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The ultimate lifelogging interface?

"Wink, wink, nudge, nudge" --- Monty Python
May 4, 2013


Developer Michael DiGiovanni has revealed on github a beta android app for Google Glass called “Winky” that takes a photo — replacing the wordy “”OK, Glass, take a picture.”

“Users will be able to lifelog with little to no effort. It allows more pictures to be taken easily and to become a timeline of where you have been,” says Roundarch Isobar, where DiGiovanni is Emerging… read more

The ultimate no-brainer

May 3, 2001

In theory, a quantum computer could exploit the principles of quantum mechanics to achieve massively parallel processing. Quantum laws allow for the bizarre phenomenon of “counterfactuality”: one can glean information about a quantum event that did not actually take place.

Two British researchers have described a hypothetical scheme that could achieve just that. It would allow for probing all the possible states of a quantum computer, including that in… read more

The Ultimate Remote Control

June 2, 2004

Imagine what it would be like if we could turn our brains into remote controls, sending wireless commands to computers, robots and other machines.

Researchers hope ultimately to eavesdrop on the brain’s signals with electrodes, transmit them to a computer that can read the brain’s code and then use those signals to control a machine either locally or remotely via wireless or even the Internet.

Imagine a quadriplegic… read more

The Ultimate Running Machine

July 11, 2002

Inside a Soviet-style training camp, corporate scientists are reengineering neuro-mechanics, blood chemistry, and brain waves. Welcome to the Oregon Project, where Nike is rebuilding the US marathon team one high tech step at a time.

The Ultimate Social Persuasion Device

October 8, 2010

In the near future, all citizens will wear a centrally-controlled, super iPhone that tracks your movements and can scan everyone around you to divulge their net worth, their shopping history and their dating potential.

The concept is described by Gary Shteyngart in the satiric novel “Super Sad True Love Story.”

“The RateMe Plus technology is its most important part; the fact that it immediately ranks you,” he says.… read more

The UN fought the Internet — and the Internet won

December 14, 2012

Main Conference room at Day 4, WCIT 2012, Dubai, UAE (credit: ITU)

For the last two weeks some of the planet’s most oppressive regimes have faced off against some of the most powerful Internet advocates in an effort to rewrite a multilateral communications treaty that, if successful, could have changed the nature of the Internet and altered the way it is governed, Forbes reports.

On Thursday night that effort failed, as a U.S.-led block of dissenting countries refused to… read more

The Unconscious Mind: A Great Decision Maker

February 21, 2006

Dutch psychologists found that people struggling to make complex decisions did best when they were distracted and were not able to think consciously about the choice at all.

The research not only backs up the common advice to “sleep on it” when facing difficult choices, but it also suggests that the unconscious brain can actively reason as well as produce weird dreams and Freudian slips.

The Underground Internet

September 24, 2003

“Darknets,” private Internet communities using encrypted communication, are popping up for trading pirated music and movies as well as secure corporate communications.

The universe is a quantum computer

March 23, 2010

In Decoding Reality, physicist Vlatko Vedral argues that we should regard the entire universe as a gigantic quantum computer, as MIT scientist Seth Lloyd has suggested in a series of papers and his 2006 book, Programming the Universe.

The universe is a string-net liquid

March 15, 2007

Herbertsmithite could be the new silicon — a building block for quantum computers.

Unlike conventional error-prone quantum computers using electron spin, a new stable design may be possible, using a “string-net liquid” — a potentially new state of matter — with elementary and quasi-particles at the end of “strings.”

Physicists could manipulate these particles with electric fields, braiding them around each other, encoding information in the number of… read more

The universe will destroy the evidence of its origin

July 2, 2007

In 100 billion years, everything we can see except local galaxies will have been pushed so far away by the universe’s expansion that all other sources of light will have been redshifted beyond our ability to detect them, according to a paper that will appear in October.

All matter other than that in our galaxy will be invisible, and our view of the universe will look like it did… read more

The Universe, Expanding Beyond All Understanding

June 6, 2007

If things keep going the way they are, Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University and Robert J. Scherrer of Vanderbilt University calculate, in 100 billion years the only galaxies left visible in the sky will be the half-dozen or so bound together gravitationally into what is known as the Local Group, which is not expanding and in fact will probably merge into one starry ball.

Unable to see… read more

The Unmanned Army

April 21, 2003

“The unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) is the first tangible evidence of [a] robotic future….If the UCAV program succeeds, it could lead us to a distant point on the horizon where no Americans in uniform will ever again fight on the battlefield — automated submarines launching cruise missiles, divisions of unmanned ground vehicles racing toward enemy capitals. Autonomous helicopters will charge ahead of the columns, flying 15 feet off the… read more

The unnatural man/A search for meaning in a genetically engineered future

May 22, 2003

Bill McKibben’s new book, Enough: Staying Human in An Engineered Age, warns about the dangers of technological advances in biology (especially germline engineering), nanotech, and robotics. “I am very afraid of these technologies, for a long list of reasons….”

The Ups and Downs of Nanobiotech

August 30, 2004

Ten years from now, a visit to the doctor could be quite different than it is today. How different? Imagine tiny particles that “cook” cancers from the inside out; “smart bomb” drugs that detonate only over their targets; and finely structured scaffolds that guide tissue regeneration.

Academic labs, small startups, and giant pharmaceutical companies are working to turn these proofs-of-principle into approved therapies.

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