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The Future of Food Series: Exponential Solutions to Transforming Our Food System

The Future of Food Series: Exponential Solutions to Transforming Our Food System | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
By 2050, we need to figure out how to not only feed but also nourish the three billion new people who will be joining the seven billion of us who are already here on the planet.

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Alan Yoshioka's curator insight, December 14, 2012 7:09 PM

Great read on what can be done for the future ... not the only solution, CEA or Controlled Environment Agriculture can be one of many tools that we can employ going forward to supply the needed food and nutrition for the growing population ...

John Payne's comment, December 15, 2012 1:06 PM
Particularly in the context of agriculture, we need to learn to measure technology in terms of computational cycles performed per unit of physical energy expended, with a strong preference for technologies that score higher on this metric.
Alan Yoshioka's comment, December 15, 2012 1:19 PM
An interesting point re metrics ... creating a half life measurement on nutritional values in produce ... food waste is extremely important in the overall picture ...
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Can the insurance industry survive driverless cars? | Bloomberg

Can the insurance industry survive driverless cars? | Bloomberg | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The auto insurance industry is having its Napster moment. Like record companies at the dawn of online music file sharing, Allstate, Geico, State Farm, and others are grappling with innovations that could put a huge dent in their revenue. As carmakers automate more aspects of driving, accidents will likely plunge and car owners will need less coverage.”

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NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management Convention or UTM 2015

NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management Convention or UTM 2015 | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Earlier this week NASA brought together “a broad international and U.S. audience of government and civilian representatives including leaders from industry, and academia to discuss, understand, and define the UAS impact and challenges ahead.”

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YouTube user TilTuli has assembled a playlist of the event:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3bE22JWm1Vlosm4jEb7ir5gGrlL2XqJS

The San Jose Mercury News also has a photo album:

http://photos.mercurynews.com/2015/07/28/photos-nasa-utm-2015-convention/#1

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NASA developing drone for use on other worlds

NASA developing drone for use on other worlds | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Engineers at Kennedy are working on a flying robotic vehicle that could reach areas on other worlds inaccessible by rovers to sample soils for valuable resources.
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Facebook launches Aquila solar-powered drone for internet access | The Guardian

Facebook launches Aquila solar-powered drone for internet access | The Guardian | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Facebook has revealed its first full-scale drone, which it plans to use to provide internet access in remote parts of the world. Code-named ‘Aquila’, the solar-powered drone will be able to fly without landing for three months at a time, using a laser to beam data to a base station on the ground.”


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Operating between 60,000 and 90,000 feet, Facebook's drone will follow a flight path much like that of the submersible robots that glide between shallow and deep water by altering their buoyancy, but do it in the air, above the altitudes used by commercial airliners, and on a daily cycle driven by the availability of sunlight for power.

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From the Founders of Anki

“Our founders share the story of the creation of Anki, bringing artificial intelligence and robotics into everyday life with consumer robotics products. We are excited about taking technology previously restricted to science labs and research institutes, and making it accessible to everyone.”

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My intuition says this is a company that can't be judged by their initial products.  They plainly have ambitions that reach far beyond what they've chosen as a means of bootstrapping a solvent enterprise.

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Combining monocular video and SLAM to improve object recognition | MIT News

Combining monocular video and SLAM to improve object recognition | MIT News | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“John Leonard’s group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping… Last week, at the Robotics Science and Systems conference, members of Leonard’s group presented a new paper demonstrating how SLAM can be used to improve object-recognition systems… The system uses SLAM information to augment existing object-recognition algorithms. … Despite working with existing SLAM and object-recognition algorithms, however, and despite using only the output of an ordinary video camera, the system’s performance is already comparable to that of special-purpose robotic object-recognition systems that factor in depth measurements as well as visual information.”

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The paper: "Monocular SLAM Supported Object Recognition" http://people.csail.mit.edu/spillai/projects/vslam-object-recognition/pillai_rss15.pdf

Via Slashdot: http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/15/07/26/1211220/mit-is-improving-object-recognition-for-robots

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ReWalk Robotics's exoskeleton enables paraplegic to walk busy streets of NYC | IEEE Spectrum

ReWalk Robotics's exoskeleton enables paraplegic to walk busy streets of NYC | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Yesterday, a paralyzed man strapped on a pair of robotic legs and stepped out a hotel door in midtown Manhattan

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Non-metallic robot performs prostate surgery inside an MRI | IEEE Spectrum

Non-metallic robot performs prostate surgery inside an MRI | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“One of the holy grails of robotic surgery is the ability to perform minimally invasive procedures guided by real-time scans from a magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machine. The problem is the space inside MRI scanners is tight for a person, let alone a person and a robot. What’s more, these machines use very strong magnetic fields, so metal is not a good thing to place inside of them, a restriction that is certainly a problem for robots. Now researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are developing a MRI-compatible robotic surgery tool that can overcome those limitations. Their system isn’t made of metal, but instead has plastic parts and ceramic piezoelectric motors that allow it to work safely inside an MRI.”

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This humble cactus could help fuel our drought-stricken world | Gizmodo

This humble cactus could help fuel our drought-stricken world | Gizmodo | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
As drought strikes broad regions of the world, farmers are focusing on the crops that can feed people—not the crops that can power their cars. But what if there was an energy crop that could grow where traditional crops can’t? Even in a drought? Enter the cactus.
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There's no obvious connection to robotics here, until you look at the problem of harvesting the seeds.  Solve that and the rest is easy.

