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The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age | Content in Context | Scoop.it
It's an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital — even in one of the world's greatest newsrooms. Read it.
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Building Community Using Social Media and Blogs

“This is the bulk of Dan's presentation from Spirit of Women's 2013 Pelvic Health Conference in Denver, Colorado. The subject of the presentation was building...”
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Driving Interconnected Networks to Supercriticality

Driving Interconnected Networks to Supercriticality | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“Going viral” is a familiar phrase in the world of social media, but fundamental scientific understanding of the mechanism(s) of “viral” spreading in interconnected multilayer networks is very limited. A new statistical-physics study reveals when and how fast spreading results from correlation between lateral (intralayer) and vertical (interlayer) spreading.Driving Interconnected Networks to SupercriticalityFilippo RadicchiPhys. Rev. X 4, 021014 (2014)http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevX.4.021014
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Economics is too important to leave to the experts - The Guardian

Economics is too important to leave to the experts - The Guardian | Content in Context | Scoop.it
You wouldn't have guessed it, given the fanfare surrounding the 0.8% growth figure for the first quarter of 2014, but people in the United Kingdom have been living through a period worse than Japan's infamous "lost decade" of the 1990s.
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Ambient Proximity Is The Next Phase Of Location Sharing | TechCrunch

Ambient Proximity Is The Next Phase Of Location Sharing | TechCrunch | Content in Context | Scoop.it
It's not where your friends are, but how close they are that matters. After years of exact coordinate check-ins, both Foursquare and Facebook are now focusing..
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Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making

Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“ The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a group faces a variety of factors, researchers report. Instead, smaller groups actually tend to make more accurate decisions while larger assemblies may become excessively focused on only certain pieces of information.”
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A new twist in the properties of light discovered

A new twist in the properties of light discovered | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Light has some well-established dynamical properties that have defined our understanding of electromagnetic radiation for over a century. Two of the most fundamental of these properties are that photons of light carry momentum in the direction of propagation, and a 'spin' about the propagation axis defined by the electromagnetic wave's circular polarization. These properties play critical roles in a range of everyday phenomena and experimental interactions between light and matter.Konstantin Bliokh from the RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science Research Group (iTHES) and Aleksandr Bekshaev and Franco Nori from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science have now made the remarkable discovery that a particular type of light known as evanescent waves possesses unexpected dynamical properties that are in sharp contrast with previous knowledge about light and photons.Evanescent waves are produced, for example, when light undergoes total internal reflection at a boundary with another medium. In such situations, the main electromagnetic wave is reflected back into the originating medium and an evanescent wave is produced in the second medium. The evanescent wave decays rapidly away from the boundary but can propagate along the interface.By investigating the dynamic characteristics of evanescent waves, Nori's team discovered that the momentum and spin of these waves have transverse components that are oriented at right angles to the plane of propagation. Equally surprising, they also found that the transverse momentum, and not the transverse spin, is determined by the wave's circular polarization—precisely the opposite to the dependence seen in normal light."Although these extraordinary properties seem to be in contradiction with what is known about photons," explains Bliokh, "we have shown that they reveal what is known as 'spin momentum'—an enigmatic quantity that was introduced more than 70 years ago to explain the spin of quantum particles." The research team's analysis suggests that these extraordinary properties of evanescent waves do in fact manifest in light–matter interactions, potentially leading to effects that are impossible to achieve and observe using normal light. For example, evanescent waves exert a transverse force and a transverse torque on small particles, where the force is dependent on the circular polarization but the torque is not.
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Ants Swarm Like Brains Think

Ants Swarm Like Brains Think | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Both ants and brains actually rely on two types of feedback, held in a delicate balance: negative (or inhibitory) feedback, and positive (or excitatory) feedback. “Negative feedback tends to cause stability. Positive feedback tends to cause runaway behavior,” said Tomer Czaczkes, an ant biologist at the University of Regensburg in Germany. “These two simple rules make something very powerful.”http://nautil.us/issue/12/feedback/ants-swarm-like-brains-think
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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 1, 2014 10:14 AM

Small changes in behavior, thought or action can lead to dramatic changes, in time and with persistence, in the overall quality and function of the brain.

 

Imagine if we worked to heal each other and ourselves of our delusions, illusions, false perceptions, misconceptions, anger, depression, anxiety, etc?  What if we invented machines that could help us correct our brains' function, must like how we use glasses or hearing aids to correct our senses?

