Category “Technology”

Robot Revolution: Will Machines Surpass Humans

The NHK documentary, "Robot Revolution : Will Machines surpass humans" features Honda ASIMO, Hubo, Big Dog from Boston Dynamics, Baxter from Rethink Robotics, Nextage and other humanoid robots. Since the Fukishima nuclear disaster, development of humanoid robotics and the artificial intelligence used in them has accelerated...

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Eyewar

What threads of history bind Manhattan's Ground Zero to those of Nagasaki and Hiroshima? Or connect sight to truth, games to war, or the silkworm to the drone? What does the United States hold to be the role of science in warfare? How has war historically been waged in Buddhist traditions? These are some of the topics addressed in Eyewar: 80 minutes of found footage which traces the development of the digital image from the maps of the second century to the screens of the twenty-first, and the uses of the field of cybernetics from Japan in the 1940s to Chile in the 1970s and Iraq in the...

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I Am Street Fighter

I Am Street Fighter, a documentary previously included in the $150 Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector's Set, has now been released for free by Capcom. This 72-minute documentary, created by the San Francisco-based production company Area 5, touches on the development of the series, and features testimonials from fans, professional players, producer Yoshinori Ono and former community manager Seth Killian. The franchise's whole history is explored, from its inception to its rise in popularity in arcades to its emergence as a thriving eSports...

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Long Shot: Inside the Scope of Smart Weapons

In spring of 2013, Texas-based start up TrackingPoint Solutions released the first ever precision-guided firearm, which is essentially a long-range, laser-guided robo rifle. Call it the gun of tomorrow: The technology is so advanced we've heard it can have beginners killing at extreme distances with single-shot accuracy in mere minutes.The PGF's closed-loop system is based off jetfighter lock and launch technology, something TrackingPoint CEO Jason Schauble says not only marks the next great paradigm shift in the evolution of firearms—it helps users make ethical kill shots too. But...

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This Is How Diamonds Are Made

Diamonds are made out of carbon, highly organized carbon, that is. Geologists are still guessing how diamonds formed in the Earth from 1 billion to 3 billion years ago, according to a recent study in the journal Nature, but they think the recipe follows something like this: 1. Bury carbon dioxide 100 miles into Earth. 2. Heat to about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. 3. Squeeze under pressure of 725,000 pounds per square inch. 4. Quickly rush towards Earth's surface to cool. If the process sounds a little difficult, thank a synthetic diamond manufacturer: There are now two ways to...

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Batman Tech

Since his debut in DC Comics in 1939, Batman has dazzled readers with an amazing array of bat gadgets. Viewers will go deep inside the Batcave to examine these incredible tools, many of them inspired by amazing real-life military developments. Discover just how close they come to real-life...

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Elon Musk Profiled

This film profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, built America’s first viable fully electric car company, started the nation’s biggest solar energy supplier, and may make commercial space travel a reality in our lifetime. And he’s only 40. Elson Musk is a lot like the kid in the comic book, whose fantasies turn into reality. But not as a magician, he did as an engineer. Musk’s fantasies and companies have transformed the way we live. He founded his first company at age 23 and sold it a few years later for 300 million dollars. He helped pave the way for...

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BioBricks: Building Blocks of Life

In the race to decode the human genome, scientists have long developed the tools that allow them to read and influence the building blocks of life. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute are able to decode the genome of Neanderthals and compare it with the human genome. Synthetic biology is no longer just practiced in university laboratories anymore. The next step could be for scientists to bring extinct species back to life - maybe even Neanderthals. Things that aren't ethically defensible today could become normal in the...

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Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us

A Documentary examining Germany's economic power and the automobile industry at the heart of it. Across the world, the badges of Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes inspire immediate awe. Even in Britain, where memories of Second World War run deep, we can't resist the appeal of a German car. By contrast, our own industry is a shadow of its former self. Historian Dominic Sandbrook asks what it is we got wrong, and what the Germans got so...

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