While it's a shame that the Fukushima disaster could well have been prevented, you can only dwell on the past for so long. If Japan is to move on from this disaster, the Fukushima facility must come down. But how does one disassemble such a highly radioactive structure? One research team hopes the solution involves…
Researchers testing mental illness figured out how to induce schizophrenic symptoms in a computer, causing it to place itself at the center of crazy delusions, such as claiming responsibility for a terrorist bombing.
Remember Cyberdyne's HAL exoskeleton that allows you to control a pair of robotic legs with your mind? Cyberdyne recently showcased several of these models in motion. Someday you too can sport a pair of cherry red super-calves.
The Guardian has a great article about Wolfram Alpha and Stephen Wolfram, the genius behind it. Turns out, his dream was never to kill Google (back in '93, Sergey Brin worked for Wolfram!) but rather try to create the science fiction people once dreamt of (think HAL).
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, journalist Evan Ackerman became the first person stateside to test Cyberdyne's HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit. Watch him take a stroll in this amazing mind-controlled exoskeleton.
If the iPad seems extravagant and the JooJoo's sordid past turns you off, the 7" Mini HAL might be up your alley. It's no powerhouse, but at least you'll be able to say you own a tablet. Updated. Scam alert!
When I first see the Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), it is hanging limply from the ceiling by a strap attached to its neck, dangling over a treadmill. I can't wait to try it on.
Three employees of Japan's Cyberdyne robotics company recently demonstrated a new "people-assisting" device: an exoskeleton that could help injured or disabled people walk. The system is called "HAL 5," and three prototypes of the technology paraded through Tokyo this week.
I'm pretty square, fashion-wise. I own few intentionally ironic t-shirts, and fewer skinny jeans. Buchanan bags on my style choices regularly. That's why, when he ordered me to ditch my old backpack, I picked Timbuk2's new HAL.
I haven't carried a Boy Scout backpack in years, but the laptop feature in Timbuk2's latest sounds great: The sleeve is sideloading, meaning you can pull out your laptop without busting open your whole bag and spilling crap everywhere.
Both machines are killers, but which one is less evil? Which one would kill you more humanely? [Pickaklas]
Is the next step in artificial intelligence really being used to answer telephone calls? That's a claim being made by one AI company... and maybe the very reason why we should prepare for oncoming robocalypse.
We know. He certainly looks cute and harmless. But sooner or later, the HAL 9000 (freely printable papercraft version) could get a small, unintentional dent in the side. "I'll just toss him in the shredder for another," you say out of earshot from the harmless little paper computer. Or so you thought... [Mr. Hal 9000…
NASA is set to begin work next month in Boston on a four-year, $1.74 million project called the Virtual Space Station. The project is supposed to create a program that can independently counsel depressed astronauts by supplying solutions to their typed insecurities. AP writer Jay Lindsay insists that it's nothing like…
We doubt that the LaCie 5big Network storage array will one day spontaneously become self-aware and take over your office, but the visual nod to HAL is unmistakable nevertheless. And on purpose. Designer Neil Poulton said he created the array thanks to inspiration from the supercomputer at the heart of 2001: A Space…
The day for you to strap yourself into a robotic exoskeleton and fight crime the way your normally flabby limbs would never have let you has come! Cyberdyne, the Japanese company responsible for the HAL (hybrid assistive limb) prototype robot suit, is starting rentals this week. The price for being superhuman: about…