Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sci/tech roundup

Google phone?: Google's much anticipated rumored cellphone is probably just an operating system

Future: Top ten forecasts for 2008 and beyond.

Robotics: Darpa hatches plan for insect cyborgs to fly reconnaisance

Brain science: MIT develops brain to machine algorithm

Limb regeneration: Man used powder made from a pig's bladder to regrow fingertip

Preserving your consciousness?: Lifenaut is a social and personal information storage service that it can eventually aid in uploading your consciousness into a computer

Overhyped, but the chatbot feature is interesting. It takes information from your personal profile and allows someone to question it as though they were questioning you. I can imagine how, in the not-too-distant future such bots will become way more sophisticated and, if stored, allow people to have typed conversations with accurate simulations of people long dead. For example, allowing a child to chat to his or her great grandfather.

Brain science: Researchers are developing new applications for a little-known portable brain scanning technology called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)

Google: List of domain names owned by google

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