U.K. scientists are creating the “Virtual Cocoon,” a new “Real Virtuality” (all senses stimulated to create a fully immersive perceptual experience) device that can stimulate all five senses much more realistically than any other current or prospective device.
October 22, 2008
Security researcher Dan Kaminsky first spotted a basic vulnerability in the Domain Name Service (DNS) for the Internet last winter.
Despite fixes, the vulnerability is still there for companies with unpatched servers.
June 11, 2008
Studies of wing motion and air forces that reveal how dragonflies achieve their agility may enable roboticists to eventually build capable, swift biomimetic micro air vehicles that use four wings.
November 18, 2005
Normal rats have been made to behave differently just by injecting them with L-methionine, a common amino acid and food supplement. The change to their behavior was permanent. The amino acid altered the way the rat’s genes were expressed, raising the idea that drugs or dietary supplements might permanently halt the genetic effects that predispose people to mental or physical illness.
May 26, 2008
According to nVidia, the role of the CPU will dramatically decrease in the future, with more GPGPU usage (the use of the graphics chip to process regular programs) and co-existence of “competing” technologies like ray tracing and rasterization.
April 25, 2007
We have had the industrial age, we have had the information economy.
But now for something different: “the care economy”, predicts BT’s Ian Pearson.
And, says Mr Pearson assuredly, women — not men — are best suited for this shift.
After years of so called soft skills – such as communication — being sidelined, they will now play center-stage.
October 23, 2007
“I use Google as a metaphor for an emerging intelligence,” says European author and futurist Ray Hammond.
“Every single day that I use Google, and I use it constantly, I notice that it’s getting a little bit more capable at understanding what I mean when I don’t say precisely what I mean.
“Now, if brainpower in the computer is doubling every 12 months and Google is gathering every… read more
May 15, 2006
The Tofflers’ new book, “Revolutionary Wealth,” argues convincingly that we are on the verge of a post-scarcity world that will slash poverty and “unlock countless opportunities and new life trajectories,” at least if we avoid the rapidly escalating risks to such progress.
June 3, 2008
Ray Kurzweil sees biology, medicine, energy and other fields being revolutionized by information technology.
His graphs already show the beginning of exponential progress in nanotechnology, in the ease of gene sequencing, in the resolution of brain scans. With these new tools, he says, by the 2020s we’ll be adding computers to our brains and building machines as smart as ourselves.
January 23, 2013
For 25 years, Scottish science fiction writer Iain M. Banks, author of the Culture Series, has been writing about a utopian post-scarcity civilization managed by artificially intelligent drones known as Minds, and preoccupied by artificial intelligence, games, and interactions with other civilizations.
October 10, 2005
Prospects for professional futurists are starting to look quite promising. As companies and government agencies grapple with the seemingly scorching rate of technological innovation and change, more are engaging the services of self-described futurists for advice on how to adapt.
February 3, 2003
Freeman Dyson has written a libertarian response to Michael Crichton’s novel Prey and Bill Joy’s advice to relinquish research in genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics.
Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the School of Natural Sciences of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
November 2, 2009
The Future of Aging: Pathways to Human Life Extension has just been announced by Springer.
The 40 authors make the scientific case that a biological “bailout” could be on the way, and that human aging can be different in the future than it is today. Based on the future therapeutic potential of biogerontology, their paradigm-breaking proposals include sirtuin-modulating pills, new concepts for attacking cardiovascular disease and cancer, mitochondrial rejuvenation,… read more