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Body Hacking | National Geographic Channel

Body Hacking | National Geographic Channel | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A band of inventors seek new ways to blend man with machine.
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Software makes it easy to design and print creatures - Futurity

Software makes it easy to design and print creatures - Futurity | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A software tool makes it easy for anybody to quickly design a custom robot—including its movements—and print out its parts with a 3D printer. You assemble the parts like a puzzle. Add electronic motors to the joints, install a control unit and battery, and then unleash your creature.

The first step is to create a basic skeleton for the desired robot, specifying how many extremities the figure will have and how many segments there will be in the backbone. This skeleton can be modified at will by extending or shortening its segments or breaking them up with new joints.

The primary challenge of the research project was to design the robot’s movements so that they would also work outside the digital realm.

“That’s the hard part of this work, the part where technical innovation is needed,” says Bernhard Thomaszewski of Disney Research Zurich. From a user’s perspective, he says, the tools offered by their program are comparable with those used in the animation of purely digital figures.

However, unlike in digital animations, the robots must obey the laws of physics. In particular, physical robots cannot balance in every pose that is digitally possible, and there is a limit to the accelerations that can be produced by the motors.

“Without support from a computer, it is extremely difficult for users to take these restrictions into account when planning the movements, and this quickly becomes frustrating for the layman,” says Thomaszewski. “This is precisely the task that our software automates through simulation and numerical optimization.

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Con una herramienta de software se hace fácil el diseñar rápidamente un robot incluyendo sus movimientos.

Luego, imprimir sus partes con una impresora 3D.

Es como, colocar las piezas de un rompecabezas.

Añadir motores electrónicos a las articulaciones, instalar la unidad de control con la batería.

Y luego dar vida para la criatura robótica.

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Here's Why We Shouldn't Send Astronauts Into Space

Here's Why We Shouldn't Send Astronauts Into Space | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
That’s one small step for astronauts, one giant leap for humanists.
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A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it's perfect

A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it's perfect | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Living factories of the future : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Living factories of the future : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Scientists are designing cells that can manufacture drugs, food and materials [mdash] and even act as diagnostic biosensors. But first they must agree on a set of engineering tools.
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Stratasys and threeASFOUR make the Buzz at NY Fashion Week With Two 3D Printed Dresses - FashionLab

Stratasys and threeASFOUR make the Buzz at NY Fashion Week With Two 3D Printed Dresses - FashionLab | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Stratasys has created a buzz with two spectacular dresses fully 3D printed at the 2016 NY Fashion Week. Created by fashion designers…
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Explorations

Explorations | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
We now have the ability to program the world around us like never before. In this exploratory dialog, hear how the future is already happening around us.
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Futurecraft Tailored Fibre - adidas

This is Futurecraft. Cutting-edge craftsmanship for a revolutionary run. Tailored for you, by you. Introducing Futurecraft Tailored Fibre, a revolutionary ma...
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You Don't Know as Much as You Think: False Expertise

You Don't Know as Much as You Think: False Expertise | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
It is only logical to trust our instincts if we think we know a lot about a subject, right? New research suggests the opposite: self-proclaimed experts are more likely to fall victim to a phenomenon known as overclaiming, professing to know things they really do not.

People overclaim for a host of reasons, including a desire to influence others' opinions—when people think they are being judged, they will try to appear smarter. Yet sometimes overclaiming is not deliberate; rather it is an honest overestimation of knowledge.

In a series of experiments published in July in Psychological Science, researchers at Cornell University tested people's likelihood to overclaim in a variety of scenarios. In the first two experiments, participants rated how knowledgeable they believed themselves to be about a variety of topics, then rated how well they knew each of 15 terms, three of which were fake. The more knowledgeable people rated themselves to be on a particular topic, the more likely they were to claim knowledge of the fake terms in that field. In a third experiment, additional participants took the same tests, but half were warned that some terms would be fake. The warning reduced overclaiming in general but did not change the positive correlation between self-perceived knowledge and overclaiming.

In a final experiment, the researchers manipulated participants' self-perceived knowledge by giving one group a difficult geography quiz, one group an easy quiz and one group no quiz. Participants who took the easy quiz then rated themselves as knowing more about geography than did participants in the other groups and consequently were more likely to overclaim knowledge of fake terms on a subsequent test.

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Interview with Transhumanism Advocate Riva-Melissa Tez

Interview with Transhumanism Advocate Riva-Melissa Tez | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Transhumanism and life extension advocate Riva-Melissa Tez is a dynamic personality. In this interview, she sheds light on her future plans, where the field of transhumanism is heading, and why there aren't enough women in the field of life extension science.
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Lego’s new toy robot teaches kids coding and engineering

Lego’s new toy robot teaches kids coding and engineering | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Lego Mindstorms robots have done wonders getting kids interested in science and programming. Now Lego Education is launching a new robot learning system, dubbed WeDo 2.0, to help teach kids about engineering, technology, and coding.
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MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito on the Future of Design, Learning & Science | Xconomy

MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito on the Future of Design, Learning & Science | Xconomy | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Joi Ito was named director of the famous MIT Media Lab in 2011. He was not your run of the mill choice. Largely self-taught computer scientist. Former chai
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If Schools Don't Change, Robots Will Bring On a 'Permanent Underclass': Report

If Schools Don't Change, Robots Will Bring On a 'Permanent Underclass': Report | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Soon, technical skills won't be enough.
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Why We Should Teach Kids to Code Biology, Not Just Software

Why We Should Teach Kids to Code Biology, Not Just Software | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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When Given Colored Construction Paper, Wasps Build Rainbow Colored Nests

When Given Colored Construction Paper, Wasps Build Rainbow Colored Nests | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
It's unnerving to discover a wasp's nest dangling outside your house, but perhaps it would be a tad less so with the help of biology student Mattia Menchetti who cleverly realized he could give colored construction paper to a colony of European paper wasps. By gradually providing diffe
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This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet

This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
It sounds ripped out of the pages of a science fiction novel—or maybe a Lisa Frank catalog—but the genetically modified, brilliantly colored zebra fish pictured above is no fantasy. It was created by scientists, to explore one of the most elusive processes in biology: tissue regeneration.
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The current state of machine intelligence 2.0

The current state of machine intelligence 2.0 | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Autonomous systems and focused startups among major changes seen in past year.
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Exo-biote project breathes life into 3D printed soft robotics | B3dgeable

Exo-biote project breathes life into 3D printed soft robotics | B3dgeable | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Feb 20, 2016 | By Kira Art and Science have become one in a joint 3D printing project between Le Fresnoy, the French National Studio for Contemporary Arts, and
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This is how to store human knowledge for eternity

This is how to store human knowledge for eternity | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Watch the video to find out how everything we know as a species could fit in a space about the size of an elevator.
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The Philosopher Who Says We Should Play God - Issue 28: 2050 - Nautilus

The Philosopher Who Says We Should Play God - Issue 28: 2050 - Nautilus | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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Amalgamma develops 3D-printed concrete for building

Amalgamma develops 3D-printed concrete for building | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A group of students from the Bartlett School of Architecture has developed a method of 3D-printing concrete to create supporting structural elements and large pieces of furniture
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