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  • Shooting for 10,000 Autoglossonyms

    Blog of the Long Now
    Jonathan Pool
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    How many autoglossonyms do you know? Presumably, “English”; probably “español”, “français”, and “Deutsch”; perhaps “русский”, “日本語”, “עברית”, or “हिंदी”. As you may have guessed, an autoglossonym is the name of a language in that language. While most people know a few of them, PanLex, as a Long Now project, aims to discover and document all of them that can be found, all the way into the farthest corners of the world and the remotest eras in time. PanLex has amassed facts about words in nearly 10,000 language varieties (languages…
  • Quantum radar could detect stealth cancer cells or aircraft

    KurzweilAI » News
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:54 pm
    (a) Schematic of the electro-opto-mechanical (EOM) converter in which driven microwave and optical cavities are coupled by a mechanical resonator. (b) Microwave-optical quantum illumination using EOM converters. The transmitter’s EOM converter entangles microwave and optical fields. The receiver’s EOM converter transforms the returning microwave field to the optical domain while performing a phase-conjugate operation. (credit: Shabir Barzanjeh et al./ Physical Review Letters) A prototype “quantum radar” that has the potential to detect objects that are invisible to…
  • Singularity University Opens Global Impact Competition in Miami Seeking Innovative Ideas to Address Sea Level Rise

    Singularity University
    Megan North
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Knight Foundation invests $70,000 to help entrepreneurs engage in  local problem-solving and build global connections MIAMI—Feb. 23, 2015—Singularity University today launched its Global Impact Competition (GIC) in Miami calling on innovators to answer the question: How would you solve South Florida’s sea level rise challenge and improve the lives of a million people in three to five years by using technology? The competition is supported by $70,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Two winners will receive full tuition to Singularity University’s 10-week Graduate…
  • Carnival of Space 395

    Next Big Future
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    The Carnival of Space 395 is up at Everyday Spacer.Examiner - Scientists mull how to find life on EuropaEver since the Europa mission had been given the official nod of approval by NASA, scientists have been giddy with excitement at the prospect of exploring a new world where life might reside. The likely model for the mission is the Europa Clipper, which will orbit Jupiter and fly by the moon multiple times. According to a Tuesday story in the New Scientist, researchers are mulling over how to use the Europa Clipper to search for life.Ordinarily, detecting life on Europa using a remote…
  • Nanotechnology making 3D transistors by directed molecular self-assembly

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    Jim Lewis
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Schematic (public domain, from Wikipedia) of a styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer, one type of block copolymer. The article does not describe the components of the block copolymer used. Three years ago Australian and American physicists created a working transistor from a single atom using a scanning tunneling microscope to precisely remove individual hydrogen atoms from the surface of a silicon crystal. Such technology provides a valuable laboratory demonstration of something close to the ultimate limits of computer technology, but a path from laboratory demonstration to economical…
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    Blog of the Long Now

  • Shooting for 10,000 Autoglossonyms

    Jonathan Pool
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    How many autoglossonyms do you know? Presumably, “English”; probably “español”, “français”, and “Deutsch”; perhaps “русский”, “日本語”, “עברית”, or “हिंदी”. As you may have guessed, an autoglossonym is the name of a language in that language. While most people know a few of them, PanLex, as a Long Now project, aims to discover and document all of them that can be found, all the way into the farthest corners of the world and the remotest eras in time. PanLex has amassed facts about words in nearly 10,000 language varieties (languages…
  • Brewster Kahle: Universal Access to All Knowledge — 02011 Seminar Flashback

    Mikl Em
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:04 pm
    In November 02011 Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, spoke for Long Now. “We are really striving to build The Library of Alexandria version 2,” says Brewster, near the start of his talk, “So that everyone anywhere who is curious to want access can access the world’s knowledge.” He proceeds to assess, one media type at a time what it will take in effort and disk space to get all the books, recorded music, TV, software, web pages, etc. into an online database. The overall message: “Universal access to all knowledge is within our…
  • David Keith Seminar Media

    Andrew Warner
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking. Patient Geoengineering Tuesday February 17, 02015 – San Francisco Audio is up on the Keith Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. Practical geoengineering – a summary by Stewart Brand “Temporary, moderate, and responsive” should be the guidelines of responsible geoengineering, in David Keith’s view. For slowing global warming, and giving humanity time to bring greenhouse gas emissions down to zero (and eventually past zero with carbon capture), he…
  • Keeping The Net’s Long Memory Stocked: Jason Scott @ The Interval— February 24, 02015

