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Biotech Breakthroughs: 15 Developments That Will Eventually Affect YOUR Life

1. Self-assembling Nanofibers Heal Spinal Cord – No more quadriplegics in the future.

2. Gene Sequencing for the Masses – A personal genome scan for everybody. This will make you aware of what’s going on in your body. It will probably motivate people to live healthier lives.

3. Scientists discover “master gene” for blood vessel growth in tumors – Another great step towards a cure for cancer.

4. Genetic Future: The human genome is old news. Next stop: the human proteome – After mapping our genome, we’d also like to map the proteome. This will tell us everything about all the proteines we have in our bodies.

5. Human Protein May Offer Novel Target For Blocking HIV Infection: Successful In Lab – A step towards curing HIV and Aids.

6. Human trials to begin on ‘diabetes cure’ after terminally ill mice are returned to health – Progress towards the noble goal of curing diabetes.

7. Mad Science: Rejuvenate Your Brain with Umbilical Cord Blood – Rejuvenation. Need I say more? Death to aging!

8. Whole genome sequencing costs continue to fall: $300 million in 2003, $1 million 2007, $60,000 now, $5000 by year end – Personal genomes are about to get cheap! It’s close… just like solar power, now that I think of it.

9. Regeneration Initiative enables nerve cells on a computer chip to heal and regrow damaged nerves – Nerve regeneration. Useful if you want to cure paralysis.

10. Researchers create heart and blood cells from reprogrammed skin cells – New cells? Sign me up, buddy! When my body starts wearing out, I want new cells so I can live on for decades longer!

11. Science 2.0 — Is Open Access Science the Future? – Will science go open source? Why not… some software is open source, and look at what it has produced: Linux, one of the most stable OS’es ever to grace the planet. Imagine the results that a worldwide science project could possibly yield.

12. Scientists successfully awaken sleeping stem cells – Good, more regeneration for me!

13. Mini Stem-Cell Labs – More stem cells… (I never get enough of’em!)

14. Gene therapy experiments improve vision in nearly blind – Curing blindness with gene therapy. And keep in mind that this is just the beginning. Don’t believe me? Check back here in 10 years to see if I was right.

15. Troops’ body parts may be regrown – Great, now I won’t have to fear losing a precious, currently irreplaceable body part anymore. I’ll sleep better knowing that my arms and legs are no longer scarce commodities.

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #16

Another cool bag of technology links.

Even more than in my previous post, but collected in about half the time.

How GPUs Work (have a look at tomorrow’s level of realism in computer graphics)

James Bond-style strap-on jet pack flying wing to extend special forces

Detailed Roadmap of the 21st Century (should you have the desire to become a lucid dreamer… this clip will provide you with plenty of inspiration I think)

Dexter Walks (biped robot)

Future Forecasts for the Next 25 Years

Led Paint Drawing Technology

Lie detector software catches e-mail fibbers

Xerox Inkless Printer

Inter-planetary Internet expands to Mars and beyond

Chemical origami shrinks 2D discs into 3D objects

Nanotech Chain Mail Fabric a Perfect Fit

Milky Way Black Hole May Be a Colossal Particle Accelerator

The Future of Garbage

Fuel Cell Car and Experiment Kit

Electricity from Seaweed

Mice get smarter with drug (requires login which you can get at www.bugmenot.com)

Body shop (cybernetics)

Carbon Nanotubes versus HIV

Bionic cat eyes help in battle against human blindness

What If the Singularity Does NOT Happen

Brain works more chaotically than previously thought

Chinese Scientists Control Pigeons With Brain Implant

First steps to develop artificial retina with nanotechnology

Scientists invent real-life `Star Trek Tricorder`

Gravity waves to show birth of cosmos

A hidden twist in the black hole information paradox

Regain walking ability with robot-driven leg support

The 12 greenest cars of 2007

Solar powered robot chariot

Nanotechnology Seen as Answer to Counterfeiters

Researchers safely regenerate failing mouse hearts with programmed embryonic stem cells

Let Robots Sweat the Boring Stuff

NASA tests moon building

Liposuctioned fat stem cells to repair bodies

Milestone for giant physics lab

Singularities and Nightmares

Fantastic animation that visualizes physiology of the body

Robots and Emotion

Nanotechnology in a small world

Army Developing Paralysis Beam

Algorithm helps computers beat humans at Go

Man Invents Machine To Cure Cancer

Electric switch could turn on limb regeneration

Easy Cheap Solar Heat

Microscope discerns atoms of different elements

The thinnest material ever and could revolutionise computers and medicine

AMD Demonstrates Accelerated Computing Solution that Breaks Teraflop Barrier

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #14

First off, a few links that talk about the latest demonstration of a quantum computer:

First “Commercial” Quantum Computer Solves Sudoku Puzzles

Prototype Commercial Quantum Computer Demo’ed

Start-up demos quantum computer

The Father of Quantum Computing

Next up, biotech, robots and cybernetics:

Human Stem Cell Transplants Repair Rat Spinal Cords

Robotic retina offers second chance for sight

Human-animal chimeras: from mythology to biotechnology

Human brain can make new cells: study

Growing a Brain in Switzerland

Pharm Animals Crank Out Drugs

Scientists expose HIV weak spot

Meet RoboNurse

Loans launch state’s stem cell ambitions

Millions to benefit as first bionic eye comes to market

Some other stuff that’s also cool:

Nanotech Battery Claims to Solve Electric Car Woes

‘Flying’ wind generators

Computer Model Mimicks How Brain Recognizes Street Scenes

Bright future for OLEDs, report predicts

Closeup of microscopic machinery

And last but not least:

Human Immortality: A Scientific Reality?

