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Tune into DNA-Radio

March 5, 2009

Two German biotech experts are converting the entire human genome to audio and streaming it to the Internet, 24/7.

“It will take about 23.5 years until all code has been distributed over the Internet,” they say. They’re currently on Chromosome 1. (They’ve also created images of it.)

Tunguska-sized space rock buzzes Earth

March 3, 2009

An asteroid about the size (20 to 50 meters across) of the one that leveled the forest in Tunguska, Siberia a century ago flew past Earth on Monday at 72,000 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, just over twice the distance to geosynchronous satellites.

Tuning chip dopants could lead to integrating logic and memory on single chip

December 10, 2010

Physicists at Ohio State University have discovered that tiny defects inside a computer chip can be used to tune the properties of key atoms in the chip.

The technique, which they describe in the journal Science, involves rearranging the holes left by missing atoms to tune the properties of dopants — the chemical impurities that give the semiconductors in computer chips their special properties.

Though the technique is… read more

Tuning In to Nanotube Radio

February 5, 2008

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made scalable radio-frequency analog electronics in which all of the transistor-based devices, including the antennas and amplifiers, are built out of nanotube transistors.

Other groups have demonstrated the use of single nanotubes in radio circuits, but in this design, every active component is based on nanotubes, by using arrays of thousands of nanotubes in parallel. That spreads the current, allowing… read more

Tunneling Electrons Do Math

August 3, 2007

Using a novel computing paradigm involving counting single electrons, Delft University of Technology computer engineers have designed nano-sized circuitry that allows tunneling electrons to perform mathematical division calculations.

Tunnelling nanotubes: Life’s secret network

November 18, 2008

Recently discovered tunneling nanotubes may be responsible for the spread of HIV and prion infectivity from cell to cell, scientists have found.

At 50 to 200 nanometers thick, they are wide enough to allow proteins to pass through, and can span distances of several cell diameters, wiggling around obstacles to connect the insides of two cells some distance apart. Nanotubes may also play a role in tumors becoming resistant… read more

Turing at 100: legacy of a universal mind

February 23, 2012

Alan Turing (credit: IEEE)

As Alan Turing’s centenary year opens, Nature hails him as one of the top scientific minds of all time in a special issue that sweeps through Turing’s innumerable achievements — wartime code-breaker and founder of computer science — to his lesser known interests of botany, neural nets, unorganized machines, quantum physics and, well, ghosts.

Beneath it all, Turing was driven by the dream of reviving — possibly in the form of a computer… read more

Turing Award honors learning theory, parallel computing work

March 11, 2011

This year’s Turing Award was given to Leslie G. Valiant of Harvard University.

Each year, the Association for Computing Machinery honors a computer scientist for his or her contributions to the field. The prize comes with $250,000 and is named in honor of the British mathematician Alan Turing.

Valiant is cited for his contributions to a number of fields, including machine learning, computational complexity, and parallel and distributed… read more

Turing Church online workshop 2

Dates: December 11, 2011
Location: Online in teleXLR8

Turing Church online workshop 2

Update: the videos are available online.

The convergence of religion with highly imaginative future science and technologies will be explored in the Turing Church online workshop 2 on Sunday, December 11 in teleXLR8, a 3D interactive video conferencing space.

The Turing Church is a working group on science and religion.

Speakers, morning session, 9am PST… read more

Turing Church online workshop 2 explores religion and future science

November 28, 2011

Turing Church online workshop 1

The convergence of religion with highly imaginative future science and technologies will be explored in the Turing Church online workshop 2 on Sunday, December 11 in teleXLR8, a 3D interactive video conferencing space.

The Turing Church is a working group on science and religion. All speakers of the 2010 Turing Church online workshop 1 will participate.

Among the new speakers… read more

Turing Church online workshop 2 talks videos now online

December 22, 2011

Frank Tipler

On Sunday, December 11, we explored the convergence of religion with highly imaginative future science and technologies in the Turing Church online workshop 2  in teleXLR8, a 3D interactive video conferencing space.

Videos of all talks are now available online.

The Turing Church, a working group on science and religion, holds an annual open workshop on the intersection of science… read more

Turing machine built from wood and scrap metal

March 24, 2011

turing_machine

A mechanical machine that can solve the same algorithms as a modern computer has been built out of wood and scrap metal, says software engineer Jim MacArthur.

The machine is a close physical model of the theoretical Turing machine — a device first described by Alan Turing in 1937 as a thought experiment to understand the limits of mechanical computation.

According to the theory, the machine performs… read more

Turing Test Dead End

July 22, 2003

“The failure of computers, with all their power, to do much more than ELIZA [a simulated psychologist] is pathetic,” says curmudgeon PC Mag. columnist John Dvorak.

“With computer programs such as Deep Blue able to analyze millions of chess moves in order to make informed decisions, you’d think developers could somehow apply similar technology…”

Turing test for bots

January 26, 2009

Game Development Studio 2K Australia (creator of BioShock) provided A$7,000 cash plus a trip to their studio in Canberra for anyone who could create a bot to pass a “Turing Test for Bots.”

The competition was run at the IEEE Symposium on Computation Intelligence and Games, at the conference venue at The University of Western Australia. The winning team, AMIS, from Charles University in Prague,… read more

Turing test winner fools 25 percent of human judges

October 13, 2008

All of the AI chatbots competing to pass the Turing Test in the 18th Loebner Prize on Sunday managed to fool at least one of their human interrogators that they were in fact communicating with a human rather than a machine, according to a University of Reading statement.

One of the programs, Elbot, created by Fred Roberts, the winner of the $3000 2008… read more

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