Google Cardboard was used by a cardiologist to train for a very risky heart surgery on a four months baby. Teegan was born with a serious problem: the heart was not where it should have been, too far to the left, taking the place of a lung that was never formed. The surgery was the only option, but unfortunately both the young age and the specific location of the heart made it virtually impossible to operate “in the dark”.
In the last months we’ve been witnessing a refugee crisis of huge proportions. More than a million people crossed the sea to flee violence in Africa and the Middle-East. Together with a team from Texas A&M University, the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue is launching a pilot project this week for a very special robot: Emily, the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard.
The whole world has become one big global village where English is of course the dominant language, but this does not mean that meaningful conversations cannot take place among non-english speakers with very different linguistic backgrounds. We have witnessed significant progresses in the field of real-time translation, and this new wearable translator, called ili, sums up perfectly this essence.
The most read article of 2015 on The Economist website was published last October and a new kind of animal is involved. It is a species that has developed over the years in the Northeast of the United States of America. We are talking about the coywolf (or eastern coyote), an animal that has the DNA of wolves, coyotes and dogs – although some experts argue that it’s not correct to call it a new species.
Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?
Our relationship to the vastness of Cosmos is both of awe and anxiety. We are held in check – with our backs pressed against our very own piece of space-rock – whenever we attempt to comprehend the scale of the universe with our primate minds. Vast fields of void and nothing separate us, who are here, from whatever it is that lies out there. We take little peeks here and there, with robots and telescopes, and slowly we prepare and improve ourselves in order to tackle the massive undertaking that will be interstellar space-exploration.
Nowadays young children know more brands and logo’s than bird or tree species. Advertisements are so present in our environment, it seems our dreams are the last safe and add-free place.
Exploring the surface of Mars at least 15 years before a human being in flesh and blood will be able to, this is the new ambitious idea of the people at NASA. To make this happen they teamed up with MIT in Boston and the media company Fusion to develop a VR application that allows the viewer to experience life on the Red Planet.