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  • Where Time Begins

    Blog of the Long Now
    Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Last year I had the opportunity to give a talk and tour of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC at the invitation of Demetrios Matsakis, the director of the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Time Service department.  The Naval Observatory hosts the largest collection of precise frequency standards in the world, and uses them to, among other things, keep services like internet time and the global positioning system in your phone running correctly. The USNO Master Clock is actually an average of many timing signals The US Naval Observatory keeps track of time and distance in what seems like…
  • How permanent stress may lead to mental disorders

    KurzweilAI » News
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    Microglia cells from rat cortex before (left) and after (right) traumatic brain injury (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Activated through permanent stress, immune cells in the brain can cause changes to the brain, resulting in mental disorders, a research team headed by professor Georg Juckel, Medical Director of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) LWL university clinic, has found. The research was based on psychoneuroimmunology, the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. The team focused mainly on microglia, a type of glial…
  • Cambrian Genomics CEO says his company just raised $10M to ‘print more DNA’

    Singularity University
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Cambrian Genomics CEO says his company just raised $10M to print more DNA Cambrian Genomics, which has created a promising DNA-printing technology,
  • The Inevitable Future

    Open the Future
    Jamais Cascio
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Film student Taylor Baldschun invited me to participate in a project of his, a short documentary on the end of humanity. His final (for the moment) version can be seen here: The Inevitable Future from Taylor Baldschun on Vimeo. On my first viewing, I started counting off the various mannerisms and habits that I find annoying in my own speaking style. But I was caught off-guard by my own final statement, which Taylor uses to close the movie. If humanity were to go extinct, obviously, our life goes away. Over time, our artifacts go away. So what really would be lost in that existential sense is…
  • Microsoft testing new Security Robot

    Next Big Future
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Knightscope, a startup based in Mountain View, California, has been busy designing, building, and testing a security robot, known as the K5, since 2013. Seven have been built so far, and the company plans to deploy four before the end of the year at an as-yet-unnamed technology company in the area. The robots are designed to detect anomalous behavior, such as someone walking through a building at night, and report back to a remote security center.A quartet of five-foot-tall, 300-pound shiny white robots patrolled in front of Building 1 on Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus. Looking like a…
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    Blog of the Long Now

  • Where Time Begins

    Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Last year I had the opportunity to give a talk and tour of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC at the invitation of Demetrios Matsakis, the director of the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Time Service department.  The Naval Observatory hosts the largest collection of precise frequency standards in the world, and uses them to, among other things, keep services like internet time and the global positioning system in your phone running correctly. The USNO Master Clock is actually an average of many timing signals The US Naval Observatory keeps track of time and distance in what seems like…
  • Kevin Kelly: Long-term Trends in the Scientific Method — Seminar Flashback

    Mikl Em
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    In March 02006 author and Long Now board member Kevin Kelly shared his thoughts on what awaits us in the next century of science. At the time Kevin was already at work on the book What Technology Wants which would be published 5 years later. If you enjoyed Kevin’s 02014 Seminar for Long Now “Technium Unbound“, then you’ll appreciate this talk as a precursor to his ideas about technology as a super-organism. Long Now members can watch this video here. The audio is free for everyone on the Seminar page and via podcast. Long Now members can see all Seminar videos…
  • Stewart Brand Keynote Video from 02014 Evernote Conference

    Andrew Warner
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    On October 3rd 02014, Stewart Brand delivered the keynote address for the Evernote EC4 conference. Evernote is a service that allows people to collect information, notes, bookmarks, and create a personal searchable database with this collection. Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, has been a fan of Long Now for years, which inspired him to introduce a “100-year data guarantee” for all Evernote customers, a rare promise in the rapidly changing tech industry. The company is also known for having a long-term view and intends to be a “100-year startup”. In the video above, Libin introduces…
  • Kevin Kelly Seminar Media

    Danielle Engelman
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking. Technium Unbound Wednesday November 12, 02014 – San Francisco Audio is up on the Kelly Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. Holos Rising – a summary by Stewart Brand When Kevin Kelly looked up the definition of “superorganism” on Wikipedia, he found this: “A collection of agents which can act in concert to produce phenomena governed by the collective.” The source cited was Kevin Kelly, in his 01994 book, Out of Control. His 02014 perspective is…
  • November at The Interval: Erik Davis on PKD and Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools

    Mikl Em
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Tickets are now on sale for the next two Interval salon talks. We end 02014 with talks by two fantastic speakers. Tickets: November 18, 02014 – Erik Davis at The Interval on Philip K Dick Tickets: November 25, 02014 – Kevin Kelly at The Interval Cool Tools book event Philip K. Dick is widely acknowledged as one of the most important–and prophetic–science fiction writers of the last century. Since his death in the early 1980s his reputation has grown, first as a cult icon and ultimately into mainstream recognition. Popular awareness has followed from many adaptations…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • How permanent stress may lead to mental disorders

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    Microglia cells from rat cortex before (left) and after (right) traumatic brain injury (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Activated through permanent stress, immune cells in the brain can cause changes to the brain, resulting in mental disorders, a research team headed by professor Georg Juckel, Medical Director of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) LWL university clinic, has found. The research was based on psychoneuroimmunology, the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. The team focused mainly on microglia, a type of glial…
  • A wearable to help measure stress, epileptic seizures, activity, and sleep

