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Coursera Class on Computational Neuroscience is starting now!

Coursera has a "Computational Neuroscience" massively open online course (or MOOC) starting this week. It should be a great opportunity for programmers to learn about decoding the brain and for brain scientists to learn a little programming. Sign up or pass it along to those you think might be interested!Sign…See More
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Building Brains to Understand the World's Data

Google Tech Talk February 12, 2013 (more info below) Presented by Jeff Hawkins. ABSTRACT The neocortex works on principles that are fundamentally different t...
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“Robot (R)Evolution” with Biologist and Cognitive Scientist John Long at New York

June 18, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Tuesday, June 18, 8pm @ the Bell House, FreeSecret Science Club presents "Robot (R)Evolution" with Biologist, Cognitive Scientist, Roboticist and Author John LongTo discover how humans and other vertebrates evolved, John Long makes bio-robots that simulate the behavior…See More
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Xconomy Forum - Robots Remake the Workplace: Chris Anderson Keynote (5 of 8)

Xconomy hosted an afternoon of demos, discovery, and discussion about robotics at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA on Apr. 11, 2013. In this video segment...
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Wireless Tattoo Electronics with Todd P. Coleman -- Founders Symposium 2012

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Bioengineering Professor Todd Coleman demonstrates how his "wireless tattoos" make monitoring bodily functions much easier and a...
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AR Drone Project (Discussion)

Example of someone using the clojure (a functional programming language to control the ar drone) http://gigasquidsoftware.com/wordpress/?p=645See More
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Kinect - AR Drone Project

Here are the installation instructions for getting the kinect working: http://code.google.com/p/simple-openni/wiki/Installation
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Learning Monocular Reactive UAV Control in Cluttered Natural Environments

The BIRD Multi University Research Initiative project envisions getting mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to autonomously navigate through densely cluttered envi...
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CVPR 2013 at Portland, Oregon, US

June 23, 2013 to June 28, 2013
CVPR is the premier annual Computer Vision event comprising the main CVPR conference and several co-located workshops and short courses. With its high quality and low cost, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers. In 2013, it will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.Main Conference:June 25-27, 2013 Workshops/Short Courses:June 23-24, 28, 2013See More
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Stephen Wolfram, "Computation Everywhere" at World Maker Faire 2012

2012 World Maker Faire: Stephen Wolfram, "Computation Everywhere" Stephen Wolfram, President and CEO of Wolfram Research, will show some of the things that a...
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AI Programming Project

Was just talking with leyla about her nim program and it sparked a thought.In CS1 (I was in a class with Kevin and Jesse) We were assigned to create a Nim program by Dos Reis. At the end of the semester we were told to make it learn and eventually unbeatable. We never figured out how to do it and he ended up just dropping the assignment. Is there anyone interested in either executing this assignment or doing something similar? Like a poker player computer that learns from its mistakes? I think…See More
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Coursera Class on Computational Neuroscience is starting now!

Posted by Frank Carey on January 13, 2014 at 1:45pm 0 Comments

Coursera has a "Computational Neuroscience" massively open online course (or MOOC) starting this week. It should be a great opportunity for programmers to learn about decoding the brain and for brain scientists to learn a little programming. Sign up or pass it along to those you think might be interested!

Sign up for Free: https://class.coursera.org/compneuro-002

Shadow Puppets - The power of non-verbal communication in robotics

Posted by Frank Carey on December 6, 2012 at 2:30am 0 Comments

While the race continues for robots that are more and more human-like, it's interesting what can happen when we interact with decidedly non-human looking objects that go beyond just interaction and become social. To me, the master of giving inanimate objects life was Jim Henson. He was able to create and perform his puppets in a way that they didn't just represent a living thing; they were actually alive in their own right.

"It's into the same bag as E.T. and Yoda, wherein you're trying to create something that people will actually believe, but it's not so much a symbol of the thing, but you're trying to do the thing itself." --Jim Henson

In the video (4:33), …

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$200 Autom Social Robot Keeps You on Your Diet and Opens Up New Possibilities

Posted by Frank Carey on December 2, 2012 at 1:00am 0 Comments

I recall hearing about this in 2007, when researchers studied the effects of using an interactive, social robot as a dieting coach. Their results were very interesting for anyone interested in what the future of robotic interaction might look like or where robots might soon fit into our daily lives. Somewhat surprisingly, the effectiveness of using the robot to track your food and exercise was significant compared to more traditional means. Now, there are obviously a host apps in this space, but they say that this "real" interaction is still much more effective.

I've been using the weight watchers app for the last few months to track my own weight loss. It's pretty good, as well as the web version, and generally better than the apps I've tried in the past, at least on the Android market. However, the…

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Arducopter drone automatically tracks kid's path to the bus stop.

Posted by Frank Carey on December 1, 2012 at 9:46pm 0 Comments

Another interesting use for DIY drones. This father has setup a quadcopter and a gps transmitter that the kid wears in his backpack on the way to the schoolbus stop a quarter of a mile away. Great details on the build process, his decision making process and the inherent challenges (failures) which are some of the most valuable for those of us actually building these types of things that have to perform in the real world. Here is a snippet:

So, did it work? Mostly. The copter is skittish when it’s windy, and GPS guidance is good to 10 meters at best. Because my particular front yard is only about 15 meters across, with a long, tree-edged driveway leading to the street, I either have to follow automatically above the treetops—where I can’t really see what’s going on—or else supplement the autopilot with old-fashioned line-of-sight remote control. Which somewhat defeats the original plan of staying warm and dry while a drone does my parenting.…

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NY Times: Neuromuscular Surgery Enhances Brain Controlled Prosthetics

Posted by Frank Carey on November 29, 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

This article was just on the cover of the NY times. As an Iraq vertan myself, and interested in brain machine interfaces, I've been following brain controlled prosthetics for about 10 years, especially Dean Kamen's DEKA arm he developed for DARPA about 5 years ago. You can see his exciting and moving TED Videos after the break. It looks like the project is thankfully moving forward (I'd heard funding ran out), and that there is now a surgical technique to rewire some of the nerves and muscles in a way that makes the devices easier to use and learn.

I still get choked up seeing these videos and they've had a very deep personal impact on me. We should all be reminded that as exciting it is to see these transformative technologies advance, the profound impact of them will be improving the lives of real, everyday people; They're bigger than just geeky fascination.

Corporal Gallegos, 23, is part of a small vanguard of military amputees who are…

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Andrew McAfee: Robots are disrupting the workforce.

Posted by Frank Carey on November 28, 2012 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Andrew McAfee had a ted video that I really enjoyed a few months ago about robots taking our jobs. (It's posted in the video section if you'd like to take a look).  The premise is that robots are now rapidly replacing human beings in many areas once thought to be human only, and in the words of Steve Jobs, "Those Jobs aren't coming back." I don't think it's a novel idea, but to hear where we are right now and see some of the data he's collected, I find it really fascinating, especially in a time with already large unemployment and jobs supposedly flooding overseas.

In my own work, I've found that even though there is a general surplus of labor. It's extremely hard to get…

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