Wetware Trendwatch: Week of December 8, 2003

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

  • Mind controlled video games
  • Self-assembling chips from IBM
  • Social insects inspire algorithms for robot teamwork
  • Google becoming a command line interface to the Internet
  • Game theory helps to work out peace treaties

…and more.

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Magnetic nanoparticles used as detox treatment.
Ironing Out Blood Impurities (thanks Joi)

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News.com reports on Intel’s work on helping people teach computers and robots.
Intel researchers open ‘learning library’

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Yahoo News reports on a 17 year old student winning the 2003-04 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology for new discoveries in how the brain works.
N.Y. Teen Wins Westinghouse Competition

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The Globe and Mail reports on a self-assembling chip from IBM.
IBM gets chip circuits to draw themselves (via SmartMobs)

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A species of beetle, that squirts its predators with a high-pressure spray of boiling liquid, could provide the key to significant improvements in aircraft engine design.
Beetles Could Prove A Hit With The Aircraft Industry

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Steven Johnson wrote an article in Discover on video games that you control by thinking! Steven, the author of one of my favorite books, Emergence, is also releasing a book in just a few months on the impact of recent advances in brain sciences: Mind Wide Open. Surely one to put on the wish list!
The Anti-Video Game

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SmartMobs reported on how “the Bio Tracking project at the Georgia Tech Institute is trying to track and model the movements of social insects with the goal to create algorithms that enable robots to work as a team.”
Social insects will teach robots how to function

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Interesting article on ZDNet on changing the “fence out” strategy currently being used to guard computers from viruses and other malware to a “honey pot” strategy, catching the intruder and making sure it can’t make use of the computer’s resources. Not a new idea, but nicely put.
Turn your antivirus strategy inside out

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Techdirt on Google gradually becoming a unified command line interface to the Internet.
Google As The Operating System To The Internet

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Nature Science Update on applying game theory to war settlements.
Mathematics could stabilize peace treaties