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Will Google sell ‘pay-per-gaze’ advertising with Google Glass?

August 21, 2013


Google has been granted a patent that appears to reveal some far-reaching plans for the eye-tracking sensor that exists — but currently isn’t formally used — on Google Glass, Marketing Land suggests.

In the patent, Google is calling it “pay-per-gaze” advertising, and it involves charging advertisers if the user looks at an ad — online or offline — while wearing a Glass-like device.

The… read more

Will Google help navigate your Jetta?

February 6, 2006

Volkswagen is working on a prototype vehicle that features Google’s satellite-mapping software to give drivers a bird’s-eye view of the road ahead.

The two companies are also building an in-car navigation system and a three-dimensional display so passengers can recognize where they are in relation to the surrounding topography.

Will Genetic Engineering Kill Us?

April 16, 2003

“Bioethicists and scientists contemplating the future fear that genetic engineering and other technologies are going to divide human beings into classes that may one day try to destroy one another.”

Will fact match fiction as scientists start work on thinking robot?

August 26, 2003

Scientists at Essex University and the University of Bristol have been given the biggest ever grant to build a “conscious robot.”

Igor Aleksander, an emeritus professor of neural networks at Imperial College, described five axioms needed to form consciousness in living beings and, subsequently, in machines:

Axiom 1: a sense of place
We feel that we are at the center of an “out there” world, and we have… read more

Will designer brains divide humanity?

May 14, 2009

It will soon be possible to boost human brainpower with electronic “plug-ins” or even by genetic enhancement. What will this mean for the future of humanity?

Would it widen the gulf between the world’s haves and have-nots — and perhaps even lead to a distinct and dominant species with unmatchable powers of intellect?

It won’t be long before “clip-on” computer aids become available for everybody, says Andy Clark,… read more

Will December make or break the Internet?

November 25, 2003

The Internet sits at a crossroads. The World Summit on the Information Society, organized by the International Telecommunications Union, will bring together the heads of over 60 governments in Geneva on December 10 to 12.

The goal: wrest control from ICANN, which is backed by the U.S., Europe and English-speaking partners such as Australia.

Will cosmic rays threaten Mars One, other deep-space astronaut projects?

October 23, 2014

Artist's rendition of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at the moon. The CRaTER telescope is seen pointing out at the bottom right center of the LRO spacecraft. (Credit: Chris Meaney/NASA)

Crewed missions to Mars such as Mars One may face dangerous levels of cosmic rays (energetic particles), according to a new paper in the journal Space Weather by University of New Hampshire (UNH) scientists.

This is due to a recent highly abnormal and extended lack of solar activity, resulting in extremely low densities and magnetic field strengths in the solar wind.

This results in a serious reduction in the… read more

Will cities of the future be filled with vertical slums?

November 4, 2012

Torre David

After a skyscraper in Caracas was abandoned, it quickly became home to 750 families. As cities develop, will slums build up instead of out? Fast Company Co.EXIST explores.

The 45-story Torre David office tower in Caracas, Venezuela, was nearly complete in the early 1990s when a pair of events changed the building’s trajectory forever: First, the project’s developer, David Brillembourg, died in 1993.

Then, the next year,… read more

Will China Blindside the West?

December 2, 2002

China’s transformation is trickling even into the poor interior, dragging all 1.3 billion people into the world economy. When historians look back on our time, I think they’ll focus on the resurgence of China after 500 years of weakness — and the way America was oblivious as this happened. For most of human history, China was the world’s largest economy and most advanced civilization. Then it stagnated after about 1450,… read more

Will ‘borophene’ replace graphene as a better conductor of electrons?

February 5, 2014


Researchers from Brown University have found evidence for a theoretical material they call “borophene” — a boron-based competitor to graphene.

Boron is carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table. Borophene has 36 boron atoms in a flat disc with a hexagonal hole in the middle.

Borophene is predicted to be fully metallic, whereas graphene is a semi-metal. That means borophene might end up being a better conductor… read more

Will Bioterror Fears Spawn Science Censorship?

April 30, 2007

A draft of new rules adopted by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, or NSABB, proposes voluntary compliance by scientists, universities and journals to limit publication of life-sciences research that could be misused by terrorists.

It defines that as “research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied by others to pose a threat to public… read more

Will Biology Solve the Universe?

March 9, 2007

A new theory by Robert Lanza, vice president of research and scientific development at Advanced Cell Technology, asserts that biology, not physics, will be the key to unlocking the deepest mysteries of the universe, such as quantum mechanics.

“For the first time outside of complex mathematics, this theory explains the provocative new experiment that was just published in Science last month,” he said. “This landmark experiment showed that a… read more

Will artificial intelligence become conscious?

December 22, 2017

(Credit: EPFL/Blue Brain Project)

By Subhash Kak, Regents Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University

Forget about today’s modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in the wings might be a groundbreaking development: a machine that is aware of itself and its surroundings, and that could take in and process massive amounts of data in real time. It… read more

Will anyone create a killer app for Google Glass?

March 7, 2013

Google's Glass Foundary

Google is creating high expectations that Google Glass will become a mass-market device, MIT Technology Review reports.

A new company, Augmedix, is making a Google Glass app for doctors, not for their patients. Founder Ian Shakil says his company is already testing it with medical facilities using the Vuzix M100, another smart glasses gadget coming out this year.

Google said there were more than 80read more

Will airport of the future fly?

September 13, 2006

The airport of tomorrow might have virtual intelligence agents that check your bags, “smart dust” sensor networks that vet passengers heading through security, and commuter pilots who fly the plane from a home office.

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