    Mikl Em
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:42 pm
    February 24, 02015 Jason Scott (archivist, historian, filmmaker) The Web in an Eyeblink at The Interval Tickets are now on sale: space is limited and we expect this talk to sell out If you are reading this then Jason Scott has probably backed up bits that matter to you–whether you are an ex-SysOp or only use the Web to read this blog. Jason works on no less than three important online archives, each of which is invaluable in preserving our digital history. He’s also made two documentaries about pre-Web networked-computer culture The BBS Documentary and Get Lamp. Jason created…
  • The Cosmological Limits of Information Storage

    Charlotte Hajer
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:37 am
    An important part of long-term thinking is the never-ending search for very long-lived methods of information storage. A perfect, eternal storage medium still eludes us; most of the ones we’ve invented and used over the course of civilization have had their limitations – even stone, nickel, and sapphire have a shelf life. But new research by a team of physicists now suggests that searching for a storage medium that lives forever may be a waste of energy, because the laws of physics themselves limit the amount of time that any information can be kept. In a paper recently published by…
 
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  • Quantum radar could detect stealth cancer cells or aircraft

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:54 pm
    (a) Schematic of the electro-opto-mechanical (EOM) converter in which driven microwave and optical cavities are coupled by a mechanical resonator. (b) Microwave-optical quantum illumination using EOM converters. The transmitter’s EOM converter entangles microwave and optical fields. The receiver’s EOM converter transforms the returning microwave field to the optical domain while performing a phase-conjugate operation. (credit: Shabir Barzanjeh et al./ Physical Review Letters) A prototype “quantum radar” that has the potential to detect objects that are invisible to…
  • A superconductor advance using ‘superatoms’

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Superconductivity is the ability to transmit electricity without resistance (credit: USC/Original image/DC Comics Mystery in Space #56, December 1959) USC scientists may have discovered a family of superconductor materials called superatoms that could lead to room-temperature supercomputers. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of physics at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, found that aluminum “superatoms” — homogenous clusters of atoms — appear to form Cooper pairs of electrons (one of the key elements of superconductivity) at temperatures around 100…
  • Puzzling bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    These two views of Ceres were acquired by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) as the dwarf planet rotated. The images have been magnified from their original size. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA) Cruising through the asteroid belt, NASA Dawn spacecraft is approaching dwarf planet Ceres, and some puzzling features are coming into focus, revealing craters and mysterious bright spots. “We expected to be surprised by Ceres,” says Chris Russell, principal investigator of the Dawn mission, based at UCLA.
  • Controlling pain by optogenetic stimulation of the brain’s pain center

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Pain-reduction experiment setup: (left) optical fiber mounted via cannula in mouse brain; (right) saline or Formalin injection in hind paw (credit: Ling Gu et al./PLoS ONE) A small area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) in the thalamus can be optically stimulated to control pain, University of Texas at Arlington scientists have found. The researchers used optogenetic stimulation with a blue laser to control pain sensation in a mouse, created by a chemical irritant (formalin) and mechanical pain, such as that experienced following a pinprick or pinch. “Our results…
  • A ‘breakthrough’ in rechargeable batteries for electronic devices and electric vehicles

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:48 pm
    A micrograph that shows the porous structure of the nanoboxes used in the new battery cathode material (credit: Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology) Researchers from Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR and Quebec’s IREQ (Hydro-Québec’s research institute) have synthesized a new material that they say could more than double the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries, allowing for longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and mobile devices. The new material for battery cathodes (the + battery pole) in based on a…
 
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    Next Big Future

  • Carnival of Space 395

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    The Carnival of Space 395 is up at Everyday Spacer.Examiner - Scientists mull how to find life on EuropaEver since the Europa mission had been given the official nod of approval by NASA, scientists have been giddy with excitement at the prospect of exploring a new world where life might reside. The likely model for the mission is the Europa Clipper, which will orbit Jupiter and fly by the moon multiple times. According to a Tuesday story in the New Scientist, researchers are mulling over how to use the Europa Clipper to search for life.Ordinarily, detecting life on Europa using a remote…
  • Rossi states that 1 megawatt energy catalyzer is being used for commercial heat production

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    E-catworld reports that Rossi has stated that the 1 megawatt energy catalyzer (ecat) has a unit that is being used by a customer for production heat.There has been constant assertions that Rossi is a fraud and scam artist.Russian Prof Parkhomov has recently claimed to have replicated the Rossi E-Cat. Parkhomov and published fully open research. Others are racing to replicate and extend the work.JC Renoir posted these questions, and Rossi provided the answers.Q: Can you say now if the 1 MW plant is working? A: YesQ: Is it already producing heat in the factory of the Customer? A: YesQ: Is the…
  • Concentrated solar does set birds on fire and Wind turbines club birds so Environmentalists make stuff up about nuclear energy

