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Start [ PIRATEBOX] Here’s What Happens When You Strap An Oculus-Controlled Video Camera To A Drone And Take It For A Spin. Crystal forming robots. Christian Faubel, Crystal forming robots on overhead The Crystal Forming Robots are little autonomous robots that are placed on an overhead projector. Each robot is powered by the light of the projector and their movements over its surface make tangible the growth process of crystal structures. When a robot has collected enough energy, it will start moving around. The robots are equipped with tiny magnets, and as soon as two robots with matching polarity come close, they attract each other. The background of this work are the early experiments of cybernetician Gordon Pask on building a chemical computer as a learning system. The robots are going to be presented in a performance and exhibition at the Sight + Sound festival in Montreal next month. Photographs of a clustering sequence, it took approximately 20 minutes for the final structure to build Hi Christian!

Your description of the text talks about parasites and ecosystems. Detail of the current hexagonal prototype Thanks Christian! Virtual Spaces, Real Data, Why Oculus and Facebook Are Bad | Assay via Essay. It Takes a Village to Build a Free, Open Source, 3D-Printed Robot. Quickly Prototype Circuits With New Inkjet-Printable Conductive Ink. Japanese startup AgIC is aiming to streamline the circuit prototyping process with a new conductive ink that can be used in ordinary household inkjet printers, and that offers an interesting set of flexible properties.

Normally, breadboarding an envisioned circuit can be a sloppy affair, and when you have it working you’re still left with the task of generating the PCB design, having it made, and verifying that it too will work as desired. With AgIC’s creation, the process skips straight to the PCB. Create your layout in Eagle, 123D Circuits, or even Illustrator, print it, affix the components, and test it out. If changes are needed, they can be tested in minutes. The inkjet system, currently with a few days remaining on Kickstarter, uses a re-filled cartridge and a Brother inkjet printer. But without the hard backing, interesting options open up. And the ink can be manipulated to create resistance, to make paper antenna, and a variety of other electronic aspects. Related. Zuck Nerds Out On Drones Vs. Satellites For Delivering Internet. Free Space Optic lasers? Low earth orbit satellites? Solar-powered drones? Mark Zuckerberg has just penned a deep dive on how Facebook’s newly revealed methods for delivering Internet to the developing world actually work.

Here’s are the highlights from his 3000 word progress report on, including digs at Google’s Project Loon, and how it all fits into Facebook’s long-term plan. First, the “Why”. Zuckerberg explains that when people get the Internet, they can connect with friends and family plus communities around the world, but it also empowers them economically. the Internet can help people find jobs, become entrepreneurs, get healthcare, educate themselves, receive financial services, and gain a say in their society. He calls this entering the “knowledge economy”, and cites a Deloitte study saying it could “create another 140 million new jobs, lift 160 million people out of poverty, and reduce child mortality by hundreds of thousands of lives.”

Drones Satellites Lasers. DARPA wants drones that work like Ender’s Game (the movie) On April 11, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will kick off an effort to make the Defense Department’s existing unmanned systems act more like squadrons of manned aircraft. The program, called Collaborative Operations in Denied Environments (CODE), seeks to turn drones into autonomous, cooperative swarms that share sensor data, help each other evade or overwhelm defenses, and respond to the will of a single human as one.

“Collaborative autonomy has the potential to significantly increase the capabilities of [existing drones] as well as to reduce the cost of future systems by composing heterogeneous teams of [drones] that can leverage the capabilities of each asset without having to duplicate or integrate capabilities into a single platform,” DARPA officials wrote in a notice for the kick-off “proposer’s day” for the CODE project. CODE seeks to develop four “critical technology areas” for drones: The New Rules of Robot/Human Society | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios. Team Designs Tiny Robots That Can Build Like Termites. The Gun That Aims Itself (Documentary) The Restart Page - Free unlimited rebooting experience from vintage operating systems.

