5 Short Videos of Killer Robot That Have a Reasonable Chance of Making You Lose Sleep

Thoughts Move Robotic Arms… What’s Next?

Normally on Fridays I go over some kind of technology, theme, or shift that we'll just have to get used to. Prosthetics and brain-machine interfaces are part of a general trend towards extending our physical capacities.

Standing on the Shoulders of One Smart Robot - Neurala's Massmilano Versace

Standing on the Shoulders of One Smart Robot – Neurala’s Massmilano Versace

One thing that all emerging companies need?  A great tagline.  See “brains for botsTM”, and automatically think Neurala, a Boston-based company at the forefront of developing brain-mimicking software for cost-effective, efficient, and more intelligent robots.  A recent interview with Neurala’s CEO Massmilano Versace sheds light on the company’s roots, progress, and vision for the future.
Neurala got its start in 2006, after Versace and fellow PhD students, who were pursuing computational neuroscience at Boston University, enrolled in a business course “for fun” and later realized that neuronal-based technology had profound commercial implications.  These experiences fed the seed of an idea that sprouted into Neurala.  The organization’s first project was in collaboration with another BU colleague, who was working on developing a sniper-detecting robot for the U.S. Army.  After the first few years of taking a more consultory approach, Neurala decided to build a software business in 2011.

The View through Google Glass - with Tim Stevens

The View through Google Glass – with Tim Stevens

Google Glass is a hands-free, increasingly mobile way of going wireless and staying connected.  Tim Stevens, Editor in Chief of Engadget tech blog, is one of the few pioneers in trying out Google Glass, actively wearing and trying out the ‘Explorer Edition’, a gateway to augmented reality in the 4th dimension.

3-D Faxing is Coming - Get Used to It

3-D Faxing is Coming – Get Used to It

"That's a pretty cool iPhone case, can you fax one of those to me when you get to the office?"

That kind of conversation may not be all that far out. With a great number of companies in the 3-D printing space, it seemed relatively inevitable that the "3-D fax" would come along. AIO Robotics states that it will be releasing it's all in one 3-D printer / scanner that will be able to work wirelessly, with no connection directly to a computer. Their official Kickstarter campaign is set to jump off on September 4th.

An Economist's Thoughts on Technological Progress - with Jim Rogers

An Economist’s Thoughts on Technological Progress – with Jim Rogers

Recently, Emerj had a chance to catch up with Jim Rogers, the famed author, investor, and co-founder of the Quantum Fund with legendary investor George Soros. He is now chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc, and is the creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index. As an best-selling author, Rogers has penned Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogesr (1995), Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip (2003), and many other works.

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The Next Superhero, in 5D

Fused-quartz optical memory is the new long-term data storage reality.  The technology, developed by scientists and led by Dr. Jingyu Zhang from University of Southampton in the U.K., has garnered the nickname “superman memory crystal”, with the potential to hold data for millions of years, potentially outlasting the human race; did we mention it has a resistance of up to 1000 degrees Celsius i.e. 1832 degrees Fahrenheit?

Gaming for the Greater Good

Gaming for the Greater Good

Timing and cultural circumstances are makers and breakers of successful commercial endeavors.  For Dr. Jeff Orkin, co-founder of the new company “Giant Otter Tech”, it seems both elements are in his favor.  Gaming and virtual environments have made waves in the last few years, and Orkins’ vision for his company lands right in the cross-section of the exploding artificial intelligence industry and education in a media-driven world.

Petri-Dish Burgers – A Step in the Right Direction for Mankind?

Petri-Dish Burgers – A Step in the Right Direction for Mankind?

Sustainable fast food.  This idea seems a closer reality, with the first stem-cell-grown ‘burger’ put on a plate for taste-testing this week as related by a blog post from NPR’s the salt.  The verdict?  A bit of an unnatural experience, all around; however, the implications are profound, reflected by the interest and support of Google co-founder Sergei Brin, who stated that this is a technology that has the potential to change “how we view the world.”

Sentient World Simulation

Sentient World Simulation and NSA Surveillance – Exploiting Privacy to Predict the Future?

One of the major headlines in recent news is Edward Snowden's revelation of documents which prove that the US government is using high-tech software to gather massive amounts of private information on every-day Americans.

Biotechnology IPOs Are All of a Sudden Cool in 2013

Biotechnology IPOs Are All of a Sudden Cool in 2013

The IPO scene in Biotechnology after 2008 was nearly non-existent, and even last year there were less than a dozen altogether. After Cellular Dynamics International went public in June, five life sciences companies began trading in the same week.