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The Last Pictures launches with EchoStar XVI satellite

November 19, 2012


On November 20, Creative Time will launch an archival disc created by artist Trevor Paglen called The Last Pictures into outer space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Made of ultra-archival materials, the disc is expected to orbit the earth for billions of years affixed to the exterior of the communications satellite EchoStar XVI.

To create the artifact, Paglen micro-etched one hundred photographs selected to… read more

The Rapture of the Nerds by Stross, Doctorow published

September 9, 2012


Science fiction author Charlie Stross announced Friday on his blog that The Rapture of the Nerds: A Tale of The Singularity, Posthumanity, and Awkward Social Situations, a new science fiction novel co-authored by Cory Doctorow, has been published by Tor Books.

The book is available now from Amazon and will soon be available for free download under a Creative… read more

The Singularity Is Near movie available today

July 23, 2012


Is the Singularity near?

“Well, some amazing changes that are fantastically big and fantastically fast are coming our way,” says noted futurist Alvin Toffler in the much-anticipated movie, The Singularity Is Near, A True Story About the Future, available today.

The Singularity is Near stars Ramona, played by NCIS star Pauley Perrette, a superintelligent avatar (artificial-intelligence- based, human-like virtual person) created by AI wizard Ray Kurzweil (played… read more

The Singularity Is Near movie to be available this Summer

June 18, 2012


The Singularity Is Near: a True Story About the Future movie will be available to the public this Summer, KurzweilAI announced today (June 16, 2012).

The movie will be available for downloading and via DVD.

A new website,, launched today, includes a movie teaser and links to Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up to be notified when… read more

Transcendent Man movie available on iTunes

March 1, 2011

Transcendent Man poster earth

Transcendent Man, a film about the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, is available today, Tuesday March 1, on iTunes in the United States.

Rental $3.99 SD / $4.99 HD; Purchase $13.99 SD / $19.99 HD.

Transcendent Man opens in top ten on iTunes in Canada; March 1 U.S. release planned

February 24, 2011

Los Angeles screening sold out two nights (photo: Chris Lorello)

The documentary film Transcendent Man (2011, 87 minutes), has been released exclusively on iTunes in Canada, rising to #7 among all movies in its first day of sales.

The critically acclaimed movie will be available March 1 on iTunes in the U.S. and on DVD in Canada the same day. It will also be available starting March 1 on Movies On Demand on cable in the U.S.… read more

2B: the Era of Flesh Is Over film to premiere at Woodstock Film Festival

October 1, 2009

2B: The Era of Flesh Is Over, a science-fiction film set in the near future, will have its world premiere at the 10th anniversary Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, NY on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.

A panel discussion, “Redesigning Humanity: the New Frontier,” moderated by bioethicist James J. Hughes, including Ray Kurzweil, 2B film executive producer Martine Rothblatt, and author Wendell Wallach and… read more

Transcendent Man movie DVD now available in stores and online

May 24, 2011

Transcendent Man poster

Transcendent Man, the film about the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil by director Barry Ptolemy, is available today (May 24, 2011) on DVD in stores nationwide (Best Buy and Barnes and Noble), according to Ptolemaic Productions.

The DVD will also be available for order on,,, and, and on… read more

Transcendent Man, film heralding the coming Singularity, launches February 2011 via new distribution model

January 11, 2011


Ptolemaic Productions and Therapy Studios announced today the February 2011 release of their much-anticipated film Transcendent Man. Directed by Barry Ptolemy, Transcendent Man chronicles the life and controversial ideas of inventor, futurist, and author Ray Kurzweil.

On February 3rd, Transcendent Man will embark on a multi-city global tour beginning in New York and followed by San Jose, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Boston, London, and Toronto. Each… read more

@Google — @Twitter To Start Indexing Links For Search

May 7, 2009

Twitter Search will soon begin crawling the links that people tweet out and indexing them.

This immediately takes Twitter Search, which is still a very basic service, to the next level. This means that no longer will it just be a stream of textual tweets, but it will include millions of web pages as well.

A Better, Cheaper Multitouch Interface

April 1, 2009

NYU researchers have developed new technology called Inexpensive Multi-Touch Pressure Acquisition Devices (IMPAD) that can be made paper thin and can fit on small portable devices or cover an entire table or wall.

IMPAD measures a change in electrical resistance when a person or object applies different pressure to a specially designed pad, consisting of only a few layers of materials. It opens up a new dimension of pressure… read more

A $1.50 Lens-Free Microscope

October 25, 2010

(Changhuei Yang Research Group, Caltech)

Using a $1.50 digital camera sensor, scientists at Caltech have created the simplest and cheapest lens-free microscope yet. Such a device could have many applications, including helping diagnose disease in the developing world, and enabling rapid screening of new drugs.

A system of microscopic channels called microfluidics lead a sample across the light-sensing chip, which snaps images in rapid succession as the sample passes across and produces a video.… read more

A 10-Cent Blood-Type Test

June 9, 2010

(Gil Garnier)

Researchers at Monash University have developed the first dipstick-type test to determine blood type.

The test involves putting a drop of blood onto a thin piece of paper that has been specially printed with antibodies; as the blood seeps into different parts of the paper, the blood type is revealed. The researchers say the test, which costs pennies, could improve medical treatments in the developing world.

A 100-gigabit highway for science

May 2, 2012

ESnet Weather

Over the last decade, the amount of scientific data transferred by thousands of researchers around the world over the Department of Energy’s ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) 100-gigabit network has increased at a rate of about 72 percent per year, says Greg Bell, acting director of ESnet, which is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

In an effort to spur U.S. scientific competitiveness, as well as accelerate development and widespread deployment… read more

A 1km-high inflatable solar-energy chimney

December 6, 2013


Per Lindstrand, the engineer who broke numerous ballooning records with Richard Branson, is hoping to develop a 1km-tall inflatable chimney that can capture energy from the sun, The Engineer reports.

The tower uses rising air heated by the sun to drive turbines. It could provide an alternative to photovoltaic generation in remote areas of seismic activity where maintenance of power lines or solar panels would be difficult.… read more

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