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Louie Schwatzberg @ TEDx SF

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed, but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

A robot that flies like a bird

TED Talks Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011

See the talk and others at TED here

I love human ingenuity! How clever are we….  450 grams?! So simple. Unfortunately it’s only a matter of time before the military get their hands on it and find some way of using the tech to deploy incendiary devices across enemy lines. No! Lets dare to dream of better applications. How about we augment the head with a camera and biomimic chicken head image stabilization to one up the brilliant work of BBC’s Life of Birds?

 

steve jobs rest in peace…

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do…”  –  steve jobs

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“Toy Story,” for example, took four years to make while Pixar struggled, yet Mr. Jobs never let up on his colleagues. “‘You need a lot more than vision — you need a stubbornness, tenacity, belief and patience to stay the course,” said Edwin Catmull, a computer scientist and a co-founder of Pixar. “In Steve’s case, he pushes right to the edge, to try to make the next big step forward.”

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If he had a motto, it may have come from “The Whole Earth Catalog,” which he said had deeply influenced him as a young man. The book, he said in his commencement address at Stanford in 2005, ends with the admonition “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

“I have always wished that for myself,” he said.

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“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” ~Steve Jobs

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life… have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

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Pres. Obama: There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than fact that much of world learned of his passing on a device he invented.

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My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.

 

Workshop Santaniel

Here you can see my works distributed on thematic albums. I have dolls, toys, as well as certain types of design. shop where are my toys:http://boontart.ru/ also sometimes my toys at the store on World Cinema China-town… <see more characters here> 

There are some great creature designs here.    The page is in russian, which makes it a little more difficult.  Tell you what though, this artist has an amazing sense of character design!  I’m in love with these little critters!

debating human enhancement

Where do you stand on the subject of human enhancement? If recent cultural trends in things like musicmovies, and video gamesare any indication, it’s a subject that’s been picking at society’s collective conscience quite a bit as of late…  <read the full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

I agree, this subject is coming up a lot lately.  Not to mention I love it, and we’re developing a couple ideas right in this wheelhouse…

 

 

Could a robot be conscious?

If a robot is produced that behaves just like one of us in all respects, including thought, is it conscious or just a clever machine, asks Prof Barry C Smith, director of the Institute of Philosophy.

Human beings are made of flesh and blood – a mass of brawn and bone suffused with an intricate arrangement of nerve tissue. They belong to the physical world of matter and causes and yet they have a remarkable property – from time to time they are conscious. <see the full story here>

Meteorites delivered gold to Earth

Meteorite impacts
A burst of meteorite impacts around 3.9 billion years ago delivered precious metals to Earth.
Scientists have shown that the Earth’s surface became enriched with precious metals by impacting meteorites. The Earth’s crust and mantle has considerably more gold than expected from favoured models of planetary formation. <see the full story here>

too cute: tiny robot busts out the dance moves


Japan has robots in just about every flavor you can imagine. There are ‘bots to care for the elderly and ‘bots to cook you ramen. There are even robots to belt out the latest pop tunes<read full story here> @ <http://www.cnngo.com/>

Makes me think of that great dance scene in Geisha…

wouldn’t it be great to have a full-size more human robo-geisha doing a full dance?  Cool stuff!

10 real life “memoirs” that read like scifi and fantasy stories

10 Real Life "Memoirs" That Read Like Scifi and Fantasy Stories

There are people in the world with life-stories that defy human imagination and expand our idea of what the human experience is like. And there are some people whose stories cross out of reality and into what reads a lot like a science fiction or fantasy epic… <read the full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

I’m geeking out on this list…  Gonna try and get to them all, anyone have recommendations?

the pentagon’s beetle borgs

Researchers create what may be the perfect scout: a bug controlled remotely through a chip implanted in its optic lobes and flight muscles…  <read the full story here> @ <http://discovermagazine.com/>

Awesome title!  Awesome pic! Awesome article!  AWESOME!