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Undercover genes slip into the brain

March 24, 2003

A molecular Trojan horse that can slip past the brain’s defences has proved to be very effective at delivering genes, drugs and other compounds to the brains of primates. It could be used to treat a host of brain disorders, from Parkinson’s to epilepsy.

Recent advances in computer vision

March 24, 2003

Human eye movements to scroll a computer screen up and down, a camera that periodically scans a scene in front of you and turns images into sounds, automatic media interpretation to assist users in searching for specific scenes and shots, and a system that can detect suspicious pedestrian behavior in parking lots are examples of new computer-vision systems.

‘Darwin’s Blind Spot’: Biotech Merger

March 24, 2003

Symbiosis has played an important role in the evolution of complex life-forms than natural selection, argues Frank Ryan in a controversial book, Darwin’s Blind Spot: Evolution Beyond Natural Selection.

Know Your Transhumanists

March 19, 2003

WIRED magazine portrays “two major types of transumanists: “The Extropian” and “The Singularitarian” (“Favorite Tattoo: ‘Everybody Loves Raymond (Kurzweil).’” Kurzweil’s next book, “The Singularity is Near,” is also mentioned.

Real World Robots

March 18, 2003

Robots have arrived. They are doing real jobs alongside humans — in homes, hospitals and on the battlefield.

Techno sniffer dog debuts at Heathrow

March 18, 2003

London’s Heathrow airport has unveiled a new electronic “sniffer dog.” The Sentinel II analyzes air that is blown across passengers’ bodies for particles of explosives or other banned substances.

Ink Changes Color at Flick of a Switch

March 17, 2003

“A new ink changes colour at the flick of a switch. It could give rise to newspapers that show shifting images, or chemical sensors that display different hues depending on what substance they detect.”

Alternate Reality Games Grab Mindshare

March 17, 2003

ARGs or Alternate Reality Games are immersive experiences that mix real world clues, phone calls, voicemail, email chatterbots, real people playing roles in real life and bogus and legit websites. The objective: a fully rounded gaming experience that bleeds over into everyday life. They could also have real-world applications like group dynamics and problem solving.

Future Fetish

March 17, 2003

Wired has published a wish list of cool gadgets for 2013, including a combination PDA, wireless Internet, a mini iPod, and phoneu and roll-up television screen made of light-emitting-polymer.

Bone marrow cells can become heart cells

March 14, 2003

Researchers have detected the first evidence that cells originating in the bone marrow can form new heart tissue in human adults and this suggests the technique could prove useful for mending and regenerating damaged heart tissue.

Face-Recognition Technology Improves

March 14, 2003

Facial recognition technology has improved substantially since 2000, according to a federal government report. The best facial recognition systems can now correctly verify that a person in a photograph or video image is the same person whose picture is stored in a database 90 percent of the time, with one percent false positives. Performance has also been enhanced by improving technology to rotate images taken at an angle.

How Hydrogen Can Save America

March 13, 2003

For $100 billion in today’s dollars, the US could shift the balance of power from foreign oil producers to US energy consumers within a decade. By 2013, a third of all new cars sold could be hydrogen-powered, 15 percent of the nation’s gas stations could pump hydrogen, and the US could get more than half its energy from domestic sources.

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.

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