January 24, 2011 Technology Roundup: Camera Eyes, Invisible Tanks, Amoebas Develop Agriculture, Japanese LED teeth lights, Sega TOYlet, Return of Extinct Mammoths?, Biotic Video Games, Herbivore Men, Genetic Soldiers & More!

 Cameras that could replace your eyeballs
(Source: Physorg, January 17, 2011)
Well, if you’ve been following this blog, you knew this was bound to happen soon. Researchers at Northwestern have developed what may – one day – be the first functional camera eye (with zoom capabilities). “We were inspired by the human eye, but we wanted to go beyond the human eye,” said Yonggang Huang, Joseph Cummings Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School. If you’re interested in this, you might want to keep your eye on a company called Sensimed, who has last week (see: ∞ Smart contact lenses for health and head-up displays. Source: New Scientist, January 10, 2011) developed ‘smart’ contact lenses for health reasons and possible heads up ‘augmented reality’ displays.

 Scientists discover that amoebas have developed rudimentary agriculture
(Source: Christian Science Monitor, January 21st, 2011)
An example of amoeba engaging in a form of “primitive farming”, which offer another example that “agriculture isin’t just the domain of humans.”

 Invisible tanks could be on battlefield within five years
(Source: Telegraph, January 9, 2011)
Other than this being cool in a Command & Conquer sort of way, wouldn’t you still be able to identify the heat signatures of a tank, “e-ink” camouflage or not? Welcome to the future of “battlefield invisibility”. 

 New Japanese Fashion: LED Lights for Your Teeth
(Source: New York Times, January 21, 2011)
The NYT reports a new Japanese fashion of wearing LED lights over your teeth. The trend seems to be spreading. Have a look at the video below and tell me this is not creepy. I’ve seen a lot of creepy things, and this is up there.

 The Toylet: Sega launches video games controlled by URINE in Tokyo 
(Source: Daily Mail, January 11, 2011)
“Sega have launched a new bathroom video game console – that is controlled by the player’s urine. Sensors on the novel device – named the ‘Toylet’ – measure the speed and intensity of the male player’s water flow at the urinal. The bizarre consoles – which each have four video mini-games – will be installed at four metro stations across Tokyo.” Sorry ladies, you’ll just have to wait for your chance to play a urine-based video game.

 Scientists aim to bring Mammoth back to life
(Source: Daily Yomiuri Online, January 13, 2011)
I know this sort of thing has been tried before, and that it conjures up silly Jurassic Park references, but these guys seem pretty serious about their ability to insert the nuclei of frozen Mammoth cells into an elephant’s egg cells, and then insert that embryo into an elephant’s womb. “The team said if everything goes as planned, a mammoth will be born in five to six years.”

 Stanford researcher uses living cells to create ‘biotic’ video games
(Source: Stanford University News, January 12, 2011) 
There’s a Quora question that asks “Is Life a Game?” I think  the answer is increasingly a resounding ‘yes!’ “Stanford physicist Ingmar Riedel-Kruse has begun developing “biotic games” involving paramecia and other living organisms.”

 No Sex, Please, We’re Young Japanese Men
(Source: Wall Street Journal’s Japan Real-Time Blog, January 13, 2011)
The world’s foremost technological society experiences a lack of interest in the differentiation supplied by sexual reproduction. As culture speeds up, are we biologically slowing down? A glimmer of things to come? Check out this Slate article from 2009 if you’re unfamiliar with the ‘Herbivore’ phenomena.

 Genetic Soldiers? Advisory Group Urges Pentagon To Map Genes Of All Personnel
(Source: Huffington Post, January 14, 2011)
A highly influential group of scientists is urging the Department of Defense to begin collecting and mapping the full genome of all military personnel — a move that could well give the Pentagon the ability to select for certain genetic predispositions.”

 Genetic Soldiers? Advisory Group Urges Pentagon To Map Genes Of All Personnel
(Source: Huffington Post, January 14, 2011)
A highly influential group of scientists is urging the Department of Defense to begin collecting and mapping the full genome of all military personnel — a move that could well give the Pentagon the ability to select for certain genetic predispositions.” 

 Scientists aim to simulate Earth 
(Source: BBC News, December 29, 2010)
Living Earth Simulators, Knowledge Accelerators and Supercolliders, Reality Mining!!! “Researchers are developing the blueprints for a machine that would aim to simulate everything happening on the planet.”

 Memo to Gamer Wives: You Can’t Take Virtual Assets with You
(Source: CNN, December 30, 2010)
Sign of the times?

 Have scientists discovered how to create downpours in the desert? 
(Source: Daily Mail, January 3, 2011)
Scientists employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi claim to have generated a series of downpours. Fifty rainstorms were created last year in the state’s eastern Al Ain region using technology designed to control the weather.

 The Human Mission to Mars Colonizing the Red Planet
(Source: Journal of Cosmology, January, 2011)
Up for some not-so-science-fiction? Harvard, NASA and the Smithsonian compile an issue titled “The Human Mission to Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet” with !50! articles exploring manned missions to explore, colonize and terraform Mars. There’s something for everyone, including: “Sex on Mars: Pregnancy, Fetal Development, and Sex In Outer Space” by Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D. Emeritus, Brain Research!!

 Stanley Fish – Anonymity and the Dark Side of the Internet 
(Source: New York Times Opinionator Blog, January 3, 2011)
“When it comes to the Internet, are even free-speech advocates having second thoughts?”

 Interstellar Travel Not Possible Before 2200AD, Suggests Study
(Source: MIT Technology Review, January 7, 2011)Another “I-can’t-believe-we’re-at-a-point-where-it’s-legit-to-do-a-study-like-this” link…A new estimate of the amount of energy needed to visit the stars suggests we won’t have enough for at least another two centuries. We’ve got no domes on the moon, but at least we have Polaroid Lady Gaga glasses!

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~ by dccohen on January 24, 2011.

One Response to “January 24, 2011 Technology Roundup: Camera Eyes, Invisible Tanks, Amoebas Develop Agriculture, Japanese LED teeth lights, Sega TOYlet, Return of Extinct Mammoths?, Biotic Video Games, Herbivore Men, Genetic Soldiers & More!”

  1. […] Dustin over at cybject has always been good as shifting the news for those good bits for his Technology Roundups. I thought I’d do the same (his formate is good too), with a focus on philosophy and social […]

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