This video makes us laugh at how clumsy robots can be. As silly and infantile as they look, we might as well be laughing at the mischief of toddlers. Yet, to laugh at them is to anthropomorphize them. It is, in a way, to look at robots as if they had human characteristics. But in the end, these fails remind us that robots are still a long ways off.
Researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered a way to store data in five dimensions on a nano structured glass able to survive for billion of years. Their first experiment with this technique dates back to 2013, when they successfully managed to record a 300 KB copy of a text file in 5D. However this time this high density, immutable storage is capable of storing up to 36 TB of data and will last (almost) forever.
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?
Hopes for easier and more affordable transplant surgeries are getting higher thanks to a new bio-printer able to use living cells to 3D print body parts. US researchers described on Nature Biotechnology how they used this technique to grow ear, bone and muscle structures out of plastic-like materials and living cells matching those of humans, rats, mice and rabbits. The living cells would act as ink making it possible to produce human tissue in the laboratory.
We might think that most of the carbon emission come from the industrial sector and livestock, but a new study suggests that the real environmental problem is represented by the things we buy. In order to understand what is really driving the impact on our planet we have to look past the obvious primary factors and realize whose needs those things are servicing. Keeping this in mind, researchers arrived to the conclusion that household consumers are (by far) the biggest accountable for this crisis.
Emerging technologies within the field of robotics are already being implemented in different sectors of our daily life. The general requirement is not that these robots perform perfectly, but just better than humans. Whether the discussion is about the much anticipated driverless car or about fully automated industrial production, the underlying fact is that this technology has the enormous potential to improve our future endeavors. Our medical system is no exception.
Researchers at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Zurich have “taught” small drones how to recognize and navigate the forest paths by themselves. This means that soon, if you get lost in the woods, you may have a drone come get you and tell you how to get back on track. They can also be used in order to improve the effectiveness of rescue teams.
Our peculiar image of the week could have been a still from a dystopian sci-fi movie, in which a totalitarian leader imprisoned humankind in a virtual beehive where the thoughts and feelings of individual humans are fully regulated. Except this is not fiction, but a photo from Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg presenting his VR technology at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.