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Concentrated solar does set birds on fire and Wind turbines club birds so Environmentalists make stuff up about nuclear energy. [Atomic Insights]First domestic and wild cats kill way more birds than any energy sourceAmerica’s cats, including housecats that adventure outdoors and feral cats, kill between 1.3 billion and 4.0 billion birds in a year, says Peter Marra of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., who led the team that performed the analysis.The USA has about 97 million pet cats and there are several million more feral cats.Made up stuff about nuclear…
  • If IPO can raise $100 million then 5 mile full scale Hyperloop will start construction in 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), has announced that construction for a passenger-ready Hyperloop will begin next year.Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, also known as HTT, is a research company formed using a crowd collaboration approach (a mix of team collaboration and crowdsourcing) to develop a transportation system based on the Hyperloop concept, which was envisioned by Elon Musk in 2013A five-mile stretch of the Hyperloop system will be built in a new "sustainable 21st Century town" midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco called Quay Valley, which is also…
  • Lower Body Exoskeleton - Audi Chairless Chair part of exoskeleton for worker trend

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities: the so-called “chairless chair.” This high-tech carbon-fiber construction allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.* Three prototypes in use on assembly lines in Neckarsulm* Carbon-fiber construction supports employees in assembly workAudi AG is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury automobiles. They produced about 1.75 million luxury cars in 2014. They have 11 production…
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  • Nanotechnology making 3D transistors by directed molecular self-assembly

    Jim Lewis
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Schematic (public domain, from Wikipedia) of a styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer, one type of block copolymer. The article does not describe the components of the block copolymer used. Three years ago Australian and American physicists created a working transistor from a single atom using a scanning tunneling microscope to precisely remove individual hydrogen atoms from the surface of a silicon crystal. Such technology provides a valuable laboratory demonstration of something close to the ultimate limits of computer technology, but a path from laboratory demonstration to economical…
  • Mixing two types of nanoparticle triggers structure change

    Jim Lewis
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Morphological changes 62 hours after mixing homochiral cylinders of opposite configuration. Scale bars = 500 nm. (Credit: adapted from Liang Sun et al./Nature Communications Last month we reported research aimed at improving targeted drug delivery to specific types of cells by endowing nanorobots with the ability to compute. A recent report indicates it might be possible to achieve a subset of those goals—improving drug delivery by only having drug release happen inside cells that satisfy two target conditions—simply by mixing nanoparticles composed of polymers with opposite…
  • Penta-graphene a new form of carbon for chemistry and nanotechnology

    Jim Lewis
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Credit: Virginia Commonwealth University News If nanotechnologists were to vote on their favorite atom, the winner would, I would guess, be carbon. Not only do diamond-like structures figure prominently in theoretical proposals for high throughput atomically precise manufacturing, not only does carbon bind in a wondrous variety of ways with itself and other atoms to form the molecules that underlie life and present day biomimetic nanotechnology, but a variety of allotropes of carbon exhibit a range of interesting properties that make possible a number of current day nanotechnologies. Now…
  • Adding layer to a piezoelectric nanostructure increases output voltage

    Jim Lewis
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Left: A conventional VING comprising a top electrode, the active ZnO element, a bottom electrode, and a substrate. Right: an insulating layer added between the active element and the bottom electrode. (Credit: adapted from Eunju Lee et al./Applied Physics Letters Sometimes very simple modifications of nanoscale structure can have large practical implications. Last month we noted the unexpected discovery of piezoelectricity in a molecular monolayer. The research noted today achieved a large increase in voltage output of a nanostructure several hundred nanometers thick (a vertically integrated…
  • Simple nanotechnology modification of alumina surface discourages bacteria

    Jim Lewis
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Nanoporous alumina repels E. coli cells. Credit: Guoping Feng Current nanotechnology research spans the range from steps toward molecular machine systems and nanorobots to simple nanoscale materials modifications that can have immediate and substantial practical value, such as this example that changes the electrical charge and surface energy of a metal surface. A hat to Phy.org for reprinting this Cornell University news release written by Krishna Ramanujan “New tech application keeps bacteria from sticking to surfaces“: Just as the invention of nonstick pans was a boon for…
 
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    Ultrafuture World

  • 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…
  • Sciencescope – The Leader in Video Measurement Systems

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
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    Broader Perspective

