Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.
The 16th edition of the three-day international festival of contemporary video art Videomedeja will be officially opened on Friday October 31st, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, produced and organized by the Association for video art Videomedeja.
We consider models of identical pulse-coupled oscillators with global interactions. Previous work showed that under certain conditions such systems always end up in sync, but did not quantify how small clusters of synchronized oscillators progressively coalesce into larger ones. Using tools from the study of aggregation phenomena, we obtain exact results for the time-dependent distribution of cluster sizes as the system evolves from disorder to synchrony.
Synchronization as Aggregation: Cluster Kinetics of Pulse-Coupled Oscillators Kevin P. O'Keeffe, Pavel L. Krapivsky, Steven H. Strogatz
As it demonstrates its incredible ability to precisely follow a pre-determined path while seemingly hanging in mid-air, OC Robotics' Series II - X125 system snakebot is also doing a really good job at being incredibly unsettling. Especially for those of us who hate snakes (robotic or real) and now realize there's pretty much no place left for us to hide from them.
One thing that bothers Terry Gilliam about Hollywood is the pressure it exerts on filmmakers to resolve their stories into happy endings. In this interesting clip, Gilliam makes his point by comparing the work of Steven Spielberg--perhaps the quintessential Hollywood director--with that of Stanley Kubrick, who, like Gilliam, steered clear of Hollywood and lived a life of exile in England.
Participants are sent on an interactive scavenger hunt through the Vienna Hofburg. On the way, they have to solve problems by means of a mobile app that leads them on an itinerary with intermediate stops to a destination not disclosed in advance. Ars Electronica Solutions produced the app, which uses diverse multimedia content to specify the scavenger hunt’s route.
4 ACES is a joint project by the Burghauptmannschaft, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Spanish Riding School, the Imperial Treasury, Ars Electronica Solutions, the Museum Albertina and the Fokus Media House; overall coordination lies with CC Real.
With the increasing attention Transhumanism is gaining in the media, there are numerous articles focusing on the gadgetry and cutting edge innovations on the horizon. We seldom turn our attention to pick apart the results of many current and older inventions. With respect the mental health, I believe Transhumanists have just as much responsibility to emphatically state their cutting edge technologies as they do to use exceptional cognitive analysis to breach barriers surrounding notions of mental health.