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University of Florida researchers have moved a step closer to treating diseases on a cellular level by creating a tiny particle that can be programmed to shut down the genetic production line that cranks out disease-related proteins. In laboratory tests, these newly created “nanorobots” all but eradicated hepatitis C virus infection. The programmable nature of the particle makes it potentially useful against diseases such as cancer and other viral infections. The research effort, led by Y.
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The distance record for quantum teleportation has been smashed. Juan Yin and colleagues at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui, teleported a quantum state 97 kilometres, 81 km further than the previous record. Yin's team entangle photons – which links their properties even when the photons are separated .
The VW Hover Car concept. (Credit: Volkswagen) When you think of a basic, affordable vehicle that everyone can buy, a hover car doesn't immediately come to mind. But that's what emerged from the People's Car Project launched by Volkswagen in China last year. Volkswagen, which translates to "people's car " in English, challenged China residents to submit their ideas of what the car of the future should look like.
If you like the article, please vote up ad dzone: http://www.dzone.com/links/r/drools_54_artificial_intelligence_a_little_history.html As part of the 5.4 release, going out the door as we speak, I updated the intro docs. I have tried to give a wider understanding of the field and scope of work. Here is a copy. I'll try and improve the sections over future releases, I ran out of time and the later sections are little rushed and thin. I'm not the best of writers, so please have patience, all contributions welcome :)
Last week, we reported on a cool, if seemingly far-fetched, UI concept that’d let you drag files from your phone to your computer with a swipe of the finger . The idea is “so simple and clever, you wonder why it doesn’t exist already,” we wrote. Hours later, an email appeared in our inbox, subject line: “it exists!” The message came courtesy of Natan Linder, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab. Linder and undergraduate researcher Alexander List are developers of Swÿp , a piece of open-source software that facilitates “cross-app, cross-device data exchange using physical ‘swipe’ gestures,” they write on their website.
German inventors have developed a new material which holds the promise of replacing everything plastic with something as natural as wood. The material in question is called the Arboform. It is produced after combining lignin, a discarded element of regular wood with natural resins, flax and fiber.
More than a decade ago, Microsoft execs, led by Chairman Bill Gates, were touting a future where .Net coffee pots, bulletin boards, and refrigerator magnets would be part of homes where smart devices would communicate and interoperate. Microsoft hasn't given up on that dream. (Credit: Microsoft) In 2010, Microsoft researchers published a white paper about their work on a HomeOS and a HomeStore -- early concepts around a Microsoft Research-developed home-automation system. Those concepts have morphed into prototypes since then, based on a white paper, "An Operating System for the Home," published this month on the Microsoft Research site. The HomeOS is a "PC-like abstraction" for in-home devices, like lights, TVs, surveillance cameras, gaming consoles, routers, printers, PCs, mobile phones and more.
In less than 12 months from now, the world will have more mobile subscriptions in use, than humans alive. That is an unprecedented milestone for any technology but it is also widely expected and is not news to the readers of this blog. (The world had 7 Billion people and 5.9 Billion mobile phone subscriptions in use by the end of 2011, today we are past 6.2 Billion mobile subscriptions already). Yes, on this blog and in my books I have chronicled the rapid rise of mobile. But what else can we expect in mobile milestones over the next few years?
Ten years ago, if anyone said that a multifunctional device would one day allow people to play a word game with anyone in the world as well as enable a doctor to get ECG data — many would simply say baloney. Of course, the iPhone and iPad are no longer a figment of anyone’s imagination. With the same idea in mind, MedCity News asked doctors, digital health experts and healthcare futurists, what is in our collective health future? Here are some ideas they had:
by Julie Imagine this if you will, you’re walking down the street engaged in a video chat with your friend, who is 6000 miles away, taking pictures and planning your day when you realize you don’t know where you are, as you look up and to the right a computer screen appears in your line of vision, and you ask it to find the nearest subway station, and it does. The coolest part of this story is that this technology is out on our streets, right now. Welcome Google’s foray into augmented reality glasses, housed in a pair of sleek and uber-cool glasses is a clear display that sits above just one of your eyes, these glasses can stream news and information, access maps and send or receive messages via voice command.
Self-driving car (credit: Google) The technology behind Google’s self-driving car represents a potential leap forward in auto safety. More than 30,000 people are killed each year in crashes despite huge advances in auto safety. The overwhelming majority of those crashes are caused by human-driver error. Computer driven cars could reduce traffic deaths by a very significant degree, said David Champion, head of auto testing at Consumer Reports, but only if all cars are computer-driven.
The state of Nevada has issued a first license for one of Google's self-driving cars — provided there are two people inside the car at all times, the Associated Press reports. Nevada's DMV has issued the license after conducting demonstrations that the car is safe for testing on public streets. Google's self-driving cars use a laser radar on the roof of the vehicle to detect obstacles, pedestrians and other cars. With the help of GPS and a bit of artificial intelligence, the car can drive itself with very little or no intervention from the human sitting inside.
Google made waves on the Internet last month when it unveiled what it is calling Project Glass . The company released some press shots of what the product, Google Glasses , might eventually look like. Resembling a normal pair of glasses in terms of how the user wears them, Google Glasses does not have any lenses. Instead, it has a small tranparent device just over the right eye which serves as a means of displaying information in an overlay manner.
Google’s self-driving cars are making headlines again, now that they’ve expanded testing from California into Nevada . Competitors are hot on their tail , but currently Google seems to have an undisputed spot on top of autonomous vehicular design. So how do they do it? With a combination of some incredible software and hardware engineering, using processes developed by both Google and the best and brightest of DARPA’s robotic race challenges. The first step in the process is navigation, something that requires a little more than the Google Maps Navigation functionality on display in Android. (That automated system isn’t perfect – it tells me to go the wrong way down a one-way street to get to my house, for example.)