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+ - Data-zooming demo of Microsoft's Pivot->

Submitted by TEDChris
TEDChris (1476217) writes "Posted today: a compelling demo at TED of the power of Pivot, using Seadragon technology to zoom in and out of massive amounts of data. The visuals are exciting, but probably better yet, the potential to discover new patterns and connections. The technology is available for testing at http://getpivot.com/"
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Science

+ - Bill Gates gives dramatic speech on.... ENERGY->

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TEDChris (1476217) writes "Bill Gates stunned the TED conference with his statement that if he could have one wish for the next 50 years, it would not be about computing or philanthropy... but energy. He revealed an equation demonstrating why CO2 emissions had to be brought to zero by 2050 and then unveiled a nuclear reactor design that could power the US for 200 years using existing nuclear waste."
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+ - SixthSense technology: the best demo yet->

Submitted by TEDChris
TEDChris (1476217) writes "Here's the paradigm-shifting demo that won a huge standing ovation at this month's TED conference in India. Personal projector + computer + camera + connectivity combined in a single portable device = mindboggling new possibilities. Pranav Mistry also stunned the audience by announcing at the end of the demo that he planned to make the technology openly available for all to use."
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Science

+ - A new theory of scientific explanation->

Submitted by TEDChris
TEDChris (1476217) writes "Here's a riddle worthy of Slashdot's hive-mind. What IS it to explain something? How does science really achieve this? And why is that powerful? Reclusive physicist David Deutsch, he of quantum computing and multiple universes fame, outlines here a new theory to be further developed in a forthcoming book. It's a fascinating, entertaining talk, and if he's right, he just made a big contribution to the philosophy of science."
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+ - An Einstein robot with human facial expression->

Submitted by TEDChris
TEDChris (1476217) writes "This short demo at the TED Conference caused enormous buzz. Hanson Robotics founder David Hanson showed how his Einstein robot could mimic his own facial expressions in unnerving manner. Is this paving the way to machines we think about in a very different way? The equivalent to forging across cinema's 'uncanny valley'? Or is it likely to turn out to be a dead end?"
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Displays

+ - Visualizing data inside the 30-ft Allosphere->

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TEDChris writes "The Allosphere, being created at USC Santa Barbara, is the most ambitious attempt yet at creating powerful 3d visualizations of raw scientific data, such as the structure of a crystal, or how quantum effects take place. Researchers watch from a bridge inside the 30 ft sphere, looking at data projected 360-degrees around them and listening to 3D sound. The first major public demo of the facility has just been posted at TED.com. Optimists wd argue that many of the greatest scientific breakthroughs happened through a new visual way of imagining data. Penicillin and relativity come to mind. So this is either a killer new research vehicle, an incredible toy, or just an insanely expensive art project."
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Power

+ - A bold plan for mass adoption of electric cars->

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TEDChris
TEDChris writes "The traditional wisdom is that a battery-powered car must either have too short a range or carry too much weight in batteries to be practical. The charismatic Shai Agassi begs to differ. He turned down the top job at SAP to create a $200m startup aimed at turning the auto industry upside down. His plan envisions plug-in fully-electric cars with batteries that can be automatically swapped out at charging stations and a business model that subsidizes the initial cost of the cars through spectacularly lower running costs. This talk won him a big standing ovation at TED. Might it actually work?!"
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Biotech

+ - Cracking the code of bacterial communication->

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TEDChris writes "It's not often you get leading-edge science shared in such a dynamic way. Microbiologist Bonnie Bassler here explains her discovery of "quorum sensing" — the amazing ability of bacteria to communicate with each other and coordinate attack strategies. By cracking the communication code, she has opened up potential for a new class of drugs tackling microbial diseases. The talk got a massive standing ovation at this year's TED and has just been posted. To quote one commenter: "This is by far the most inspiring, amazing, and far-reaching talk I've seen in a very long time. " Wd love Slashdot community's insight into implications of this work."
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Input Devices

+ - Demo of a new "sixth sense" technology out->

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TEDChris
TEDChris writes "Here's an intriguing attempt at a versatile new tech device... By combining a computerized personal projector with a camera and linking both to the web, a host of surprising new applications becomes possible. This 8-minute demo created a lot of buzz at TED last month and was posted online today. Would love to know what the slashdot community makes of it."
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Toys

Demo of Spatially Aware Blocks 109

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from the but-will-they-survive-my-2-year-old dept.
Chris Anderson writes "This 5-min demo just posted from last week's TED — got a big crowd reaction. It's a new technology coming out of MIT, about to be commercialized. Siftables have been seen before, but not like this. They're toy blocks/tiles that are spatially aware and interact with each other in very cool ways. Initial use may be as toys, but there's big potential for new paradigm of spatially-aware physical mini computers."
Toys

+ - Cool toy demo you guys should be aware of->

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Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson writes "This 5-min demo just posted from last week's TED — got a big crowd reaction. It's a new technology coming out of MIT... about to be commercialized. Siftables have been seen before, but not like this. They're toy blocks/tiles that are spatially aware and interact with each other in v cool ways. Initial use may be as toys, but there's big potential for new paradigm of spatially-aware physical mini computers. Check out, for example, the music demo at the end. Here's the link: http://www.ted.com/talks/david_merrill_demos_siftables_the_smart_blocks.html"
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