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Embrace (credit: Empatica) MIT spinoff Empatica, which is developing a medical-quality wearable device to monitor epileptic seizures* and alert caregivers, has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to fund its development. “When people that have epilepsy wear Embrace, they will get an alert when an unusual event happens, like a convulsive seizure,” the Indiegogo site says. “It will go via their smartphone to parents, roommates or caregivers, so somebody can check on them. Additionally, one of these caregivers can wear a ‘companion’ Embrace too. “When the…
  • Low-cost 2D-printed ‘paper electronics’

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Paper-baaed touch pad on curved surface (credit: (credit: American Chemical Society) An international team of scientists has developed a fast, low-cost way of making low-cost medical electronic touch sensors by printing conductive silver nanowire inks directly on paper, using a 2D programmed printing machine. Anming Hu of the University of Tennessee Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering and colleagues point out that paper, which is available worldwide at low cost, makes an excellent surface for lightweight, foldable “paper electronics: that could be made and used…
  • Spooky alignment of quasar axes across billions of light-years with large-scale structure

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    This artist’s impression shows schematically the mysterious alignments between the spin axes of quasars and the large-scale structures that they inhabit that observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed. These alignments are over billions of light-years and are the largest known in the Universe. The large-scale structure is shown in blue and quasars are marked in white with the rotation axes of their black holes indicated with a line around them. This picture is for illustration only and does not depict the real distribution of galaxies and quasars. (Credit: ESO/M.
  • Robotic walker helps patients regain natural gait and increases productivity of physiotherapists

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Robotic walker (credit: NUS) A novel robotic walker that helps patients carry out therapy sessions to regain their leg movements and natural gait has been invented by a team of researchers led by assistant professor Yu Haoyong from the National University of Singapore Department of Biomedical Engineering. Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson’s disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to undergo challenging physical therapy sessions. The robotic…
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    Open the Future

  • The Inevitable Future

    Jamais Cascio
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Film student Taylor Baldschun invited me to participate in a project of his, a short documentary on the end of humanity. His final (for the moment) version can be seen here: The Inevitable Future from Taylor Baldschun on Vimeo. On my first viewing, I started counting off the various mannerisms and habits that I find annoying in my own speaking style. But I was caught off-guard by my own final statement, which Taylor uses to close the movie. If humanity were to go extinct, obviously, our life goes away. Over time, our artifacts go away. So what really would be lost in that existential sense is…
  • Magna Cortica talk at TEDx Marin

    Jamais Cascio
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    (brushes away cobwebs, wipes dust off of screen, sits quietly for a moment and wonders what happened...) The video of my TEDx talk on the ethics of cognitive augmentation is now up, and you can view it at the TEDx Marin website. (It's also on YouTube directly, but for the time being I'm doing as asked and pointing people to the TEDx Marin website.) A few notes: Most importantly: This talk is based on the work I did for the Institute for the Future's 2014 Ten-Year Forecast. Of all of the things I would like to change about this talk, calling this out explicitly is at the top of the list. I…
  • Berlin Videos

    Jamais Cascio
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Climate Engineering Conference 2014 in Berlin has uploaded the videos of all plenary sessions, available here. (http://www.ce-conference.org/conference-videos) The Berlin Museum talk I posted below can be listened to here: Climate Engineering and the Meaning of Nature (Jamais Cascio) (I had just finished writing the talk -- I scripted it to stay within a very strict time limit -- so I spend more time than I should looking down. Better to listen to than to watch, I think.) My brief digression on the nature of futurism in the context of thinking about the environment (a last bit of the last…
  • Talking About Extinction In Front of Dinosaurs

    Jamais Cascio
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    I'm back from the first Climate Engineering Conference, held in Berlin. Quite a good trip, but in many ways the highlight was the talk I gave at the Berlin Natural History Museum. The gathering took place in the dinosaur room, which holds (among other treasures) the "Berlin Specimen" Archaeopteryx fossil, among the most famous and most important fossils ever discovered. The acoustics of the place, however, were terrible, so I don't know how well any recordings will turn out. Fortunately, I had to script my talk, so I can offer the full text of what I said: I’ve been doing foresight work…
  • TEDx in Marin

    Jamais Cascio
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    So, the second announcement can now be revealed: I'm one of the speakers at the 2014 TEDx Marin event on September 18. I'll be talking about the Magna Cortica, and will be speaking alongside my IFTF colleague Miriam Lueck Avery (talking about the microbiome), CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting Joaquin Alvorado (talking about reinventing journalism), UC Berkeley Professor Ananya Roy (talking about patriarchy and power), and Kenyatta Leal, former San Quentin inmate (talking about how education and entrepreneurship can transform prison). TEDx events can be a bit of a gamble; there…
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    Next Big Future

  • Microsoft testing new Security Robot

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Knightscope, a startup based in Mountain View, California, has been busy designing, building, and testing a security robot, known as the K5, since 2013. Seven have been built so far, and the company plans to deploy four before the end of the year at an as-yet-unnamed technology company in the area. The robots are designed to detect anomalous behavior, such as someone walking through a building at night, and report back to a remote security center.A quartet of five-foot-tall, 300-pound shiny white robots patrolled in front of Building 1 on Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus. Looking like a…
  • China creates new city planning categories and could shift growth to cities with 5 million or less population

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    China urban planning has created a new megacity category that could make it harder for residents to move to the mainland's biggest cities if it comes with tougher population controls.Six cities would fall into the megacity category - Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing , Guangzhou, Tianjin and Shenzhen (10 million plus people). The "very large" cities with populations of between five million and 10 million people have 16 cities fall in this group."Large cities" will refer to those centres with a population of between 1 million and 5 million."mid-sized cities" will…
  • Underwater ocean floor factory connected to a floating seastead base via a 4000 meter spiral tower

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Shimizu corporation is a top 5 construction contracting company in Japan.They have built terminal 3 of Singapore's airport and the The Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line aka Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway. Aqualine is a bridge–tunnel combination across Tokyo Bay in Japan. It connects the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture with the city of Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, and forms part of National Route 409. With an overall length of 14 km, it includes a 4.4 km bridge and 9.6 km tunnel underneath the bay—the fourth-longest underwater tunnel in the world.The Ocean Spiral would provide accommodation for…
  • Where are profits from iPhone and iPad sales going ? Some of it is going into the Apple Mothership HQ.

