Quadrotors Learn to Build… in Teams
Students from the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory have yet again created something truly
frighteningimpressive. The autonomous quadrotors have been able to work together for quite some time now, but have recently gained the ability to build. Claws have been added to the underbelly of the quadrotors for grasping modular magnetic parts, which can be snapped together to form cubic structures. Once told what to build, the quadrotors are able to figure out the assembly plans without any further user input.
"Our algorithm can construct nearly any tower like structure like the one shown here. We are only limited by the batter life of the quadrotor and the number of parts available."Luckily for the future of humanity, the quadrotors depend on external IR cameras to determine their relative position, so they can only function properly in a contained environment… for now. (via Engadget)Read on...
Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Believe in the Singularity
Mark Zuckerberg sat down for a Q&A session at the Y Combinator Startup School, as part of a series of talks that included the founders and creators of Groupon, Quora, Sun Microsystems, and Linkedin as well as Facebook. And just in the first 10 minutes of his talk, he revealed that his wardrobe in The Social Network, at least, was 100% true to life, that he owes his sister $50, and that he doesn't believe in the Singularity. Just FYI. >>> Watch it at Mediaite.Read on...