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Tech suits endanger innovation

May 30, 2012

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Regardless of the legitimacy of their claims, aggressive litigation could have a devastating effect on society as a whole, short-circuiting innovation.

For example, a series of court decisions in the 1990s made hip-hop music sampling all but impossible, forcing artists to get permission for every snippet they used — a logistical and financial nightmare. Lawsuits flew against several rappers, and a form of cultural expression virtually disappeared.

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Tech tools tap into Web for election info

November 4, 2008

Election tech tools include Google’s new “In Quotes” service, Google Maps for polling places, “#votereport” added to Twitter messages (appear on twittervotereport.com), and YouTube.com/youchoose to submit videos on polling experiences.

Technique Images Brain Activity When We Think Of Others

May 20, 2008
(Rebecca Saxe)

The temporoparietal junction (TPJ) area of the brain is active when people think about other people’s thoughts, MIT neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe has found, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Many neuroscientists doubted that an abstract high-level cognitive process like understanding another person’s thoughts would be conducted in its own private area of the cortex.

Technique May Help Revive Head-Injury Victims

October 16, 2006

Doctors yesterday reported the first evidence that targeted electrical deep brain stimulation (DBS) may help head-trauma victims stuck in a state of semiconsciousness, after an experiment apparently restored some of one patient’s abilities to function and communicate.

The technique, which has been shown to be effective for treating some patients with Parkinson’s disease, severe pain, epilepsy, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder, involves inserting tiny electrodes into the brain to stimulate… read more

Technique quickly identifies bacteria for food safety

December 29, 2006

Researchers at Purdue University have used a new technique to rapidly detect and precisely identify bacteria, including dangerous E. coli, without the time-consuming treatments usually required.

Called desorption electrospray ionization, or DESI, it could be used to create a new class of fast, accurate detectors for applications ranging from food safety to homeland security.

Techno hits basic beat

January 7, 2004
Complexity of nine musical genres

Physicists have quantified differences in the patterns of various musical genres and their correlations to subjective, qualitative musical aspects of these genres by using a technique called detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA). DFA has been used to study complicated signals in economic, genetic and heartbeat data.

The method produces a number, “alpha,” that quantifies the complexity of patterns in a signal, in this case, the volume of music. Western classical… read more

Techno sniffer dog debuts at Heathrow

March 18, 2003

London’s Heathrow airport has unveiled a new electronic “sniffer dog.” The Sentinel II analyzes air that is blown across passengers’ bodies for particles of explosives or other banned substances.

Technological Singularity and Acceleration Studies: Call for Papers

April 9, 2010

The 8th European conference on Computing And Philosophy – ECAP 2010, Technische Universitat, Munich, Germany has issued a call for papers on Technological Singularity & Acceleration Studies, with a submission deadline for extended abstracts of May 7, 2010.

“We invite submissions describing systematic attempts at understanding the likelihood and nature of these projections. In particular, we welcome papers critically analyzing the following issues from a philosophical, computational, mathematical, scientific… read more

Technology 25 Years Hence

December 29, 2010

“The law of accelerating returns is the only reliable method I know that allows us to forecast at least certain aspects of the future,” said Ray Kurzweil in “Why Do We Need Predictions?,” a New York Times special feature published Monday.

“A computer that fit inside a building when I was a student now fits in my pocket, and is a thousand times more powerful despite being… read more

Technology Could Enable Computers To ‘Read The Minds’ Of Users

October 2, 2007

Tufts University researchers are developing techniques that could allow computers to respond to users’ thoughts of frustration (too much work) or boredom (too little work).

They are using light-based functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) technology to monitor brain blood flow as a proxy for workload stress.

Technology Doesn’t Dumb Us Down. It Frees Our Minds.

September 22, 2008

Over the course of human history, writing, printing, computing and Googling have only made it easier to think and communicate, says Times writer Damon Darlin, challenging an article in The Atlantic magazine called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

Technology Elite Are Focusing Next on Human Body

June 17, 2003

The recent TEDMED conference focused on the premise that technology’s next big wave will arise from its intersection with medicine.

Examples of new products and services:

  • Key chains that store a person’s health records and plug into the USB port of any computer to display the information.
  • A computer-based armband that measures how many calories its wearer burns.
  • Genetic profile tests
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    Technology Gives Sight to Machines, Inexpensively

    June 17, 2002

    Researchers are developing an inexpensive system that produces real-time three-dimensional images.

    The 3D-Aware system from Palo Alto-based Tyzx can be used for surveillance of individuals in a crowd, security systems, games. It uses two inexpensive video cameras linked at high speed to a custom processing card in a standard PC.

    Technology Innovator’s Mobile Move

    June 28, 2010

    SRI International is hoping to bring the concept of virtual personal assistants closer to reality.

    Recently, the institute has set its sights on the mobile phone and Web market, especially on creating applications that perform personal functions.

    SRI’s newest venture: a Web-based personalized news feed, Chattertrap, that monitors what people are reading to learn what they like, and then serves up articles and links that suit their interests.… read more

    ‘Technology Is at the Center’

    May 6, 2008

    Bill Joy’s recommendation that we relinquish artificial intelligence, biotech, and nanotechnology because they’re just too dangerous for human beings to handle, is “so far off the mark that it is not even wrong,” says entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Thiel.

    It would “actually lead to the future he fears. If the virtuous people relinquish these things, it means that they will be developed by the evil people, and that seems… read more

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