  • Top 5 Immediate Money-Making Applications of Blockchain Technology

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    The right question is not whether Bitcoin is over or under-valued, or over or under-hyped, but what the biggest potential money-making applications might be. While we wait for consumer-ready cryptocurrency applications to be presented to us by the financial services industry and other trusted providers, in the progression of ATMs, online billpay, eStatements, and Apple Pay, there are many other opportunities to be explored. Blockchains could be the last piece of core infrastructural technology needed to facilitate the machine learning revolution in the same progression as the industrial…
  • Blockchains as a Granular Universal Transaction System

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Blockchain technology is a new concept in large-scale coordination due to a number of key features. First, a blockchain is an open universal transaction system. Every transaction worldwide is processed the same way and posted and made available for viewing on the blockchain. The transaction ledger is publicly-inspectable on-demand at any future moment.Second, blockchains are trustless in the sense of not having to find or trust any of the other parties in the transaction; it is just necessary to trust the system. This suggests that orders-of-magnitude more transactions may be possible in…
  • Technology is ‘The Other’ with whom Humans Engage the most

    8 Feb 2015 | 5:22 pm
    The Contemporary Media Environment (CME) is the current situation of the widespread connected world of computing, which features the pervasive presence of technology in an increasingly rich information environment between and amongst human and machine entities. One aspect of the CME is the increasing emergence of technology as ‘the other’ in the human-technology relation. Humans are now in a wholly new conceptualization and interaction with technology, and also information, where non-human entities are the primary other party in the majority of interactions (Floridi 2014). Technology is…
  • Machine Cognition and AI Ethics Percolate at AAAI 2015

    1 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    The AAAI’s Twenty-Ninth Conference on Artificial Intelligence was held January 25-30, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Machine cognition was an important focal area covered in two workshops on AI and Ethics, and Beyond the Turing Test, and in a special track on Cognitive Systems. Some of the most interesting emergent themes are discussed below.Computational Ethics Systems One main research activity in machine ethics is developing computational ethics systems. The status is that there are several such systems, however, a paucity of overall standards bodies, general ethics modules, and an articulation…
  • Blockchain Consensus Models Increase the Information Resolution of the Universe

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    There is ample opportunity to explore blockchains as a new form of information technology, including what consensus models as a core feature might mean and enable. A key question is “What is consensus-derived information?” that is, what are its properties and benefits vis-à-vis other kinds of information? Is consensus-derived information a different kind or form of information? One way of conceiving of reality and the universe is as information flows, where blockchain technology helps to delineate three distinct levels of information: Level one: Dumb, unenhanced, unmodulated dataLevel…
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    Overcoming Bias

  • Eight Million Visits

    Robin Hanson
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    If milestones mean something to you, here’s a new one. There is a lot it doesn’t catch, but the Sitemeter widget on this blog has been here from the very start, and it at least gives a consistent measure of traffic. And according to it, we’ve now had eight million visits here at OvercomingBias.com.
  • Why Prefer Potential?

    Robin Hanson
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Movies that win Oscars seem to gain more viewers as a result. But it also seems that on the whole people are a lot more eager to watch Oscar nominated movies before the Oscar winners are announced. After the show, people think less about movies and more about other things. Which is odd – a burst of info comes out about which movies are good, and in response people get less interested in watching movies. If getting info about movie quality makes people like movies less, that might explain why movie execs were so keen to kill movie prediction markets. But it still leaves us with the…
  • Ian Morris on Foragers, Farmers, Industry, & Ems

    Robin Hanson
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The book Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels by Ian Morris will be published March 22. As I don’t see any other reviews on the web, it seems I get to be the first. This is from the publisher’s blurb: Most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and that violence and wealth inequality are bad. But most people who lived during the 10,000 years before the nineteenth century thought just the opposite. … Fundamental long-term changes in values, Morris argues, are driven by the most basic force of all: energy. Humans have found three main ways to get the…
  • Old Prof Vices, Virtues

    Robin Hanson
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Tyler on “How bad is age discrimination in academia?”: I believe it is very bad, although I do not have data. I started my Ph.D. at the age of 34, and Tyler hired me here at GMU at the age of 40. So by my lights Tyler deserves credit for overcoming the age bias. Tyler doesn’t discuss why this bias might exist, but a Stanford history prof explained his theory to me when I was in my early 30s talking to him about a possible PhD. He said that older students are known for working harder and better, but also for being less pliable: they have more of their own ideas about what is…
  • Meaning Via Work Or Play?

