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  • Neil Gaiman Seminar Tickets

    Blog of the Long Now
    Andrew Warner
    20 May 2015 | 11:38 am
      The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking Neil Gaiman presents “How Stories Last” TICKETS Tuesday June 9, 02015 at 7:30pm Castro Theater Long Now Members can reserve 1 seat, and purchase a second ticket for half price ($15) join today! General Tickets $30   About this Seminar: Neil’s talk will explore the way stories, myths and tales survive over great lengths of time and why creating for the future means making works that will endure within the oral tradition. Preternaturally eloquent, Neil Gaiman has told stories in every…
  • Robots master skills with ‘deep learning’ technique

    KurzweilAI » News
    22 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Robot learns to use hammer. What could go wrong? (credit: UC Berkeley) UC Berkeley researchers have developed new algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks by trial and error, using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn. They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks — putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more — without pre-programmed details about its surroundings. A new AI approach “What we’re reporting on here is a new…
  • Having young blood keeps your bones healing faster

    Next Big Future
    22 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Young blood has once again shown its promise as an elixir of youth: blood from young mice helps bones of older animals heal.Over the past few years, researchers have reversed muscle atrophy, memory loss, heart degradation and some of the effects of cognitive decline by pumping the blood of young mice into old mice. The results from these animal experiments were so intriguing that last year a team at Stanford University began the ultimate rejuvenation trial: giving blood plasma from under 30s to people with Alzheimer's. Results are expected next year.Now, Benjamin Alman, a professor of…
  • Conference video: Microscopic Reversibility: The Organizing Principle for Molecular Machines

    the Foresight Institute
    Jim Lewis
    13 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Credit: Dean Astumian A select set of videos from the 2013 Foresight Technical Conference: Illuminating Atomic Precision, held January 11-13, 2013 in Palo Alto, have been made available on vimeo. Videos have been posted of those presentations for which the speakers have consented. Other presentations contained confidential information and will not be posted. The second speaker at the Molecular Machines and Non-Equilibrium Processes session, the winner of the 2011 Feynman Prize for Theoretical work, Dean Astumian, presented his prize-winning work “Microscopic Reversibility: The…
  • Video converter for mac

    Ultrafuture World
    admin
    22 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    The Prominence of Movavi Video Converter and its Adaptability for Mac Movavi Video Converter is a SuperSpeed conversion smart app that is capable of converting MKV files into MP4 or AVI files and vice versa for Windows and Mac too. Movavi is popular owing to many reasons. First, is that it is an efficient conversion engine that efficiently helps in conversion of every format as quickly and rapidly as possible. Second, its speed can increase up to 81 times which is quite a record. Third, the converter uses the latest codec for following the conversion process in very less time without any…
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    Blog of the Long Now

  • Neil Gaiman Seminar Tickets

    Andrew Warner
    20 May 2015 | 11:38 am
      The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking Neil Gaiman presents “How Stories Last” TICKETS Tuesday June 9, 02015 at 7:30pm Castro Theater Long Now Members can reserve 1 seat, and purchase a second ticket for half price ($15) join today! General Tickets $30   About this Seminar: Neil’s talk will explore the way stories, myths and tales survive over great lengths of time and why creating for the future means making works that will endure within the oral tradition. Preternaturally eloquent, Neil Gaiman has told stories in every…
  • Beth Shapiro Seminar Media

    Danielle Engelman
    15 May 2015 | 4:38 pm
    This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking. How to Clone a Mammoth Monday May 11, 02015 – San Francisco Audio is up on the Shapiro Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. De-extinction science – a summary by Stewart Brand When people hear about “ancient DNA” in fossils, Shapiro began, the first question always is “Can we clone a dinosaur?” Dinosaurs died out so many millions of years ago, their fossils are nothing but rock (and by the way, there’s no workaround with mosquitoes in amber…
  • Michael Shermer Seminar Media

    Andrew Warner
    6 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking. The Long Arc of Moral Progress Tuesday April 14, 02015 – San Francisco Video is up on the Shermer Seminar page. Audio is up on the Shermer Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. Moral Progress – a summary by Stewart Brand Shermer began with Martin Luther King’s statement in Selma, March 1965: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” What if we look at that arc in terms of trendlines instead of headlines? In the mid-19th…
  • Neal Stephenson at The Interval: May 21, Book Signing and Livestream

