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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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    Scientists develop ‘brain chip’

    March 12, 2003

    USC researchers are developing the first brain prothesis, an artificial hippocampus to replace damaged brain tissue.

    Scientists will initially test the “brain chip” on rat brains. The silicon-chip programming was developed by stimulating slices of rat hippocampus with electrical signals millions of times to determine which input produced a corresponding output. The chip would translate activity coming from the rest of the brain and send the necessary output instructions… read more

    Search for the next big thing

    March 12, 2003

    Candidates for the next big thing include content management or data mining, AI, data storage, security and monitoring software, gaming and entertainment technology, biopharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

    SETI to target most tantalising radio transmissions

    March 12, 2003

    Astronomers searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence are about to zoom in on 150 of the more tantalizing radio transmissions that have reached Earth.

    Bio-Whatchamacallit: Tom Ridge’s ‘Crazy’ Plan to Watch the Sky for Spores

    March 12, 2003

    To give emergency workers the heads-up on bioterrorism attacks, researchers are monitoring the air for bioagents as well as hospitals for signs of outbreaks of nonspecific illnesses or symptoms.

    Simulating Surgery

    March 11, 2003

    An experimental software system lets surgeons “sketch” several possibilities for bypass operations (based on nuclear magnetic resonance data) and preview the likely results before making a single incision.

    Universe as Doughnut: New Data, New Debate

    March 11, 2003

    Rather than being infinite in all directions, the universe could be radically smaller in one direction; it may be even be shaped like a doughnut. The idea is based on new data produced by NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe satellite.

    Foresight Vision conference announced

    March 11, 2003

    The Foresight Vision Conference, the annual Senior Associates Gathering, “Molecular Myth, Manufacturing, Money and Mania: will the real nanotechnology please self-assemble,” is being held May 2-4, 2003 in Palo Alto.

    Making Faces

    March 10, 2003

    A London surgeon’s plan to transplant a human face has caused some alarm about the nature of identity.

    Iraq to Assist with Robot Testing

    March 10, 2003

    Iraq seems to be on the verge of becoming one of the biggest testing grounds for military robotics in history.

    Tomorrow’s 5g cell phone

    March 9, 2003

    “Cognitive radio” will give wireless devices machine-learning capabilities, redefining cell-phone technology.

    Harnessing Atoms to Create Superfast Computers

    March 7, 2003

    A new book, “Shortcut Through Time,” aims to make quantum computing understandable.

    Sony, others to create 3D standards

    March 7, 2003

    Several high-tech companies including Sony and Sanyo have officially unveiled a consortium to create technical and safety standards for bringing three-dimensional displays to desktops, laptops and cell phones. To see images or run programs in 3D on these screens, users won’t need special glasses or additional software.

    DNA molecules form nanodevice scaffolding

    March 6, 2003

    A research team at the University of Minnesota is proposing a molecular-circuit assembly technique that they believe will be compatible with silicon-based electronics. A patterned silicon substrate, complete with interconnection pads, carries DNA-coded “tiles” that serve as breadboards for nanocomponents.

    To goal is a memory structure with a density of 10 trillion bits/cm2 — 100 times denser than the 64-Gbit DRAMs the electronics industry projects for 2010.

    The Future That Wasn’t

    March 6, 2003

    A new collection of images from the ’50s evokes a technologic optimism that makes the dotcom craze look conservative.

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