Thursday, April 3, 2014

Da Vince Xi surgical robot that can perform complicated surgeries

In the future, we'll likely have robots performing our surgeries. Intuitive Surgical's new robot, da Vinci Xi, is a surgical robot that can perform complicated surgeries. 

Read more
Engadget: New surgical robot makes it easier to perform complicated surgeries

Friday, March 28, 2014

How To Install Ubuntu Linux on a Chromebook

I recently picked up an Acer C720P touchscreen Chromebook off of Amazon and so far I'm pretty impressed. However, since ChromeOS is a web based operating system you may find it limiting compared to that of other OSes such as Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux. The good news is that you can install a traditional Linux desktop while still keeping ChromeOS on your Chromebook using a tool called crouton.

Enable developer mode
It's important to note that enabling Developer Mode will wipe all data on your Chromebook that you haven't backed up to the cloud. To enable Developer Mode:
  • Press and hold down Esc and Refresh keys simultaneously, then press the Power key. This will reboot your Chromebook into Recovery Mode.
  • Once you see the Recovery Mode pop up, press CTRL+D. This will bring up a prompt asking if you want to turn on Developer Mode.
  • To continue, press enter (Note: this will take a bit of time). 
Once it's complete, your Chromebook will restart and you will again be presented with a recovery mode pop-up. Press CTRL+D.

Install Crouton
  • Download Crouton by going here: or by clicking here
  • Press CTRL+Alt+T to launch terminal
  • Type 'shell' into the command line and hit enter
  • Enter in this command
     sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t xfce 
    Note: You can also install a different desktop environment such as Unity by typing in 'unity' instead of 'xfce'. 
    This process will take about 15-20 minutes, so be patient.
  • Once it's complete you'll be asked to specify a username and password
  • Once that's complete, you can start your traditional Linux desktop by entering this command:
     sudo startxfce4 
You've now installed XFCE on your Chromebook and can switch back and fourth between desktop environments. If you're in XFCE, you can press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Back to return to the ChromeOS desktop or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Forward to go back to the XFCE desktop.

Once you have XFCE installed, I recommend making some tweaks that will make XFCE a lot more friendly. Check out this article: Things to after installing Ubuntu on a Chromebook using Crouton.

Monday, February 17, 2014

World Press Photo of the Year 2013

The image above was taken by John Stanmeyer for National Geographic February 26th 2013 in Djibouti City, Djibouti. African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somaliaâa to link to relatives abroad. This image won the World Press Photo of the Year 2013.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ray Kurzweil on the Future of Digital Currency

An interview with Ray Kurzweil where he discusses the future digital currency (such as bitcoin), 3D printing, and recently being hired at Google as Director of Engineering. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Johnny Depp is starring in the upcoming film Transcendance. This film is about two leading Artificial Intelligence researchers working toward their goal of creating a sentient machine and bringing forth a technological singularity. Dr. William Caster's (Johnny Depp) experiments have become highly controversial and have made him a target of a radical anti-technology organization that wants to prevent him from creating a world where computers can transcend human intelligence.

Transendence co-stars Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara and Paul Bettany. The film will be coming out 04.17.2014.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Colonial Patterns

I immediately fell in love with Huerco S. upon hearing Colonial Patterns. His experimental electronic style is similar to that of Boards of Canada and Tycho. It's definitely worth a deep listen.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

"Her" - A film about a man that falls in love with a machine

"Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, "her" follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world." In theaters December 18th 2013.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thorium-powered Car Could Run for 100 Years Without Refueling

Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks discuss thorium and how it can be used to power a car for 100 years. 

"If your car was powered by thorium, you would never need to refuel it. The vehicle would burn out long before the chemical did. The thorium would last so long, in fact, it would probably outlive you. That's why a company called Laser Power Systems has created a concept for a thorium-powered car engine. The element is radioactive, and the team uses bits of it to build a laserbeam that heats water, produces steam, and powers an energy-producing turbine.*" 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

PostHuman: An Introduction to Transhumanism

The recently formed British Institute of Posthuman Studies (biops) has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of a video series on transhumanism. There will be three dominant areas they will be addressing: super longevity, super intelligence and super well-being and will cover the ideas of Aubrey de Grey, Ray Kurzweil and David Pearce. This is their first video in their proposed series "Posthuman". 

You can donate to their Kickstarter campaign at

Official Website: