“One word of notice before we begin, all the the technologies you’re going to see here, now, are real…”
Nano-robots that fix tissues and control drugs have been envisioned for over 30 years. Now, using DNA origami and molecular programming, they are reality. These nanobots can seek and kill cancer cells, mimic social insect behaviors, carry out logical operators like a computer in a living animal, and they can be controlled from an Xbox. Ido Bachelet from the bio-design lab at Bar Ilan University explains this technology and how it will change medicine in the near future.
I still haven’t had a chance to really enjoy the Oculus Rift so far, simply due to lack of time. I’ve heard a lot of games already have support for it (can’t wait to try Half-Life 2).
However, the coolest thing I’ve experienced with the Rift so far is a hack developed by Luca Siciliano (aka troffmo5) that puts you inside a Google Street View scene (GitHub repository).
To experience it, you have to run a small piece of code that takes the Rift sensors data and streams it to a WebSocket, and then browse to oculusstreetview.eu.pn
My favorite places so far: Heron Reef (it just started there, didn’t even know you can dive underwater), standing on top of the Eiffel Tower, Times Square, Grand Central, and just outside the tracx office in Tel-Aviv.
Between Aug 1 – Sep 1, 2012, 9,522 people (including me) backed the Oculus Rift Kickstarter project, raising $2,437,429 — 975% of the $250,000 goal.
After seven months and #33 project update emails, a surprise package arrived in the mail today!
Moments like these make me believe maybe there’s still a chance for humanity after all.
A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
Three eras of currency:
Commodity based, e.g. Gold
Politically based, e.g. Dollar
Math based, e.g. Bitcoin
– Chris Dixon, investor at Andreessen Horowitz (source: cdixon’s tumblr)
I’m in NYC for a week, returning home tomorrow, and I just came back from the EVR club. I’m a bit too old for a dance club on a Friday night, and the $100 minimum bar tap price was a little ridiculous, but I’m really glad I went there and helped the Bitcoin economy a bit.
It was really funny on the way in, the guards didn’t know what I was talking about, and they referred me to Alex (a different one, not the owner), who smiled and told them “oh, it’s this Bitcoin thing that Alex is doing”, then took me inside and whispered something into the sexy bartender’s ear and told me she’d take care of me.
The payment process was smooth. Alex was so geeked out, I guess, that he asked someone to take a picture of us when I came to pay the bill. I just scanned a QR code off his tablet using my blockchain.info wallet app. I only had like 0.43BTC on me (worth about $60) so I paid the rest with my credit card, which actually took longer to process.
Anyway, it was a good feeling. Glad I did it.
The Genesis Block interviewed EVR Owner Alex Likhtenstein, “Buying Drinks With Bitcoin“.
That’s what happened to our building today. Good morning!