Wetware Trendwatch: Week of November 17, 2003

Sorry about the lack of posts this week, I’ve been pretty busy with the conference coming up.

In any case, here’s this week’s Wetware related stuff in the media, including:

  • Man vs. Machine: It’s a tie
  • Genetic Algorithms and compiler optimizations
  • Finally: A PDA that controls your brain
  • Glowing fish
  • Artificial nose wags the dogs

…and more.

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Kasparov and X3D Fritz match up ends with a tie.
Kasparov and Computer End 3-D Chess Series in Tie – Yahoo! News
Kasparov Draws Game 4 and Match Against X3D Fritz – Slashdot

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An interesting piece on Slashdot about clever use of Genetic Algorithms in high performance programming.
Genetic Algorithms and Compiler Optimizations

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Technology Review had a short piece on self-assembling nano materials.
Model Leverages Nano Tethers

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News.com wrote about the PEEG (personal electroencephalogram), a gadget unveiled by DreamFree at Comdex. It reportedly stimulates the brain by altering brainwaves and is controlled by a PDA.
A ‘brain charger’: The ultimate PDA accessory?

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Yahoo! News wrote about the few remaining “speakers” of an ancient language that is whistled, not spoken. Interesting to see a language that uses such a different medium for communication.
Near-Extinct ‘Whistling Language’ Returns

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Honey, please turn that fish off, will’ya? The world’s first genetically engineered pet glows in the dark.

Glowing Fish to Be First Genetically Changed Pet – Yahoo! News
Glowing Fish are First Genetically Engineered Pets – Slashdot

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Reuters NewsAlert, has a piece on an artificial nose that may cause unemployment in the ranks of the world’s sniffing dogs.
Electronic nose may replicate dog’s sniffing skill

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No more drunk pilots. Yahoo! News on computer controlled airplanes:
Technology Removes Need for Human Pilots

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