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  • UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal: Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply.
  • The Manual for Civilization takes The Knight Foundation News Challenge

    Blog of the Long Now
    Mikl Em
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    What captures your imagination about the future of libraries? That’s the question asked by The Knight Foundation in an open call for innovative library projects. There have been 680 proposals from around the country, and only a few days remain to give feedback and “Applaud” your favorites.  We think our Manual for Civilization project fits well with The Knight Foundation’s News Challenge funding goal: We view libraries as key for improving Americans’ ability to know about and to be involved with what takes place around them. The library has been a vital part of…
  • Beyond LEDs: brighter, new energy-saving flat-panel lights based on carbon nanotubes

    KurzweilAI » News
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    This image shows a planar light source device from the front. (Credit: N.Shimoi/Tohoku University) Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new type of energy-efficient flat light source, based on carbon nanotubes, with very low power consumption of around 0.1 Watt-hours of operation — about a hundred times lower than that of an LED. In the journal Review of Scientific Instruments, the researchers detail the fabrication and optimization of the device, which is based on a phosphor screen and single-walled carbon nanotubes as electrodes in a diode structure. Think of…
  • 36 Rockstar Women In NYC Tech Everyone Should Know

    Singularity University
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    …and Time Warner Investments. Francoise Marga Senior Scientist, Modern Meadow Brooklyn-based Modern Meadows is revolutionizing the food industry…
  • World’s Thinnest Electric Generator

    Next Big Future
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchaPiezoelectricity is a well-known effect in which stretching or compressing a material causes it to generate an electrical voltage (or the reverse, in which an applied voltage causes it to expand…
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  • The Manual for Civilization takes The Knight Foundation News Challenge

    Mikl Em
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    What captures your imagination about the future of libraries? That’s the question asked by The Knight Foundation in an open call for innovative library projects. There have been 680 proposals from around the country, and only a few days remain to give feedback and “Applaud” your favorites.  We think our Manual for Civilization project fits well with The Knight Foundation’s News Challenge funding goal: We view libraries as key for improving Americans’ ability to know about and to be involved with what takes place around them. The library has been a vital part of…
  • Mark Lynas: 9 Planetary Boundaries, Finessing the Anthropocene — Seminar Flashback

    Mikl Em
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    “The Holocene is over and welcome to the Anthropocene our very uniquely human geological era.” In March 02012 environmental activist and author Mark Lynas gave a sobering assessment of Earth in the Anthropocene. Lynas offers a framework for tracking the health of our planet, outlining nine measurable “boundaries” that if crossed threaten the well-being of humans on Earth. And some already had been crossed in 02012. These systems go beyond climate and biodiversity to measures like ocean acidification, atmospheric aerosols, and excess nitrogen in agriculture. Long…
  • Kevin Kelly Seminar Tickets

    Andrew Warner
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
      The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking Kevin Kelly presents “Technium Unbound” TICKETS Wednesday November 12, 02014 at 7:30pm SFJAZZ Center Long Now Members can reserve 2 seats, join today! General Tickets $15   About this Seminar: What comes after the Internet? What is bigger than the web? What will produce more wealth than all the startups to date? The answer is a planetary super-organism comprised of 4 billion mobile phones, 80 quintillion transistor chips, a million miles of fiber optic cables, and 6 billion human minds all wired…
  • How We Got To Now: new PBS show starring Steven Johnson

    Andrew Warner
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Tonight, October 15th 02014, former SALT Speaker Steven Johnson’s new TV series premieres on PBS. The show, “How We Got To Now”, is co-produced by PBS and BBC, and focuses on different themes showing how long cumulative efforts can result in massive systemic change. The first of the six episodes, “Clean”, focuses on how sanitary conditions evolved from concept to reality, and how this reality affects public health and entire industries. Steven Johnson has worked on many different topics throughout his career, and he draws on all of these topics in this series. However, it is his…
  • Larry Harvey Seminar Primer

