March 5, 2003
The second episode of Animatrix, part of The Matrix’s world, is now available for downloading.
The two current popular incarnations of distributed computing technology, Peer-to-peer (P2P) and grid computing, will converge. “The complementary nature of the strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches suggests that the interests of the two communities are likely to grow closer over time.”
At TIME’s Future of Life conference, Ray Kurzweil predicted that advancements in genomics, coupled with nanotechnology and the combination of human and computer intelligence, could extend our life span to 1,000 years.
Kurzweil defined intelligence as “the ability to solve problems using limited resources. And the most limited resource is time.”
The implication is that the smartest thing for us to do would be to eliminate the ravages… read more
A business plan based on nano-structured low-k dielectrics has won the one-million yen grand prize in a contest in Japan intended to establish a business model for nanotechnology ventures.
“Low-k dielectric materials are one of the key enablers to continue Moore’s Law,” said Nathen Fox, President and CEO of Atomic-Scale Design Incorporated, which won the award. “These materials are needed for the interlayer dielectrics (insulators) required in future computer… read more
Microsoft researchers are developing computers controlled by waving a hand, tracking software that can find a person on an office campus, and an identification system that embeds a digitized image of the photo in the bar code, so forgers cannot simply paste on a picture to create a new ID.
“Scientists in Spain have developed a robotic finger with a sense of touch. It is made of a polymer that can feel the weight of what it’s pushing and adjust the energy it uses accordingly.”
A New Zealand company’s twist on free-space optics — which broadcasts data over visible light spectrum — promises to make wireless data transfer faster and cheaper. It can even beam high-quality video.
IDC predicts that the volume of Internet traffic generated by end users worldwide will nearly double annually over the next five years, increasing from 180 petabits per day in 2002 to 5,175 petabits per day by the end of 2007.
“To put these figures into perspective, the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress amounts to only 10 terabytes of information. By 2007, IDC expects Internet users will… read more
After a lengthy debate on science and human life, the House on Thursday passed a bill endorsed by President Bush that would ban human cloning and sentence violators to prison and fines as high as $1 million.
Intel’s entire roadmap for the next few years will be revealed on Ziff Davis’ ExtremeTech site.
The remarkably fuel-efficient motor of the protein kinesin serves as the ideal model for a variety of futuristic nanotechnologies — from nanofactories that would fit inside a computer chip to nanoimplants that could be placed under the skin and deliver minute doses of medication to targeted cells.
News tip: Walter Purvis
Aging experts cautioned that if scientists succeed in developing therapies to extend human lifespan by decades the event could have profound implications for society.
Ethical issues would arise if anti-aging interventions were not universally available and there could be problems of overpopulation.
Salon.com takes on the controversial annual competition for the Loebner Prize in artificial intelligence.
Researchers have created tree-like molecules that assemble themselves into precisely structured building blocks of a quarter-million atoms. Such building blocks may be precursors to designing nanostructures for molecular electronics or photonics materials, which “steer” light in the same way computer chips steer electrons.
News tip: Walter Purvis