Author Archives: Wilson

Technology as Empowerment

Joanne O’Riordan’s Address to the UN On April 26, 2012, 16 year old Joanne O’Riordan gave a speech to the United Nations for Girls in ICT Day. Although Joanne was born with one of rarest conditions we know of, Total … Continue reading

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Fishing for New Ways to Monitor Water Pollution?

The SHOAL project develops robotic fish to help keep our waters clean! SHOAL is a European research project that aims to produce a network of robotic fish to monitor pollution in aquatic environments.The project is being lead by BMT Group … Continue reading

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Up Next… Neo-Humanity?

Check out Russia 2045 Could we reach an age of cibernetic immortality? It’s a controversial question (to say the least) however, Dmitry Itskov is now making it loud and clear that he thinks the answer is yes and the Russian … Continue reading

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The Flywalk

A new way to get meaningful info from minute creatures Although not known for its beauty or its brains, the common fruit fly has won the devotion of scientists around the world thanks to its many traits that make it … Continue reading

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Robots with Green Thumbs

Could blending living and artificial systems help make agriculture more eco-friendly? What started out as an undergraduate summer project at the Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL), part of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, has now turned into … Continue reading

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BrainGate2

¨Turning thought into action¨ The Robotic arm moves  a thermos filled with coffee towards Cathy Hutchinson’s  mouth while she imagines carrying out this same motion with the very  hand she has been unable to move for the past fifteen years.

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Robots Get People Walking

Claire Lomas walks the London marathon with the help of a robotic suit In 2007, accomplished equestrian, Claire Lomas, was told that she would never walk again after a riding accident left her paralysed from the waist down. 5 years … Continue reading

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The Brain, Music and Artificial Intelligence

The SPECS lab puts their stuff on display in Barcelona! The Spanish Society of Neuroscience, has declared 2012 Neuroscience Year in Spain. The year-long celebration serves as a way to bring neuroscience to the public and promote the dissemination of … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Magic Bag?

Researchers at MIT envision a bag of tiny machines that can assemble into just about anything… Remember that scene in the 1964 Mary Poppins film where Julie Andrews manages to retrieve everything from plants to coat hangers out of her … Continue reading

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Robots Monitor Prisons

A South Korean effort to reduce stress among corrections officers Prison guards often face high levels of stress due to under staffing, overtime and rotating shift work associated with their work. This often results in burnout, health problems, high turnover … Continue reading

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