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To think like humans, researchers are teaching robots to dream

To think like humans, researchers are teaching robots to dream | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

When a robot goes to sleep, what does it dream about? Atari games, apparently. In humans, nocturnal sleep (or even daytime naps) helps to consolidate memory, shifting short-term memory to long-term storage. Through three distinct processes — stabilization, enhancement, and integration — your brain transfers memories into an uber-organized filing system for easier recall in …


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Inspecção de turbinas eólicas com drones vence Novo Banco Concurso Nacional de Inovação - AGRICULTURA E MAR ACTUAL

Inspecção de turbinas eólicas com drones vence Novo Banco Concurso Nacional de Inovação - AGRICULTURA E MAR ACTUAL | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

A Pro-Drone, um projecto para inspeccionar as turbinas eólicas com drones é o grande vencedor da 12.ª edição do Novo Banco Concurso Nacional de Inovação, que entre as 30 candidaturas distinguiu ainda outros dois projectos. Esta solução inovadora é seis vezes mais rápida e até oito vezes mais económica do que os métodos actuais. Os …


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Artificial Spinal Cord Wirelessly Restores Walking in Paralyzed Monkeys

Artificial Spinal Cord Wirelessly Restores Walking in Paralyzed Monkeys | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Until a few years ago, reversing paralysis was the stuff of movie miracles. Yet according to Dr. Andrew Jackson, a neuroscientist at Newcastle University in... read more

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Vivalist's curator insight, November 28, 2016 3:54 AM
'The close-looped [untethered] system directly reads signals from the brain in real-time and works on the patients’ own limbs, which means it doesn’t require expensive exoskeletons or external stimulation of the patient’s leg muscles to induce the contractions necessary for walking. That’s huge: it means the system could be readily used by patients in their own homes without doctor supervision.'

'Going from monkeys to humans requires a bit more work. Unlike monkeys that use all four limbs to walk, we’re bipedal. And real-world injuries are often messier than the surgically induced lesions in the study, which only damaged one leg. That said, in humans with incomplete spinal cord damage, there’s a lot of circuitry that survives and could be commandeered for the system to work on. “It seems quite feasible that a similar technique could be used to generate walking in an individual who has both legs paralyzed,” says Andrew Jackson from the Institute of Neuroscience in Newcastle UK.
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Artificial Spinal Cord Wirelessly Restores Walking in Paralyzed Monkeys

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Until a few years ago, reversing paralysis was the stuff of movie miracles. Yet according to Dr. Andrew Jackson, a neuroscientist at Newcastle University in... read more


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In the Future and ‘Living with Robots’

In the Future and ‘Living with Robots’ | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Living with robots


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Ignacio Maurino's curator insight, November 29, 2016 11:05 PM
Smart Homes or Robots at home?
 
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Synthetic Organs: We're One Step Closer to Having Bioartificial Kidneys

Synthetic Organs: We're One Step Closer to Having Bioartificial Kidneys | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers have succeeded in creating a "living membrane" that can transport molecules from one side to the other, a key requirement for a functional bioartificial kidney. Their work could make dialysis or transplantation unnecessary for the millions of patients suffering from renal failure across the world.


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OU researchers discover new, non-invasive cancer treatment

OU researchers discover new, non-invasive cancer treatment | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) - Professors at the University of Oklahoma discover way to treat any kind of cancer with no expected side effects.The treatment process would be non-invasive and only take three minutes, Dr. Roger Harrison said.


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Simple, inexpensive method for creating energy-harvesting wooden floors | Michael Irving | NewAtlas.com

Simple, inexpensive method for creating energy-harvesting wooden floors | Michael Irving | NewAtlas.com | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

In the smart cities of the not-too-distant future, sidewalks might be able to generate power from the footsteps of pedestrians thanks to companies like Pavegen, but while costs have largely restricted this technology to public spaces like shopping centers – and soccer pitches – a new technique developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) could see homes powered by the same source for around the same price as conventional flooring.

Whereas Pavegen's tiles use electro-magnetic induction to generate electricity, the material developed by the UW-Madison team relies on the triboelectric effect, which creates a charge, most commonly seen as static electricity, through the friction of two materials rubbing against one another. The principle is already being explored for use in clothing and touchscreens that harvest electricity, and the team calls this approach "roadside energy harvesting".


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Bacteria as Anti-Cancer Therapy? Interview with Professor Sylvain Martel |

Bacteria as Anti-Cancer Therapy? Interview with Professor Sylvain Martel | | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, and McGill University have developed a new way to carry anti-cancer drugs to a target site i


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Paul Epping's curator insight, October 30, 2016 2:29 AM

New break through in cancer treatment... use of bacteria...

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Human Limb Regeneration: How Close Are We To The Finish Line?

Human Limb Regeneration: How Close Are We To The Finish Line? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Let's explore the mechanism behind regenerating lost limbs used by some animals, and look at the obstacle facing biologists who want humans to do the same.

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The next President will take power with significant space decisions looming

The next President will take power with significant space decisions looming | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

The next president of the United States will have the ability, if not the desire, to shape the future of America’s civil space programs...


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Digital Transformation Review n° 9: The Digital Strategy Imperative : Steady Long-Term Vision, Nimble Execution | Capgemini Consulting Worldwide

Digital Transformation Review n° 9: The Digital Strategy Imperative : Steady Long-Term Vision, Nimble Execution | Capgemini Consulting Worldwide | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, October 9, 2016 7:21 PM

Always interesting reading on digital transformation by Capgemini which has been at the forefront of defining digital transformation. Read this one, then flip through old ones...

Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, October 24, 2016 2:02 PM
Very good examples of digital transformation in some industries. The platform strategy developed by Visa could be very successful... if they really open it to developpers. 
There is also a list of 15 startups showing good potential at the end of the document...
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Training microbes to hunt out cancer and pollutants

Training microbes to hunt out cancer and pollutants | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Tiny microbial cells can be adapted to carry out specific jobs


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The Amazing Future of Dentistry and Oral Health - The Medical Futurist

The Amazing Future of Dentistry and Oral Health - The Medical Futurist | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Due to new technologies, the future of dentistry, this large and rapidly growing field looks very different from today, with greater emphasis on prevention that will translate into fewer cavities and less periodontal disease; easier access to care; and shorter treatment time.

Just like in the case of other medical specialties, disruptive innovations will have a huge impact on how dentistry will be practiced and how patients will take care of themselves in the future. Can you imagine that you might get your 3D-printed prosthesis in an hour instead of 4-5 sessions at the dentist? Can you imagine having a teledentist? Or being able to grow new teeth at the age of 80?


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Battery breakthrough charges in seconds, lasts for a week | KurzweilAI

Battery breakthrough charges in seconds, lasts for a week | KurzweilAI | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Illustration representing the novel design of a hybrid supercapacitor, showing bundles of nanowires (blue) coated with 2D energy-storage materials (yellow)

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The 6 Ds of Tech Disruption: A Guide to the Digital Economy

The 6 Ds of Tech Disruption: A Guide to the Digital Economy | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

“The Six Ds are a chain reaction of technological progression, a road map of rapid development that always leads to enormous upheaval and opportunity.” –Peter... read more

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Researchers convert CO2 into biofuel

Researchers convert CO2 into biofuel | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

|25 November 2016|

South Korea

Researchers from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have developed methods to make biofuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) which could power trucks and buses.

Professor Jae Sung Lee - from UNIST's Energy and Chemical Engineering department - led a study which looked at how to develop processes that can move us a step closer to eliminating greenhouse gas. Their paper published in the journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, demonstrates it is possible to 'direct CO2 conversion to liquid transportation fuels by reacting with renewable hydrogen (H2) generated by solar water splitting'.

Professor Lee said the new mineral (delafossite-CuFeO2) catalyst converts CO2 into liquid hydrocarbon-based fuels offering a new opportunity for recycling CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals.

The team believes this development has the potential to 'revolutionise the automobile industry' and in turn help remove harmful CO2 from the atmosphere.

[caption id=attachment_4038 align=alignnone width=300] Picture courtesy of UNIST[/caption]

 

 

 

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Vivalist's curator insight, November 28, 2016 3:39 AM
If this scientific experiment is scalable and not requiring more energy than it actually produces, this could be a major factor improving pollution from traffic. It would also help mediate greenhouse effects in general.
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Brain-computer interfaces will convert your thoughts into Text

Brain-computer interfaces will convert your thoughts into Text | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, compared the pros and cons of using various brain imaging techniques to make the technology a reality in the future.

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J'innove : la restauration solaire de Pierre-André Aubert

J'innove : la restauration solaire de Pierre-André Aubert | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Une équipe de France 2 est partie à Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhône) chez un restaurateur installé en plein air dont la cuisine dépend entièrement des rayons solaires.


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Lamborghini, Never Given to Understatement, Ponders a Supercar for the Third Millennium

Lamborghini, Never Given to Understatement, Ponders a Supercar for the Third Millennium | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

The Italian automaker enlists MIT's help in pondering the supercar of the third millennium.


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3D printed water-maker can create 2 liters of drinking water every hour out of the air

3D printed water-maker can create 2 liters of drinking water every hour out of the air | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Indian engineer, Jawwad Patel, has invented a small device, known as the Dewdrop, that is capable of producing two liters of water every hour from the air. 


It is a relatively simple-to-create device, as it is just a container that constantly refills itself, using fans to bring in moisture from the surrounding environment.    It filters the dust from the air and mineralizes the water as it's being created.  The water is condensed using the Thomson and Peltier effect.

Though it produces about 1.86l/hr in humid environments, it can still create about 1.2l/hr in desert-like areas.  It is powered by a 12V 6000 mAh Lithium-ion battery. 


Advancements are being made to the machine that will allow it to be powered by solar panels and let the user choose if they want hot or cold water.
 


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, October 29, 2016 2:44 PM

An Indian engineer has created a device that takes water out of the air. Runs on batteries for now but solar will be the next step.

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China Just Showed Us the Most Human-Like Robots Yet

China Just Showed Us the Most Human-Like Robots Yet | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Incredibly realistic human-like robots from China's University of Science and Technology drew a huge amount of attention at the World Robot Conference in Beijing last week. The robots show how we're swiftly approaching a day when robots may appear and act indistinguishably from humans.

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Digital Projections Can Now Stick To Your Clothes, Even When You Move

Making augmented reality more functional and fashionable.

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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
What in the world is the Internet of Things? IoT is a growing mega trend that will influence everything from businesses to our daily personal lives.
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Mesh antennas, portable AC, and more #technology @investorseurope

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Mesh antennas, portable AC, and more #technology @investorseurope | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
From mesh antennas to crazy portable air conditioners, we recap some of our favorite crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo this week. You can't buy these gadgets yet, but we hope you can soon!

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"At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there, alongside some real gems. In this column, we cut through the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week’s most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects. But don’t grab your wallet just yet. Keep in mind that even the most well-intentioned crowdfunded project can fail. Do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams."