A robot with a broken leg learns to walk again
is a production by demoscene programmer Jim Leonard (a.k.a. Trixter) displaying full-motion color video with audio on a 1981 IBM PC 5160
. The production is a followup to a similar 2007 demo, 8088 Corruption
, but with improved graphical fidelity. [more inside]
Best known for creating the nostalgic mash-up REMEMBER
), Youtube user Thepeterson teams up with Slackstory to create another video clip time machine: REMEMBER 1994
, an early form of motion picture, is a theatrical technology developed by fine art painter and theatrical set designer Philip de Loutherbourg
using sound, colored filters, mechanical works
, light from newly invented Argand lamps
, mirrors and more . It was first exhibited at his home in 1781
, featuring five scenes of land and seascape
. In recent years, recognition of this as an early chapter in cinema history
has prompted several institutions
to recreate the experience
. Among the most successful is the 2005 storm at sea
depicted in Eidophusikon Reimagined
by the Australian National University.
Fireman Saves Kitten
, captured with a GoPro. (SLYT)
: is a documentary film set in the not too distant future, following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds with extraordinary results, the scientists find themselves dealing with a much bigger agenda.
A half-hour episode of Innovation
about this exciting new video technology. [more inside]
Youtube user Thepeterson puts together collections of the major radio hits, movies, video games, and technology of a given year. So why not take a time machine trip to the media landscape of : 1997
, and 2002
The Forces Of The Next 30 Years - SF author and Mefi's Own
Charles Stross talks to students at Olin College about sci-fi, fiction, speculation, the limits of computation, thermodynamics, Moore's Law, the history of travel, employment, automation, free trade, demographics, the developing world, privacy, and climate change in trying to answer the question What Does The World Of 2043 Look Like?
In the wake of their grunge-y breakout hit "Creep"
and the success of sophomore record The Bends
, Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead
were under pressure to deliver once more.
So they shut themselves away inside the echoing halls of a secluded 16th century manor
and got to work.
What emerged from that crumbling Elizabethan castle fifteen years ago today was a shockingly ambitious masterpiece of progressive rock, a visionary concept album that explored the "fridge buzz" of modernity
-- alienation, social disconnection, existential dread, the impersonal hum of technology
-- through a mosaic of challenging
, eerily beautiful
music unlike anything else at the time.
Tentatively called Ones and Zeroes
, then Your Home May Be at Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Payments
, the band finally settled on OK Computer
, an appropriately enigmatic title for this acclaimed
harbinger of millennial angst. For more, you can watch the retrospective OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review
for a track-by-track rundown, or the unsettling documentary Meeting People is Easy
for a look at how the album's whirlwind tour nearly gave Yorke a nervous breakdown
. Or look inside for more details and cool interpretations of all the tracks -- including an upcoming MeFi Music Challenge! [more inside]
The EEV Blog
is an "off-the-cuff" video blog that deals with pretty much anything
related to Electrical Engineering, known for its very knowledgeable and enthusiastic host
- Lowell Bergman (the journalist portrayed by Al Pacino in The Insider
) has investigated News Corporation
for PBS Frontline [transcript]
. He depicts Rupert Murdoch's British operation as a criminal enterprise, routinely hacking the voicemail and computers of innocent people, and using bribery and coercion to infiltrate police and government over decades. Enemies are ruthlessly "monstered
" by the tabloids. Bergman also spoke to NPR's Fresh Air
But the hits keep coming: in recent days News Corp has been accused of hacking rival pay TV services and promoting pirated receiver cards in both the UK
. With the looming possibility of prosecution under America's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
, how long will shareholders consider Rupert Murdoch irreplaceable? [Previous 1 2 3 4]
The BBC broadcasted the science and technology showcase show Tomorrow's World
(titles on piano
) on 7 July 1965 on BBC1, it ran for 38 years until it was cancelled at the beginning of 2003. Unlike the boosterism of US science programs, Tomorrow's World was more famous for it's live stunts and wry outlook ( James Burke experiences the "convenient" office of the future
and the future of home gardening
and crushing ennui
). The BBC has an archive of episodes and clips for UK visitors
, everyone else will have to be content with clips concerning Home Computers
, New Banking
, Nellie The School Computer
, The Elliot Light Pen
, Mobile Phones
, and Moog Synthesizers.
How Fast Can China Go?
On June 30, China had the first official run of a $32 billion high-speed train line between Shanghai and Beijing. "Faster (820 miles in 288 minutes) and sleeker than any other, the needle-nosed CRH380A symbolizes China’s accelerating pace, even as it faces questions about safety, and taps into an ancient rivalry with Japan." On page four, the article discusses what happened less than a month afterwards on July 23rd: the country's first accident involving a bullet train that killed 40 people near Wenzhou.
As a result, 54 high speed trains were recalled, train speeds were reduced
and an overhaul of the high-speed rail system
by Chinese authorities. [more inside]
"Pretty Big Dig": Small advertisement will play before video.
A dance film by Anne Troake that gently illustrates the assimilation of technology. Also, a shorter clip
with commentary by Anne Troake.
A Day Made of Glass.
