science + technology news

Project JXTA

May 16, 2001

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.

Building a Better Backbone

May 16, 2001

Surging Internet growth is straining the capacity of the Internet backbone. New developments to increase bandwidth include Raman amplification (allows a signal to be amplified without introducing noise), polarized light, and “photonic-band-gap crystals” to eliminate interference between wavelengths.

Current research could enable holographic 3-D videoconferences, long-distance surgery, and instantaneous access to books stored at any library in the world.

Hyperion: Sun-Thirsty Space Robot

May 16, 2001

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.

NIST conference focuses on nanotech, biotech, VR in year 2020

May 15, 2001

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 robot in your future

May 14, 2001

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.

Douglas Adams, 1952 — 2001

May 14, 2001

Lament for Douglas by Richard Dawkins.

Aaron: AI-based painter program

May 12, 2001

Aaron, an AI-based program that creates original paintings on your computer’s screen, has passed the art world’s Turing Test, says its creator, Harold Cohen, artist and University of California at San Diego art professor.

“Aaron’s output has been hung in major museums all around the world,” he said. “Since most of that happened before anybody was aware of how powerful the computer was, I have to assume… read more

A Quicker Map for Disease

May 11, 2001

Mapping common genetic diseases may turn out to be much easier. Segments of DNA shared by people with common ancestors can be much larger than previously thought — significantly decreasing the number of starting places researchers need to map genetic disorders.

Creating a Modern Ark of Genetic Samples

May 11, 2001

American Museum of Natural History scientists are building a 21st century version of Noah’s Ark.

It will contain 70,000 tissue samples immersed in liquid nitrogen and will act as a central repository for nonhuman comparative genomics. It also may one day provide source material for creating clones of endangered or extinct animals. newsletter published

May 10, 2001

The newsletter, which alerts you to accelerating-intelligence news and new articles on this site, is now available, with daily or weekly options. To subscribe, click here (free).

AOL using

May 8, 2001

America Online has begun using new “context recognition” filtering technology to power its “parental control” options for kids, young teens and older teens.

The automated technology — provided by RuleSpace — recognizes eight languages and can analyze the content of 47 million webpages per day.

Robo-eels, critters on chips lead cyborg pack

May 8, 2001

Melding animals and automatons, researchers have concocted a growing number of bizarre cyborgs that could transform science and perhaps the human species itself.

Mixing and matching parts of everything from fish with robots and bacteria with microchips, scientists hope their creations someday lead to advances in medicine, warfare and environmental protection.

Critics wonder if the biotech hybrids might lead to Frankenstein-like outcomes.

Sony empowers Aibo pet robot to read e-mail

May 7, 2001

Sony has unveiled software that allows its second-generation Aibo robots to read e-mail messages and Web pages, using a speech synthesizer, in Japanese or English.

Aibo Messenger also recognizes up to 50 words, so an owner can program the pet to “fetch,” etc.

Genetically altered babies born

May 5, 2001

The first genetically altered humans have been born and are healthy. The children were born following a technique called ooplasmic transfer, which involves taking some of the contents of the donor cell and injecting it into the egg cell of a woman with infertility problems.

Up to 30 such children have been born, 15 of them as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine… read more

Light-driven micromachines?

May 4, 2001

Scottish researchers have devised a way to use lasers to spin even the most delicate microscopic objects without damaging them. This system may give researchers an unprecedented amount of control for manipulating objects in living cells or components of micromachines.

“Our technique could be used to drive motors, mixers, centrifuges, and other rotating parts in cheap, tiny, automated technologies of the future,” said Science author Kishan Dholakia of St.… read more

close and return to Home