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Here are pictures and video of Construction progress of Apple's Mothership campus HQ in Cupertino.Apple new donut or spaceship headquarters are partway through constructionin Cupertino, California. Construction is to be completed in 2016.According to Apple's project schedule, the roadwork will be completed by the end of 2014, while earthwork and the planting of trees will continue until mid-2015. Full demolition is expected to end during the first quarter of 2015, while building construction is expected to last until the end of 2016.Apple's completed campus will feature the iconic…
  • Construction started on 100 story icicle skyscraper in China

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Architectural firm Smith and Gill has begun construction of a 468-metre-high crystalline skyscraper in Chengdu, China. The Greenland Tower Chengdu was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill and is set to become the tallest building in southwestern China.According to the architects, the faceted-glass form of the office and hotel tower was “inspired by the unique ice mountain topography around Chengdu.”At night, inset LED lighting will highlight the edges designed to create the impression of a shimmering glacier. “Like the mountain ridges reflecting the light of the sky and the valleys…
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    Soft Machines

  • Responsible innovation and irresponsible stagnation

    Richard Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This long blogpost is based on a lecture I gave at UCL a couple of weeks ago, for which you can download the overheads here. It’s a bit of a rough cut but I wanted to write it down while it was fresh in my mind. People talk about innovation now in two, contradictory, ways. The prevailing view is that innovation is accelerating. In everyday life, the speed with which our electronic gadgets become outdated seems to provide supporting evidence for this view, which, taken to the extreme, leads to the view of Kurzweil and his followers that we are approaching a technological singularity.
  • What the UK government should do about science and innovation

    Richard Jones
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    I have a new post up at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute’s blog – Rebuilding the UK’s innovation economy. It’s a more tightly edited version of my earlier post on Soft Machines with the same title.
  • Lecture on responsible innovation and the irresponsibility of not innovating

    Richard Jones
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Last night I gave a lecture at UCL to launch their new centre for Responsible Research and Innovation. My title was “Can innovation ever be responsible? Is it ever irresponsible not to innovate?”, and in it I attempted to put the current vogue within science policy for the idea of Responsible Research and Innovation within a broader context. If I get a moment I’ll write up the lecture as a (long) blogpost but in the meantime, here is a PDF of my slides.
  • Your mind will not be uploaded

    Richard Jones
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    The recent movie “Transcendence” will not be troubling the sci-fi canon of classics, if the reviews are anything to go by. But its central plot device – “uploading” a human consciousness to a computer – remains both a central aspiration of transhumanists, and a source of queasy fascination to the rest of us. The idea is that someone’s mind is simply a computer programme, that in the future could be run on a much more powerful computer than a brain, just as one might run an old arcade game on a modern PC in emulation mode. “Mind uploading” has a…
  • Transhumanism has never been modern

    Richard Jones
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Transhumanists are surely futurists, if they are nothing else. Excited by the latest developments in nanotechnology, robotics and computer science, they fearlessly look ahead, projecting consequences from technology that are more transformative, more far-reaching, than the pedestrian imaginations of the mainstream. And yet, their ideas, their motivations, do not come from nowhere. They have deep roots, perhaps surprising roots, and following those intellectual trails can give us some important insights into the nature of transhumanism now. From antecedents in the views of the early 20th…
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    Ultrafuture World

  • Sciencescope – The Leader in Video Measurement Systems

    1 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Sciencescope is a business founded in 1995 to keep up with the ever-growing technological advances being made in all industries. Sciencescope manufactures and develops efficient, precision video inspection systems for various industries. Starting small, like most business, they pride their business on its growth due to integrity, hard work and an understanding of what their customers need. With a commitment to quality and dedication, Sciencescope has transformed into a company that produces a complete line of inspection solutions and X-ray equipment that can accomplish a variety of roles.
  • Ten-E Medical Packaging Services – The Standard of Safety and Excellence in Medical Packaging

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    When you visit your family physician and notice all of the precautions that are taken with rubber gloves and specially marked disposal containers, as well as all of the information that surrounds you is barely skimming the surface of all of the safety and precautionary measures that accompany the medical profession. Safe packaging of hazardous and dangerous products is critical for your safety and the well-being of sick patients who are being treated. Ten-E Packaging Services has over twenty years of experiences in the field of dangerous goods and medical packaging, as well as transporting…
  • Marketing Through Facebook

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Most businesses need a Facebook Boost to make sure that their marketing efforts are effective. When the business is using social media, it will find that it can bring more customers into the fold. Also, the business will be able to reach people who would not have known about the business otherwise. The Social Media Factor Most businesses that use social media pages need to make sure they have new customers coming to the page every day. Also, these customers need to be engaged in the business in some way. Sending customers to the Facebook page allows the customer a chance to read information…
  • Automotive items that are a must for any road-trip

