Wetware Trendwatch: Week of November 10, 2003

This week’s Wetware related stuff in the media, including:

  • Vatican approving genetically modified food?
  • Robot Hall of Fame
  • Dirty details of machine learning
  • Swarm robots
  • Kasparov and Fritz tied with only one game to go

…and more.

Slashdot discussed Carnegie Mellon’s unveiling of the Robot Hall of Fame.
CMU Unveils Robot Hall Of Fame

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This Yahoo story baffled me completely. The Vatican might actually be approving genetically modified food as means of alleviating world hunger. The Vatican has hitherto been less than welcoming to genetic technologies. I wonder what this makes of the claims that messing with genes is “playing God”?
Vatican Steps in on Biotech Foods Debate

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Kuro5in had an interesting (and quite technical) piece on machine learning.
Perceptrons: Intro to Machine Learning

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Mark Kaelin expressed some doubts that grid computing lives up to the hype. Well, it is curing cancer.
Grid computing: A skeptic’s perspective

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Technology Review wondered if Santa has got competition in the stalking department. “He sees you when you’re sleeping; he knows when you’re awake…”
Behavior-Monitoring Machines

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“And on the eighth day Institute of Biological Energy Alternatives created life.” Yahoo News on scientists that created an artificial virus.
Scientists Gain on Artificial Organism

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Simson Garfinkel elaborated on the possible futures of mankind in a blog entry at Technology Review. His vision is not pretty.
Why Matrix 3 Doesn’t Matter

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Popular Mechanics has a piece on how iRobot – the company that brought us the vacuum cleaning Roomba – is developing swarming robots that can be used e.g. to search for mines.
Robots Clean House

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CNet talked about the teams competing in DARPA’s robot race, a 1M$ competition on building a robot that can navigate itself from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in the shortest time.
High schoolers take on CalTechies in robot race

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Yahoo! – Man vs. Machine, Kasparov and X3D Fritz are tied before final game.
Kasparov Wins in Computer Chess Match