Today has been such a great day!!

I worked today and I met my new store manager for the first time and he offered me an MIT position (manager in training for those of you that dont know what that is lol) And I was super shocked because at Hollister you have to have a degree to be a manager and I dont have one but he said he didn’t care and that my DM told him how amazing I was and he heard a lot about me, so I have a interview on Friday but basically I’m getting hired on the spot because apparently my DM loves me! So I’m pretty excited about that, I’ll be working 40 plus hours a week so Im going to looove my pay check and its really going to help me finally get rid of my credit card bill!!

I also bought two amazingly cute romper from work for only $25 _because our clearance is buy one get one free!! wink wink**) so that made me super juiced!

And THEN!! I came home to the best surprise ever! I got a package in the mail from a wonderful friend from Tumblr, Andrea. This girl has been there from the very beginning, I always enjoy our talks and shes a real sweetheart, a true jem!! I absolutely loved everything she sent and it was like icing on the cake with tons of cherries on top to a wonderful day!

And I’m not happy with all the analyses that go with just the classical theory, because nature isn’t classical, damrnit, and if you want to make a simulation of nature, you’d better make it quantum mechanical, and by golly it’s a wonderful problem, because it doesn’t look so easy.

Richard Feynman from Simulating Physics with Computers (pdf), introductory lecture at the first conference on Physics and Computation at MIT, 1981

Scientists from MIT Developed a Trillion frames per second slow motion camera that can show light moving through a bottle. Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography - For comparison, the imaging of a bullet captured at this many frames per second would last a year as explained in the presentation by Professor Ramesh Raskar of MIT.

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^ what you have witnessed above is light travelling in slow motion.

further information from the MIT website

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7 Finger Robot

"The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. The robot, which the researchers have dubbed "supernumerary robotic fingers," or "SR fingers," consists of actuators linked together to exert forces as strong as those of human fingers during a grasping motion."

Robot tech, YES.

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THAW

Proof-of-concept interface design project from MIT Tangible Media Group demonstrates a system combining the use of a smartphone with a desktop computer - video embedded below:

THAW is a novel interaction system that allows a collocated large display and small handheld devices to seamlessly work together. The smartphone acts both as a physical interface and as an additional graphics layer for near-surface interaction on a computer screen. Our system enables accurate position tracking of a smartphone placed on or over any screen by displaying a 2D color pattern that is captured using the smartphone’s back-facing camera. The proposed technique can be implemented on existing devices without the need for additional hardware.

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Wherein Rick Berry discusses neurophysiological underpinnings of perception and cognition at MIT

or..What causes one image to grip the imagination as opposed to those that don’t?  This is a pragmatic talk by Rick on how to foment creative production for any enterprise requiring original vision. All are welcome. MIT Johnson Athletic Center / THIS SATURDAY, Sept 13  3:45pm  RM 2 Register @ BostonFIG.com

LET ART THINK  Talk by Rick Berry at Boston Festival of Indie Games

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Squishy Robots

"A new phase-changing material built from wax and foam developed by researchers at MIT is capable of switching between hard and soft states."

MIT researchers are trying to change the paradigm of your typical robot by mimicking organic substances. The idea is that the robot should be soft to conform to a particular environment, and interact with humans, though rigid enough to actually do a procedure. They can achieve this by applying heat at particular points to deform the object, then applying coolness to make the object rigid again. 

"Robots built from this material would be able to operate more like biological systems with applications ranging from difficult search and rescue operations, squeezing through rubble looking for survivors, to deformable surgical robots that could move through the body to reach a particular point without damaging any of the organs or vessels along the way."

The last gif is a example of bendable articulation. :D 

MIT’s new robot cheetah may haunt your dreams 

The future is here — and it’s apparently a robot cheetah.

MIT’s cheetah robot, designed to mimic the form of the animal and emblazoned with cheetah spots, can run unleashed and untethered — without support wires — at 10 mph. With a potential to outpace human running records at 30 mph, MIT’s achievement will scarily exceed human capability. Funded by DARPA, the cheetah’s quiet, functional and swift technology will likely be used in rescue missions. 

Their invention may have huge implications

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MIT Robotic Cheetah

Oh HELL YES. Notice in the 2nd gif the “cheetah” runs untethered.

"MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah."

AWESOME.

"The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot’s legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In general, the faster the desired speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. In experiments the robot sprinted up to 10 mph and MIT researchers estimate the robot may eventually reach speeds of up to 30 mph.

© George S. Zimbel, 1958, Going to class, MIT

“Schools train you to be ignorant with style […] they prepare you to be a usable victim for a military industrial complex that needs manpower. As long as you’re just smart enough to do a job and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you’re going to be alright […] So I believe that schools mechanically and very specifically try and breed out any hint of creative thought in the kids that are coming up.” Frank Zappa

Programmer, hardware engineer and attorney Mary Allen Wilkes, pictured here programming a LINC computer at her parents’ Baltimore residence.

While Wilkes spent a brief four years at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, her contributions were immense: she played an instrumental role in the creation of LINC, the first viable small computer and progenitor of DEC’s PDP-8 line, programmed its operating system (the LINC Assembly Program or LAP) and developed the assembler-linker model used by modern compilers. In 1965, she designed and built a computer at home and is subsequently cited as the first owner of a “personal computer” by some computer history experts. 

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