Sexbots, Ethics, and Transhumans

  “I zoomed in as she approached the steps of the bridge, taking voyeuristic pleasure in seeing her pixelated cleavage fill the screen. What was it about those electronic dots that had the power to turn people on? There was nothing real in them, but that never stopped millions of people every day, male and female,…

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Apple’s Anki: Merging Physical and Digital Worlds

Yesterday at the WWDC keynote speech, Apple announced something quite interesting: a new company called Anki Drive, which is centered around Artificial Intelligence and robotics. These robots communicate with Bluetooth LE. The little racer cars that were presented at the show can sense the track up to 500 times a second, giving them a smooth and fluid…

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RoboBees: Epic Mechanical Nature

Let’s face it: the bees are in trouble. Their populous is currently suffering from colony collapse disorder – a strange occurrence where worker bees from hives or colonies suddenly disappear. This decline in numbers is due to certain pesticides, parasites and viruses that have cropped up in the last decade, and even though the European…

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Future Robot Transformer

Future Robot Identity Crisis: Transformers And Shape Shifting Machines

Future  Robot Identity Crisis sounds like a listing for the [easyazon-link asin=”0890420254″ locale=”us”] DSM [/easyazon-link] (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) we might see included in the year 2050. Transformers and shape shifting machines are certain to be a part of our future. Researchers at MIT have created tiny robots inspired by what they call “The…

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Multipurpose Robot For Home Use

Multipurpose Robot For Home Use

In the 1950s and 1960s, many people thought that researchers were only a few years away from developing a multipurpose [easyazon-link asin=”B0017OFRCY” locale=”us”]ROBOT[/easyazon-link] for home use. Science fiction literature was littered with examples, and the rapid advancement of computers seemed to indicate that everyone would have access to useful robots in a matter of years. However,…

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Festo Biomimetic Robots

Biomimetic Robot Future: Top 5 FESTO Creations

Biomimetic Robot Future: Top 5 FESTO Creations FESTO  is truly on of the most futuristic companies around. They specialize in automation technology, industrial training and education programs. FESTO is a fantastic example of biomimetic design and our inevitable robot future. They are a Serious Wonder favorite and we wanted to share our top 5 favorite…

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Festo Corp. Creates a Robotic String Quintet

Festo has created a fantastic musical robot. We talk a lot about “future music” here at Serious Wonder. Most of the time we’re talking about current musicians making innovative music for tomorrow, every once in a while we come across something truly futuristic. This is one of those whiles. [youtube id=”XE1Mgo2ZimY” width=”620″ height=”360″] The Sound…

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