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Singularity Summit 2010 returns to San Francisco, explores intelligence augmentation

May 31, 2010

The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI) plans to announce its Singularity Summit 2010 conference tomorrow, scheduled for August 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

“This year, the conference shifts to a focus on neuroscience, bioscience, cognitive enhancement, and other explorations of what Vernor Vinge called ‘intelligence amplification‘ (IA) — the other route to the Singularity,” said Michael Vassar, president of SIAI.

Irene… read more

Google search finds seafaring solution

September 16, 2008

Google is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its Internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles offshore.

The “water-based data centers” would use wave energy to power and cool their computers, reducing Google’s costs. Their offshore status would also mean the company would no longer have to pay property taxes on its data centers, which are sited across the world.

Data centers consumed 1… read more

Nanotechnology Seen as Answer to Counterfeiters

February 28, 2007

A government report just released argues that the only way for the U.S. government to stay ahead of counterfeiters is to use nanotechnology.

If this happens, our money will no longer be a printed piece of paper. It will become a very thin, very high-tech machine.

“Say you snap a dollar bill between your fingers and the edges become rigid,” says Alan Goldstein, a molecular engineering professor at… read more

Augmented-reality rope lets you team up to fly a kite

February 28, 2012


A new game called Rope Revolution developed by graduate student Lining Yao and colleagues at MIT uses an augmented-reality rope to allow players to fly a kite, ride a horse, or skip with a partner across the globe, New Scientist TV reports.

The rope controller recognizes various gestures, using a sensor in the wall attachment and an accelerometer built into the rope handle. For the… read more

Drexler launches

April 22, 2004

Nanotechnology pioneer Dr. K. Eric Drexler has launched

The site focuses on “the science behind emerging technologies of broad importance, summarizing research results and offering technical perspectives on research directions. It includes tutorial material, new results, annotated bibliographies and links to external web resources. Initial topics include nanotechnology-based production systems (central to the future of physical technology), and secure, distributed computing (central to the future of… read more

The $30 Genome?

June 7, 2010

(Microfluidics sequencing team/Weitz lab)

Harvard University physicist David Weitz and his team are adapting microfluidics technology to DNA sequencing that will be able to sequence a human genome for $30.

Nanotubes on the Brain

September 23, 2008
Bare electrode and nanotube-coated one (Edward Keefer)

University of Texas researchers are coating brain-implant electrodes with carbon nanotubes to make them more conductive (less power needed, so reduced battery drain for longer life), reduce the size (fewer side effects and tissue damage), and reduce electrical noise (better recording and feedback).

The researchers’ simplified technique for adding nanotubes to electrodes: place electrodes in a water-based solution of carbon nanotubes; apply a small voltage to sites… read more

Robotic age poses ethical dilemma

March 7, 2007

The Robot Ethics Charter, an ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea.

“The government plans to set ethical guidelines concerning the roles and functions of robots as robots are expected to develop strong intelligence in the near future,” the ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said.

UIUC Unveils the Worlds Most Advanced Building

April 30, 2004

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, one of the top Computer Science programs in the world, has just officially opened their new $80 million Siebel Center.

The department head describes the building as a single computing entity, meant to be programmed and to interact with those in the building via RFID tags in their ID cards. This is probably one of the biggest and most expensive projects in… read more

State of the Arts 2010 Symposium slated for June 19 in Los Angeles

June 15, 2010

The State of the Arts 2010 Symposium at Los Angeles Center Studios (and via webcast) on Saturday June 19 is bringing together a multi‐disciplinary mix of experts to explore future trends in arts, media, communications and technology, with a focus on the conscious use of creativity and its transformative power to drive positive global change.

SOA 2010 panelists include executives from Sony Pictures, Ovation Television and Lionsgate… read more

Hybrid Nanoparticles Image and Treat Tumors

September 29, 2008

Combining a magnetic nanoparticle, a fluorescent quantum dot, and an anticancer drug within a lipid-based nanoparticle, a multi-institutional research team headed by the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer has created a single agent that can image and treat tumors, while avoiding detection by the immune system, enabling the particle to remain in the body for extended periods of time.

Renewing a Call to Act Against Climate Change

March 14, 2007

Bill McKibben, who was one of the first laymen to warn of global warming, is now the philosopher-impresario of the program of climate-change rallies called Step It Up.

Search engine tackles tricky lists

May 10, 2004

KnowItAll, a search engine under development at the University of Washington, trawls the web for data and then collates it in the form of a list.

It solves the problem of finding information (such names of scientists in a specific field) that probably does not exist on any single web page.

Smartphone add-on will bring eye tests to the masses

June 24, 2010

Ramesh Raskar of the Camera Culture group at MIT has devised a method of providing basic eye tests using just a smartphone and a specially designed eyepiece.

It could provide a home-based eye test for millions of people who cannot easily access regular optometry services.

GLOBAL CATASTROPHIC RISKS: Building a Resilient Civilization

October 6, 2008

GLOBAL CATASTROPHIC RISKS, a seminar on threats to the future of humanity and how to reduce these risks and build a more resilient civilization, will be held November 14, 2008 at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA.

Organized by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, and the Lifeboat Foundation, the event will precede Convergence 08.

Faculty will… read more

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