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?
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A prototype humanoid robot being developed for the US military mimics a wide range of human movements while retaining its balance.
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.
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 [...]
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A neural network made from 112 DNA strands organized into four artificial neurons was trained with four pieces of information to answer questions.
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.
A biochemical circuit built from 74 small DNA molecules demonstrates an approach that may enable embedded control of molecular devices.
Willow Garage TurtleBot, an open source programmable robot with a 3D vision system, is available to preorder, starting at $500.
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.
A cover article in Time magazine portrays the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, AI, life extension, and nanotechnology as “an idea that rewards sober, careful evaluation.”
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 is basing an approach to AI on devices called memristors that use a nanoscale property to mimic neurons.
Humanity+ @ Caltech: Redefining Humanity in the Era of Radical Technological Change is being streamed live.
Redefining Humanity in the Era of Radical Technological Change, December 4-5, 2010, Pasadena, CA
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Tihamer Toth-Fejel let us know that the public can comment online today, right now, our views on nanotech: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) Golden Triangle1 Workshop 1 Golden Triangle: Research Encompassing Information Technology — Biotechnology — Nanotechnology. June 22, 2010 Webcast at: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/pcast/100622/ Goal [...]