    Andrew Warner
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On Monday, October 20th, Larry Harvey speaks for Long Now on “Why The Man Keeps Burning,” as part of our monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking. Each month the Seminar Primer gives you some background about the speaker, including links to learn even more. Burning Man started with humble beginnings in 01986 with 20 people on a beach. Twenty-eight years later, it’s one of the premiere arts festival in the country, with over 66,000 people attending annually, dozens of satellite events, and a vibrant international community. In one sense, Burning Man is an event that only happens for one…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Beyond LEDs: brighter, new energy-saving flat-panel lights based on carbon nanotubes

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    This image shows a planar light source device from the front. (Credit: N.Shimoi/Tohoku University) Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new type of energy-efficient flat light source, based on carbon nanotubes, with very low power consumption of around 0.1 Watt-hours of operation — about a hundred times lower than that of an LED. In the journal Review of Scientific Instruments, the researchers detail the fabrication and optimization of the device, which is based on a phosphor screen and single-walled carbon nanotubes as electrodes in a diode structure. Think of…
  • A tiny ultrasound-powered chip to serve as medical device

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Stanford engineers can already power this prototype medical implant chip without wires by using ultrasound. Now they want to make it much smaller. (Credit: Arbabian Lab / Stanford School of Engineering) Stanford engineers are developing a way to send power — safely and wirelessly — to “smart chips” in the body that are programmed to perform medical tasks and report back the results. The idea is to get rid of wires and batteries, which would make the implant too big or clumsy. Their approach involves beaming ultrasound at a tiny device inside the body designed to do…
  • Hagel orders formation of military Expeditionary Ebola Support Team

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    (Credit: USAMRIID) On Sunday (Oct. 18), U.S. Secretary of Defense  Chuck Hagel ordered his Northern Command Commander, Gen. Chuck Jacoby, to “prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States.” The team will consist of 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious disease protocols. Team members will get up to seven days of specialized training in infection control and personal protective equipment…
  • Bio-inspired ‘nano-cocoons’ trick cancer cells into accepting drug delivery

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    This image illustrates how the nano-cocoon system works. (Credit: Zhen Gu) Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a drug delivery system consisting of nanoscale “cocoons” made of DNA that target cancer cells and trick the cells into absorbing the cocoon before unleashing anticancer drugs. The work was done by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “This drug delivery system is DNA-based, which means it is biocompatible and less toxic to patients than systems that use synthetic materials,” says Dr. Zhen Gu, senior…
  • How to build layered 3D graphene-based materials

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    Electron microscopy images of the porous graphene-based structure created by diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly (credit: Kyoto University) Researchers from the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) at Kyoto University have developed a novel but simple technique called “diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly” to construct graphene into porous three-dimensional structures for applications in devices such as batteries and supercapacitors. Their study was recently published in the journal Nature Communications. The problem they addressed is the difficulty of…
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    Next Big Future

  • World’s Thinnest Electric Generator

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchaPiezoelectricity is a well-known effect in which stretching or compressing a material causes it to generate an electrical voltage (or the reverse, in which an applied voltage causes it to expand…
  • Conference Board Forecasts China's annual GDP growth will be 5.5% for 5 years and then 3.9% for five. Other economists think this is overly pessimistic

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    The Wall Street Journal reports on a Conference Board forecast of China's GDP growth over the next ten years.The Conference Board forecasts that China’s annual growth will slow to an average of 5.5% between 2015 and 2019, compared with last year’s 7.7%. It will downshift further to an average of 3.9% between 2020 and 2025, according to the report.Tomorrow China will reports their third quarter GDP growth. China's economy is forecast to have grown 7.2 percent in the July-September period, according to a Reuters poll.Read more »
  • Lightbridge will test their metallic nuclear fuel in Canada

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Lightbridge on Monday announced a pact with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to carry out a key test for the McLean-based company's nuclear fuel technology.The initial agreement with Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) entails fabricating samples of the fuel and irradiating them in a research reactor. The work represents "the most critical phase of fuel testing and demonstration" prior to testing in a commercial reactor.Work at AECL's Chalk River, Ontario, facility is slated to begin later this year.Read more »
  • China ready for Thursday unmanned sample return mission from the moon

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The Chang'e 5-T1 mission is set to blast off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, China, on 23 October. It will fly around the back of the moon and return to Earth on October 31st.It's a precursor to a more advanced mission planned for 2017. This future mission will send a lunar orbiter that will release a lander to touch down on the moon's surface and collect 2 kilograms of soil and rock.Chang'e 5-T1 will test China's heat-shield technologyChina's 2017 target is to land on the moon, scoop up some rocks and soil, and bring it all back to Earth (Image:…
  • Isaac Asimov described How People Get New Ideas

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Technology Review printed a 1959 essay that Isaac Asimov contributed to research project. The original essay was published with permission of Asimov Holdings.How do people get new ideas ? How are can productive creativity be maximized ?What is needed is not only people with a good background in a particular field, but also people capable of making a connection between item 1 and item 2 which might not ordinarily seem connected.The history of human thought would make it seem that there is difficulty in thinking of an idea even when all the facts are on the table. Making the cross-connection…
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    the Foresight Institute

  • Light-driven molecular flapping emits white light

    Jim Lewis
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    A phosphorescent molecular butterfly that can generate dual (white) emission upon photoexcitation (credit: M. Han et al./Angewandte Chemie) Speaking of improving energy supply and usage through improved precision in the control of matter, Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence News reports a butterfly-shaped molecule that changes molecular structure upon photoexcitation, shortening the distance between two platinum atoms, producing both red and greenish-blue emission, resulting in white light production. From “‘Butterfly’ molecule could lead to new sensors, photoenergy…
  • Foresight Directed/Programmable Matter for Energy Workshop

    Jim Lewis
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Foresight has had a long-term interest in the directed evolution of nanoscale science and technology toward productive nanosystems and atomically precise manufacturing (see, for example, the 2007 Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems and the 2013 conference Illuminating Atomic Precision). Foresight has also had a parallel interest in integrating incremental advances in nanotechnology to meet pressing human needs (see, for example, the Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges and the 2014 conference The Integration Conference). Bringing together these parallel interests, a recent…
  • A Breakthrough in 3D Imaging by EM Alone

    Stephanie C
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Credit: Azubel-fig The need for improved imaging and characterization on the nanoscale was emphasized in the 2007 Roadmap and again at the 2013 Foresight Conference on Atomic Precision. We noted last year a new advancement in atomic-scale resolution of 10-nm platinum particles, requiring multiple imaging techniques in combination, and recently the marked improvement in optical imaging for characterization of biological machinery at 1-nm. Now researchers at Stanford University successfully used high-resolution electron microscopy alone to characterize 1-nm gold nanoparticles (containing 68…
  • Tailoring the shapes of organic molecules by assembly-line synthesis

    Jim Lewis
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The image shows a hypothetical molecular assembly line where reagents are effectively added to a growing carbon chain with extraordinary high fidelity and precision. By controlling the precise orientation of the building blocks added to the carbon chain, the conformation of the molecule can be controlled so that it adopts a helical (shown) or linear shape. Credit: Amber Webster, www.amberlwebster.com To develop a productive nanosystem for molecular manufacturing/atomically precise manufacturing it would be very useful to have a nanoscale assembly line. A month ago we posted here about a proof…
  • Nanomanufacturing grants available from US National Science Foundation

    Jim Lewis
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Speaking of US government programs to advance nanomanufacturing, Christine Peterson sends word of a US National Science Foundation nanomanufactring program that explicitly mentions nanorobots and other nanomachines “The NSF Nanomanufacturing Program“: … The NSF Nanomanufacturing Program supports fundamental research in novel methods and techniques for batch and continuous processes, top-down (addition/subtraction) and bottom-up (directed self-assembly) processes leading to the formation of complex heterogeneous nanosystems. The program supports basic research in…
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    Ultrafuture World

  • 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…
  • Why brain tumors are somewhat more common in men?

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    New research carried out by researchers from the University of Washington and published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation may help to explain why brain tumors occur more often in adult males, as well as, often are more aggressive than the same types of malignant neoplastic disease in adult females. An example is found in glioblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumors and are diagnosed twice more in men than in women. In addition, with this tumor, virtually incurable even quickly treated with surgery, men suffer major alterations cognitive than women, as they do not survive long.
  • They discover that oxytocin can also cause violent reactions

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    Probably none of us is able to associate with any negative oxytocin feeling fact; we see it as hormone welfare and pleasure, linked to petting, or sex addiction. As one study has shown that not only positive reactions it can cause, but may be associated with negative violent reactions. Oxytocin: A hormone also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Studies have shown that aid facial recognition is associated with orgasm and physical contact and contributes to the attachment between mother and son. Has an important role in childbirth, breastfeeding and sexual patterns. Inhaling oxytocin…
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    Broader Perspective

  • iSchools: Contemporary Information Technology Theory Studies

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The perfect merger of academic rigor and contemporary thinking has come together in the concept of iSchools, which give practical consideration and interesting learning opportunities to the most relevant issue of our time: information. So far there are over 50 worldwide iSchools; a global pool, like bitcoin for academia. The March 2014 conference was held in Berlin and the March 2015 conference will be at UC Irvine. With higher education under reinvention pressure from all directions, the possibility of making institutional learning relevant again cannot be underscored enough.iSchools are the…
  • Bitcoin Newbie Series: How to Get and Spend Bitcoin

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    We aren't used to authority being a peer-to-peer responsibility as opposed to something imposed by a centralized institution. Authority floating freely has already happened in information - when information became decentralized with blogging and the restructuring of the media industry, and in entertainment, where individuals became their own taste-makers. In these cases individuals must examine content and think for themselves about its quality and validity. The bitcoin revolution is the same thing happening now with currency, economics, finance, and monetary policy. It might seem harder to…
  • Blockchain Health - Remunerative Health Data Commons & HealthCoin RFPs

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The bigger concept behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is blockchain technology. The blockchain (a chain of transaction blocks) is a public transaction ledger, automatically downloaded and stored digitally in electronic wallet applications; a digital record of all transactions in a certain asset class like bitcoin. There can be different kinds of blockchains (ledgers) for recording and tracking different kinds of assets. Blockchain health is the idea of using blockchain technology for health-related applications. At least four principal blockchain health ideas have been articulated so far:…
  • Bitcoin Newbie? How to get Started

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Consult this primer: Getting Started with Bitcoin from bitcoin.org (an industry-supported foundation), and FAQ.Step 1: Get yourself a wallet (app/client) such as Coinbase, Blockchain, Electrum (beginner's guide), Mycelium (Android), Bitcoin-Qt (now Bitcoin Core).  Step 2. Obtain some Bitcoin - Ideally someone will have given you some, or you can buy some from someone local. Another possibility is gifting yourself some with eGifter or other services.You can always convert dollars to bitcoin. You will need to provide your identity if you are going to transfer dollars into bitcoin with one…
  • Proximity Marketing: Opportunity for Rich-Attribute Conveyance

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Real-time Location-based Services (RT-LBS or just RT-LS) is an important new concept in mobile marketing. These offerings are starting to tout the ability to deliver information and services based on the real-time location of a person. Some key examples are receiving a mobile phone-based notification of a restaurant offer while walking in a downtown area or a product coupon while shopping in a specific grocery aisle. (Although there would need to be a saturation algorithm adjustment as potential customers flock to a location.) As is true generally with the advent of newtech, there is a much…
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  • Make technological utopia easier with this one weird trick

    Paul Raven
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Kevin Kelly’s “desirable-future haikus” thing on Medium is a great example of what I believe to be the standard blindspot of ICT-focussed futurists, in that they’ve forgotten that anything other than ICT could possibly matter or make a difference to the way we live. In a way, this points to a widespread and stunted understanding of the word “technology” as meaning “electronics and computers”, when in fact the Greek root of the word addresses techniques, skills and competencies alongside the tools needed to do the job. Agriculture is a technology; democracy is a…
  • Containers

