TED – Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop”.
Basically it’s bringing computing to the physical world, the computer (cellphone) hanging around your neck can use anything in front of it as input and output devices – a piece of paper for example.

Best of TED

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks are usually under 20 minutes, and each of them presents some unique ideas from very diverse fields: physics, economy, biology, technology…
They are extremely entertaining and addictive, so here’s a compilation of some of the best 40 TED talks.

An anthropological introduction to YouTube

This is a lecture presented by Michael Wesch at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008.
Professor Wesch is teaching Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University and his lecture here provides us with an interesting insight to one of the most important websites of today, YouTube, and how it changed and developed over time.
It also presents YouTube as an incredibly powerful medium that everyone can reach from their homes, with all the consequences this has on the way we live and understand the world today. Very informative and revealing…

Destiny in Space

Destiny in Space gives viewers an exciting glimpse into the future of space exploration. Featuring giant-screen images of the space shuttle in orbit around the Earth and thrilling fly-overs of Mars and Venus.
This is a truly scientific documentary gem here. Full of information about current and future space technologies, Destiny in Space gives us realistic opportunities for mankind to expand into space.

An IMAX(R) camera deployed via satellite provides rare views of the shuttle, in its entirety, orbiting 200 miles above Earth.

MIT 20.010J Introduction to Bioengineering

Bioengineering at MIT is represented by the diverse curricula offered by most Departments in the School of Engineering. The beginning lectures describe the science basis for bioengineering with particular emphasis on molecular cell biology and systems biology. Bioengineering faculty will then describe the bioengineering options in a particular engineering course as well as the type of research conducted by faculty in the department.

Brave New World with Stephen Hawking

Brave New World is a show about our future and the technological advances that await us. Except Stephen Hawking of course, many more science celebrities are featured in this show, such as Richard Dawkins and Jim Al-Khalili.
Only the first two episodes are available for now.

BBC – The Big Bang Machine

Professor Brian Cox visits Geneva to take a look around Cern’s Large Hadron Collider before this vast, 27km long machine is sealed off and a simulation experiment begins to try and create the conditions that existed just a billionth of a second after the Big Bang.

Intro to Quantum Computing

Prof. Michele Mosca, deputy director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, delivers an introduction to quantum information processing during the 2011 Undergraduate School on Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP).

Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary

Square Enix, a gaming company that developed the Deus Ex: Human Revolution, comes a short documentary about the possibility of actually developing technologies seen in that game. It appears that human augmentation technology is really advancing rapidly, as some prosthetic limbs seen here are really quite advanced.

TED – George Dyson: The birth of the computer

Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer — from its 16th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers, containing the first geek jokes I guess.
It’s always fascinating to see those huge old computers the size of my living room.
There is also a mention of Nils All Barricelli, a Norwegian-Italian mathematician, who used the computers to run experiments in symbiogenesis and evolution, who also percieved the code as the living organism capable of evolving.

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