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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...

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...

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...

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...

Kevin Kelly: Predicting The Next 5000 Days Of The Web

Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired, gave a thought provoking, concise, and easy to grasp 20 minute talk at the 2007 EG Conference on the future of the internet.  Below I have posted the video...

UK Company Creates Animated Humans That Look Like the Real Thing

Timesonline is reporting on a UK company called Image Metrics that has taken animation of human characters for games (Grand Theft Auto, Unreal Tournament) and films (Harry Potter, The Mummy) to an unprecedented level...

Robotic Surgery Taking the Industry by Storm

Intuitive Surgical introduced its Da Vinci robotic surgical system to the world in 1999, converting surgeons into "super surgeons" by giving them eyes with 3D HD vision and digital zoom and giving them hands...

Intel: Human and Computer Intelligence Will Merge in 40 Years

"...perhaps as early as 2012 we'll see the lines between human and machine intelligence begin to blur. Nanoscale chips or machines will move through our bodies, fixing deteriorating organs or unclogging arteries.  Sensors will...

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 as storage...

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

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 human...

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...

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.

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 of nanotechnology is...

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 65...

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 cpu you...

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 putting...

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