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Nasa releases Video of Curiosity landing

If you did not know or were under a rock the last couple of days but Nasa has landed Curiosity on Mars. The Mars lander transmitted 297 thumbnail images to Nasa shortly after landing and they have put them together to make a stop motion video of landing. This video will give you a feel for what it was like to land in the Gale Crater on Mars.

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Should we be considering coding ‘kindness’ into Artificial Intelligence?

There are countless examples of humanity envisaging a deus ex machina come to either usher in a technological utopia or wreak unmitigated destruction. At the end of Terminator 3, artificial intelligence becomes self-aware and acts to eliminate its primary threat – humanity. In I, Robot a similarly advanced artificial intelligence (AI) attempts to sequestrate humanity for its own good, avoiding further human-on-human conflict.

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Touché: The Magic of a Human Touchscreen

What’s that I hear you say? Although not apparent at first, Touché is Disney’s attempt to revolutionise touchscreen technology.

Touchscreen technology is now most associated with mobile devices, as it forms the very basis of smartphones and tablets. However it has found its way into many areas. For instance, the days of the shopping mall paper maps are numbered as an increasing number turn to touchscreen stations for guidance. Additionally, VTech, a manufacturer of children’s electronic learning toys, has implemented touchscreen technology into some of its latest products such as the MobiGo, Storio and the Innotab, which aims to be a learning app tablet for 4-9 year olds. The list could go on and on.

But researchers at Disney are looking for their next source of magic, and it’s not in the form of any character or blockbuster movie. They are looking to take touchscreen technology to a whole new level where everything you come into contact with, from a lamp to a laser printer in the office, could be activated by the flick of a finger.

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Training Computers To Recognize Emotion

Body language has long been an area of study and wonder. The ability to read the natural signals emitted by humans and therefore interpret their underlying thoughts and emotions has long been seen as a powerful tool and has been used in many areas.

However, there has been an increase in effort to develop methods to determine emotion, other than those relying on human analysis and this is being led by the advancement in computer technology.

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Robots may soon get Touch Sensitive Skin

New technology invented at Stanford University may allow Robots to gain touch sensitive skin in the future. Remember Data from Star Trek? Data had always pushed towards becoming more human and one part of it was to feel emotion and sensations. There were some episodes where Data had the chance to receive skin grafts that allowed him to feel the same skin sensations that humans could.

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