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Vernor Vinge: How to Prepare for the Singularity

Sci-fi author Vernor Vinge talks about the run-up to a technological singularity and what we can do to engineer the best outcome for humans. The interview is part of IEEE Spectrum’s Singularity Special Report: http://spectrum.ieee.org/singularity   In the report, Vinge also updates his ideas in an article called “Signs of the Singularity”: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jun08/6306  

Lasers In Your Living Room

Mitsubishi hopes their new LaserVue TVs will give LCD and Plasma screens a run for their money. The screens use three lasers to scan the screen at 1080p. The main sacrifice is depth-the TV’s are about ten inches thick. IEEE Spectrum http://spectrum.ieee.org caught up with Mitsubishi at NYC’s Digital Experience in July.  

NI Week 2009 Highlights

A little bit of everything from National Instruments Week: robots that solve a Rubik’s Cube, play the knife/hand game, and musical instruments; a blended phone that catches on fire; and an automated system to sort your beer bottles.  

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