    Robin Hanson
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Our culture celebrates variety and change. People who move from small towns to big cities often go on and on about how those small towns were hells where nothing happened and the ignorant locals liked it that way. Sophisticated city folks love to visibly embrace change and variety, bragging about their new clothes, gadgets, and exotic vacations. Some tell themselves that this taste for variety is the natural human state. Yet kids have to be taught to like variety. Kids start out wanting to watch the same movies over and over, not wanting to try out new food dishes, and not wanting to move…
 
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    The Speculist

  • Alternative Versions of You

    Phil Bowermaster
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    In the future we will be able to interact with virtual versions of celebrities, historical figures, and fictional characters. Of course, these virtual people will be sophisticated software programs designed to approximate what their characters are / were / would be like. A useful variation might be to have a chat with virtual alternate versions of yourself. What if I hadn’t taken that job? What if we had gotten married? What if I had majored in business? Sit down and talk it over with a virtual version of you who took the road not taken. The projected alternative won’t be in any sense…
  • Eat All You Want and Never Gain a Pound

    Phil Bowermaster
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    One of the most important applications of full-immersion virtual reality will be virtual eating. Like sex, eating is a pleasurable activity that can be disentangled from its risks and downsides in a virtual environment. If people could virtually eat any and everything they want, any time, and the physical experience was identical to the real experience of eating — including feelings of fullness and satiety — it would make it much easier for people to eat healthily and moderately when really eating. But the experience will have to be convincing. The technology to allow for such an…
  • Wealth Robots

    Phil Bowermaster
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Humans and their machines are doing a fantastic job of making humanity as a whole wealthier through independent initiatives. But what if we deployed, within certain parameters (e.g., concern for the environment), machines focused on a single task: increasing the material well-being of all human beings? Arguably, the arms race between intelligent trading systems is working on a goal similar to this, although those bots are concerned only with enriching their makers — not everybody.   Or go back a step: what if we deployed machines working on creating recursively smarter machines…
  • Virtual Friends for Hire

    Phil Bowermaster
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    One of the ironies of a more highly connected world is how isolated and lonely some people feel. There are online services whereby you can rent a “friend” for some task or occasion. (Say you have an extra ticket to the game, but no one to go with.) But there is no continuity there. There are also sites that provide virtual girlfriends. One variety a downloadable AI software who provides some level of girlfriend-like interaction. The other variety relies on real women, but seems to be largely about establishing a paper trail to prove that you actually have a girlfriend. Why not virtual…
  • Let’s Enable Failure

    Phil Bowermaster
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    While overconfidence can be an extremely dangerous thing, the lack of confidence is one of the biggest inhibitors of progress that we face. People who try something and fail have done something extraordinary. Most people don’t try much of anything — out of fear of failure. Tremendous human potential is held back by a lack of confidence. We need a brain hack to make people more confident, to give them the unshakable belief that they can access their own untapped potential. People who overcome their fear of failure can do extraordinary things. If we unleash those possibilities, we will…
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    The Fourth Revolution Blog

  • Why We Fear Freedom And How to Overcome That Fear

    Jeremie Averous
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    How come that we fear so much having opportunities and going after them? How come that we fear so much freedom and dream of coming back to a well-organized life with little surprises? A personal story: a few weeks ago one of my main clients terminated my consulting contract for some economic reasons that were not related to my mission. Suddenly half my occupation was gone… From a comfortable situation keeping busy more than full-time, I got propelled in uncertainty and the need to increase marketing and networking to find some new work. This situation was actually not an issue on the…
  • Why You Need to Choose Conversation Over Comments

    Jeremie Averous
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Speaking about the web, Valeria Maltoni notes: “You have a conversation problem. And social networks have exacerbated it. People think they are conversing. Instead, they are commenting — big difference.” Commenting is about judgment. It is a one way affair. Conversing is about exchanging views, possibly opinions. It is a two way affair. It can generate new ideas and views from the confrontation.  And it makes all the difference. How often in our lives do we comment, and forget to converse? How often do we pass judgment, without giving the opportunity for the other to…
  • What Makes a Great CEO… And How It Applies To All of Us

    Jeremie Averous
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    “Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say, “I didn’t quit.”” – Ben Horowitz in his book ‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things‘. Don’t quit… be persistent against adversity. It is true that I have observed that many successful top executives do show this capability. Weathering the storm, keeping calm but…
  • Why Good Strategy is About Making Sense of Complexity

    Jeremie Averous
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    As I was preparing a presentation lately discussing about the strategy role in organizations, I realized that what great strategy people do is making sense of the complex world so as to enable decision-making – developing and presenting a reading grid of the world so as to make decisions as to where to go possible and natural. Showing the path in the midst of the dark, unpredictable jungle. Strategy is making sense of complexity to show the way Good strategies are defined by clear-cut directions that are followed by the organization to realize value; the best strategies can sometimes…
  • How We Forget Too Often About the Value of Options