If you’re alive in 20 years, you may be able to live forever.

The Latest in Robots

We’ll All be Cyborgs Someday (This link acts weird in Firefox. the second time you visit it, it wil bother you with subscription information. Just use IE to view this, or clean your cookies in Firefox and then revisit the site)

Kevin Warwick, a professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading, has firsthand knowledge. In 1998, he had a chip surgically inserted into his left arm, becoming, he thinks, the first human ever implanted with a computer chip.

Since then, he’s had a more sophisticated chip connected directly to his nervous system. He is still working toward his grandest experiment: having a chip implanted in his brain.

“I want to become a cyborg,” he said with an infectious grin. “I can see the advantages.”

In 2002, doctors sliced open Warwick’s left wrist and implanted a much smaller and more sophisticated device. For three months, its 100 electrodes were connected to his median nerves, linking his nervous system to a computer.

“I moved my hand, and my neural signals were sent over the Internet to open and close a robot hand,” he said.

Not only that: The robotic hand had sensors. As it grasped a sponge or a glasses case, it sent information back to Warwick.

“It was tremendously exciting,” Warwick said. “I experienced it as signals in my brain, which my brain was quite happy to recognize as feedback from the robot hand fingertips.”

A Robot in Every Home

I can envision a future in which robotic devices will become a nearly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day lives. I believe that technologies such as distributed computing, voice and visual recognition, and wireless broadband connectivity will open the door to a new generation of autonomous devices that enable computers to perform tasks in the physical world on our behalf. We may be on the verge of a new era, when the PC will get up off the desktop and allow us to see, hear, touch and manipulate objects in places where we are not physically present.

UK report says robots will have rights

“If we make conscious robots they would want to have rights and they probably should,” said Henrik Christensen, director of the Centre of Robotics and Intelligent Machines at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robots and machines are now classed as inanimate objects without rights or duties but if artificial intelligence becomes ubiquitous, the report argues, there may be calls for humans’ rights to be extended to them.

“There will be people who can’t distinguish that so we need to have ethical rules to make sure we as humans interact with robots in an ethical manner so we do not move our boundaries of what is acceptable.”

Robots of the Future

First there was the DARPA Grand Challenge, a robotic contest for building a driverless car capable of successfully completing a 132-mile off-road course. In November 2007, DARPA will throw down the gauntlet once again in the form of the Urban Challenge. This contest raises the bar by requiring its autonomous contestants to negotiate a 60-mile course through simulated urban traffic in less than six hours. Bookies’ favorite is likely to be Sebastian Thrun and his team of roboticists from Stanford University, CA, who won the last challenge, in 2005.

Conscious computing debated at MIT anniversary event

The question of whether machines will be capable of human intelligence is ultimately a matter for philosophers to take up and not something scientists can answer, an inventor and a computer scientist agreed during a debate late last month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

What if your laptop knew how you felt?

Faces reveal emotions, and researchers in fields as disparate as psychology, computer science, and engineering are joining forces under the umbrella of “affective computing” to teach machines to read expressions. If they succeed, your computer may one day “read” your mood and play along. Machines equipped with emotional skills could also be used in teaching, robotics, gaming, sales, security, law enforcement, and psychological diagnosis.

In Pictures: Robot Menagerie

Heaven Or Hell – How Technology Will Shape Our Future

Heaven or hell?

Humanity is the verge of an incredible future. Technologies that seem like science fiction are already becoming science fact as researchers develop innovations that will transform the very essence of what it is to be human.

“The pace of change is exponential, not linear,” says inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzveil. “So things fifty years from now will be very different. That’s pretty phenomenal. It took us fifteen years to sequence HIV, we sequenced SARS in 31 days.”

Nanotechnology, genetics and cybernetics will mean that we will become faster, stronger and more beautiful; we will live longer and banish disease; we will be more intelligent and quicker-witted with photographic memories and the ability to go days without sleep.

“We’re doubling the power of computers every year for the same cost,” says Kurzveil. “In 25 years, they’ll be a billion times more powerful than they are today. At the same time we’re shrinking the size of all technology, electronic and mechanical, by a factor of a hundred per decade, that’s a hundred thousand in 25 years.”

Kurzveil argues that the growth of computing power, miniaturization and increased technical prowess will turn the world into an incredible place — free from the conflicts over resources and wealth that have plagued it and in the last century and almost led to our obliteration in the fires of global thermonuclear war.

That is, if you believe one particular school of thought.

Ofcourse, everybody has his own take on the future. There are plenty of people in disagreement with Ray Kurzweil. I’m just not one of them, so anybody who is interested in the other points of view… just click to the source article.

Building Cyborgs In Real Life

‘We can rebuild him. We have the technology.’ Almost.

Three decades after the hit television programme The Six Million Dollar Man described how the broken body of a former astronaut was rebuilt with mechanical parts, scientists are closer than ever to creating such cyborgs.

The character Steve Austin, played by Lee Majors, became a 1970s pop culture icon after his legs, right arm and left eye were replaced in an operation that gave the world the catch phrase: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.”

Yesterday, at the Experimental Biology 2006 meeting attended by around 12,000 delegates in San Francisco, leading scientists explained in a symposium on “The $6 Billion (Hu) Man” how much of what was once fiction is becoming reality – including electronically powered legs, arms and eyes.

It’s the same with sixties Star Trek. Much of what was considered extremely hi-tech in that show, is now considered old fashioned.

Funny how things like that can work out.

Anyway… the source article goes in depth about cybernetic legs, arms, hands, eyes and ears.