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Atlas upgraded…

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You’ve seen Boston Dynamic’s Atlas humanoid robot before,  but they have now added a new algorithm which stabilizes it  to handle  rough terrain.

 

 

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December 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Tour Pompeii…

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I was in Italy many years ago,  but did not get to Pompeii,  a place long on my bucket list.   I don’t suppose I’ll ever actually get there,  but  this 3-D tour of one of the ruined houses is a splendid substitute for having aching feet and coping with hordes of other tourists.

Experts have been documenting the city since 1980,  and Swedish researchers have used the latest digital technology to recreate what the home of one of the richer citizens looked like before Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city.   Welcome to the new science of digital archaeology!

 

 

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October 17, 2016 at 10:07 am

Tattoo talk…

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You can now apply metallic body art which allows you to communicate with your electronic devices.    DuoSkin  temporary tattoos, which can be made at home and wash off in a day,  use the electrodes in inexpensive gold leaf to create a conductive surface on a thin layer of silicone which adheres to the body to create an “interface”.

Technology is a wonderful thing,  but I don’t want body art,  and I certainly don’t need it to talk to my smartphone or laptop.   I do know a couple of millennials who will probably have them in a few months.  Tech forward,  kids!

 

 

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August 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Atlas, improved…

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Boston Dynamics has a new and improved Atlas robot.   It still doesn’t know how to use its arms to keep from falling,  but it can use them to get up when knocked down.   I find  the video  impressive if a tad spooky.

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August 17, 2016 at 10:06 am

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Swimming through history…

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Have  a look  at the pictorial history of the Australian Olympics team’s swimming attire.   Focusing on the women’s side,  you can see how the gear changed from something to protect women’s modesty to high-tech designs crafted to reduce drag in the water.   When a hundredth of  a second can be the difference between gold and silver,  material and cut matter!

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August 14, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Technology fail…

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A couple in Kansas is suing a tech company  for dumping 600 million IP addresses in their front yard.   Don’t worry,  you don’t need to be tech-savvy to read  this article,  much less to understand why they were so aggravated.   I would have sued a lot sooner and for a lot more.

 

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August 11, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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Creepy robot…

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This  is not  a robot I want anywhere around me.   The neural network is a fascinating idea,  and I’m sure it will be improved greatly in the future,  but at the moment it is just humanoid enough to be somewhat disturbing.

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August 3, 2016 at 10:03 am

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