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This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus

This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 16: Nothingness - Nautilus | _e | Scoop.it
One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making a remote and medium-sized country a world-famous tourist destination. The problem was that Finland was known as a rather quiet country, and since 2008, the Country Brand Delegation had been looking for a national brand that would make some noise.

Over drinks at the Sea Horse, the experts puzzled over the various strengths of their nation. Here was a country with exceptional teachers, an abundance of wild berries and mushrooms, and a vibrant cultural capital the size of Nashville, Tennessee. These things fell a bit short of a compelling national identity. Someone jokingly suggested that nudity could be named a national theme—it would emphasize the honesty of Finns. Someone else, less jokingly, proposed that perhaps quiet wasn’t such a bad thing. That got them thinking.

A few months later, the delegation issued a slick “Country Brand Report.” It highlighted a host of marketable themes, including Finland’s renowned educational system and school of functional design. One key theme was brand new: silence. As the report explained, modern society often seems intolerably loud and busy. “Silence is a resource,” it said. It could be marketed just like clean water or wild mushrooms. “In the future, people will be prepared to pay for the experience of silence.”

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Is Trustlessness Terminating Valid Agreement?

Is Trustlessness Terminating Valid Agreement? | _e | Scoop.it
Various attempts have been made in recent years to state necessary and sufficient conditions for someone’s trusting a given transaction…
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Margaret Runchey invented “Bitcoin”, not ⟦Satoshi Nakamoto⟧

Margaret Runchey invented “Bitcoin”, not ⟦Satoshi Nakamoto⟧ | _e | Scoop.it
This section is non-normative. (Quine quotes are fair-play.)
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vizflow/vizflow

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vizflow is an ES6 interactive visualization engine
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A Computer Tried (and Failed) to Write This Article

None of this turned out how it was supposed to.

Here I am, a human, writing a story that was assigned to a machine. If I’d published what the computer came up with, you’d be reading something like:

“content that was that communications and everything that makes on a person what they’re are also to be in the Internet in the fact about it is that models are technologication of the same that its also from the most computer.”

A machine really did come up with that garbage. But let me back up for a second.

A little over a year ago, I started asking around—among computer scientists at universities and tech companies, mostly—to see if someone would help me design and carry out a weird little experiment I had in mind. I wanted to train a machine to write like me.

The idea was this: We’d give Robot Adrienne a crash course in journalism by having it learn from a trove of my past writings, then publish whatever Robot Me came up with.

This isn’t a far-fetched idea, and not just because robots have a long track-record of automating human labor. There are already algorithms that can write stories. At The Los Angeles Times, there’s a program that reports breaking news about earthquakes. Bots can easily be programmed to write other basic stories—things like box scores and real estate listings, even obituaries. In January, Wired had a news-writing bot produce a remembrance of Marvin Minsky, the artificial intelligence pioneer. The result was a little dry compared with the obituary for Minksy written by a human at The New York Times—but the machine version was decent. Last year, NPR’s Scott Horsley raced a bot to report quarterly earnings for the diner chain, Denny’s. Horsely’s version had more stylistic flourish, but the bot filed its story in two minutes flat—five full minutes before Horsely, basically an eternity in radio time.

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Google scientist Jeff Dean on how neural networks are improving everything Google does - Puget Sound Business Journal

Google scientist Jeff Dean on how neural networks are improving everything Google does - Puget Sound Business Journal | _e | Scoop.it
If you've ever been mystified by how Google knows what you're looking for before...

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Thimble Bioelectronics developing wearable pain relief patch

Thimble Bioelectronics developing wearable pain relief patch | _e | Scoop.it
The Thimble Bioelectronics TENS patch is a wearable pain relief gadget that manages and tracks pain.

 

Imagine if you could treat pain the same way you treat a cut: throw a bandage on it and let it heal. Thimble Bioelectronics is working on a patch based on Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) that's designed to provide this type of portable pain relief.

TENS is a type of treatment that uses low voltage electrical stimulation to alleviate certain types of pain. The treatment is typically performed via a small machine, but Thimble Bioelectronics is busy designing a wearable application of the technology designed to adhere to the problem area and provide TENS treatment for the pain. Details of the exact form the TENS patch will take haven't yet been revealed, but the company says it will include integrated Bluetooth connectivity that works with an accompanying smartphone app for pain tracking and management.


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How to Build a Device that Improves Our Neural Abilities | MIT Technology Review

Enhancing the flow of information through the brain could be crucial to making neuroprosthetics practical.

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The abilities to learn, remember, evaluate, and decide are central to who we are and how we live. Damage to or dysfunction of the brain circuitry that supports these functions can be devastating, leading to Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, PTSD, or many other disorders. Current treatments, which are drug-based or behavioral, have limited efficacy in treating these problems. There is a pressing need for something more effective.

One promising approach is to build an interactive device to help the brain learn, remember, evaluate, and decide. One might, for example, construct a system that would identify patterns of brain activity tied to particular experiences and then, when called upon, impose those patterns on the brain. Ted Berger, Sam Deadwyler, Robert Hampsom, and colleagues have used this approach (see “Memory Implants”). They are able to identify and then impose, via electrical stimulation, specific patterns of brain activity that improve a rat’s performance in a memory task. They have also shown that in monkeys stimulation can help the animal perform a task where it must remember a particular item.

Their ability to improve performance is impressive. However, there are fundamental limitations to an approach where the desired neural pattern must be known and then imposed. The animals used in their studies were trained to do a single task for weeks or months and the stimulation was customized to produce the right outcome for that task. This is only feasible for a few well-learned experiences in a predictable and constrained environment.


