In a classic Portlandia sketch, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein badger a waitress to find out about their chicken’s diet, the amount of acreage it had to roam around in, and whether it had other fowl to pal around with. But knowing more about your food’s origins has benefits even if you’re not a locavore.Lange thinks the Internet of Food (IoF) can help everyone make better informed choices about what they eat.While you might be able to learn if your chicken was named Colin, University of California, Davis, food scientist and informatician Dr. Matthew Lange thinks the Internet of Food (IoF) can help everyone make better informed choices about what they eat. Ahead of his appearance at the upcoming reThink Food conference in Napa Valley, California, we asked Lange about the benefits of digitizing food.Lange is the principal investigator at UC Davis’s IC-Foods. The organization is trying to develop standardized languages and ontologies (computable … [Read more...] about A language for legumes: Can the Internet of Food help us know what we eat?
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IBM today took the wraps off of its eighth annual "IBM 5 in 5" appraisal of the key technologies that could change high-tech life in the coming five years.Perhaps not surprisingly Big Blue this year says future tech developments will revolve around cognitive or smart learning systems that will learn, reason and involve human interaction like never before."Over time these computers will get smarter and more customized through interactions with data, devices and people, helping us take on what may have been seen as unsolvable problems by using all the information that surrounds us and bringing the right insight or suggestion to our fingertips right when it's most needed. A new era in computing will lead to breakthroughs that will amplify human abilities, assist us in making good choices, look out for us and help us navigate our world in powerful new ways," IBM stated. +MORE ON NETWORKWORLD The biggest Internet security challenges of 2013+Interestingly Gartner earlier this year also … [Read more...] about IBM: Smart machines set to rule the world
The world population is building toward 9 billion, our available land is shrinking, and our communities are growing more connected, leaving one increasingly important global issue hanging above our heads: food security. Fortunately, technology is allowing us to track, analyze, and understand the way our food system works to help reduce the amount of food waste and carbon emissions, and ultimately, feed the 842 million people who don't currently have enough to eat.And food startups are leaving everyone salivating. Research from CB Insights showed that VC funding for food delivery companies was at an all-time high in the first quarter of 2014, hitting more than $200 million. But using smartphones to order Thai takeout at 11:00 p.m. is only the tip of the iceberg. Here are 10 ways tech is changing our food and the way we find, consume, and get rid of it. SEE: Photos: How tech is shaping the future of foodThe biotechnology used to create genetically modified organisms (GMO) is critical … [Read more...] about 10 ways technology is changing our food
A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, about the length of ten hydrogen atoms placed in a row. Or, as Dr. Yuval Golan described it in a recent talk at the Illinois Science and Technology Park, a nanoparticle is roughly one-millionth the size of ant. TechRepublic spoke with Dr. Golan about the exciting world of nanotechnology, as well as the tech hub in Beer-Sheva, Israel that he and his fellow professors are helping to build.Substances often behave differently at the nanoscale, creating interesting possibilities. Researchers around the world, including Dr. Golan and the staff at the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology on the campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, are working to develop beneficial applications in a wide array of fields and industries.Nanotechnology, which bridges the scientific research and engineering applications of materials at the submicron scale, "involves the harnessing of unique physical, chemical, biological properties of nanoscale … [Read more...] about Nanotech in the Negev: Israeli scientists see big opportunity in tiny tech