A Robotic Best Friend

July 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I-SODOG, Your New, Robotic Best Friend:

Takara Tomy I-SODOG (Tokyo Toy Show 2012):


The Future of War: Military Robotics

July 2, 2012 Leave a comment

With hardware made in China and with software written in India – military robots are coming. Not just one, but tens of thousands….

Drones: Unmanned naval attack jet moves closer to take-off

July 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Unmanned naval attack jet moves closer to take-off:

Mars One

June 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Mars One.

Categories: astronomy, politics, technology

Brain circuits and personalities

June 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The May/june issue of Scientific American Mind quotes a recent study in PLoS One. Here researchers looked for brain regions that tended to activate together (closely linked areas) and tried to correlate that with personality traits (neuroticism, extroversion, openness to exerience, agreeableness and conscientiousness).

Turns out that brain areas labelled with the same color are more tightly connected in people who score higher on the personality trait printed above (the illustration) in that color. White areas represent overlapping personality domains.

A nice (interesting) result!

Categories: intelligence

Touch sensing skin for the iCub

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Skin has been one of the big missing technologies for humanoid robots, according to italian roboticist Giogio Metta.

It is only possible to interact closely with people if the robot is exactly aware of what its limbs are interacting with.

See more: http://www.robotcub.org/misc/papers/08_cannata.pdf.

Orgasm snapshot

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

One moment in time in different slices through the brain. More precisely, the brain of Kayt Sukel as she is having an orgasm, while being inside a brain scanner.

Kayt Sukel in the scanner.

As the orgasm arrives, activity shoots up in two parts of the brain called the cerebellum and the frontal cortex, perhaps because of greater muscle tension. During orgasm, activity reaches a peak in the hypothalamus, which releases a chemical called oxytocin that causes pleasurable sensations and stimulates the uterus to contract. Activity also peaks in the nucleus accumbens, an area linked to reward and pleasure

Quotes from a Guardian newspaper article.