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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:

  • Biometric
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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

    The Next Best Thing to You

    May 18, 2009

    Project LifeLike aims to to create avatars that are as realistic as possible, including 3-D measurements of a person’s form and of movements, natural language, and automated knowledge update and refinement.

    The project is a collaboration between the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Central Florida and the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    The next big bang: Man meets machine

    May 30, 2006

    Research on multiple fronts in digital technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology may, over the next half century, alter the way we think about computers and information, and our relationship to them. With these changes, bionic body parts won’t seem so far-fetched as we increasingly develop ways to integrate high-tech materials into our mortal flesh.

    And the reverse is true as well. Researchers are now looking to biological materials such as… read more

    The next big thing (is practically invisible)

    March 28, 2003

    Nanoparticles now turn up in everyday products from tennis balls to sunscreen but some activists are calling for regulation and even a moratorium on some types of nanoscale research.

    The Next Big Thing For Wireless

    January 18, 2004

    WiMax is seven times faster than Wi-Fi and has a range up to as 30 miles vs. about 100 feet, so it could be used as an alternative to copper wire and coaxial cable for connecting homes and businesses to the Internet. Intel also plans to embed it in a chip so it can be built directly into PCs and laptops.

    The next big thing is actually ultrawide

    July 2, 2004

    The Freescale Semiconductor division of Motorola has developed ultrawideband (UWB) technology for sending data wirelessly at 110Mbps and plans for 1Gbps transmission in 2005.

    UWB technology is currently hobbled by regulatory challenges and a long-running clash between two incompatible systems.

    Ultrawideband works by broadcasting over a much larger chunk of the radio spectrum, so even a low-powered ultrawideband radio signal can carry huge amounts of data.

    The… read more

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