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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

2003: nanotechnology in the firing line

February 3, 2004

2003 was the year when nanotechnology collided with the real world. It was a painful collision, bringing prophecies of doom, fears of hidden dangers and calls for a moratorium on nanoscience.

2004: The year in biology and medicine

January 3, 2005

Fears of a global flu pandemic, the inexorable spread of AIDS and the pervasiveness of tuberculosis were some of the threats which marked out 2004. But the year saw landmark advances too, with the cloning of the first human embryos, the birth of the first totally fatherless mammal and other significant steps forward in stem cell technology.

2004: The year in technology

January 3, 2005

Computer worm wars, “phishing” emails intended to trick recipients into revealing personal or financial information, powerful new supercomputers, and running robots were among the top tech stories of 2004.

2005: The year in biology and medicine

December 26, 2005

Major breakthroughs in 2005 included the publishing of several complete genomes, including a dog called Tasha, the chimpanzee, three human parasites, ancient cave bears, as well as a map of genetic variations called SNPs in the human genome.

The year also saw the world’s first human face transplant by French surgeons, a growing fear of bird flu, fabricated claims of cloned human stem cells, and a robot to carry… read more

2005: The year in technology

December 28, 2005

Many weird and wonderful new gadgets, gizmos and inventions were revealed in 2005. Autonomous cars, robotic assistants and nano-circuitry provided a bright view of the future, while cellphone viruses, virtual crime sprees and “non-lethal” crowd control weapons hinted at technological troubles ahead.

The busiest inventor of the year was almost certainly Google, which continues to grow from a search engine into a many-tentacled technological titan, with a service for… read more

2006 Guardian Award Winners Develop Defenses Against Harmful Nanotechnology And Biotechnology

March 12, 2006

This year’s recipients of the Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award are Robert A. Freitas Jr. and Bill Joy, who have both been proposing solutions to the dangers of advanced technology since 2000.

Robert A. Freitas, Jr. has pioneered nanomedicine and analysis of self-replicating nanotechnology. He advocates “an immediate international moratorium, if not outright ban, on all artificial life experiments implemented as nonbiological hardware. In this context, ‘artificial life’ is defined… read more

2006: A year of invention

January 2, 2007

A CD-ROM that doubles as a biological weapons detector, body-wired headphones, and a display that takes pictures while displaying images were among the interesting patents awarded in 2006.

2006: The year in biology and medicine

December 27, 2006

Lab-grown bladders, face transplants, wider genetic screening of embryos, and ethical stem cells, are some of this year’s highlights.

2006: The year in tech

December 27, 2006

Gut-crawling robots as an alternative to colonoscopy, quasar encryption, a two-legged robot, and a working “invisibility cloak” are some of this year’s tech highlights.

2007 Turing Award Winners Announced

February 5, 2008

Recipients of the 2007 A.M. Turing Award were Edmund M. Clarke of the University of Texas, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University; E. Allen Emerson, and Joseph Sifakis, of the University of Grenoble.

They were awarded $250,000 for their work on model checking, an automated method for finding design errors in computer hardware and software.

2007: The year in biology and medicine

December 28, 2007

Obesity research (including potential causes from genetics or viruses), the emergence of completely drug-resistant TB, other infectious diseases, and stem cells were among the big biology and medicine news stories covered by New Scientist in 2007.

2007: The Year in Energy

December 27, 2007

Advanced biofuels, more-efficient vehicles, and solar power (using quantum dots and mimicking photosynthesis) top the most notable energy stories covered by Technology Review in 2007.

2007: The Year in Hardware

December 27, 2007

Touch screens, context-aware gadgets, autonomous vehicles, and brain-computer interfaces (controlling computer games, market research, facial recognition) were among the top hardware developments covered by Technology Review in 2007.

2007: The year in technology

December 28, 2007

Leech-like robots that crawl along the heart to deliver drugs, robots with a fish-like electrical sensing system, and boredom-detecting software are among the key new technologies featured in New Scientist magazine in 2007.

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