 

Consciousness must flow through the biological infrastructure of the brain.  You alter that in a majority of the people of this planet, you technically alter the entirety of the universe (although, I would add, that theoretically that higher level of conscious state had always been present, and that it is we who are arriving at it in our perceptions, while the essential universe itself remains unchanged).  This means that we'd simply be adapting to the universe in a more positive fashion, rather than actually altering it; conforming more to its natural law than shifting the paradigm of our existence on this planet, in this place.

 

Cool cool stuff here.

 

Think about it.

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Journalism Schools Should Educate Non-Journalists and ‘Almost-Journalists’ Too | Mediashift

Journalism Schools Should Educate Non-Journalists and ‘Almost-Journalists’ Too | Mediashift | Content in Context | Scoop.it
...As the traditional journalism business continues to implode, journalism educators need to be thinking a lot more about the second category, but also in broader ways about the first. If we recognize journalism in places where we never used to acknowledge its existence, journalism programs will discover niches that could fuel new programs and attract new students.Here’s one: In 2009, I suggested that some advocacy organizations were creating “almost-journalism” — doing deep and valuable reporting on issues that mattered, such as civil liberties, human rights and more. They could do even better, I said, if they applied basic journalistic principles — because they’d be even more credible.“”
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Good journalism and critical thinking skills can make a huge difference in content marketing..

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6 types of Twitter conversations

6 types of Twitter conversations | Content in Context | Scoop.it
The discussions that form around products and organizations are very different from those born in professional groups or around customer service accounts. Here's how.
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A Systemic Perspective on Cognition and Mathematics (Communications in Cybernetics, Systems Science and Engineering) by Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest downloads torrent

A Systemic Perspective on Cognition and Mathematics (Communications in Cybernetics, Systems Science and Engineering) by Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest downloads torrent | Content in Context | Scoop.it
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Scientists Create Cybernetic Links Between People—by DJing

Scientists Create Cybernetic Links Between People—by DJing | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“Our research—the notion of feedback and complex systems—informs everything we do. A DJ and an audience are a cybernetic system, controlling each other’s state.
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New brain cells erase old memories

New brain cells erase old memories | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“Neurogenesis interferes with past learning in infant and adult mice.”For anyone fighting to save old memories, a fresh crop of brain cells may be the last thing they need. Research published today in Sciencesuggests that newly formed neurons in the hippocampus — an area of the brain involved in memory formation — could dislodge previously learned information1. The work may provide clues as to why childhood memories are so difficult to recall.“The finding was very surprising to us initially. Most people think new neurons mean better memory,” says Sheena Josselyn, a neuroscientist who led the study together with her husband Paul Frankland at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.Humans, mice and several other mammals grow new neurons in the hippocampus throughout their lives — rapidly at first, but more and more slowly with age. Researchers have previously shown that boosting neural proliferation before learning can enhance memory formation in adult mice2, 3. But the latest study shows that after information is learned, neuron growth can degrade those memories.Although seemingly counterintuitive, the disruptive role of these neurons makes some sense, says Josselyn. She notes that some theoretical models have predicted such an effect4. “More neurons increase the capacity to learn new memories in the future,” she says. “But memory is based on a circuit, so if you add to this circuit, it makes sense that it would disrupt it.” Newly added neurons could have a useful role in clearing old memories and making way for new ones, says Josselyn.

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▶ Define the Commons - David Bollier, USA - YouTube

A definition of the "Commons" proposed by David Bollier, a member of the Commons Strategies Group (CSG), taken from an interview conducted by Alain Ambrosi, at the Economics and the Commons Conference which took place in Berlin from 22 to 24 May 2013.
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Why is Service Design important to Customer Experience? - Klarity Group

Why is Service Design important to Customer Experience? - Klarity Group | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“A great article on how Service Design and Customer Experience are equally important and how it drives growth to an organization offering products and/or services. (RT @klaritygroup1: Why is Service Design important to Customer Experience?”
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Rethink, reclaim The Commons - Common Ground.ca

Rethink, reclaim The Commons - Common Ground.ca | Content in Context | Scoop.it
The challenge is to learn to see The Commons and more importantly, tothink like a commoner. For years, David Bollier has explored The Commons as a policy strategist and an international activist. He has spent his time writing and collaborating and editing 12 books as well as founding onthecommons.org and blogging at Bollier.org
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Your Community is an Ecosystem – Embrace It

Your Community is an Ecosystem – Embrace It | Content in Context | Scoop.it
If you were to look at the definition of an ecosystem, you may find something along the lines of this: An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.
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Reinvent Artificial Intelligence with Kevin Kelly

