Soft Robotics Take First Steps On Their Own

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Robotics have been a major aspect of the 21st century in more ways than one, and will soon be taking up even larger roles as they become more sophisticated and, for some, when their cords are finally severed. For soft robotics, however, the latter has been their latest development – the untethering of soft robots, taking their first steps without human assistance.

This major development in robotics is the result of hard work by developers from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The quadruped – the first ever untethered soft robot – not only severed its cords, but also has the ability to be engulfed in flames and come out of it unscathed. With the subsequent abilities to crawl through snow and be run over by a car, these super strengths were developed for a reason – future disaster relief scenarios.


The Nostalgist: Upcoming Short Film Explores Augmented Reality

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The Nostalgist feature

“Everything about the old man was natural and wrinkled except for his Eyes™ and Ears™, thick glasses resting on the creased bridge of his nose and two flesh-colored buds nestled in his ears. They were battered technological artifacts that captured sights and sounds and sanitized every visual and auditory experience. The old man sometimes wondered whether he could bear to live without these artifacts. He did not think so.” – Daniel H. Wilson, The Nostalgist

What if everything you saw, and everything you heard, were mere techno-induced manifestations, and the real world hidden beneath the augmented veil was something worth hiding? This very question is now being explored in the upcoming sci-fi short film The Nostalgist.


Your Future Car Will Be 3D-Printed

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If you were to visit the homepage of car manufacturer Local Motors, you’d be surprised with an interesting pop up of an animation. The animation depicts the 3D-printing of an entire car, and then invites you to take a peak into the future of automobiles – the very first 3D-printed car known as the Strati!

This isn’t merely a concept design, nor wishful thinking of how we might manufacture cars in the coming decades; this is the here and now, with a fully operational, ready-to-be-tested vehicle. As shown in the video shared below (the Strati can be seen at the 0:55 mark), people are already giving it a test run, albeit with police escorts and security detail to ensure the safety of both the drivers and nearby passersby. But how much of this vehicle is 3D-printed (see graphic below)?

Engineering Panpsychism: A possibility?

artificial consciousness

My view of consciousness, as it stands today, is with that of the mainstream, materialist understanding of consciousness – an internal byproduct of the brain, and likely the result of combined synaptic feedback, rather than any single area of the brain. In turn, this also means that I completely reject the asinine concept of consciousness adhering to Panpsychism – the belief that consciousness is everywhere, in everything that is made up of matter.

Having said that, as I think more about the likely prospect of reverse engineering the brain, and thus developing an artificial brain with all of its internal structures (including consciousness), I wonder if Panpsychism – while currently bullshit, IMHO – could eventually be engineered!?

This is a strange idea, and no doubt would cause a good amount of heads to turn in confusion and doubt, but once we’re able to develop artificial consciousness, the issue of ‘how’ and ‘where’ would no longer surmount our way of thinking and engineering. Meaning, once we can develop artificial consciousness into implants, or even nano-sized and femto-sized robotics, what’s stopping us from engineering Panpsychism?

Print the Legend: The Growing World of 3D-Printing

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Print the Legend

Print the Legend Synopsis

Print the Legend, the newest Netflix Original Documentary, is a story of innovation and technology, of controversy and change. For the first time in history, the building of an industry and its inevitable social upheaval has been filmed. The result is Print the Legend, a documentary which chronicles the race to bring 3D printing to the forefront of society. It’s a compelling look at an industry in the midst of its “Macintosh Moment,” chronicling the infinite and unlimited potential of 3D printing… as well as the dark possibilities that could lie underneath.

The Netflix Original Documentary Print the Legend will be ready to be streamed on September 26.


Star Trek Philosophy: “We were like you once, but we evolved”

Star Trek ENT non corporeal

Commander T’Pol: “Where’s Commander Tucker?”

Wisp-Alien: “I’m here. Charles Tucker III.”

Captain Jonathan Archer: “Where’s the man that used to be Charles Tucker?”

Alien: “He’s exploring another realm…my realm. But he’ll be back.”

Captain: “I want him back now.”

Alien: “Please trust me. He’s experiencing things he never thought he could.”

Captain: “Where is he?”

Alien: “It’s not a question of “where.” He’s no longer corporeal. But he will be again, I assure you.”


Extant Philosophy: “We’re All Machines!”

Extant we're all machines

Julie Gelineau (human): “You okay? You seem really scared. What’s wrong, ‘Rabbit’?”

Ethan Woods (child ‘bot): “I know what you’re trying to do. I know my mom and dad want to shut me down.”

Julie: “Shut you down? Why would they want to do that?”

Ethan: “So that he can re-program me. So I’m like other kids.”

Julie: “No way, Ethan. No one wants to shut you down. Your parents love you. We all love you.”

Ethan: “But I’m a machine.”

Julie: “We’re all machines. I’m half motors, half muscles. Who cares what we are? If you can love something, then you can be loved. That’s how it works.”

(Extant s01e12 – “Before the Blood”)

Intel Wants You To Become A Cyborg!

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Intel Make It Wearable Feature

“Let’s change the world together. Wearable technology is taking the world into new realms, making technology personal and seamless to use. MAKE IT WEARABLE is a global initiative to inspire ideas and fuel innovation that will evolve personal computing in exciting new ways.” – Intel

Intel, the American multinational corporation, wants you to become a cyborg. In fact, they’re willing to help fund your project in becoming one! This all became a reality through Intel’s “Make It Wearable” contest, which challenged groups of people to register, innovate, and change the world with wearable technologies that’ll transform the human condition. Welcome to the future!


The New Apple Watch Flirts With Bio-Computing

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The Apple live event is over and their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch have been revealed. Many blogs and news pages will be covering the phones and watch, top to bottom, in which case a need for us to do so similarly would appear pointless. Instead, as a futurist magazine, I feel it’s more prudent to instead look at its future applications. And what better way of doing so than by looking at their new sleek looking wearable – the Apple Watch!

“Apple Watch is the most personal device Apple has ever created.” – Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.