US drones could be killing the wrong people because of metadata errors. The Intercept, the "fearless, adversarial journalism" venture launched by Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media, launched with a big boom today. Lead story on the site right now, which is https by default (and straining under launch day load at the moment) explores "The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program. " The Intercept will initially focus on NSA stories based on documents provided by Edward Snowden, and this is one such story. "The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes," Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald report, "An unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

" As Redditor actual_hacker said in a thread, the big point of this article: "The US has built a SIM-card kill list. Museum Tinguely | Roboterträume Pressebilder. The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press. The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using. His account is bolstered by top-secret NSA documents previously provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It is also supported by a former drone sensor operator with the U.S.

“They might have been terrorists,” he says. Programming molecular robots. A Q&A with Wyss Core Faculty members William Shih and Peng Yin In the late 1990s, a small group of bioengineers set out to turn cells into tiny robots. Being bioengineers, they drew ideas from engineering, and envisioned building a set of modular, standard parts akin to the sensors, power source, microprocessor and actuators that enable robots to sense and respond to their surroundings. Those early efforts spurred a wave of optimism about the incredible potential of synthetic biology. But getting even simple organisms to carry out the right tasks at the right time remains a formidable task, and synthetic biologists are still a long way from making living cells obey their commands. In part that’s because they only partially understand the workings of the cells’ operating systems – their genes and their regulatory networks. So a new contingent of bioengineers is pioneering a different approach.

What is molecular programming? Wyss Institute Core Faculty member, Peng Yin, Ph.D. Google introduces smart contact lens project to measure glucose levels. It's not April 1. It's still 2014. This isn't a joke. Google just introduced a smart contact lens. For now it's only a Google[x] experiment, but the idea involves a contact lens with a small wireless chip and a sensor that can measure a diabetic's glucose levels. For someone with diabetes, glucose levels require constant monitoring, usually by pricking the end of the finger and putting a drop of blood into a glucose measuring device. Google's contact lens measures glucose via the tear fluid in a person's eye. This means no more blood and no more picking fingers. Google says it's currently testing prototypes that can take a glucose reading once per second, and the eventual plan is to integrate an LED to notify the user that their glucose levels need tending to.

Parviz had previously partnered with Microsoft while at the University of Washington, but he was picked up by Google a few years ago and founded the Glass team. Scientists create winged-jellyfish drone…and it's beautiful. Drones now have six American “test ranges” in which to fly. In November 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its “roadmap” for integrating drones (or, if you prefer the government’s term, "unmanned aircraft systems") into American skies. Part of that document included selecting six drone “research and test” sites across the country. On Monday, the FAA announced its nationwide picks for the six site operators. As the FAA wrote: In selecting the six test site operators, the FAA considered geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience, and risk.

In totality, these six test applications achieve cross-country geographic and climatic diversity and help the FAA meet its UAS research needs. The test ranges are due to end by February 2017, by which time new rules around drone usage should be finalized. I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on | Heather Linebaugh. Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions.

I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile? " And: "How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs? " Or even more pointedly: "How many soldiers have you seen die on the side of a road in Afghanistan because our ever-so-accurate UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were unable to detect an IED [improvised explosive device] that awaited their convoy?

" Few of these politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue of what actually goes on. I knew the names of some of the young soldiers I saw bleed to death on the side of a road. It's also important for the public to grasp that there are human beings operating and analysing intelligence these UAVs. Steered by thoughts, drone flies through hoops - tech - 05 June 2013. Video: Thought-controlled quadcopter drone It was only a matter of time before it became possible to control a drone with mere thoughts. In a gymnasium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an AR.Drone quad-rotor helicopter made by French firm Parrot has been zooming right and left, up and down, and even through hoops as its pilot merely thinks of concepts related to such directions.

Bin He and colleagues at the University of Minnesota, who developed the rig, are not trying to use mind control to launch precision drone strikes. Instead, their aim is to demonstrate the power of the brain to move the machines that aid disabled people – whether those machines are exoskeletons , wheelchairs or bionic prosthetic limbs. Drones have been piloted with low-resolution, 14-electrode gaming electroencephalography (EEG) headsets before, but the Minnesota team are claiming a first in that they use an EEG headset with 64 electrodes peppered across the pilot's scalp.

