Smartest Machine on Earth to Take on Jeopardy! Grand Champions

This week, an episode of NOVA covered Watson, the IBM supercomputer designed to interpret and understand natural human language, with all its ambiguity: wordplay, puns, double-meanings, intuitive differentiations and subtlety. Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is the result of the DeepQA Project, the goal of which is to create a computer system […]

The “Solar Wind” Bridge Design Harnesses Energy Two Ways

Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino, a trio of Italian designers, have come up with an ingenious way to generate energy without consuming valuable real estate. Between the pillars of a long-expanse bridge, a multitude of turbines capture wind energy from the faster-moving high-altitude currents. In addition, the (currently theoretical) road is paved with a […]

Sneak Peek: The airpenPocket by Pentel

Coming February 12, 2011: The Pentel airpenPocket, a digital writing device that promises handwriting-to-text data entry as well as drawing-to-image capabilities via Bluetooth. Though similar devices have been on the market for some time, Pentel’s advantage is the Bluetooth capability, which allows transmission of text and image data to PC as well as smartphones, tablets and […]

Space Tech Anniversary: Luna 9 Lands on the Moon

February 3, 1966: The first spacecraft to land on any non-Earth planetary body, the Soviet Union’s unmanned Luna 9 reaches the Moon. Equipped with radio and television capability, heat control system, power sources and a radiation detector, the payload touched down in Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”). Immediately thereafter, the four-panel seal opened and Luna […]

What is “Internet” anyway?

This video popped up on YouTube last month, but has been making the blog rounds in the past few days. It’s a clip from a 1994 episode of The Today Show, featuring Brian Gumbel trying his best to wrap his head around this “Internet” thing (and that weird little @ symbol). “What, do you write […]

Apple Awarded Patent for Time Machine. Product Launch Scheduled for 1985

by Derek Clark Contributing Writer, [GAS] Remember as a kid how you’d dream about all the cool stuff you’d one day enjoy in the future? Well, you probably don’t have a pink hoverboard or self-lacing sneakers just yet, but chances are, Apple has already patented it. Recently, reported that Apple was granted 563 patents […]