Kurzweil awarded ‘Best Individual Presentation’ by Conferenza

January 13, 2003

Conferenza gave Ray Kurzweil its “Best Individual Presentation” award for his Pop!Tech presentation in Conferenza’s Best and Worst Conference Awards for 2002.

Kurzweil “argued persuasively at Pop!Tech that if you live to the year 2010, biology and technology innovations could carry you on until 2810,” according to a Conferenza announcement today.

Pop!Tech tied for Best Conference with IDG’s DemoMobile. The Best Host award went… read more

Future Combat: Part 1

January 14, 2003

The U.S. Army is planning a transformation based on “Future Combat Systems.” New technologies will include hybrid electric vehicles, robotics, lasers, mobile network communications, and an array of smart weapons and sensors based on enabling technologies such as micromechanical systems (MEMS), biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Researchers create novel life form

January 14, 2003

Researchers have manipulated an organism to make it produce an unnatural amino acid (not one of the known 20 amino acids). The research could lead to the manipulation of other amino acids to manufacture antibiotics, enzymes or other compounds for human use.

Successfully creating unnatural bacteria demonstrates that the organisms could have arisen naturally through evolution. The researchers are asking why it hasn’t.

Microsoft eyes global radio network to support smart devices

January 15, 2003

Microsoft plans to send personalized data via a network of FM radio stations using a 12 Kbps subcarrier data stream to support smart watches and other devices based on its just-introduced Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT).

Microsoft will use two FM stations in each of the top 100 U.S. markets and 14 Canadian cities initially and then expand globally.

The Internet takes to the air

January 15, 2003

On Jan. 15, Lufthansa will give travelers access to the net and let them send and receive e-mails in real time. Boeing has signed up 15 airlines to the in-flight service, which uses satellite links.

Cal Tech announces Turing Tournament

January 16, 2003

Cal Tech has announced the “Turing Tournament,” designed to “find the best computer programs to mimic human behavior … and the best computer programs to detect the difference between machine and human behavior.”

Two types of submissions will be accepted: an emulator, which generates a dataset that mimics human behavior, and a detector, which detects the difference between datasets generated by human and machine behavior.

“The… read more

Who Says Science Can’t Be Fun?

January 17, 2003

Commercial applications have come from the fertile imagination of MIT Media Lab researchers, such as composer Tod Machover, whose Etch-A-Sketch-like device lets children compose by drawing lines on a computer screen and is due to be released as a toy.

Grid Computing Good for Business

January 17, 2003

Grid computing is taking off in the corporate world, bouyed by the release this week of a pre-beta version of the next enhancement of the standard grid software, Global Toolkit 3.0.

Robots That Suck

January 17, 2003

Have they finally come out with a robot for the rest of us? iRobot’s Roomba, a robot designed for vacuuming, rises above the level of mere gadget.

MIT’s smart surface switches properties reversibly

January 17, 2003

MIT engineers and colleagues from the University of California are reporting a unique design of a “smart surface” using monomolecular layers that can reversibly switch properties in response to an external stimulus. The work paves the way for systems that could, for example, release or absorb cells and chemicals from surfaces on demand.

“This opens the door to a variety of applications, including novel drug-delivery systems and smart templates… read more

Tiny technology, big ideas

January 20, 2003

Imagine never having to polish your shoes again, having glistening white teeth without visiting a dentist, or owning a mobile phone powered by a miniature battery. Researchers are developing nanotechnology-based solutions to achieve these and other breakthroughs.

10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World

January 20, 2003

Technology Review’s editors have identified ten emerging technologies that they predict will have a tremendous influence in the near future: Wireless Sensor Networks, Injectable Tissue Engineering, Nano Solar Cells, Mechatronics (integrated mechanical-electronic components with intelligent-software control), Grid Computing, Molecular Imaging, Nanoimprint Lithography, Software Assurance, Glycomics (turning sugars into drugs), and Quantum Cryptography.

America’s ultra-secret weapon

January 20, 2003

High-power microwave weapons (“e-bombs”) that fry electronic circuits could be deployed on long-range cruise missiles if there’s a second Gulf War.

A day at the office in 2013

January 20, 2003

We are at the beginning of an era of pervasive digital intelligence. When RFID and other sensors are pervasive, cost less than a penny, have more chip-to-chip intelligence, and transmit at distances far beyond 15 feet or even 300 feet, the potential for abuse will be significant.

Scientists Giddy About the Grid

January 21, 2003

For years, connecting university and research-center supercomputers so they could share resources simply wasn’t feasible. New standards are changing that and opening the door to new research possibilities.

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