    Mikl Em
    1 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    Neal Stephenson speaks at The Interval on May 21, 02015. Photo by Kelly O’Connor Best-selling author Neal Stephenson will visit The Interval at Long Now in San Francisco to read from and sign his new book in a special daytime event: 12:30 to 2pm on Thursday May 21, 02015. The talk itself is sold out but Long Now members can hear Neal live on May 21 via the Long Now member website. Neal is making two other appearances in the Bay Area, and we are thrilled that he is including The Interval in his tour. You can join more than 6500 long-term thinkers around the world as a Long Now member…
  • New Horizons Probe to Send Message to Interstellar Space

    Charlotte Hajer
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    If you could tell the universe about planet Earth, what would you say? The One Earth Message Initiative is sending a missive to the stars, and they want your input. The initiative’s goal is to create a message that will be digitally uploaded to a spacecraft currently making its way to the outer reaches of our solar system. Launched in 02006, the New Horizons probe will fly by Pluto, its primary target, later this summer. Once it completes this mission and sends its data back to Earth, the One Earth Message team hopes to use the space thus freed up on the probe’s on-board computer for a…
 
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Robots master skills with ‘deep learning’ technique

    22 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Robot learns to use hammer. What could go wrong? (credit: UC Berkeley) UC Berkeley researchers have developed new algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks by trial and error, using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn. They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks — putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more — without pre-programmed details about its surroundings. A new AI approach “What we’re reporting on here is a new…
  • Robotic arm precisely controlled by thought

    22 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Erik Sorto smoothly controls robotic arm with his brain (credit: Spencer Kellis and Christian Klaes /Caltech) Paralyzed from the neck down, Erik G. Sorto now can smoothly move a robotic arm just by thinking about it, thanks to a clinical collaboration between Caltech, Keck Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Previous neural prosthetic devices, such as Braingate, were implanted in the motor cortex, resulting in delayed, jerky movements. The new device was implanted in the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), a part of the brain that controls the intent to move,…
  • Tunable liquid-metal antennas

    21 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Antenna, feed, and reservoir of a liquid metal antenna (credit: Jacob Adams) Using electrochemistry, North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers have created a reconfigurable, voltage-controlled liquid metal antenna that may play a role in future mobile devices and the coming Internet of Things. By placing a positive or negative electrical voltage across the interface between the liquid metal and an electrolyte, they found that they could cause the liquid metal to spread (flow into a capillary) or contract, changing its operating frequency and radiation pattern. “Using a liquid…
  • How to make continuous rolls of graphene for volume production

    21 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Diagram of the roll-to-roll process (a) shows the arrangement of copper spools at each end of the processing tube, and how a ribbon of thin copper substrate is wound around the central tube. Cross-section view of the same setup (b) shows the gap between two tubes, where the chemical vapor deposition process occurs. Photos of the system being tested show (c) the overall system, with an arrow indicating the direction the ribbon is moving; (d) a closeup of the copper ribbon inside the apparatus, showing the holes where chemical vapor is injected; and (e) an overhead view of the copper foil…
  • New technology could fundamentally improve future wireless communications

    21 May 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Novel full-duplex transceiver (top device) in an anechoic chamber for testing (credit: Sam Duckerin) A new electronics technique that could allow a radio device to transmit and receive on the same channel at the same time (“full duplex,” or simultaneous, two-way transmission) has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Communication Systems and Networks research group. The technique can estimate and cancel out the interference from a device’s own transmission. Today’s cell phones and other communication devices use twice as much of the radio…
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    Next Big Future

  • Having young blood keeps your bones healing faster

    22 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Young blood has once again shown its promise as an elixir of youth: blood from young mice helps bones of older animals heal.Over the past few years, researchers have reversed muscle atrophy, memory loss, heart degradation and some of the effects of cognitive decline by pumping the blood of young mice into old mice. The results from these animal experiments were so intriguing that last year a team at Stanford University began the ultimate rejuvenation trial: giving blood plasma from under 30s to people with Alzheimer's. Results are expected next year.Now, Benjamin Alman, a professor of…
  • Fully automated and one person retail kiosks

    22 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    There are about three million interactive [fully automated] kiosks for other types of services globally.Other markets where interactive kiosks have a particularly large impact are:• Entertainment (e.g. DVD rental, photo printing, movie ticket ordering)• Retail (e.g. self-checkout, deli-counter ordering, product information)• Travel (e.g. airport check-in, hotel check-in/check-out)• Financial services (e.g. bill payment, coin exchange, check cashing)• Healthcare (e.g. patient check-in, patient information, prescription refills)• Municipal & government (e.g. train/bus ticketing,…
  • Three million global ATMs and new ATM videoconferencing