(A vision of the near-future from the makers of Gorilla Glass
.) [more inside]
We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
- Google's Chrome is will be joining Firefox in no longer licensing the MPEG-LA H.264 video codec
favoured by Apple and Microsoft for use in the HTML5 <video> tag (previously
). Not everyone is seeing this as a good thing
Earlier this year, the BBC's Arena
produced and aired an excellent documentary on Brian Eno entitled "Another Green World"
containing "a series of conversations on science, art, systems analysis, producing
and cybernetics". [more inside]
(safe for work apart from that one bit) - an amusing language centric film trailer made to promote the Scandinavian JavaZone
The <video tag>
, as defined by the HTML5 spec, is an element "used for playing videos or movies". Which codec
those videos or movies are in is currently undefined, with the two contenders being the free open source Ogg Theora
and the proprietary H.264
. With the unveiling of Internet Explorer 9
both Microsoft and Apple are supporting H.264 in their browsers, and comparisons
of the standards seem to bear out H.264 as the better of the two. However Mozilla have taken a stance against incorporating H264 into Firefox on the grounds that it is patented and has to be licensed
. Arguments are now being made for
Mozilla sticking to its ideals. John Gruber
of Daring Fireball points out that Firefox already supports proprietary formats such as GIF. Um, perhaps not the best example
(NSFW) is a wearable haptic device for controlling video gameplay based on realtime male masturbation. Construction photographs
Science Fiction writers Alastair Reynolds
, Vernor Vinge
, Karl Schroeder
and MeFi's own Charles Stross discuss the Singularity
- which, Stross cheekily points out, has been around the corner for a good 20 years.
The Virtual Laboratory
- A collection of essays, biographies, instruments and trade catalogues (e.g. experiment kit
) from between 1830 and 1930. I must warn you that some of the films
are a bit disturbing. Check out the eerie sounding vowel experiments in the audio section
Enhancing video using photos
"Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene" sounds a bit dry, but watch the demo video. Not only are exposures correctable, resolution can be enhanced enough to do a flawless digital zoom in post, and objects can be undetectably changed or removed from shaky handheld video.
This is amazingly cool for video people, but also turns the slippery slope of "Can I trust what I see?" into a gaping chasm.
Using advanced speech recognition technology, researchers and voice-over actors have been able to put a soundtrack to long-silent video relics of Adolf Hitler: Eva Braun's infamous home movies
filmed at the Berghof
, private filmed meetings between Hitler and various Reich cronies, as well as the last known footage of him taped before an awkward bunch of Hitler Youth at the Reichstag in the final days of the war made famous in Downfall
. Chilling stuff.
The ultimate in nerdy tattoos?
"Jim Mielke's wireless blood-fueled display is a true merging of technology and body art. At the recent Greener Gadgets Design Competition, the engineer demonstrated a subcutaneously implanted touch-screen that operates as a cell phone display, with the potential for 3G video calls that are visible just underneath the skin."
The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
has put up a some interesting media
, including a variety of talks from the Singularity Summit 2006
, about the possibilites and progress of technological development. For an overview of the issues Ray Kurzweil
talks about the ideas and promises of the singularity, while Douglas Hofstadter
calls for deeper exploration of the implications and hazards of coming technology.
The Digital Freedom Campaign
believes that new technologies are essential to the creativity and innovation, and that digital technology enables anyone and everyone to be an artist and an innovator. The DFC is dedicated to defending the rights of artists, innovators, creators and consumers to use lawful technology free of unreasonable government restrictions and without fear of costly lawsuits.
is a good place to watch videos of lectures and discussions on topics ranging from politics and science to religion and the arts. Whether you'd like to see Jim Lehrer talk about politics and prose,
or watch Brian Eno and Will Wright discuss
the joys and techniques of generative creation, you might find something here to like
is a collection of presentations given at the most recent installment of the annual convention of leading t
ntertainers, and d
). From the $100 laptop
to the eradication of smallpox
to new ways
of visualizing data
and a charming and humorous look at education
, there's a lot to chew on and more to come.
Inspired yet? here's some more reading material
"Disposable" digital video cameras.
Now available at CVS drugstores in the US, from the same company
that last year introduced disposable digital cameras
. The video is processed onto DVD at the store in an hour. But at $43 ($30 purchase plus $12.99 for processing) for 20 minutes of footage, is it really worth it? Walt Mossberg says, "Meh."
Remember the threads
last week about R/C planes with digital cameras? Rank amateurs. Animal Planet
has upped the stakes in the unmanned aerial vehicle race by strapping a video camera to an eagle
. That's right, an eagle. It's incredible. Check out the dogfight in particular. They're also doing a bunch of other cool things
with animals and technology.
Ever since I became a TiVo addict, I've found myself wanting to use its features in real life, wishing I could rewind & replay moments of random comedy & chaos, usually involving my pugs. Soon, thanks the good folks at Deja View, I will be able to, with the help of a head mounted micro video camera unit
that is always on, recording a 30 second buffer of real time, and up to four hours of manually recordable space for once you activate the record button. The scourge of ephemera will be wiped out in our lifetime.
was a French video jukebox that made its debut in 1960 and was imported into the US in 1964. Although they usually featured high production values, catchy melodies, and lots of gratuitous cheesecake, the singers were often relative unknowns and the music was square even by the standards of the day. Consequently, they never caught on in a big way outside of Europe, and many of the original Scopitone jukeboxes and films were destroyed. Fortunately for us, a few Scopitone enthusiasts have catalogued
the songs, scanned
the advertisements, and even preserved a few Quicktime clips of the original French
and American Scopitone