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This past Thursday, February 24th 2011, marked two distinct milestones for NASA and space exploration: space shuttle Discovery launched for a final time bringing its 27 years and 143 million miles of service to an end while at the same time carrying in her cargo bay Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot (that we know of) to be...

Travis Deyle over at Hizook asked me to write an article for his blog which I was happy to oblige given his dedication to sparking intelligent and in-depth conversations on topics in robotics. "The Need for Low Cost Sensors in Robotics - The Holiday Edition" is an analysis of the current state of sensory components in robotics, our...

Large data-sets have always fascinated me. Almost all countries in the world have been keeping reliable statistics on things like life-expectancy and GDP for over two centuries. The advent of digital technology and personal computers specifically has enabled us to not only collect better stats on everything, but to analyze the numbers and gain real intelligence out of...

Gartner's Jackie Fenn has published Executive Report called Six New Technologies That Will Reshape Your Business. You can read the summary of it here (registration required). The six technologies identified are: The real-world Web of smart objects and places Augmented reality, which provides contextual information as an overlay on the physical world Next-generation user interfaces, including touch, gesture...

On his visit to Japan following his G20 meeting in South Korea, President Barak Obama got a chance to get demos of some robots. He rode briefly in a personal transport and even petted the Paro robot while joking with the scientists and staff that were giving the demos. Are we (Americans) finally turning in a corner in...

In my last post I wrote about the importance of policy as it pertains to education and immigration. I wanted to follow up that post with another quick discussion about policy - this time about the sad state of copyright law in the united states. Brad Feld writes some great posts about the various shortcomings of the current...

The Federal Drug Administration recently approved cochlear implants for children as early as one year old. The video below is making the rounds on the internet this week, as this two year old hears her mother's voice for the first time after his implant. It is a truly remarkable thing to see. There are more than 400,000 deaf...

I suppose it was just a matter of time! Today Microsoft announced that they will discontinue Encarta, and offered this: “Encarta has been a popular product around the world for many years. However, the category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed. People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past.” For...

I'm very excited to be invited to TED@USC later this month. The calibur of people who present and the depth in which topics are discussed are absolutely amazing. Here is a favoriate of mine from TED 2009. Enjoy!