Bid to program new life forms with ‘operating system’ for cells

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Discussion:  Scientists in synthetic biology have discovered a new way to re-program living cells; the “AudACiOus” Project hopes to create an “operating system” for living cells.  The cellular operating system will be designed to simultaneously run numerous “applications”, while managing interactions between multiple types of “hardware” and responding to a multitude of “commands from users”,… Read more »

Scientists at MIT replicate brain activity with chip

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Discussion:  The idea of creating a computer system that can replicate decisions made by the human brain is coming closer to reality.  Researchers at MIT have designed a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information.  With this new technology, artificially created body parts could communicate with the brain,… Read more »

Could patent wars hinder innovation?

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Discussion:  Patents were established to protect the rights of the innovator.  With a product like software, however, building off newer and better programs is an essential part of a dynamic business model.  When  a patent is in place, the process of building new software becomes a problem because many different people may have claim to… Read more »

How to fix the broken web ad model

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Discussion:  Consumers no longer religiously gather in front of their television sets nightly, thus making TV advertising the most effective and efficient way to sell to the masses.  Consumers are spending more and more time on the internet, on their smartphones, or on their tablets, and have figured out ways to bypass advertisements when they do sit down in… Read more »

Why Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is the next Steve Jobs

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Discussion:  Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, my be just the person to step up and fill the recent void in the technology industry–the void that  Steve Jobs’ ingenuity used to fill.  Bezos turned an online book seller into a multi-dimensional online retailer that will sell you just about anything, and also has become the most important provider of… Read more »

Shopping by phone at South Korea’s virtual grocery

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Discussion:  In South Korea, shoppers can now go grocery shopping with their smartphones while they wait for the subway.  With Homeplus’s new virtual shopping center, customers can order groceries by scanning bar codes with their smartphone.  The goods are then delivered to their front door, without the purchaser ever having stepped foot in a grocery… Read more »

Massive hack hit 760 companies

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Discussion:  A massive cyberattack earlier this year affected 760 major companies that were using RSA’s SecurID tags.  Many of the affected companies are just finding out that their security had been breached.  This kind of breach, called an “advanced persistent threat”, can go on for years undetected and aims at gaining access to sensitive information… Read more »