Caleb Helmuth

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Should We Outlaw Androids?

The robotic goons of Tomorrowland and machine assassins in ­Terminator Genisys give 'droids a bad rap<p>In movies, robots typically masquerade as humans in order to infiltrate society and annihilate us. In real life, researchers are more concerned about the damage androids could inflict on our minds. …

Here’s How Microsoft Is Making 3D Videos For HoloLens

No green screen suit required<p>When Microsoft unveiled holographic Minecraft on HoloLens at this year’s E3, the crowd let out a huge cheer. Now Microsoft has released a video showing how it creates its stunning high quality free-viewpoint video by capturing a traditional Māori haka war dance. Other …

Augmented Reality

Terminator-Like Vision Could Help Robots Do Our Dishes

Hasta la vista<p>If the above gif looks familiar it’s probably because it looks eerily similar to this:<p>This, of course, is how the T-800 Terminator sees and recognizes objects in the world upon arrival from the future in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.<p>Similar to the movie, researchers at MIT’s Computer …

Space: Not Just For Rocket Scientists Any More

Here are three ways you can contribute to securing humanity's place in space<p>Projects: Spacehack, SpaceGAMBIT, NASA Open Source Software, NASA's Data Portal<p>For a long time now, space exploration has been the preserve of a tiny group of highly specialized and highly trained people, funded almost …

Nintendo Wants To Turn Sleep Into A Game

And just filed a patent for a device that will monitor you while you rest<p>From the first narrative videogame to those that move games into 3D space, Nintendo has had a prescient, uncanny ability to understand our relationship with technology. Its most recent initiative is called Quality of Life, but …

Nintendo

I Used Windows 10 And Survived, And You Can Too

A big step in the right direction<p>Ever since the bug-riddled Windows Vista release in 2006, Microsoft has been dodging stones from the tech world about botching their operating systems. Purists want their Windows XP back—and luddites hearken back to Windows 95. But now, Windows 10 is here.<p>Some …

Stride 2015: China's Best Troops Take On A Grueling Combat Simulation

A great stride forward<p>Stride 2015 is this year's annual exercise where Chinese mechanized brigades are rotated to the Zhurihe Training Base in Inner Mongolia, to be pitted in grueling simulated combat against Zhurihe's resident "Blue Force". The Blue Force, the 195th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, is …

Military