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’2001: HAL’s Legacy’ to air on PBS Nov. 27 (reminder)

November 27, 2001

Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Kurzweil, and other leading scholars in artificial intelligence and computer science will be featured in the forthcoming television documentary “2001: HAL’s Legacy,” to air nationwide on PBS stations starting Tuesday, November 27, according to Dr. David G. Stork, creator of the documentary.

The experts reflect upon the state of the art, how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go… read more

’2001: HAL’s Legacy’ to air on PBS Nov. 27

November 6, 2001

Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Kurzweil, and other leading scholars in artificial intelligence and computer science will be featured in the forthcoming television documentary “2001: HAL’s Legacy,” to air nationwide on PBS stations starting Tuesday, November 27, according to Dr. David G. Stork, creator of the documentary.

The experts reflect upon the state of the art, how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go… read more

20/20 Vision Awards honor Kurzweil, other innovative leaders

October 11, 2002

Ray Kurzweil has been included in CIO magazine’s 20/20 Vision Awards, which “honor outstanding individuals…20 creators and marketers of technology, and 20 practitioners who use IT to make great things happen.”
Kurzweil “created various artificial intelligence technologies, including speech recognition software used by doctors to dictate medical reports into a computer. Showing his range of vision, Kurzweil is currently at work on a book about reversing the aging process.… read more

20 Smart Companies to Start Now

October 10, 2006

Business 2.0 Magazine has listed 20 tantalizing business ideas, ranging from a host of new websites and applications to next-generation power sources and a luxury housing development.

20 factors that will change PCs in 2002

January 8, 2002

PC World picked 20 trends and technologies that will have the greatest impact on personal computing for business and home use in the coming year or more.
They include 400GB hard drives, the 1-GHz palmtop, organic-light-emitting diodes to replace LCDs, multimedia instant messaging, high-speed wireless networks in office and home, markup languages for everything, hyper-threading (a more efficient way to use processing power), a third-generation bus that’s ten times… read more

2-D Invisibility Cloak Created

December 19, 2007

University of Maryland researchers have used plasmon technology to create the world’s first invisibility cloak for visible light and a superlens microscope that allows for viewing details of previously undetectable nanoscale objects.

The microscope could one day image living cells, viruses, proteins, DNA molecules, and other samples. The team hopes to improve the resolution to about 10 nanometers.

2-D Holograms Make 3-D Color Display

November 19, 2004

Researchers from Seoul National University have developed a three-dimensional color display that uses a set of six holograms and is made from relatively compact and inexpensive components.

With a parallel processing computer system and a specialized chip, the method could be used for real-time three-dimensional broadcasting, according to the researchers.

2 billion jobs to disappear by 2030

February 6, 2012

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Futurist Thomas Frey predicts that over 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030, roughly 50% of all the jobs on the planet.

Industries that will go away (with some news jobs created):

  • The power industry (micro grids)
  • Automobile transportation (going driverless)
  • Education (OpenCourseware replacing teachers)
  • Manufacturing (3D printers and bots taking over).

 

2 Billion Infected? WHO Stokes Swine Flu Fear

May 8, 2009

The World Health Organization may have inadvertently triggered a new wave of fear over the threat of a swine flu pandemic today by suggesting that up to 2 billion people could be infected if the current outbreak worsens.

WHO chief Keiji Fukuda quickly noted to reporters that he was making statement based on data from past pandemics and was not a predicting what would happen with the current swine… read more

1st Nat’l Bank of Stem Cells

May 20, 2004

The world’s first embryonic stem-cell bank opened in Britain Wednesday, breaking new ground in one of the most controversial areas of medical research.

The bank will store and supply tens of thousands of stem cell lines for research and possible treatment of conditions like diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

1Gbps Wi-Fi coming to a billion devices by 2015

February 9, 2011

In-Stat forecasts that the impact of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology standard (developed to provide Gigabit speeds) will push shipments of 802.11ac-enabled devices from 0 in 2011 to nearly 1 billion by 2015.

“The goal of 802.11ac is to provide data speeds much faster than 802.11n, with speeds of around 1Gbps,” says Frank Dickson, Vice President of Research.

Some of the research findings include:

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    1918 flu antibodies resurrected from elderly survivors

    August 18, 2008

    Researchers at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt have recovered antibodies to the 918 flu pandemic virus from elderly survivors of the original outbreak.

    The antibodies could be effective treatments for a future outbreak.

    17-year-old wins $100K for biochemistry research on cancer stem cells

    December 9, 2011

    (credit: Siemens Competition/Siemens Foundation)

    Angela Zhang, a senior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, won the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Individual category in the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for using nanotechnology to eradicate cancer stem cells.

    In her project, “Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells,” she developed a nanoparticle that can be delivered to… read more

    160-lumen white power LED lighting

    October 25, 2006

    New LED lamps capable of 70 lumens per watt may cut our light-based electrical bill ultimately by more than 90 percent.

    And Toyota has said that replacing a car’s lights with LEDs would be equivalent to getting an extra 20 percent mileage through reducing vehicle weight.

    16-year-old programmer raises seed round from billionaire Li Ka Shing to ‘summarize the Web’

    December 14, 2011

    Nick D’Aloisio has created an iPhone app, Summly, that deals with Web overload by creating a quick summary of Web pages, TechCrunch reports.

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