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Robotics

Submission + - Getting closer to the Singularity! (slashgear.com)

wisebabo writes: The Singularity I've thought will be achieved when we get two things 1) true atomic level control over matter as demonstrated by human designed robots that can replicate themselves from the lego blocks of nature, atoms, and 2) when we have supra-human intelligence that can take over the difficult process of thinking. (Of course having #2 will make it a lot easier to achieve #1 but that's another topic).

Well it looks like we're getting closer to the first goal. Harvard researchers have built robots made from DNA. While I'm not sure the robots themselves can self-replicate, it seems probable that using PCR it would be easy to make trillions of these things at a time.

I know robots made from DNA may not be as flexible or robust as ones made from a completely "bottom up" approach (by Eric Drexler's assemblers) but it's a (good) start.. By using these self-assembling systems as a base, we can hopefully use them to make more general purpose machines. And as long as they're made from fragile DNA (carbon links) there's less chance of them becoming an unstoppable Grey Goo!

Now if only we could solve that pesky A.I. problem. If Siri and Watson had a baby, would it be HAL?

Security

Submission + - DDoS attackers start targeting IPv6 networks (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Criminals have started launching distributed DDoS attacks against networks that transmit data over IPv6, according to Arbor Networks. Even though 2011 was the first year when IPv6 DDoS attacks were recorded, such incidents remain rare because they are not economically relevant for Internet criminals, according to Bill Cerveny, a senior software quality assurance engineer at Arbor. Some companies have projected increases of more than 100 percent for their IPv6 traffic volumes over the next 12 months, but the changes will be insignificant compared to the overall traffic volume."

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