Emerging technologies and GRIN

By Keith Barrows | An emerging technology (as distinguished from a conventional technology) is a field of technology that broaches new territory in some significant way, with new technological developments. Examples of currently emerging technologies include educational technology, information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, cognitive science, robotics, and artificial intelligence. New technological fields may result from the technological convergence of different systems evolving towards similar goals. Convergence brings previously separate technologies such as voice (and telephony features), data (and productivity applications) and video together so that they share resources and interact with each other, creating new efficiencies. Emerging technologies are those technical innovations which represent progressive developments within a field for competitive advantage; converging technologies represent previously distinct fields which are in some way moving towards stronger inter-connection and similar goals. However, the opinion on the degree of impact, status and economic viability of several emerging and converging technologies vary. "GRIN", for Genetic, Robotic, Information, and Nano processes...

Revolutionary Anti-Aging Breakthrough Could Help You Live Until 150 By Regenerating Your Organs

And it's cheap.<p>A new and potentially revolutionary anti-aging pill could help extend your lifespan by 50 years by regenerating your organs, according …

Anti-aging

It's Official, The Transhuman Era Has Begun

Don’t believe me. Ask Gartner.<p>A recent press release introducing the 2018 version of their well-known hype chart contained a powerful and unsettling headline.<p>Gartner Identifies Five Emerging Technology Trends That Will Blur the Line Between Human and Machine<p>I had to read it a couple of times. And …

Synthetic Biology

The Future of Medicine May Land Within Five to 10 Years, Crispr Inventor Says

A pioneer of the Crispr gene-editing technology that’s taken Wall Street by storm says the field is probably five to 10 years away from having an …

Genetics

German Researchers Have Built a Quantum Transistor Using Just a Single Atom

A team of researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a quantum transistor using just a single atom, and capable of …

Nanotech

Wrinkles, Hair Loss Successfully Reversed In Potential Breakthrough New Genetic Experiment On Aging

Scientists have successfully reversed two of the most common and visible effects of aging by 'turning off' a specific gene, in a new study on lab …

Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 is designed for an office of the future

Microsoft’s vision of the future becomes reality<p>Microsoft is unveiling the next-generation of its giant conference room displays today: Surface Hub 2. While the original Surface Hub shipped in 2016 with 1080p 55-inch and 4K 84-inch options, the Surface Hub 2 will use a 50.5-inch display with a …

Do you want to live forever? 6 ways tech could extend your life

Death, as one of Neil Gaiman’s Vertigo comic books of the 1990s pointed out, is the high cost of living. But just because it’s always been like that …

Singularity

Quantum Computers Reach Big Milestone With Perfectly-Placed 'Talking' Atoms

Talk about a quantum leap.<p>Australian researchers made a quantum leap in leading the push towards creating a fully functional quantum …

Surprise Graphene Discovery Could Unlock Secrets of Superconductivity

A sandwich of two graphene layers can conduct electrons without resistance if they are twisted at a ‘magic angle’, physicists have discovered. The …

World-first firing of air-breathing electric thruster

Air-breathing ion thruster<p>5 March 2018<p>In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from …

Space Exploration

crispr gene editing ready for testing in humans | Financial Times

Ever since scientists began decoding the human genome in 1990, doctors have dreamt of a new era of medicine where illness could be treated — or even …

This Is The First Detailed Footage of DNA Replication, And It Wasn't What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in June 2017, researchers recorded up-close …

Biochemistry

Army of Nanorobots Successfully Strangles Cancerous Tumors

Tiny moving robots made of DNA are being used to deliver cancer drugs.<p>Nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are detected in the United States each …

Immune System

Artificial eye flexes muscle to do what the human eye can't

Harvard has reported a breakthrough flat artificial eye just 30 microns in depth which can exceed the capabilities of the human eye. The technology, …

Nanotech

This Software Works Just as Accurately as Your Lawyer--Only 200 Times Faster

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Artificial Intelligence

New desalination technology turns the world’s oceans into unlimited lithium mine (+drinking water)

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Desalination

Want to live forever? You just have to make it to 2050

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Scientists make cancer breakthrough with stem cell discovery

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Transhumanism: A Final Corporate Takeover of Humanity

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Today, Michio Kaku described what life will look like in twenty years

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Exclusive: World leaders just decided that the next step in AI is augmenting humans

by Jolene Creighton and Abby Norman February 10, 2018 Artificial Intelligence 25278<p>Think that human augmentation is still decades away? Think …

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human

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18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead

Where will the trajectory of the tech world, from cryptocurrencies to Silicon Valley culture, take us in 2018?<p><i>Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product</i> …

Google’s voice-generating AI is now indistinguishable from humans

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Crispr Isn’t Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

In fewer than five years, the gene-editing technology known as Crispr has revolutionized the face and pace of modern biology. Since its ability to …

Bulletproof Graphene: Paper-Thin Material Becomes Harder Than Diamonds On Impact

Graphene has revolutionized material science. This super-tight sheet of Carbon atoms is thinner than a sheet of paper but has some amazing physical …

FDA approves gene therapy for a type of blindness

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The Most Life-Changing Breakthroughs in Genetics of 2017

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Fertility Clinic

Scientists reverse genetic aging, memory decline in rats

As we age, memory function tends to suffer. Understanding and preventing this creeping deficit is a priority for many scientists. Now, a recently …

Neuroscience