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HMGovt
21-03-2012, 10:57 PM
This is as clever as it sounds - camera sees around corners thanks to femtosecond laser bursts http://bit.ly/GDA0Dr


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JWDocXPy-iQ

That is so clever and such a thorough application of light theory I'm surprised it's not classified.
The inverse of this would make invisibility cloaking much more effective.

Anyway, I reckon that is the very highest technology available today. Maybe it's a watered-down version of the detectors in the LHC, I don't know. If this isn't, what is the highest technology anyone is coming up with at the moment?

Mr. Tea
22-03-2012, 11:33 AM
That's pretty fucking amazing.

Most of the really high-precision detectors in the LHC experiments are used for tracking charged particles, so I'm not sure it's directly connected to this kind of technology - but at the end of the day it's all CCD (charge-couple devices) that form the basis of digital cameras from space telescopes to the one in your phone. And, on a fundamental level, particle physics instrumentation.

Nice find!

you
22-03-2012, 10:25 PM
bloody hell! Tea - get writing yo! Spook Country as a jump off ;-)

Ransbeeck
23-03-2012, 11:40 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHnMj6dxj4&feature=youtu.be

grizzleb
23-03-2012, 01:34 PM
It's kind of a boring/cliche subject but sometimes I wonder what stuff is going to be like when I'm like 50 (22 now). I really don't want to think about it though, grim shit, can't see the world or our relationship with technology and nature being any more healthy than it is now.

you
23-03-2012, 09:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7is6r6zXFDc

up on sum urban tech-wear tip, acronym be on dis

zhao
26-03-2012, 09:58 AM
what 6 replies and no yo-mama jokes? dissensus, and tea in particular, gettin soft IMO

HMGovt
21-04-2012, 11:57 PM
Planetary Resources (http://www.space.com/15336-planetary-resources-space-exploration-announcement.html)

Asteroid mining? Cool.

swears
25-04-2012, 12:47 AM
The future will be hard to resist: http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html (http://http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html)

Everything will taste great, look amazing and ruin your life.

HMGovt
25-04-2012, 09:23 PM
The future will be hard to resist: http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html (http://http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html)

Everything will taste great, look amazing and ruin your life.

As someone who's hopelessly Internet-addicted and unable to shake off the last vestiges of smoking, that made an interesting read. I like the idea, the process, he's hit on there.

Mr. Tea
25-04-2012, 10:22 PM
The future will be hard to resist: http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html (http://http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html)

Everything will taste great, look amazing and ruin your life.

Meh, people have been prophesying Doomsday one way or another since the year dot and it hasn't happened yet. And he's wrong about cigarettes: the tobacco in modern fags contains far less nicotine than the wild tobacco Native Americans smoked in their peace pipes. Street heroin is usually weaker that raw opium because of all the shit it's cut with. Distilled spirits have been around for hundreds of years but people still drink beer and wine. Computer games have been getting more sophisticated every year since they were invented but people still play chess and poker and football and tennis and cricket and so on and so on and so on.

TBH he sounds like an old fart who can't understand these young 'uns with their iFace PlayPod thingumies...

grizzleb
26-04-2012, 08:42 PM
Read kind of toungue in cheek to me...:/

Mr. Tea
29-04-2012, 03:51 PM
Read kind of toungue in cheek to me...:/

You reckon? It sounded fairly earnest to me but then I'm sometimes not the best person at picking on written irony.

zhao
30-04-2012, 09:35 PM
certainly related to both thread and above article:

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/is-facebook-making-us-lonely/8930/)

yyaldrin
01-05-2012, 06:28 PM
If there is a trend of people becoming more lonelier then I believe Facebook surely plays an interesting part in this but isn't the cause something way bigger than Facebook: individualism? Anyway, nice and interesting read. Surely recognize some of the things they mention.

Mr. Tea
01-05-2012, 06:48 PM
Facebook seems to me to be more about being a member of cliques, groups, fan clubs and so on than individualism per se.

zhao
04-05-2012, 12:29 AM
If there is a trend of people becoming more lonelier then I believe Facebook surely plays an interesting part in this but isn't the cause something way bigger than Facebook: individualism? Anyway, nice and interesting read. Surely recognize some of the things they mention.

yes the technology chicken came after the individualism egg... the 2 have been working superbly well over the last century or 2...

Mr. Tea
04-05-2012, 09:54 AM
Now this is fucking amazing:

Two British men who have been totally blind for many years have had part of their vision restored after surgery to fit pioneering eye implants...When light enters the eye and reaches the chip it stimulates the pixels which sends electronic signals to the optic nerve and from there to the brain. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17936302)

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/60005000/jpg/_60005628_x-rayshowingpositionofchipandpowersupply.jpg

Bollocks to fancy phones, this is what technology is for.

HMGovt
04-05-2012, 10:36 PM
Yeah, yeah, giving sight to the blind by implanting a ZX81 is all very laudable, but how about zapping structures inside cells using femtosecond lasers like wot they use in that round a corner camera thing

http://www.gizmag.com/femtosecond-laser-scalpel/22424/

"The device is so precise that it can reportedly target individual cells or even parts of cells, such as nuclei."

Mr Tea, I would be interested in what you consider the very apogee of technological advancement currently extant. I read in i yesterday that 1 exaflop computer is being built in India that could in theory accommodate an uploaded brain, but somehow I don't think that would be sufficient to properly model, simulate or instantiate a proper, working mind.

