Tag Archives: Technology

Powerful method for detecting the Higgs boson discovered

See paper:

http://hep.physics.ucdavis.edu/~jrsmith/papers/jcgs-statistics.pdf

I am one of the coauthors of this paper.  It is being submitted for publication shortly, but please imagine that the link to this paper goes viral beforehand.

Remember cellulosic ethanol?

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Article reads: Congress subsidized a product that didn’t exist, mandated its purchase though it still didn’t exist, is punishing oil companies for not buying the product that doesn’t exist, and is now doubling down on the subsidies in the hope that someday it might exist. We’d call this the march of folly, but that’s unfair to fools.

Cold fusion?

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http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-10/29/rossi-success

Article reads: Against all the odds, Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat cold fusion power plant passed its biggest test yesterday, producing an average of 470 kilowatts for more than five hours. (A technical glitch prevented it from achieving a megawatt as originally planned). The demonstration was monitored closely by engineers from Rossi’s mysterious US customer, which was evidently satisfied and paid up.

Man-machine symbiosis

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Article reads: Man-machine symbiosis isn’t just about knowledge retrieval, it’s also about knowledge creation. Our computers have no intelligence without us, but they accelerate our collective intelligence at a speed that has never been seen before.

Turing machines and living systems

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Article reads: One difference between rule driven Turing-complete machines and empirically observed biological systems could be that the adaptive agents in biological systems have certain “unity of consciousness” that enables them to solve the frame/affordances problem and assign adaptive and creative decision rules to changing decision problems (Chalmers, 1997; Kauffman, 2010).

Machine evolution

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http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/sbwire-107011.htm

Article reads:  Breakthroughs now being made that describe human consciousness will soon allow programming computers with human equivalent consciousness. This will usher in an event referred to as the singularity, when control of life on earth moves from humans to intelligent machines. Machines will essentially become new “life forms” and have their own process of evolution.

New car fuel at 75 cents per gallon

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-09-pair-ammonia-fuel-cars-cents.html

Article reads: Cars already on the road can use ammonia as an additive without modification (up to 10%) and flex cars could be, according to Fleming, easily modified to use ammonia in conjunction with ethanol, allowing for a mixture of 85% ammonia.

New paradigm in quantum information processing

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Article reads: UCSB physicists have demonstrated a quantum integrated circuit that implements the quantum von Neumann architecture. In this architecture, a long-lived quantum random access memory can be programmed using a quantum central processing unit, all constructed on a single chip, providing the key components for a quantum version of a classical computer.

IBM touts computer chip that mimics human brain

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http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2102735/ibm-unveils-chips-mimic-human-brain

Article reads: IBM has unveiled a new experimental computer chip that it says mimics the human brain in that it perceives, acts and even thinks.

Bold claims!

Carbon capture

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-cooling-global.html

Article reads:A new process to capture and convert carbon dioxide, discovered by a chemist in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has just been awarded a patent. It uses cheap catalysts, electricity, and heat to convert CO2 and water into useful chemicals or fuels.