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Monthly Archives: July 2008

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Intel: Human and computer intelligence will merge in 40 years

Add Intel's CTO and senior fellow Justin Rattner to the growing list of singularity proponents according to an article from computerworld. According to Rattner: "...perhaps as early as 2012 we'll see the lines between...

A Future Where Babies are Born Without Severe Defects

Nature recently published an article written by Armand Marie Leroi that opens with this interesting question: "Now that many people approve the elimination of certain genetically defective fetuses, is society closer to screening all fetuses...

A “Manhattan Project” for the Next Generation of Bionic Arms

Related to the IEEE special report on prosthetic arms is a fascinating article on prosthetic limbs that can take their signals directly from the nerves or even the brain of the user. As...

The Next Generation in Noninvasive Prosthetic Arms

In this piece from the IEEE special report on prosthetics we learn about Deka's amazing noninvasive prosthetic arm. As noted earlier, DARPA gave $30.4 million to fund two projects for the next generation of...

Cloud Computing on the Rise – The World Mind is Upon Us

HP, Intel, and Yahoo announced today the creation of a global cloud computing infrastructure to be used by researchers across the world. Cloud computing is a computing model in which computing resources such...

IEEE Spectrum Special Report on Prosthetic Arms

In Feb 2008 IEEE Spectrum released a fantastic special report on some of the latest work being done on prosthetic arms. The special report covers a lot of ground, but mostly focuses on DARPA's Revolutionizing...

The Networked Pill From Proteus Biomedical

Michael Chorost published an article in MIT Technology Review about a networked pill from a company called Proteus Biomedical. The pill, called Raisin, releases a sand grain sized microchip into the body in...

Michael Chorost – Cochlear Implants and World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans and Machines

Below is an interesting video of Michael Chorost speaking at Google June 30, 2008. Michael spends about half of the video explaining the amazing cochlear implant that has enabled himself and more than 100,000...

Tiny Robotic Tweezers Can Pick Up and Move Individual Cells!

The Short: Newscientist reports that researchers at the University of Toronto have created a microgripper device capable of grabbing and releasing objects as small as a cell. Tiny tweezers or grippers have been created...

Laser Surgery Probe Precise Enough to Target Individual Cancer Cells

The University of Texis at Austin reports that Professor Adela Ben-Yakar and colleagues have developed a femtosecond laser "microscalpel" that is so precise that it can destroy a single cell while leaving nearby cells...

World’s Oldest Person?

I recently stumbled upon some articles on the oldest people alive and thought it would be interesting to post this information here at Singularity Hub: The oldest person alive today (that can be verified against...

Chip for Eye Implants Could Run for a Year on Millimeter Sized Battery

The Short: An IEEE Spectrum report and University of Michigan report tell of a fascinating advance in the development of a tiny microchip that can be implanted into the eye or other parts of the...

Videos From Singularity Summit 2007 Posted to SIAI Website

The SIAI (Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence) recently posted the videos from its Singularity Summit 2007 on their website. These videos offer an amazing perspective on the singularity from the biggest names in...

Nanotechnology Overhyped in the Past…Booming Today!

In a press release Lux Research reports that nanotechnology is in the midst of a phenomenal boom, predicted to find its way into an astonishing $3.1 trillion worth of products by 2015. In...

Archon X Prize Offers $10 million to Revolutionize Gene Sequencing

Many people have heard of the original X Prize, which was a $10 million prize given to the first company that could build a spacecraft capable of carrying three people to 100 kilometers above...

Stimulating Nerves With Light Instead of Electricity Opens New Doors for Science

The Short: For decades now the standard approach to stimulating human nerve cells has been to use the method used by the human body itself - electrical current. Electrical stimulation of nerves is quite...

deCODEme video tour

deCODEme offers an excellent video tour on their website that demonstrates what they can do with your dna. This video will be enlightening for those who are new to genetics and the amazing...

Personal Genome Project (PGP) Highlighted by Wired

Wired came out with a pretty nice article on the Personal Genome Project (PGP) with a focus on the project's founder, George Church. The PGP will be collecting and analyzing the DNA of...

Nao Robot – The Next Generation in Commercial Robots

Just found a nice video posted below of a group of Nao robots doing a synchronized dance. The Nao represents the next generation of "affordable, autonomous, and easily programmable humanoid robots". Created...

