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.
A London surgeon’s plan to transplant a human face has caused some alarm about the nature of identity.
Iraq seems to be on the verge of becoming one of the biggest testing grounds for military robotics in history.
“Cognitive radio” will give wireless devices machine-learning capabilities, redefining cell-phone technology.
A new book, “Shortcut Through Time,” aims to make quantum computing understandable.
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.
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.
A new collection of images from the ’50s evokes a technologic optimism that makes the dotcom craze look conservative.
Toshiba has figured out how to power a portable computer using fuel cell technology without the need for a power unit larger than the PC itself.
The solution to developing machines that can move and work like humans may lie in getting robots and humans to interact better.
Researchers are building a miniature human liver on a silicon chip as a realistic model of the natural organ. Mass produced, such a chip could be a boon to companies developing drugs for hepatitis and other diseases, and for scientists investigating liver cancer and gene therapy and chemical firms testing the toxicity of new materials.
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.
There are three ways to achieve supervision:
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.”