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Warning sounded over ‘flirting robots’

December 10, 2007

A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums.

The artificial intelligence of CyberLover’s automated chats is good enough that victims have a tough time distinguishing the “bot” from a real potential suitor.

Warning sounded on web’s future

September 17, 2008

Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s new World Wide Web Foundation is looking for ways to give websites a label for trustworthiness once they had been proved reliable sources and help people separate rumor from real science.

Warning over ‘superbug’ risk from pets

June 26, 2009

Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” originating in hospitals are now increasingly being found in cats and dogs, and in victims of bites.

Ironically, most animals probably acquired their infections originally from their owners.

Warning on Storage of Health Records

April 17, 2008

Two leading researchers warn that the entry of big companies like Microsoft and Google into the field of personal health records could drastically alter the practice of clinical research and raise new challenges to the privacy of patient records.

Microsoft and Google have recently begun offering Web-based personal health records, in a new “personalized, health information economy” in which consumers tell physicians, hospitals and other providers what information to… read more

Warming world blamed for more strong hurricanes

September 16, 2005

A massive global increase in the number of strong hurricanes over the past 35 years is being blamed on global warming, by the most detailed study yet. The US scientists warn that Katrina-strength hurricanes could become the norm.

Warm weather may not halt swine flu

May 8, 2009

The virus could infect more than a billion people by July and may not be slowed by summer temperatures in temperate countries, based on new data from Mexico and case numbers so far that reveals disturbing similarities with the last H1N1 pandemic, in 1918.

Warfare at the speed of light

October 21, 2003

The Pentagon inside of a decade could be armed with a beam weapon that is near-instantaneous, gravity-free and truly surgical.

It could focus to such hair-splitting accuracy that it could avoid civilians while detonating munitions miles away or even cruise missiles at ranges of up to dozens of miles in good weather.

In clear air above the clouds, a high-powered laser could reach 500 miles to destroy rising… read more

War of the machines?

April 6, 2011

(Credit: CNN)

The Marine Corps has developed a new X-47B robotic plane that looks like a cross between a stealth fighter and drone.

The X-47B can find its target by itself, with almost no human interaction, unlike current drones, which require remote pilots. It can also take off and land on the rolling deck of an aircraft carrier without human help.

There are more than 2,000 robots in… read more

War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat

November 29, 2010

The U.S. Army is designing new remote-controlled robots to handle a broader range of tasks, from picking off snipers to serving as indefatigable night sentries.

Wanted: supercomputer software engineers

January 4, 2012

BlueGeneL supercomputer cabinet

Elite U.S. supercomputing labs are looking for software engineers with backgrounds in high-performance computing, HPCWire reports.

In related news, on January 19–20, 2012, the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) will present a National Science Foundation-sponsored training workshop on large-scale data computation and analysis. Agenda. Register.

In other related news,  Jeff Nichols, associate lab director in charge of scientific computing… read more

Wanted: Mars colonists to explore red planet

January 9, 2013


The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which hopes to put the first astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023, released its basic astronaut requirements on Jan. 8, setting the stage for a televised global selection process that will begin later this year, reports.

Anyone who is at least 18 years old can apply to become a Mars colony pioneer. The most important criteria, officials say, are intelligence,… read more

Wanted: Home Computers to Join in Research on Artificial Life

September 29, 2009

A concept view of an artificial protocell forming in the EvoGrid (Ryan Norkus/DigitalSpace)

Silicon Valley researchers at Digital Space plan to turn software originally designed to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life to the task of looking for evidence of artificial life, using hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in homes and offices.

The goal of the “EvoGrid” project is to detect evidence of self-organizing behavior in computerized simulations that have been constructed to model the first emergence of life in the… read more

Wanted: Drugs to Fight Bioterror

June 3, 2004

Amid new warnings about a possible summer of terror, the U.S. government is preparing to spend $5.6 billion over a decade to coax pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to fend off a biological or chemical attack.

By contrast, a single cholesterol drug — Lipitor — rakes in $9 billion in revenue each year.

Wanted for the Internet of Things: ant-sized computers

May 29, 2013


A computer two millimeters square that contains almost all the components of a tiny functioning computer is the start of an effort to make chips that can put computer power just about anywhere for the vaunted “Internet of Things,” MIT Technology Review reports.

The KL02 chip, made by Freescale, is shorter on each side than most ants are long and crams in memory,… read more

Want To Watch The Web 2.0 Summit From Home? Here’s The Livestream

November 16, 2010


You can watch the Web 2.0 Summit live via streaming and archived.

The Web 2.0 Summit is brings together leaders of the Internet Economy to debate and determine business strategy. The conference is being held November 15-17 in San Francisco.

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