    Paul Raven
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Staying untypically on-topic, the good folk at Rhizome are doing a series of future fictions under the banner Dystopia Everyday, using the software-dev format of the “user story”. The latest one is “Containers” by Adam Rothstein, and I commend it to your attention: I woke up at the chime, looked at the mobile. New work available. I clocked in, made coffee, sat at the desk. Two hours of work right away, even before Twitter. Felt accomplished. I invoiced, and collected. I met Sandra for breakfast. She’s in Miami. She had the ceiling open to let in the sun. She got…
  • The role of utopian narratives in urban futurism

    Paul Raven
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    So here’s a brief thing from Ramez Naam at Slate, where he argues in favour of dystopian futures as a valid counterbalance to the more purposefully utopian offerings contained in Neal Stephenson’s new Hieroglyph anthology: 1984 may be an example of a self-defeating prophecy. It was David Brin, one of the Hieroglyph authors, who first introduced me to the idea that a sufficiently powerful dystopia may influence society strongly enough to head off (or at least help head off) the world that it depicts. That alone is a compelling reason for society to create smart dystopias.
  • If it works, it’s obsolete

    Paul Raven
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:24 am
    There are some elephants in the room that Chairman Bruce would like to show to us. [Opening ceremony speech from transmediale2014] Follow Futurismic on Twitter for more nuggets of near-future fun and weirdness!
  • A Viridian post-mortem, plus the rhetorics of futurity

    Paul Raven
    29 Nov 2013 | 6:54 am
    “Three things make a post,” the saying used to go — so here’s three things. First up, my first solo paper (“The future’s four quarters: Proposing a quadrant methodology for strategic prototyping in infrastructural contexts”) has finally wended its way through the tangled corridors of the academic publishing system, and is now in press at Technological Forecasting & Social Change. It’s basically an attempt to retool the nascent field of sf prototyping into something more than an unreflexive flight of solutionist fancy, but also to scale it up…
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    Overcoming Bias

  • Thrown’s Kit’s Self-Deception

    Robin Hanson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Back in July 2010 Kerry Howley published a nice New York Times Magazine article on the tensions between my wife and I resulting from my choice to do cryonics. The very next month, August 2010, is the date when, in Howley’s new and already-celebrated book Thrown, her alter-ego Kit first falls in love with MMA fighting: Not until my ride home, as I began to settle back into my bones and feel the limiting contours of perception close back in like the nursery curtains that stifled the views of my youth, did it occur to me that I had, for the first time in my life, found a way out of this, my…
  • Em Software Results

    Robin Hanson
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    After requesting your help, I should tell you what it added up to. The following is an excerpt from my book draft, illustrated by this diagram: In our world, the cost of computing hardware has been falling rapidly for decades. This fall has forced most computer projects to be short term, so that products can be used before they are made obsolete. The increasing quantity of software purchased has also led to larger software projects, which involve more engineers. This has shifted the emphasis toward more communication and negotiation, and also more modularity and standardization in software…
  • History Vs. Future

    Robin Hanson
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I’ve long puzzled over differing interest in history and the future, in both fiction and non-fiction. And I’ve finally collected some numbers. Amazon.com says it has 37 million books on offer. Here are the fraction of those books it says are in these named categories: Note that Amazon has no “future studies” category, so I listed the two future-themed categories I found. Here are the fraction of books associated with related keyword phrases: Why the far larger interest in real history, relative to all the other combinations of future/history and real/fictional?
  • Why Not Egg Futures?

