Ray Kurzweil’s “law of accelerating returns” is a very viable economic theory that can be used to address many of the issues that economists are facing in our times, but unfortunately most university departments of economics pay very little attention to it, whereas the old economic theories are not able to answer issues that global economy has been facing since the inception of computer revolution of the last thirty
July 14, 2012 by James Iliff
It’s now obvious that immersive virtual reality is finally back in the consumer market — with a vengeance.
Especially with the recent advent of FOV2GO, a free DIY portable fold-out iPhone and Android viewer that turns the smartphone screen into a 3-D VR system.
You can create one with foamboard and 2 cheap plastic lenses, and downloadable software lets you create your own virtual worlds or environments to display.… read more
December 26, 2013 by Amara D. Angelica
Ever had a nurse stick you multiple times, trying to locate a vein to draw blood? That pain is about to be history.
Bitcasa has created a new cloud service that promises “infinite storage” in the cloud for Windows and Mac.
Once you install Bitcasa it prompts you to choose which of your folders to “cloudify.” Cloudified folders are uploaded to Bitcasa’s cloud right away and get a Bitcasa logo added to the system tray or Finder.
Any time you save, copy, or paste new files… read more
May 30, 2012 by Amara D. Angelica
OK, this one pushes me over the “Onion threshold,” to coin a term.
Hey, I’m not making this stuff up — it comes from IEEE Spectrum, a credible source, and it’s not April 1!
Anyway, it turns out Yamagata University researchers are developing a robot to make… read more
June 27, 2013 by Amara D. Angelica
When we last visited our “RoboRoach” bionic cockroach, it was being remotely controlled by a mobile phone that triggered hallucinations of an invisible wall (for educational purposes only, mind you).
Now Dr. Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, and his team want to take it a step further. They plan to use their Madagascar hissing roaches (dubbed… read more
September 17, 2013 by Amara D. Angelica
Dark Matter airs on SiriusXM Indie Talk channel 104 (30-day trial available) at 10PM Eastern/7PM Pacific* (also available via Internet and apps), covering wild ideas at the edge of reality.
Art was a founder and original host of the … read more
July 14, 2012 by James Iliff
At the recent E3 2012 show, I saw the future of virtual reality and gaming.
It’s a robust stereoscopic head-mounted display (HMD) called the Oculus RIFT from hardware pioneer Palmer Luckey, shown off by legendary computer graphics guru John Carmack, technical director of Id Software.
Using aspheric lenses and side-by-side stereoscopy, the Oculus RIFT boasts a wide field-of-view of 90 degrees horizontal and 110… read more
The new iPad, introduced today, has a 264 pixels/inch “retina” display with 2048 x 1536 pixels (3.1 million), compared to 1920 x 1080 with HDTV; 5 megapixels camera with 1080P HD video (and new version of iMovie) with autofocus and face detection in still images; new A5X quad-core processor that is “four times as fast as the nearest competition”; and next-gen 4G (up to LTE) connection. Unbelievable.… read more
David J. Linden is the author of a new book, The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good. He is a Professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology.
It should be noted that many of the criticisms in this blog post… read more
April 18, 2011 by Amara D. Angelica
The Fermi paradox is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of evidence for, or contact with, such civilizations. As Enrico Fermi asked, “Where is everybody?”
One answer is that extraterrestial life sufficiently advanced to be capable of interstellar travel or communication must be rare, since otherwise we would have seen evidence of it by now. This in… read more
March 29, 2012 by Ben Goertzel
For 3 days in late February, Russian businessman Dmitry Itskov gathered 500+ futurists in Moscow for a “Global Future 2045 Congress” — the latest manifestation of his “Russia 2045” movement.
The Congress featured an impressive roster of Russian scientists, engineers and visionaries, along with American and West European futurist leaders like Ray Kurzweil, Randal Koene, and John Smart.
As Kurzweil noted when I asked him about… read more
Finally: a brainwave-sensing gadget disguised as a stylish wearable headband that would fit right in with Google Glass … and not make you look like a Fringe experiment run amok.
It’s not clear to me yet how this gadget differs from other EEG… read more