Gizmos & Gadgets: IBM Melds Watson AI to a General Purpose Factory Robot

April 23, 2017 – IBM is pursuing creating general purpose robots that interact with humans in factory settings using their artificial intelligence (AI) Watson technology. Munich, ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Warehousing Robot That Works Blindingly Fast

April 20, 2017 – A Chinese courier and delivery service company, Shentong Express, has replaced human sorters with robots in warehousing operations with 30% improvement in efficiency. ... Continue Reading →

It is No Coincidence That There is a Correlation Between Technological Innovation and Growing Economic Disparity

April 15, 2017 – What separates the rich from the poor these days is looking more and more like technology. The rise of Silicon Valley and its billionaire entrepreneurs coincides ... Continue Reading →

Synthetic Life – Humanity on the Brink of a Biological and Material Revolution

April 9, 2017 – “Life itself is becoming programmable,” states Bryan Johnson, a member of a venture capital fund that is investing in companies pursuing the creation ... Continue Reading →

New Passive Radiative Film Could Mean No More AC for Hot Summer Days

March 30, 2017 – Passive radiative cooling is a phenomenon that occurs when sunlight strikes the icy surface of an ocean or a blanket of snow. Instead of the energy being converted ... Continue Reading →

The Challenge of the 21st Century – Reflections on 2,000 Postings to this Blog Site

March 28, 2017 – It has been seven years of writing, this journey of mine. Today marks the 2,000th entry to the site which I began back in October of 2009. I’ve enjoyed ... Continue Reading →

Latest Laptop Ban on Flights from Middle East and African Origins May Create Fire in the Hold Threat

March 22, 2017 – Sometimes I think that the new Trump administration is really a Marx Brothers’ comedy sketch. See the 1932 film, Duck Soup, if you want to get my drift. ... Continue Reading →

Dubai is Going to Have the First 3D-Printed Skyscraper

March 20, 2017 – It appears 3D printing has moved from the industrial workbench and home hobbyist to the world of large-scale building construction. No longer are we to be impressed ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Stanford Chemists Invent Stretchable Electronics

March 13, 2017 – Chemical engineers at Stanford University have created soft, flexible plastic electrodes that can be stretched like a rubber band while maintaining the integrity ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Boston Dynamics Provide a Peak at Dynamic, Fast Moving, Handle Robot

March 4, 2017 – Watching the video on YouTube introducing Handle is a bit like peering into the future of mobile robotics and it feels weird. This two-meter (6.5 feet) tall robot ... Continue Reading →