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    When preparing for a road trip, you must keep an open mind as to what to bring along for the ride. Depending on the destination some of these tagalong items may seem like unnecessary luxuries, while others may seem like no-brainers. Here are three of those luxuries: A bike rack Many may already have a bike rack installed on their vehicle, others may need to invest in the added accessory. A bike rack, of course with the bicycles, is a must have for many outdoor enthusiasts. Not only is a mountain bike ride a healthy alternative to most cardio exercises, it also helps explore the natural and…
  • Potential basis for a new treatment for Parkinson’s disease

    5 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Parkinson’s disease affects the neurons in the brain region called the substantia nigra (black substance); mitochondrial activity ceases and the cells die. Researchers have now proven to provide D-lactate or glycolate, two products of the DJ-1 gene, can stop and even reverse this process. In their experiments, the team Teymuras Kurzchalia and Tony Hyman, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany, found that adding substances to human HeLa cells, grown in the laboratory, and cells of the worm C. elegans, restoring mitochondrial activity and prevented the…
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    The Technium

  • How to Use Artificial Intelligence

    Kevin Kelly
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    About a year ago I started writing a piece on AI for Wired. I turned it in last spring, and they just published it this month. They also cut it in half. Still, the piece retains my essential points about AI: 1) We should really call it Artificial Smartness, because we don’t want it conscious. 2) It will be a cloud service; you’ll buy as much IQ as you need on demand. 3) There will only be 2-3 major AI providers since AI will follow network effects. I also talk about the 3 breakthroughs that make AI finally happen now. You can read more at Wired. The decorative images Wired used to…
  • A Desirable-Future Haiku

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The coming hundred years, in one hundred words Recently I sent a twitter request out into the wider internets. I got 23 responses, which I am running (with permission) below. I’ll tell you who I selected as the winner in a moment, but first I’d like to tell you what I learned. It’s a hard assignment. Compressing anything as messy as the future into 100 words is a near-impossible challenge. Almost like writing poetry. And 100 years is so immensely distant from us that we need to fictionalize it. But the most difficult part is imagining a scenario that is desirable. This exercise began…
  • What Bits Want

    Kevin Kelly
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    [Translations: German] Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of four different bits. (A) The first bit—let’s call it Bit A — was born on the sensor of a Cannon 5D Mark II camera. A ray of light glancing off a black plastic handle of baby stroller in New York City enters the glass lens of the camera and is focused onto a small sheet the size of a large postage stamp. This dull rainbow-colored surface is divided up into 21 million rectangular dimples. The light photons from the white highlight of…
  • You Are Not Late

    Kevin Kelly
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    [Translations: Italian, Japanese] Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an entrepreneur in 1985 when almost any dot com name you wanted was available? All words; short ones, cool ones. All you had to do was ask for the one you wanted. It didn’t even cost anything to claim. This grand opportunity was true for years. In 1994 a Wired writer noticed that mcdonalds.com was still unclaimed, so with our encouragement he registered it, and then tried to give it to McDonalds, but their cluelessness about the internet was so hilarious it became a Wired story. Shortly before that I…
  • Platforms Trump Products

    Kevin Kelly
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    [Translations: Japanese] The general trend in the technium is a long-term migration away from selling products to selling services. Jeff Bezos has long said the Kindle is not a product, but a service selling access to reading material. That distinction will be made even more visible very shortly when Amazon introduces an “all you can read” subscription to their library of ebooks. Readers will no longer have to purchase individual books, but will have the option to subscribe to all books (600,000 to begin with), like you do to movies on Netflix. As a paying subscriber you get…
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    Broader Perspective

  • Bitcoin and Science: DNA is the Original Decentralized System

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    What is the role (if any) of Bitcoin and blockchain technology with regard to the natural world and traditional science? One obvious link is using the blockchain as a means of improving distributed community computing projects with tracking and remuneration. BOINC, whose software runs SETI@home, has introduced Gridcoin, and [Protein]Folding@home has introduced Foldingcoin. In addition, these distributed community computing models could be extended using blockchain technology as a way to coordinate and offer supercomputing time to DIYscientists; opening up access to a scarce resource which was…
  • Blockchain AI: Consensus as the Mechanism to foster ‘Friendly’ AI

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    The blockchain is the decentralized public ledger upon which cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin run; the blockchain is possibly the next Internet; the blockchain is an information technology; the blockchain is a trustless network; the blockchain is an M2M/IOT payment network for the machine economy; and the blockchain is a consensus model at scale, the mechanism we have been waiting for that could help to usher in an era of friendly machine intelligence. The blockchain’s consensus mechanism could be instrumental in the connected world of Bitcoin which necessarily accommodates communication…
  • Counterparty/Ethereum: Why Bitcoin topped $450 today (was under $350 last week)

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
    In the heated development space for Bitcoin 2.0 protocol projects (Figure 1), on November 12, 2014, Counterparty announced that they ported the open-source Ethereum programming language onto their own platform. Ethereum is regarded as one of the most advanced Bitcoin 2.0 projects, a general-purpose Turing-complete cryptocurrency platform. Turing-complete in this sense means able to run any cryptocurrency protocol and any cryptocoin, essentially a universal crypto-platform (the platform wins, not any specific cryptocurrency). Now Counterparty can do this too, serve as a Turing-complete…
  • Bitcoin 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0: Currency, Contracts, and Applications, beyond Financial Markets

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Bitcoin 1.0 is currency - the deployment of cryptocurrencies in applications related to cash such as currency transfer, remittance, and digital payment systems. Bitcoin 2.0 is contracts - the whole slate of economic, market, and financial applications using the blockchain that are more extensive than simple cash transactions like stocks, bonds, futures, loans, mortgages, titles, smart property, and smart contracts. Bitcoin 3.0 is blockchain applications beyond currency, finance, and markets, particularly in the areas of government, health, science, literacy, culture, and art.  Bitcoin…
  • Next Disruptive Computing Paradigm: Connected World of Bitcoin

