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David Pescovitz is co-editor/managing partner of Boing Boing and a research director at Institute for the Future, a not-for-profit thinktank in Silicon Valley. For more than two decades, Pescovitz has been at the forefront of tech/culture -- as a journalist, publisher, researcher, and technology futurist. Pescovitz speaks on LSD, computers, and the counterculture at Geneva's Lift conference.

Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula brought with it threats of U.S. sanctions, but Europe, while condemning President Vladimir Putin's actions, has been more circumspect. Part of the reason: Europe's dependence on Russian money and energy.


More than three decades after the debut of “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”, Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY sets off on a new voyage for the stars. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Death By Black Hole, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier) step aboard the original Ship of Imagination and go on a journey through space and time for the most complete and awe-inspiring vision of the cosmos. 

From the New York Times: 
Sitting by a rock by the Pacific, Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the show and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, pulls out an old desk calendar that had belonged to Carl Sagan, the Cornell astronomer and author. On a date in 1975 he finds his own name. The most famous astronomer in the land had invited young Neil, then a high school student in the Bronx with a passion for astronomy, to spend a day in Ithaca.  
Dr. Sagan kindly offered to put him up for the night if his bus didn't come. As Dr. Tyson told the story, he already knew he wanted to be an astronomer, but that day, he said, "I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to be."

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Premiere: cosmosontv.com 
Article excerpt: nytimes.com




James Corbett interviews William Engdahl on context of the geopolitical machinations in Ukraine.

Approach for analyzing Wikipedia and other text, together with online photos, to produce annotated 3D models. The approach is completely automated, and leverages online text and photo co-occurrences via Google Image Search. It enables a number of new interactions, which we demonstrate in a new 3D visualization tool. Text can be selected to move the camera to the corresponding objects, 3D bounding boxes provide anchors back to the text describing them, and the overall narrative of the text provides a temporal guide for automatically flying through the scene to visualize the world as you read about it.



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Creating structures in space that astronauts can live in has become a priority for Nasa. With a manned mission to Mars on the agenda, and plans for lunar exploration underway, scientists are increasingly looking towards unconventional construction methods. The most promising of these is 3D printing, which could make building a lunar home in space a matter of pressing a button and letting a robot do the work. 

Healthcare telemarketing firm has been using an amazingly realistic robot caller which seems to operate on advanced and a bit creepy artificial intelligence.

Washington’s move to fly nuclear-capable bombers over China’s eastern air defense zone as a forceful endorsement of Japan’s claims over disputed islands is both needlessly confrontational and totally counterproductive.

Machine works with the rotation of two screens placed back to back, creating a three-dimensional animated sequence that can be seen at 360 degrees. Due to the persistence of vision, the shapes that appear on the screen turn into kinetic light sculptures.

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