    22 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The ATM Industry Association predicted there would be 3 million ATMs across the globe by 2015 and the total number of withdrawals of cash from ATMs globally would rise to above 8.6 billion per year. For the U.S. and North America, RBR’s research showed the U.S. had 420,000 ATMs in 2009 and Canada had 58,217 but the number had risen to 481,000 together in 2010. RBR forecast the number of ATMs in Canada and the U.S. together to increase to 498,750 by 2015.Instead of installing ATMs capable of only processing transactions, an increasing number of retail banks are tapping into ATMS with far…
  • Japan economic revitalization plan is to double manufacturing robots and increase service robots by 20 times by 2020

    22 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Japan's revised revitalization strategy, the Robot Revolution Initiative, is to double the use of robotics in manufacturing, and increase by twenty-fold robotics use in other sectors, including service industries. In part this is an effort to deal with the country's declining birthrate and aging population by providing robotic helpmates in industries such as healthcare, agriculture, and the inspection and repair of the country's infrastructure."The “Robotic Revolution Initiative Council” was to create a 5 year plan by the end of 2014 with the aim of addressing social…
  • Japan should have a nuclear reactor restart in July and China is buying into the French nuclear industry

    22 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    1. Japan's nuclear regulator has approved Kyushu Electric Power Company's 'construction plan' for unit 2 of its Sendai nuclear power plant. The company hopes to restart unit 1 of the plant in July, with unit 2 following within months.Over the next 4-5 years Japan could restart 4 to ten reactors per year.Sendai nuclear plantUp until the 2011 Fukushima accident, Japan had the third most nuclear power generation in the world.2. Chinese nuclear companies are buying an interest in the French Nuclear IndustryFrance has the second most nuclear power generation in the world. China has…
 
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    the Foresight Institute

  • Conference video: Microscopic Reversibility: The Organizing Principle for Molecular Machines

    Jim Lewis
    13 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Credit: Dean Astumian A select set of videos from the 2013 Foresight Technical Conference: Illuminating Atomic Precision, held January 11-13, 2013 in Palo Alto, have been made available on vimeo. Videos have been posted of those presentations for which the speakers have consented. Other presentations contained confidential information and will not be posted. The second speaker at the Molecular Machines and Non-Equilibrium Processes session, the winner of the 2011 Feynman Prize for Theoretical work, Dean Astumian, presented his prize-winning work “Microscopic Reversibility: The…
  • Conference video: Multi-Million Atom Simulations for Single Atom Transistor Structures

    Jim Lewis
    12 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Credit:Gerhard Klimeck A select set of videos from the 2013 Foresight Technical Conference: Illuminating Atomic Precision, held January 11-13, 2013 in Palo Alto, have been made available on vimeo. Videos have been posted of those presentations for which the speakers have consented. Other presentations contained confidential information and will not be posted. The 8th speaker at the Atomic Scale Devices session was Gerhard Klimeck. His talk was titled “Multi-Million Atom Simulations for Single Atom Transistor Structures” biography and abstracts, video – video length 26:37. From an…
  • Nanoparticles shepherd DNA into cells to regulate immune response

    Jim Lewis
    6 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Credit Mirkin research group One of biotechnology’s most powerful tools is the introduction of nucleic acids of specific sequence into cells to implement a specific pre-determined change. Not surprisingly, nucleic acids incorporated into nanostructures are often much more functional than isolated nucleic acid molecules. It is sometimes not necessary for such nanostructures to be totally atomically precise, as has been demonstrated by Spherical Nucleic Acids (SNAs), dense conjugates of oriented nucleic acids on the surfaces of various nanoparticles, introduced by Chad Mirkin, winner of…
  • Nanowires and bacteria harnessed for artificial photosynthesis

    Jim Lewis
    4 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    This break-through artificial photosynthesis system has four general components: (1) harvesting solar energy, (2) generating reducing equivalents, (3) reducing CO2 to biosynthetic intermediates, and (4) producing value-added chemicals. Credit Berkeley Lab One of the major areas in which improved precision in our control of matter is likely to deliver major benefits is the area of energy technology, as evidenced by Foresight Institute’s 2014 Workshop on Directed/Programmable Matter for Energy. Gayle Pergamit forwards this news of a major advance in artificial photosynthesis made possible…
  • Science and technology roadmaps for nanotechnology

