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Eddie Mars, Cybermouthpiece, Talks to His Creator

January 26, 2003

In his new film, “Happy Here and Now,” Michael Almereyda looks into the future and sees computer chat rooms where participants can project fictitious identities, or “avatars,” into cyberspace to do their talking for them.

Kurzweil responds to Edge challenge, advises Bush

January 26, 2003

As described in The New York Times, John Brockman, a literary agent and publisher of Edge.org, asked leading scientists, writers and futurists to imagine that they had been nominated as White House science adviser and that President Bush had sought their answer to “What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world, and what is your advice on how I can begin to… read more

Molecular dots rise for information storage

January 24, 2003

Researchers have made a new molecular device that could store up to 100 gigabits of data per square inch, using molecules called “rotaxanes.”

Getting a Closer Look at the Eye

January 24, 2003

Adaptive optics, originally developed for astronomy (using mirrors to eliminate the visual distortion caused by the earth’s atmosphere), is being used by ophthalmologists to see to see individual cells in the retina.
It is being combined with optical coherence tomography, which allows doctors to capture images deep inside tissue.

Nanotechnology: the potential for new WMD

January 23, 2003

The possibility exists for the production of new types of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) using nanotechnology, including fourth-generation nuclear weapons, conventional weapons in large quantities using self-replication, and biological weapons.

This Is Your Business, Virtually

January 23, 2003

The video-conferencing room at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York now allows for virtual meetings on a new 4-foot-by-16-foot high-definition rear-projection screen, with 200 milliseconds latency.

Safe nanotech studied by new group

January 21, 2003

The nonprofit Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) has been formed by Chris Phoenix and Mike Treder to advance the safe use of molecular nanotechnology.

“Many of us have dreamed of a world with cheap, non-polluting, innovative manufacturing capability,” said Treder. “That dream is now within sight–but so is the nightmare of accidental or deliberate misuse.”

The New York-based CRN is researching all the issues involved–political, economic,… read more

IBM aims to get smart about artificial intelligence

January 21, 2003

In the coming months, IBM will unveil technology that it believes will vastly improve the way computers access and use data by unifying the different schools of thought surrounding artificial intelligence.

IBM’s Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) is an XML-based data retrieval architecture that will expand and enhance the retrieval techniques underlying databases.

Stem cells migrate from bone to brain

January 21, 2003

Autopsies on four dead women show for the first time that human stem cells in bone marrow can develop into brain cells. The discovery suggests new approaches for repairing damaged or diseased brains.

‘Blog’ trend provides virtual soapbox

January 21, 2003

Web logs, or “blogs,” are proliferating across the Internet, providing individuals a soapbox on which to sound off on topics ranging from politics to pet care. Experts say these online diaries are having a growing impact in politics especially.

Raelians will not provide proof of cloning

January 21, 2003

Raelian follower Marc LeTourneau said in a speech that none of the people involved with the (alleged) recent cloning want their identities to become known or will permit testing.

He also said ill people would be allowed to shift their DNA into healthy bodies, thereby allowing the essence of a person to live much longer.

Chess Champion Faces Off With New Computer

January 21, 2003

On Sunday, Garry Kasparov begins a six-game $1 million match against an Israeli program, Deep Junior, the three-time world computer chess champion.

The games will be shown in real time at www.x3dworld.com and www.chessbase.com.

Deep Fritz’s handlers had to provide the world champion with a copy of the software and promise not to change it later. Experts say that requirement put the machine at… read more

Scientists Giddy About the Grid

January 21, 2003

For years, connecting university and research-center supercomputers so they could share resources simply wasn’t feasible. New standards are changing that and opening the door to new research possibilities.

A day at the office in 2013

January 20, 2003

We are at the beginning of an era of pervasive digital intelligence. When RFID and other sensors are pervasive, cost less than a penny, have more chip-to-chip intelligence, and transmit at distances far beyond 15 feet or even 300 feet, the potential for abuse will be significant.

America’s ultra-secret weapon

January 20, 2003

High-power microwave weapons (“e-bombs”) that fry electronic circuits could be deployed on long-range cruise missiles if there’s a second Gulf War.

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