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‘Sims’ creator inks TV deal with Fox

June 4, 2003

Will Wright, creator of “The Sims,” has signed a deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. to develop a TV show starring a robot.

“I’d like to fast-forward into the future a bit and explore how machines and artificial intelligence will impact human beings and how robots will help us define ourselves,” Wright said.

Simulated attack on the US power grid planned for Wednesday — Thursday

November 12, 2013


The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is quietly planning to launch a simulated attack on the U.S. power grid on Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 13–14) called GridEx II, according to an unpublished document obtained by KurzweilAI from NERC.

The updated objectives for GridEx II are:

• Exercise the current readiness of the electricity industry to respond to a security incident, incorporating… read more

Simulated human liver achieved in ‘benchtop human’ project

March 27, 2014

The ATHENA organ project combines heart, liver, kidney, and lung features in a desktop toxicity testing platform (credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Significant progress toward creating “homo minutus” — a benchtop human — was reported at the Society of Toxicology meeting on Mar. 26 in Phoenix.

The advance — successful development and analysis of a liver human organ construct that responds to exposure to a toxic chemical much like a real liver — was described in a presentation by John Wikswo, the Gordon A. Cain University Professor… read more

Simulated patient helps prepare military medical care teams for bio/chem warfare

October 17, 2003

Medical Learning Company (MLC) has announced it expects to receive $1.75 million from the Army’s Telemedicine Advanced Technology Research Center to further develop SynPatient online patient simulation training software.

The goal is to enhance the military’s ability to rapidly train and prepare medical care-team personnel for biological and chemical warfare.

Headed by CEO Ray Kurzweil, MLC is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc. and the… read more

Simulated society may generate virtual culture

July 18, 2005

A society of virtual “agents” – each with a remarkably realistic personality and the ability to learn and communicate – is being crafted by scientists from five European research institutes who hope to gain insights into the way human societies evolve.

Simulating society at the global scale

May 10, 2011

An initiative to determine the next scientific or technological breakthrough for humankind is being unveiled by the EU via the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) program at the European Future Technologies Conference in Budapest.

There are six candidates in the running; in 2012 two will be granted funding for the next decade. Among the six contenders is the futurICT (also called “Futurist”) initiative. The group… read more

Simulating Surgery

March 11, 2003

An experimental software system lets surgeons “sketch” several possibilities for bypass operations (based on nuclear magnetic resonance data) and preview the likely results before making a single incision.

Simulating the Cosmic Web

December 21, 2009

Delauney tesselation

A new way of modeling structures over many scales could allow for updating the Powers of Ten movie to show the tapestry of filaments, sheets and voids in the Cosmic Web.

Simulation and its Discontents

October 13, 2009

Computer simulation has altered standard practices in science and engineering, but its ubiquity has drawbacks, says MIT scientist Sherry Turkle in a new book, Simulation and its Discontents.

Simulation maps nano patterns

April 14, 2004

Researchers from the University of Michigan have used a computer simulation to develop a method of chemically building nanoscale patterns on a surface. The patterns, which include neatly-positioned groups of wavy and straight lines, dots, boxes within boxes, and mixes of dots and lines, would be relatively inexpensive to produce and could form the basis for nanoscale machines.

To make the patterns, the researchers simulated the application of monolayers,… read more

Simulation: what if digital WMDs attack America?

"An economic extinction-level event"
August 11, 2012

(Credit: iStockphoto)

What would happen if terrorists or an enemy nation got their hands on digital weapons of mass disruption — like Stuxnet, Flame, or the newly reported Gauss — and used them to attack America?

How would it impact our economy, our banking system, our transportation system? How would IT organizations respond? Could we, in fact, defend ourselves?

“Those were questions I recently… read more

Sin Bins For Worst Families

August 3, 2009

The government of England plans to put 20,000 more problem families under 24-hour CCTV supervision in their own homes to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

Singapore scientists create stem cells from a drop of blood

DIY finger prick technique opens door for extensive stem cell banking
March 21, 2014

Schematic on finger-prick blood isolation and treatment for cellular reprogramming (credit: Loh Yuin Han, Jonathan, IMCB)

Scientists at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR) Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have developed a method to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) from a single drop of finger-pricked blood.

The method also enables donors to collect their own blood samples, which they can then send to a laboratory for further processing. The easy access to blood samples using the new… read more

Singapore’s first driverless vehicle

August 19, 2013


Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists have developed Singapore’s first driverless shuttle transportation system.

The Energy Research Institute at NTU will test and optimize Induct’s :”NAVIA” electric shuttle to enable it to intermingle safely with traffic in Singapore.

NAVIA can carry eight passengers and has a maximum speed of 20.1 km/h.

The partnership will develop new charging technologies such as wireless induction and new supercapacitors for… read more

Single atom memory device stores data

September 11, 2002

A workable atomic memory that uses individual atoms to store information has been developed by physicists, representing a density equivalent to 250 terabits of data per square inch.

In the experiment, each single silicon atom was added or removed from a block of twenty others using a scanning tunnelling microscope.

According to Tom Theis, director of physical sciences at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center, it may one day… read more

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