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From Tribes to Digital Networks

From Tribes to Digital Networks | arslog | Scoop.it

«...Organizational complexity is defined as the amount of differentiation that exists within different elements constituting the organization. This is often operationalized as the number of different professional specializations that exist within the organization. For example, a school would be considered a less complex organization than a hospital, since a hospital requires a large diversity of professional specialties in order to function. Organizational complexity can also be observed via differentiation in structure, authority and locus of control, and attributes of personnel, products, and technologies. Contingency theory states that an organization structures itself and behaves in a particular manner as an attempt to fit with its environment. Thus organizations are more or less complex as a reaction to environmental complexity. An organization’s environment may be complex because it is turbulent, hostile, diverse, technologically complex, or restrictive. An organization may also be complex as a result of the complexity of its underlying technological core. For example, a nuclear power plant is likely to have a more complex organization than a standard power plant because the underlying technology is more difficult to understand and control. There are numerous consequences of environmental and organizational complexity. Organizational members, faced with overwhelming and/or complex decisions, omit, tolerate errors, queue, filter, abstract, use multiple channels, escape, and chunk in order to deal effectively with the complexity. At an organizational level, an organizational will...»

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Here’s how you can listen to the entire planet

Here’s how you can listen to the entire planet | arslog | Scoop.it
Welcome to the field of soundscape ecology.

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21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World

21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World | arslog | Scoop.it

Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. "We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and...


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Simulation – Mitosis Biomimicry | Spatial Pixel

Simulation – Mitosis Biomimicry | Spatial Pixel | arslog | Scoop.it

 

 

 


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Omote "living makeup" uses mind-blowing projection mapping

Omote "living makeup" uses mind-blowing projection mapping | arslog | Scoop.it
Projecting computer graphics onto buildings or rooms to make them digitally come alive isn't new, but how about if your canvas is a living, moving, human face? Omote does just that, a combination o...

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Movie: Julian Melchiorri on the first synthetic biological leaf

Movie: Julian Melchiorri on the first synthetic biological leaf | arslog | Scoop.it
Julian Melchiorri claims the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen, could enhance space travel.

 


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Robots with muscles: inspired by nature

Robots with muscles: inspired by nature | arslog | Scoop.it

Myorobotics at the Technical University of Munich, takes us on a fascinating journey on how an adorable humanoid robot with muscles, called Roboy, is born in 9 months, and sheds light on the future of robotics, and what kind of future it might bring us. Being fascinated by the complexity and beauty of everything, Rafael Hostettler always had a hard time to choose. That’s why he has an MSc. in Computational Science from ETH Zurich, where he learnt to simulate just about everything on computers, so he didn’t have to make a decision. Now he’s building robots that imitate the building principles of the human musculoskeletal system and travels the world with Roboy. The 3D printed robot boy that plays in a theatre, goes to school and captivates the audience with his fascinating stories. 


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How Artificial Chromosomes Could Transform Humanity

How Artificial Chromosomes Could Transform Humanity | arslog | Scoop.it

Normally, an extra pair of chromosomes would be considered dangerous. But what if we could design our own? According to biologists, we could create custom-built chromosomes to fix a variety of health problems, and even give us new abilities.


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Living Photographs

Living Photographs | arslog | Scoop.it
  This process has been used before and notably in wonderful art works by Susan Boafo, Edgar LIssel and Roy Amiss.  It utilizes the phototactic response of photosynthetic microorganisms,  that...

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A Brain-Computer Interface for Speech | MIT Technology Review

A Brain-Computer Interface for Speech | MIT Technology Review | arslog | Scoop.it

Recordings from the brain’s surface are giving scientists unprecedented views into how the brain controls speech.


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Frontiers in Ecology Evolution and Complexity

Frontiers in Ecology Evolution and Complexity | arslog | Scoop.it

Advances in molecular biology, remote sensing, systems biology, bioinformatics, non-linear science, the physics of complex systems and other fields have rendered a great amount of data that remain to be integrated into models and theories that are capable of accounting for the complexity of ecological systems and the evolutionary dynamics of life. It is thus necessary to provide a solid basis to discuss and reflect on these and other challenges both at the local and global scales. This volume aims to delineate an integrative and interdisciplinary view that suggests new avenues in research and teaching, critically discusses the scope of the diverse methods in the study of complex systems, and points at key open questions. Finally, this book will provide students and specialists with a collection of high quality open access essays that will contribute to integrate Ecology, Evolution and Complexity in the context of basic research and in the field of Sustainability Sciences

 

Frontiers in Ecology, Evolution and Complexity
Editors: Mariana Benítez, Octavio Miramontes and Alfonso Valiente-Banuet
Prologue by Stuart A. Kauffman
http://scifunam.fisica.unam.mx/mir/copit/TS0012EN/TS0012EN.html ;


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ONE HALF A MANIFESTO | Edge.org

ONE HALF A MANIFESTO | Edge.org | arslog | Scoop.it

The dogma I object to is composed of a set of interlocking beliefs and doesn't have a generally accepted overarching name as yet, though I sometimes call it "cybernetic totalism". It has the potential to transform human experience more powerfully than any prior ideology, religion, or political system ever has, partly because it can be so pleasing to the mind, at least initially, but mostly because it gets a free ride on the overwhelmingly powerful technologies that happen to be created by people who are, to a large degree, true believers.


