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QR Codes Could Last A Million Years

QR Codes Could Last A Million Years | BioPlug | Scoop.it

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"A group of scientists involved in ‘The Human Document Project’ are experimenting with QR Codes for very long term optical data storage. The scientist are interested in how data about the human race can be stored for millions of years and outlast the human race itself. Current optical data storage deteriorates after only a few decades but by creating QR Codes with one material embedded within another they believe they can extend this to a million years and beyond. The images below show show a centimeter sized QR Code with each pixel of the code consisting of a set of much smaller QR Codes with pixels of only a few micrometers in size"

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roberto gilli's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:45 AM

The idea of fractal QR codes is great!

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Replicating an Expanded Genetic Alphabet in Cells

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Socrates Logos's curator insight, July 22, 4:36 PM

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"Recent advances in synthetic biology have made it possible to replicate an unnatural base pair in living cells. This study highlights the technologies developed to create a semisynthetic organism with an expanded genetic alphabet and the potential challenges of moving forward..."



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Between Ape and Artilect

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During 2010-12, noted AI researcher and long-time Humanity+ Board member Ben Goertzel conducted a series of textual interviews with researchers in various areas of cutting-edge science — artificial general intelligence, nanotechnology, life extension, neurotechnology, collective intelligence, mind uploading, body modification, neuro-spiritual transformation, and more. These interviews were published online in H+ Magazine, and are here gathered together in a single volume. The resulting series of dialogues treats a variety of social, futurological and scientific topics in a way that is accessible to the educated non-scientist, yet also deep and honest to the subtleties of the topics being discussed.

 

Between Ape and Artilect is a must-read if you want the real views, opinions, ideas, muses and arguments of the people creating our future.


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- Itamar Arel: AGI via Deep Learning 

- Pei Wang: What Do You Mean by “AI”? 
- Joscha Bach: Understanding the Mind
- Hugo DeGaris: Will There be Cyborgs?
- DeGaris Interviews Goertzel: Seeking the Sputnik of AGI 
- Linas Vepstas: AGI, Open Source and Our Economic Future 
- Joel Pitt: The Benefits of Open Source for AGI
- Randal Koene: Substrate-Independent Minds
- João Pedro de Magalhães: Ending Aging 
- Aubrey De Grey: Aging and AGI
- David Brin: Sousveillance
- J. Storrs Hall: Intelligent Nano Factories and Fogs
- Mohamad Tarifi: AGI and the Emerging Peer-to-Peer Economy 
- Michael Anissimov: The Risks of Artificial Superintelligence 
- Muehlhauser & Goertzel: Rationality, Risk, and the Future of AGI 
- Paul Werbos: Will Humanity Survive?
- Wendell Wallach: Machine Morality
- Francis Heylighen: The Emerging Global Brain 
- Steve Omohundro: The Wisdom of the Global Brain and the Future of AGI 
- Alexandra Elbakyan: Beyond the Borg 
- Giulio Prisco: Technological Transcendence 
- Zhou Changle: Zen and the Art of Intelligent Robotics 
- Hugo DeGaris: Is God an Alien Mathematician? 
- Lincoln Cannon: The Most Transhumanist Religion?
- Natasha Vita-More: Upgrading Humanity 
- Jeffery Martin & Mikey Siegel: Engineering Enlightenment 

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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, March 8, 10:40 PM

