May 21, 2012
Comcast’s plans to do away with its 250 GB data cap and charge users based upon usage marks the end of an era for cable TV providers, and for the online video industry, TechCrunch reports.
According to nVidia, the role of the CPU will dramatically decrease in the future, with more GPGPU usage (the use of the graphics chip to process regular programs) and co-existence of “competing” technologies like ray tracing and rasterization.
We have had the industrial age, we have had the information economy.
But now for something different: “the care economy”, predicts BT’s Ian Pearson.
And, says Mr Pearson assuredly, women — not men — are best suited for this shift.
After years of so called soft skills – such as communication — being sidelined, they will now play center-stage.
“I use Google as a metaphor for an emerging intelligence,” says European author and futurist Ray Hammond.
“Every single day that I use Google, and I use it constantly, I notice that it’s getting a little bit more capable at understanding what I mean when I don’t say precisely what I mean.
“Now, if brainpower in the computer is doubling every 12 months and Google is gathering every… read more
The Tofflers’ new book, “Revolutionary Wealth,” argues convincingly that we are on the verge of a post-scarcity world that will slash poverty and “unlock countless opportunities and new life trajectories,” at least if we avoid the rapidly escalating risks to such progress.
Ray Kurzweil sees biology, medicine, energy and other fields being revolutionized by information technology.
His graphs already show the beginning of exponential progress in nanotechnology, in the ease of gene sequencing, in the resolution of brain scans. With these new tools, he says, by the 2020s we’ll be adding computers to our brains and building machines as smart as ourselves.
For 25 years, Scottish science fiction writer Iain M. Banks, author of the Culture Series, has been writing about a utopian post-scarcity civilization managed by artificially intelligent drones known as Minds, and preoccupied by artificial intelligence, games, and interactions with other civilizations.
Prospects for professional futurists are starting to look quite promising. As companies and government agencies grapple with the seemingly scorching rate of technological innovation and change, more are engaging the services of self-described futurists for advice on how to adapt.
Freeman Dyson has written a libertarian response to Michael Crichton’s novel Prey and Bill Joy’s advice to relinquish research in genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics.
Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the School of Natural Sciences of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
The Future of Aging: Pathways to Human Life Extension has just been announced by Springer.
The 40 authors make the scientific case that a biological “bailout” could be on the way, and that human aging can be different in the future than it is today. Based on the future therapeutic potential of biogerontology, their paradigm-breaking proposals include sirtuin-modulating pills, new concepts for attacking cardiovascular disease and cancer, mitochondrial rejuvenation,… read more
To explore the future of AI, IEEE Intelligent Systems invited well-known AI scientists to contribute articles speculating about where AI is headed and how we might get there.
This special issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Dartmouth summer workshop, which brought together the field’s lead¬ing researchers.
Articles may be downloaded free.
Scientists have recently provided a sneak preview of the future of biomedicine with a range of projects seeking to assemble virtual humans–or parts of them–on computers and “labs on a chip.”
The technology could usher in a new era of personalized medicine in which rapid tests tell doctors which treatments have the best chances of success for individual patients.
In addition, copying the brain’s chemistry is important for… read more
Researchers are using brain-computer interfaces to aid the disabled, treat diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and provide therapy for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Work is under way on devices that may eventually let you communicate with friends telepathically, give you superhuman hearing and vision or even let you download data directly into your brain, a la “The Matrix.”
Within three years, companies and governmental agencies will be able to successfully run analytics within a centralized data warehouse containing 1 petabyte or more of data — without performance limitations.
Over the next five years, automated banking systems will become increasingly complex by considering customer financial status and wealth, transactional history, and even family and business relationships, to produce complex man/machine interactions that resemble artificial intelligence.