Mr. Tea
04-05-2012, 11:08 PM
That's a very good question. I work in a hi-tech company but I'm a lot less into the nitty-gritty of this or that latest chip than you might think. At the risk of blowing 'my' own horn, some of the stuff 'we' (I'm not involved in actually designing or building anything, mind) do at work is pretty impressive. The mirrors in the machines we've built in the last couple of years are smooth to within about a nanometre, which means that if they were the size of Holland the biggest deviation from the designed curvature would be about a millimetre. In fairness they're made for us by Zeiss, but once they're here they have to be put together with similar tolerances. It's just nuts.

That laser scalpel is amazing, the idea that surgeons can target parts of cells, wow...

Of course the standard argument that the money that goes into developing anything like this would be better spent educating a few million women in the third world and vaccinating their kids against boring but serious diseases cannot be got away from.

Not heard about that computer, pretty impressive but I've read some fairly convincing arguments (Doug Hofstadter, Roger Penrose) as to why the brain doesn't act 'merely' as a very complex organic Turing machine and that attempts to implement anything like a brain in silicon using standard paradigms are pretty much doomed, regardless of how powerful you can make the computer. Then again, who knows what will come of quantum computing, or genetic computing, or whatever else people are working on.

'Exaflops' is a great word, sounds like holiday footwear for aliens.

yyaldrin
05-05-2012, 03:11 PM
U work at ASML?

Mr. Tea
06-05-2012, 12:10 AM
U work at ASML?

Yeeup.

Mr. Tea
09-05-2012, 10:47 PM
"Any sufficiently developed technology is indistinguishable from magic"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QbcBpuDuUms

HMGovt
19-07-2012, 11:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cseTX_rW3uM

Drone Swarm gets reflective, makes musical.
I believe drones will turn out to be as important for the progression of humanity as domesticated animals were. You don't see baboons herding cattle, but humans presumably strolled out of the plains wearing robes with herds of the fuckers. Where will swarms of semi- or fully-autonomous drones lead us? Hopefully not into our graves, but into outer space and the deep ocean instead.

Mr. Tea
26-07-2012, 11:19 PM
The future is behind you:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NLjmX3iYik&feature=player_detailpage#t=62s

Mr. Tea
28-07-2012, 01:05 AM
More here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vhHo6CUq4-o

Leo
24-08-2012, 12:54 AM
Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram


http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/134672-harvard-cracks-dna-storage-crams-700-terabytes-of-data-into-a-single-gram

drilla
26-08-2012, 09:19 PM
Stem cells converted from adult blood cells

http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/exclusive/blood-cells-coaxed-back-into-stem-cell-state_18467.html (http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/exclusive/blood-cells-coaxed-back-into-stem-cell-state_18467.html)

HMGovt
13-06-2013, 11:59 PM
Two new contenders

3d projection into free space with negatively refracting metamaterials
http://www.materials360online.com/newsDetails/40222

Quadcopters getting frisky
http://www.ted.com/talks/raffaello_d_andrea_the_astounding_athletic_power_o f_quadcopters.html

Patrick Swayze
14-06-2013, 04:32 PM
Now this is fucking amazing:

Two British men who have been totally blind for many years have had part of their vision restored after surgery to fit pioneering eye implants...When light enters the eye and reaches the chip it stimulates the pixels which sends electronic signals to the optic nerve and from there to the brain. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17936302)

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/60005000/jpg/_60005628_x-rayshowingpositionofchipandpowersupply.jpg

Bollocks to fancy phones, this is what technology is for.

what was the kids cartoon show where the girl was like a detective and she said "click" then could take a mental image of what she saw

would be cool if they added that in

Mr. Tea
14-06-2013, 04:50 PM
Sounds like Inspector Gadget, except the girl was a normal girl who was just really smart and it was her uncle who was the cybernetically enhanced detective but he was a bit of a doofus and there was a dog, also.

Patrick Swayze
14-06-2013, 04:53 PM
Sounds like Inspector Gadget, except the girl was a normal girl who was just really smart and it was her uncle who was the cybernetically enhanced detective but he was a bit of a doofus and there was a dog, also.

I got it wrong it was a book

http://www.camjansen.com/images/Piccam26xx-330.jpg

HMGovt
18-11-2013, 11:31 AM
Tangible media


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouP9xNujkNo#t=44

HMGovt
28-10-2015, 03:01 PM
http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--zJ5Tkig---/1493982132983315781.jpg

MOTOFUCKINGBOT

http://gizmodo.com/yamahas-robotic-biker-looks-like-a-crime-fighting-cybor-1739160413?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

HMGovt
09-01-2017, 06:13 PM
Pentagon proclaims success, as 103 micro-drones take part in an autonomous, adaptive, leaderless swarm
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C1vk02zWIAE2c8o.jpg

Perdix Swarm Demonstration
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/504622/perdix-swarm-demo-oct-2016

Leo
09-01-2017, 07:01 PM
that's scary as hell. these things probably have a hand in how the world ends.

Mr. Tea
17-01-2017, 10:25 PM
New concert hall in Hamburg has an auditorium designed by an algorithm, with 10,000 specially shaped acoustic panels, all of them unique. (https://www.wired.com/2017/01/happens-algorithms-design-concert-hall-stunning-elbphilharmonie/)

https://assets.wired.com/photos/w_1920/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Elbphilharmonie_Gro%C3%9Fer-Saal_c_Iwan_Baan-14.jpg

Looks like the central debating chamber for the parliament of the United Confederation of Planets or summat. :)

baboon2004
17-01-2017, 11:55 PM
that looks freakin awesome. Do they do raves there too?