- Itamar Arel: AGI via Deep Learning 

- Pei Wang: What Do You Mean by “AI”? 
- Joscha Bach: Understanding the Mind
- Hugo DeGaris: Will There be Cyborgs?
- DeGaris Interviews Goertzel: Seeking the Sputnik of AGI 
- Linas Vepstas: AGI, Open Source and Our Economic Future 
- Joel Pitt: The Benefits of Open Source for AGI
- Randal Koene: Substrate-Independent Minds
- João Pedro de Magalhães: Ending Aging 
- Aubrey De Grey: Aging and AGI
- David Brin: Sousveillance
- J. Storrs Hall: Intelligent Nano Factories and Fogs
- Mohamad Tarifi: AGI and the Emerging Peer-to-Peer Economy 
- Michael Anissimov: The Risks of Artificial Superintelligence 
- Muehlhauser & Goertzel: Rationality, Risk, and the Future of AGI 
- Paul Werbos: Will Humanity Survive?
- Wendell Wallach: Machine Morality
- Francis Heylighen: The Emerging Global Brain 
- Steve Omohundro: The Wisdom of the Global Brain and the Future of AGI 
- Alexandra Elbakyan: Beyond the Borg 
- Giulio Prisco: Technological Transcendence 
- Zhou Changle: Zen and the Art of Intelligent Robotics 
- Hugo DeGaris: Is God an Alien Mathematician? 
- Lincoln Cannon: The Most Transhumanist Religion?
- Natasha Vita-More: Upgrading Humanity 
- Jeffery Martin & Mikey Siegel: Engineering Enlightenment 

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Biohacking -- you can do it, too

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We have personal computing, why not personal biotech? That’s the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIYbio.

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We have personal computing, why not personal biotech? That’s the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein's lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIYbio.

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7549 - Mega Byte - Cientistas convertem arquivo de computador em DNA sintético

7549 - Mega Byte - Cientistas convertem arquivo de computador em DNA sintético | BioPlug | Scoop.it
Pesquisadores europeus acabam de provar que é possível armazenar arquivos digitais em DNA. Hoje, com o aumento exponencial do mundo digital, há uma necessidade crescente de memória para armazenar o...
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A Symbiotic Relationship: Information Architecture and the Semantic ...

A Symbiotic Relationship: Information Architecture and the Semantic ... | BioPlug | Scoop.it
Utilizing principles of information architecture together with linked open data web technologies can help to strengthen not only the semantic web, but also promote the use and reuse of assets and resources of cultural heritage ...

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Computation in the brain: The Brain as an Information Processing System

Computation in the brain: The Brain as an Information Processing System | BioPlug | Scoop.it

The human brain contains about 10 billion nerve cells, or neurons. On average, each neuron is connected to other neurons through about 10 000 synapses. (The actual figures vary greatly, depending on the local neuroanatomy.) The brain's network of neurons forms a massively parallel information processing system. This contrasts with conventional computers, in which a single processor executes a single series of instructions.

Against this, consider the time taken for each elementary operation: neurons typically operate at a maximum rate of about 100 Hz, while a conventional CPU carries out several hundred million machine level operations per second. Despite of being built with very slow hardware, the brain has quite remarkable capabilities:

its performance tends to degrade gracefully under partial damage. In contrast, most programs and engineered systems are brittle: if you remove some arbitrary parts, very likely the whole will cease to function.it can learn (reorganize itself) from experience.this means that partial recovery from damage is possible if healthy units can learn to take over the functions previously carried out by the damaged areas.it performs massively parallel computations extremely efficiently. For example, complex visual perception occurs within less than 100 ms, that is, 10 processing steps!it supports our intelligence and self-awareness. (Nobody knows yet how this occurs.)
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Morphogenetic Creations by Andy Lomas

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Morphogenetic Creations is a collection of works that explore the nature of complex forms that can be produced by digital simulation of growth systems.

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suckerPUNCH » Desert Ecologies

suckerPUNCH » Desert Ecologies | BioPlug | Scoop.it

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Nueva tecnología no invasiva modula(=domina) la actividad neuronal con una precisión sin precedentes

Nueva tecnología no invasiva modula(=domina) la actividad neuronal con una precisión sin precedentes | BioPlug | Scoop.it
Científicos de Estados Unidos han descubierto que los ultrasonidos pueden mejorar la percepción humana. En un estudio, constataron que aplicando ultrasonidos a un área específica del cerebro aumentaba significativamente la capacidad de una serie de voluntarios para distinguir estímulos táctiles. El resultado sugiere que los ultrasonidos podrían usarse para modular la actividad neuronal con una precisión sin precedentes.
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Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation (Dec. 4, 2013)

Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation (Dec. 4, 2013) | BioPlug | Scoop.it

With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body.

A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.

The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities. After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.