    Jim Lewis
    3 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    From the cover of the European Science and Technology Roadmap for Graphene, Related Two-Dimensional Crystals, and Hybrid Systems. A decade ago Foresight participated in a two-year effort to produce the first technology roadmap from current, incremental nanotechnology to productive nanosystems capable of general purpose, high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing (APM). The purpose of roadmaps, such as the well-known and extremely successful International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, is to define the future technology requirements for complex systems so that present-day…
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    Ultrafuture World

  • Video converter for mac

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    The Prominence of Movavi Video Converter and its Adaptability for Mac Movavi Video Converter is a SuperSpeed conversion smart app that is capable of converting MKV files into MP4 or AVI files and vice versa for Windows and Mac too. Movavi is popular owing to many reasons. First, is that it is an efficient conversion engine that efficiently helps in conversion of every format as quickly and rapidly as possible. Second, its speed can increase up to 81 times which is quite a record. Third, the converter uses the latest codec for following the conversion process in very less time without any…
  • Switching to solar needs to be worldwide effort

    admin
    16 May 2015 | 12:18 am
    Sun seems like a modern day hero – so very distant and dangerous if you try to come up close, or even to look at sometimes, yet it gives life and hope, and it will be there for us forever. Sun can save us from all the harmful fuels emitted daily, from all the mistakes humans have made covering it by “technological progress”, “demands of our times”, or “life improvement”. Notwithstanding our sun is still there for us. With solar power industries on the rise, humanity is capable of switching most of its energy sources to something clean and pure like sun…
  • 6 Ways Natural Gas is Superior to Renewable Sources

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    There is no doubt that wind generated power and solar collection are two of the cleanest forms of energy. However, both of these renewable sources have their flaws which make them unrealistic in real world applications. Until these two methods are developed and more stable, humankind needs a cleaner solution than that of oil and coal. This is where natural gas comes into play. How is this form of energy superior to renewable sources? Ready to Produce Although technology for solar and wind shows promise for future usage, natural gas is ready right now. In the grand scheme of things, humankind…
  • Four Ways Inventors Make Money Off of Their Ideas

    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    As is true with most inventors, making money is the primary reason for the work done to create something new and exciting in the marketplace. It is seldom the only motivation, especially with the most successful inventors, but without a doubt, it is one of the main reasons. This leaves the question of how best to monetize your invention. The following are four ways to take your invention and turn it into cash. Simply sell the invention This becomes easier to do if you have already got a patent on the invention. Once a patent has been issued, the invention has already been deemed both useful…
  • What is the purpose of a CA certificate?

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    In relation to online security, CA stands for certified authority and comes in the form of a signature. When a website obtains a safety certificate such as an SSL, it can be authenticated by a CA. This provides the website with a trusted certificate that is both valid and legitimate. There are a whole host of benefits associated with obtaining a CA certificate as opposed to a regular safety certificate. It is the responsibility of the certified authority that has signed the certificate to ensure that all the information given is valid and trustworthy. Depending on which type of SSL…
 
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    Sentient Developments

  • Watch for me in an upcoming episode of Al Jazeera's Fault Lines

    George
    8 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    As reported in Al Jazaeera America:In "The Death of Aging," Fault Lines looks at what happens when for-profit companies set their sights on helping humans live healthier longer. The film airs on Monday, May 11, at 10 pm Eastern time/7 pm Pacific on Al Jazeera America. They turned our interview into a nice little feature, which you can find here.
  • This Animated Explanation Of The Fermi Paradox Is Fantastic

    George
    8 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The Great Silence is a vexing problem we all love to speculate and argue about, but it's not the most intuitive concept. This wonderful animated video by Kurz Gesagt explains the problem that is the Fermi Paradox and why our apparent isolation in the galaxy is so damned weird.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNhhvQGsMEc
  • China's Manufacturers Are Shifting Towards Zero-Labor Factories

    George
    8 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    A company in South China's Guangdong province is building the city's first zero-labor factory. It's an effort to address worker shortages and rising labor costs, but the rise of semi-autonomous "smart factories" could be a sign of things to come, in China and elsewhere.Read more at io9.
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    Overcoming Bias

  • What Does Harvard Do Right?

