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A selection of science and technology lectures in the Boston area
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Floating cities have a serious giggle problem. They reek of ray guns
and flying saucers and invisibility cloaks. Still, they might be the most
practical response to climate change. An opinion piece. Full Text.
Physics is comprised of two great kingdoms of stuff: one whose interactions are
defined by electrons and electron shells, and one defined by photons.
Gradually we are learning how to erase that distinction. Many interesting
possibilities present themselves, including invisibility cloaks. Originally
published in the April 09 issue of Discover.
Today the distinction between the living and the dead, between humans and
machines, is being eroded from several directions at once. One is of
course the artifactualization of the human body. A second is the
homidization of robots. The
text, from Discover magazine, examines this
Today, after forty years of research, computers cannot see -- in the sense
of recognizing what they are looking at -- a tenth as well as pigeons.
Perhaps it is time to start copying the brain directly. Originally
published in the July/August 2006 issue of Technology Review.
Sooner or later the art of building computational models in software
is going to raise some delicate issues. Originally published in the
issue of Cerebrum, the magazine of brain science.
You can't build an artificial retina without a
But how do you build that? Originally published in
the Summer 04
issue of Cerebrum, published by the Dana
One of the core Transhumanist ideas is converting
into network devices. The devil is in the details.
published in the February 2005 issue of CIO.
The History of the Tunnel Boring Machine.
published in the Fall 2004 issue
of American Heritage of
Invention and Technology.
The International E. coli Alliance is planning the
biggest project in the history of biology: the
simulation of a working biological organism down
to the smallest detail of biochemical significance.
Originally published in the Sept. 2003 issue of Wired.
How Providence RI found its rivers. Originally
published in the May 2002 issue of Smithsonian
magazine. Full text.
The Next Internet: Networking devices, applications,
and objects. Originally published in the May 1, 2002
issue of CIO magazine. Full text.
The ups and downs of managing a thousand million
million bytes of storage. Originally published in
the Oct 15, 2002 issue of CIO magazine.
A power plant in a collar button. Originally
published in the July 2002 issue of Smithsonian
magazine. Full text.
How to help build the new order.
A paper for a
publication by the J.M. Kaplan
Foundation. Full text.
Why not build a robot that powers itself like a goat?
Originally published in the July 2000 issue of
Biotech's low entry costs make it essential that we start
building an ecological immune system yesterday.
Originally published in the April/May 2000 issue of
If our robots are going to explore space for us,
remain for us to go ourselves?
in several forms online, including
The Space Daily. Full text.
The history and society, art and science, of fair
weather clouds. Originally published in the
May 1994 issue of Smithsonian magazine.
An argument for basing prosperity theory and social
welfare policy on falling prices instead of rising wages.
Two versions of the text are here.
which was carved out of the longer, was
in the January 1996 Wired, (4.02).
The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Largest
Underground City. (Originally published in Attache,
Sailing simulators are not just a tool for designers;
they give sailors a way to see what has been
happening out on the water all these years.
(Originally published in the Dartmouth Alumni
Magazine, Sept. 98). Full text.
A meta-technology that evaluates every other
agricultural technique or tool, from seed choice to
field geometries. Farming will never be the
same. (Originally published in
Inc. Technology Sept. 95)
Civil Engineering -- public works -- is one of
the few technological sectors in which the
United States chronically lags other industrialized
countries. Sometimes new things happen regardless.
A case study. (Originally published in Inc. Technology,
Over the last several years interested parties
have met at a restaurant in Cambridge to discuss
emerging issues in this new technology.
Colonizing Sub-Urbia: the real Down Under.
Originally published in Wired April 2003.
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