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AR Foursome

An Augmented Reality (AR) filter could be used to change the appearance of our sex partner to any form we desire. This is real sex with a virtual skin. It won’t be long before we find two lovers having sex, with each wearing AR goggles to fantasize about somebody else. This could be considered a […]

Eat the Cooking Instructions

Do It Yourself (DIY) projects are all the rage. A recipe for making good tasting food is an old fashioned version of a DIY project, but this new version includes eating the paper the recipe instructions are printed upon. – [youtube.com]

Self Assembly Using Sound Waves

Imagine scattering puzzle pieces on a table top, then vibrating the table until the pieces all fit into place, solving the puzzle. That’s a crude description of self-assembly, but some molecules like to combine with others when they get into the right position. Using sound waves opens up new possibilities, like assembly in three dimensions […]

Harvesting Electricity from Normal Movement

The simplest example of the “triboelectric effect” is rubbing a balloon against hair or scuffing shoes across a carpet to produce static electricity. When this is combined with induction, it becomes possible to harvest electric power using charge transfer between two thin films that have different tribo-electric polarities. As we learn to integrate this process […]

Trusting Robots

The article below points out that trust will be earned over time. This trust will come not from the physical appearance of the object being interacted with, but by the intelligence of the software creating the interaction. The more human-like the software interaction is, the more room there is to build trust. How Robots Will […]

Lab-grown Blood Stem Cells

Growing blood stem cells in a lab may be the key to producing a limitless supply of blood. This has potential to bypass the difficult process of finding a matching donor and doing blood marrow transplants. Limitless Lab-Grown Blood Is ‘Tantalizingly Close’ After 20 Years – [singularityhub.com] Blood stem cells are things of wonder: hidden […]

We Grow As Our Machines Grow

Human civilization history is a record of extending human effort through external means. The means used are often called “machines”. Our machines extend our reach and amplify our effort. They make us stronger, faster, more accurate, and even smarter. We began with simple tools made from bones and rocks. We learned to use fire as […]

A Limit to Intelligence

In Singularity theory, we often assume there is no limit to the growth of intelligence. That may not be an accurate assumption. While we cannot currently define a limiting factor, it is possible that the growth of intelligence approximates a hyperbolic curve that approaches an asymptote but never crosses it. We reached the assumption of […]

Quality Education for Free

If you have not yet taken a look at Khan Academy, you should. KHANACADEMY – [khanacademy.org] Founded by Salman Kahn in 2006, the academy is non-profit educational resource that uses youtube videos as a primary teaching/learning tool. The videos come in a short enough format to keep attention focused, usually in a range from 6-12 […]

The Augmented Age

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti – [youtube.com] What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all […]