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IEEE Spectrum

Volume 47 Issue 12 • December 2010

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  • IEEE Spectrum

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  • Table of contents

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  • The cat and the computer [Back Story]

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  • Contributors

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  • Engineering ≠ science

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 8
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    In political discourse, public policy debates, and the mass media, engineering is often a synonym for science. This confusion might seem an innocuous shorthand for headline writers, but it can leave politicians, policymakers, and the general public unable to make informed decisions about the technical challenges facing the world today. View full abstract»

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  • Can carbon put copper down for the count?

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):9 - 10
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  • Gaming the system

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 10
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  • Smarts for solar arrays

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):11 - 12
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  • One graphene device makes three amplifiers

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  • Landslide alarm

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Camera hacking [Hands On]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):18 - 19
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  • TV Guide, HD Edition [Tools & Toys]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):20 - 21
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  • A different kind of multith reading [Tools & Toys]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):21 - 22
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  • Day of the living dead

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  • Ray Kurzweil's slippery futurism

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):24 - 28
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    Don't panic if you look for your computer today and can't find it. We have it on the authority of technology maven Ray Kurzweil that this year computers will have vanished because of miniaturization. As he said at the TED conference in February 2005: "By 2010 computers will disappear. They'll be so small, they'll be embedded in our clothing, in our environment. Images will be written directly to o... View full abstract»

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  • The brain of a new machine

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):30 - 37
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    MoNETA (Modular Neural Exploring Traveling Agent) is the software we're designing at Boston University's department of cognitive and neural systems, which will run on a braininspired microprocessor under development at HP Labs in California. It will function according to the principles that distinguish us mammals most profoundly from our fast but witless machines.MoNETA is a technology that will l... View full abstract»

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  • Computing the scene of a crime

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):38 - 43
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    The paper presents computational forensics method that can reduce the bias inherent in traditional criminal forensics. View full abstract»

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  • How the free market rocked the grid

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):44 - 59
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    Most of us take for granted that the lights will work when we flip them on, without worrying too much about the staggeringly complex things needed to make that happen. Thank the engineers who designed and built the power grids for that- but don't thank them too much. Their main goal was reliability; keeping the cost of electricity down was less of a concern. That's in part why so many people in th... View full abstract»

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  • 3-D without four eyes

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):50 - 56
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    New glasses-free 3-D devices are about to hit the market, and their backers are hoping they'll make 3-D spectacles as obsolete as Smell-O-Vision. These gadgets, described as "autostereo" to distinguish them from the kind requiring eyewear, will include not only game consoles like the one I've been playing with but also cameras, cellphones, and tablet computers. Among the first will be autostereo 3... View full abstract»

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  • Energy & climate: All talk, no action?

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 84
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