Thursday, September 17, 2009

Robot with bones moves like you do

We have long been used to the idea of the humanoid robot a robot with two legs, two arms, a torso, and a head, and with the proportions and outward appearance of a human. In the last decade we have also become used to the reality of the humanoid robot. Universities, research institutes, automobile and consumer electronics companies, and even toy manufacturers have surrounded us with demonstrations, prototypes, and commercial products, and we can see them walking on two legs, picking up small objects, and so on.

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Some of the more volatile minds in our society have recently begun to fret about the possibility that humankind may become dependent on, and perhaps subservient to, the descendants of this first wave, and may even be replaced by them. We dont think theres any danger of that because, with a very few exceptions such as MITs COG project, the only resemblance these robots have to real humans is external and superficial: they look like us, but their operationalprinciples are so far removed from our own that there is little prospect that their incremental refinement will result in anything better than more of the same.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Strange Round Ice in Russian Lake - UFO Message

Recently a lot of strange round-ice formations have been seen in Russia. People don't know what causes ice to form big ice circles first and then smaller ones appear around the mother-formation.
Could this be some kind of UFO message?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

House Made Of 110 Tons of Steel

Ok, this amazing house is the almost finished Steel House by the artist Robert Bruno. The house build near the city of Lubbock in Texas.
It sits on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the lake. Bruno has been working on this house for almost 3 decades...

The house is a steel cave. Instead of scratching little pieces of stone to enlarge your cave, Robert Bruno welds more steel plates onto his existing dome-structure. While most architecture today is based on the (steel, concrete or wood) frame, Bruno builds his house of domes. The folded, load bearing surfaces so many architects aspire, are here build - by hand.
It weights about 110 tons, Bruno calculated. It is tempting to think with rising steel prices the unbuilt value - the actual material could exceed the value of the project as a piece of art. 110 tons of steel however equals even with today's price only about 30.000 dollars. A car is more expensive than that.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Nautilus Shell House - Just Awesome

Nautilus Shell House was build for a Mexico City couple by Senosiain Arquitectos. The house is put together using a frame of steel-reinforced chicken wire with a concrete spread over it, resulting an earthquake proof structure.

The open concept inside the house is dominated by smooth surfaces, spiral stairs and natural plantings that makes the inhabitants feel like they're living inside a snail who swallowed the entire contents of somebody's back yard.
The metaphor was to feel like an internal inhabitant of a snail, like a mollusk moving from one chamber to another, like a symbiotic dweller of a huge fossil maternal cloister.
I simply adore this creation!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Cosmo World Wet Roller Coaster

Diving Coaster Vanish!
2 trains with 6 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Dives through an underwater tunnel.
A unique, visually impressive coaster with some fairly big drops and an intense helix. The name of the coaster refers to the fact that this coaster "dives" and "vanishes" into an underwater tunnel, accompanied by a large spray of water.

The Cosmo World is an interesting little park built in a harbor that is the best option, by far, to escape once you are bored of riding the fast elevators of the local hotels. The freshly renovated Cosmo World is a high-tech urban three-dimensional amusement park which was planned, built and is now operated by Senyo so as to create the concept of busy streets. The venue was inaugurated after its renewal on March 18, 1999.

Covering a plot area of about 20,000 sq. meters, the place to look for the Cosmo World is 11 Shinminato-cho, Naka-ku in Yokohama City. The park remains closed every Monday under the manager, Saburo Yamada. The names of a few of the rides include: Wonder Amuse Zone, Burano Street Zone, and the Kids' Carnival Zone. There are 27 attractions, 5 eating facilities and one distribution facility here. The Legend of the Salamander is a laser battle game that anybody can enjoy. Salamander, the ruler of the dark, helps you destroy evil forces with a laser gun installed in the ride.

This is an amusement park with a Ferris wheel that has captivated the public, as one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world, with a capacity of 480 passengers, and a height of 112.5 meters. Here, you can also go for a Roller Coaster ride or a Long Flume ride.

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