    2 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
    One model of understanding the modern world is through computing paradigms, with a new paradigm arising on the order of one per decade (Figure1). First, there were the mainframe and PC (personal computer) paradigms, and then the Internet revolutionized everything. Mobile and social networking has been the most recent paradigm. The current paradigm is that of the Connected World which includes Bitcoin/blockchain technology as the economic overlay to what is increasingly becoming a seamlessly connected world of multi-device computing that comprises wearable computing, Internet-of-Things (IOT)…
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    Overcoming Bias

  • Policy v Meta-Policy

    Robin Hanson
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    What is our main problem, bad policy or bad meta-policy? That is, do our collective choices go wrong mainly because we make a few key mistakes in choosing particular policies? Or do they go wrong mainly because we use the wrong institutions to choose these policies? I would have thought meta-policy was the obvious answer. But CATO asked 51 scholars/pundits this question: If you could wave a magic wand and make one or two policy or institutional changes to brighten the U.S. economy’s long-term growth prospects, what would you change and why? And out of the 29 answers now visible, only four…
  • Hanson Loves Moose Caca

    Robin Hanson
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    In the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” when Toula was a little girl, she sat alone in the school cafeteria, frizzy haired, big nosed, and unpopular. The blonde girls at the next table asked her what she was eating, and Toula quietly said “moussaka.” The popular girls laughed cruelly, saying “Ewwww, ”moose caca!”” (more) Imagine that those cruel girls had gone on to tell other kids “Toula says she loves to eat moose caca!” That is how I feel when Noah Smith says: Why is it that the sciences look like a feminist nirvana compared with the…
  • Imagine Libertopia

    Robin Hanson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this post I’ll talk primarily to people who, like me, lean libertarian. The rest of you can take a break. Libertarians want to move more products and services from being provided directly by government, to being provided privately. And for those that are provided privately, libertarians want to weaken regulations. These changes would increase liberty. Libertarians tend to offer arguments that are relatively abstract and theory-based. That is, they focus more on why more liberty is more moral, or why it should in theory give better outcomes. They focus less on showing that liberty has…
  • Conservative vs. Liberal Jobs

    Robin Hanson
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    My last post got me thinking about the liberal vs. conservative slant of different jobs. Here are two sources of data. Consider some jobs that lean conservative: soldier, police, doctor, religious worker, insurance broker. These seem to be jobs where there are rare big bad things that can go wrong, and you want workers who can help keep them from happening. That explanation can also makes some sense of these other conservative jobs: grader & sorter, electrical contractor, car dealer, trucker, coal miner, construction worker, gas service station worker, non-professor scientist.
  • Relishing Inequality

    Robin Hanson
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    As we’ve become richer, we have moved from farmer toward forager values. This has made us more egalitarian – we are more averse to inequality and domination, and more uncomfortable when people brag, give orders, or act overtly as if some people are much better than others. On the surface, our stories tend to affirm our social norms. Villains are often greedy disagreeable unstable illicit dominators, while the heroes who oppose them are often modest, agreeable, and capable, but not assertive or aggressive. However, not all is as it seems on the surface. For example, we are far more…
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    The Speculist

  • The (Shrinking) Growing Data Footprint

    Phil Bowermaster
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    At the recent SAP Teched && decode in Berlin (and, no — for those unfamiliar, there are no typos in my presentation of the event’s name) Bernd Leukert, a member of the executive board of SAP SE Products and Innovation, led a keynote session touching on several of the themes I have been writing about here recently. Using as a guide Nicholas Negroponte’s vision as outlined in his book Being Digital (1996), Leukert makes the case that we are, indeed, in transition “from a world made out of stuff to a world made out of data…and stuff” — to quote my recent…
  • Data Is Eating Us

    Phil Bowermaster
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Is analyzing big data more fun than eating? Well, it might just be. For some, at least. Anyway, that is one of the premises of Platfora’s recent Soylent giveaway promotion. For those who need catching up: Platfora is a Hadoop-native big data analytics platform. Soylent is an instant meal replacement, designed to provide 100% of the body’s nutritional requirements while doing away with all that distracting and time-consuming “eating” that humans are compelled to keep doing. Where these two meet is in the lives of busy data scientists and hard-core analysts. As the…
  • Datafication in Three Easy Steps

    Phil Bowermaster
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The relentless wave of change that is transforming our world from being one made primarily out of stuff to one made primarily out of data has a name. It’s called datafication. Over the past few decades, we have witnessed the datafication of business, of society, and of everyday life. There appear to be three major phases of datafication. In the first phase, an activity or process becomes increasingly reliant on data. In the second, data begins to transform the activity or process by taking a central role in its execution. In the third phase, the activity is moved entirely into the data…
  • Bigger than We Realize

    Phil Bowermaster
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    I think maybe big data is being under-hyped. That’s right. Under. And, yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds. And I know how suspect it sounds coming from a guy who spent all those years in product marketing, specifically marketing a product with strong big data tendencies (although we didn’t use that word to position it — or at least I never did.) Come on now: isn’t big data being hyped enough already? It’s not like a few years ago, when so many were uncertain as to what the term meant. People get it now. They know what big data is. In fact, at least one major…
  • It’s Pronounced “COL-um-nar”

