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Technology Rewrites the Book

July 19, 2006

The print-on-demand business is gradually moving toward the center of the marketplace. What began as a way for publishers to reduce their inventory and stop wasting paper is becoming a tool for anyone who needs a bound document. Short-run presses can turn out books economically in small quantities or singly, and new software simplifies the process of designing a book.

Technology Said to End Errors in Chips Caused by Radiation

December 16, 2003

Researchers at an STMicroelectronics laboratory in France have developed a semiconductor memory technology that is immune to soft errors caused by background radiation, potentially eliminating an important barrier to shrinking the size of computer chips.

To defeat soft errors without adding additional circuitry (thus increasing the size of the chip), the STMicroelectronics researchers stacked a capacitor on top of a memory circuit, lowering the chances that a logic bit… read more

Technology that helps the aged stay home

A more cost-effective, practical solution than robots --- for now
November 15, 2012

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University of Adelaide computer scientists are developing a network of sensors attached to objects and AI software to track what a senior is doing — a practical, low-cost solution for helping older people to keep living independently and safely in their own homes.

The researchers are adapting radio-frequency identification (RFID) and other sensor technologies to automatically identify and monitor human activity,… read more

Technology, the Stealthy Tattletale

October 29, 2007

A technological revolution is making it possible to track down escaping bank robbers and find missing things and people far more quickly and precisely than ever.

The change is powered less by new technologies than the artful combination of existing ones, mainly the Internet, cellphones and GPS satellites. In some cases, the new devices linked to these systems can even detect a theft before it happens.

Technology’s Future: A Look at the Dark Side

May 17, 2006

Any technology powerful enough to improve life radically is also capable of abuse and prone to serious, unanticipated side effects.

‘Tectonic shifts’ in employment

January 5, 2012


Information technology is reducing the need for certain jobs faster than new ones are being created.

Several factors, including outsourcing, help explain the state of the labor market, but fast-advancing, IT-driven automation might be playing the biggest role.

For example, reduced the need for retail staffers; computerized kiosks in hotels and airports replaced clerks; voice-recognition and speech systems replaced customer support staff and operators; and businesses of… read more

TED conference makes videos available free online

April 15, 2007

TED, known for its annual invitation-only summit of the “world’s brightest minds,” today made high-resolution videos of more than 100 full-length TED talks available free on its new website.’s impressive new design includes an innovative custom video player. Shown here (click to play): Ray Kurzweil’s TED 2006 talk, “How technology’s accelerating power will transform us”)

This is an important moment in TED’s history,”… read more

TED launches TED-Ed educational initiative

March 13, 2012


TED Curator Chris Anderson announced Monday TED’s new new educational initiative TED-Ed, featuring the TED-Ed YouTube channel.

TED-Ed’s mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world by “pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos.”

A new site, which will launch in early April 2012, will feature these videos and some powerful new… read more

TED removes TEDxWestHollywood license: ideas that have ‘failed to gain scientific acceptance’

April 1, 2013


TED has removed the license of TEDxWestHollywood for their planned “Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?” event, says the TEDxWestHollywood blog.

The takedown was only a couple of weeks before the April 14 event (and after they had spent more than a year preparing), the blog says.

In an email to Suzanne Taylor, the organizer of TEDxWestHollywood, a representative of TED outlined the objections: “And when… read more

TED: MIT Students Turn Internet Into a Sixth Human Sense — Video

February 9, 2009

Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen.

The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and Internet data at will.

Pattie Maes of the lab’s Fluid Interfaces group said the research is aimed at creating a new digital “sixth sense” for humans that comes from computers and the Internet.

TED: Siftable Computing Makes Digital Data Physical

February 9, 2009

Two MIT students have created “siftable” — small prototype plastic cubes about one inch in size with screens, processors and infrared ports that communicate with one another in pre-programmed ways when placed next to one.

The cubes could be used to organize ideas, for presentations and for educational purposes.

TEDMED features medical and health innovations

November 3, 2009

The four-day TEDMED conference last week introduced eye-opening medical and health innovations.

Coverage has included medGadget (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4), Scientific Amarican, Huffington Post, and Twitter.

TEDMED3 to focus on new health tech

March 12, 2003

Richard Saul Wurman is hosting TEDMED3, focused on “the collection of media and technologies that enable individuals to seek and obtain a healthier life through the understanding of information.” It will be held June 11-14, 2003 in Philadelphia.

The conference will cover topics such as:

  • computer graphics & imaging of the human body
  • micro lozenges that record their journey through the body
  • various
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    Teenage ‘baby’ may lack master aging gene

    June 26, 2009

    Brooke Greenberg is 16 years old now (the picture shows her at age 11), but hasn’t aged since she was an infant. Understanding her condition could provide an insight into the genetics of aging.

    Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine thinks that Brooke is the first recorded case of what he describes as “developmental disorganization.” His hypothesis is that the cause is disruption of… read more

    Teens: E-mail is for old people

    October 5, 2006

    Teenagers prefer instant messaging or text messaging for talking to friends and use e-mail to communicate with “old people,” according to Pew Internet & American life study.

    “E-mail is so last millennium,” as USA Today puts it.

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