Sunday, September 30, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"Bill Gates said that, by 2014, advances in programming will allow software developers to create applications in less time by using visual representations of the inner workings of software rather than writing lines of programing code."

3D Printer to become "mainstream"

Monday, September 24, 2007

Harvard Class-Video Online

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Kurzweil Singularity movie: - By Terminator director

Friday, September 21, 2007

"Investment banks are scrambling to implement technology that works faster than human operatives. It could put 90% of traders out of jobs

Updated: 10/03/2006

The robots are on the march and there could be little that City traders can do about it.

Research from IBM has predicted that by 2015 there will be 90 per cent fewer traders employed by the top investment banks as they lose their jobs to computer systems.

In what IBM has dubbed the "algorithmic arms race," investment banks are trying to implement the fastest and most sophisticated systems in a bid to secure an advantage.

The systems which are being increasingly used in investment banks and stock exchanges work to a set of rules or algorithms that allow them to respond to changes in market conditions and make the most profitable trades.

Already the London Stock Exchange is increasing the capacity of its systems to cope with a big increase in algorithmic trading."
"When I started out in IT, people were saying that Computer Aided Software Engineering tools would eliminate most traditional programming jobs."
"It won't be long before companies are able to offer Facebook-like social networking services centred around our genomes." ("2012")

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Minority Report was set in 2054.

Monday, September 17, 2007

"DigitalGlobe, provider of imagery for Google Earth, said WorldView I, a new high-resolution satellite to be launched on Tuesday, will produce one-half meter resolution images for commercial use, and will be able to collect over 600,000 square kilometers of imagery each day, up from each week."

"Half-meter resolution means the satellites can record images with enough resolution to make it possible to identify objects as small as a half-meter across."

Michio Kaku - 21st Century, Economy

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

"Everyone who understands the significance of the singularity is interested in the singularity."


Saturday, September 08, 2007

"According to a new book by Ian Ayres, an econometrician and law professor at Yale, this is a microcosm of a powerful trend that will shape the economy for years to come: the replacement of expertise and intuition by objective, data-based decision making, made possible by a virtually inexhaustible supply of inexpensive information. Those who control and manipulate this data will be the masters of the new economic universe. Ayres calls them "Super Crunchers.""

"Evidence-based medicine, the use of statistical models to guide diagnoses and treatment, is already changing how doctors practice. "Many physicians have effectively ceded a large chunk of control of treatment choice to Super Crunchers," he writes, and the trend will continue despite understandable resistance from the profession. No one wants to throw away a lifetime of specialized training and experience."

Cab-tracking strike

Friday, September 07, 2007

"What do people most misunderstand about the idea of singularity?"

"I don't think they understand how radically different the world will be in 30 or 40 years, and there are choices that we need to make today to shape the future. - Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal"

Thursday, September 06, 2007

"Programming tools that are so simple that even laypeople can use them"

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

"There will be many more location-aware services available via mobile devices; such as getting personalized shopping offers as you walk through your local mall, or getting map directions while driving your car, or hooking up with your friends on a Friday night."
"Apple Puts Wi-Fi in iPod Touch"; has Safari - $299,136850-c,mp3players/article.html

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007


Sunday, September 02, 2007

"In 2004, DARPA marched out its "phraselator," a device to help soldiers bark out simple commands in foreign languages. Today, these machines allow for comprehensible two-way communication. A new system designed at USC does real-time translation between a pair of users, in Arabic or Farsi. I watch a pair of grad students trade full sentences in different languages. A laptop transcribes, translates, and repeats their words aloud through a speaker. (The system isn't perfect, but it seems to work much better than Google Translate.) The translation can also be performed over a network, which means that some day soon you might be able to dial up the service on your cell phone."

"programmable matter." Eventually, he says, we'll have a blob of goo that can form itself into a hammer in one instant, a wrench in the next. "It's an instant toolkit … a universal spare part!"