    Phil Bowermaster
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Oracle is making a big, big splash with the release of Oracle 12C, touting it as “the future of the database.” If you’re as interested in the future as I am, you are probably wondering what, exactly, the future of the database will look like. In the video below, Larry Ellison lays it all out for us, but allow me to summarize. The future of the database is: Columnar In-memory Okay, great. Um, well… Okay, this is awkward. But aren’t those ideas pretty much already implemented in databases that exist today? Actually, as I have probably mentioned on occasion, I used…
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    Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

  • Electric vehicles could stabilize large disturbances in power grid

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    (Phys.org) —Today when an electric vehicle is plugged into the grid, it's almost always in charge mode, meaning it consumes power. But it's also possible for an electric vehicle to operate in discharge mode, in which it acts as a giant battery and injects power into the grid when needed. Several recent studies have shown that plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) operating as vehicle-to-grid (V2G) devices can offer advantages for the grid such as backup power for renewable energy sources, power regulation, and load balancing.
  • Earth's orbit around the sun

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Ever since the 16th century when Nicolaus Copernicus demonstrated that the Earth revolved around in the Sun, scientists have worked tirelessly to understand the relationship in mathematical terms. If this bright celestial body – upon which depends the seasons, the diurnal cycle, and all life on Earth – does not revolve around us, then what exactly is the nature of our orbit around it?
  • CPR for South Coast plants

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) Flora Conservation Officer Sarah Barrett and FloraTechnical Officer Dylan Lehmann set up a display at this year's Albany Wildflower Exhibition to explain some of the methods being used to protect threatened flora species in the South Coast region.
  • Physicist pursues superconductivity mysteries

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    More than a quarter of a century after its discovery, high-temperature superconductivity still challenges condensed matter physicists. For Binghamton's Pegor Aynajian, the key to unlocking the mystery—which will ultimately lead to widespread, high-efficiency "green" power transmission—lies in understanding a newly discovered electronic phenomenon that is entangled with the superconductor: It's either a pull toward order or a push toward freedom.
  • Researchers find wreck of sunken barge in Monterey Canyon

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    During a recent expedition to map earthquake faults in Monterey Bay, MBARI researchers discovered the wreck of a barge on the muddy seafloor in Monterey Canyon. The barge Umpqua II was about 1,700 meters (one mile) below the ocean surface.
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    The Fourth Revolution Blog

  • Next Public Speaking Occasions: Singapore and Oman

    Jeremie Averous
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Following the publication of my last book, I will be speaking about Project Cost Control on the following occasions in the coming months: in Singapore with the Singapore Project Management Institute (SPMI) on Tuesday 2 Dec evening (7 to 9pm – NTUC Center – 1 Marina Boulevard) – click for details and registration. in Muscat (Oman) for a full-day masterclass on Wednesday 25 February 2015 just following the Oman EPC Projects Summit – click for details and link to the conference website for registration. Please join if you are interested by the topic or just to meet!
  • How to Avoid Despair – a Choice that is the Greatest Responsibility of Man

    Jeremie Averous
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    In his book On Becoming a Person, Carl Rogers refers to Kierkegaard. “He points out that the most common despair is to be in despair at not choosing, or willing, to be oneself; but that the deepest form of despair is to choose ‘to be another than himself‘. On the other hand ‘to will to be that self which one truly is, is indeed the opposite of despair‘, and this choice is the deepest responsibility of man“. Who are you really? Who do you want to look like really? Is that you? As I often observe, this tension is indeed a very critical element of…
  • How to Listen to the Language Of Our Physical Reactions

    Jeremie Averous
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    “Physical reactions are often the language through which we express painful feelings, especially when it isn’t safe to say them to the people we’re upset with. We often say with our bodies what we can’t or won’t say with our mouths.” – writes the psychologist Susan Forward in Toxic Parents. And these repressed feelings translate into various conditions of chronic pain, tension, insomnia and other symptoms. Just because we can’t say it with our mouth, it endures in our body. In the particular case of toxic or even abusive parents, Susan Forward’s…
  • How Commercial Activities Are Part of the Most Creative Activities

    Jeremie Averous
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    I have come to realize that commercial activities – from business development to the development and the negotiation of a commercial deal or even the implementation of a general commercial model – are among those activities in a company that require the most creativity. It requires creativity because first, it is all about creating something. Not the product of the company, of course, but another tangible deliverable that is essential: the commercial proposal, a document that will describe how we create value to the client or to the market in a way that will fit its needs. It…
  • Why We Should Take More Time to Enjoy Where We Are

    Jeremie Averous
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    “We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are“. This quote is quite accurate I find (I am not sure about the attribution, it seems to be another internet wisdom pieces). Although I struggle too often to take the time. The interesting twist in this quote is that I probably don’t take enough time to enjoy the present moment because I am watching our for what is just ahead of me, but because I am looking to far away in the future (self-test shows that I am very future oriented from the time perspective). So it is not…
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    XYZ University

  • Want to ace the interview? Strategies for Gen Y job-seekers

    Sarah Sladek
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
      Did you know? One of the biggest complaints employers have about Generation Y (1982-1995) is that they’re not prepared for interviews, and many employers consider hiring Gen Ys a risk because they leave their jobs faster than other generations and they are difficult to manage. Prove that you’re a return on investment. Share a past work experience during the interview to help the employer understand how hiring you will bring the company more value than your salary. Bring a business card and samples of your work to the interview. Get a good reference – a knowledgeable expert with…
  • Scary Stats 2014: 10 Terrifying Workforce Truths