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FastTFriend's curator insight, July 9, 3:42 AM

The distance between recognizing a great metaphor and treating it as the only metaphor is the same as the distance between humble science and dogmatic religion.

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Please touch the artefacts: 3D technology is changing museums - The Conversation

Please touch the artefacts: 3D technology is changing museums - The Conversation | arslog | Scoop.it
Please touch the artefacts: 3D technology is changing museums
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3D technologies have been around for years – but it's only now that 3D scanning and printing devices have become both accessible and affordable for many users.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, July 8, 6:01 AM

In the past the only way to see what lay hidden inside was to destroy the outer shell. McKenzie-Clark and Magnussen have reproduced these ancient artefacts using 3D printing. They have used state-of-the-art CT scanners to analyse their composition – without even removing them from their boxes.

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AADRL 2013-14 :: Spyropoulos Studio

This is "AADRL 2013-14 :: Spyropoulos Studio" by AADRL on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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uncube no. 25 - Soft Machines

uncube no. 25 - Soft Machines | arslog | Scoop.it
Soft Machines

 


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Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future?

Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future? | arslog | Scoop.it
Singularity. Posthuman. Techno-Optimism, Cyborgism. Humanity+. Immortalist. Machine intelligence. Biohacker. Robotopia. Life extension. Transhumanism. These are all terms thrown around trying to describe a future in which mind uploading, indefinite lifespans, artificial intelligence, and bionic augmentation may (and I think will) help us to become far more than just human. They...

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GLOBAL CEO | Sci-fi visions drive computer revolution

GLOBAL CEO | Sci-fi visions drive computer revolution | arslog | Scoop.it

Intel Israel President Mooly Eden tells Julie Mandoyan how perceptual computing will enable machines to communicate like humans, a vision first seen in


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How Art Is Crucial To Understanding The Human Mind

How Art Is Crucial To Understanding The Human Mind | arslog | Scoop.it
Antonio Damasio, M.D., is a professor of neuroscience and the director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He is a pioneer in the field of cognitive neuroscience and a highly cited researcher. He has receiv...

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Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space

Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space | arslog | Scoop.it
Humans might think we can figure out the ultimate mysteries, but there is no reason to believe that we have all the pieces necessary for a theory of everything.

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Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life | ExtremeTech

Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life | ExtremeTech | arslog | Scoop.it
Some intrepid biologists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered bacteria that survives on nothing but electricity -- rather than food, they eat and excrete pure electrons. These bacteria yet again prove the almost miraculous tenacity of life -- but, from a technology standpoint, they might also prove to be useful in enabling the creation of self-powered nanoscale devices that clean up pollution. Some of these bacteria also have the curious ability to form into

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Japanese Designers Create a Huge Delta 3D Printer – 4 Meters Tall

Japanese Designers Create a Huge Delta 3D Printer – 4 Meters Tall | arslog | Scoop.it
  Recently we have been seeing a lot of innovative 3D printing technology coming out of Asia. The Chinese have been at the forefront of developing a

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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem | arslog | Scoop.it
“Today there’s no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you’re going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines.”

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Kit Newton's curator insight, July 9, 8:44 AM

Usually, these kinds of predictions are way off. What about augmented humans? Wouldn't they outdo the machines?

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MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch | #design #telepresence

The Tangible Media Group at MIT's Media Lab has unveiled a futuristic display made of atoms, not pixels.

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At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that's only the beginning.

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Cyberbeetle - Kati Hyyppä

Cyberbeetle - Kati Hyyppä | arslog | Scoop.it
The Cyberbeetle is a robotic beetle made at the Coding da Vinci open culture hackathon. The robot has his own insect box with a home theater.

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Bionic City magazine, July 2014

Bionic City magazine, July 2014 | arslog | Scoop.it

"Completely awesome magazine on biomimetics by Melissa Sterry" Mike McCue, Founder, Flipboard

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Electronic Skin Moves Us Closer to Cyborgs

Electronic Skin Moves Us Closer to Cyborgs | arslog | Scoop.it
The filmlike patches can keep track of brain activity, medication needs, wound healing and more
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