Posts Tagged ‘Institute’

Meet The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (Video)

October 8th, 2012 10:59 admin View Comments

Your Rights Online

Discussions about ethics and technology are perennial Slashdot staples. But if you want to frequent a site that is about ethics and technology and almost nothing else, with a strong science fiction bent to it, you might want to check out the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies ( website. Here to introduce us to IEET and tell us what it’s about, we have IEET Managing Director Hank Pellissier in a remote video interview we made through Skype.

Source: Meet The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (Video)

Interviews: Ask Physicist Giovanni Organtini About the Possible Higgs Boson Discovery

July 12th, 2012 07:20 admin View Comments


Giovanni Organtini of Italy’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics (well, Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) has agreed to answer questions about the recent observations of a particle consistent with the Higgs Boson. Dr. Organtini is part of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He is careful to note that while the researchers “[believe] that this new particle, with a mass 125 times that of a proton, is the famous Higgs boson,” they “need to study that new particle more deeply in the next months to be conclusive on that. Organtini likes free software (he’s written Linux device drivers, too) and has his own physics-heavy YouTube channel, mostly in Italian. Please confine questions to one per post, but feel free to ask as many as you’d like.

Source: Interviews: Ask Physicist Giovanni Organtini About the Possible Higgs Boson Discovery

Allen Institute Data Enables Hackathon For the Human Brain

June 26th, 2012 06:30 admin View Comments


Nerval’s Lobster writes “Hackathons are not exactly uncommon things, whether the programmers are assembled to improve a company product or simply to tackle a particular challenge. Few of them, however, offer the chance to hack the human brain. That was the reason behind the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science’s week-long hackathon: give 30 participants from various universities and institutes, along with a smattering of technology companies, the chance to develop data-analysis tools based on the latest version of the Institute’s Allen Brain Atlas API, which was released earlier in June. Projects and applications included that crunched a list of genes to discover disease patterns. Another translated genomic data into music—because when it comes to data-crunching and neuroscience, you can’t be deadly serious all the time.” Be careful what you wish for, though, in applying AI to regular I: New submitter jontyl writes of a project led by Google’s Dr Jeff Dean which used a “16,000 processor array to create a brain-style ‘neural network’ with more than a billion connections.” Says the article: “There’s a certain grim inevitability to the fact that the YouTube company’s creation began watching stills from cat videos.”

Source: Allen Institute Data Enables Hackathon For the Human Brain

Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

May 8th, 2012 05:05 admin View Comments


Fluffeh writes “The Heartland Institute is a lovely group of folks who take issue with mainstream climate science. They organize an annual get-together of like minded folk and talk trash about environmental change. ‘The people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society.’ (That’s from a press release!). Recently, when they were tricked by a researcher into sending him a lot of internal documents, they decided to go on the offensive and also get some more media attention. After all, any story is a good story, right? Launching a billboard with the Unabomber on it with the slogan ‘I still believe in Global Warming. Do You?’ was just the start, with the institute planning Fidel Castro, Charles Manson and possibly even Osama Bin Laden. That’s when even their stout backers threatened to walk away, backing started to dry up — and it seems that common sense started to prevail — but only so far as to stop them from making their message too public.”

Source: Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

Critical Flaw Found In Backtrack Linux

April 11th, 2012 04:55 admin View Comments


chicksdaddy writes “Threatpost is reporting on a critical security flaw in the latest version of Backtrack Linux, a popular distribution that is used by security professionals for penetration testing. The previously undiscovered privilege escalation hole was discovered by a student taking part in an InfoSec Institute Ethical Hacking class, according to the post on the group’s Web site. ‘The student in our ethical hacking class that found the 0day was using backtrack and decided to fuzz the program, as well as look through the source code,’ wrote Jack Koziol, the Security Program Manager at the InfoSec Institute. ‘He found that he could overwrite config settings and gain a root shell.’ An unofficial patch is available from InfoSec Institute. Koziol said that an official patch is being tested now and is expected shortly.”

Source: Critical Flaw Found In Backtrack Linux

Scientists Release Working Prototype Of CAPTCHA-Based Password Assistant

April 7th, 2012 04:48 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Last year Slashdot ran a story on scientists from the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany developing a novel method to improve password security. A strong long password is split in two parts; the first part is memorized by a human, and the second part is stored as a CAPTCHA-like image of a chaotic lattice system. Today, after a year of work, the same group at Max Planck Institute released an working prototype online, where everybody can try this technology to encrypt files (Java plugin required).”

Source: Scientists Release Working Prototype Of CAPTCHA-Based Password Assistant

MIT Institute’s Gloomy Prediction: ‘Global Economic Collapse’ By 2030

April 5th, 2012 04:05 admin View Comments

The Almighty Buck

suraj.sun writes “A new study from researchers at Jay W. Forrester’s institute at MIT says that the world could suffer from ‘global economic collapse’ and ‘precipitous population decline’ if people continue to consume the world’s resources at the current pace. The study’s researchers created a computing model to forecast different scenarios based on the current models of population growth and global resource consumption, different levels of agricultural productivity, birth control and environmental protection efforts. Most of the computer scenarios found population and economic growth continuing at a steady rate until about 2030. But without ‘drastic measures for environmental protection,’ the scenarios predict the likelihood of a population and economic crash.”

Source: MIT Institute’s Gloomy Prediction: ‘Global Economic Collapse’ By 2030

Scientists Build World’s Most Sensitive Scale

April 2nd, 2012 04:03 admin View Comments


Adrian Bachtold at the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology in Barcelona has created the world’s most sensitive scale. The new subatomic weight scale can measure masses as tiny as one yoctogram, less than the mass of a proton. From the article: “Bachtold hopes the scales could be used to distinguish different elements in chemical samples, which might differ only by a few protons. They might also diagnose health conditions by identifying proton-scale differences in molecular mass that are markers of disease.”

Source: Scientists Build World’s Most Sensitive Scale

13-Billion-Year-Old Alien Worlds Discovered

March 27th, 2012 03:26 admin View Comments


astroengine writes “Two exoplanets have been discovered by scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy orbiting the star HIP 11952. But according to conventional thinking, these worlds shouldn’t exist. You see, HIP 11952 is a ‘metal-poor star and planetary formation is hindered around stars with low metallicity (PDF). This isn’t the only thing; as metal-poor stars were the first stars to form when the Universe was very young, these two worlds also formed around the same time. They are therefore the most ancient exoplanets discovered to date.”

Source: 13-Billion-Year-Old Alien Worlds Discovered

Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving

March 5th, 2012 03:26 admin View Comments


judgecorp writes “The Institute of Advanced Motorists in the UK has carried out live tests which prove that using smartphones impairs driving ability more than drug or alcohol use, making reaction times 37.6 percent slower (PDF). The result is a big concern since a quarter of drivers admit to sending texts from their phones while driving. ‘Young people have grown up with smartphones and using them is part of everyday life. But more work needs to be done by the government and social network providers to show young people that they are risking their lives and the lives of others if they use their smartphones while driving.’”

Source: Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving