Rural Areas To Leapfrog Into the 21st Century

March 19 2008 / by Venessa Posavec / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 10

The push to wire the whole wide world has taken another brave step forward. In a collaborative effort with UC Berkeley, Intel has developed a new wi-fi platform that allows data to be transmitted more than 60 miles away from the transmitter. Their focus is to bring connectivity to remote areas all over the world, and the goal is to make it commercially available in the second half of 2008.

Other methods of bringing wireless to a rural area, like laying cable or using satellite connections, have proven to be impractical and too expensive to implement. Intel’s Wi-fi radio is set to have a $500 price point, and requires so little power that it could be built to run on solar. The technology requires two devices to operate. One is installed on the outskirts of an urban area, wired to a local area network cable. The other goes to the previously unconnected village, and viola!, the first Internet connection is made.

Emerging markets are jumping on board, with devices already installed in India, Panama, Vietnam, and South Africa. The long-term implications for bolstering a rural community are limitless, but the most immediate application is being used to provide better healthcare.

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Hybrid Mimicry

June 12 2008 / by Jeff Hilford / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 6 Hot

One of the advantages that robotics, computers and anything that uses AI in general have is that they are non-biological substrates that allow for recombination of many different aspects from the physical world. In the video below, Intel’s robotic hand incorporates “pre touch” which is inspired by the electrolocative ability found in sharks (and other fish) that is believed to be the most sophisticated of any animal. By sending electrical impulses towards an object, the robotic hand is able to prejudge and react to an articles’ position. So in essence, engineers are grafting one animal’s highly evolved ability onto a non-biological substrate, in order better replicate the ability of another’s. Pretty cool.

Via Wired

Intel CTO Predicts Multi-Multi Core Processing, Spintronic Memory and Infinite Battery Life

January 20 2009 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2015   Rating: 5 Hot

Unsurprisingly, Intel CTO Justin Rattner believes that accelerating computation will soon transform our everyday lives and experiences, perhaps enabling a not-too-distant Singularity.

In this exclusive Future Blogger interview, shot at the Singularity Summit, Rattner lays out his core near-term predictions for the field of computing:

Rattner's core prognostications include Massively Multi-Core Processing, and Evolving Memory Hierarcy and Infinite Battery Life.

Multi-Multi Core Processing: "Certainly systems based on processors with large numbers of individual processing elements are a major part of what we're going to see in the middle of the next decade."

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Intel CTO Rattner Says Programmable Matter Within Reach

October 25 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2015   Rating: 3

The latest in the foresighted line-up of Singularity Summit speakers, Justin Rattner, VP and CTO of Intel, just spoke about achieving programmable matter. The possibility is there, especially when you consider where he sees the processor in the next decade.

“We think several terrabytes/second per chip is well within our possibility within 4-5 years,” said Rattner. The example he cited was in the vehicle design field. Model cars, real physical ones, could be interactive as well as modified.

Intel's Mash Maker: The Web Evolves?

April 22 2008 / by Accel Rose / In association with Future
Category: Social Media   Year: 2008   Rating: 2 Hot

“What if you could take data elements from multiple websites and mash them together into a single, integrated view?”

Intel’s new Mash Maker, a suped-up take on Yahoo Pipes, now allows us web surfers to take pieces of sites and to assemble them into a single super-site. It’s kind of like RSS, but instead of modules of standardized text feeds you can clip most of the visual and interactive portions of sites that you find useful. Like Pipes, the data flowing through these micro interfaces can be threaded together to make for more efficient browsing, seaching, sorting experiences. For example, you can use Mash Maker to easily connect your Facebook friends’ profiles with a google map, creating a image of where they’re all located on a map that’s located on the same page as the profiles.

Overall, Intel’s new product represents the next stage in user-friendly web mashing and is a big step up from the less accessible Yahoo Pipes. It’s most powerful feature may well prove it’s ability to suggest pre-made mashups as you browse. If it can attain critical mass, this may be the the first web masher to gain incredible market share – it looks as though it’s got a shot. Otherwise, we’ll just have to wait for an improved version or a slicker, more dummy proof product from Company X to truly transform our web browsing experience. Either way, big changes in the way we browse are coming sooner or later, but definitely within 2 years, or so I’m betting.

Intel CTO Rattner: Wireless Power Likely to Produce Devices that Run Infinitely

November 04 2008 / by Alvis Brigis
Category: Energy   Year: Beyond   Rating: 1

Intel CTO Justin Rattner paints a scenario in which humans have access to “computers, and cameras, and phones that run infinitely”, relating that the feasibility and demand for such devices has spurred Intel to seriously research the underlying technologies that could spawn such a future reality.

Rattner says Intel has been coming at wireless power “in a number of ways”, first from this notion of “scavenging free energy … from the environment to power all sorts of sensing devices” that broadcast data as they filled up with sufficient energy, but more recently through “injecting energy into the environment … particularly at this idea of coupled magnetic resonance circuits as a way to transmit power in a perfectly safe way.”

With such a heavyweight company devoting real-deal R&D dollars to wireless power one has got to wonder when well start seeing some serious breakthroughs and if, eventually, pervasive power that enables always-on pervasive computing, sensing, and production could become a human reality.