Photos: Emerging technologies at MIT

Photos: Emerging technologies at MIT

Summary: Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Kresge Auditorium -- the site of MIT's Emerging Technology Conference -- on a clear, crisp, cool morning just before the September 2005 edition of the event.

TOPICS: Laptops

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  • Aging expert drinking orange juice: World reknown biogerontology researcher Aubrey De Grey, who is working on a cure for human aging, is drinking orange juice just before the opening of MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technology conference. When asked if OJ is part of the cure, DeGrey said, "it helps."

  • The No-Intel zone (for now): A bank of computers for public use at MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technologies conference. Somewhere down the road, these will probably be Intel-based systems.

  • MIT Media Labs director Nicholas Negroponte [at left] chatting with the event's second speaker -- Palm Computing and later Handspring founder Jeff Hawkins -- just before Negroponte took the stage to talk about his $100 laptop project. Hawkins' new venture is called Numenta. According to Numenta's home page, "Numenta is developing a new type of computer memory system modeled after the human neocortex. The applications of this technology are broad and can be applied to solve problems in computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning. The Numenta technology, called Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM), is based on a theory of the neocortex described in Jeff Hawkins' book entitled On Intelligence (with co-author Sandra Blakeslee)."

Topic: Laptops

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