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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

Technology listens as doctors keep talking

September 21, 2011
Clinical Language Understanding

Medical dictation software company Nuance Communications is developing what it calls Clinical Language Understanding. It’s designed to automatically extract information from a doctor’s dictated narrative description of a patient and use it to fill out electronic records.

Clinical Language Understanding has been developed with the IBM researchers who created Watson, the computer system that was able to understand natural language well enough to beat humans on Jeopardy!.

Nuance’s… read more

Technology mimics the brushstrokes of masters

October 24, 2013

New technology in 3-D printing has reached the art world. The race is on to produce high-quality 3-D reproductions of masterpieces by such artists as Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh, The New York Times reports.

This year the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam teamed up with Fujifilm in Japan to produce the first fully color-corrected three-dimensional copies of some of van… read more

Technology on way to forecasting humanity’s needs

July 24, 2009

Advances in complex networks theory and modeling along with access to new data will enable humans to achieve true predictive power in areas never before imagined, Indiana University’s Alessandro Vespignani believes.

We will one day predict with unprecedented foresight, specificity and scale such things as the economic and social effects of billions of new Internet users in China and India, or the exact location and number of airline flights… read more

Technology predictions for 2010

December 28, 2009

The rise of the tablet computer (led by Apple), broadband-enabled on-demand TV, real-time social websites, 3D TV, and augmented reality in information and location-based games are the hot consumer electronics trends for 2010 predicted by the Telegraph’s technology team.

Technology Research Advances of 2004

January 3, 2005

The profusion of technology research in 2004 includes a nanowire-based biochip developed by Harvard University researchers that detects single viruses, fault-tolerant chip design for nanowire logic circuits, a software program for designing computer chips made from DNA-assembled carbon nanotubes, and a scheme for storing light pulses using a photonic crystal that could make possible blazingly fast all-optical computer chips, quantum computers and quantum communications systems.

Technology Rewrites the Book

July 19, 2006

The print-on-demand business is gradually moving toward the center of the marketplace. What began as a way for publishers to reduce their inventory and stop wasting paper is becoming a tool for anyone who needs a bound document. Short-run presses can turn out books economically in small quantities or singly, and new software simplifies the process of designing a book.

Technology Said to End Errors in Chips Caused by Radiation

December 16, 2003

Researchers at an STMicroelectronics laboratory in France have developed a semiconductor memory technology that is immune to soft errors caused by background radiation, potentially eliminating an important barrier to shrinking the size of computer chips.

To defeat soft errors without adding additional circuitry (thus increasing the size of the chip), the STMicroelectronics researchers stacked a capacitor on top of a memory circuit, lowering the chances that a logic bit… read more

Technology that helps the aged stay home

A more cost-effective, practical solution than robots --- for now
November 15, 2012

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University of Adelaide computer scientists are developing a network of sensors attached to objects and AI software to track what a senior is doing — a practical, low-cost solution for helping older people to keep living independently and safely in their own homes.

The researchers are adapting radio-frequency identification (RFID) and other sensor technologies to automatically identify and monitor human activity,… read more

Technology, the Stealthy Tattletale

October 29, 2007

A technological revolution is making it possible to track down escaping bank robbers and find missing things and people far more quickly and precisely than ever.

The change is powered less by new technologies than the artful combination of existing ones, mainly the Internet, cellphones and GPS satellites. In some cases, the new devices linked to these systems can even detect a theft before it happens.

Technology’s Future: A Look at the Dark Side

May 17, 2006

Any technology powerful enough to improve life radically is also capable of abuse and prone to serious, unanticipated side effects.

‘Tectonic shifts’ in employment

January 5, 2012


Information technology is reducing the need for certain jobs faster than new ones are being created.

Several factors, including outsourcing, help explain the state of the labor market, but fast-advancing, IT-driven automation might be playing the biggest role.

For example, reduced the need for retail staffers; computerized kiosks in hotels and airports replaced clerks; voice-recognition and speech systems replaced customer support staff and operators; and businesses of… read more

TED conference makes videos available free online

April 15, 2007

TED, known for its annual invitation-only summit of the “world’s brightest minds,” today made high-resolution videos of more than 100 full-length TED talks available free on its new website.’s impressive new design includes an innovative custom video player. Shown here (click to play): Ray Kurzweil’s TED 2006 talk, “How technology’s accelerating power will transform us”)

This is an important moment in TED’s history,”… read more

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