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Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014Meet EDI the Robot: Marco Tempest at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Techno-illusionist and veteran speaker Marco Tempest returns to the TED stage with a new friend: EDI (pronounced “Eddie”) the robot. EDI, which stands for Electronic Deceptive Intelligence, is Tempest’s latest techno-aide, a friendly Baxter robot who ponders the difference between artificial and human intelligence. “Robot,” the newly awakened EDI interrupts, was coined in 1921 in […]

Entertainment

Marco Tempest to work with Baxter the RobotMarco Tempest to work with Baxter the Robot

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Illusionist Marco Tempest (watch his cyber card trick and his electric take on Nikola Tesla) has a new assistant — Baxter the Robot. The star of this talk from roboticist Rodney Brooks, Baxter is a life-sized robot that has eyes that glance where he is about to move and arms that react to human touch, […]

Entertainment

10 old movies about new technology10 old movies about new technology

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Roy Amara’s classic quote goes: “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” In today’s talk from TED2013, Rodney Brooks invokes this law to talk about robots. While people panic about robots taking their jobs over the course of the next few […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Quoted: “Kill Decision” author Daniel Suarez talks lethal autonomyQuoted: “Kill Decision” author Daniel Suarez talks lethal autonomy

Posted By Helen Walters

Daniel Suarez is a former systems consultant turned novelist who will speak in session two at TEDGlobal 2013. Officially subtitled “Those Flying Things,” this is unofficially known as the drone session, and it will feature various speakers tackling the topic of unmanned aerial vehicles. For his part, Suarez will expound on some of the themes he […]

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In short: A drone with claws, a giant envelope of air, some congratulations

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week. First, happy (late) World Poetry Day! Celebrate the occasion with 8 talks from spoken-word poets. Just when you thought Vijay Kumar’s robots that fly and cooperate were creepy enough, he and his team have developed a drone that can […]

Technology

TED Radio Hour asks: “Do We Need Humans?”TED Radio Hour asks: “Do We Need Humans?”

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Today, TED Radio Hour asks two questions many of us are scared to pose: will human beings have a purpose as robots become more adept at performing tasks and projecting emotions? And as technology gets more advanced, how does interaction between human beings change? In this episode — the third in season two — Sherry […]

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X marks the spot: The TEDx blog editionX marks the spot: The TEDx blog edition

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

This week, TEDx took a break from posting talks as the team recovered from TED2013. However, their blog kept rolling with some wonderfully unique spins on the conference and more. Here, find some great pieces from the TEDx Blog. Dance, tiny robots, dance! The best moments, in GIFS Just now, session 1 of TED2013 ended, […]

Technology

Robots as part of daily life: Rodney Brooks at TED2013Robots as part of daily life: Rodney Brooks at TED2013

Posted By Ben Lillie

We’ve heard a lot about robots at TED over the years. Demos of amazing specialized robots … talk about what robots can and can’t do … and will they take jobs from humans and is that a good or a bad thing? What’s missing is a concrete example of a multi-purpose robot that can indeed […]

Technology

The best robots at TED

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In session 1 of TED2013, we are meeting many new robots. First, we watched the amazing clip above of a troupe of tiny humanoid Nao robots dancing intricate choreography in unison. (They were presented by Bruno Maisonnier of Aldebaran Robotics at TEDxConcorde and beamed straight to the TED stage.) Next, Rodney Brooks unveiled Baxter, the human–like […]

Technology

Dennis Hong debuts a robot that dances to “Gangnam Style”Dennis Hong debuts a robot that dances to “Gangnam Style”

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Dennis Hong shared seven species of robots in his talk at TEDxNASA 2009, from the soccer-playing DARwIn to the cliff-gripping CLIMBeR. In this new video, Hong — the director of the Virginia Tech robotics lab RoMeLa — introduces us to CHARLI, a lightweight robot designed to walk and move like a human. Or, you know, […]

Technology

When flying robots meet mind controlWhen flying robots meet mind control

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Everything is a remix, Kirby Ferguson told us at TEDGlobal 2012, explaining that the essence of creativity is the welding together of others’ ideas to form something new. We couldn’t help but think of this when we saw an article on TheVerge.com about researchers at Zhejiang Univeristy’s CCNT lab who have combined brainwave technology and airborne robotics […]