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The New Hearing Aid

June 25, 2002

Adding increased stochatic (random) noise to cochlear implant signals makes the neural pattern more natural, increases the perceived dynamic range, allowing patients to detect subtler sounds, according to Dr. Jay Rubinstein, associate professor of otology at the University of Iowa, speaking at the conference of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs.

The New Human

June 19, 2006

By 2020, virtual reality will allow for a full-immersion sensual encounter involving all five senses, says Ray Kurzweil in “The New Human,” an interview in the July 2005 issue of Playboy.

“You’ll feel as though you’re really with that person…. The whole idea of what it means to have a sexual relationship will be different.

“Computers used to be remote: now they’re in our pockets,” says Kurzweil. Next,… read more

The new incredibles: Enhanced humans

May 11, 2006

People with enhanced senses, superhuman bodies and sharpened minds are already walking among us. Are you ready for your upgrade?

They’re here and walking among us: people with technologically enhanced senses, superhuman bodies and artificially sharpened minds. The first humans to reach a happy, healthy 150th birthday may already have been born. And that’s just the start of it. Are you ready for your upgrade, asks Graham Lawton… read more

The new medicine: hacking our biology

October 1, 2012


The New Medicine: Hacking Our Biology is part of the series “Engineers of the New Millennium” from IEEE Spectrum magazine and the Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation. These stories explore technological advances in medical inventions to enhance and extend life.

AFTER A STROKE: REGAINING MUSCLE CONTROL — A “music glove” based on the video gameFrets on Fire makes rehabilitation more fun.

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The New ‘Molecular Economy’

May 26, 2004

A new “molecular economy” is on its way, while the information economy hasn’t completely matured. As the information economy comes of age, a surprising thing is happening: Information systems are starting to take their cues from biological ones. Information is converging with biology, and business is following suit.

(Excerpts from IT’S ALIVE: The Coming Convergence of Information, Biology, and Business by by Christopher Meyer & Stan Davis.)

The new overlords

March 10, 2011

Can machines surpass humans in intelligence? Watson’s victory in the recent “Jeopardy!” TV show supports that idea, which is suggested in the new film, Transcendent Man, says The Economist.

Alternatively, some technology experts think mankind will transform itself into a fitter, smarter and better-looking species in coming decades, Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans argue in Homo Evolutis, a new electronic book.

The New Pet Craze: Robovacs

July 1, 2003

The two leading robovac manufacturers — iRobot and Electrolux –- report that owners treat their robovacs (robot vacuum cleaners) somewhat like pets. Scientists believe that robot pets trigger a hard-wired nurturing response in humans.

The new shape of music: Music has its own geometry, researchers find

April 21, 2008
(Dmitri Tymoczko, Princeton University)

Three music professors have developed a method called “geometrical music theory” that translates the language of musical theory into that of contemporary geometry.

They categorize sequences of notes, like chords, rhythms and scales into “families” that can be represented by points in complex geometrical spaces.

The New Theory About Why Animals Sleep: to Maintain the Immune System

April 13, 2009

An international team of researchers recently published evidence that sleep may have evolved to protect animals from dis­ease: animals that sleep the longest had six times as many immune cells as those that sleep the shortest.

Sleep also allows the brain to reorganize connections between neurons, consolidate memories, and synthesize proteins and cholesterols that are important in tissue repair,

The new word in electronics is ‘plastics’

July 4, 2013


Imperial College London scientists say improving “crystallization,” an industrial process for making plastics, could revolutionize the way we produce electronic products,  reducing the cost and improving the design of solar cells and other electronic devices.

The process of making many well-known products from plastics involves controlling the way that microscopic crystals are formed within the material.

That allows engineers to determine the exact properties they want,… read more

The New World of Tailored Treatments

November 11, 2003

Pharmacogenomics, or “personalized medicine,” which involves using genomic knowledge to tailor treatments that best suit the individual patient’s needs, could significantly improve treatments for cancer and other major killers.

The news on Intel’s Nehalem; chips with integrated GPUs up next

August 21, 2008

Intel Corp. is accelerating efforts to boost computing performance without increasing power consumption, in a new generation of microprocessors code-named Nehalem.

A new “turbo” feature powers down unused processor cores to hold down the total power consumed by a chip.

An initial model for desktop computers, Core i7, will offer four processors, going into production in fourth quarter 2008. The Nehalem-EP is targeted at low-end server systems. An… read more

The Newspaper Industry Is Saved! (Or Not)

December 9, 2008
(Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University)

Hewlett-Packard and Arizona State University have announced a prototype computer display made of plastic, but is paper-like, allowing images to appear on the displays without distortion despite rolling and bending.

It may allow electronic displays to become easily portable and more energy-efficient.

The Next 25 Years in Tech

February 1, 2008

PC World predicts that in the next 25 years, technology will become firmly embedded in advanced devices that deliver information and entertainment to our homes and our hip pockets, in sensors that monitor our environment from within the walls and floors of our homes, and in chips that deliver medicine and augment reality inside our bodies.

Technologies and the dates they are forecast to become mainstream:

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    The Next 5 in 5 — innovations that will change our lives in the next five years

    December 20, 2011

    Information analytics

    In the latest Next 5 in 5 multi-year forecast, IBM examines market and societal trends expected to transform our lives in the next five years and emerging technologies from IBM’s global labs:

    Energy: People power will come to life

    Imagine being able to use every motion around you — your movements, the water rushing through the plumbing — to harness energy to power anything from your… read more

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