Wednesday, March 25, 2009

TEDx USC: Juan Enriquez

The folks in the TEDx booth fixed the audio glitch and played this TED 2009 video again. Ahh, much better.

It's a rare public speaker who can take an otherwise depressing topic (the collapse of Wall Street and the U.S. economy) and make it both humorous and hopeful.

I had no idea how far advanced organ regrowth technology has come, nor that Boston Dynamics (whom I've been following since the early 90s since hearing about them via Alan Alda on Scientific American Frontiers) now has a free-standing quadraped robot that walks freakishly close to a real animal. Wow!

Now if we can all get affordable health care and free robotic assistants, the future looks brighter indeed!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hacking Human Cells

From National Geographic News:
A newly developed bio-computer allows scientists to "program" molecules to carry out "commands" inside cells.

Such devices could one day allow humans to manipulate biological systems directly, said the California Institute of Technology's Christina Smolke, who co-authored the study, which will be published tomorrow in the journal Science.

Bio-computers might eventually serve as brains for producing biofuels from cells, for example, or to control "smart drugs" that medicate only under certain conditions.

Lovely. Soon we'll have both viruses AND computer viruses in our cels. Let's just hope this bio computer doesn't run Vista.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Nanotechnology + Consumer Electronics = Magic

Nokia's R & D group seems to be interested in developing super-cool, shape-shifting consumer electronic devices.

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