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Seedstock | Sustainable Agriculture Blog | Sustainable Agriculture Startups | Sustainable Agriculture News | Urban Agriculture

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Seedstock is a sustainable agriculture blog that focuses on sustainable agriculture startups, technology, producers, food security, news and research.
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Cultibotics is about applying robotics to making horticultural best practices scalable and economical.
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MC3D concentrates laser scanning on objects in motion | Gizmag

MC3D concentrates laser scanning on objects in motion | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The MC3D … takes another approach to laser-scanning. After a scene is initially imaged and the three-dimensional depth of all the objects within it is assessed, the laser only subsequently re-scans areas where and when visual changes are detected.”

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Oculus Rift and robotic heads: A match made in geek heaven | Zero Moment

Oculus Rift and robotic heads: A match made in geek heaven | Zero Moment | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Like its namesake, DORA was born to explore. Specifically, the robot—which was built by a team of students at the University of Pennsylvania—is designed to be a kind of exploration surrogate, able to move its head with the same speed and flexibility as the human seeing through its eyes. DORA's movements are mapped to an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, so when the goggle-wearer swivels left, the robot follows suit. It provides something seemingly unprecedented in robotics: telepresence from the neck up.”

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Google Food team's big vision for hacking a better future of dining | Food + Tech Connect

Google Food team's big vision for hacking a better future of dining | Food + Tech Connect | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Michiel Bakker dives into how Google is working to build more sustainable communities, using tech to build engagement and the food program's 5-year plan.

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If you believe, as I do, that augmentation is the twin sibling of robotics, the relevance of this article will be plain.  Otherwise, you'll need to remember that Google is heavily invested in robotics and read between the lines.

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Swisslog acquires Forte Industries in the United States

Swisslog acquires Forte Industries in the United States | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
SHD Magazine: News from the logistics, storage, handling and distribution industry, the industry's stop for breaking news. Read exclusive blogs from SHD's editorial team, and the latest logistics press releases from the many suppliers to our industry.

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Gil Weinberg: Robots capable of musical improvisation

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This is a TED talk, on the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology YouTube channel.

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The Dawn of Killer Robots (Full Length) | Motherboard

“Motherboard gains exclusive access to a small fleet of US Army bomb disposal robots—the same platforms the military has weaponized—and to a pair of DARPA’s six-foot-tall bipedal humanoid robots. We also meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, renowned physicist Max Tegmark, and others who grapple with the specter of artificial intelligence, killer robots, and a technological precedent forged in the atomic age. It’s a story about the evolving relationship between humans and robots, and what AI in machines bodes for the future of war and the human race.”

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Smart dust: The one cubic millimeter computer | Backchannel

The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers - Backchannel - Medium

“When Prabal Dutta accidentally drops a computer, nothing breaks. There’s no crash. The only sound you might hear is a prolonged groan. That’s because these computers are just one cubic millimeter in size, and once they hit the floor, they’re gone. ‘We just lose them,’ Dutta says. ‘It’s worse than jewelry.’ To drive the point home, Dutta, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan, emails me a photo of 50 of these computers. They barely fill a thimble halfway to its brim.”

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Perhaps just as interesting is the related MBus, “a chip-to-chip bus designed for ultra-constrained systems … a multi-master bus supporting an arbitrary number of nodes, priority arbitration, efficient acknowledgements, and extensible addressing, with only four wires and consuming only 3.5 pJ/bit/chip.”

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50 Years of Moore's Law | IEEE Spectrum

50 Years of Moore's Law | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The glorious history and inevitable decline of one of technology’s greatest winning streaks
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The Dawn Of Killer Robots (trailer) | Motherboard

“Robots. They’re here, they’re getting smart, and some, at least, are being outfitted to kill. Should we meatbags be worried?”

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Motherboard produces and/or distributes documentary videos on a wide range of topics.

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Biomimicry, a new lens on technology and innovation: An interview with Margot Farnsworth | How On Earth

Biomimicry, a new lens on technology and innovation: An interview with Margot Farnsworth | How On Earth | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Margo has coached two Top Twelve graduate teams for the International Student Biomimicry Challenge and currently serves as a Biomimicry Institute education fellow. She is also on the board of both the Missouri Prairie Foundation and South Carolina’s Experience Green. She has worked as a park ranger, science teacher, and mammalogist. With degrees in science education and parks administration, her professional accomplishments include research in environmental education, qualitative mammal studies, and involvement in numerous local and state environmental boards and committees.”

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Ex Machina's director on why A.I. is humanity's last hope | WIRED

Ex Machina's director on why A.I. is humanity's last hope | WIRED | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Alex Garland has one thought when it comes to the AI revolution: Bring it on. After a career of writing novels (The Beach) and screenplays (28 Days Later, Dredd), he’s moving into the director’s chair with April’s Ex Machina, a movie that pushes the discussion of AI and ethics into discomfiting territory.”

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Back to the future: Autonomous cross-country trip in 1995 | Robotics Trends

Back to the future: Autonomous cross-country trip in 1995 | Robotics Trends | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
How far have self-driving cars come? You'd be surprised. Todd Jochem shares his memories of a 2,849-mile trip in an autonomous Pontiac Trans Sport minivan that he co-invented back in 1995.
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Pure File Magic hydro/bathy/topo data editor goes open source | Naval Oceanographic Office

“Welcome to the Pure File Magic Area Based Editor (PFMABE). Now view and edit your hydro, bathy and topo data in 3D. Under development by the Naval Oceanographic Office since 1998, this powerful data editing suite ingests most major sonar and lidar data types and allows for quick and easy analysis, cleaning and quality control.”

