Stuart Parkin, a research fellow at IBM’s Almaden Research Center, describes racetrack memory, a new concept for storing data. Parkin and his team believe that racetrack memory could match the capacity of magnetic hard drives and the ruggedness of flash memory, making it a possible replacement for both.
Siri cofounders Adam Cheyer, Dag Kittlaus, and Tom Gruber describe how an intelligent software assistant would work, and how their product’s technology is rooted in highly ambitious artificial-intelligence research, funded by the U.S. military.
Michel Maharbiz and his colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing implants for giant beetles that allow scientists to control the insects’ flight. Researchers hope that the beetles can one day be used for search and rescue or reconnaissance in areas inaccessible to people or other robots.