PR2 robot plays music

It's not exactly talented just yet, but it's a start: Here are a couple of things this robot also does: It's not exactly fast yet (notice the "15x" in the video?) Another one where acceleration is more clearly visible because of humans in the background: Clearly, robotics is making progress, but that also makes the … Continue reading PR2 robot plays music

The Singularity has already happened…

IEEE Spectrum has a special report about the Singularity, that point in our future where predictions fall apart because major technical changes make any extrapolation we may make based on today's trends essentially obsolete. Even the New-York Times has an article, entitled The Future Is Now? Pretty Soon, at Least, which quickly brushes up some … Continue reading The Singularity has already happened…

Robotic Arm by Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen, of Segway fame (among other things), recently presented a breakthrough in bionics: a robotic arm that behaves almost as if it was real (the demo is about 2 minutes 15 into the video): The fact that this guy worked so much on the interaction between human nervous systems and machines is a reason … Continue reading Robotic Arm by Dean Kamen

Things that do not make sense

There is an interesting article on the New Scientist web site about 13 things that do not make sense. One of them I particularly like: Madeleine Ennis, a pharmacologist at Queen's University, Belfast, was the scourge of homeopathy. She railed against its claims that a chemical remedy could be diluted to the point where a … Continue reading Things that do not make sense

Just hold your breath…

... and you might live longer. OK, I'm just slightly over-interpreting the contents of this article, which tells in substance that cells that were deprived from oxygen might not die from oxygen starvation (they apparently survive a few hours without oxygen), but kill themselves when oxygen comes back. According to the article, some mitochondria mechanism … Continue reading Just hold your breath…