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Oct 22, 2015

Robot taught to navigate with simulated brain cells

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

But it may offer advantages over these systems, which are often confused by changes to an environment. And researchers hope that the work will not only allow a more efficient way for robots to navigate but also provide neuroscientists a better understanding of place cells, grid cells and cognitive maps.

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Oct 22, 2015

Tensegrity Robot Could Be Creeping Through Your Ducts Right Now

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A robot made of cables and tubes can get all up in your ducts.

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Oct 21, 2015

The First Robot Operated Hospital in North America Has Finally Opened

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health, robotics/AI

The $1.7 billion investment has finally opened its doors to the public, and the robots are ready to provide patients with a medical experience that’s truly revolutionary.

Hailed as the first fully digital hospital in North America, the Humber River Hospital in Toronto, CA finally opened its doors to the public on October 18. In addition to being equipped with the most advanced technologies, robots currently man several areas of the facility. This includes the radiology area where they facilitate the X-Ray procedure and the chemotherapy area where they mix, prepare, and monitor the drugs being administered to the patients. Before the drugs get to the patients, each package is checked and scanned thoroughly through an information management system to make sure that the patients get the correct treatment. These automated robots will also be assisting the health care staff by carrying and delivering medical supplies and food for patients.

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Oct 21, 2015

President Obama Wishes Michael J. Fox a Happy ‘Back to the Future’ Day

Posted by in category: futurism

Turns out President Obama is a Back to the Future fan, and he celebrated ‘Back to the Future’ Day by tweeting at Marty McFly himself.

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Oct 21, 2015

This smart pavement is giving pedestrians access to free Wi-Fi

Posted by in categories: business, internet

A footpath in the UK has been equipped with free Wi-Fi coverage, with manholes, on-street cabinets, and other ‘street furniture’ being used to broadcast the signal, which reaches maximum speeds of 166 Mbps and can be accessed from up to 80 metres (260 feet) away.

For the time being, this is a very small-scale scheme: the connected street has been set up in the market town of Chesham, home to some 21,000 people, about 50 km outside of London. As you might expect, it’s a promotional stunt on the part of Virgin Media, but the company says it’s committed to improving public Wi-Fi access across the country, and will be using feedback from the trial in Chesham to help inform its future plans.

“The unlimited Wi-Fi service is available to residents, businesses, and visitors passing through the centre of Chesham,” explains the Virgin Media team. “The service even covers parts of Lowndes Park — Chesham’s 36-acre park space.”

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Oct 21, 2015

Robot builder designed for construction sites

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

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A robot construction worker that can move around a building site autonomously and make architectural structures is being developed by Swiss designers and roboticists. Jim Drury saw it for himself.

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Oct 21, 2015

True words, spoken like a real CALVINist! HAHAHA! #CalvinAndHobbes #MyMondayMood #EasyAsPie

Posted by in category: mathematics

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Oct 21, 2015

Paralyzed man regains use of arms thanks to ‘wireless spinal cord’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Remember that paralyzed guy from Southern California who managed to walk on his own accord thanks to a revolutionary technique that bridged the gap in his severed spinal column with a wireless Bluetooth link? A team of doctors at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University have reportedly accomplished the same feat with a patient’s arms.

The team described its initial findings at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago on Tuesday. The system works much like that of the earlier team at UC Irvine: a brain-control interface (BCI) reads the patient’s brain waves emanating from his motor cortex, converts them into actionable electrical signals and wirelessly transmits them to an actuator “sewn into” the patient’s arm. This actuator is comprised of 16 filament wires that generate electrical impulses, which cause various muscle groups to contract when stimulated. The patient thinks about moving his arm and it does so — well, sorta.

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Oct 21, 2015

Stanford built a self-driving, electric DeLorean and it does donuts

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Finally. A Back to the Future tribute that’s genuinely cool.

Engineers at Stanford University along with Renovo Motors built an electric, self-driving DeLorean, appropriately named MARTY. The researchers are using it as a test bed to develop autonomous cars that use racing-inspired techniques to avoid accidents.

See also: USA Today travels ‘Back to the Future’ with front page from the film.

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Oct 21, 2015

Here are 9 reasons Denmark’s socialist economy leaves the US in the dust

Posted by in category: futurism

#5. Denmark pays students $900 a month to attend college.

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