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Russian billionaire reveals real-life 'avatar' plan - and says he will upload ... - Daily Mail

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Russian billionaire reveals real-life 'avatar' plan - and says he will upload ...

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JavaScript on the Desktop

Although Web and mobile apps are getting more capable every day, often your application makes the most sense on the desktop.
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#13: The Radicalness Of 3D Printing

#13: The Radicalness Of 3D Printing | _e | Scoop.it
Way back in February of 2011, I wrote an extensive article for H+ on 3D printing and how it would allow a transition between an economy based on material “value” and scarcity to one based on nonmaterial “value” and abundance.

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Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis

Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis | _e | Scoop.it
This isn’t something oil markets are planning for, and it’s easy to see why. Plug-in cars make up just one-tenth of 1 percent of the global car market today. They’re a rarity on the streets of most countries and still cost significantly more than similar gasoline burners. OPEC maintains that electric vehicles (EVs) will make up just 1 percent of cars in 2040. Last year ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance told me EVs won’t have a material impact for another 50 years—probably not in his lifetime.

But here’s what we know: In the next few years, Tesla, Chevy, and Nissan plan to start selling long-range electric cars in the $30,000 range. Other carmakers and tech companies are investing billions on dozens of new models. By 2020, some of these will cost less and perform better than their gasoline counterparts. The aim would be to match the success of Tesla’s Model S, which now outsells its competitors in the large luxury class in the U.S. The question then is how much oil demand will these cars displace? And when will the reduced demand be enough to tip the scales and cause the next oil crisis?

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Major shifts are happening, we're about to witness what humans are capable of once they put their minds together for change.

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Good point, thanks for sharing.
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New mathematics accurately captures liquids and surfaces moving in synergy

New mathematics accurately captures liquids and surfaces moving in synergy | _e | Scoop.it
Gas bubbles in a glass of champagne, thin films rupturing into tiny liquid droplets, blood flowing through a pumping heart and crashing ocean waves—although seemingly unrelated, these phenomena have something in common

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ID2020, held at the United Nations, features ‘lots and lots of Blockchain’.@investorseurope #blockchain

ID2020, held at the United Nations, features ‘lots and lots of Blockchain’.@investorseurope #blockchain | _e | Scoop.it
During the inaugural ID2020 summit, held at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, representatives from over 50 technology businesses discussed the world's Identity problems, including representatives from at least half dozen blockchain-centered companies.
The purpose of the annual event is to make sure that every human being has access to identity services, even if they have no state-issued identification. “One fifth of the world's population is without legal identity” the ID2020 website states. "Without legal identification people are invisible to society and vulnerable to trafficking, prostitution, and child abuse."

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"The purpose of the annual event is to make sure that every human being has access to identity services, even if they have no state-issued identification."

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Thermodynamics, entropy and disorder in futures studies

Thermodynamics, entropy and disorder in futures studies | _e | Scoop.it
This is a slightly revised version of an article of the same title originally published in the journal Futures. The full citation for the original article is: Joshua Floyd, Thermodynamics, entropy and disorder in futures studies, Futures, Volume 39, Issue 9, November 2007, Pages 1029-1044, doi:10.1016/j.futures.2007.03.011. Abstract The conceptual bases of futures studies are constrained…

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Hand-Tech Glove for gesture controlled augmented reality

Hand-Tech Glove for gesture controlled augmented reality | _e | Scoop.it
Called as Hand-Tech, the wearable device is a semi-transparent glove covering your hand from the wrist, right up to the two fingers and thumb.

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Synthetic Biology Begins To Deliver

Synthetic Biology Begins To Deliver | _e | Scoop.it

Synthetic biology moves us from reading to writing DNA, allowing us to design biological systems from scratch for any number of applications. Its capabilities are becoming clearer, its first products and processes emerging. Synthetic biology’s reach already extends from reducing our dependence on oil to transforming how we develop medicines and food crops. It is being heralded as the next big thing; whether it fulfils that expectation remains to be seen. It will require collaboration and multi-disciplinary approaches to development, application and regulation. Interesting times ahead!


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78,000 apply to leave Earth forever to live on Mars

78,000 apply to leave Earth forever to live on Mars | _e | Scoop.it
By Mike WallSpace.com Huge numbers of people on Earth are keen to leave the planet forever and seek a new life homesteading on Mars.

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The Dynamically Extended Mind – A Minimal Modeling Case Study

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This from Froese, Gershenson, and Rosenblueth. The extended mind hypothesis has stimulated much interest in cognitive science. However, its core claim, i.e.

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Badiou: Politics, Philosophy, and Critique

Among the political theories I find most appealing, is that of Badiou’s.  There are roughly four reasons for this: First, and perhaps foremost, Badiou does not treat everything as political. ...

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….philosophy is…the configuration, within thought, of the fact that its four generic conditions (the poem [art], the matheme [science], the political and love) are compossible in the eventful form prescribe the truths of the time, a suspension of philosophy can result from the restriction or blockage of the free play required in order to define a regime of passage, or of intellectual circulation between the truth procedures conditioning philosophy.  The most frequent cause of such a blockage is that instead of construct a space of compossibility through which the thinking of time is practiced, philosophy delegates its function to one or other of its conditions, handing over the whole of thought to one generic position.  Philosophy is then carried out in the element of its own suppression to the great benefit of that procedure.

I shall call this type of situation a suture.  Philosophy is placed in suspension every time it presents itself as being sutured to one of its conditions.  (61)


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Anonymous Attacks Israeli Websites In Response To IDF Operation In Gaza | Tibidy

An anonymous reader writes "On Thursday, Anonymous reported that it took down close to 40 Israeli government and security establishment websites, although the single website that they presented as having been attacked belonged to a security and...
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