In the eyes of a few researchers, the secrets to breakthroughs in distributed computing lies in the nervous system of the fruit fly. And new, performance-improving algorithms based around these findings could help to better detect earthquakes or cure disease.
Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a lengthy profile on Singularity University, an incubator for futurists of all stripe founded by tech-visionary Ray Kurzweil. On the exclusive school's curriculum: nanotechnology, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, and, of course, immortality.
If you've caught a good whiff of CES, you know it smells like tablets. And if you're up on tablets, you know they're supposed to save print, or something. And this, the Blio ereader software, is part of the plan.
Blio, officially debuting next week at CES, lets you read your ebooks as they're intended to look on paper. Clearly, Kurzweil is signaling his choice of tablets over e-ink, and his first shots are definitely persuasive.
Ray Kurzweil is going to make big money from the blind—up to $3,500 a pop for his 'K-NFB,' a device that scans printed text and repeats it audibly.
Inventor Raymond Kurzweil has worked for many years trying to improve the quality of life of the visually impaired and his latest creation, the K-NFB combination PDA+digital camera, finally does so affordably. What the K-NFB does it take pictures of objects—menus, signs, gadget blogs, etc.—and then reads aloud the…