Future Lab Radio

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Future Lab is a weekly online radio show devoted to technology research from Intel Labs, and its university and industry partners. The interviews introduce you to a range of fascinating people on the front lines of research in areas like computing, biology, anthropology, energy, automotive design, visual sensing, robotics, space exploration and more.
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July 19, 2011
Researchers are investigating how to build virtual environments in which hundreds or thousands of participants can log in and interact with each other. The applications go beyond gaming. Simulations are used for meetings, organizational operations and even product branding. Scientists are discovering how to meet the challenges of creating 3D spaces for many users to explore, collaborate, and interact in real time. Interviewees: Douglas Maxwell, Science and Technology Manager, US Army Simulation Training Technology Center, Orlando, FL Mic Bowman, Principal Engineer, Intel Labs, OR Dan Lake, Researcher, Intel Labs, Oregon Links: MOSES 3D Web System for Non-Army Researchers Association of Virtual Worlds Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds ScienceSim Collaboration White Papers: Scaling virtual worlds: Simulation requirements and challenges, H. Liu, M. Bowman, R. Adams, J. Hurliman, and D. Lake; in Proceedings of Winter Simulation Conference, 2010. Distributed Scene Graph to Enable Thousands of Interacting Users in a Virtual Environment, H. Liu, M. Bowman, and D. Lake.
May 31, 2011
Advances in interactive molecular graphics enable not only creative research, but an increasingly collaborative and mobile research community to interact. In the “VIsualization Vault,” at the University of California, San Francisco, Professor Tom Ferrin and his team created Chimera, a visualization system for exploratory research. Ferrin, one of the pioneers of visualization, leads UCSF’s computer [...]
May 16, 2011
While context-aware devices of the near future might recommend restaurants, monitor a user’s health, or screen phone calls, they may also save human lives by keeping drivers safe and aware of their surroundings. Future Lab spoke with researchers about the problem of drowsy or distracted driving, the ability of the human mind to process information [...]
May 2, 2011
The world’s population is aging. It’s estimated that by the year 2050 more than half the people on Earth will be over the age of 50. But while people are living longer, they still have to live with the diseases that come with old age. The European community has been working with technology companies to [...]
April 18, 2011
As computing power increases and we all rely increasingly on cloud computing and storage, the environmental demands of information technology are growing significantly. Earth Day 2011 marks a moment when, by some estimates, the carbon footprint of data centers exceeds that of the airline industry (an Environmental Protection Agency estimate suggests this will happen by next year). The EPA’s Industrial Technologies Program is working with industry to reduce U.S. data centers’ total energy consumption. U.C. Berkeley Professor of Mechanical Engineering Van Carey’s work in energy conversion and transport processes, along with research by Intel’s Guy AlLee, is helping to make the business of data storage significantly more energy efficient. The growth of cloud computing and Web-based computing helps to explain the levels of energy required for data storage. New data centers operated by the big players in Internet computing – companies like Facebook and Google – operate on 40 megawatts. That’s enough power for 16-thousand homes. Data centers already cost the U.S. more than $9 billion each year. This means that even incremental improvements in efficiency will have a sizable impact. As Intel’s AlLee explains to Future Lab, one of the ways that energy is lost in data centers is through multiple conversions — centers ultimately lose as much as half the power that comes into the center in these processes. His work on technologies to reduce the number of conversions translates to an energy savings of about 12 percent at the rack level. “Efficiencies multiply,” he says. Ultimately, those savings could amount to as much as a 28-percent decrease. Across the industry, of course, this is a significant development. Other industry changes, noted by E-Merge Alliance Chair Brian Patterson, will be important in adding to global energy savings. For example, new designs incorporating green computing include reduced reliance on chillers, and other fairly simple changes at the practice level. Facebook’s new Oregon data center, IBM’s self-contained modular units, and other innovations also have a positive impact on increasing industry efficiency. Add to these innovations the many other changes in solar and wind power generation, increased use of innovations in microgram technologies, and the availability of helpful personal computing tips for saving energy (and money), and there’s some good news in the IT world’s response to the demands that Earth Day helps to mark each year. Additional information: Van Carey, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at U.C. Berkeley Guy AlLee, Senior Researcher at Intel’s Energy Systems Research Center in New Mexico Brian Patterson, Alliance Chair, E-Merge Alliance See photos on Flickr:
April 4, 2011
One of the next frontiers of computing is to create systems that understand the user. Context aware devices of the near future might recommend restaurants, monitor a user’s health, or screen phone calls—all based on information collected from device sensors and casual input data. Two of the most profound sensors are already on our devices: [...]
March 21, 2011
Every year, finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search gather in Washington, DC, to share their research. This year, finalists Ryan Lee and Laurie Rumker, and winner Evan O’Dorney, spoke with Future Lab radio about their work, and what it could mean for the world. Ryan Lee is a student at the North Carolina School of [...]
Feb. 28, 2011
Gaming fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of “cloud gaming,” with its promise of mobile, low-end devices running intense, realistic graphics at amazing speeds. Technological developments from leading scientists, combined with newsmaking marketplace competition (well-covered by Dean Takahashi), are bringing intense graphics and computationally demanding games to devices like Apple’s iPad. Games like “Assassin’s Creed II,” [...]
Feb. 15, 2011
Researchers around the world are searching for ways to help seniors remain healthier and live independently in their homes for longer. Intel is working on new sensing devices that can feed data to a central hub that infers whether a person is getting enough sleep, taking their meds on time and feeding themselves properly. The technology relies on improved broadband access. The Obama Administration just announced it’s spending $5 Billion over the next five years to extend broadband to 98% of Americans. Deirdre Kennedy Reports. Interviewees: Terrance O’Shea, Ph.D. Senior PE/Director of Rapid Prototyping Eric Dishman, Intel’s Director of Health Innovation and Policy, is responsible for public policy, industry groups, evangelism, and research at Care Innovations. See also:Dishman on healthcare at TED Talks Patricia A. Abbott, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Medicine and Co-director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Knowledge Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. White papers/Demos: TRIL: Building Bridges GE And Intel’s Telehealth And Independent Living Company Is Operational Today Intel’s Approach to Innovation and Health Care Intel Health Care Computer CES 2010 -20
Jan. 31, 2011
Intel’s new visual computing lab is researching how to create immersive experiences with computers. Parallel processing is opening the doors to the ability to synthesize images and audio which look and sound real. Here is Intel’s announcement of the new visual computing lab and the new Science and Technology Centers. Interviewees: Doug James, Associate Professor, Department of [...]

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