Think 3-D printing is cool? Try 4-D

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Discussion:  Skylar Tibbits, a senior fellow at MIT, explains 4-D printing as printing a 3-D object that has the capacity to change over time.  Instead of being a static object with a fixed life, a 4-D object would be more adaptive and responsive to its environment.  The application of such technology are mind-boggling, and span… 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 »

We Need to Reclaim Our Private Spaces

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Social scientist Sherry Turkle discusses her hopes for society’s use of technology over the next 30 years.  She is the author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other Source: Discovermagazine.com Date: October 2010 Link: http://discovermagazine.com/2010/oct/13-sherry-turkle-need-to-reclaim-private-spaces