Have you see the movie Minority Report? Starring Tom Cruise as John Anderton, a member of the Justice Department's elite "Pre-Crime" unit -- which can, yes, flawlessly predict crimes before they occur -- the movie is a drool-inducing look at futuristic science fiction technology, from automated urban vehicles to displays that can be manipulated with a wave of a hand. Well guess what -- the future is now. No, we can't predict future crimes just yet -- though the New York City-originated CrimeStat program is awfully good at predicting where crimes are likely to occur. But much of the "futuristic" technology shown in the film is already a reality. Here are seven futuristic technologies from the film that are already impacting our present world: THE HEADS-UP DISPLAY & AUGMENTED REALITY Perhaps the most iconic scene of Minority Report is when John Anderton manipulates -- in orchestral fashion, no less -- a heads-up display interface at the Justice Department headquarters. With the wave … [Read more...] about Seven tech advances that will make Minority Report a reality
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Small and midsized technology businesses in Greece are among the hardest hit by the economic turmoil still gripping the country: some have been unable to pay their staff and have experienced a brain drain as workers move abroad to find work, while others have lost their trust from international clients. Adding to all this, banking restrictions have been affecting their ability to do business."Inability to pay technology providers abroad due to restrictions in cross-border transactions, freezing of investment discussions due to market risk, and lack of any cash-flow or working capital support from the banks" are among the consequences of the banking shutdown facing businesses, said Haris Makryniotis, managing director at Endeavor Greece, an international non-profit organization supporting local entrepreneurs. In the recent years, some of the most successful SMBs have moved their management abroad, while keeping the developers in the country, and the past weeks have been easier for them … [Read more...] about ‘ICT will save Greece’: How small tech firms are holding on despite the crisis
Aspiring town planners were left fuming last night, as failures with EA's controversial Origin platform saw the new SimCity title rendered unplayable for many gamers. But EA claims its servers will be shipshape for the European launch later this week.16 hours ago, EA acknowledged the server crunch that accompanied the game's stateside debut, stating on Twitter, "We are experiencing overwhelming demand which is keeping some users from accessing their games."Thanks to EA's anti-piracy measures, SimCity requires a permanent Internet connection to play. Understandably then launch day puts a lot of strain on the publisher's servers, but apparently the gaming mogul didn't invest enough in keeping its tech upright during this demanding time. Angry gamers took to score-aggregator Metacritic to voice their frustration, where SimCity currently has an average user-review score of 2.9 out of 10. "Despite my flawless Internet connection, EA's incompetence has forced me to postpone a game I'd … [Read more...] about EA ‘confident’ in SimCity Europe launch after disastrous debut
NEW YORK--An outspoken group of information and communications technology innovators is worried that the United States is falling behind the rest of the world in technological innovation because fewer dollars are being allocated to long-term research. At a symposium here last week put on by the Marconi Society, technology researchers and scientists gathered to honor two of colleagues: Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, and Claude Berrou, co-inventor of turbo codes, which are used in 3G mobile telephone standards. At the two-day event, attendees voiced concern over the state of technology research in the United States. "I think we are in trouble," said Leonard Kleinrock, professor of computer science at the University of California at Los Angeles and creator of the basic principle of packet switching. "Years ago, people took a long-range view to research. There was high-risk research with the potential for big payoffs. That's no longer the case." Videos: Federico Faggin's … [Read more...] about Research money crunch in the U.S.
Tech workers take note: A steady stream of advances in data center technology could make your job obsolete over the next decade or so. At least that was the message this week from technology researcher Gartner during a conference in Las Vegas. Gartner analyst Donna Scott predicted that over the next 20 years, changes in computing technology will erase the need for much of the work that employs information technology staff today. Among the tasks on the way out are the administration and maintenance of computer hardware, software and networks, as well as help desk work, Scott said. By 2024, companies will employ half the number of people they do today in these areas, she predicted. More than half the staff in the average IT department is tasked with such duties today. Driving this shift are numerous technology developments leading toward what Scott called "real-time infrastructure." That's Gartner's vision of the less labor-intensive data center of the future, in which more-advanced … [Read more...] about Tech jobs to be replaced by new tech?