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Science Fiction Becomes Fact

Where science fiction becomes science fact – that is the place Hank Green is exploring in today’s episode of SciShow. Many inventions we use today were first imagined in stories that described fantastical futures. Hank talks about the origins of four of these: the cell phone, the submarine, the telemanipulator (or robot arm), and the taser. Blast off for knowledge!

We Are Already Cyborgs

“If human history is the story of a creature who molts from ape to angel – or, as Nietzsche claimed, from beast to Superman – then somewhere along the way it seems that we must become machines” -Erik Davis.

Join Jason Silva as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

Lolita Bots Patrol the Net

Catching online predators by posing as children is a method police have used for years. Now Spanish researchers say they’ve invented an AI honeypot that sexual predators should find irresistible. It’s a chatbot that goads pervs into professing unclean thoughts. The invention could free up thousands of police officers around the world for more important duties, such as donut inspections and marathon sitting. H/T Next Media Animation

Will You Be Iron Man?

We have the technology! We can rebuild…ourselves!

Human interface technologies like Google Glass, robotic prosthetics, and bionic eyes have the potential to help people recover lost abilities, but also to grant us new abilities. Will you someday be able to turn on your super-human hearing just by thinking about it? Maybe…if you live long enough. The question of whether we /should/ well, we’ll leave that to the philosophers. Hank Green reports on SciShow.

Beware the RoboRoaches!

Scientists have figured out a way to actually control a live cockroach. This sort of “brain tapping” into an autonomous animal has triggered a huge ethical debate, leading D News to ask: Are we going too far?

Ornithopters on the Wing

We’ve been trying to build flapping-wing robots for hundreds of years. And now, ornithopters are finally being developed, and may be used mostly for military purposes, says Hank Green of the SciShow.

Piezoelectrics make those little bugs possible, and also enhances the ability of robot arms to feel, in other news from The International Journal of Robotics.

The Machine Masters

“Will computers replace teachers? Dear god I hope so,” says Katherine Mangu-Ward, managing editor of Reason magazine.¬†At Reason Weekend 2013, Mangu-Ward discusses the future of education, how technology can change the classroom for the better and why she loves computers more than people.

The Coming Robot World

Robots will not only be more prevalent in the future, but also likely smarter than human beings. Economic professor Jim Miller looks at the future of artificial intelligence in an interview with John Stossel. H/T LibertyPen

Robo-Doctors to the Rescue

Even if Obamacare diminishes the quality of health care in America — and that appears likely — there might be one silver lining to reverse the degradation. The FDA has approved RP-VITA, the first robotic doctors, for deployment to hospitals beginning this spring. The RP-VITA can navigate the hospital on its own, and provide doctors with vital signs and other information from a distance in real time.

Spider Senses are Tingling

Usually, women dress for success or to attract. A new robotic spider dress designed by Anouk Wipprecht aims to repel and repulse. The dress is equipped with motion sensors. When someone gets close to a woman, the robotic spiders on her shoulders get agitated and begin to flail. Back off, Will Robinson! H/T My Disguises

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