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Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence | MIT Technology Review

Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence | MIT Technology Review | BioPlug | Scoop.it
Microchips modeled on the brain may excel at tasks that baffle today’s computers.
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Marcin Ignac : Cindermedusae

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Human DNA Is Not A Document, It's An App

Human DNA Is Not A Document, It's An App | BioPlug | Scoop.it

Even if this discovery has been overstated doesn't mean that it doesn't capture something interesting about the way the world works.


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Belinda Suvaal's comment, December 14, 2013 2:05 PM
very interesting (quote) " The duons are like words or phrases within the “text” of our DNA that mean two different things, depending on context. And yet, as in human language, not all words have this double meaning. The Science paper suggests that these duons are “highly conserved” through evolution, which means that they are the Darwinian keepers. But as with puns and other figures of speech, the duons power also contains the danger of miscommunication since mutations within them are highly likely to lead to disease."
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Is Technology Alive? - SERIOUS WONDER

Is Technology Alive? - SERIOUS WONDER | BioPlug | Scoop.it

Technology is not a thing, but a life-like, evolving organism that has its own ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. Kevin Kelly argues we need to understand what ‘it’ wants


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A Brain-Computer Interface for Speech | MIT Technology Review

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

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


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Watch as swarms of micro-robots run around making stuff

Watch as swarms of micro-robots run around making stuff | BioPlug | Scoop.it
Swarms or tiny micro-robots are being developed to build tiny assemblies.
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Bio Art & Design Awards

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The BIO ART & DESIGN AWARD (called Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award till 2013) is a unique competition that aims at stimulating young artists and designers from The Netherlands and abroad to experiment with bioart and design and to collaborate with renowned Dutch science centers.


The Award aims to:

stimulate interest, excitement and debate about the Life Sciences through high-quality, original artistic practiceexamine the social, cultural and ethical contexts of the Life Sciences through the artspromote high-quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborations between art/ design and science/technology



The Awards of €25.000,- each are assigned by an international jury to the most promising and original proposals in the competition. The projects are consequently realised within six months and exhibited. Some contestants who do not get an Award still find other ways to realize their ideas.


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How DeepMind Can Bring Google Artificial Intelligence to Life

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Google's acquisition of artificial intelligence firm DeepMind might prompt thoughts of self-aware robots and Skynet, especially since the London-ba...

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Scientists watch glowing molecules become memories in real time

Scientists watch glowing molecules become memories in real time | BioPlug | Scoop.it

For the first time ever, neuroscientists have observed memory-forming molecules travel around the brain of a living animal. The unprecedented breakthrough is shedding light on how nerve cells make memories.

Prior to being able to recall — or more accurately, reconstruct — a memory, it has to be encoded and stored in the brain. It's a complicated and dynamic process involving changes to molecular structures which alter synaptic transmissions between neurons. But watching this process in action is easier said than done.

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Revolutionary New Algorithm Succeeds In Prolonging Life

Revolutionary New Algorithm Succeeds In Prolonging Life | BioPlug | Scoop.it
A researcher at Tel Aviv University may have found a mathematical path to the fountain of youth. Combining genetics and computer science, the algorithm could pave the way to creating drugs that prolong life expectancy.

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3D-printed fashion hit Cirque Du Soleil's Las Vegas Nightclub "LIGHT"

3D-printed fashion hit Cirque Du Soleil's Las Vegas Nightclub "LIGHT" | BioPlug | Scoop.it
On New Year’s Eve, "The Light", the first-ever nightclub in Las Vegas(Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino), launched new designs by renowned Fashion-Tech Designer Anouk Wipprecht as a celebratory crowd rang in 2014.

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Nothing is yet in its true form - but does it float

Nothing is yet in its true form - but does it float | BioPlug | Scoop.it

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Cientistas jedi fazem coisas voarem pelo espaço usando ondas sonoras

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all you can feel: recreational drugs put under the microscope - designboom | architecture & design magazine

all you can feel: recreational drugs put under the microscope - designboom | architecture & design magazine | BioPlug | Scoop.it
from cocaine to LSD, the photography series visually reinterprets the physiological and psychological imbalance of recreational drugs in the human body.
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Lire, écrire, compter, coder !