    Robin Hanson
    17 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Is Harvard the top rated college because it is the most clever in deciding who to admit? Not obviously. Instead, in the short run Harvard can gain plenty from a positive feedback loop: the best people apply and prefer to go there, which adds a glow to those who graduate from there, which makes the best want to apply, and so on. While this seems an obvious and simple story, I must admit I haven’t been thinking enough in such terms, probably in part because I haven’t seen formal economic models that capture this story well. I thank venture capital (VC) titan Marc Andreessen…
  • Take Origins Seriously

    Robin Hanson
    13 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    We have a strong tendency to believe what we were taught to believe. This is a serious problem when we were taught different things. How can we rationally have much confidence in the beliefs we were taught, if we know that others were taught to believe other things? In order to overcome this bias, we either need to find a way to later question our initial teachings so well that we eliminate this correlation between our beliefs and our early teachings, or we need to find strong arguments for why one should expect more accurate beliefs to come from the source of our personal teaching,…
  • Why Happiness?

    Robin Hanson
    8 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You can’t be happier than the person you’re with. I’ve tried. It doesn’t go over well. Scott Adams Why did evolution makes us (sometimes) happy? One standard story, and in fact the only story I’ve found so far in a quick search, is that happiness is just our mind’s way of telling us what we want. We consciously want to be happy, and so to direct our behavior our subconscious tells us that we are happy doing what it wants us to do. But this can’t be the whole story. Not only are we well aware of wanting as a different feeling from happiness, we know of many…
  • What Is Signaling?

    Robin Hanson
    7 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Noah Smith complains about people like me: There’s a fad in the economics world that annoys me. The fad is to describe every human action as “signaling.” This has to stop, people. … It’s become fashionable in the economics world to label any and every human social interaction as a form of signaling. The most enthusiastic promoter of this way of thinking is GMU economist Robin Hanson. Fashion isn’t self-expression — it’s signaling. Leisure isn’t about fun — it’s about signaling. And so on. The problem is, this notion of “signaling” isn’t really what…
  • Ranking The Sacred

    Robin Hanson
    3 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Consider four possible acts: Eating Twinkies Watching Gilligan’s Island Fighting cancer Working for racial justice Now consider pairwise comparisons of value between these acts. You might say which you prefer, or which matters more, or is more important or admirable. It seems to me that we don’t mind ranking #1 vs #2. We might think the exercise silly, but we’d still be comfortable expressing an opinion. It also seems to me that we don’t mind puffing up our chest and intoning very seriously that either of #3,4 are more noble and admirable than either of #1,2, and looking sadly down…
 
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    The Fourth Revolution Blog

  • How People Start Their Own Business More Often Above 35

    Jeremie Averous
    23 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Younger people (less than 35) start their own business much less often than older ones. That is a clear data from statistics about entrepreneurship in the US. This is reassuring, because beyond the myth of the Zuckerbergs and other student-age Microsoft, Apple and Google founders, it shows that most people that start businesses have significant work experience and possibly, business experience. This should increase the probability of success. However we also need to be cautious – as it seems that lots of businesses are started defensively by people missing a job, that reason to be an…
  • Why Higher Entrepreneurship Activity is Not Good News

    Jeremie Averous
    21 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The statistics about entrepreneurship in the US as brought together by the Kauffman foundation are clear: there is more people creating businesses when people have difficulties to find a job. Or, in summary, entrepreneurship is in majority a defensive move, contrary to what popular lore would tend to spread. The Overall Entrepreneurship index shows that there is more entrepreneurs in tough economical times The data is clear: it is in a bad economy that the entrepreneurship ratio is higher, such as between 2009 and 2013 (see figure). Similarly, immigrants have entrepreneurship ratios that can…
  • What Collaborative Age Education Should Concentrate On

    Jeremie Averous
    19 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Education requires a major revamp nowadays with the Fourth Revolution. We don’t need anymore the Industrial Age schooling that was designed to educate the resources needed by the industry (in summary, compliant and literate). Collaborative Age requires people that are collaborative, creative and know how to deal with the vast amounts of data and information available at everybody’s fingertips. This excellent paper from ParisTech review ‘Education Series – 2 – New knowledge, new know-how: skills for the 21st Century‘ summarizes some essential traits of future…
  • What Our Quests are Really About

