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Machine learning may improve molecular design for nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 22nd, 2012

A set of machine learning programs can now predict properties of small organic molecules as accurately as can calculations based upon the Schrödinger equation, but in milliseconds rather than hours.

Will 3D printers lead toward nanofactories?

Posted by Jim Lewis on January 29th, 2012

Two competing companies have introduced 3D printers for the personal manufacture of complex digitally-designed plastic consumer items. Will this start a trend toward personal digital manufacture of increasingly complex items?

Humanoid robot for military showcases advances in robotics

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 7th, 2011

A prototype humanoid robot being developed for the US military mimics a wide range of human movements while retaining its balance.

Gamers, citizen science, and protein structures (Video link)

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 20th, 2011

The Foldit approach to protein structure determination and protein design has proved its worth with the solution by citizen scientists in three weeks of an important protein structure that had stumped scientists working on the problem for more than a decade.

Report on Fourth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence published

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 13th, 2011

H+ Magazine has a report by Ben Goertzel on the Fourth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence. … This was the largest AGI conference yet, with more than 200 people attending, and it had a markedly different tone from the prior conferences in the series. A number of participants noted that there was less of an [...]

Stanford Artificial Intelligence course free online

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 8th, 2011

Enroll by September 20, 2011 for free online Stanford AI course taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig

A four-artificial-neuron network from 112 DNA strands

Posted by Jim Lewis on July 22nd, 2011

A neural network made from 112 DNA strands organized into four artificial neurons was trained with four pieces of information to answer questions.

Designing protein-protein interactions for advanced nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 24th, 2011

Progress in computational modeling of protein structures and in designing protein interfaces that bind in a desired geometrical orientation prepare the way for designing protein components of molecular machine systems.

Computational circuit built from 74 small DNA molecules (with video)

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 9th, 2011

A biochemical circuit built from 74 small DNA molecules demonstrates an approach that may enable embedded control of molecular devices.

Willow Garage TurtleBot advances open source do-it-yourself robotics

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 18th, 2011

Willow Garage TurtleBot, an open source programmable robot with a 3D vision system, is available to preorder, starting at $500.

Will building humanlike robots promote friendly AI?

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 15th, 2011

David Hanson of Hanson Robotics argues that building humanlike robots will push the boundaries of several scientific and technical disciplines and prevent intelligent machines from becoming dangerous as they achieve true general intelligence.

Time magazine cover article on the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, AI and nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 17th, 2011

A cover article in Time magazine portrays the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, AI, life extension, and nanotechnology as “an idea that rewards sober, careful evaluation.”

Making computers more error prone could make them much faster and more powerful

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 15th, 2011

MIT computer scientist Joseph Bates is featured in Business Week as an innovator working to make computers much faster and more powerful by letting the computer make estimates instead of making precise calculations for all steps.

DARPA, memristors, nanotechnology, and an approach to AI

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 10th, 2010

DARPA is basing an approach to AI on devices called memristors that use a nanoscale property to mimic neurons.

Humanity+ @ Caltech is being streamed live

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 4th, 2010

Humanity+ @ Caltech: Redefining Humanity in the Era of Radical Technological Change is being streamed live.

Humanity+ @ Caltech

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 17th, 2010

Redefining Humanity in the Era of Radical Technological Change, December 4-5, 2010, Pasadena, CA

Can “artificial life” evolve intelligence? An update

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 10th, 2010

An article in New Scientist with the optimistic title “Artificial life forms evolve basic intelligence” gives an update on how two specific examples of computational artificial life is doing in terms of evolving to have more interesting behavior.  An excerpt: Brains that have been evolved with HyperNEAT have millions of connections, yet still perform a [...]

Nanotech-based electronic noses getting smaller

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 28th, 2010

Nanowerk describes a recent advance toward the “e-nose” by an international team of researchers. Team member Andrei Kolmakov explains: Our approach demonstrates the potential of combining bottom-up nanowire fabrication protocols with state-of-the art microfabrication methods to design prospective simple sensing arrays which, in principle, might be scaled down to the size of few micrometers and [...]

Willow Garage reaches robotic milestone involving beer (video)

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 9th, 2010

Finishing off the week on a fun note, we see that robotic firm Willow Garage — of special interest to Foresight due to their emphasis on open source — has achieved an important milestone in robotics: namely, the ability for a robot to fetch a beer from the fridge and deliver it. It’s worth seeing [...]

Investing in pre-IPO nanotech firms gets harder

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 1st, 2010

Small investors who want to invest in nanotech startups have for years turned to publicly-held venture group Harris & Harris Group, which has focused on private companies in nanotech and microsystems. With the economy down, and initial public offerings (IPOs) more rare, this strategy is changing.  Brian Gormley of the Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital [...]