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Wolfram Alpha: A Radical New Formula for Web Search ?

https://i1.wp.com/www.thetechherald.com/media/images/200911/wolfram_1.jpg‘The product of four years of development, Alpha is an engine for answers. Its ambition is to delve into “all the knowledge in the world,” Wolfram says, to find and calculate information.

Though Alpha’s interface evokes Google ― whose co-founder Sergey Brin once spent a summer interning for Wolfram ― it’s more like the anti-Google.Type in a query for a statistic, a profile of a country or company, the average airspeed of a sparrow ― and instead of a series of results that may or may not provide the answer you’re looking for, you get a mini dossier on the subject compiled in real time that, ideally, nails the exact thing you want to know. It’s like having a squad of Cambridge mathematicians and CIA analysts inside your browser”….<More>

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Solar Powered Robotic Lawn Mower


“utomower Solar Hybrid is the world’s first fully automatic lawn mower that is partly powered by the sun. Brilliant for your lawn, great for your conscience, better for the planet. The product uses considerably less energy than any conventional mower. That’s because in addition to a charging station, it comes with a large integrated solar panel. When there is daylight available, the solar cells enable the mower to extend its cutting periods before it needs recharging”….

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Realistic, Fast 3D Graphics For You Anywhere from The Cloud

“Imagine you could play video games – and immerse yourself in virtual worlds – with 3D graphics comparable to those found in blockbuster films like Transformers or WALL•E. And then imagine you could experience and control those graphics in real-time from any internet-enabled device, whether it be a desktop computer, set-top box or even iPhone.

Sound far-fetched? It doesn’t to Jules Urbach, founder and CEO of a Los Angeles-based company called OTOY, who has been working with microprocessor manufacturer AMD since 2006 to make the idea of server-side graphics processing a reality. If all goes as planned, 3D rendering will become just another computer task that jumps from the client to the cloud. Call it gaming as a service (GaaS) if you will. No more Xboxes, no more PlayStations, and no more souped-up PC towers. Just a monitor, some controls, and a way to receive and display frames generated by a powerful server farm”….<More>

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Tilted Twister – a Lego Mindstorms robot that solves Rubik’s cube

“Tilted Twister solves Rubik’s cube fully automatically.

Just place the scrambled cube on Tilted Twister’s turntable. An
ultrasonic sensor detects its presence and starts to read the colors of

the cube faces using a light sensor. The robot turns and tilts the cube
in order to read all the faces of the cube. It then calculates a
solution and executes the moves by turning, tilting and twisting the
cube.

The challenge was to build the robot using only the Lego Mindstorms
NXT Retail-kit. And to make it completely independent, without need of
being connected to a PC.

Lego Mindstorms robot that solves Rubik’s cube”…. <More>

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A Look At The Most Interesting Emerging Technologies

Via Forbes: “One of the core findings from my research is that companies innovate faster than people’s lives change. Think about your mobile phone. Odds are, you use only a fraction of the capability of the phone. Companies have to play this game. The sustaining innovations that move a company along an established improvement trajectory are the life blood of any firm.

Print Your House

If everything goes according to plan, one of the largest printers in the world will soon be rolling into Los Angeles this August. After it is bolted in place, the printer will construct the shell of a full-sized house in less than a week with minimal human intervention. The eventual goal: to use rapid-set concrete to print shell houses in 24 hours that require only electrical and plumbing installation”….  <More>

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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?

“Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims”…. <More> 

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Electrode Implants Boost Brain-Crippled Patient

“Before his injury, the man—whose identity was not disclosed—loved to draw, collected comic books and fancied movies about superheroes.
He was attacked and robbed in 1999.
“His skull was completely crushed and he was left for dead,” his mother told reporters in a telephone briefing. He spent the next five years in a nursing home with no hope of recovery. He would occasionally mouth the word yes or no, but could not communicate reliably or eat on his own.
His parents agreed to try the experimental treatment in August 2005, and doctors saw immediate results.
He was alert and could move his head to follow voices.
He can now drink from a cup, recall and speak 16 words, and watch a movie”….. <More> 

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Reinventing Humanity-The Future of Human-Machine Intelligence

“We stand on the threshold of the most profound and transformative event in the history of humanity, the “Singularity.”

