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Big Brother is shouting at you

September 18, 2006

Middlesbrough has fitted loudspeakers on seven of its 158 cameras, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.

Big brother is listening to you

November 20, 2006

To prevent fights breaking out, surveillance cameras in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands have been adapted to listen out for voices raised in anger. Microphones attached to the cameras feed the sound signals to software that can detect voices that are aggressive in tone.

In a trial earlier this year, police made three arrests after being alerted by the system

‘Big brother’ buildings offer less invasive security

April 11, 2008

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories researchers have placed 215 small, cheap motion detectors along hallwalls in their building as a lower-cost, less-invasive, and more useful system for security monitoring.

The researchers say CCTV footage, besides being more invasive, is difficult to search through or interpret quickly.

Big Brother 101

July 27, 2006

By some counts, government snoops are sifting through data from a billion or more phone calls and online messages daily. What might they be looking for?

Big Brains Rule Trading Floor

April 17, 2002

“A growing number of tech-savvy traders…[are creating] programs to make the computer a tool for making small-scale pricing decisions, the task traditionally performed by traders.”

Big brains for video games

January 21, 2010

The size of brain areas in the striatum, a region deep within the cerebral cortex, has a measurable effect on specifc types of video game performance, ten neuroscientists have found.

They conducted an experiment in which each subject received 20 hours of training to play a video game specifically created for research purposes. Some of the players were told to focus exclusively on running up a high score, while… read more

Big Brain Thinking

February 15, 2006

Stanford neuroscientist Bill Newsome wants to implant an electrode in his brain to better understand the link between activity in specific parts of the brain and consciousness.

If approved, he would insert an electrode in an area of the brain known as MT. The cells in this area respond selectively to a specific direction of motion, as in monkey experiments he has done.

“If I could stimulate my… read more

Big Blue’s DNA-Reading Chips

October 6, 2009

The brown and yellow bands represent metal and insulating layers (IBM Research)

IBM researchers are developing a chip for cheaper, faster DNA sequencing using fabrication techniques refined through semiconducting manufacturing.

The chip uses layered electrodes to control the movement of individual DNA molecules and exploits a technique called nanopore sequencing. The approach could allow DNA to be passed through a sensor that would rapidly read off its genetic code.

Big Blue’s Big Brother Lab

April 24, 2001

The IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California is developing advanced haman-interface computing devices, including:

- A Terminator-style camera with gaze-tracking technology to identify the face and display the name of the person on a sunglasses-mounted display. It could also perform automated language translation of viewed text.

- An electronic communal bulletin board that gives everyone whose personal information is in a database access to their desktop… read more

Big Blue says breakthrough means Millipede may crawl out of lab

May 12, 2004

IBM says its MEMS/nanotech combo storage effort, Millipede, is creeping toward reality — this time with its first working quantum storage prototype.

A Millipede device will hold 4,096 miniature read-write heads and is expected to debut in 2006 or 2007 at 5 to 10 gigabytes and go up from there. It will use the same size packaging as SD flash cards, making it compatible with digital cameras, mobile phones… read more

Big Blue gives 90-nano boost to PowerPCs

February 13, 2004

IBM plans to announce on Friday that it has started mass production of PowerPCs on the 90-nanometer process.

IBM is combining layers of silicon on insulator (SOI) and strained silicon, which allow manufacturers to improve energy efficiency or performance: They can either make processors that run as fast as current models but consume far less power; or they can produce chips that use the same amount of power but… read more

Big banks vs. Bitcoin libertarianism

March 25, 2013


Banks should learn to work with, rather than against, the new role of money in a peer-to-peer landscape, says media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff writes on Mashable, based on the arguments of his new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now.

But many libertarians* would rather bypass, not work with banks.

The hype has never been hotter for the Internet’s crypto-currency Bitcoin, Salonread more

Big Bang to be plumbed by supercomputer

February 24, 2004

IBM’ s Blue Gene/L supercomputer will support a radio astronomy attempt to view the earliest epoch of the universe 13 billion years ago, possibly the first stars and the first fragments of galaxies to emerge after the Big Bang.

The system will be used by Astron, an astronomy organization in the Netherlands. The signal-processing algorithm will require the computer to crunch around 700 Gbits of data per second from… read more

Big bang theorists scoop Nobel prize for physics

October 4, 2006

The 2006 Nobel prize for physics has been awarded to John Mather and George Smoot for their contribution to the big bang theory of the origin of the universe.

The pair were honored for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation.

Smoot’s announcement in 1992 that his team had observed the long-sought variations in the CMB — and therefore, in the… read more

Big Bang sounded like a deep hum

October 31, 2003

The Big Bang sounded more like a deep hum than a bang, according to an analysis of the radiation left over from the cataclysm.

Giant sound waves propagated through the blazing hot matter that filled the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. These squeezed and stretched matter.

Even though the Universe has been expanding and cooling ever since, the sound waves have left their imprint as temperature variations… read more

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