Neural Dust is Better Than Spikes in Your Brain

Neural Dust is Better Than Spikes in Your Brain

Since seeing their presentation at the 2045 Conference this summer in New York city, I've been digging more and more into the research UC Berkley research team's design and implementation of "Neural Dust."

An Economist's Thoughts on Technological Progress - with Jim Rogers

An Economist’s Thoughts on Technological Progress – with Jim Rogers

Recently, Emerj had a chance to catch up with Jim Rogers, the famed author, investor, and co-founder of the Quantum Fund with legendary investor George Soros. He is now chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc, and is the creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index. As an best-selling author, Rogers has penned Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogesr (1995), Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip (2003), and many other works.

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The Next Superhero, in 5D

Fused-quartz optical memory is the new long-term data storage reality.  The technology, developed by scientists and led by Dr. Jingyu Zhang from University of Southampton in the U.K., has garnered the nickname “superman memory crystal”, with the potential to hold data for millions of years, potentially outlasting the human race; did we mention it has a resistance of up to 1000 degrees Celsius i.e. 1832 degrees Fahrenheit?

Gaming for the Greater Good

Gaming for the Greater Good

Timing and cultural circumstances are makers and breakers of successful commercial endeavors.  For Dr. Jeff Orkin, co-founder of the new company “Giant Otter Tech”, it seems both elements are in his favor.  Gaming and virtual environments have made waves in the last few years, and Orkins’ vision for his company lands right in the cross-section of the exploding artificial intelligence industry and education in a media-driven world.

Petri-Dish Burgers – A Step in the Right Direction for Mankind?

Petri-Dish Burgers – A Step in the Right Direction for Mankind?

Sustainable fast food.  This idea seems a closer reality, with the first stem-cell-grown ‘burger’ put on a plate for taste-testing this week as related by a blog post from NPR’s the salt.  The verdict?  A bit of an unnatural experience, all around; however, the implications are profound, reflected by the interest and support of Google co-founder Sergei Brin, who stated that this is a technology that has the potential to change “how we view the world.”

Sentient World Simulation

Sentient World Simulation and NSA Surveillance – Exploiting Privacy to Predict the Future?

One of the major headlines in recent news is Edward Snowden's revelation of documents which prove that the US government is using high-tech software to gather massive amounts of private information on every-day Americans.

Startups That Are Making Humans Obsolete (At Least in Some Ways)

Startups That Are Making Humans Obsolete (At Least in Some Ways)

In the late 1700's and early 1800's complex machines like the cotton gin and the sewing machine were developed to increase efficiency in manufacturing. A couple hundred years later we are in a much different technological climate where Kindle's are taking the place of books, iPods are taking the place of CD's, and we brush our teeth with battery-powered toothbrushes.

Fabrice Grinda and the Progress of Emerging Technology

Fabrice Grinda and the Progress of Emerging Technology

I was lucky enough to catch up recently with Fabrice Grinda, co-founder of OLX Inc. (one of the world's largest classified sites, employs over 300 people). Previously CEO and founder of Zingy Inc. (wireless communications, sold for $80M), and Aucland S.A (auction site in Europe), Fabrice is currently a major angel investor and respected thinker in the domain of technology and entrepreneurship.

Biotechnology IPOs Are All of a Sudden Cool in 2013

Biotechnology IPOs Are All of a Sudden Cool in 2013

The IPO scene in Biotechnology after 2008 was nearly non-existent, and even last year there were less than a dozen altogether. After Cellular Dynamics International went public in June, five life sciences companies began trading in the same week.