as early as 2019, or maybe even sooner, according to a report released by KPMG and the Center for Automotive Research,
The report’s authors explain that “sensor-based technologies” and “connected-vehicle communications” need to converge. Essentially, cars need to be able to communicate with other vehicles on the road so they don’t bash into each other.
They also need the ability to sense and respond to the surrounding infrastructure: stop signs, street lights, guardrails, and many other basic transportation signals.
The Energy Crisis is a lie, here is the evidence… this video covers various inventors and suppressed inventions such as Nikola Tesla, Marco Rodin, Stan Meyers, Water powered cars (HHO gas), water, dirt, and air batteries, “kelvins thunderstorm”, Stirling engines, the “n-machine”, and several others. Well worth watching, even if you know a lot about “free energy” you may learn something you didn’t know.
Microsoft Robotics Group developer Jordan Correa works quite a bit, and he has to leave his dog, Darwin, home alone all day. He solved the problem by creating a robot dogsitter that he can control from work.
DarwinBot has an onboard ball launcher, a claw to retrieve the ball, and a kibbler dispense to reward Darwin with treats. It also has a couple of webcams that Jordan can use to look around, and a Kinect sensor that keeps it from bashing into obstacles.
In the new book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, space entrepreneur turned innovation pioneer Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler document how progress in artificial intelligence, robotics, infinite computing, ubiquitous broadband networks, digital manufacturing, nanomaterials, synthetic biology, and many other exponentially growing technologies will enable us to make greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous two hundred years.
Professor Stephen Hawking presents a global exploration of the scientific breakthroughs that are transforming our lives in the 21st century. With the help of some of the world’s leading scientific figures – including Sir David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Aarathi Prasad, Lord Winston and Maggie Aderin-Pocock – this series reveals how science is striving for humankind’s next leap forward.
This robot is pretty good, but not nearly as awesome as Bruce Lee playing Ping Pong with Nunchucks.
At the TED 2011 conference this week, Google has been giving extremely rare demos of its self-driving cars. TED attendees have even been allowed to travel inside them, on a closed course. Here’s some video of the action. Read more about the self-driving car at the The NY Times.
MIT chemists Daniel Nocera and Matthew Kanan have discovered a way to to convert sunlight into chemical fuel by using Cobalt to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. According to Dr. Nocera, water combined with light will split the hydrogen and oxygen in a water molecule, then recombining hydrogen and oxygen will produce energy and water. This means those pollution-free fuel cell vehicles already in the market will be able to acquire their fuel using a sustainable energy source instead of energy acquired from fossil fuels.