    Robin Hanson
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Older women often find themselves too old to have kids, and regretting it. Such women would have gained by freezing some eggs when they were younger. But when younger, they didn’t think they’d ever want kids, or thought the issue could wait. Such women might be helped by an egg futures business, paid to take on this risk for them. Such a business could buy eggs from women when young, freeze them, and sell them back to these same women when old. Of course, to compensate for the wait and risk that the women wouldn’t want eggs later, this business would have to sell…
  • Em Software Engineering Bleg

    Robin Hanson
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Many software engineers read this blog, and I’d love to include a section on software engineering in my book on ems. But as my software engineering expertise is limited, I ask you, dear software engineer readers, for help. “Ems” are future brain emulations. I’m writing a book on em social implications. Ems would substitute for human workers, and once ems were common ems would do almost all work, including software engineering. What I seek are reasonable guesses on the tools and patterns of work of em software engineers – how their tools and work patterns would differ from those…
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  • Is The Chupacabra Real?

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Is the Chupacabra real? The video below explains the possible species connections the Chupacabra could have. For example, is it a rat/kangaroo mix? Or what? Is the Chupacabra a new species all together? Is it a cross between two species?Many of the sightings that are hyped in the media are always proven false. That doesn't mean the Chupacabra isn't real. Nature can do weird things, and the idea of strange mutations isn't a crazy one. Until caught, the Chupacabra will remain reclusive, and mythological. The truth is out there.
  • The Real Sounds Of Hell

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Researchers from a remote part of Siberia claim to have recorded real sounds from hell. They drilled a hole roughly 14 kilometers deep into earth's crust. The researchers noted an unusual amount of heat coming from the hole. After dropping ultra-sensitive microphones into the hole--to measure the earth's movements--they discovered strange feedback coming into the mics. The video below is a sample of what they recorded. It's the real sounds of hell. Maybe...If you get scared easily, don't watch the video. I warned you.'The last discovery was nevertheless the most shocking to our ears, so much…
  • Cold Weight Loss Benefits Without The Cold

    7 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Brr-brr-brr! Scientists have discovered a way to make the body of mice burn calories as if they were exposed to the freezing cold. A potential future treatment for obesity in humans!White fat to brown fat Humans are born with a decent amount of brown fat. Brown fat is the fat best used for insulation from the cold. White fat stores energy, while brown fat is the energy burner--which comes in really handy when you want to lose some weight. Sadly, as we humans get older, brown fat seems to disappear. Ajay Chawla (UC), San Fran, and his team injected obese mice with interleukin-4 (a…
  • Most fascinating science news of the week (Dec 15, 2012)

    15 Dec 2012 | 5:04 pm
    Here are some of the most fascinating science news stories of the week:CU-Boulder team develops swarm of pingpong ball-sized robotsUniversity of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them. Read more: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/12/14/cu-boulder-team-develops-swarm-pingpong-ball-sized-robotsAstronomers discover 'missing link' of black holes The discovery of a bingeing black hole in our nearest neighbouring galaxy,…
  • Geminid meteor shower live stream

    13 Dec 2012 | 6:34 pm
    The Geminid meteor shower occurs on an annual basis, when the extinct comet 3200 Phaethon sprinkles the Earth with its debris tail. Get outside tonight between midnight and 3 a.m. to catch a glimpse of this amazing spectacle.Expect to see roughly 100+ meteors per hour during the peak at 2-3 a.m.If you can't get out to see Geminid, NASA will be live streaming the event via a camera at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Below is the embedded live stream:If you would like to go directly to the NASA live stream event, here's the link:…
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    The Fourth Revolution Blog

  • Why You Can’t Transform a Company Without Changing Its Management

    Jeremie Averous
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    When it comes to real, fundamental change, you can’t change an organization without changing its management. This applies both to changes due to the external environment (such as a major change in the key market serviced by the organization), or simply to changes linked to the change in size and nature of the organization as it grows or shrinks significantly. This has been my constant observation in all the organizations which I have known deeply enough, when they were faced by major changes. “I’m not saying they have to pack up their desks and be replaced. I’m saying that…
  • Why You Should Learn What Happens At the Periphery of Your Business

    Jeremie Averous
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    “Learn what goes on at the periphery of your business” says Andrew Grove, former CEO of Intel, in his book ‘Only the Paranoid Survive‘. He goes on to explain: “When I absorb news or information coming from people who are geographically distant or who are several levels below me in the organization, I will triangulate on business issues with their view , which comes from a completely different perspective. This will bring insights that I would not likely get from my ordinary contacts.” Can you figure out what it is if you don’t rely on straightforward…
  • How To Start a Business: Understand Who You Are

