Tag: Kurzweil AI
The tale of the wonders of carbon nanotubes continues. If you remember, carbon nanotubes are those things that are apparently super tiny, flexible, super strong when used correctly, and super conductive. They’ve been theorized to create “free” energy, help us clean water, heal the blind, re-grow a heart, both cause and detect lung cancer, possibly treat lung cancer, and now, as its crowning achievement (so far), they’ll be instrumental in creating brain implants.
That’s right, from heart, to lungs, to brain, carbon nanotubes are going all over the human body. Scientists at Rice University have successfully implanted carbon nanotubes in Rats with Parkinson’s symptoms with little or no rejection, allowing them to detect neurons firing. The doctors believe that this is a first step in creating independent implants which would help create a therapy for Parkinson’s which would adapt in real-time to the brain’s functions.
Transcendant Man is a documentary about Ray Kurzweil. You might find that name familiar because I’ve often linked to his website, KurzweilAI, that keeps track of amazing scientific advancements.
Transhumanists already know his name and have likely already flocked to read the book or see the movie, for those of you who haven’t, there is an one night viewing come to theaters across the US that includes both a showing of the movie and commentary by Ray Kurzweil himself. The showing is August 3rd and you can download a PDF contain the list of theaters here or enter you zipcode on this site.
So in the past we’ve learned that Carbon Nanotubes can be used to deliver drugs into the body quickly, or possibly even a targeted fashion. Now we can paint them fluorescent and inject them into the body and be able to track and image their progress with greater depth an accuracy than standard biocompatible dyes.
This means we can both deliver drugs and watch them get delivered in real-time. An amazing step in medicine.
Forget stem cells, researchers at Brown University have figured out how to use carbon nanotubes to mimic natural tissue that can be used to replace certain nerve cells in the heart’s wall that help sense how the heart is beating in order to keep it regulated.
I always knew people had a place in their heart for carbon nanotubes!
So part of the problem with water is that the majority of it on Earth is full of salt and drinking that much salt just isn’t that good for us. So we came up with the word desalination to describing removing salt from water. Too bad most desalination processes are very energy intensive. However researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have some up better process using carbon nanotubes that requires less heat and produces more drinkable water!
So one of the biggest problems with our emerging mobile technology is finding energy efficient nonvolatile memory. That is memory that continues to hold information even after the power is turned off. The problem is that writing to standard flash memory takes up a proportionally large amount of energy but flash memory is also some of our smallest memory to date. Carbon Nanotubes, when combined with a new type of memory called phase-change memory, may be the key to overcoming this obstacle.
Plus this time we have a video to help explain it: