MicroRNA, New Antibiotics and Reliable 3D Face Biometrics

October 30 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 2

The Future Scanner Daily Top 5 highlights some of the best scans submitted to the Future Scanner over the last 24 hours.

Nano-Tube EPaper, Mobile Fingerprinting & the Internet Altering our Brains

October 28 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 1

The Future Scanner Daily Top 5 highlights some of the best scans submitted to the Future Scanner over the last 24 hours.

Future Scanner Weekly Top 10

October 27 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 1

In addition to our weekly awards, every week MemeBox releases a Top 10 List of the most interesting and useful Future Scans posted the during the preceding week. This list is a great way to get acquainted with what the Future Scanner has to offer and to quickly digest some great information.

Horgan and Kurzweil duke it out over the Singularity

October 25 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Other   Year: 2008   Rating: 1 Hot

In a futurist battle-royal, John Horgan (author of The Undiscovered Mind) and Ray Kurzweil (CEO of Kurzweil Technologies, author of The Singularity is Near) held a debate over the Singularity in front of the assembled audience. What I thought was going to be rather scientific actually turned out to be a very interesting conversation.

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John Horgan started off the debate on the attack. “I’m the skunk at Kurzweil’s garden party” he began, warming the audience to his stance. (To be fair, he was going up against the central figure in the Singularity movement in front of a lot of Singularity proponents – tough by any standards.)

He announced that he himself had once believed in the notion of a Singularity. Jovially, he kidded that once he had in fact experienced the Singularity as he tripped on drugs. “I became the Singularity.” What came next was a traditional thorough assault on the Singularity movement.

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Vernor Vinge says Singularity by 2030 Still Believable

October 25 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Other   Year: Beyond   Rating: 2

In the first talk of the day, Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction Author Vernor Vinge opens up by stating that achieving the Singularity by 2030 is still going to happen.

His conviction is very impressive. He states that the Singularity is still on track because Moore’s Law is still working. If technology continues to exponentially increase, 2030 is his best date.

What’s very interesting is that he made the statement that humans don’t create tools, we outsource our intellect into our environment. He goes on to explain that biometric modifications in a person will get to the point where our own intellect will barely be visible, only a “hand on a tiller” in the vast sea of humanity.

A running start to a long day.

Flying Syringe Mosquitos, Robot Canines & Anti-Aging Beer!

October 24 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 2

The Future Scanner Daily Top 5 highlights some of the best scans submitted to the Future Scanner over the last 24 hours.

Virtual Car Design, Magnetic Brain Therapy & Robots to Assist in Heart Surgery

October 23 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: 2008   Rating: 1

The Future Scanner Daily Top 5 highlights some of the best scans submitted to the Future Scanner over the last 24 hours.

Energy from Trash, Twine Fully Public & Human Tissue Taken w/o Consent

October 22 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 1

The Future Scanner Daily Top 5 highlights some of the best scans submitted to the Future Scanner over the last 24 hours.

Future Conference Beat

October 21 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: 2008   Rating: 1

Hungry for some future memes? Here are some of the best future-focused conferences and events coming up this week!

Friday, Oct. 24

Singularity Summit: Emerging Tech Workshop The Tech Museum, San Jose, CA

Saturday, Oct. 25

Singularity Summit Montgomery Theater, San Jose, CA

Sunday, Oct. 26

Professional Developers Conference 2008 (10/26 – 10/30) Los Angeles Convention Center

Bay Area AI Meetup Menlo Park CA

Plug-and-Play RNA, Muslim Virtual World & Brad Templeton on Robocars

October 21 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 1

The Future Scanner Daily Top 5 highlights some of the best scans submitted to the Future Scanner over the last 24 hours.

Conversing with Computers, Tomorrow's Office & the Morality of Technology Intervention

October 17 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 1

The Future Scanner Daily Top 5 highlights some of the best scans submitted to the Future Scanner over the last 24 hours.

Tech in 2050, Wine Industry Revitalized & Helping Paralyzed Monkeys

October 16 2008 / by memebox
Category: Other   Year: General   Rating: 1

The Future Scanner Daily Top 5 highlights some of the best scans submitted to the Future Scanner over the last 24 hours.