Les Post-Sapiens sont le résultat de formes émergentes se dégageant petit à petit des multiples avatars que l'homme adopte de nos jours, du fait notamment de l'influence qu'exerce sur son évolution les nouvelles sciences et technologies.
Le monde pourrait bien être à la veille d’une révolution dans l’utilisation du robot, qui permettrait d’augmenter la production des fabriquant de robots, d’offrir plus de souplesse aux constructeurs et de conduire à une ré-industrialisation des pays riches.
Connaissez-vous les hypothétiques sphères de Dyson ? Des sphères artificielles entourant et captant toute l’énergie d’une étoile, pour assouvir les besoins énergétiques de toute une civilisation… et qui pourraient être la prochaine cible de centres de recherche extraterrestre.
A robot analogous to a child between 6 and 14 months old can develop rudimentary linguistic skills through interaction with a human participant, as reported June 13 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.
Zebrafish aren't picky when it comes to making friends. A new study reveals that the 3-centimeter-long swimmers—the "lab rats" of aquatic science—will hang around a robotic fish, even a crudely designed one. The robot has features previously shown to attract both male and female zebrafish: the plump round shape of an egg-laden female zebrafish, bright blue stripes in the pattern sported by the species, and a flexible tail that can be moved back and forth.
Just like the creations which emerge from their printers, 3D Systems is incrementally growing. The high-end 3D printer maker is continuing its effort to acquire companies that will enable it to break into the consumer market. Their latest acquisition is Bespoke Innovations which uses 3D printing to manufacture custom-made – and singularly beautiful – prosthetic limbs.
You may recall that Bruno Maisonnier, founder of Aldebaran Robotics, joined us on stage at SolidWorks World 2012 to talk about his company's NAO robot, and the work they are doing with autism patients and the elderly.
Yesterday The Semantic Web Blog discussed how personalized mobile assistance came up on the lists of a bright future in the eyes of semantic web experts (see here). Sharing that vision is the team at Vital.AI, the NYC-startup founded by Marc Hadfield. Its Thrive.AI app, also a contender at SemTech’s Startup Competition, is a personalized semantic shopping agent for the iPad, but the underlying Vital.AI platform on which it is built provides an integrated suite of components for a variety of knowledge-centric, intelligence-rich, Big Data-driven applications.
The Cornell – IBM SyNAPSE team has fabricated a key building block of a modular neuromorphic architecture: a neurosynaptic core, IBM Almaden scientist Dr. Dharmendra S Modha’s Cognitive Computing Blog reports.
The core incorporates central elements from neuroscience, including 256 leaky integrate-and-fire neurons, 1024 axons, and 256x1024 synapses using an SRAM crossbar memory. It fits in a 4.2mm square area, using a 45nm SOI process.
Depuis des décennies maintenant, nous assistons au développement des robots industriels mais jusqu’à maintenant, le coût élevé de ces robots a restreint leur utilisation à une poignée de secteurs et principalement, l’industrie automobile.
In a 1934 book titled, The Treaties on Documentation, Belgian entrepreneur Paul Otlet conceived of a system for requesting and retrieving massive amounts of information. Calling it a “radiated library,” Otlet’s device would allow users to retrieve all the world’s information—books, magazines, film, music—with a single phone call. Did he invent the Internet?
The rapidly growing field of synthetic biology is founded on the premise that, if enough of the genetic machinery of cells is understood, then scientists and engineers may begin constructing biological machines and computers for our own purposes. From a toggle switch constructed in genes in E. coli, which represented a primitive form of memory, to more recent examples of blinking bacteria, synthetic biology as a productive area is maturing rapidly.
Films, books, comics and so on are important topics to look at critically. You use the evidence presented in the medium to see whether the action depicted stands up against the light the plot provides: if it does not, it's inconsistent and probably bad. You, as an audience member, will probably be insulted if, say, a film treats characters as strong, then weak, red-haired then black-haired and so on, for no discernible reason. One just needs to consider the mess of Southland Tales to realize this.
Ah, robots. They're there to awkwardly, creepily hug your grandparents for you, let you sex them and make bad art, and now, they're here to see you in your final minutes of your life when no one else wants to.
Nature is our best engineer, and the finest robots are the ones that mimic it. Festo, a multinational robotics firm based in Germany, has made some of the most amazing biologically inspired robots out there. In one of our previous posts, "Festo's Extraordinary Robots That Mimic Biology I", you have seen air-penguins and mechanical elephant-arms but these are just few of Festo creations.
I have never seen a sci-fi book or short story about the transition our society is currently experiencing: the transition between a society with no robots and a society with non-exploited, non-murderous robots. There are plenty of sci-fi stories about societies with peaceful robots that are integrated into the society, and there are a few about robots gone bad, but there are none about how a society gets from where we are now, with all kinds of research into robotics and cursory attention to ethics and ethical robots, to a society that has successfully integrated robots and navigated the ethical pitfalls and possible extermination that await us.
An inventor used the same principles of an integrated circuit to develop a ‘biochip’ that can perform nearly 10,000 independent simultaneous measurements – orders of magnitude above and beyond pipetting scientists in the lab. The chip is already being used to perform basic research and to discover new drugs. For his ingenuity, the chip’s inventor was recently awarded the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize for exceptional innovators.