    Jeremie Averous
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Having options for flexibility has great value. And we often forget to value them, or to get ‘free’ options at our hand when we can. A method of Real Options valuation using a choice lattice In finance, options valuation has been implemented for the last few decades – it allows to calculate the price of options to buy or sell equities or currencies in the future. There is even a specific field that looks into Real Options (tangible options in real-life decision-making) and attempts to give a value to those options. Without going into the details of these approaches, which…
 
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    Futurist.com: Futurist Speaker Glen Hiemstra

  • Future of Energy

    Glen Hiemstra
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:17 pm
    I’m looking forward to being on this stage to keynote the 46th annual meeting of National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation in Orlando on February 23, 2015. Looks like fun. I’ll be covering the future of energy among other topics. We are going to see a great deal of change and opportunity to innovate in the business of providing electricity in the next 30 years. The post Future of Energy appeared first on Futurist.com: Futurist Speaker Glen Hiemstra.
  • An Unexpected Future?

    Glen Hiemstra
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    George Dvorsky suggests 11 ways that the future could turn out differently than we expect, in a recent article at io9. Its not an especially happy list, but worth a read for sure. Or perhaps an unexpected future is just what you expect. The 11 are… 1. There could be a resurgence of authoritarian rule. 2. We could have even less privacy. 3. Our future could be in inner space – not intersteller space. 4. Bugginess may be seen as a tech feature. 5. We may never solve the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness. 6. Human enhancements may never be allowed. 7. Advanced AI could…
  • Suspicious of Science

    Glen Hiemstra
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:07 pm
    it has become quite the fashion to be suspicious of scientists, and to claim that their point of view on anything (vaccine, climate, carbon, etc.) is biased. This is quite the contrast to about 4 decades ago when progress through science was most admired. Charlie Pierce, political writer, summed it up this week… Now, though, a substantial portion of the population has been taught that the worst people in the world to trust are the people who know the most about anything. They have nothing to say to us. We have our good old common sense which, I have learned, grows less sensible as it…
  • The Two Big Issues for 2015: #2 – Global Warming

    Glen Hiemstra
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    This is the second of two blogs on the Two Big Issues for 2015. I speak to and work with many business and other audiences. We explore trends – technology, society, demographics, global dynamics, energy, and so on. And of course we discuss economics and the environment. These last two turn out to be hard to explore with many audiences. Why? Because the objective trends do not seem to match pre-conceived notions about how the world is or should be. And because the issues have become so polarized as we live in our media bubbles that any open minded discussion is difficult. But I try to…
  • The Two Big Issues for 2015: #1 – Income Gap Economics

    Glen Hiemstra
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I speak to and work with many business and other audiences. We explore trends – technology, society, demographics, global dynamics, energy, and so on. And of course we discuss economics and the environment. These last two turn out to be hard to explore with many audiences. Why? Because the objective trends do not seem to match pre-conceived notions about how the world is or should be. And because the issues have become so polarized as we live in our media bubbles that any open minded discussion is difficult. But I try to creatively raise these two big issues for 2015, specifically…
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    Canimpact Blog

  • Why is 2015 shaping up to be a great year for PR?

    canimpact
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    PR in 2015 is recapturing its rightful place as the platform for conversion! So…how do you intend to make the most of low cost fast-track PR? Folks, we are witnessing a change. Until recently, the deluge of digital clutter littering our online space has been clouding the value of PR. But in 2015 it’s becoming abundantly clear – PR is back on the agenda. PR is recapturing its rightful place as a communication platform that encompasses connection, engagement, storytelling, persuasion and ultimately conversion.  No matter how much content is channeled across multiple media…
  • What is the future of digital news in 2014?

    canimpact
    27 Feb 2014 | 1:28 am
    What trends are disrupting digital news and newsrooms in 2014 and beyond? Trends disrupting breaking news online Will editors replace a newsworthy story, with content dictated by ad technology? It’s a mind-bending thought, but it may happen faster than you think. And when it does, the bastions of breaking news will typically determine a good story by its potential eCPM value (revenue generated from every 1000 views per page), and less by its perceived news value. Everything is about to get a whole lot more scientific. Our traffic obsessed culture will be increasingly fueled by digital ad…
  • The truth about Content marketing 2014 – What can go wrong and how to fix it

    canimpact
    17 Nov 2013 | 10:46 am
    Content marketing 2014 guidelines It baffles me… B2B businesses spend on average 30% of the marketing budget on content marketing. A flood of  statistics show that 58% of marketers will increase their budget in 2014, even though only 42% find their efforts successful. So, where are we getting it wrong? What can be done in 2014 to prevent the run-of-the-mill content factories from churning out digital debris? Probably the hardest step is the first one.  As a marketer I have fallen into the trap of creating customer personas, developing a strategic plan, assessing marketing automation…
  • How to nail a winning webinar step-by-step

