Microsoft just released a fully functional, Terminator-style HUD for HoloLens

This is surely what Augmented Reality and the HoloLens have been invented for?

If you’ve grown up following the Terminator series then now is the time you get to live out your fantasy as a terminator! Get yourself a Microsoft HoloLens and then simply follow these instructions from Microsoft.

This is not just a graphical representation of a HUD.

Not only does HoloLens make for a realistic augmented reality (AR) mockup of the T-800 Terminator’s visual field, but the interface can be hooked up to Microsoft Cognitive Services to analyze objects in the physical space.

It can even use face detection. Basically it actually functions.

Really, this is a great way of getting some great PR on AR. If that makes sense. I’ll certainly be giving it a go!

 

Flying Drone Taxis will be here this summer

Who said it would never take off…

What place better than Dubai to get something like this off the ground quickly. We were thinking that we’d start to see people carrying drones around soon but I much admit I didn’t think this summer would be on the cards. It will be interesting to see how this experience pans out. Check out this video that gives you some insight into how it might work.

New Boston Dynamics Robot is Terrifying Science Fiction Brought to Life

There are some really impressive (although some would say scary) developments in Robotics going on at the moment. Things are moving fast.

Click here to view the Boston Dynamics’ agile new robot Handle is six feet tall, has two front legs and a pair of hind wheels, and can travel roughly 15 miles on a single charge. With its impressive flexibility and balance, Handle is a striking example of how far we have come in the field of robotics.

Here is another couple from the same company. Impressive developments!

Types of AI explained – interesting stuff!

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Is the AI apocalypse a tired Hollywood trope, or human destiny?

“Why is it that every time humans develop a really clever computer system in the movies, it seems intent on killing every last one of us at its first opportunity?

In Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000 starts off as an attentive, if somewhat creepy, custodian of the astronauts aboard the USS Discovery One, before famously turning homicidal and trying to kill them all. In The Matrix, humanity’s invention of AI promptly results in human-machine warfare, leading to humans enslaved as a biological source of energy by the machines. In Daniel H. Wilson’s book Robopocalypse, computer scientists finally crack the code on the AI problem, only to have their creation develop a sudden and deep dislike for its creators.”

Read more on the great article from Digital Trends where they look at AI, where we are right now and what’s coming up.

There is some great stuff about Deep learning and AI Art and also an interesting interview with Elon Musk!

Fascinating Reading!!

Sci-Fi Holograms are nearly a reality

A team from the Australian National University (ANU) believe we may be a step closer to achieving what we’ve been seeing in Sci-Fi movies for year — could we be sending messages to Obi Wan Kenobi?

The ANU team was able to develop a hologram device that gives the highest quality images to date.

When I was growing up we watch these amazing images various Sci-Fi movies such as Star Wars movies amongst others.

What will be the implications? How can such a platform be used? Is there a new communication platform to come and how will this fit in with AR and VR developments.

Watch this space…

We’re taking to the skies – Uber 99 page plan!

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VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) could be here quicker than we every thought possible. Is it even conceivable that we could be flying around in these vehicles in 10 years from now? We Uber seems to thing so. Here is their 99 page while paper on how they plan to do it. https://www.uber.com/elevate.pdf

Now you might be thinking ‘hang on a minute, we haven’t even got driverless cars yet’. Things are definitely moving fast. The automation that driverless cars will bring will take us closer to this new kind of transportation becoming a reality.

‘The Matrix’ revisited: Tech billionaires are certain we live in a simulation

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If watching The Matrix caused you to question reality, you’re not alone. Many powerful tech leaders in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are so convinced we’re all living in a simulation that some of them are investing in ways to help us break out of it, according to Vanity Fair.

At Vanity Fair’s 2014 New Establishment Summit, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the case that our lives are not at all what we think they are. Musk concluded: “There’s a one in a billion chance that this is reality.” Earlier this year at Recode’s Code Conference, he broke it down: “The strongest argument for us being in a simulation is the following: 40 years ago, we had Pong. Two rectangles and a dot. Now, 40 years later, we have photo-realistic 3D with millions playing simultaneously. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality,” he said. “It would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in base reality is one in millions.”

But it’s not just Elon Musk who’s convinced we’re living a game. Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, told The New Yorker: “Many people in Silicon Valley have become obsessed with the simulation hypothesis, the argument that what we experience as reality is in fact fabricated in a computer,” adding that two tech billionaires “have gone so far as to secretly engage scientists to work on breaking us out of the simulation.”

Vanity Fair reports that Nick Bostrom of Oxford University wrote a paper that has become the jump-off point for the whole we’re-in-a-simulation theory. The paper, Are You Living in a Computer Simulation? argues that, as summarized by Vanity Fair, “as technology grows faster and more superior, we will eventually build remarkably powerful machines that can build simulations of our forebears. But if that is the case, or so the theory goes, how do we know that we are the not creation of a simulation already built by our forebears?”

New York Times science writer John Markoff isn’t buying the theory, but notes that others are all-in. “It’s basically a religious belief system in the Valley,” he said.

Source: Digital Trends

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Beam me up Scotty! Researchers teleport particle of light six kilometres

Yes, it’s a reality!! Teleporting is here to stay… OK it’s only a particle of light but who knows how quickly this will progress, watch this space, or perhaps that space…

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https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2016-09-20/beam-me-scotty-researchers-teleport-particle-light-six-kilometres

 

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The Age of Bionics is with us: Claire Lomas completes the Great North Run. Go Girl!!

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Claire Lomas of Leicestershire, England has just completed the Great North Run, the biggest half marathon in the UK, despite being both paralyzed and 16 weeks pregnant.

Wearing a bionic suit by ReWalk Robotics and assisted by her husband Dan, Claire reached the finish line in 5 days. The course runs for 21 km (13.1 miles) from Newcastle to South Shields.

36-year-old Claire was paralyzed after a horse riding accident 9 years ago. Prior to the incident, she was a professional event rider. During an event, she was thrown from her horse breaking her neck, cracking her ribs and back, and also punctured a lung.

Like a fairy godmother granting a wish, the ReWalk exoskeleton made moving again a reality for Claire . Equipped with motion sensors, the suit makes it possible for users to lift their own legs. The sensors are located on the feet, the hips, and the upper body, giving the user control over movement. Claire also used crutches to assist with keeping her balance.

“Over the Moon”

While ReWalk was an integral part of her achievement, Claire didn’t just sit back and relax. She needed intense focus and concentration to operate the bionic suit, and went through rigorous training. “It doesn’t just walk for me. I have to use the parts that aren’t paralyses to make it walk,” Claire said. Even more, carrying a 16-week old baby in her womb didn’t make it any easier. On top off all of the obstacles she had to overcome, she also battles morning sickness over the course of the training. Understandably, Claire said she was “over the moon” in finishing.

The ReWalk is a remarkable achievement in the treatment and rehabilitation of paralysis patients. The company promises patients the “…most precise fit, highest walking speed and most natural gait of any powered exoskeleton.” As this is not Claire’s first marathon achievement, she finished the London Marathon in 2012, her story stands as a beacon of hope and excitement for future possibilities this technology will enable.

Source: Futurism