A startup called FriendFeed has created what they hope to be the next big form of communication online: flowing, multi-person, real-time conversations.
January 9, 2012
Stephen Hawking’s rate of speech is down to about one word per minute, and the nerve decay has now reached the point where he needs to move to some new technology, says Sam Blackburn, who has been responsible for the technology which allows Stephen Hawking to communicate for the past five years (he has recently resigned).
“Steven has a stubborn attitude towards this sort of thing. He feels that… read more
December 11, 2012
Your brain has at least four different senses of location — and perhaps as many as 10 — and each is different, according to new research from the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
The brain has a number of “modules” dedicated to self-location, they found. Each module contains its own internal GPS-like mapping system that keeps track… read more
December 25, 2002
The two sequels of “The Matrix” will feature photorealistic virtual actors that are impossible to tell from real ones, say the producers. “The Matrix Reloaded” arrives in theaters on May 15, “Matrix Revolutions” in early November.
Actor performances are captured on five high-resolution digital cameras; a complex algorithm calculates the actor’s appearance from every angle the cameras missed and allows for creating scenes with virtual actors.
May 6, 2002
Warner Bros. is producing two sequels to the Matrix, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, both scheduled for 2003. The films continue the scenario of the human race imprisoned in a computer-generated reality and include the underground city of Zion, inhabited by the few hundred thousand humans who have escaped.
October 17, 2011
During the development of an embryo, everything happens at a specific moment. In about 48 hours, it will grow from the top to the bottom, one slice at a time — scientists call this the embryo’s segmentation.… read more
March 17, 2011
The recent cluster of huge quakes around the Pacific Ocean has fueled speculation that they are seismically linked.
The December 2004 Sumatra quake, the February 2010 Chile quake, and now, Sendai have struck in just over six years. This presents a horrifying possibility: that there is a link between these megaquakes and that, as a result, more could strike.
What is clear is that for the 6.2 years… read more
April 8, 2007
USC’s Center for Neural Engineering researchers have developed a chip that can communicate with brain cells, a first step toward an implantable machine that could restore memories in people with brain damage or help them make new ones.
The chip can receive analog signals from live brain tissue, convert them to digital signals, and then reconvert them to an analog signal relayed to healthy neurons on the other side.… read more
November 23, 2009
Maximum Life Foundation president David Kekich gathered a group of scientists, entrepreneurs, and visionaries to meet for three days with the goal of developing a scientific and business strategy to make extreme human life extension a real possibility within a couple of decades, dubbed the Manhattan Beach Project.
August 20, 2006
The Millennium Project–a global participatory think tank–has released its 10th annual State of the Future report.
The report distills the collective intelligence of over 2,000 leading scientists, futurists, scholars, and policy advisors who work for governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and international organizations.
Among its findings:
October 2, 2005
Applied Minds, led by inventor Danny Hillis, is developing such imaginative inventions as “touch tables”: the surface of each is a high-resolution computer display showing a satellite-camera view of the world. By putting your hands on the table and spreading them, you zoom into a region, a city, a neighborhood. You can also slide your hand over the table to expose the view as captured at an earlier time.