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The Future of Computing

December 7, 2011

The New York Times has special coverage on the future of computing today. Here are the stories we found most interesting.

Taking Faster and Smarter to New Physical Frontiers, By Drew Endy

From scheduling conference rooms to rooting out incipient tumors, computers that can go to the information that we care greatly about

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The Future of Computing, According to Intel

September 26, 2007

Andrew Chien, director of Intel Research, is exploring terascale computing, in which machines with tens or hundreds of cores perform trillions of operations per second.

The big idea he’s exploring is the role of inference and sensors as missing pieces to make ubiquitous computing come to fruition. One of the initial steps is to build systems that understand what we’re doing and understand the importance of different activities in… read more

The future of cryonics debate between physicist Michio Kaku and Alcor CEO Max More

December 22, 2013


In response to a question, “What are the practical applications of cryogenics today, and what potential improvements can we expect 20 to 30 years down the line?” Michio Kaku, PhD, replied with a critique.

Max More, PhD, CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation, offered this response, noting that cryonics is “affordable by regular people. Ice does not form inside cells… read more

The future of e-paper: The Kindle is only the beginning

June 9, 2008

Displays on devices like the Kindle and its rival, the Sony Reader 505, are beginning to provide the contrast and resolution of traditional ink on paper.

But the technology is rapidly moving to plastic substrates that will make e-paper almost as flexible as paper, and color e-paper displays, expected to be available in two or three years.

The future of education eliminates the classroom, because the world is your class

March 25, 2013

Hypercities (credit: UCLA et at.)

Technology can turn our entire lives into learning experiences via “socialstructed learning,” an aggregation of microlearning experiences drawn from a rich ecology of content and driven not by grades but by social and intrinsic rewards, suggests Marina Gorbis, Executive Director at the Institute for the Future, in Fast Company.

“Today’s obsession with MOOCs is a reminder of the old forecasting paradigm: In the early stages of technology… read more

The Future of Electronic Paper

October 17, 2007

Electronic paper is now closer than ever to changing the way we read, write, and study — a revolution so profound that some see it as second only to the invention of the printing press in the 15th century.

Made of flexible material, requiring ultra-low power consumption, cheap to manufacture, and most important, easy and convenient to read, e-papers of the future are just around the corner, with the… read more

The Future of Intelligent Technology and Its Impact on Disabilities

October 16, 2003

We will have pocket reading machines for the blind within a few years that read text ubiquitously — from signs, packages, menus, electronic displays, etc., says Ray Kurzweil.

“By 2010, these devices will be very tiny. You will be able to wear one on your lapel and scan in all directions. These devices probably will be used by sighted people as well, because they will allow us to get… read more

The Future of Interfaces is Mobile, Screen-less and Invisible

August 17, 2010

Reto Meier, an “Android Developer Advocate for Google,” recently laid out a forecast of where computer (or at least mobile) interfaces are headed:

Five years from now: first widely available flexible displays and built in HD projectors

10 years from now: transparent LCD patches that can be applied to regular glasses, and full virtual keyboards and voice input eliminate physical keyboards entirely.

20 years from now: contact lenses… read more

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.
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