Major European Effort to Develop Robots With Emotions

The Feelix Growing Project is a $2.5 million euro initiative funded by the European Union to foster research in the development of robots that can detect and mimic human emotion. The project started...

Growing New Blood Vessel Networks With Cell Injections

Major news outlets are reporting that researchers have been able to grow heart blood vessels in mice by injecting the mice with progenitor cells. The researchers implanted "human endothelial and mesenchymal progenitor cells...

Living past 100 years with anti-aging genes

Two separate projects are both analyzing the genes of healthy, old (90 or even 100 years) people to see if they have genes in common that may be responsible for enabling their longevity. Technology Review...

40 Years of Intel timeline

PC Magazine has released a nice compilation of major chip milestones that Intel has achieved during its last 40 years. My personal favorite - the pentium pro shown below:

Ingestible pill measures human core temperature, heart rate in real time

HQ Inc. offers the CorTemp temperature pill that can record body temperature and heart rate data continuously and wirelessly transmit this data to an external device for graphing and archiving. The pill is...

The Bionic Body Shop – Buy Custom Upgrades for Your Body Now!

From the IEEE report on the singularity comes a really cool flash tool that gives you a tour of the implants and technologies for human enhancement that are already commercially available today. A...

ORlive – online repository of webcasts and videos of live surgeries

I just stumbled upon an incredible site called OR-live.com where you can witness live video of the latest surgical procedures. This is an excellent resource for researching and understanding how the medical field...

Birth of nanotechnology documented by this historic IBM photo

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found a cool reference to the birth of nanotechnology in the article titled "Rupturing The Nanotech Rapture" By Richard A.L. Jones: "The birth...

Want to reverse engineer the brain? Reverse engineer the roundworm first…

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found an interesting piece of information from the article titled "Can Can Machines Be Conscious?" by Christof Koch and Giulio Tononi. It would seem mankind's attempt...

IEEE special report on the singularity

IEEE produced a special report on the singularity in its June 2008 issue located here: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/singularity This is a comprehensive report, representing many diverse views about the singularity from a selection of tech luminaries and scholars...

25 nm breakthrough paves way for smaller, faster chips

Moore's law looks set to continue with recent research that paves the way for 25 nanometer etching of silicon chips. According to the article: "Today the smallest features on most computer chips are about...

Intel says to prepare for ‘thousands of cores’

For many years now the computer processor industry has been moving away from simply making faster cpus and instead has been focusing on making them more parallel. Instead of having one super fast...

Physicists tweak quantum force, reducing barrier to nano sized devices

The University of Florida today reports that scientists have reduced the Casimir force between two metal plates by changing the surface of the plates from a flat surface into a corrugated or comb-like structure. The...

Heliscope builds world’s fastest DNA sequencer

The Short: Technology Review reports that for just $1,350,000 USD you can have have the worlds fastest commercially available DNA sequencer, called the Heliscope. The machine developed by Helicos BioSciences takes just one hour...

Add air hockey to the list of things that computers can do better than humans

The Short: The EE Times reports that a computer has been built that can beat the world's best humans at the game of air hockey.  Check out this video of the air hockey robot...

Numenta Is Imitating Your Brain

Decent piece in BusinessWeek profiling Jeff Hawkins' startup Numenta. Numenta is building artificial intelligence that attempts to replicate the function of the human neocortex to solve hard problems. The software specializes in...

Manipulation of large dna strands with microhook and microspool

The Short: In this recent paper from Lab on a Chip it is revealed that researchers in Japan have developed two microtools for manipulating large strands of DNA such as an entire chromosome. Using...

The revolution in mass market DNA analysis is happening…

I just read the following post from the 23andMe company blog. The most interesting revelation here is the demonstration of how easy it is for a person to find a compatible organ...

The Fight to End Aging Gains Legitimacy, Funding

This article at Wired reports on the gaining acceptance of aging as a disease by society.  The article focuses on Aubrey De Grey and his Methuselah Foundation and notes their conference Aging: The...

Check Yourself for Genetic Abnormalities Wiki

Wired just setup a how-to wiki describing how to check yourself for genetic abnormalities. The wiki is pretty wimpy on details at the moment, but hopefully people will update it with more information...

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