Archive for March, 2010
Mar 31 2010
“Where 2.0 is well-known as a tremendous forum to showcase emerging location-based technology start-up firms,” said Salim Ismail, Executive Director at Singularity University. “CiviGuard was born out of the team projects at Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program 2009 and we are extremely delighted by CiviGuard’s progress to create a new standard for rapid crisis communication.”
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Mar 30 2010
Mar 30 2010
Journal of Evolution and Technology. 1998. Vol. 1
This paper describes how the performance of AI machines tends to improve at the same pace that AI researchers get access to faster hardware. The processing power and memory capacity necessary to match general intellectual performance of the human brain are estimated. Based on extrapolation of past trends and on examination of technologies under development, it is predicted that the required hardware will be available in cheap machines in the 2020s.
Read the full paper HERE.
Mar 30 2010
Perversely, our culture’s explosive production of information may in time wipe out almost all records of our accumulated knowledge and achievements.
To solve that problem, a team led by Alex Zettl, a physics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has devised a robust nanoscale system that could store massive amounts of digital information for very long periods of time. Any products that eventually emerge from this work could conceivably be the last archival storage devices we would ever need. more>>>
Mar 29 2010
Do you know your IQ, that little number that’s supposed to measure how smart you are? Forget it. Individual intelligence is old news, collective intelligence (CI) is the future…
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Mar 28 2010
What does a Singularity look like with just nanotech and narrow AI?
Click here for a fascinating article found on the h+ Magazine website.
Click here for more information on the FREE book “Engines of Creation 2.0: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology – Updated and Expanded” by K. Eric Drexler.
Mar 27 2010
Click here for the details found on the Singularity Hub website. You may need to scroll down to see them.
Also note Rutgers University Plans an Online Course on The Singularity.
Here’s a list of articles that have recently caught my attention on the subject of life extension. I have posted them on my Blogging Life Extension website.
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Mar 25 2010
The New Generation of Tablet Computers includes the iPad…
Click here to read the entire report found on Wired Magazine’s website.
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Click here for more information on the Apple iPad Tablet.
Mar 23 2010
Nintendo to Make 3D Version of Its DS Handheld Game
By HIROKO TABUCHI
TOKYO — Nintendo jumped on the 3-D bandwagon Tuesday, saying the next generation of its DS handheld video game console would come with a 3-D display and go on sale within a year.
Unlike the recent flurry of three dimensional films and TV technologies, the new machine, tentatively called the Nintendo 3DS, will not require users to wear special glasses to view images in 3-D, the company said. The new device will be on display at the E3 video game trade show in June, Nintendo said in a press release.
The popularity of 3-D films like “Avatar” from Twentieth Century Fox and “Alice in Wonderland” from Walt Disney Pictures — which required wearing polarized glasses for images to appear in 3-D — has helped propel the popularity of the technology after several false starts in the past.
Now, manufacturers like Samsung, Panasonic and Sony are racing to bring 3-D technology into the living room. The 3-D LCD televisions come with more advanced “active shutter” glasses, which darken and lighten in sync with the TV to help create the illusion of three dimensions. Sony has also said that games for its PlayStation 3 consoles will be available in 3-D.
Samsung of South Korea started selling 3-D-enabled televisions last month, with prices starting at about $1700. The Japanese electronics makers Panasonic and Sony have promised their own versions this year.
Hitachi, another Japanese manufacturer, released a cellphone last year that has a 3-D display that does not require glasses. Hitachi, together with Sharp, supplies LCD screens to Nintendo.
Nintendo would not say what kind of technology its new 3-D handheld employs or how much it would cost. The new console will be compatible with games for Nintendo’s older DS and DSi handheld models, the company said.
The Nintendo 3DS will go on sale in the company’s next fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011.
“We wanted to give the gaming industry a head’s up about what to expect from Nintendo at E3,” said Ken Toyoda, chief spokesman at Nintendo. “We’ll invite people to play with the new device then.”
The DS console from Nintendo — the company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games — has been a hit, selling 125 million units since it was introduced in 2004. The DS has outsold a rival handheld game machine from Sony, the PlayStation Portable, by a factor of two to one.
Nintendo has also scored successes, especially among casual game players, with its Wii video game machine. The Wii comes with a wandlike, motion-detecting remote controller that mimics motions in games, like a golf swing or boxing punch. The company has sold 67.5 million units of the Wii since it went on sale in 2006.
But the emergence of unlikely rivals in the mobile game market — the iPhone and iPod Touch, both by Apple — have raised the pressure for Nintendo to launch a new game system.
Apple’s multifunction phone and music players run games that can be downloaded from its online iTunes store, and have helped the company build a fan base among less hard-core game players.
Nintendo has struggled to maintain the stellar earnings it has logged in the past few years. Net profit for the nine months through December fell 9 percent to ¥192.6 billion, or $2.1 billion, as strong holiday sales were offset by a stronger Japanese currency, which reduces the value of overseas earnings when converted into yen.
The company, which derives 85 percent of its revenue outside Japan, has been particularly vulnerable to foreign exchange fluctuations. Nintendo continues to forecast a ¥230 billion profit for the full fiscal year through March, on sales of ¥1.5 trillion.
One Eliezer Yudkowsky writes about the fine art of human rationality. Over the last few decades, science has found an increasing amount to say about sanity. Probability theory and decision theory give us the formal math; and experimental psychology, particularly the subfield of cognitive biases, has shown us how human beings think in practice. Now the challenge is to apply this knowledge to life – to see the world through that lens. That Eliezer Yudkowsky’s work can be found in the Rationality section.
The other Eliezer Yudkowsky concerns himself with Artificial Intelligence. Since the rise of Homo sapiens, human beings have been the smartest minds around. But very shortly – on a historical scale, that is – we can expect technology to break the upper bound on intelligence that has held for the last few tens of thousands of years. Artificial Intelligence is one of the technologies that potentially breaks this upper bound. The famous statistician I. J. Good coined the term “intelligence explosion” to refer to the idea that a sufficiently smart AI would be able to rewrite itself, improve itself, and so increase its own intelligence even further. This is the kind of Artificial Intelligence I work on. For more on this see the Singularity tab. more>>>