    Jeremie Averous
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    I find the following quote quite interesting: “My answer to the question “how do I start up a business?” is “with a thorough understanding and acceptance of who you are.”” – Sue Vizard in an article about coaching businesses. Of course, the quote might be even more applicable to coaching businesses where the coach must be well grounded to help its clients, still, I believe this quote is very worthwhile to consider for all kinds of businesses, when it comes to entrepreneurial ventures. It requires so much dedication which needs to be backed by so much energy that it…
  • Why Giving Up Does Not Mean You Are Weak – It Means Go Find Another Way!

    Jeremie Averous
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    There is a quote around the internet: “Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak; Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go” – Unknown. That’s of course not just an excuse for giving up. Sometimes it is really important and healthy to stop trying to force the natural evolution of the universe. And it has dawned on me over the years that what is destined to happen will happen somewhat easily; and that it is sometimes inadequate to try to tweak destiny. Still this does not mean that we should not make a sizable effort to deliver what we think we…
  • Why Technology is What Was Invented After You Were Born

    Jeremie Averous
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    I love this quote from Alan Kay: “Technology is anything that was invented after you were born, everything else is just stuff.” Actually I realized that it was quite true. Technology for my children is vastly different from my concept. For them, computers and internet are normal. Only what will be developed next will be new technology – for example, self-driving cars, electrical vehicles, etc. For me, born in the early 70’s, computers and networks are still marvels of technology. I still remember in the early 1990’s in engineering school, how it was fantastic connecting…
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  • 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…
  • Corporations are not people, but soon they could be.

    3 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    There has been a fair amount of talk lately about the nature of corporate personhood and the destructive effects it can have on the political process. The WolfPAC, a political action organization which is (somewhat ironically) collecting money in order to lobby governments to create limits for the amount of money that can be donated to political causes. I agree that there exists a desperate need for some kind of counterbalance for the undue influence that money has on the political process, but I also recognize that this is a complex issue. In particular I am concerned that the way in…
  • Lay-Offs Should be Good News

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    I would like to preface this post by pointing out that I very much sympathize with those who must endure the stress, uncertainty and general hardship that unemployment brings upon people and families that must live through it. The purpose of this post is not meant to suggest that the human costs of job loss are negligible or unimportant, but instead to encourage deeper thought on the too often forgotten pluses of job cuts. If we wish to live in an efficient and fair society then we must seek means to maximize the pros and diminish the cons of eliminating jobs. …
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    Getting Through High School

  • 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,…
  • Make Money Being Creative

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    So as you might know, I like to write. Even more than writing, I love to read. I recently found that you can actually make some extra money writing! It's not enough to live off of, but it's enough to let you buy a pack of gum without asking your parents for money. Best of all, you don't have to be an adult to do it! This summer, I made a couple extra bucks by writing for a couple of freelance sites. In the past, I've used sites like Odesk and Elance. I didn't have a great experience with Elance, but I got good offers with Odesk.Another great place is a site like Fiverr.com. Yes there are two…
  • Just Some Sunshine for the Monday Blues

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I decided to break away from the usual routine today and just post some stories that tickled me when I read them. I understand that some of them might be old, but they still make me laugh! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.Wrong email address:A couple going on vacation but his wife was on a business trip so he went to the destination first and his wife would meet him the next day.When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband…
  • Why I Think Blogging is Great

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hi everyone! I know I've been spotty with posting this last week, but I promise, we're gonna be back on the ball! I felt like dedicating this post to blogging! You might ask yourself "well, how the heck does blogging relate to school?" Here's my answer: this is not some step-by-step how-to for school.This blog is whatever you and I make it to be! I write this stuff for your benefit and for my own, because it gives me a hobby and you, hopefully, something interesting to read! Wow, I'm using a lot of exclamation marks. Anyway, I think that blogging is a great way to say what you wanna say and…
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