Category: Autonomous

Technology for the body on the road to cyborgs?

October 8,  2012 Sarah Bakewell Speakers at a symposium on body-enhancement technology raised  the idea that we may converge with our technology to the point that a superhuman  entity emerges. The Terminator … an infamous cyborg. On September 2, 2010, Karen Throsby became the 1153rd person to swim […]

How synthetic biology will change us

By Alan Boyle October 4, 2012, 7:05 pm NBCNews.com Lisa Poole / AP file Harvard geneticist George Church shows off the DNA sequence of a colleague. In the future, genetically modified organisms could be making our medicines, our fuel, our housewares, our houses — and they could even […]

Military’s robotic pack-mule gets smarter

By Stephen C. Webster Monday, September 10, 2012 16:33 EDT Picture the scene. You’re walking through a warzone when suddenly shots ring out. You crouch down and listen closely for enemy movements, and that’s when you hear it, just beyond the tree line: “Pffffffffffffbbbbbbbbbbttttttt.” That may someday mean […]

Thought-controlled quadcopter takes to the skies: Clenched teeth and blinking both produce a brain signal that the electroencephalography (EEG) headset can read

Up, down, bank, take a photo! Researchers at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, have developed a quadcopter that can be controlled by thought alone. The idea is to give people with impaired motor abilities a new avenue for interaction. Their system relies on the commercially available Emotiv electroencephalography […]