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Monthly Archives: January 2009

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Who’s Who in the Singularity

As part of its special report on the singularity last year, IEEE Spectrum published a Who's Who in the Singularity poster documenting the major players in the singularity space.  No sign of the Hub's...

Army’s Cyborg Beetle Takes Flight

Technology review has one of the better reports about the army's success in creating a remote controlled cyborg beetle in collaboration with the University of California - Berkeley.  From the article: "The beetle's payload consists...

Stanford Creates World’s Smallest Writing, Less Than a Nanometer

"Stanford researchers have reclaimed bragging rights for creating the world's smallest writing, a distinction the University first gained in 1985 and lost in 1990." Thus begins an article from Stanford that chronicles the history of...

Fracture Putty – Bioactive Nano Scaffold Could Revolutionize Bone Healing

In June 2008 DARPA solicited proposals from interested institutions to participate in a project to develop fracture putty: A dynamic putty which, when packed in/around a compound bone fracture, provides full load-bearing capabilities within hours,...

Geron CEO Speaks About the Promise of Stem Cell Therapy, Great Damage Done By Bush Presidency

We just uncovered this awesome 3 minute video of Geron CEO Thomas Okarma explaining the promise of stem cell therapy as well as the damage that has been done by the Bush administration over...

FDA OKs 1st Embryonic Stem Cell Trial for Geron, Stock Skyrockets

The first clinical human trial using embryonic stem cells as a medical treatment in the United States has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Roughly ten patients will be treated about...

Wired For War: The Rise of Robotic Armies

P.W. Singer just launched his latest book titled Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. This looks to be a must read book for those that are interested in...

The Onion: Are We Giving Robots Too Much Power?

Need a good laugh?  The onion has a funny spoof about computers taking over the world below: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGxdgNJ_lZM]

10 Forecasts for 2009 and Beyond

Each year since 1985, the editors of The Futurist have collected their most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts into an annual Outlook report.  The Outlook 2009 report was recently released and we have published it...
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Mind Reading Revisited

Just recently we posted about a story in which researchers from Carnegie Mellon were able to read people's actual thoughts with a machine.  The machine uses a technique called fMRI to noninvasively monitor a...

Motorized Nanobot To Swim Through Human Arteries?

The media is abuzz with the announcement of a 250 micrometer motor that could someday be used to power tiny robots that swim through human blood vessels.  Will tiny nanobots or man-made molecular structures...

Genetic Mutation Found in 1% of Population Almost Guarantees Onset of Heart Disease

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute today published a press release presenting the discovery of a gene mutation in roughly 1% of the world population that virtually guarantees the onset of heart disease in its...

Silicon Valley’s Transhumanist Movement Uncovered

David Gelles from The Futurist has written a very detailed piece that describes Silicon Valley as the epicenter of a worldwide transhumanist movement.  Gelles' article is neither pro nor anti transhumanist, but instead is...

16 Amazing Robot Videos

Robot innovation continued its relentless advances during 2008. In this post we would like to showcase some of our favorite robots and robot videos of the last year or so. This review is...

Jeff Hawkins: Recreating Human Intelligence

If you are at all interested in artificial intelligence and understanding how the human brain works then following the work of Jeff Hawkins (pictured right: source) is an excellent place to start.  Jeff Hawkins, founder...

Monkey’s Thoughts Control Robot Halfway Across the World

The New York Times today reports on an awesome experiment in which thoughts were extracted from a monkey in the US and used to control a walking robot in Japan.  An electrode array implanted...

IBM Research Creates 3D Microscope With 100 Million Times Finer Resolution Than Current MRI

IBM Research issued a major press release today announcing the creation of a microscope that can determine the 3-Dimensional structure of large molecules, bacteria, viruses and other nano sized structures with a resolution of...

Top 10 Countries By Robot Density

Just stumbled on this cool tidbit from ieee spectrum.  Not sure how reliable these numbers are (what metric is used to classify something as a robot?), but its neat to see anyway: There are now...

Captivating Review of the Emerging Field of Nanotechnology

Canada's Globemail has an article titled "Science of tiny raises big hopes, big fears" written by Dean Bennet that gives a captivating view of the emerging field of nanotechnology.  If you have the time and...

A Review of the Best Robots of 2008

Robot innovation continued its relentless advances during 2008. In this post we would like to showcase some of our favorite robots and robot videos of the last year or so.  This review is heavily slanted...

Another Step in the March Towards Designer Babies

The Herald and other major outlets are reporting that the "UK's first genetically selected baby has been born." This sensational claim is misleading since the practice of genetically screening embryos, as was done in this...

Vision Restored to Blind Patients in Gene Therapy Breakthrough

The emerging field of gene therapy took a huge leap forward in 2008 when vision was substantially restored to several blind patients. The patients in the study suffer from Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA), a rare...

Reading People’s Actual Thoughts With a Machine

60 Minutes just ran an excellent segment on how fMRI is being used by the Brain Image Analysis Research Group at Carnegie Mellon and elsewhere to literally read people's minds. The video below is...

Nanoscale Levitation – Repulsive Casimir Force Verified

The cover story of the Jan 8, 2009 Nature journal states that “the experimental verification that a bizarre quantum effect — the Casimir force — can manifest itself in its repulsive form is pivotal...

Star Trek Replicator? Barrier Between Physical and Digital Worlds Fading

You know that replicator from Star Trek that was able to make food and other items seemingly out of thin air?  Well, such a device does not disobey the laws of physics and is...

Real Life Transformer Robot

Just found this awesome short video of a transformer robot from Japan.  There are several transformer robot videos out there, but I think this robot represents one of the more elegant designs.  It is...

Solar Power Game-Changer: Near Perfect Absorption of Sunlight, From All Angles

A huge leap has been made in the creation of high efficiency, cost effective solar power with the announcement of the world's first material that absorbs the entire spectrum of sunlight (UV, visible, and...

FIRST Robotics 2009 Competition Kickoff

Over the weekend the 18th annual FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) was officially launched.  This competition challenges and inspires high school student teams to build robots that compete in a match whose rules change each...

Artificial Retina Brings Sight Back to the Blind

Wow!  Physorg.com reports that an artificial retina has achieved real success in bringing limited sight to the blind.  The Department of Energy estimates that 6 million Americans are blind because their retinas have been...

Singularity Summit 2008 Videos Now Online

The first 7 videos from the singularity summit 2008 are now online: http://singinst.org/media/singularitysummit2008 There were way more than seven speakers at the summit, so more videos are sure to follow soon.  The current videos cover talks...

Amateurs Are Trying Genetic Engineering At Home

Marcus Wohlsen from the Associated Press came out with an article on December 26, 2008 describing the emergence of do it yourself genetic engineers (biohackers) working from their basements and garages.  Biohacker Meredith Patterson...

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