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Musk-supported organization announces first wave of AI-related funding | Future of Life Institute

“The Boston-based Future of Life Institute (FLI) today announced the selection of 37 research teams around the world to which it plans to award about $7 million from Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project as part of a first-of-its-kind grant program dedicated to “keeping AI robust and beneficial”.”

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The list of recipients is here: http://futureoflife.org/misc/2015awardees

The Open Philanthropy Project is here: http://www.openphilanthropy.org

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Google's neural networks create bizarre ‘Inceptionism’ art | Gizmag

Google's neural networks create bizarre ‘Inceptionism’ art | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Having taken on everyone from chess grandmasters to chefs, computers are further exploring their artistic side with computer scientists demonstrating how artificial neural networks can create works of art reminiscent of William Blake on opium using a technique called ‘Inceptionism’.”

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Chris Urmson: How a driverless car sees the road | TED

“Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.”

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More FRE2015 videos | RobotikaCZ

The link is to RobotikaCZ's YouTube channel, where you will find several video's from FRE2015, which took place this week in Slovenia.

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Buzz: A programming language for robot swarms | MIT Technology Review

Buzz: A programming language for robot swarms | MIT Technology Review | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
When it comes to robotic flocks, do you control each machine individually or the entire swarm overall? A new programming language allows both.
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Nokia's Ozo combines stereoscopic video with 3D audio | Gizmag

Nokia's Ozo combines stereoscopic video with 3D audio | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
For any of the VR headsets coming to market to succeed, there needs to be VR content to immerse ourselves in. Nokia is hoping to fill this burgeoning need with Ozo, the world's first commercially available VR camera aimed at content creation professionals.
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A likely early application for this device is on telepresence robots, but before long they'll probably also be used to provide sensory data for mapping and navigation. They'll probably be at their best suspended from balloons in still air.

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Water striders inspired robot jumps from the surface of water | IEEE Spectrum

Water striders inspired robot jumps from the surface of water | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“To jump, a water strider rises upward while smoothly pushing the water surface downward and closing four of its legs inward… The 68 milligram robot (with a 2-cm body) that the researchers designed to mimic this behavior is based closely on real water strider: the wire legs are coated with a superhydrophobic material, and curve up at the toes, just like the real insect.”

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93 Days left to enter 2016 UAE Drones for Good competition

The UAE Drones for Good Award is dedicated to transforming the innovative technologies behind civilian drones into practical, realisable solutions for improving people’s lives today.
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Applying deep learning to genomic medicine | Gizmag

Applying deep learning to genomic medicine | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
A startup called Deep Genomics plans to use deep learning to usher in a new era of personalized medicine by building a huge database that identifies gene variants and mutations never before observed or studied and determines how these link to various diseases.
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NexGen report on leveraging commercial rockets to return to the moon | Scribd

“This study’s primary purpose was to assess the feasibility of new approaches for achieving our national goals in space. NexGen assembled a team of former NASA executives and engineers who assessed the economic and technical viability of an 'Evolvable Lunar Architecture' (ELA) that leverages commercial capabilities and services that are existing or likely to emerge in the near-term. We evaluated an ELA concept that was designed as an incremental, low-cost and low-risk method for returning humans to the Moon in a manner that directly supports  NASA’s long-term plan to send humans to Mars. The ELA strategic objective is commercial mining of propellant from lunar poles where it will be transported to lunar orbit to be used by NASA to send humans to Mars.”

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SparkFun AVC 2015 video recap | SparkFun

The 2015 SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition has come and gone, but if we have an action-packed recap for anyone wanting to relive all the glory that was...
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BBC Micro Bit computer's final design revealed | BBC News

BBC Micro Bit computer's final design revealed | BBC News | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The BBC's forthcoming mini-computer gains features absent in an earlier prototype, but is also to be more bulky when used as a standalone device.
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This collaborative project underlines the importance of providing a complete hardware/software ecosystem, with a simple entry point, for use in education.

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The real problem isn’t AI, it is man | SlashGear

The real problem isn’t AI, it is man | SlashGear | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Science fiction usually narrates how man created the AI monster that would almost wipe it out of existence, but it isn't the act of creating AI itself that would send man's history on a downward spiral. It would be the use of such artificial intelligence that is the more imminent danger. Forget Skynet or the Matrix. AI in the hands of man is already enough to wipe out mankind when it comes down to it. In short, it could be the irresponsible, not to mention unethical, use of artificial intelligence that could eventually lead to a future as dark or even darker than Terminator.”

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Popup Challenge: Help revolutionize popup robotics | Wyss Institute

“Join the Wyss Institute Popup Challenge, a design contest based around the laminate design techniques outlined at popupcad.org. We hope to grow the community of people who can design, build, and operate laminate devices and micromechanisms. If you are a student considering using popups for a class project, a researcher who has an application for a new robot, or simply want to learn about the process, then consider submitting your design to the contest! For more information please visit www.popupcad.org

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FRE2015 video recap | YouTube

FRE2015 video recap | YouTube | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

This playlist is assembled from four sources, and includes preparation for the the event as well as many videos of the Field Robot Event itself.

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Audi to contribute knowhow to Google Lunar XPrize team

Audi to contribute knowhow to Google Lunar XPrize team | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The first private lunar rover could be an Audi with the car company offering its services to one of the teams competing for the Google-sponsored Lunar XPrize in building an unmanned rover.
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