    canimpact
    25 Aug 2013 | 7:18 am
    Part 1 Honestly, when I started producing webinars, I was not a great fan. Webinars at first seemed like a highly time consuming marketing activity with little results. Well, I was wrong. How to nail a winning webinar I witnessed how high quality customers were more easily converted after attending webinars. Over time I also realized that webinars were a magnet for prospects ripe to become quality customers. Eventually I switched from auto-piloting through a webinar to seizing this broadcasting moment and turning it into a successful lead mining experience. I began to think of webinars as a…
  • How to make the most of free online courses by top universities

    canimpact
    18 Aug 2013 | 6:52 am
    Stanford, Duke & Wharton free online marketing & management courses Over 70,000 students a week enroll  into Coursera’s free online education courses in subjects ranging from management, marketing and programming. So,not surprisingly, the ticker is moving up every few seconds. Courses such as “An introduction to marketing”, “Understanding media through Google” and “Design thinking” are just some of the programs that are providing access for millions to higher education for free. Many of Coursera’s 400 courses are offered by some of the most prestigious…
 
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    Jeff Kramer

  • Games That Play Themselves

    Jeff Kramer
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    A few days ago a new iOS app called Dreeps landed in my news feed, heralded with headlines like Maybe The Laziest RPG You Could Ever Play and A Video Game That Plays Itself. Dreeps is an app where a little robot boy goes on an adventure, Japanese RPG style.  You set an alarm to tell him to rest, and that’s it.  When the alarm goes off, he gets up and gets on with his adventure, fighting monsters and meeting NPCs.  There’s pixel art and chiptune audio.  Dialog is word balloons with squiggly lines for text.  It’s all very atmospheric.  You just dont’ do…
  • Data Day Texas 2015 Recap

    Jeff Kramer
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Saturday was Data Day Texas (twitter), a single day conference covering a variety of big data topics up at the University of Texas’s conference center.  I went in my HP Helion big data guy role, and my wife Irma went as a python developer and PyLadies ATX organizer.  I’ve written up some notes on the conference for those interested and unable to attend.  As far as I know, there weren’t any recordings made, so this may be more useful than some other more archived conferences. The conference was held at the University of Texas’s Conference Center.  It’s a…
  • SXSW 2014: The One About Privacy

    Jeff Kramer
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:12 am
    Two weekends ago SXSW Interactive graced our fair city, and as usual, I was there and even spoke a little.  Thankfully my house wasn’t robbed this time. This year’s SXSW Interactive was heavy on privacy, internet security, and wresting our freedom back.  There weren’t keynotes from social players aiming to get you to join their thing, instead it was Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson telling you to learn and think for yourself.  It’s a refreshing change, and I’m eager to see what the tone of next year will be. SXSW started really going on…
  • Book Review: On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

    Jeff Kramer
    30 Dec 2013 | 1:35 am
    With On Intelligence, I find myself in the unique position of having heavily evangelized a book before I’ve even finished it.  I read half of it and started buying copies for friends.  This is something I’ve never done before, so if you’re busy, you can take a quick tl;dr, and assume that if you’re interested in how intelligence works, namely how the brain functions at a high level (learning patterns, predicting the future, forming invariant representations of things) and how we might functionally simulate that with computers, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go…
  • Book Review: Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez

    Jeff Kramer
    16 Oct 2013 | 11:02 am
    Daniel Squarez‘s latest techno-thriller Kill Decision isn’t a happy book.  It’s an especially unhappy book if you’re excited about quadcopters, RC planes, self-organizing swarm AI, or any of that neat, fun stuff. Daniel’s first published book was Daemon, a novel about a programmer who, upon discovering that his time is up, creates a distributed dumb-agent network of actions and actors triggered by reports in news feeds.  The thing that made Daemon so interesting wasn’t just that concept, it was that Daniel has a really good grasp on the technology, so…
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    Thought Infection

  • Could Wireless Power be Weaponized?

    @ThoughtInfected
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:03 am
    Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Still working on the upcoming Thought Infection ebook as well as a really thought provoking next post for the Decentralization and Future World order series. For now just a short thought about a possible scary application for an emerging technology, weaponized focusing of wireless power. ———————————– Some of you may have heard about Steve Perlman’s startup which is pursuing the use of computed constructive interference of radio waves to greatly increase signal strength and…
  • Decentralization and the Future World Order – Part II: Trust is Power

    @ThoughtInfected
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:50 am
    This is the second in a multi-part series (part 1 here) on what I predict will be one of the most important technological trends of 2015, the decentralization revolution. By creating a way for the transfer of value to be performed over a trustless distributed network Bitcoin has already changed the world but Bitcoin is only the tip of the decentralization iceberg. ———————– What is power? Physics gives us a simple definition of power as a measure of the rate of doing work. For example, when you turn on your microwave a certain…
  • Decentralization and the Future World Order – Part I: The Revolution Is On

    @ThoughtInfected
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    This will be the first in a multi-part series on what I predict will be one of the most important technological trends of 2015, the decentralization revolution. By creating a way for the transfer of value to be performed over a trustless distributed network Bitcoin has already changed the world but Bitcoin is only the tip of the decentralization iceberg.  —————————— A technological revolution is underway. An array of technologies are being developed that aim to do nothing less than disrupt the deepest fabric of the current…
  • Summoned – Part 6 of Isaac’s Escape

    @ThoughtInfected
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    This is a work in progress for the next part of Isaac’s Escape. Go here for part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 ——– “He wants to physically meet with me?” Isaac was incredulous. This was the third time he asked the same question. Noah Marks was a notoriously recluse man, and the idea that he should want to have a face-to-biological-face interaction with Isaac was difficult to comprehend. “Yes, a car is already waiting for you” said the BioMark agent as he motioned towards a non-descript black car sitting at the curb in front of them.
  • A Lack of Human Intelligence is Still a Much Larger Threat Than Artificial Intelligence

    @ThoughtInfected
    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…
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    Extravolution

  • The Cosmic Tug of Love

    nuncio
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    Massive objects bend spacetime. The ISS falls around the edge of earth’s gravity well, held close to the terrestrial bosom. With enough delta-v, it could quit that tender aureole for the infinite, star-studded void.A loving gravitational embrace? In another sense, it’s a hateful thing – to be dragged back with such violence whenever we try to escape this grasping, spinning ball of rock. Thus far, chemical rockets are our only means of achieving the escape velocity of 40,000 km/h needed to leave home. The determination and resources required for such a small step into the darkness are…
  • Under My Skin

    nuncio
    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

    nuncio
    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

    nuncio
    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

    nuncio
    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…
 
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    Getting Through High School

  • 5 Things You Can Do To Become More Organized For School

    3 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Let's face it, unless you're super compulsive, you're gonna be disorganized to some degree. I like to consider myself organized, but one peek into the drawer under my bed will tell you a different story. Before I sound too hypocritical for giving you organization advice, I'd like to point out that I will organize that space. One day. Hopefully.Anyway, organization is basically one of the most important things in our lives. Without organization, our lives would be a mess, literally. Perhaps your stove might be in the bathroom. Your bed might be in the living room. Heck, maybe your food would…
  • How Do You Know?

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    So recently I had a good ole fashioned debate with some of my classmates. We've started this new class in school called Theory of Knowledge, which should sound familiar to IB kids. Anyway, the main principles of the class revolve around two basic questions: what do you know? and how do you know what you know is true? Naturally, us being the know-it-all teens we all can be, we started questioning everything someone said and waited for them to defend their statements. We would then claim, from our own positions of "rightness," that that person's claim was either inaccurate or accurate. Of…
  • Did You Forget to Have Fun Again???

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    I know, I know. Now that we're in high school, we're so bogged down that our minds forget the meaning of "fun." But that is no excuse! I think that the most important part of high school (besides finishing) is having fun. You want to look back on your high school years and think "Wow, those were some good times." So if you'll allow to me forget about homework and that other "necessary" stuff, I just might mention some things that I know of that are fun.I've already mentioned that you need to enjoy yourself throughout high school. Why? Not only is it good for your mind, but it is also good for…
  • Oh It's Monday Again

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    To be honest, I don't have some personal anecdote or some advice I can give you today. I'm still kind of wiped out from this weekend's work. But I won't let that stop me from giving you all some interesting photos I found online. I enjoy looking at funny pictures on Mondays to alleviate that "Monday" feeling (you know what I'm talking about). I especially love pictures with puns in 'em.  So enjoy!Or not!
  • Pro-Tip: Dealing With the THAT Teacher

    9 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I'll be honest. Last night, I was upset. In fact, I was furious. I was mainly mad at one of my teachers. I  won't go into much detail, but if you keep reading I think you could figure out the situation. Now, I did calm down a little bit later and I thought the situation through. Then I came up with the stuff below. I didn't change much of it today because I think that most of the information in there is pretty sound. So, read on.Sometimes, there are those people that you want to hit with a brick. Covered in spikes. Dipped in poison. (Sound a little violent? Well, times are tough).
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