The Future Of Speech Technologies

January 28, 2006

IBM unveiled new speech recognition technology on Tuesday that can comprehend the nuances of spoken English, translate it on the fly, and even create on-the-fly subtitles for foreign-language television programs. After spending the day at IBM headquarters viewing demos of the company’s latest research projects, reporter Robyn Peterson caught up with two of the research leaders in IBM’s speech recognition group, Dr. David Nahamoo, manager of Human Language Technologies, and Dr. Roberto Sicconi, manager of Multimodal Conversational Solutions.

Site – http://news.yahoo.com

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Collective Intelligence 2.0

January 28, 2006

Nova Spivack has proposed a “collective self-awareness” Web service that is “like a ‘Google Zeitgeist’ on steroids, but with a lot more real-time, interactive, participatory data, technology and features in it.  “The goal is to measure and visualize the state of the collective mind of humanity, and provide this back to humanity in as close to real-time as is possible, from as many data sources as we can handle.

Site – http://novaspivack.typepad.com


Robot Set Loose To Film Your Insides

January 28, 2006

A robot developed by researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center can move around inside the stomach or abdomen to give surgeons a new perspective on the area being operated on. It is also equipped with a retractable needle, allowing it to perform biopsies. The remote-controlled robot is only 15 millimeters in diameter, allowing it to be inserted through the small incisions in the abdomen used for keyhole surgery.

Site – http://www.newscientist.com


Milky Way Brims With Singleton Stars

January 28, 2006

Most of the stars in the Milky Way are born alone and live out their lives without partners, a new analysis suggests. If true, the work overturns standard theories that stars are born in broods and also suggests planets – and potentially life – may be more common in the galaxy than thought.

Site – http://www.newscientistspace.com


Beer-bot Pours Chilled Drinks

January 28, 2006

Japanese beer maker Asahi plans to give away 5000 personal bartending bots, each of which can store up to six cans of beer in a refrigerated compartment within its belly. At the push of a button the simple robots will open a can and pour the chilled contents into a glass for a thirsty owner.

Site – http://www.newscientist.com


Scientist Faces Irreproducible Results

January 28, 2006

After the spectacular case of fraud involving stem-cell researcher Woo Suk Hwang, Asia has been hit by another, more low-key scandal.  The head of an investigating committee at the University of Tokyo announced on 27 January that at least one of the experiments performed by a Japanese RNA researcher, whose credibility stands in doubt, has failed a first test to reproduce the results.

Site – http://www.nature.com


Hello World In 189 Programming Languages

January 28, 2006

A “hello world” program is a computer program that prints out “Hello, world!” on a display device. It is used in many introductory tutorials for teaching a programming language and many students use it as their first programming experience in a language.

Site – http://en.wikipedia.org