What is the Singularity? From my perspective, the Singularity is a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so fast and far-reaching that human existence on this planet will be irreversibly altered. We will combine our brain power—the knowledge, skills, and personality quirks that make us human—with our computer power in order to think, reason, communicate, and create in ways we can scarcely even contemplate today.

This merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in the fields of gene research as well as nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality. These technological revolutions will allow us to transcend our frail bodies with all their limitations. Illness, as we know it, will be eradicated. Through the use of nanotechnology, we will be able to manufacture almost any physical product upon demand, world hunger and poverty will be solved, and pollution will vanish. Human existence will undergo a quantum leap in evolution. We will be able to live as long as we choose. The coming into being of such a world is, in essence, the Singularity.

How is it possible we could be so close to this enormous change and not see it? The answer is …”… <More>

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NTT DoCoMo Mobile Future: Super 3 G-Vision 2010

NTT DoCoMo, Japan‘s innovative telecom company makes a series of videos of it its vision for our mobile future. Pretty cool.

Parts 2 & 3

 

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The Top 100 Employers In Electronic Design

 “The Top 100 Employers In Electronic Design
Which U.S. companies create the most engineering opportunities? Our Top 100 lead the way based on design influence, hiring patterns, rich patent and IP portfolios, and substantial R&D budgets”….( see the table). <Full Article>

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Youtube, Google Maps& Other Applications on The Apple’s iPhone

Youtube on iPhone Apple ad

For The Guided  Tour of the iphone Check out the <Video >

I Cringley”s Column has an interesting twist to the apple Google cooperation and the payoff for both:

 “Safari for Windows is part of a PLATFORM in the same sense that iTunes is part of the iPod platform or vice versa. In this case the platform in question is the iPhone and an as-yet unmentioned partner in that platform is Google.

The iPhone absolutely needs AJAX applications for the phone to be a success on AT&T’s EDGE network. By pushing more functional logic into the browser, the bandwidth consumed per http round-trip is significantly reduced, making the phone apps faster and helping to justify that big price tag. The problem with this is that AJAX apps don’t always work the same (or at all) on every browser. The iPhone has real browser support, which is good, but remember AJAX is based on JavaScript, which in this case is not so good. JavaScript isn’t statically typed and each browser has its own version of JavaScript. Developers are typically forced to hand-code different versions of their AJAX apps for different browsers. With the AJAX economy dictating that browsers with big market share like IE and Firefox get most of the effort, that leaves Safari as a second-class browser and, potentially, a liability for the iPhone”…. <More>

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Create Teeny Tiny Solar Robots!

This weekend, make little teeny tiny robots called beambots that are powered by the sun! In the podcast, I made the solar-roller and the instructions for that are right in the pdf!I also made a beambot from a kit. Kits are always a good way to break

This video was originally shared on blip.tv by make with a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Last.fm to Offer Related Music Videos

“Video recommendation is a logical next step for Last.fm and something that will help itcompete with Pandora.  Pandora analyzes the tonal qualities of music in order to determine recommendations. As a destination site that works with any number of other services (GTalk, for example) Last.fm is probably a great place for people to see music videos. I’d like to know how many users of ,a href=”http://hypem.com/”>The Hype Machine, for example, watch the YouTube videos displayed next to MP3 blog search results”…. <More>

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Yahoo Pipes: A Tool designed To Help Personalize The Internet.

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The basic idea behind Pipes, says Yahoo, is to give software developers and motivated nondevelopers a simple programming tool to mix and match collections of data on the Web, says Pasha Sadri, principal software engineer at Yahoo and developer of Pipes. “The goal of Pipes,” he says, “is to significantly lower the barrier to writing simple applications by eliminating the need to write code and by hosting the application for you”…. <More> 

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When Humans Transcend Biology: Reverse-Engineering The Human Brain.

brain.gif“By 2029, sufficient computation to simulate the entire human brain, which I estimate at about 1016 (10 million billion) calculations per second (cps), will cost about a dollar. By that time, intelligent machines will combine the subtle and supple skills that humans now excel in (essentially our powers of pattern recognition) with ways in which machines are already superior, such as remembering trillions of facts accurately, searching quickly through vast databases, and downloading skills and knowledge. But this will not be an alien invasion of intelligent machines. It will be an expression of our own civilization, as we have always used our technology to extend our physical and mental reach”…. <More> 

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