“The real peril in [the Singularity] is that our social, cultural, and political technologies probably won’t keep pace, meaning we’ll have whole new ways to hurt ourselves and others along with the same old ways to keep ourselves from doing so,” opines PBS columnist Robert X. Cringely.
March 7, 2002
Designer babies can now be achieved without cloning, Gattaca-style.
“It’s much more important than the debate about cloning people, which is a sideshow,” said Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. “While we’re all spending a lot of time thinking about cloning, that is not the main area where genetics is going to force hard choices.”
Carnegie Mellon University scientists have harnessed an experimental technology to produce polymer films with long-range-ordered nanostructure and easily convert them into highly ordered “nanocarbon arrays.”
Called zone casting, this technology could revolutionize the way industrial nanoelectronic components are made.
They used “block copolymers,” which are made of long-chain molecules with distinct “blocks” of chemically different repeating units. To create self-assembling nanostructures from block copolymers, they used molecules with… read more
Steve Jurvetson discusses development of smart AI and the possible cultural impact of machine intelligences and genetic enhancements that surpass human capabilities in a podcast.
He also offers his views on how nanotechnology, molecular electronics and quantum computing carry on Moore’s Law and could bring about profound, life-altering changes in the next few decades.
Jurvetson will speak at the Singularity Summit 2007, September 8-9 at the Palace of… read more
April 11, 2002
The AAAS has posted an audio file of remarks made by K. Eric Drexler, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing and Foresight Board Chair, who spoke on a panel discussion during a symposium on “The War On Terrorism: What Does It Mean for Science?,” held on 18 December 2001 in Washington, D.C.
February 13, 2009
Researchers at North Carolina State University have successfully modified a common plant virus to deliver drugs only to specific cells inside the human body without affecting surrounding tissue.
These tiny “smart bombs,” with built-in “cargo space” of 17 nanometers, could lead to more effective chemotherapy treatments with greatly reduced, or even eliminated, side effects.
January 10, 2011
Dolphins have been declared the world’s second most intelligent creatures after humans, with scientists suggesting they are so bright that they should be treated as “non-human persons.”
“Many dolphin brains are larger than our own and second in mass only to the human brain when corrected for body size,” said Lori Marino, a zoologist at Emory University. “The neuroanatomy suggests psychological continuity between humans and dolphins and has profound… read more
May 24, 2005
Infineon and IBM have launched a program to research phase-change memory, material that retains data by changing its structure between crystalline and amorphous.
Phase change memory has the advantage that data doesn’t depend on an electrical charge, so, like flash memory it persists when a computer is turned off. On the other hand, phase change memories can wear out mechanically.
September 7, 2007
Q: What do people most misunderstand about the idea of singularity?
A: I don’t think they understand how radically different the world will be in 30 or 40 years, and there are choices that we need to make today to shape the future. – Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and speaker at the Singularity Summit this weekend.
May 3, 2002
Philips laboratories researchers are developing ways to paint liquid crystal displays on surfaces instead of between two layers of plastic or glass. The method could allow manufacturers to make displays more quickly.
February 23, 2009
Plastic Logic is developing the first flexible electronic book, printing polymer transistors onto a layer of bendy plastic the size of a magazine page, with wireless connection and touch screen.
September 19, 2007
McAfee CEO David DeWalt says cyber-crime has become a $105 billion business that now surpasses the value of the illegal drug trade worldwide.
Worldwide data losses now represent $40 billion in losses to affected companies and individuals each year, he said.