Starting from the outside, with Robot Legs

February 28, 2012

Big post over at the Singularity Hub, about Ekso Bionics‘ robot legs.
Technically I don’t think there’s all that much to the robot legs themselves. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a very well devised and beautifully implemented piece of engineering, it’s just that in the recent past we’ve seen things that show us how much more [...]


Robotic Drivers legally allowed to drive in Nevada

February 24, 2012

Starting March 1, robotic drivers will be legally allowed to drive around in Nevada, USA with a special “test” driver’s license.
The plan is that companies wishing to test-drive their autonomous cars will have to file a detailed plan about what exactly they are testing, but once accepted, they may openly and lawfully set their machines [...]


World building 404: The unknown unknowns

February 16, 2012

And this is why we can only speculate about the future and the singularity, but we’ll never know for sure until we get there. The article is written in the context of writing SciFi, but it applies as-is to real-world predicting (it is hard SciFi, not Science Fantasy).
This article was written by Charles Stross, go [...]


A few notes on “Singularity and Its Discontents”

February 12, 2012

My good friend Benjamim tweeted a link this week that prompted me to get back onto the singularity topic itself. The tweet pointed to an article entitled “The Singularity and Its Discontents” which presents a summary of what I interpret as being objections to the notion of the singularity.
First off we read about Jaron Lanier‘s opinion that many singulitarians’ [...]


A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

February 2, 2012

By now the furore over this video has probably reached those who are interested in these topics, but just in case you’ve missed it, check out this amazing video of a swarm of nano quadrotors, flying in a controlled and agile way as a formation:

The degree of control each quadrotor has over it’s position and [...]