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Man leads machine in chess duel

October 8, 2002

The world’s best human chess player, Vladimir Kramnik, has taken the lead over Deep Fritz, the world’s best computer player, in a million-dollar battle between man and machine.

Kramnik was given a copy of Deep Fritz three months before the start of the contest, allowing him to prepare in a similar way as he would for a match with a grandmaster — by analyzing his previous games.

Unlike… read more

Merging Man And Machine

October 7, 2002

Implants may allow human minds to commune with each other directly, monitor body functions in real time, and (by 2050) link into a global network in which police respond to the mere thought of crime, says Professor Kevin Warwick.

All the World’s an MIT Campus

October 4, 2002

MIT has posted a sampling of its free courses, with 32 classes in 17 departments, on its OpenCourseWare (OCW) website.

Over the next decade, the university will post lecture notes, assignments, syllabi, tutorials, video simulations and reading lists from over 2,000 courses on the site.

International Lisp Conference to stage bot beauty contest

October 4, 2002

The Association of Lisp Users (ALU) has announced that the first annual ILC ChatterBot Beauty Contest will be held during the International Lisp Conference 2002 in San Francisco, October 27 to 31.

Bots competing in the event will be judged “not only on apparent intelligence but also on their artistic abilities, their personalities, their sense of humor, their imagination,” according to an ILU statement.

ALU has… read more

Superconducting nanotubes

October 4, 2002

Researchers have discovered a way to convert nanotubes into superconductors by placing hydrogen on the exterior, leading to dense concentrations of charge-carrying electrons.

Carbon nanotubes are considered to be building blocks of future electronic and mechanical devices.

NIST press release: “Can Nanotubes Be Engineered to Superconduct?”

“Effects of hydrogen adsorption on single-wall carbon nanotubes: Metallic hydrogen decoration,” by O. Gulseren, T. Yildirim, and S.… read more

Quantum cryptography takes to the skies

October 3, 2002

Quantum cryptography keys encoded in polarized photons of light have been transmitted more than 23 kilometers through air, British researchers have announced. They say the breakthrough is an important step towards a satellite-based global communications system that is completely secure and expect to have a system design by March 2003.

Quantum cryptography guarantees that keys cannot be intercepted without the sender and receiver knowing by using the quantum properties… read more

Thousand-chamber biochip debuts

October 3, 2002

California Institute of Technology researchers hope to replace large chemistry equipment with devices based on a fluidic storage chip that can store 1,000 different substances in an area slightly larger than a postage stamp.

The technology could eventually allow experiments that involve hundreds or thousands of liquid samples to run on desktop or even handheld devices, potentially reducing the cost and complexity of medical testing, genetics research and drug… read more

Library of Congress Taps the Grid

October 3, 2002

The Library of Congress is evaluating grid technology to preserve and manage the library’s more than 7.5 million digital records from 100 collections of manuscripts, books, maps, films, sound recordings and photographs in its American Memory project.

Despite Fraud at Bell Labs, Chip Research Barrels Ahead

October 1, 2002

Researchers have now created transistors whose switching components are literally single atoms. The next application of molecular electronics will most likely be for computer memory. In the longer term, scientists are still thinking how to use their molecular circuits for performing the logic operations of computer chips.

Kurzweil to discuss radical life-extension and the Singularity at Alcor conference

September 30, 2002

Ray Kurzweil will present a comprehensive program for extending longevity and vitality that he devised in collaboration with longevity expert Terry Grossman, M.D. in “A Bridge to a Bridge to a Bridge,” a talk at the Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension in Newport Beach, CA, November 15-17. Based on correcting imbalances in metabolic processes, the program is the subject of a forthcoming book and is a… read more

Redmond center previews Microsoft’s vision for future office

September 27, 2002

Microsoft Corp. has unveiled the Center for Information Work, a permanent exhibit of office products and software that are at least five years away.

The future concepts include surround sound, copying or moving material between the computers by just pointing at them, and multimedia email, but Microsoft failed to address important security issues in the center. The future concepts include surround sound, copying or moving material between the computers… read more

Famed Nanotech Researcher Axed

September 25, 2002

Bell Labs has fired Jan Hendrik Schon for falsifying experimental data in the areas of superconductivity, molecular electronics and molecular crystals.

Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension to profile cryonic breakthroughs

September 25, 2002

Cryonic breakthroughs in preventing tissue damage from freezing, human therapeutic cloning to replace damaged or missing tissue, and radical new techniques for life extension will be among the topics addressed at the Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension in Newport Beach, CA, November 15-17.Michael D. West, President & CEO of Advanced Cell Technology; Ray Kurzweil, CEO, Kurzweil Technologies; and Gregory Benford, science fiction writer and Professor of… read more

Google enters news arena

September 25, 2002

Google has launched a news service that uses search algorithms rather than human editors to select news reports.

It offers news reports from 4,000 different websites. Stories are ranked on how recently they have been published, the number of articles devoted to a given topic and the popularity of the particular news source.

Slaves to Our Machines

September 23, 2002

Instead of machines augmenting human ability, humans are increasingly being called on to augment machine abilities.

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