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Steve Jobs and the Economics of Elitism

February 1, 2010

Apple eschews Internet-era egalitarianism that celebrates the “wisdom of the crowd” and product design philosophy steered by committee or market research, favoring an individual-driven, elitist design process and “tracking vectors in technology over time” to judge when an intriguing innovation is ready for the marketplace.

Steve Jobs at D8: Post-PC era is nigh

June 2, 2010

The day is coming when only one out of every few people will need a traditional computer, said Steve Jobs at the D8 conference.

“When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farms.” Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular.

“PCs are going to be like trucks,” Jobs said.… read more

Steve Jurvetson: AI, nanotech and the future of the human species

August 29, 2007

Steve Jurvetson discusses development of smart AI and the possible cultural impact of machine intelligences and genetic enhancements that surpass human capabilities in a podcast.

He also offers his views on how nanotechnology, molecular electronics and quantum computing carry on Moore’s Law and could bring about profound, life-altering changes in the next few decades.

Jurvetson will speak at the Singularity Summit 2007, September 8-9 at the Palace of… read more

Steve Omohundro: Building self-aware AI systems

September 5, 2007

In a podcast, Steve Omohundro, president of Self-Aware Systems, says he is developing AI systems that understand their own behavior and work to improve themselves.

He gave an example of Microsoft Windows crashing–the Windows system doesn’t know it crashed or why it crashed and a human engineer has to fix it. A self-aware system would be able to fix its own code and learn from it. It turns out… read more

Steven Pinker: Humans are less violent than ever

October 24, 2011

We are much more peaceful now than we used to be, says psychologist Steven Pinker, a result of government, courts, policing, trade, the expansion of literacy, and the empowerment of women.

Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring

Better than fitness trackers on your wrist or clipped to your belt, the inventors say
April 7, 2014


Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have developed soft, thin stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin, using commercially available, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.

The patches stick to the skin like a temporary tattoo and incorporate a unique microfluidic construction, with wires folded like origami to allow the patch to bend and flex without being constrained by the… read more

Sticky future for the spider suture

November 2, 2009

University of Wyoming scientists have identified the genes potentially involved in the glycoprotein-based ultra-strong glue that spiders use to trap their prey, raising the hope that similar substances could one day be synthezised to produce surgical adhesives.

Sticky Nanotape

October 10, 2008

University of Dayton and Georgia Tech scientists have developed an adhesive made of carbon nanotubes whose structure closely mimics that of gecko feet, but is 10 times more adhesive, and could aid climbing robots.

Sticky tape emits useful terahertz rays

August 3, 2009

Peeling sticky tape can generate terahertz radiation, raising the possibility of a cheaper alternative to lasers for medical imaging.

Still Waiting for Personalized Medicine

November 28, 2006

Pharmacogenomics–a field whose researchers aim to let doctors tailor prescriptions to their patients’ genetic makeups–is one of the most tantalizing promises of the genomic era: quick and easy tests that tell you which drugs to take or what dose is right for you.

A few tests have been developed for specific diseases, such as cancer–most notably a genetic test that predicts which lung cancer patients will respond to some… read more

Still Waiting on Neural Nets

August 13, 2001

Neural network technology needs to connect with current research about how the human brain works, said researchers gathered at a session of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks in Washington, DC in July.
Jim Olds, director of George Mason University’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study in Fairfax, VA, remarked that the information about brain function that computer scientists have been relying on is about 30 years old.

Neuroinformatics… read more

Stimulating brain cells with light to combat Parkinson’s disease

October 29, 2012


Lund University researchers plan to use optogenetics to stimulate neurons to release more dopamine to combat Parkinson’s disease.

Optogenetics allows scientists to control specific cells in the brain using light, leaving other cells unaffected.

To do this, the relevant cells are equipped with genes that express a special light-sensitive protein. The protein switches on cells when they are illuminated with light from a thin optic fiber… read more

Stimulating Healing in the Heart

April 19, 2010

Cardio Heal B

CardioHeal, based in Brookline, MA, is developing peptide drugs that can spur growth of new heart muscle cells in the human body.

Stimulating Nerve Cells with Infrared Lasers

October 27, 2004

Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered a method that uses laser light, rather than electricity, to stimulate and control neurons.

They discovered in an experiment with rats that low-intensity infrared laser light can activate specific nerves, exciting a leg or even individual toes without actually touching the neurons. Immediately following the experiment, the rats regained full use of their legs with no signs of weakness or damage.… read more

Stimulating Sight: Retinal Implant Could Help Restore Useful Level Of Vision To Certain Groups Of Blind People

September 24, 2009

(Shawn Kelly)

Scientists from MIT and other organizations have developed a new prototype of a less invasive retinal prosthesis to be implanted behind the retina to take over the function of lost retinal cells by electrically stimulating retinal neurons.

A camera mounted on a pair of glasses sends images to a microchip attached to the eyeball. The glasses also contain a coil that wirelessly transmits power to receiving coils surrounding the… read more

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