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Monthly Archives: February 2009

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Kurzweil in Rolling Stone – We Have the PDF

As many of our readers may have heard, Rolling Stone recently did a major story on Ray Kurzweil in their latest issue titled "The World's Scariest Techno Prophet".  Originally Singularity Hub did not report...

Skin Cells Reprogrammed Into Beating Heart Tissue

Imagine a future when your aging organs - a failing liver, or a brain degenerated by Alzheimer's disease - could be repaired using cells from other parts of your body.  That dream came closer...

Designer Babies – Like It Or Not, Here They Come

Long before Watson and Crick famously uncovered the structure of DNA in 1953, people envisioned with both horror and hope a day when babies could be custom designed -- free of inherited disease, yet...
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Robot Wrestling Video – Awesome!

Props to Robots-Dreams for discovering this fantastic video of robots wrestling WWF style, including a championship belt and even a hot girl ringmaster: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ6C9R7zuXg]
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Trailer For Upcoming Kurzweil Movie On The Singularity: Transcendent Man

Check out this trailer for the upcoming movie showcasing Ray Kurzweil's ideas about the singularity, called "Transcendent Man". Our verdict: awesome! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntY01qoIdus]
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Electronic Screens As Thin As Paper Are Coming Soon

In Part II of our showcase of flat screen technology innovation, we focus on efforts at Arizona State University's Flexible Display Center to create a truly flexible, paper thin, durable, energy efficient flat screen...
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Flat Screen Technology Heats Up – Part I

The race to create ever thinner, more durable, and even flexible flat screen technology has really been heating up in the last year.  Most applications thus far are for e-book readers, but what we...

Augmented Human Reality Unveiled by MIT Researchers

Imagine looking at a someone and instantly being fed a visual and auditory stream of information about them, such as their email address, education, marital status, interests,  ethnicity, and so on.  Imagine using hand...

Stem Cell Therapy Must Continue In Spite of Cancer Setback

The first known report of a brain tumor resulting directly from neural stem cell therapy was published yesterday.  The report is a fresh reality check against worldwide hopes for life saving stem cell therapies...

Gene Therapy Trial To Fight HIV Shows Promise

A trial to test the safety and effectiveness of gene therapy to cure or alleviate HIV in patients has seen promising results according to a paper published yesterday in the journal Nature Medicine....

Can They Really Transplant An Entire Hand? Yes Indeed!

Did you know that for ten years now it has been possible to transplant a donated hand (or a pair of them) to a person who has lost one or both of their hands? ...
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Bionic Arm Controlled By Patient’s Own Thoughts

Last year we reported about the latest efforts to create the next generation in prosthetic arms.  Without a doubt the most exciting feature being developed for this new generation of arms is their ability...

The Quest For Human Level Artificial Intelligence: AGI-09 and Ben Goertzel

The second conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is set to convene in Arlington, Virginia on March 6-9, 2009.  The conference stands uniquely as one of the few (only?) conferences that focuses solely on...

First FDA Cardiac Adult Stem Cell Trial Underway, Rest of World Already Doing It!

Today we learn that a team of University of Louisville doctors at Jewish Hospital will soon perform the first phase one FDA-approved clinical trial using adult cardiac stem cells to treat heart disease. Amazing...yes,...

Singularity Summit 2008 Videos Released – For Real This Time

http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf Earlier we reported that the Singularity Summit 2008 Videos had been released, but then they were suddenly taken down without explanation.  Now singularity hub is the first to announce that the videos are back...

Researchers Develop “Brain-Controlled” Wheelchair Robotic Arm

Researchers at USF have created a wheelchair with a robotic arm that is operated by capturing the user's brain waves and converting them into actions, such as typing.  This is just another example of...

Immaculate: The Prosthetic Arm With Style

   From Endgaget and Playmedesign we learn that Masters student at AHO Hans Alexander Huseklepp, has a novel design, dubbed the Immaculate that opens our minds to a world in which prosthetic devices are fashionable,...

Complete Genomics – New Information About the Hottest Company in Genetic Sequencing

Daniel MacArthur has once again delivered some of the best information on the net about Complete Genomics, the company that is lighting a fire in the genomics community with its claim that it will...

A Few Awesome Humanoid Robot Videos

We recently came across several awesome humanoid robot videos that we have brought together into this one single post.  Most of these videos are more than a year old, but still amazing if you...

Gene Therapy Cures Fatal Bubble Boy Disease

Gene therapy marked another successful milestone last week when it was used to completely cure eight of 10 children who had potentially fatal "bubble boy disease," according to a study that followed their progress...

Complete Genomics Stuns Genomics Community, Confirms Industry Shattering Capability

Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future has just completed his post covering the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) conference, where an intense battle is taking place as genetic sequencing companies seek to position themselves...

Videos Reveal the Technology of Invisibility

There has been a great deal of talk lately about cloaks and coatings that can make things invisible: Scientific American: Light Bent the Wrong Way Scientific American: Object Invisible to Microwaves Techon: Invisibility Cloak We haven't reported on...

Singularity University Officially Launches At NASA Ames

A shockwave passed through the singularity community today with the public launch of Singularity University at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley.  Singularity University aims to assemble a world class community of thought...

Genetically Modified Humans: Children With Three Parents

Nick Lane from New Scientest wrote an interesting article about genetically modified humans that opens as follows: "CHILDREN with three parents might sound like monstrous chimeras, but they are among us already. In the late...

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