Google Earth given celestial view

August 22, 2007

The constellations of Andromeda, Hydra and Vulpecula are now just a mouse click away for amateur star-gazers, following the launch of Google Sky. The tool is an add-on to Google Earth, a program that allows users to search a 3D rendition of our planet’s surface. Sky will allow astronomers a chance to glide through images of more than one million stars and 200 million galaxies. Optional layers allow users to explore images from the Hubble Space Telescope as well as animations of lunar cycles.

Site – http://news.bbc.co.uk

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64-core chip promises to be a big leap ahead

August 20, 2007

Tilera Corp. is pioneering a new chip architecture based on MIT research and has begun to ship a 64-core processor, promising dramatic advances in powering devices for the networking and multimedia industries. Tilera claims they will deliver more than 10 times the performance of current dual-core processors and 40 times the performance of today’s digital signal processors, and can be scaled to much larger grids.

Site – http://www.boston.com


Suicide Sports Club

August 20, 2007

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B_Rock is a sub label of Bedrock, set up by John Digweed with a view to promote artists whose musical fascinations transgress the boundaries of electronic dance music. Luke Branaccio and Bruce Aisher, chosen as the first producers to be released on the label, combine in their “Electric Mistress” album electronic music and rock. The result is amazing. It’s a crossover sound with diverse compelling vibes. I didn’t want to stop listening even for a while. 2 20 Girl has to be my favorite song on the album. I discovered it after hearing many remixes of the song on John Digweed’s KISS100 show.

Site – http://www.suicidesportsclub.com


Robot wars are a reality

August 20, 2007

The deployment of the first armed battlefield robots in Iraq is the latest step on a dangerous path – we are sleepwalking into a brave new world where robots decide who, where and when to kill. Already, South Korea and Israel are deploying armed robot border guards and China, Singapore and the UK are among those making increasing use of military robots. The biggest player yet is the US: robots are integral to its $230bn future combat systems project, a massive plan to develop unmanned vehicles that can strike from the air, under the sea and on land. Congress has set a goal of having one-third of ground combat vehicles unmanned by 2015. Over 4,000 robots are serving in Iraq at present, others in Afghanistan. And now they are armed.

Site – http://www.guardian.co.uk


Space to think

August 16, 2007

The fantasy worlds of his bestselling Eighties novels were uncannily prophetic, but where does the sci-fi writer go for inspiration when the future catches up on us? More than 20 years after he coined the term ‘cyberspace’, he talks to Tim Adams about the shape of things that came to pass. The present has recently caught up with William Gibson. The great prophet of the digital future, who not only coined the word ‘cyberspace’ in his debut novel Neuromancer in 1984, but imagined its implications and went a long way to suggesting its YouTube and MySpace culture, has stopped looking forwards. ‘The future is already here,’ he is fond of suggesting. ‘It is just not evenly distributed.’

Site – http://observer.guardian.co.uk


Just Imagine: 2020

August 16, 2007

What will life be like in 2020? Guided by some of the world’s leading visionaries, Just Imagine takes a look at the possibilities of tomorrow.

Site – http://www.cnn.com


Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch

August 15, 2007

Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims. But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.

Site – http://www.nytimes.com