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Monthly Archives: April 2009

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Virtual Neurons Acting Like the Real Thing – The Blue Brain Project

Creating a virtual model of the human brain is one thing. I do it all the time, doodling little cerebrums while I talk on the phone. But getting your model to behave...

Boom! Question Answering Engines Take Off. IBM Sets Sights On Jeopardy, Wolfram Alpha

Boom!  That is the sound skittering across the information industry landscape this week as IBM has suddenly stepped into the ring, proposing that its Watson question answering engine will be able to best humans...
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Transcendent Man Wows At Tribeca Film Festival Premier

"Does God exist? Well, I would say, 'Not yet." --- Ray Kurzweil, Transcendent Man, 2009 It's not every documentary that predicts humanity will someday create and become God. Transcendent Man says it will happen in...

Who is DIYbio.org?

If you're like me, Jurassic Park taught you two valuable lessons: genetic engineering has to be dangerous, and the coolest...

Hub Exclusive – Interview With Transcendent Man Producer Barry Ptolemy (video)

This week Transcendent Man, a documentary about the life and vision of singularity evangelist Ray Kurzweil, is enjoying its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival.  The movie offers the most comprehensive look ever...

Do It Yourself Biohacking

Ever wanted to play with your own genome? When you read about the latest genetic engineering tools do your fingers itch with anticipation? Do you look around the library, the pub, or the community...

Ugolog Creates Surveillance Website To Watch Anyone, Anywhere

What if people all over the world randomly decided to setup motion detection webcams and then send feeds from these webcams to a single website that would centralize the video data for anyone to...
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Video 2.0: Tiny Cameras Watching (Over) You

Are you being filmed right now? Are you sure? Or, more importantly: does that thought make you nervous? You might want to get used to it. As camera technology gets better and better, it's also...

Wolfram Alpha Sneak Preview At Harvard On Tuesday

Is Wolfram Alpha a game changer that will open an exciting new paradigm in our information society or will it be a big flop?  In our previous posts we have highlighted our fascination with...
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Donated Lungs Breathing Outside the Body (Video)

Pop quiz!  What's weirder than dead organs sitting around in glass jars?  Live organs moving around in glass domes. For patients with late-stage respiratory diseases, finding a new pair of lungs can be... well, about...

Tweetbomb – A Tweet To Shake The World

A simple message, less than 140 characters, is sent out to followers around the world and within hours, perhaps minutes,  more than 100 million people have been mobilized to act.  The message might instruct...

Cyberdyne Ready to Mass Produce Cyborgs

Nothing transforms scientific gurus into excited SciFi geeks quicker than the mention of a robotic exoskeleton. Iron Man, RoboTECH, Exosquad, Starship Troopers (the book), Neon Genesis Evangelion, Aliens and a thousand other pieces of...

Are Stem Cells On A Path To Cure Type I Diabetes?

It is a villain that goes by many names: Type I, Juvenile onset, Diabetes Mellitus. More than 15,000 young people in the United States develop Type I diabetes each year, making them about twice...

Brain-Doping at the Lab Bench

One year ago on April 1st, the World Anti-Brain Doping Authority (WABDA) released a statement that scientists would soon be the target of a crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs. WABDA, backed by the Federal...

Freezing Lazarus: The Cryonics of Eternal Life

Want to live forever? You're not alone. For as long as we humans have contemplated our own mortality, the dream of eternal life has not been far behind. We see it reflected in...

The Flying Microbot: Batteries Not Included

. "We have developed a magnetically levitated micro-robot.” --Prof. Mir Behrad Khamesee Simplify, Man Recently, we've shown you robots that are complex enough to take care of living things, and robots that are advanced enough to respond...

Company Body Slams Prostate Cancer – Stock Goes Through the Roof

Imagine the huge smiles on the faces of executives and scientists at Dendreon Corp as their stock soared more than 130% yesterday!  What's all the excitement about?  In a unique approach that may have...

Visible Body Takes You on an Incredible Voyage

Visible Body from Argosy, is a new, gorgeously rendered, 3D interactive model of the human body. Explore Your Body It used to...

MIT and the Constant Robotic Gardeners

MIT continues to spin out awesome ideas and technology. Recently, Singularity Hub highlighted the creation of a new human interface. Now, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)  is pioneering the field of...

FACETS: Making Computers Work Like Brains

How can you get a computer to solve problems like a brain? How does the brain even solve problems to begin with? Below is an indepth look into FACETS, a groundbreaking consortium of European...

Implantable Eye Telescope Brings Sight Back To The Blind

For the millions of people who suffer from age-related eye degeneration, restoring sight to the blind might sound less like reality and more like a miracle. But thanks to an incredible miniature eye...

3D Printing and Self Replicating Machines In Your Living Room – Seriously!

Imagine having a machine for $500 in your living room that can take your computer based specification for a 3D object and print out a plastic replica of the object in a matter of...

Stephen Wolfram Speaks About His New Question Answering Engine

On March 5, 2009 computer scientist and theorist Stephen Wolfram struck a nerve with the search and information industry as he announced to the world the imminent launch of his new question answering service,...

A Look At Singularity Hub’s Best Stories For The Quarter

With the first three months of 2009 behind us, it is time to look back at the best stories of the quarter.  These last three months have brought a fantastic stream of innovations and...

Stem Cell Treatment Heals Damaged Heart Tissue In Trials

When it comes to health and longevity in most developed countries, heart attacks are public enemy number one.  In 2009 alone, more than half a million Americans will have their first heart attack. According...

Is Sakhan Dosova The Oldest Person In The World?

A census in Kazakhstan has reportedly uncovered a woman named Sakhan Dosova who has just turned 130 years old!  If confirmed, Dosova would be an incredible 15 years older than Gertrude Baines, an American...

Bankruptcy Imminent For Personal Genetics Pioneer Decodeme

Genetics blogger Daniel MacArthur points out that personal genetics pioneer deCODEme is in serious financial straits.  The company is going to run out of money within the next quarter or two unless it can...

The Real Scoop on Honda’s Brain Controlled Asimo Robot

Many of our readers may have seen the announcement yesterday that Honda has enabled its famous Asimo robot to be controlled by the thoughts of a nearby human.  The story certainly creates a sensational...

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