What happens when we combine the three different webs that are made for machines: the Web of Data (facts), the Web of Identities (for people data), and
the Web of Services?
August 1, 2007
“In my opinion, Mother Nature is a psychopathic bitch,* and she is out to get you,” nanotech researcher and engineer Tihamer Toth-Fejel comments offhand during his presentation on the potentials of future technology. “[You have to] adapt, change or die.”
His words are stern, but the audience hardly bats a collective eye. After all, he’s preaching to the choir — this is TransVision 2007, where transhumanists the world over… read more
February 27, 2008
Some autistics are leading a nascent civil rights movement, fueled by neuropsychological researchers who are taking a fresh look at the nature of autism.
The condition, the researchers say, shouldn’t be thought of as a disease to be eradicated. The autistic brain may not be defective, but simply different — an example of the variety of human development.
They’ve found that previous measures of autistic intelligence… read more
January 22, 2010
Contributing editor Erik Sofge argues that the “uncanny valley” — where a robot (or animated video of a person) looks and acts nearly but not exactly like a human — is so loosely supported by research, it is nearly useless for roboticists.
August 22, 2011
Soon, the websites you visit while watching TV could adapt in real time to the shows being watched — automatically presenting information relevant to the show, or even tuning their ads in response to what’s on screen.
December 21, 2004
Thursday, December 23, will be the 50th anniversary of the first successful organ transplant.
Over the last five decades, surgeons have learned how to transplant virtually every vital organ in the human body. They have also branched out to transplant an array of nonvital body parts including, most recently, the hand. Advances in surgery, medicine, anesthesia and intensive care have extended patients’ longevity and quality of life: the world’s… read more
May 4, 2013
Developer Michael DiGiovanni has revealed on github a beta android app for Google Glass called “Winky” that takes a photo — replacing the wordy “”OK, Glass, take a picture.”
“Users will be able to lifelog with little to no effort. It allows more pictures to be taken easily and to become a timeline of where you have been,” says Roundarch Isobar, where DiGiovanni is Emerging… read more
May 3, 2001
In theory, a quantum computer could exploit the principles of quantum mechanics to achieve massively parallel processing. Quantum laws allow for the bizarre phenomenon of “counterfactuality”: one can glean information about a quantum event that did not actually take place.
Two British researchers have described a hypothetical scheme that could achieve just that. It would allow for probing all the possible states of a quantum computer, including that in… read more
June 2, 2004
Imagine what it would be like if we could turn our brains into remote controls, sending wireless commands to computers, robots and other machines.
Researchers hope ultimately to eavesdrop on the brain’s signals with electrodes, transmit them to a computer that can read the brain’s code and then use those signals to control a machine either locally or remotely via wireless or even the Internet.
Imagine a quadriplegic… read more
October 8, 2010
In the near future, all citizens will wear a centrally-controlled, super iPhone that tracks your movements and can scan everyone around you to divulge their net worth, their shopping history and their dating potential.
The concept is described by Gary Shteyngart in the satiric novel “Super Sad True Love Story.”
“The RateMe Plus technology is its most important part; the fact that it immediately ranks you,” he says.… read more
February 21, 2006
Dutch psychologists found that people struggling to make complex decisions did best when they were distracted and were not able to think consciously about the choice at all.
The research not only backs up the common advice to “sleep on it” when facing difficult choices, but it also suggests that the unconscious brain can actively reason as well as produce weird dreams and Freudian slips.
September 24, 2003
“Darknets,” private Internet communities using encrypted communication, are popping up for trading pirated music and movies as well as secure corporate communications.
March 23, 2010
In Decoding Reality, physicist Vlatko Vedral argues that we should regard the entire universe as a gigantic quantum computer, as MIT scientist Seth Lloyd has suggested in a series of papers and his 2006 book, Programming the Universe.