Ready for prime time More From New Scientist. If you hate red-light cameras, you’ll really hate speeding ticket robots. STANFORD, CA—Four academics from West Point and Samford University in Alabama set out to answer a seemingly simple question: how would one write a computer program to issue speeding tickets? After all, speed limits are fairly simple—you’re either driving faster than the posted number or you’re not. In the age of Google and its competitors making fully autonomous cars (and states passing laws to allow them), it’s not hard to imagine fully autonomous law enforcement for traffic violations, either.

After all, we already have red-light cameras. “If anyone thinks it is a simple thing to do, to take a simple law [and convert it to machine-readable code], it is significantly more complicated than one thought,” Woodrow Hartzog, a law professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and one of the paper's co-authors, told Ars. Hartzog and one of his co-authors presented a paper (PDF) at the “We Robots” conference at Stanford Law School on Monday. What is a speeding law, anyway? Robot Ants Could Make Us More Efficient. With their tiny wires and circuits, robotic ants won’t be taking over the world anytime soon. But what these artificial insects lack in processing power, they make up for in efficiency: Robotic ants can automatically choose the shortest route from their food sources back to their nests, just like real ants, a new study says.

This gives valuable insight into how people should plan transportation and communication systems. “It’s really interesting to look at social insects because [they] can give us a way to manage information in our societies,” said Guy Theraulaz, a behavioral biologist at the National Center for Scientific Research in France, a co-author on the study. “We take some inspiration from nature.” (Related: “Color-Changing Rubber Robot Could Aid Animal Study.”) Robo-ants aren’t so different from the insects they mimic. Real ants have tiny brains, which means navigating everyday life, with all its sights and vibrations, is a challenge.

The Path Most Efficient. What Can Drones Do Without Humans? — NOVA Next. For many, the word “drone” summons images of innocent civilians killed in wars conducted from thousands of miles away and raises concerns about invasions of privacy. For others, a drone is simply a next-generation military weapon that saves both lives and money. And for still others, drones are a fascinating backyard hobby for adults and children alike. But no matter what you think about them, drones are here to stay. The Air Force predicts that within a decade nearly 30 percent of its attack and fighter planes will be drones. When it becomes operational, the X-47B will be the world's first tailless fighter-sized drone and is expected to be one of the most advanced UAVs in the Navy. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are flying robots that can be as small as a dragonfly or as big as a house.

History to Today An engineer describes the next-generation surveillance sensor for UAVs, called ARGUS. Vulnerabilities What Makes a Drone Smart A Partnership. Fearsome UK Robot Aircraft Is Semi-Autonomous and Will Fly in 2013. There’s a robotic arms race on. We recently covered the US Navy’s X-47B drone, a stealth jet capable of landing autonomously on an aircraft carrier. Well, not to be outdone by its trans-Atlantic ally, the UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is said to be soon testing a superdrone called Taranis. The drone is designed to fly intercontinental missions at supersonic speeds, undected by radar—and almost completely free of human direction. Named after the Celtic god of thunder, Taranis is a £142.5 million ($223.25 million) project under development by British aerospace firm BAE and the MoD since December 2006. BAE says Taranis will “push the boundaries” of stealth and autonomy.

According to International Business Times, “Taranis will incorporate technology allowing it to use on-board computers to perform airborne manoeuvres, avoid threats and identify targets.” Flight controllers need only be consulted for authorization to attack. The US is also working on next generation drones. Rise of the Drones. Watch These Quadcopters Flip A Reverse Pendulum Into The Air And Catch It (No, Seriously, Watch) Drone ‘Nightmare Scenario’ Now Has A Name: ARGUS. ‎ The Veil of Secrecy is Lifting on Drones. Here's What You Need to Know. | Think Tank. With Brennan Pick, a Light on Drone Strikes’ Hazards.