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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 18)

DRONES Airbus Swears Its Pod/Car/Drone Is a Serious Idea Definitively Jack Stewart | WIRED "Airbus came up with a crazy idea to change all of that with...

This Amazing Computer Chip Is Made of Live Brain Cells

A few years ago, researchers from Germany and Japan were able to simulate one percent of human brain activity for a single second. It...

Will the End of Moore’s Law Halt Computing’s Exponential Rise?

This is the first in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near. ​Be sure to read...

Why Is Tech Accelerating? We Use Already Powerful Tools to Build Even Better Ones

No doubt you've heard of Moore's Law. What you might not realize is that Moore's Law only refers to the exponential price-performance improvements of integrated...

Should You Buy the Hype? An Inside Look at the Virtual Reality Landscape

When 19-year-old Palmer Luckey launched an ambitious virtual reality Kickstarter campaign back in 2012, in no way could he have dreamt up a scenario...

The Coming Problem of Our iPhones Being More Intelligent Than Us

Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing...

Looking Ahead as Moore’s Law Turns 50: What’s Next for Computing?

On April 19, 1965, Intel cofounder Gordon Moore (then of Fairchild Semiconductor) published a paper on the fledgling technology of integrated circuits. In the paper,...

How Our Inventions Reinvent Us

In two recent videos, Jason Silva visits the idea of ontological design—that as we design our tools, so our tools design us in return....

Victims of War in Sudan Aided by 3D Printing

Last November, equipped with two 3D printers, a few days' intensive training, and a digital schematic for a 3D printed prosthetic arm, Mick Ebeling...

Intel Aims For Post-Smartphone Era With SD Card-Sized Computer

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Intel, one of the weightiest firms in the tech industry, endorsed wearable computing with the launch of a new chip designed for it. The company unveiled Edison, a computer the size of an SD card that supports multiple operating systems and features a 400-megahertz Quark processor with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

General Electric Expands Internet of Things to More Industrial Equipment

General Electric recently took a big step toward realizing the long overdue promise of the Internet of Things, when it more than doubled the industrial analytical software systems it offers to connect machines and handle their data. The company hopes to make its mark by significantly reducing the amount of “unplanned downtime” that industrial equipment undergoes, thereby bringing about economic benefits.

Intel Unveils Tiny, Low-Power Quark Chip For Internet of Things

Intel recently announced their newest line of chips, dubbed Quark, are a fifth the size and consume a tenth the power of Atom, their smallest low-power chip to date. Quark marks a shift, a few years in the making, from Intel’s traditional focus on powerful, fast processors for PCs. In fact, the chipline aims beyond even mobile. According to Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, "Smartphones and tablets are not the end-state. The next wave of computing is still being defined. Wearable computers and sophisticated sensors and robotics are only some of the initial applications."

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