Strange Patents: Full Body Teleportation

What’s this? It’s an image from an actual patent for “full body teleportation.” Filed on September 29, 2004, the patent described an invention that “teleports a human being through hyperspace from one location to another using a pulsed gravitational wave traveling through hyperspace.” That’s two hyperspaces in the same sentence. This is serious.

Would You Upload Your Mind Into A Computer?

Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov wants to download human minds into immortal robots within the next decade. He’s hired 30 scientists to develop the necessary technologies, hoping to eventually create real-life “avatars.” Both projects are, naturally, named after the 2009 movie Avatar. Itskov also hopes to eventually transcend the physical and have human consciousness exist within …

Flying Robots Perform The James Bond Theme

This is both amazing and terrifying. (Hey, so I’m suspicious of robots.) A new video by the University of Pennsylvania General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Lab showcases why robots will eventually murder your family with style, all to the tune of the James Bond theme. “These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are …

The Time Machine DeLorean

Are Hover Boards In Our Future?

Here we are, three years from 2015, and there’s no sign of flying cars, hover boards, or retro-80s cafes on the horizon. What gives? Luckily, a new study released over the weekend may give us renewed hope. According to Professor Jun Zhang of NYU’s Courant Institute, hovering may be more easily accomplished by top-heavy structures, …

In 2017, Machines Might Be Able to Read Your Mind

Last week, IBM released its annual “Next 5 in 5,” highlighting the top five innovations they believe will become a reality in the next five years. Their focus in 2011 is on five key areas: Energy, security, mind reading, mobile, and analytics. Wait. Mind reading? Indeed. IBM visualizes a future in which users will be …

Chainsaw Robot Attacks Crowd At Exhibition

So I’m reading an article on Mashable about a new robot that can, what else, make sandwiches. It’s very interesting; you should check it out. However, after watching the video accompanying that article, I stumbled upon something even more curious.