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The Stanford education experiment could change higher learning forever

March 22, 2012

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CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, a free graduate-level Stanford University course taught by Stanford professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig — available online to its 160,000 students worldwide, with YouTube videos viewed 5 million times — has started a revolution in higher learning.

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Sebastian Thrun resigns from Stanford to launch Udacity

The State Of Surveillance

August 9, 2005

Research laboratories envision tools that could identify and track just about every person, anywhere — and sound alarms when the systems encounter hazardous objects or chemical compounds.

Many such ideas seem to leap from the pages of science fiction: An artificial nose in doorways and corridors sniffs out faint traces of explosives on someone’s hair. Tiny sensors floating in reservoirs detect a deadly microbe and radio a warning. Smart… read more

The state of the future: 2013–14

March 19, 2014

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On Thursday March 20, The Millennium Project, a global participatory think tank, will launch the “2013–14 State of the Future” report at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from about 12:20 to 1:30 pm EDT, with an open-access webcast.

The “State of the Future” is a comprehensive annual overview of the present global situation and prospects for humanity. It integrates forecasts, trends,… read more

The State of the Global Telecosm

April 24, 2008

The telecommunications technologies of the “telecosm” that George Gilder envisioned a decade ago–a global network with infinite bandwidth and instantaneous transmission–are becoming available in 2008.

The state of the US election system

Gains in voting-machine technologies could be cancelled out by errors introduced through mail and Internet voting
October 19, 2012

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The good news: widespread technological upgrades have largely eliminated the voting-machine problems that were so evident when Florida’s disputed recount determined the 2000 presidential election.

The bad news: early voting through the mail, which is increasing, is turning out to be a relatively low-accuracy method of voting, according to a new open access research report released by MIT and the Californiaread more

The stealth revolution: digital power technologies

January 13, 2003

“Photon-power technologies are now undergoing the kinds of breathtaking performance improvements that define highly disruptive industries and presage very rapid growth across a wide variety of formerly discrete markets,” advises The Friday Letter from Gilder Publishing.

The report recommends the Digital Power Report, which tracks investment opportunities in digital power technologies.

“The stealth revolution in power is centered on the rising power levels… read more

The strange neuroscience of immortality

July 30, 2012

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Neuroscientist Kenneth Hayworth believes that he can live forever, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. But first he has to die.

“The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body,” he says.

He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion… read more

The Stranger Side of CHI 2009

April 14, 2009

A wearable system that lets a user control a computer using eye movements, and devices that sync when they touch to show related photos are among the odder inventions demoed at the Computer-Human Interaction Conference in Boston last week.

The Sun lets loose a huge explosion

June 8, 2011

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On June 7, the Sun released a solar flare coupled with a prominence (a physical eruption of gas from the surface). This event blasted something like a billion tons of material away from the sun.

While it started from a small region on the Sun’s surface, it quickly expanded into a plume easily as big as the Sun itself — possibly over a million kilometers across.

This… read more

The Super Network

August 24, 2005

Every major cable company is making investments to allow TV to be distributed over the Internet, giving you access to 31 million hours pf programming per year. And then there’s this year’s 36-fold explosion in consumer-generated video on the Internet.

Yahoo! is working with SBC and Microsoft on an IPTV/fiber-to-the-curb initiative called Project Lightspeed that uses Yahoo! software to deliver video-on-demand, instant messaging, photo collections, and music.

The Supercomputing Speed Barrier

September 16, 2002

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers are operating the Q supercomputer at 30 teraflops; supercomputers will eventually be able to surpass 100 teraflops at the national coalition of Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories, and Los Alamos National Labs has announced plans for 200 teraflops.

The Talk of the Town: You

October 29, 2007

The old binary view of privacy–total transparency vs. total privacy–is too blunt and dysfunctional to address privacy in the Internet era.

The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, by Daniel J. Solove, associate professor of law at the George Washington University Law School, offers alternatives.

The taste of tiny: Putting nanofoods on the menu

May 31, 2010

Nanotechnology promises ice cream that makes you feel full, saltier-tasting salt, less fattening fat, and increased nutritional value of everyday products. Nanofood supplements could even tackle global malnutrition.

The Tech Awards is now accepting applications for 2013

January 24, 2013

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Know people who are changing the world? Encourage them to apply for The Tech Awards 2013, a program of the Tech Museum, San Jose, CA.

Categories: Environment, Education, Young Innovator (under 27), Health, Economic Development.

Benefit: cash prizes of $75,000 and $25,000 awarded in each category; access to mentors, funders, media, former laureates.

Deadline: May 1, 2013

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The Technicolor Brain

November 1, 2007
Genetically engineered "brainbow" mice express random combinations of cyan, yellow, and red fluorescent proteins in nerve cells.

Researchers at Harvard University have developed a new method for setting the brain aglow in a rainbow of colors.

The ability to paint individual brain cells with such a broad palette will allow neuroscientists to explore neural circuits like never before.

Jean Livet, Jeff Lichtman, and their collaborators at Harvard genetically engineered mice to carry numerous copies of genes that code for fluorescent proteins of three… read more

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