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We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

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Antarctica has lost so much ice that it could shift gravity.


Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause a Measurable Shift in Gravity

Gravity—yes, gravity—is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That’s the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency.

“The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch. See the data visualized above.

(via somuchscience)

MITs Cheetah finally runs untethered.

"A lot of robots in development are able to perform amazing feats in a laboratory setting when they’ve got plenty of tethers and cables keeping them perpetually powered and safe. The real test of their capabilities is when they’re forced to explore and interact in a real-world environment, like the robot cheetah that researchers at MIT are developing, which recently took its first untethered steps outside.” (via Gizmodo)

A robotic octopus. I think it speaks for itself. (via Robotic Octopus Can Crawl, Carry Stuff)

This wearable wrist drone is simply wonderful.


INTEL Make it wearable challenge: Team Nixie developed a wearable dronecamera for your wristband

Team Nixie is developing the first wearable drone camera, which can be worn around your wrist. The team will be presenting their prototype for the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge Finale on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco.

[Fly Nixie] [more of INTELs “Make it wearable” challenge]

A little trip down memory lane - Bill Gates introducing Windows 3.1

(via 1982)

Futurist Christopher Barnatt explains Space-Based Solar Power.

A look at a 1,000 strong robotic swarm in action.


A self-organizing thousand kilobot robot swarm

Scientist at Harvard SEAS & Wyss Institute created the first thousand-robot flash mob:

Following simple programmed rules, autonomous robots arrange themselves into vast, complex shapes

“Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. “Now form the letter K.”

The ‘K’ stands for Kilobots, the name given to these extremely simple robots, each just a few centimeters across, standing on three pin-like legs. Instead of one highly-complex robot, a “kilo” of robots collaborate, providing a simple platform for the enactment of complex behaviors.

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse (see video). To computer scientists, they also represent a significant milestone in the development of collective artificial intelligence (AI).

[read more] [Image courtesy of Mike Rubenstein and Science/AAAS] [kilobots on futurescope]