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ARM Cortex-A72: ARMv8-A (AArch64) at 16 or 14 nm | Ars Technica

ARM Cortex-A72: ARMv8-A (AArch64) at 16 or 14 nm | Ars Technica | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“At its annual, somewhat exclusive Tech Day event, ARM has detailed its new high-performance CPU core: Cortex A72. In simple terms, the A72 is a faster, more efficient, and smaller version of the Cortex A57. The first 16nm FinFET mobile SoCs with the Cortex A72 CPU will likely ship in 2016, fabricated by TSMC.”

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ARM is all about performance per watt, or, more precisely, performance per watt-second, since the overall battery drain may be less for a given processing task if it accomplished much faster, even if the load is slightly higher during computation.  In the case of the Cortex-A72, ARM appears to have achieved both increased speed and a load reduction.  ARM's product page: http://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-a/cortex-a72-processor.php - Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture#64.2F32-bit_architecture

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Is Ultron Inevitable? | It's Okay To Be Smart

Will artificial intelligence ever surpass human intelligence? And if that happens, will AI be good or bad? Is evil AI like we see in Avengers: Age of Ultron… inevitable?
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Ultron is only the jumping-off point for a pretty-good discussion of AI aimed at a general audience.

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DIG EAT ALL's 2nd food tech startup accelerator class | Food + Tech Connect

DIG EAT ALL's 2nd food tech startup accelerator class | Food + Tech Connect | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The 1st food tech startup accelerator is looking for its 2nd class. Apply by 5.15 to receive mentorship from top chefs, corporate executives, investors and more.
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Bradley Nelson : Medical microrobotics and nanomedicine | Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture

“While the futuristic vision of micro and nanorobotics is of intelligent machines that navigate throughout our bodies searching for and destroying disease, we have a long way to go to get there. Progress is being made, though, and the past decade has seen impressive advances in the fabrication, powering, and control of tiny motile devices. Much of our work focuses on creating systems for controlling micro and nanorobots as well as pursuing applications of these devices. As systems such as these enter clinical trials, and as commercial applications of this new technology are realized, radically new therapies and uses will result that have yet to be envisioned.”

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Parcel delivery through automated underground tunnel system | Gizmag

Parcel delivery through automated underground tunnel system | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The system Mole Solutions wants to put in place uses the same maglev technology adopted by Japan's super-fast Shinkansen train. In a maglev-powered system, the natural repelling forces of electromagnets are used to keep the carriage hovering slightly above the track, thus cutting down on friction and increasing speed.”

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This proposal is reminiscent of PRT technologies, which have been under development for decades, as described on the Innovative Transportation Technologies website: http://faculty.washington.edu/jbs/itrans/

 

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Robotic chef mimics world's best cooks | IBTimes

Robotic chef mimics world's best cooks | IBTimes | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“A smartphone-controlled robotic chef that can cook world-class food using recipes downloaded from an online store sounds like pure science fiction - but the robot is real, will go on sale in 2017 and just made me a crab bisque.”

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Startup plans to use drones to plant 1 billion trees per year | Fast Company

Startup plans to use drones to plant 1 billion trees per year | Fast Company | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The world burns or cuts down about 26 billion trees a year. It replants about 15 billion. You can see the shortfall. At the moment, we're not planting trees quickly enough to combat deforestation—a problem with big implications for climate change. That's why Lauren Fletcher wants to automate the process with drone technology. His startup, BioCarbon Engineering, plans to seed up to 1 billion trees a year, all without ever setting foot on the ground. ‘The only way we're going to take on these age-old problems is with techniques that weren't available to us before,’ Fletcher says. ‘By using this approach we can meet the scale of the problem out there.’”


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This is one important example of a more general principle, which is that, to compete with irresponsible but profitable enterprises, more responsible methods must be made economical, and robots can help with this.

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Killer robots in Plato’s Cave: Semi-autonomous and on their own | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

“Other than target selection, semi-autonomous weapons are allowed to have every technical capability that a fully autonomous weapon might have, including the ability to seek, detect, identify and prioritize potential targets, and to engage selected targets with gunfire or a homing missile. Selection can even be done before the weapon begins to seek; in other words, it can be sent on a hunting mission. Given this, it would seem important to be clear about whatever is left that the human operator must do.”

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Robotic phlebotomist: Steady and accurate | NSF

“VascuLogic, a start-up supported by the NSF Small Business Innovation Research program, is bringing to market a device that aims to make the blood collection process safer and more efficient. The technology uses infrared and ultrasound imaging to identify veins. A robotically controlled needle is then guided into the targeted vein. The whole system is designed to benefit patients and phlebotomists alike.”

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Apple applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate gesture recognition | AppleInsider

Apple applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate gesture recognition | AppleInsider | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Apple continues to pursue in-air 3D gesture control technology, and on Monday was granted a patent for a machine vision system capable of recognizing human hand gestures with uncanny accuracy.

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Less is publicly known about Apple's investment in robotics technologies than, for example, Amazon or Google's activities, but that doesn't necessarily mean that less is happening at Apple.

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Why you should start a brain technology company | IEEE Spectrum

Why you should start a brain technology company | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Robust and reliable neural interfaces have long been a holy grail in the field of neuroscience. … Some believe that developing such interfaces will require advanced brain implants that are still a decade or more away. More recently, though, neuroscientists—as well as a legion of ‘brain hackers’—have turned to powerful new sensing, processing, and prototyping tools to explore a host of non-invasive techniques to stimulate the brain.”

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LIDAR-in-pixel tech in development | The Verge

“The tiny chip, called a nanophotonic coherent imager, uses a form of LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology to capture height, width, and depth information from each pixel. LIDAR, which shines a laser on the target and then analyzes the light waves that are reflected back to the sensor, are best known for their use in precision-guided missile systems and self-driving cars.”

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