    Sarah Sladek
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Brace yourself. This is scarier than any hairy spider, mean clown costume, or horror flick you could possibly see this Halloween. Last year, XYZ University sent out its Scary Stats debut, and it’s baaack and scarier than ever.  We’re counting the stats down, working our way to the scariest stat of them all. You can run, but you can’t hide!  Scary Stats 2014 10. Four million American Baby Boomers (1946-1964) retired this year. (Social Security Administration) 9.  55% of executives don’t have a process for conducting CEO succession planning (InterSearch…
  • The tech your association needs

    Shannon Neeser
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    The world is changing, your membership is changing and your association needs to make some changes too. Technology is not something limited to a single department anymore, it’s playing an important role in every member’s life. Tapping into the technology that members use will help you better connect, recruit and retain members. You’ve probably heard this before, but social media and mobile marketing are must-have association tools. These are low-hanging fruit that many associations still need to catch up on. Social media When 89% of 18-29 year olds are using social media, it’s time…
  • Online communities and member retention

    Shannon Neeser
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    The only way way your association is going to be able to retain members is by making them feel connected to you and by providing them value. Why else would they pay membership dues? If they can have the same experience elsewhere, there’s nothing to keep them from going elsewhere. According to the 2013 Membership Benchmarking Report, one of the top reasons people join associations is for networking opportunities. Your association can improve retention by helping members network better. One of your biggest assets your association has is its members. They are valuable to you and to each other…
  • Work redefined: The 21st Century workplace

    Shannon Neeser
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Generation Y is bigger than the Baby Boomer generation. As Boomers retire and more Millennials move into ranks of authority, the 21st Century workplace is going to see some major shifts. These shifts are already happening, and they are redefining the workplace. Working without walls Try to get a coffee in Boulder, Colorado and you’ll find the shops swamped with patrons on laptops, professionals working. I’ve been working full-time from home for years. The workplace no longer needs to be office space. Even when I was working in an office, most of my work could be easily done remotely. And…
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  • Two robots show extreme precision in a sword fight.

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Two robots show extreme precision in a sword fight.
  • futurescope: Zero-G 3D Printer - Unpacked and Installed aboard...

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    futurescope: Zero-G 3D Printer - Unpacked and Installed aboard the ISS Made In Space, Inc. and NASA have completed the next milestone in the 3D Printing in Zero-Gravity Experiment. This morning, astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore unpacked the 3D printer from its launch packaging and installed it inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). [read more]
  • The robo karate kid! Terrifying two legged giant robot being...

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    The robo karate kid! Terrifying two legged giant robot being developed by Google learns to stand on one leg - and recreates scene from cult film
  • Biomedical Sensors That Dissolve in Your Body Will Reduce Infection and Waste

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Biomedical Sensors That Dissolve in Your Body Will Reduce Infection and Waste: These days, if you’re hit hard enough in the head by a blunt object, doctors will drill a hole in your skull. They do this to insert something called an intraventricular catheter in your brain, which allows them to monitor the pressure and oxygen levels of your healing brain. Then, once your brain doesn’t need a babysitter, they have to do another surgery to take it out again.
  • A Brief History of Scientists Hunting for Time Travelers

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    A Brief History of Scientists Hunting for Time Travelers: Time travel is possible—or at least a lot of serious physicists say so. It’s probably not possible to pull it off in a souped-up Delorean, but there are wormholes, Tipler cylinders, and other Einstein-inspired theories for how it could work. Which raises the question: Why haven’t we met any visitors from another time?
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    Thought Infection

  • A Lack of Human Intelligence is Still a Much Larger Threat Than Artificial Intelligence

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Elon Musk made headlines recently when, in an interview at the MIT Aerospace Symposium, he stated that he believed that the development of artificial intelligence (AI) is likely the biggest existential threat to humanity; he went as far as to compare the development of AI with the summoning of a demon. Musk is concerned enough about the rapid development of AI systems that he has also put some financial power behind his words, investing in some AI start-ups so he can keep a close eye on progress in the field. While I am reluctant to disagree with the visionary behind three high-tech…
  • Debating the Risk of Change

    2 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Why must we endure the frost of January? The question was posed in bold font below a picture of an old woman with her head tucked down into her coat. The wind and snow whipped at her tired looking face and behind her stood a bare and dead looking tree. In the top right of the poster a sticker implored a YES vote on proposition 1155. Across a patio filled with cheap looking outdoor furniture sat two friends with tall glasses of a popular fermented beverage between them. “Shivering in the winter cold, sweating in the summer heat… it’s all so goddamn tiresome. In this day…
  • Real Growth from Virtual Economies – Part III: A Day Inside the Virtual Economy

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    This is the third part in a series titled Real Growth from Virtual Economies. In the first part, I made the case that the technology and demand is set for a boom in virtual reality within the next half decade. In the second post, I explained how the mass migration of people into virtual space will leads to the natural rise of economies of exchange within these spaces. Coupled with the erosion of physical scarcity due to mass automation in the meat world, I envision that virtualization could lead us into a new type of economy, one which is focused on the service of virtual wants rather than…
  • Real Growth from Virtual Economies – Part II: The Rise of the Virtual Economies

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    It seems that the idea that that growth in automation and algorithmization could lead to massive joblessness is becoming a popular topic lately. I highly recommend CGPGrey’s recent video on the topic (found here). While I generally agree that this represents a real problem for the near future of real economies, I have also been thinking lately that there may be some merit to one of the retorts that consistently comes up in the discussion; namely, the idea that in the future people will be doing jobs that haven’t yet been invented. Although I am certainly not sure that we will…
  • Real Growth from Virtual Economies – Part I: The VR Boom