    Jeremie Averous
    16 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves” – Edmund Hillary. In every of our quests, external visible rewards or goals are not what is important. What we learn and how we grow is what is essential. I remember being in a conference with a famous polar explorer just returning from several months isolated is the cold of Arctic in the context of an important scientific expedition. The question from the floor was: “what were you looking for, what were your objectives?“. The answer came with something like: “myself“. I was blown out! We don’t…
  • Why A Significant Change Will Happen Soon in Our Civilization

    Jeremie Averous
    14 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    “We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth” — Vernor Vinge. Why? Read this excellent post on Artificial Intelligence – a crossing between our considerations on the fact we have no intuition for the exponential and our concern for the Singularity (why are we alone in space??). In particular I can’t escape showing this great illustration – with all due attribution: Oops! What’s going to happen soon? And the post argues with reason I believe that we might not see it coming until it is upon us, due to the fact that we do not…
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    Futurist.com: Futurist Speaker Glen Hiemstra

  • The future and poverty – seeking a way forward

    Glen Hiemstra
    13 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    It was refreshing to see the President of the United States take a full hour to sit on a panel at a faith-based conference on confronting the future and poverty this past week at George Washington University. He was joined by Robert Putnam of Harvard University, author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, and by Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, each of whom contributed great insight to the discussion. The growing split between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the society, the real decline in the middle class, and the increasing solidification of a…
  • Robots, Drones and Self-Driving Cars: Glen Reviews the Future

    Glen Hiemstra
    8 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    This week marked the 35th anniversary of the Puget Sound Business Journal. For the occasion, one of their writers, Patti Payne, interviewed me about the next 35 years. We discussed both general future developments like robots, drones and driverless cars, and the future of Seattle and the surrounding region including population growth. The led the story with my suggestion that the region’s population could double again. I probably pushed the boundaries of thinking a bit on that – 2050 is a way off but a doubling in 35 years requires a 2% annual growth rate. While Seattle actually…
  • Tesla Powerwall Will Change Electricity Business

    Glen Hiemstra
    1 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    This is what vision looks like. Watch Elon Musk announce Tesla Powerwall, the next phase in his plan to change the electricity business, from one were we mostly harvest old sunlight in the form of dead plants and animals by lighting them on fire, to one where we harvest sunlight as it comes. As he explains, this is a possible future, a preferred future, and in fact a probable future. The post Tesla Powerwall Will Change Electricity Business appeared first on Futurist.com: Futurist Speaker Glen Hiemstra.
  • Fueled by Skepticism – an exploration of the future

    Glen Hiemstra
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    I came across this very nice exploration of numerous instances in the past and also very recently, when big ideas were proposed that people thought could not and would not happen, only to be proved wrong when later it became inevitable and was done. Landing on the moon, landing on a comet are but two examples. Produced by Toyota. It reminded me of an old saying of Dr. Ed Lindaman, program planner for Apollo: Everything possible today was at one time impossible. Everything impossible today may at some time in the future be possible. The post Fueled by Skepticism – an exploration of the…
  • Reading Edge of Dark – on living with robots

    Glen Hiemstra
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    I’m half way into an excellent new science fiction book, Edge of Dark, by Brenda Cooper, who is also a Futurist.com Think Tank expert. This is Brenda’s 8th novel and the first in a two-part series. From the Amazon book description… What if a society banished its worst nightmare to the far edge of the solar system, destined to sip only dregs of light and struggle for the barest living. And yet, that life thrived? It grew and learned and became far more than you ever expected, and it wanted to return to the sun. What if it didn’t share your moral compass in any way? The…
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    XYZ University

  • Gen Z and Your Business: BFFs or SnapChat?

    Sarah Sladek
    14 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Just as companies are coming to terms with the wave of Gen Ys, another generation is creeping up behind them. Generation Z — the oldest who are turning 19 — are moving en masse into entry-level jobs, colleges, and internships. Born in the late 1990s and early 2000s they make up a quarter of the population and have little in common with their Gen Y predecessors. Here’s what you need to know about Z. Texting Fifty percent of Generation Zs send at least 50 texts each day. Seriously. Fifty texts a day. Another amazing stat: a whopping 93 percent of Zs use YouTube to view,…
  • Knowing Y in Holland

    Sarah Sladek
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Generation Y. Millennials. Echo Boomers. Trophy Generation. Regardless of how you refer to them, organizations worldwide are really perplexed by the generation of young adults now moving into the majority of the workforce and consumer spending. On March 25 and 26, I traveled to Holland to present at the VM Spring Conference on the topic of my latest book, Knowing Y: Engage the Next Generation Now. During my visit, I was present for the announcement of De Nederlandse Associatie—a new association for association executives, which is launching this fall. I also had the opportunity to meet with…
  • The World’s Aging Workforce and What Your Business Should Do About It

