To Explain the Singularity…..

•February 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence website:

“The Singularity is the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence. There are several technologies that are often mentioned as heading in this direction. The most commonly mentioned is probably Artificial Intelligence, but there are others: direct brain-computer interfaces, biological augmentation of the brain, genetic engineering, ultra-high-resolution scans of the brain followed by computer emulation. Some of these technologies seem likely to arrive much earlier than the others, but there are nonetheless several independent technologies all heading in the direction of the Singularity – several different technologies which, if they reached a threshold level of sophistication, would enable the creation of smarter-than-human intelligence.”

Now this may seem like science fiction, but scientists and engineers around the world are working toward this level of asphisticaiton every day.  Here is the Institute’s explaination of why its a good idea to advance technology beyond the level of human intelligence.

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“Teleportation” of Information……..

•February 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed a method of “Teleporting” the quantum state of an atom to another atom, unconnected and separated by about a meter.  Using Moore’s law, how long before all information is able to be “beamed” instantaneously from point to point?

Green Tech ideas……

•February 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Green printer uses coffee dregs as ink

Solar Cell window Shades

World’s Fastest Electric Car!

Solar Powered Lawn Mowers

What will they think of next?

Atomic Data Storing and Computing

•February 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

IBM is working on microprocessors on the atomic level:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcqvJI8J6Lc&feature=related

Google needs to learn about personal privacy……

•February 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

In addition to yesterday’s paranoid entry, CNET had this article today concerning Google’s proposed people tracking software.  The application will use cell phones to pinpoint a person’s location, and then portray that information on a map, presumably just for that person’s friends, but as we learned in an earlier class, anything can be hacked…….

Facebook and the Futurists…….

•February 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

If you didn’t think that Big Brother was watching you all the time already, just sign up for Facebook.  I was introduced to this addictive social networking site last night at class, and before I even put my information into the system, it already knew who I went to high school with, who were my friends in college, and was is in my family.  Facebook even new I had cousins from Colorado that I haven’t seen in about a decade.  Now, I can see the potential usefulness of this site in terms of communication and getting in touch with old friends, but the level of specific knowledge the system has is just plain creepy.

In other news, Drudge had this link up this morning:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8b162dfc-f168-11dd-8790-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1

This is an article discussing the proposed Singularity school for Futurists, so that super geeks can congregate and design even more clever computers that will one day be smarter than people.  Sounds like fun, right?

There’s just NO WAY it could backfire…..

What the future holds…….

•January 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I am still amazed that we have created a printer capable of producing three dimensional plastic models, with moving parts.  Additionally, the fact that humanity has gone from the printing press to the iPod is astounding, and are moving ever more quickly toward the wonders of future networking technology.  I wanted to search for more fantastic goodies, and here are some links to various examples of what I found  being developed:  Surface Computing, Microsoft projects, Foldable Displays, New energy technologies, 3D Display, Electrcity through the Air, and this is an interesting history of the internet, pre 1991.   Can’t wait to see what Dennis and Blake have for us next time!