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Apologies for the long summer break this year, I am hoping to return to regular posts of 1-2 per month starting now. I have also been working on putting together an e-book with most of the ThoughtInfection posts from the last year and a couple of all new essays that will only be found in the ebook. I am hoping to release some time this fall – please stay tuned for that. This is part 1 of a series on the coming boom in Virtual Reality Economies which I have titled Real Growth From Virtual Economies. In this post, I will make the case that a major boom in the proliferation and adoption…
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  • Under My Skin

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    What is it with the night? Fears and confusions are so amped when I wake in the darkness, usually around 3am. Having fought my way out of the interdimensional void – my version more akin to Clive Barker’s ‘In Ovo’ – the sweat from my exertions was cooling but still slick.I shouldn’t watch them. With a brain so susceptible to visual imprinting, I should leave the horror movies to more resilient consumers. Strange. In my waking hours, all is processed narrative; wordling I. Asleep, however, visual phantasmagoria manifests. In the opus born in my CSF-bathed complex of neurons, other…
  • If I Only had an Emotion Chip

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Image ©Bulent Yusuf The non-biological entity lacking the ability to emote – it’s a familiar tale. He’s Data in Star Trek , he’s the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz , he/she/it is most of the sci-fi robots you’ve ever read about or seen in movies. The mythology of animate beings possessed of human form but not of human sentiments is ancient. In Jewish folklore, rabbis channelling the power of God raised magical ‘golems’ fashioned from mud. Though usually intended to protect their maker and his people, these beings sometimes ran amok, their self-control and moral judgement…
  • If I Only had a Brain

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:12 am
    If I only had a brain I would not be conversing or consulting with anything. The flowers would wait in vain for my dulcet repartee; the rain would be forced to seek managerial guidance elsewhere.It is opportunistic of me to seize upon the jumbled syntax of the title of the song from The Wizard of Oz, and I know it scans better that way, but I have reasons to do so. My rediscovery of the song coincided with a time when I was writing an essay on the subject of personal identity, specifically on its indeterminacy. And – in connection with that – I was delving again into Daniel Dennett’s…
  • Reimagining Old Age: A Christmas Thought Experiment

    17 Dec 2013 | 7:00 am
    Image ©Vince GarciaAt Christmas, differences between ourselves and our elderly relatives can be shoved into garish spotlight – our backgrounds; our upbringings; our educations; our politics and social outlooks; our attitudes towards religion, ‘authority’, life and death, money, health, gender issues, race, tradition, relationships; and so on. Note that one difference I have not mentioned in the list is age; I have not mentioned it, because it is not, per se, a relevant difference.Enlightened views clash with entrenched prejudices. Modern flexibility slumps uncomfortably in its…
  • Sex on the Brain: Are Male and Female Brains Fundamentally Different?

    3 Dec 2013 | 8:34 am
    Image ©yum9meYou have heard it in the shrill media. The science is in. It’s connectomically done and dusted: men’s brains are wired for spatial tasks like map-reading, women’s brains are wired for those ‘soft skills’ like empathising with jilted friends at the water-cooler.Recent headlines on this subject arose from a press release issued by Penn Medicine about a new study published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences[i] that shows, in the words of the press release, ‘striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that’s lending credence to some…
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    Getting Through High School

  • Great Study Tools

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Just thought I'd give an honorable mention to these tools I've "discovered" online. I think that it would be extremely helpful if you put in the effort.Check em out! Yes the links are safe.https://www.studyblue.com/http://www.brainscape.com/Both have apps as well. The only downside is that you have to make your own flashcards if you can find the deck that suits your purposes.
  • Don't Get Too Overwhelmed

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Hey all! I hope today is spectacular for ya! I know it is for me!I just wanted to make a quick mention about getting too overwhelmed in life, especially in these high school years. I know we're all concerned about getting into the right college, having enough extra-curriculars, and keeping good grades, but at some point all of that is going to wear you down.Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you should not focus on those things, but then again, putting too much effort into having many extra-curricular activities may cause your grades to suffer; focusing only on making the grade will not…
  • Find a Hobby

    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It's Monday! Why am I so excited? Isn't today supposed to be all "ughhhhh" and "gahhhhh"? Wrong! Monday is the day you get to set your week in order! You should be feeling refreshed, right? Who am I kidding? Monday will always be (insert sigh here) Monday. But forget all of that because this week is Homecoming Week! (P.S. that's the real reason why I'm excited)This is the week where everybody gets to dress up in wacky costumes and show off their creativity and school spirit, so why wouldn't I be excited?But how does any of that relate to the title of this post? Don't ask me! I just felt like…
  • My Sort of Funny SAT Experience

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Sorry for that two week hiatus, folks!Do you know that moment when life sort of just catches up to you and you need a breather? Yeah, I just had that moment. For two weeks. So I guess it was less of a moment than of a time period. But I don't want to get technical because I'll try to get back into the groove of things!However, since it's Monday, let's just skip the whole "advice" thing. I think we've had enough of school for today.... I know I have. Three tests will do that to you!I guess what would be a little more appropriate is this somewhat comical story of my SAT experience! As most of…
  • Planning on Taking The SAT?

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you are, I'd suggest taking practice tests at least once at CollegeBoard. Just type "SAT collegeboard practice" and you should find the link! If you take the online version of it, you'll find that you can get a personalized score report for your test. Then you can know exactly what you need to work on in preparation for the real SAT.A word of caution though, the online version can be a bit spotty. Printing out a test might be a bit better. I recently took the online version of it, and when I finished and pressed "submit," I got an error screen. But I took the practice once before online,…
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