    Sarah Sladek
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
      XYZ University publishes Scary Stats each Halloween, and this latest stat just might be the scariest of 2015: Despite projected growth in the global population from 6.9 billion to 7.6 billion in 2020, the working-age population is expected to decline. In fact, aging will likely add 360 million older people (Baby Boomers) to the world’s pool of those not participating in the labor force. There are few exceptions to this aging trend. India’s workforce is getting younger with one-third of the country’s population under the age of 15. Other developing market economies with young…
  • Rookie Talent: Avoiding a Kodak Moment

    Sarah Sladek
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:07 am
    During most of the 20th century Kodak held a dominant position in photographic film, and in 1976, had an 89% market share of photographic film sales in the United States. Kodak began to struggle financially in the late 1990s as a result of the decline in sales of photographic film and its slowness in transitioning to digital photography. In 2012, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Kodak name became synonymous with a resistance to change, but it’s not just innovation the company lacked. In 2011, Kodak made the list of Top 10 Fortune 500 Employers With Older Workers,…
  • What would Scrooge do?: Planning for workforce future

    Sarah Sladek
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Tis the season for the celebration of one year’s end and another year’s beginning. Amidst all the champagne and time spent with family and friends, I encourage you to ponder the future–but perhaps a little differently than usual. Most of us are familiar with the famous story by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. In the story, a miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts: Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. Scrooge finds the third ghost the most fearsome, and the ghost’s warnings about his future transform him from…
 
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    Singularitarian

  • Les Baugh lost his arms as a teenager. Engineers at Johns...

    21 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Les Baugh lost his arms as a teenager. Engineers at Johns Hopkins are trying to give them back, but better. Mr. Baugh is testing a robotic prosthetic that he can control with his mind.
  • New chip architecture may provide foundation for quantum computer

    6 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    New chip architecture may provide foundation for quantum computer: Date: May 5, 2015 Source: American Institute of Physics (AIP) Summary: Quantum computers are in theory capable of simulating the interactions of molecules at a level of detail far beyond the capabilities of even the largest supercomputers today. Such simulations could revolutionize chemistry, biology and material science, but the development of quantum computers has been limited by the ability to increase the number of quantum bits, or qubits, that encode, store and access large amounts of data.
  • World's Largest Swarm of Miniature Robot Submarines

    5 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    World's Largest Swarm of Miniature Robot Submarines: Forty one tiny robot submarines is a lot of tiny robot submarines. It’s so many, in fact, that controlling them individually doesn’t make sense, and the only way to go is to give them levels of swarm intelligence, so that each individual robot can take care of itself while the swarm as a whole completes an objective.
  • (via Rice engineering students design real-time 3-D radar system...

    5 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    (via Rice engineering students design real-time 3-D radar system - YouTube)
  • Real-life Star Trek 'replicator' prepares meal in 30 seconds

    5 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Real-life Star Trek 'replicator' prepares meal in 30 seconds: It’s a revolution in food technology that could deliver your food fantasy to your plate in less than a minute. The Genie, similar in size and appearance to a coffee maker, can produce an unlimited variety of meals using pods, that contain natural dehydrated ingredients. So whether salty or sweet, an appetizer or a dessert, the device can create the food you crave in 30 seconds.
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    Getting Through High School

  • A Slow Day, At Least For Me (The Hospital Series Part 4)

    17 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    I suppose that with the end of the school year fast approaching, everything else outside of school just seems so slow in comparison. My toaster strudel now takes ten minutes to fully toast, my Xbox takes forever to load (sorry Playstation users for offending you) and the hospital takes forever to wake up. Now, I understand that my shift starts at eight in the morning, and that any sane person would still be in bed that early on a Saturday, but there I am: uniformed and ready to serve.Unfortunately, no one was awake. I don't know what it was. I mean, I know the doctors and nurses change shifts…
  • A No Hospital Weekend (The Un-Hospital Series)

    10 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Well, guys. I didn't manage to go to the hospital this weekend but I wanted to tell you anyway, in case you try to storm my house with pitchforks and torches. So here I am! I'm telling you that there will be a new update next week! Good luck on your exams!
  • (Positive) x (Negative)= Positive? What Your Math Teacher Didn't Tell Ya

