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TED: MIT Students Turn Internet Into a Sixth Human Sense — Video

February 9, 2009

Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen.

The wearer can summon virtual gadgets and Internet data at will.

Pattie Maes of the lab’s Fluid Interfaces group said the research is aimed at creating a new digital “sixth sense” for humans that comes from computers and the Internet.

EU project builds artificial brain for robots

August 29, 2007

University of Granada scientists have built Sensopac, the first artificial cerebellum to help robots manipulate and interact with humans.

One possible use for the robots would be as home-helpers for disabled people. The next step for the Sensopac project will be to develop an artificial skin for the robots, making them look more human-like, and making them information-sensitive in the same way as human skin is.

Human brain result of ‘extraordinarily fast’ evolution

December 29, 2004

New research by Bruce Lahn, an assistant professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago, suggests that humans evolved their cognitive abilities not owing to a few sporadic and accidental genetic mutations but rather from an enormous number of mutations in a short period of time, acquired though an intense selection process favoring complex cognitive abilities.

Lahn suggests that the development of human society may be the reason.… read more

In historic shift, smartphones, tablets to overtake PCs

December 8, 2010

Shipments of smartphones, tablets and other app-enabled devices will overtake PC shipments in the next 18 months, an event that may signify the end of the PC-centric era, market research firm IDC said.

Cloud computing will also expand. Public cloud services will grow by 30% in 2011, rising to $28.7 billion worldwide.

‘Artificial personality’ to get psychological test

June 30, 2001

A psychological test will be administered to a machine-based “artificial personality” known as GAC (Generic Artificial Consciousness).

GAC — pronounced ‘Jack’ — is being developed at the Mindpixel Digital Mind Modeling Project with the collaboration of nearly 40,000 Internet users, who have input more than 355,000 individual items of human consensus experience. The project’s organizers hope to build an accurate statistical model of an average human mind… read more

Mathematics: The only true universal language

February 16, 2009

“Maybe in the far future… post-human intelligence will develop hypercomputers with the processing power to simulate living things — even entire worlds,” says Martin Rees, professor of cosmology and astrophysics at the University of Cambridge.

“Perhaps advanced beings could even simulate a ‘universe’ that goes far beyond mere patterns on a chequer-board and the best movie special effects. Their simulated universe could be as complex as the one we… read more

How to build an optical invisibility cloak for a diffusive medium

June 9, 2014

In a diffusive light-scattering medium, light moves on random paths (see magnifying glass). A normal object (left) casts a shadow, an object with an invisibility cloak (right) does not.. (Credit: R. Schittny / KIT)

Invisibility cloaks can’t make objects fully invisible in all directions, colors, and polarizations, but Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) physicists have developed a workaround: an ideal invisibility cloak for diffusive light-scattering media, such as fog.

Their results are published in the journal Science.

In diffusive media, light is scattered by the particles in the medium. Examples are fog, clouds, or frosted glass panes that let the… read more

Drawing nanoscale features the fast and easy way

September 11, 2007

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new technique for nanolithography that is extremely fast and capable of being used in a range of environments including air and liquids.

The technique, known as thermochemical nanolithography, may allow industry to produce a variety of nanopatterned structures, including nanocircuits, at a speed and scale that could make their manufacture commercially viable. Using an atomic force microscope (AFM), researchers… read more

Israeli ‘nano-lightbulbs’ could help detect drug’s efficiency

January 10, 2005

An Israeli researcher has developed “nano-lighbulbs” — polymer patches placed on the walls of living cells that change color and fluoresce as a result of events occurring on the cell membrane.

The research is intended to clarify how cells communicate with one another, and to investigate whether and how certain drugs and hormones are effective in penetrating cells and others are not.

Taiwan scientists claim microchip ‘breakthrough’

December 14, 2010

Taiwanese scientists at the National Nano Device Laboratory have succeeded in producing a circuit measuring just nine nanometers across, with about 20 times the storage capacity of memory units now available on the market and consuming just one 200th of the electricity.

XML-based ‘Flare’ programming language project launched

July 24, 2001

The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence has launched the Flare programming language project, headed by programmer Dmitriy Myshkin.

Flare is proposed as a fundamentally new programming language expected to be useful for AI research (among other uses). “Program objects and program code can be represented as well-formed XML, enabling a wide variety of new design patterns and language idioms,” says the announcement.

“Current programming… read more

Road Map for Financial Recovery: Radical Transparency Now!

February 24, 2009

“We need to rethink our entire philosophy of regulation,” says Wired writer David Roth. “Instead of assigning oversight responsibility to a finite group of bureaucrats, we should enable every investor to act as a citizen-regulator.

“We should tap into the massive parallel processing power of people around the world by giving everyone the tools to track, analyze, and publicize financial machinations. The result would be a wave of decentralized… read more

Surface plasmons enhance nanostructure possibilities

September 19, 2007

Scientists from University College London and at the Queen’s University of Belfast have demonstrated a method of achieving ultrahigh light dispersion that makes use of surface plasmon polaritons on nanostructures.

Uses would be in such areas as quantum information processing, lab-on-chip applications for spectral analysis, chemistry and electronic engineering, and optical communications as signal processing devices.

Converting images into music helps blind identify, reach for object

Musical tones encodes vertical and horizontal location, brightness, and colors
July 9, 2012



Scientists have trained blindfolded sighted participants to perform fast and accurate movements using a new Sensory substitution devices (SSD) called EyeMusic.

SSDs use sound or touch to help the visually impaired perceive the visual scene surrounding them. EyeMusic, developed by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, uses pleasant musical tones and scales to help the visually impaired “see.”

It scans an image and represents… read more

National Intelligence Council Releases 2020 Project Report

January 19, 2005

The National Intelligence Council (NIC) has released “Mapping the Global Future,” a report that provides a view of how world developments could evolve by 2020.

The latest report follows “Global Trends 2010″ and “Global Trends 2015.” The NIC 2020 process lasted about a year and involved more than a thousand people.

National Intelligence Council website

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