Chess Champion Faces Off With New Computer

January 21, 2003

On Sunday, Garry Kasparov begins a six-game $1 million match against an Israeli program, Deep Junior, the three-time world computer chess champion.

The games will be shown in real time at www.x3dworld.com and www.chessbase.com.

Deep Fritz’s handlers had to provide the world champion with a copy of the software and promise not to change it later. Experts say that requirement put the machine at… read more

Raelians will not provide proof of cloning

January 21, 2003

Raelian follower Marc LeTourneau said in a speech that none of the people involved with the (alleged) recent cloning want their identities to become known or will permit testing.

He also said ill people would be allowed to shift their DNA into healthy bodies, thereby allowing the essence of a person to live much longer.

‘Blog’ trend provides virtual soapbox

January 21, 2003

Web logs, or “blogs,” are proliferating across the Internet, providing individuals a soapbox on which to sound off on topics ranging from politics to pet care. Experts say these online diaries are having a growing impact in politics especially.

Stem cells migrate from bone to brain

January 21, 2003

Autopsies on four dead women show for the first time that human stem cells in bone marrow can develop into brain cells. The discovery suggests new approaches for repairing damaged or diseased brains.

IBM aims to get smart about artificial intelligence

January 21, 2003

In the coming months, IBM will unveil technology that it believes will vastly improve the way computers access and use data by unifying the different schools of thought surrounding artificial intelligence.

IBM’s Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) is an XML-based data retrieval architecture that will expand and enhance the retrieval techniques underlying databases.

Safe nanotech studied by new group

January 21, 2003

The nonprofit Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) has been formed by Chris Phoenix and Mike Treder to advance the safe use of molecular nanotechnology.

“Many of us have dreamed of a world with cheap, non-polluting, innovative manufacturing capability,” said Treder. “That dream is now within sight–but so is the nightmare of accidental or deliberate misuse.”

The New York-based CRN is researching all the issues involved–political, economic,… read more

This Is Your Business, Virtually

January 23, 2003

The video-conferencing room at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York now allows for virtual meetings on a new 4-foot-by-16-foot high-definition rear-projection screen, with 200 milliseconds latency.

Nanotechnology: the potential for new WMD

January 23, 2003

The possibility exists for the production of new types of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) using nanotechnology, including fourth-generation nuclear weapons, conventional weapons in large quantities using self-replication, and biological weapons.

Getting a Closer Look at the Eye

January 24, 2003

Adaptive optics, originally developed for astronomy (using mirrors to eliminate the visual distortion caused by the earth’s atmosphere), is being used by ophthalmologists to see to see individual cells in the retina.
It is being combined with optical coherence tomography, which allows doctors to capture images deep inside tissue.

Molecular dots rise for information storage

January 24, 2003

Researchers have made a new molecular device that could store up to 100 gigabits of data per square inch, using molecules called “rotaxanes.”

Kurzweil responds to Edge challenge, advises Bush

January 26, 2003

As described in The New York Times, John Brockman, a literary agent and publisher of Edge.org, asked leading scientists, writers and futurists to imagine that they had been nominated as White House science adviser and that President Bush had sought their answer to “What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world, and what is your advice on how I can begin to… read more

Eddie Mars, Cybermouthpiece, Talks to His Creator

January 26, 2003

In his new film, “Happy Here and Now,” Michael Almereyda looks into the future and sees computer chat rooms where participants can project fictitious identities, or “avatars,” into cyberspace to do their talking for them.

Human Music Interface finds its ‘fingers’

January 29, 2003

Polyphonic HMI has developed a music recommendation system, the “Human Music Interface,” that uses AI to analyse the fundamental patterns and elements of music, rapidly determining an individual’s musical tastes so that further music can be recommended to them. The recommendations are linked to music samples enabling consumers to test the results.

10.20GHz Intel Nehalem slated for 2005

January 29, 2003

Intel is reportedly planning 10.20GHz desktop CPUs code-named “Nehalem” by 2005.

Intel is also planning the 5.20GHz “Prescott” core and the 9.20GHz “Tejas” core by then.

Light Particles Are Duplicated More Than a Mile Away Along Fiber

January 30, 2003

Scientists have taken particles of light, destroyed them and then resurrected copies more than a mile away. Previous experiments in “quantum teleportation” moved particles of light about a yard.

Possible uses include sending unbreakable encrypted messages and as fiber-optics repeaters.

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