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Technological Singularity and Acceleration Studies: Call for Papers

April 9, 2010

The 8th European conference on Computing And Philosophy – ECAP 2010, Technische Universitat, Munich, Germany has issued a call for papers on Technological Singularity & Acceleration Studies, with a submission deadline for extended abstracts of May 7, 2010.

“We invite submissions describing systematic attempts at understanding the likelihood and nature of these projections. In particular, we welcome papers critically analyzing the following issues from a philosophical, computational, mathematical, scientific… read more

Technology 25 Years Hence

December 29, 2010

“The law of accelerating returns is the only reliable method I know that allows us to forecast at least certain aspects of the future,” said Ray Kurzweil in “Why Do We Need Predictions?,” a New York Times special feature published Monday.

“A computer that fit inside a building when I was a student now fits in my pocket, and is a thousand times more powerful despite being… read more

Technology Could Enable Computers To ‘Read The Minds’ Of Users

October 2, 2007

Tufts University researchers are developing techniques that could allow computers to respond to users’ thoughts of frustration (too much work) or boredom (too little work).

They are using light-based functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) technology to monitor brain blood flow as a proxy for workload stress.

Technology Doesn’t Dumb Us Down. It Frees Our Minds.

September 22, 2008

Over the course of human history, writing, printing, computing and Googling have only made it easier to think and communicate, says Times writer Damon Darlin, challenging an article in The Atlantic magazine called “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

Technology Elite Are Focusing Next on Human Body

June 17, 2003

The recent TEDMED conference focused on the premise that technology’s next big wave will arise from its intersection with medicine.

Examples of new products and services:

  • Key chains that store a person’s health records and plug into the USB port of any computer to display the information.
  • A computer-based armband that measures how many calories its wearer burns.
  • Genetic profile tests
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    Technology Gives Sight to Machines, Inexpensively

    June 17, 2002

    Researchers are developing an inexpensive system that produces real-time three-dimensional images.

    The 3D-Aware system from Palo Alto-based Tyzx can be used for surveillance of individuals in a crowd, security systems, games. It uses two inexpensive video cameras linked at high speed to a custom processing card in a standard PC.

    Technology Innovator’s Mobile Move

    June 28, 2010

    SRI International is hoping to bring the concept of virtual personal assistants closer to reality.

    Recently, the institute has set its sights on the mobile phone and Web market, especially on creating applications that perform personal functions.

    SRI’s newest venture: a Web-based personalized news feed, Chattertrap, that monitors what people are reading to learn what they like, and then serves up articles and links that suit their interests.… read more

    ‘Technology Is at the Center’

    May 6, 2008

    Bill Joy’s recommendation that we relinquish artificial intelligence, biotech, and nanotechnology because they’re just too dangerous for human beings to handle, is “so far off the mark that it is not even wrong,” says entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Thiel.

    It would “actually lead to the future he fears. If the virtuous people relinquish these things, it means that they will be developed by the evil people, and that seems… read more

    Technology listens as doctors keep talking

    September 21, 2011
    Clinical Language Understanding

    Medical dictation software company Nuance Communications is developing what it calls Clinical Language Understanding. It’s designed to automatically extract information from a doctor’s dictated narrative description of a patient and use it to fill out electronic records.

    Clinical Language Understanding has been developed with the IBM researchers who created Watson, the computer system that was able to understand natural language well enough to beat humans on Jeopardy!.

    Nuance’s… read more

    Technology mimics the brushstrokes of masters

    October 24, 2013

    New technology in 3-D printing has reached the art world. The race is on to produce high-quality 3-D reproductions of masterpieces by such artists as Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh, The New York Times reports.

    This year the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam teamed up with Fujifilm in Japan to produce the first fully color-corrected three-dimensional copies of some of van… read more

    Technology on way to forecasting humanity’s needs

    July 24, 2009

    Advances in complex networks theory and modeling along with access to new data will enable humans to achieve true predictive power in areas never before imagined, Indiana University’s Alessandro Vespignani believes.

    We will one day predict with unprecedented foresight, specificity and scale such things as the economic and social effects of billions of new Internet users in China and India, or the exact location and number of airline flights… read more

    Technology predictions for 2010

    December 28, 2009

    The rise of the tablet computer (led by Apple), broadband-enabled on-demand TV, real-time social websites, 3D TV, and augmented reality in information and location-based games are the hot consumer electronics trends for 2010 predicted by the Telegraph’s technology team.

    Technology Research Advances of 2004

    January 3, 2005

    The profusion of technology research in 2004 includes a nanowire-based biochip developed by Harvard University researchers that detects single viruses, fault-tolerant chip design for nanowire logic circuits, a software program for designing computer chips made from DNA-assembled carbon nanotubes, and a scheme for storing light pulses using a photonic crystal that could make possible blazingly fast all-optical computer chips, quantum computers and quantum communications systems.

    Technology Rewrites the Book

    July 19, 2006

    The print-on-demand business is gradually moving toward the center of the marketplace. What began as a way for publishers to reduce their inventory and stop wasting paper is becoming a tool for anyone who needs a bound document. Short-run presses can turn out books economically in small quantities or singly, and new software simplifies the process of designing a book.

    Technology Said to End Errors in Chips Caused by Radiation

    December 16, 2003

    Researchers at an STMicroelectronics laboratory in France have developed a semiconductor memory technology that is immune to soft errors caused by background radiation, potentially eliminating an important barrier to shrinking the size of computer chips.

    To defeat soft errors without adding additional circuitry (thus increasing the size of the chip), the STMicroelectronics researchers stacked a capacitor on top of a memory circuit, lowering the chances that a logic bit… read more

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