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The Future of Computing
March 1, 2003 Volume 33 Issue 1
Articles In This Issue
  • Saturday, March 1, 2003
    AuthorButler Lampson

    Rapid changes in computing will continue for the foreseeable future.

    The field of computing has always changed rapidly, and it is still doing so. The changes are driven, more than anything else, by Moore’s law. Many people think the pace of change is slowing, or even that because we ...

  • Saturday, March 1, 2003
    AuthorWm. A. Wulf

    As many of you know, my field is computers. I wrote my first computer program in 1960 for the Illiac I - a one-of-a-kind computer built at the University of Illinois in the 1950s. I sent my first transcontinental email in about 1972, and by the mid-1970s I was involved in an active, ...

  • Saturday, March 1, 2003
    AuthorChris Diorio

    Linking Artificial Information-Processing Machines and Living Information-Processing Machines

    Neurobiologists want to understand how neurons control animal behavior.

    A key goal of neurobiology is understanding how neurons control behavior. Neurobiologists probe and examine the activities of ...

  • Saturday, March 1, 2003
    AuthorEric Grimson

    Noninvasive technology allows surgeons to see beneath the surface of the brain.

    Standard approaches to removing a brain tumor today are not necessarily refined. Suppose you have the misfortune of having a brain tumor near the motor cortex. You'd like the surgeon to remove it without paralyzing ...

  • Saturday, March 1, 2003
    AuthorManuela Veloso

    Soccer-playing robots could lead to completely autonomous intelligent machines.

    The idea of autonomous robot soccer teams invariably inspires images and expectations that, ironically, remove us somewhat from the real concept they embody. Indeed, the underlying research goes well beyond ...

  • Saturday, March 1, 2003
    AuthorThomas Daniel

    Interfacing Computer Electronics with Biology

    Flight control in the hawkmoth is being analyzed by reverse engineering.

    Animal movement emerges from the complex interplay of aerodynamic forces, nonlinear muscle forces, a massive flow of sensory information, and enigmatic information processing. ...