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The Future of Internet Immune Systems

November 20, 2007

Spam filters and other intrusion detection systems and tripwires are evolving into an immune system for the Internet.

We need an Internet immune system. There are plenty of bad guys out there, and technology gives them force-multipliers (like the hackers who run 250,000-PC botnets), says Cory Doctorow.

Still, there’s a terrible asymmetry in a world where defensive takedowns are automatic, but correcting mistaken takedowns is done by hand.

The Future of Location Data, Beyond Social Networking

June 21, 2010

Data about the geographic locations of people and things will in the near-term future become a massive flow of sensor, satellite and citizen input made freely available to developers through government and other collaboration programs.

It will be available in real time, to and from mobile devices, and be machine processed to pick out objects and patterns that can be used as hooks for mashups.

The Future of Machine Intelligence

March 24, 2009

Ben Goertzel’s comprehensive report on the recent Second Conference on Artificial General Intelligence, aimed at “the creation of thinking machines with general intelligence at the human level and ultimately beyond,” has been published.

- Keynoter Juergen Schmidhuber projects a date for the Singularity of 2040, compared to Ray Kurzweil’s 2045 (not 2047 as stated in the article).

- The winner of the Kurzweil Best AGI Paper Award was… read more

The future of medicine is now

December 31, 2012


Six medical innovations are poised to transform the way we fight disease, The Wall Street Journal reports.

  • Surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a way to help children born with half a heart to essentially grow a whole one — by marshaling the body’s natural capacity to heal and develop.
  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies has unveiled the first of a generation of tiny DNA sequencing devices that

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The future of medicine: Insert chip, cure disease?

July 30, 2007

University of Florida researchers are developing a neuroprosthetic chip designed to be implanted in the brain that can interpret EEG signals and stimulate neurons to perform correctly.

To goal is to correct conditions such as paralysis or epilepsy.

The future of mind control

May 26, 2002

Neurotechnology, such as brain stimulation and mood-altering drugs, poses a greater threat than genetics.

The future of mobile payments

July 9, 2011

Google Wallet2

PayPal predicts that the wallet will be dead by 2015 and has acquired mobile payments provider Zong for $240 million.

The contenders include:

  • Google Wallet — for Android users.
  • ISIS — a coalition between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.
  • Visa Wallet — expected to handle multiple cards and payment options through many financial networks.
  • Serve by American Express — American Express customers.

The future of moral machines

December 28, 2011


The prospect of machines capable of following moral principles, let alone understanding them, seems as remote today as the word “robot” is old, Colin Allen, co-author of the book Moral Machines, suggests in New York Times Opinionator.

“I am skeptical about the Singularity, and even if ‘artificial intelligence’ is not an oxymoron, ‘friendly AI’ will require considerable scientific progress on a number of fronts, he… read more

The Future of Nano & Bio Technologies

September 19, 2007

Presentations at the recent “Challenges & Opportunities: The Future of Nano & Bio Technologies” conference, presented by World Care and the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, are now available online and reported in CRN’s blog.

The future of nanoscience

January 13, 2011

Four prominent researchers — David Awschalom, Angela Belcher, Donald Eigler, and Michael Roukes — are sharing their thoughts about the future of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In a special dialogue ahead of a Kavli Futures Symposium on the same topic, the scientists focused on how Feyman’s vision may evolve in the next fifty years, beginning with taking nanoscience in an upward direction.

“We’ve gained some important beachheads… read more

The future of nanotechnology

September 3, 2004

Eric Drexler’s vision of self-assembling nanoscale machines will be difficult to achieve because of low Reynolds numbers, ubiquitous Brownian motion, and strong surface forces, says physicist Richard Jones of the University of Sheffield.

As an alternative way to achieve “radical nanotechnology,” he proposes two methods: using biological components, such as molecular motors and incorporating them into artificial nanostructures; and bionanotechnology, using some of the design methods of biology and… read more

The future of online video

September 19, 2008

“Today, 13 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and we believe the volume will continue to grow exponentially,” says Chad Hurley, CEO and Co-Founder, YouTube.

“In ten years, we believe that online video broadcasting will be the most ubiquitous and accessible form of communication.”

The future of online vs. residential education

October 8, 2012

In this correspondence (posted with permission), Ray Kurzweil and MIT president L. Rafael Reif discuss the future of online education and its impacts on residential education. Also see the three related posts today (below). — Ed.

Hi Rafael,

I enjoyed your insightful piece in today’s WSJ on the emergence and future of online education. It eloquently makes the point that online teaching is here to stay. But I… read more

The future of personalized cancer treatment: An entirely new direction for RNAi delivery

May 18, 2009
PTD-DRBD fusion protein (Dowdy Lab/UC San Diego)

An efficient system for delivering siRNA into primary cells to allow for future personalized cancer treatment has been developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

The Future of Reading

November 19, 2007

This week Bezos is releasing the Amazon Kindle, an electronic device that he hopes will leapfrog over previous attempts at e-readers and become the turning point in a transformation toward Book 2.0.

The $399 handheld device, now available, uses wireless connectivity, via “Whispernet,” based on the EV-DO broadband service offered by cell-phone carriers, allowing it to work anywhere.

It can hold 200 books onboard, hundreds more on a… read more

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