Talk about a fundamental Reinvention! The arrival of Artificial Intelligence could reinvent what it is to be human, to be employed. As we shift many kinds of work, even knowledge work, to machines, we might ultimately need to rethink economic distribution and the social compact among citizens. Join +Kevin Kelly , the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, as we focus this roundtable on this important initial question: What is the early path of commercialization for Artificial Intelligence? In other words, what will be AI's first killer apps? This will be where regular people initally encounter AI. Let's get a handle on this powerful enabling technology now.
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Make me a match: How matchmaking in search can improve the sharing economy - GigaOM

Make me a match: How matchmaking in search can improve the sharing economy - GigaOM | Content in Context | Scoop.it
Matchmaking can extend into more peer-to-peer collaborative sharing, as well, ensuring that users with similar schedules and interests can more easily swap items.
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"Utopian Potential of the Internet": Astra Taylor on How to Take Back Power ... - Democracy Now

"Utopian Potential of the Internet": Astra Taylor on How to Take Back Power ... - Democracy Now | Content in Context | Scoop.it
We are joined by author and activist Astra Taylor, whose new book, "The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age," argues net neutrality is just the beginning of ensuring equal access and representation online. "The utopian potential of the net is real," Taylor notes. "The problem is the underlying economic conditions haven’t changed. The same old business imperatives, the same old incentives that shaped the old model and made it so problematic are still with us. The Internet might have disrupted investigative journalism, but it didn’t disrupt advertising."

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Human consciousness is simply a quantum state of matter, physicists claim

Human consciousness is simply a quantum state of matter, physicists claim | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“Thanks to the work of a small group neuroscientists and theoretical physicists over the last few years, we may finally have found a way of analyzing the mysterious, metaphysical realm of consciousness in a scientific manner. The latest breakthrough in this new field, published by Max Tegmark of MIT, postulates that consciousness is actually a state of matter, allowing us to scientifically tackle murky topics such as self awareness, and why we perceive the world in classical three-dimensional terms, rather than the infinite number of objective realities offered up by the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.”The latest attempts to formalize consciousness come from Giulio Tononi, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who proposed the integrated information theory (IIT) model of consciousness — and now Max Tegmark of MIT, who has attempted to generalize Tononi’s work in terms of quantum mechanics. In his research paper, “Consciousness as a State of Matter” [arXiv:1401.1219], Tegmark theorizes that consciousness can be understood as a state of matter called “perceptronium” that can be differentiated from other kinds of matter (solids, liquids, gases) using five, mathematically sound principles.The paper, as you can imagine, is a beastly 30-page treatise, but the Physics arXiv Blog does a good job of summarizing it (if you’re comfortable with quantum mechanics, anyway). In short, though, it outlines Tononi’s ITT — that consciousness results from a system that can store and retrieve vast amounts of information efficiently — and then moves onto his own creation, perceptronium, which he describes as “the most general substance that feels subjectively self-aware.” This substance can not only store and retrieve data, but it’s also indivisible and unified (this is where we start to wander into the “here be dragons” realm of souls and spirits and so forth). The rest of the paper mostly deals with describing perceptronium in terms of quantum mechanics, and trying to work out why we steadfastly perceive the world in terms of classical, independent systems — rather than one big interconnected quantum mess.
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MIT Groups Insist that Bitcoin Is the Way of the Future - Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog)

MIT Groups Insist that Bitcoin Is the Way of the Future - Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog) | Content in Context | Scoop.it
“Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog) MIT Groups Insist that Bitcoin Is the Way of the Future Boston magazine's Boston Daily (blog) On May 3, HackMIT, the MIT Bitcoin Club, and the College Cryptocurrency Network will welcome a panel of experts...”
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The Social Trust Economy: What Is It, What Is Its Currency and How Do We Trade? - Business 2 Community

The Social Trust Economy: What Is It, What Is Its Currency and How Do We Trade? - Business 2 Community | Content in Context | Scoop.it
When attempting to manage something, it is always best to understand what it is we’re trying to manage. For example, if one were to attempt to manage confusion, it may come as a shock when presented with a large group of guinea fowl (yes, it is one of those weird animal group names). With the excitement surrounding the business potential in social media, wouldn’t it be nice to start with a great definition?
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How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?

How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation? | Content in Context | Scoop.it
This is an open call for ideas. We want to discover projects that make the Internet better.
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