Jürgen Schmidhuber, Director of the Swiss Artificial Intelligence Lab (IDSIA), will do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit/r/MachineLearning on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 10 AM EST. You can post questions now in advance in this thread.
December 30, 2005
A conference titled “Forbidding Science? Balancing Freedom, Security, Innovation and Precaution” will explore whether scientific research should be restricted – and, if so, how far “too far” might be.
It will include research controversies in the areas of pathogens and toxins, nanotechnology and cognitive enhancement and will be held Jan. 12 – 13 at Arizona State University in Tempe.
July 12, 2004
School children in Osaka, Japan will be required to wear or carry RFID chips to track their movements.
October 1, 2003
Scientists have described a scheme for achieving quantum superposition of states in an object with around a hundred trillion atoms. This is about a billion times larger than anything demonstrated previously.
In the proposed experiment, a photon effectively follows both paths at once, using mirrors.
NASA/Ames Research Center researchers are taking data from a remotely controlled airplane and delivering real-time infrared images of hot spots and flare-ups to fire commanders on the ground.
The $6 million Ikhana aircraft has an onboard sensor that can look through the smoke and detect temperatures ranging from one-half degree to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Ikhana sends images through a communications satellite to NASA/Ames, where the imagery is superimposed over… read more
February 25, 2003
MIT’s new Army-funded Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies is designing the perfect uniform protection for soldiers, using nanotech.
Designs will include “smart surfaces” that can change from being water-repellent to water-absorbent, fibers that can be woven into a soldier’s uniform to make it identifiable even in the dark, and the ability to adapt to biological and chemical threats.
December 20, 2007
Scientific American has named the XPrize Foundation as the Policy Leader of the Year.
“There is no doubt that the challenges set by the X Prize Foundation light a fire under innovators worldwide,” the magazine said.
In 2006, the XPrize Foundation announced the $10-million Archon X Prize, for the first private team to sequence 100 human genomes in 10 days at a cost of less than $1 million.… read more
April 22, 2008
A small but growing number of researchers have begun to carry out their work via the wide-open tools of Web 2.0.
Their experiences to date suggest that this kind of Web-based “Science 2.0″ is considerably more productive.
The real significance is the technologies’ potential to move researchers away from an obsessive focus on priority and publication toward the kind of openness and community that were the supposed hallmarks… read more
February 16, 2006
To fill a void in federal supervision, the National Academy of Sciences is setting up a committee to provide informal oversight over research with human embryonic stem cells.
March 8, 2001
At the recent World Economic Forum, Bill Joy, chief scientist of Sun Microsystems, urged scientists to renounce research that could lead to “a clear danger of extinction.” As in his Wired article last year, he was concerned about out-of-control self-replication from genetic engineering, nanotechnology and robotics research. Most scientists present at the discussion “disputed both his pessimism about the future of humanity and his argument against the classical scientific belief… read more
August 30, 2004
A stellar cast of thinkers tackles the really big questions facing scientists in a book developed from pieces that first appeared on the web forum Edge.
A leading role is given to the computer and the potential for machine intelligence.
The cutting-edge thinkers include Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity, Steven Pinker on human nature, Martin Rees on the future of the universe, Rodney Brooks on robots that have… read more
March 16, 2004
New designer materials could eventually lead to “perfect lenses” for optical devices, able to focus on features smaller than the wavelength of light. Harnessing electrical and magnetic components at optical frequencies could lead to perfect lenses with vastly better resolution than conventional optical types.
January 23, 2012
The gene that gives squids the ability to change color and camouflage themselves has attracted the attention of geneticists at Cambridge University working in the new science of synthetic biology. They have used standardized DNA sequences known as Bio-Bricks to recreate the gene so that future biologically engineered organisms could be given the same ability to change color.
April 24, 2008
DARPA is working on a weapon called MAHEM (Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition) that uses a principle similar to Arthur C. Clarke’s fictional Stiletto, “a jet of molten metal, hurled through space at several hundred kilometers per second by the most powerful electromagnets ever built.”
MAHEM uses magnetic fields to propel either a narrow jet of molten metal or a chunk of molten metal that morphs into an aerodynamic slug… read more