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Low-k dielectric materials business plan wins Japanese contest

March 5, 2003

A business plan based on nano-structured low-k dielectrics has won the one-million yen grand prize in a contest in Japan intended to establish a business model for nanotechnology ventures.

“Low-k dielectric materials are one of the key enablers to continue Moore’s Law,” said Nathen Fox, President and CEO of Atomic-Scale Design Incorporated, which won the award. “These materials are needed for the interlayer dielectrics (insulators) required in future computer… read more

DNA’s Disciples

March 5, 2003

At TIME’s Future of Life conference, Ray Kurzweil predicted that advancements in genomics, coupled with nanotechnology and the combination of human and computer intelligence, could extend our life span to 1,000 years.

Kurzweil defined intelligence as “the ability to solve problems using limited resources. And the most limited resource is time.”

The implication is that the smartest thing for us to do would be to eliminate the ravages… read more

Convergence of P2P and Grid Predicted

March 5, 2003

The two current popular incarnations of distributed computing technology, Peer-to-peer (P2P) and grid computing, will converge. “The complementary nature of the strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches suggests that the interests of the two communities are likely to grow closer over time.”

Second Episode of The Animatrix Released

March 5, 2003

The second episode of Animatrix, part of The Matrix’s world, is now available for downloading.

I Spy With My Eagle Eye

March 5, 2003

There are three ways to achieve supervision:

  • Adaptive optics to correct vision to 20/10, the limit of normal human sight, possibly leading to surgical and contact-lens breakthroughs.
  • Electrodes implanted in the brain’s visual center or the optic nerve.
  • Genetically engineered cones that could allow for seeing new colors and extending the visual spectrum.
  • Robot finger has feeling

    March 5, 2003

    Scientists in Spain have developed a robotic finger with a sense of touch. It is made of a polymer that can feel the weight of what it’s pushing and adjust the energy it uses accordingly.

    The Liver Chip

    March 5, 2003

    Researchers are building a miniature human liver on a silicon chip as a realistic model of the natural organ. Mass produced, such a chip could be a boon to companies developing drugs for hepatitis and other diseases, and for scientists investigating liver cancer and gene therapy and chemical firms testing the toxicity of new materials.

    Making Robots More Like Us

    March 6, 2003

    The solution to developing machines that can move and work like humans may lie in getting robots and humans to interact better.

    Toshiba boffins prep laptop fuel cell

    March 6, 2003

    Toshiba has figured out how to power a portable computer using fuel cell technology without the need for a power unit larger than the PC itself.

    The Future That Wasn’t

    March 6, 2003

    A new collection of images from the ’50s evokes a technologic optimism that makes the dotcom craze look conservative.

    DNA molecules form nanodevice scaffolding

    March 6, 2003

    A research team at the University of Minnesota is proposing a molecular-circuit assembly technique that they believe will be compatible with silicon-based electronics. A patterned silicon substrate, complete with interconnection pads, carries DNA-coded “tiles” that serve as breadboards for nanocomponents.

    To goal is a memory structure with a density of 10 trillion bits/cm2 — 100 times denser than the 64-Gbit DRAMs the electronics industry projects for 2010.

    Sony, others to create 3D standards

    March 7, 2003

    Several high-tech companies including Sony and Sanyo have officially unveiled a consortium to create technical and safety standards for bringing three-dimensional displays to desktops, laptops and cell phones. To see images or run programs in 3D on these screens, users won’t need special glasses or additional software.

    Harnessing Atoms to Create Superfast Computers

    March 7, 2003

    A new book, “Shortcut Through Time,” aims to make quantum computing understandable.

    Tomorrow’s 5g cell phone

    March 9, 2003

    “Cognitive radio” will give wireless devices machine-learning capabilities, redefining cell-phone technology.

    Iraq to Assist with Robot Testing

    March 10, 2003

    Iraq seems to be on the verge of becoming one of the biggest testing grounds for military robotics in history.

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