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Carbon nanotubes pinned down at last

June 1, 2006

A new process that bonds carbon nanotubes to silicon to create transistors could lead eventually lead to large-scale integration of nanoelectronic devices.

Satellite could open door on extra dimension

May 31, 2006

T%here could be several thousand black holes in the solar system, say Duke University researchers, and they may soon be detected.

Their gravity should bend light passing nearby, so that light passing on one side of a black hole should take a different amount of time to go by than light passing on the other side, detectable by interference patterns during gamma-ray bursts.

Scientists work on laws for robots to avoid possible war with artificial intelligence

May 31, 2006

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is working on a new set of safety guidelines for next-generation robots — the first attempt at a formal version of the first of Asimov’s Laws of Robotics: “A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”

Japan’s ministry guidelines will require manufacturers to install a sufficient number of sensors to keep… read more

Software to Look for Experts Among Your Friends

May 30, 2006

Tacit Software is preparing to introduce an online service, called Illumio, that will make it simple to pick the brains of friends and colleagues for opinions and expertise.

The next big bang: Man meets machine

May 30, 2006

Research on multiple fronts in digital technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology may, over the next half century, alter the way we think about computers and information, and our relationship to them. With these changes, bionic body parts won’t seem so far-fetched as we increasingly develop ways to integrate high-tech materials into our mortal flesh.

And the reverse is true as well. Researchers are now looking to biological materials such as… read more

Caught up in the ‘Net

May 30, 2006

“Singularity,” the fusion of human, machine and the communication capacity of the web, may enable a spectacular and fundamental shift in our understanding of human consciousness.

“I am still a big believer in Artificial Intelligence; new software ‘shells’ that surround us as individuals and becomes our interface with the outside world,” says Diamandi. “The Internet will merge into these software shells, serving as a global nervous system interconnecting people… read more

Top 10 Strangest Gadgets of the Future

May 30, 2006

Citizen Japan has unveiled a new LCD technology called “memory liquid crystal” that retains the image even when turned off; the Origami DVD Player concept uses a fully-flexible display technology (e-paper) to ensure maximum portability; and the Self Cooling Beer Can features an integrated self-cooling device that reduces the “contents by a minimum of 30° Fahrenheit (16.7° C) in just three minutes.”

The next wave of the web

May 30, 2006

The imminence of wireless broadband for mobiles means we are about to enter the phase of mobile and ubiquitous computing. It is also going to bring the Internet to the hundreds of millions of people who have no Internet access.

The Web is already full of knowledge-intensive AI components. Take Bayesian methods, a branch of statistics that allows a machine to make decisions, shifting probabilities based on its past… read more

Heart may be home to its own stem cells

May 30, 2006

New York Medical College researchers have discovered the “home” of stem cells in the heart, lending credence to the idea that the heart has the capacity to repair itself. The finding raises the possibility that these cardiac stem cells could one day be manipulated to rebuild tissues damaged by heart disease.

Google users promised artificial intelligence

May 26, 2006

A search engine that knows exactly what you are looking for, that can understand the question you are asking even better than you do, and find exactly the right information for you, instantly is a future predicted by Google.

Google co-founder Larry Page said one thing that he had learned since Google launched eight years ago was that technology can change faster than expected.

Google is also looking… read more

The Rise of Crowdsourcing

May 26, 2006

Technological advances in everything from product design software to digital video cameras are breaking down the cost barriers that once separated amateurs from professionals. Hobbyists, part-timers, and dabblers suddenly have a market for their efforts, as smart companies in industries as disparate as pharmaceuticals and television discover ways to tap the latent talent of the crowd. The labor isn’t always free, but it costs a lot less than paying traditional… read more

New Samsung Notebook Replaces Hard Drive With Flash

May 26, 2006

Samsung Electronics plans to launch two mobile computers in early June that will do away with hard drives altogether, replacing them with 32 gigabytes of NAND flash memory.

Physicists draw up plans for real ‘cloaking device’

May 26, 2006

Physicists have drawn up blueprints for a cloaking device that could, in theory, render objects invisible to the human eye.

John Pendry and colleagues at Imperial College London, UK, have calculated that materials engineered to have abnormal optical properties, known as metamaterials, could make light pass around an object as so it appears as if it were not there at all.

No aging, robot cars — and radical business plans

May 26, 2006

If Ray Kurzweil is right, the business landscape — indeed, the entire human race — is about to be transformed beyond all recognition.

Here’s the question Kurzweil is asking these days: What if the exponential growth shown in Moore’s Law applies not just to etching transistors in silicon chips, but to all of human progress and innovation?

Found: Artifacts from the future

May 25, 2006

Wired News’ books of the future include “Coping with Post-Singularity Depression” by Ray Kurzweil, “Talking to Your Kids About Mitochondrial De-Aging” by John Sperling, and “The End of History: This Time For Sure” by Francis Fukuyama.

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