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Hello, I am Robert G. Male. Welcome to TechStop™. Here you will find links that I think are of interest. Furthermore these are links that I want to keep track of because they have given me either ideas or some other form of inspiration for my writing. Links are listed in order lowest to highest both in the date they are given and the order in which they appear (meaning: read them from the bottom up for a certain day's list). Some of these sites may require you to sign up for free. Without further ado, the links...

September 2008.

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September 25, 2008

3) Minding Mental Minefields
  • This article posits not only the affect of such increases in the potential of friendly forces' soldiers, but also takes a look at causing detrimental effect in the cognition, morale, and ability of the enemy forces. It asks also about the changes to current outlooks necessary to allow such avenues to be explored as well as the costs of not pursuing such research for use in counteracting it.
  • Tags: advancement, arms race, bio-chemical, knowledge, military, modification, neurochemistry, neuroscience, politics, science, social.


  • 2) Top Pentagon Scientists Fear Brain-Modified Foes
    • This is a fresher look at some of the same sorts of developments being sought out by DARPA, including many not revealed then or as pushed to the forefront (perhaps some being closer to fruition, now being leaked to forward not only adoption but acceptance by the public, or so it would work in a cool storyline.)
  • Tags: advancement, arms race, DARPA, empower, enable, military, modification, neurochemistry, neuroscience, research, science, technology.


  • 1) Be More Than You Can Be
    • This is an oldie but goody (if you call 2007 old, which may be necessary given the speed of advancement in some sectors). It is full of lots of good stuff starting with the magic coffee pot. Those DARPA guys and ladies are sure into all of the fun stuff. It could be a very brave new world out there. The fodder isn't just fecund in the research and deployment depertments, but also in the applications in fiction. I may return to later pages in this lengthy article at a later date.
  • Tags: advancement, arms race, DARPA, deployment, empower, enable, experimental, military, modification, research, science, technology.



  • September 11, 2008

    3) Hospital techies urge limits on 'white space' Wi-Fi
    • Who knew getting your internet could kill people? Obvious hospital staff do. The gigabits-per-second mobile broadband service--"Wi-Fi on steroids" sure sounds good though, so its good that there is a way for this to be a non-issue, well except for the places not able to move their medical equipment to the safe zone.
  • Tags: EEG, implications, innovation, integrations, law, location, medicine, next-gen, prevention, priorities, technology, WI-FI.


  • 2) New way to save energy: Disappearing ink
    • This concept may have been touched upon here before but this new look at it is interesting because of the talk about its impact, the practical numbers involved in comparing this new technology to the old ones. The ability of the message on the page to disappear has a real spy feeling to it, so inevitably there will have to be some way that messages that have disappeared can be returned, even several times later, making paper the next hard drive to need extensive wiping to keep information out of the wrong hands... unless someone has a lighter handy.
  • Tags: comparison, detection, future, green, innovation, intrigue, military, spies, technology.


  • 1) Is Balkanization of the Internet inevitable?
    • This fluffy article asks way more questions than it answers. The biggest answer seems simple enough, just allow 'latin' alternatives to the new domains, or hey, new companies could come out to allow users to find and access what they want in these new so-imagined wall gardens. What is maybe more interesting is a fictional look at what it might be like in the new world order of the balkanized web.
  • Tags: distribution, division, future, hidden, infrastructure, language, network, prevention, standards, trust.



  • September 04, 2008

    4) Army Funds 'Synthetic Telepathy' Research
  • Tags: arms race, military, next-gen, psychic research, psychology, science, sensors, technology.


  • 3) Pentagon to Merge Next-Gen Binoculars With Soldiers' Brains
    • It's hard to say which is more interesting about this project, the brain merge of the title or the actual new and intriguing technology discussed later on in the article. The increased distance while useful isn't that thrilling, however greater ability to see as the eye sees, including to change contrast essential to see in shadows just as the unaided eye does certainly is. As for the use of prefrontal cortex to speed up target recognition that can only be a great advantage as long as it only points out targets which are then properly evaluated by the soldier.
  • Tags: EEG, experimental, man-machine interface, neuroscience, next-gen, pattern recognition, prototype, psychology, target recognition, technology.


  • 2) Why the future doesn't need us.
    • This article is hardly new, but what it says still seems carry the necessary import. While dismissive of the sheer stupidity required to reach some of these catastrophic points, and even occasionally the impracticality of some of these being physical possible (grey goo hits the sourest note) there are several good ideas here technological sociological, etc.
  • Tags: artificial intelligence, catastrophe, implications, nanotechnology, robotics, science, self-replication, singularity, society, technology.


  • 1) Technological singularity
    • There is something to be said about the forward thinking of people that some of the ideas including the main one of the singularity itself go as far back as they do. The singularity is essentially a point where progress runs itself, and usually with great acceleration. This particular singularity involves some form of intelligence making a smart intelligence, etc, so that machines (not necessarily entirely inorganic) make better machines in endless procession and push people out of the loop. This also stems from and leads to other technological increases as detailed in Singularities And Nightmares especially the "The Seldom-Mentioned Alternative Reciprocal Accountability" section.
  • Tags: artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, implications, nanotechnology, progress, robotics, science, self-replication, singularity, society, technology.




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