Lire, écrire, compter, coder ! | BioPlug | Scoop.it

Dans un monde où les technologies numériques prennent de plus en plus de place, l’apprentissage et la compréhension du code informatique deviennent-ils indispensables, au même titre que lire, écrire et compter ?

L’apprentissage du code est considéré aujourd’hui comme la réponse aux nouveaux besoins de l’économie numérique, mais aussi comme la clé de voûte pour trouver un emploi, opérer une reconversion, voire créer son entreprise. Et ceux qui affirment qu’au delà d’un besoin professionnel, créatif ou même ludique, apprendre le code c’est acquérir une capacité

de comprendre son environnement et d’action sur le monde, sont de plus en plus nombreux.

Ainsi, selon la ministre déléguée chargée des petites et moyennes entreprises, de l’innovation et de l’économie numérique, Fleur Pellerin, « apprendre à coder ou à développer peut permettre aux jeunes de comprendre comment est construit l’univers digital dans lequel ils évoluent, et développer une distance critique ».

Pourtant, jusqu’à aujourd’hui, l’apprentissage du code en France est majoritairement cantonné aux étudiants de l’enseignement supérieur qui se destinent à devenir des professionnels de l’informatique. Mais l’arrivée très médiatisée de nouveaux acteurs – comme l’école d’informatique 42, gratuite et accessible sans condition de diplôme, créée par Xavier Niel, fondateur d’Iliad-Free, ou Simplon.co, à Montreuil, un lieu d’apprentissage du code prioritairement tourné vers tous ceux qui sont issus des milieux modestes – conjuguée à toutes les initiatives qui essaiment dans l’hexagone, révèle un changement profond.

Lire, écrire, compter, coder traite de la nécessité d’apprendre le code informatique, à l’école pour les plus jeunes, mais aussi hors de l’école pour tous les autres, et explique comment y parvenir pour que le code ne reste pas entre les mains de certains, mais puisse être approprié par tous.

Après un historique de l’alphabet et la langue des machines, les auteurs analysent tous les enjeux et aspects du code : C’est quoi le code, la programmation informatique ?

 

Pourquoi coder ? Et pourquoi est-ce important ? Est-ce réservé aux geeks ou aux scientifiques ? Le code est partout, mais souvent caché. Son apprentissage est-il facile et possible pour tous ? Ils présentent également d’autres aspects : ne pas consommer la technologie, mais la maÎtriser ; les enjeux citoyens ; un moyen d’interagir avec le monde ; hacker la politique, les ONG, les médias, l’économie, etc. Puis, ils passent en revue toutes les manières d’apprendre le code informatique, quels que soient son âge et sa formation : Quel rôle pour l’école ? Comment et où apprendre à programmer ? Pour tous nouveaux publics (enfants, jeunes, seniors, travailleurs, autistes/handicapés, CEO, etc.) ; les écoles, dans le garage, avec des gens ; un sésame vers la robotique, l’impression et la fabrication 3D, l’open data, etc.

C’est un ouvrage à la fois documentaire et pratique, qui apporte des réponses claires à un sujet d’actualité et de société qui concerne toutes les populations et générations.

 

Les auteurs

Diplômé en sciences politiques et en intelligence économique, Frédéric Bardeau est passionné de digital et de cyberculture d’activisme, d’empowerment et d’inclusion.

Il travaille depuis 15 ans comme consultant, conférencier, formateur et entrepreneur social.

Il a fondé Limite, première agence pure player en communication responsable. En 2013, il crée Simplon.co, une fabrique accélérée de développeurs d’applications web-mobile et d’entrepreneurs du numérique, prioritairement tournée vers les jeunes des quartiers populaires, issus de milieux modestes ou de la diversité, les filles et les porteurs de projets sociaux innovants.

Nicolas Danet est diplômé du Celsa. Il est spécialiste de l’analyse de réputation en ligne, de l’hacktivisme et des ONG. Depuis octobre 2013, il travaille à Londres pour Change.org, la plus grande plateforme mondiale de pétitions.

 Il sont tous deux auteurs d’Anonymous, FYP éditions, 2011.

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