May 22, 2001
Extraterrestrial acoustics and a “smart violin” attempt to clone the Stradivarius will be among the topics presented at the annual Acoustical Society of America conference, June 4-8, Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.
A benevolent “cheese worm” is currently circulating the Net, fixing computers running Linux that have been attacked earlier by another worm (self-propagating virus).
The Lion worm has been infecting Linux servers, installing backdoors and stealing passwords.
Celera Genenomics is challenging the Consortium’s Feb. report that 223 of the 30,000 human genes appear to have been acquired directly from bacteria instead of inheritance.
Hewlett-Packard is researching molecular computers, using rotaxanes.
UCLA professor James Heath and his team have succeeded in attaching their minuscule switches to tiny wires and have developed a redundant wiring technique that routes signals around imperfect molecular switches.
Heath thinks he might be able to build a rudimentary computer within a couple of years.
A cybernetic definition of “life” has been proposed by Bernard Korzeniewski of the Institute of Molecular Biology at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland: “A network of inferior negative feedbacks subordinated to a superior positive feedback.”
In other words, life is a system that tries to regulate itself to preserve its identity. Uner this definition, ants, prions, and infertile humans are not alive, but parasitic DNA is, he says.
The X (executable) Internet and an extended Net that connects to the real world will eclipse the Web, says Forrester Research.
“Executable applications will give users tools to experience the Net in more entertaining and engaging ways,” said Carl D. Howe, research director and principal analyst at Forrester. “For example, imagine a corporate buyer navigating a virtual marketplace with a Doom-like user interface — buyers could simply… read more
Nanotech pioneer Ralph C. Merkle, PhD will speak at
a meeting of the Silicon Valley Section of the American Chemical Society, May 24, 2001 at the Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara. Open to non-ACS members.
Sun’s new Project JXTA, using P2P networking, could benefit the AI community by combining the processing power of thousands of networked personal computers to create worldwide virtual supercomputers.
Headed by Bill Joy, Project JXTA (juxtapose) encourages “open source” development, with executable and source code for the initial implementation available in Java and C.
The sunlight-seeking Hyperion robot is about to be tested on Devon Island, near the Arctic Circle, mimicing a planetary landscape.
Developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in collaboration with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project, Hyperion is designed to dodge shadows, seek sunlight and drive itself along sun-synchronous routes, while carrying out exploration duties on Mars.
The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) “Technology at the Crossroads: Frontiers of the Future” national meeting in Baltimore, Maryland is scheduled for June 3-5, 2001.
Sessions include Replication of Nanodevices, The Challenge of Molecular Electronics: Focusing Nanotechnology on the Future Computer, Virtual Voyage Through Medicine, The Pathway to Virtual Research Communities, Regenerative Medicine as Alternative Therapy, and Human Embryonic Stem Cells: Applications for Drug Discovery… read more
A wireless videoconferencing robot on wheels that allows telecommuters to hold real-time video chats with people in their office?
That’s what Sprint is planning with its Digitally Enhanced Network Appliance Project.