    6 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    A Smile Fixes Everything...People say I smile often. I guess that's a compliment? I don't know how to respond, but I take it as a compliment. I've never been asked why I smile so much. It's not because I like looking smug or because I know something that no one else does (well, I do know what I did that one time on a dare...). It's more like a philosophy sort of thing. I read once that your facial expression, while usually a result of your emotional state, can also be the cause of your emotional state. Neat! (Yeah I just said "neat." Gonna have to deal with it).Basically, if you walk around…
  • The Mass Confusion (The Hospital Series Part 3)

    3 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Apologies for the late post, people. Making posts become a bit difficult when your computer is... "incapacitated." Anyway, I put in another shift at the hospital yesterday, and let me say yesterday must have been the most confusing day ever. So many things had me spinning this way and that. I guess I should just start with the beginning, huh?These Bad Boys Make a DifferenceSo I arrived at the hospital a bit late: 8:03. I know, I know, big deal three minutes late. In my defense, I got slowed down because I took too long to decide what to make myself for breakfast (I went with the fried eggs).
  • The End is Near!!!!

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    So the year is finally starting to close and with only three weeks left in school, most of the pressures of the year are gone. Yes, there are still final exams coming up be we're not worried about those because we studied, right? Who am I kidding? Anyway,  I think that finals are overrated. I know, right? Such a statement!Don't do this unless you have invented a suit of armorLet me explain! I believe that finals are nothing to worry about. Now, that doesn't mean you can just forget about studying for them and lose your steam this close to the end of the year. What I mean is that your…
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    Future Thinkers Podcast

  • FTP019: Vinay Gupta, Part 2 – Hakuna Matata, Space Pharaoh! Quantum Mechanics, Space Exploration, and Enlightenment

    Euvie Ivanova
    22 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    In this second half of our conversation with Vinay Gupta, we get into exploring some out-there ideas. We start off talking about consumerism, and how many aspects of Western culture are still based around old Christian ideas. We also discuss quantum mechanics, probability, and how those concepts may fit into evolution, or even drive it... [READ MORE] The post FTP019: Vinay Gupta, Part 2 – Hakuna Matata, Space Pharaoh! Quantum Mechanics, Space Exploration, and Enlightenment appeared first on Future Thinkers Podcast.
  • FTP018: Vinay Gupta, Part 1 – Techno-Social Systems, Meditation, and Basic Human Needs

    Euvie Ivanova
    12 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    Vinay Gupta is an old-school cypherpunk who has been involved with cryptography and crypto-currency since the 1990s - he was heavily involved in the E-gold community before it got shut down. In recent years, he has been working on humanitarian projects to do with disaster prevention and disaster relief with United States Department of Defense and other organizations... [READ MORE] The post FTP018: Vinay Gupta, Part 1 – Techno-Social Systems, Meditation, and Basic Human Needs appeared first on Future Thinkers Podcast.
  • FTP017: Sci Fi, Copyright and The Sharing Economy with Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton

    Euvie Ivanova
    6 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    In this episode, we and I are joined by fellow podcasters Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton from the Robot Overlordz podcast. We get into a discussion about copyright, licensing laws, crowdfunding, and the present and future of the sharing economy... [READ MORE] The post FTP017: Sci Fi, Copyright and The Sharing Economy with Mike Johnston and Matt Bolton appeared first on Future Thinkers Podcast.
  • FTP016: Vitalik Buterin on Ethereum and The Decentralized Future

    Euvie Ivanova
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:41 am
    Mike and I have been talking a lot about decentralized platforms on our podcast lately. In this episode, we invited Vitalik Buterin from Ethereum to talk about the applications and implications of this highly promising new decentralized platform. Ethereum is meant to eliminate the middlemen in many industries... [READ MORE] The post FTP016: Vitalik Buterin on Ethereum and The Decentralized Future appeared first on Future Thinkers Podcast.
  • FTP015: Zoltan Istvan on The Future of Politics and Transhumanism

    Euvie Ivanova
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Zoltan Istvan has a colorful life story. He worked as a war zone journalist with National Geographic, he sailed the world by himself, he wrote a best-selling novel called The Transhumanist Wager. Now, Zoltan is running for US president in the 2016 election with his Transhumanist Party... [READ MORE] The post FTP015: Zoltan Istvan on The Future of Politics and Transhumanism appeared first on Future Thinkers Podcast.
 
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