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Accelerated Living

September 7, 2001

“Imagine a Web, circa 2030, that will offer a panoply of virtual environments incorporating all of our senses, and in which there will be no clear distinction between real and simulated people.” That’s part of Ray Kurzweil’s imaginative view of the future in PC Magazine’s special “20th Anniversary of PCs” issue.
Among Kurzweil’s other forecasts for the next 30 years:

  • Miniaturized displays on our eyeglasses will provide
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    Accelerating Change

    August 14, 2003

    The defining political conflict of the 21st century is shaping up to be the battle over the future of technology. Fortunately, technological progress doesn’t just have opponents; it also has boosters.

    The rise of neo-Luddism is calling forth self-conscious defenders of technological progress. Growing numbers of extropians, transhumanists, futurists and others are entering the intellectual fray to do battle against the neo-Luddite activists who oppose biotechnology, nanotechnology, and new… read more

    Accelerating Change 2005 focuses on AI and IA

    August 31, 2005

    This year’s Accelerating Change 2005 conference (AC2005), Sept. 16-18 at Stanford, promises to be “outstanding,” organizer John Smart tells Accelerating Intelligence news, with 51 top speakers and emcees.

    The conference focuses on “artificial intelligence and intelligence amplification transforming technology, empowering humanity.” Consistent with that theme, Ray Kurzweil will keynote the event and will distribute pre-publication signed copies of his The Singularity is Near to the first 250… read more

    Accelerating-change conference announced

    July 14, 2003

    The Accelerating Change Conference (ACC2003): Exploring the Future of Accelerating Change, will be held at Stanford University, September 12-14, 2003.

    ACC2003 speakers include Ray Kurzweil (via Teleportec’s 3D Telepresence Lectern); venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; K. Eric Drexler, Founder and Chairman of Foresight Institute; Greg Papadopoulos, CTO of Sun Microsystems; Tim O’Reilly, CEO of O’Reilly & Associates; Howard Bloom, author of Global Brain; and… read more

    Accelerator on a chip

    Could spawn new generations of smaller, less expensive devices for science and medicine say Stanford, SLAC researchers
    September 28, 2013

    The nanostructured glass chip is smaller than a grain of rice (credit: Stanford University)

    In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip just .5 millimeters long.

    The achievement was reported in the journal Nature by a team including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University.… read more

    Access to next-gen Internet may be uneven

    May 23, 2008

    Graham Finnie, chief analyst for the telecom research firm Heavy Reading, believes 13 percent of U.S. households will be connected to fiber by 2012. Since Verizon is the major builder, the vast majority of those will be in Verizon territory on the East Coast, Texas and California.

    “A quarter of the U.S. is going to get one of the best networks in the world,” said Dave Burstein, editor of… read more

    Acclaimed science series ‘Cosmos’ to be revamped with Neil deGrasse Tyson

    August 9, 2011

    Carl Sagan’s classic television series Cosmos, considered by many to be one of the greatest science series of all-time, is returning to television on Fox, reports Deadline.

    Standing in for Sagan as host will be famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The show’s producers tell Deadline that the new Cosmos will tell “the story of how human beings began to comprehend the laws of nature and find our place in… read more

    Achieving fault-tolerant quantum computing

    September 20, 2013

    This schematic of a bismuth selenide/BSCCO cuprate (Bi2212) heterostructure shows a proximity-induced high-temperature superconducting gap on the surface states of the bismuth selenide topological insulator (credit: Berkeley Lab)

    Reliable quantum computing would make it possible to solve certain types of extremely complex technological problems millions of times faster than today’s most powerful supercomputers, or things not even feasible with today’s computers.

    But first, we need “fault-tolerant” quantum computers. A small but important step toward this goal has been achieved by an international collaboration of researchers from China’s Tsinghua University and the U.S. Department of Energy… read more

    Achieving Fiber-Optic Speeds over Copper Lines

    April 26, 2010

    Alcatel-Lucent has developed a prototype technology that could dramatically increase the speed of data communications, using two copper phone lines: 100 megabits per second at one kilometer.

    Achieving quantum-based secure communication

    A solution for intrusive government spying?
    September 6, 2013

    MDI-QKD featured

    University of Calgary scientists say they have overcome the “Achilles’ heel” of quantum-based secure communication systems, using a new approach that safeguards secrets.

    The team’s research — published in the journal Physical Review Letters back-to-back with similar work by a group from Hefei, China — also removes a big obstacle to realizing future applications of quantum communication, including a fully functional quantum network.

    “I hope… read more

    Acid Blockers Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    May 27, 2009

    Use of proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs was associated with a 30% increased risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia in a study by researcher Shoshana J. Herzig, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Medicine.

    Herzig and colleagues estimate that 180,000 cases of hospital-acquired pneumonia and 33,000 deaths each year may be due to their use.

    Acoustic Black Hole Created in Bose-Einstein Condensate

    June 11, 2009

    The sonic equivalent of a black hole in a Bose-Einstein Condensate has been created by Israel Institute of Technology researchers using a deep potential well to generate an event horizon between subsonic and supersonic flow of atoms.

    Sonic black holes ought to produce Hawking radiation, since quantum mechanics predicts that pairs of “virtual” phonons with equal and opposite momentum ought to be constantly springing in and out of existence… read more

    Acoustic cell-sorting chip may lead to cell-phone-sized medical labs

    October 3, 2012


    A technique that uses acoustic waves to sort cells on a chip may create miniature medical analytic devices.

    The device uses two beams of standing surface acoustic waves (SSAW) to act as acoustic tweezers to sort a continuous flow of cells on a dime-sized chip, said Tony Jun Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.

    By changing the frequency of the acoustic… read more

    Acoustic Cloak Designed

    June 17, 2008

    Engineers at Polytechnic University of Valencia have designed a metamaterial that redirects sounds and could be used in buildings to shield them from noises.

    The sound-shielding material comprises arrays of sonic crystals, which, if made, would be the first acoustic cloaking device. It could also be useful in hiding military ships and other vessels from sonar.

    Acoustic ‘cloaking device’ shields objects from sound

    June 28, 2011

    Acoustic Cloak

    Scientists at Duke University have developed a cloaking device using metamaterials that makes objects invisible to sound waves.

    The device uses stacked sheets of plastic with regular arrays of holes through them. The exact size and placement of the holes on each sheet, and the spacing between the sheets, has a predictable effect on incoming sound waves.

    When placed on a flat surface, the stack redirects the waves such… read more

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