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And AIML Documentation (A.L.I.C.E. AI Foundation) Giving your computer the power of thought... Ultra Hal Assistant 6.2 Ultra Hal Assistant is a conversational system for your Windows PC based on award winning artificial intelligence technology.

Giving your computer the power of thought...

What can it be used for? As a companion/entertainment product: Hal can discuss any topic and learns and evolves from your conversationsAs a personal or office assistant: Hal can function as a personal information manager (PIM) and keep track of your appointments, contacts, and moreFeatures: Understands spoken or typed EnglishLearns from every sentence3D avatars show emotionSpeaks out loudPersonality evolves over timeCan keep address/phone/email book Keeps appointment bookPerforms unit conversionsLaunches applicationsHelps browse the InternetCan define any wordCustomizable with built-in VBScript Download Free Trial Purchase $29.95 More Info Plug-ins Zabaware Text-to-Speech Reader The Zabaware Text-to-Speech Reader is an application that uses a speech synthesizer to read documents and more outloud.

Features and Uses. Future Timeline. 12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive. 'Fabbers' could launch a revolution. Lindsay France/University Photography Hod Lipson, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, right, and engineering graduate student Evan Malone work with a Fab@Home machine in the Computational Synthesis Lab in Upson Hall Feb. 22.

'Fabbers' could launch a revolution

Wired 12.05: NextFest: The Shape of Things to Come. Fasten your seat belts: The long-awaited future of travel gets real.

Wired 12.05: NextFest: The Shape of Things to Come

It's always been just over the horizon: a world of flying cars, levitating trains, personal helicopters. Now it's here. Almost. Around the globe, engineers and dreamers have been building fantastical - if sometimes impractical - ways of just saying go. Consider Guy Negre's zero-emission car that goes 100 miles on a tank of air. Alcubierre Warp Drive Time Travel. An Alcubierre Warp Drive stretches spacetime in a wave causing the fabric of space ahead of a spacecraft to contract and the space behind it to expand.

The ship can ride the wave to accelerate to high speeds and time travel. The Alcubierre drive, also known as the Alcubierre metric or Warp Drive, is a mathematical model of a spacetime exhibiting features reminiscent of the fictional "warp drive" from Star Trek, which can travel "faster than light" (although not in a local sense - see below). The key characteristics of the application of Alcubierre warp drives for time control and time travel are presented in the picture below.

This is followed by more detail describing the effect below. Alcubierre Warp Drive Description. Ten Unusual Shapes For Mobile Phones. Ten Unusual Shapes For Mobile Phones The form factor of your cellphone is quite a defining factor on whether you approve of it or not. 18 Cool Inventions From the Past. The time between the wars – the Great War and WW2 was one of great loss and uncertainty, but also one of invention, creativity and new ideas.

The horrors of WWI shattered enlightenment belief that progress would continue and reason would prevail. New ideas and patterns of life developed in the 1920′s and in the way that people looked at the world [1]. The fast pace of technology change in the 20′s brought us the lie detector, traffic signal, bubble gum and Penicillin. The William. The Future of Work – Transparent Monitors & Pocket Library. A Drug That Could Give You Perfect Visual Memory. ApriPoko robot learns to work the remote. 25 Mar 2008 Researchers at Toshiba have developed a talking robot that functions as a voice-operated universal remote control for multiple home appliances.

ApriPoko robot learns to work the remote

The 2.3 kilogram (5 lb), 21 x 27 centimeter (8 x 11 in) prototype robot, named ApriPoko, learns how to operate various remote controls by watching and asking questions. Edison2: The Very Light Car (X PRIZE Contender) - Welcome. 10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2010. 1.

10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2010

Anthropomimetic Machines. New Bacteria-Killing Light Can Destroy Superbugs With the Flip of a Switch. Sterilization is hands down one of the most important technologies ever developed by mankind, but though we've known how to do battle with bacterial pathogens in places like the operating room for decades, superbugs like MRSA and Clostridium difficile persist in hospital environments, often causing serious medical complications.

New Bacteria-Killing Light Can Destroy Superbugs With the Flip of a Switch

But now, researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow have devised a novel means to drive dangerous pathogens to cell suicide by simply bathing them in a pleasant violet light. Light-based sterilization is nothing new – ultraviolet light can do a number on pathogens, though it also does damage to humans – but the new method uses a narrow spectrum of visible, harmless light wavelengths known as HINS (High Intensity, Narrow Spectrum) light to do the trick.

HINS light excites molecules within bacteria such that they produce a chemically lethal response, in essence pushing bacteria to kill themselves. Lab-Grown Lungs - The 50 Best Inventions of 2010. Growing new body parts has always been more science fiction than science reality, but that balance may quickly be shifting, at least in the lab.

Lab-Grown Lungs - The 50 Best Inventions of 2010

Relying on more sophisticated biosimulators that can better mimic body conditions, researchers have re-created the delicate architecture of a rat lung accurately enough for it to assume 95% of a normal lung's inhaling and exhaling functions. The key to their respiratory success was starting with a skeletal rat-lung template, including a matrix of blood vessels and collagen and other connective tissue, then seeding it with stem cells and nutrients to generate lifelike tissue that exchanged oxygen and carbon dioxide just like normal lung tissue. The ultimate goal is to replicate the feat on a larger scale: to replace enough human lung tissue to aid patients with emphysema or lung cancer.