Mar 222013
Robots for Japan: talk with them, move with them, live with them... All in time.

Japan’s going to be running out of people, and apparently a lot of the kids these days just don’t wanna, you know, do it. So, naturally – robots, yo.

Jan 172013
Activelink Power Loader Gives HAL Some Competition, but Who's Going to Fukushima?

Japan’s got the best robot exoskeletons, and the best among them is Cyberdyne’s HAL. But there’s a new Power Loader in town, and HAL better stay on it’s game – which is also presented here as a wildly generalizing analogy for Japan’s floppy electronics industry.

May 292012
Manifesting Star Trek, Part-1 (THE GOOD): 700mph Needleless Drug Injections!

There’s an obvious relationship between the consumption of sci-fi and technological inspiration, i.e., the inspiration of fi often leads to some really awesome sci. But there’s also a dark side, and it can throw a memetic monkeywrench into an entire paradigm…

Apr 092012
TRANSHUMANISM TEST PILOTS:  Pre-Exoskeleton Mobility is Still Very Awesome

The goddamn wheelchair has gone essentially unimproved upon for more than 100 years. But now, AMS Mekatronik, surprisingly not a Kraftwerk tribute band, has dropped the Tek RMD. Wheelchairs are running scared. I mean rolling scared.

Mar 132012
BBC’s Bionic Bodies Series Continues (UPDATED)

The BBC is assembling a very respectable compendium on the past, current, and possible future states of bionics, or cybernetics, or human augmentation, or just, you know, the modular nature of future human bodies.

Mar 072012
Bionic & Biological:  The Ferocious Conundrum of Being 50/50

We are going to be redefining notions of life and intelligence and awareness and consciousness and pretty much every facet of human existence. Barring global cataclysm, of course.