It was predicted that computer graphics would one day give everyone the ability to create their own blockbuster film. But the software used for modern visual effects is still pretty complicated for the average user.
Things are moving much faster in this area than I'd expected
Researchers have simulated 1 second of real brain activity, on a network equivalent to 1 percent of an actual brain’s neural network, using the world’s fourth-fastest supercomputer.
It doesn't say whether they were able to include the chemical/neurotransmitter in the simulation. Nevertheless it seems we're getting closer to being able to test the hypothesis of the materialists, that consciousness emerges from the brain...
Last century's management styles no longer ensure success, argues Eric Lowitt. Here's what it takes to prosper in the new collaboration economy
This is coming from the old competitive mindset, and it's not critical on the current capitalist way to provide finances etc. (so it doesn't go for the roots of the challenge); nevertheless I think it can be thought of as part of the bridge we are building towards a generative and beautiful world.
Haworth and Obscura Digital's digital whiteboard can hold 160 acres of virtual space-
Apple (AAPL) has rolled out smaller models of its iPad. Jeff Reuschel is thinking bigger. The global design director for office-furniture maker Haworth, in partnership with interactive display company Obscura Digital, has created a touchscreen that covers a conference-room wall. Like a supersize version of CNN’s (TWX) Magic Wall, Bluescape displays a unified image across 15 linked 55-inch flat-screen monitors, each equipped with 32 specialized sensors to read users’ hand movements. Unlike whiteboards or flip charts, it won’t require much erasing or page turning: When zoomed out as far as possible, the digital board’s virtual space totals 160 acres. Using Bluescape, corporate and university clients can store often scattershot brainstorming sessions in perpetuity. Co-workers or classmates can add digital sticky notes, either with a digital pen on the wall itself or by uploading documents from other devices, from which they can also browse the virtual space. “There are fewer and fewer people working in cubicles,” says Reuschel. “The old-fashioned vertical surfaces are going away.”
In a SPIEGEL interview, synthetic biology expert George Church of Harvard University explains how DNA will become the building material of the future -- one that can help create virus-resistant human beings and possibly bring back lost species like...
Good interview on what is and may be next in biology