Part 4 of 9. Imagine a day when machines walk among us, expressing thoughts, emotions, demanding their rights. Today, we are breathing intelligence, even life, into creatures of silicon and steel.
Part 5 of 9. To build a humanoid that can function in our world is a bold challenge being taken up by isolated labs around the world. Researchers are infusing robots with abilities ranging from grasping to hearing and vision.
Part 6 of 9. If tomorrow’s robots are going to share our world, they will have to have something extra: an emotional and psychological dimension to help them communicate and respond in ways people can understand.
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Part 7 of 9. As robots begin to move among us, how will we regard them: as property like automobiles, or as individuals with rights and responsibilities? Can a thing be a person?
Part 8 of 9. To promote the rapid evolution of robots, one audacious group of researchers decided to start a worldwide robotic soccer competition. How soon before they challenge humans?
The “Lightcraft” is a laser-propelled spacecraft concept that could ultimately run on other beamed energies, such as microwave.
Take a ride on the Black Hole Flight Simulator, courtesy of Professor Andrew Hamilton. You can read about this work in this NY Times article… http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/28/science/28prof.html
Early history of the telescope from ESA’s Hubblecast.
Hubble Space Telescope tracking magnetic energy roaring from the heart of a distant galaxy. From ESA’s “Hubblecast.”
We’re now preparing to escape Earth’s gravity and soar into the firmament. What would a vacation in space be like?