Embodied Zeitgeist
Follow
Find
4.1K views | +4 today
 
Scooped by Xaos
onto Embodied Zeitgeist
Scoop.it!

Free the Network – documentary by Brian Anderson & Erin Lee Carr

Free the Network –  documentary by Brian Anderson & Erin Lee Carr | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Free the Network – fantastic documentary by Brian Anderson and Erin Lee Carr about the Occupy Wall Street, focusing on the movement’s “freedom towers” and a 21-year-old hacktivist’s quest to build the...
more...
No comment yet.

From around the web

Embodied Zeitgeist
Exploration of The Zeitgeist as embodied in Humans
Curated by Xaos
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

'Her' Is Coming To Real Life: Meet Google's Chat Box | Big Think

'Her' Is Coming To Real Life: Meet Google's Chat Box | Big Think | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A conversation with the new Google bot can go something like this:
Human: What is the purpose of dying? Machine: To have a life. Human: What is the purpose of being intelligent? Machine: To find out what it is. Human: What is the purpose of emotions? Machine: I don’t know.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Xaos from Knowmads, Infocology of the future
Scoop.it!

Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction?

Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In the last half-billion years, life on Earth has been nearly wiped out five times—by such things as climate change, an intense ice age, volcanoes, and that space rock that smashed into the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago, obliterating the dinosaurs and a bunch of other species. These events are known as the Big Five mass extinctions, and all signs suggest we are now on the precipice of a sixth.

Except this time, we have no one but ourselves to blame. According to a study published last week in Science Advances, the current extinction rate could be more than 100 times higher than normal—and that’s only taking into account the kinds of animals we know the most about. Earth’s oceans and forests host an untold number of species, many of which will probably disappear before we even get to know them. (See pictures of 10 of the earth's rarest animals.)

Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert’s book The Sixth Extinction won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. We talked with her about what these new results might reveal for the future of life on this planet. Is there any chance we can put the brakes on this massive loss of life? Are humans destined to become casualties of our own environmental recklessness?

The new study that's generated so much conversation estimates that as many as three-quarters of animal species could be extinct within several human lifetimes, which sounds incredibly alarming.

Via Wildcat2030
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

The Architect of Germany's Third Industrial Revolution: an Interview with Jeremy Rifkin

The Architect of Germany's Third Industrial Revolution: an Interview with Jeremy Rifkin | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
On May 11 of this year, 74% of Germany's electricity was produced from a combination of solar and wind power, driving electricity prices into the negative for much of the afternoon. Meanwhile, in the United States, fossil fuels accounted for 67% of this country's electricity.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

‘Brain-to-Text’ system converts speech brainwave patterns to text | KurzweilAI

‘Brain-to-Text’ system converts speech brainwave patterns to text | KurzweilAI | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Brain activity recorded by electrocorticography electrodes (blue circles). Spoken words are then decoded from neural activity patterns in the blue/yellow
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Xaos from Knowmads, Infocology of the future
Scoop.it!

Deep Learning Machine Beats Humans in IQ Test | MIT Technology Review

Deep Learning Machine Beats Humans in IQ Test | MIT Technology Review | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Just over 100 years ago, the German psychologist William Stern introduced the intelligence quotient test as a way of evaluating human intelligence. Since then, IQ tests have become a standard feature of modern life and are used to determine children’s suitability for schools and adults’ ability to perform jobs.

These tests usually contain three categories of questions: logic questions such as patterns in sequences of images, mathematical questions such as finding patterns in sequences of numbers and verbal reasoning questions, which are based around analogies, classifications, as well as synonyms and antonyms.

It is this last category that has interested Huazheng Wang and pals at the University of Science and Technology of China and Bin Gao and buddies at Microsoft Research in Beijing. Computers have never been good at these. Pose a verbal reasoning question to a natural language processing machine and its performance will be poor, much worse than the average human ability.

Today, that changes thanks to Huazheng and pals who have built a deep learning machine that outperforms the average human ability to answer verbal reasoning questions for the first time.

Via Wildcat2030
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

MIT cheetah robot lands the running jump - YouTube

In a leap for robotic development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Forget the internet of things – we need an internet of people

Forget the internet of things – we need an internet of people | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
From cars to umbrellas, everyday objects are becoming increasingly connected. But the question we need to ask is – should they be?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Exclusive: Apple Pursues DNA Data | MIT Technology Review

Exclusive: Apple Pursues DNA Data | MIT Technology Review | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The iPhone could become a new tool in genetic studies.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Longread: Inside the New A.I. from the Siri Guys

Longread: Inside the New A.I. from the Siri Guys | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The guys who made SIRI are on the verge of releasing Viv, a way of optimizing the Internet that could make you far more intelligent and capable.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Xaos from Cyborg Lives
Scoop.it!

Microsoft Shows HoloLens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick | WIRED

Microsoft Shows HoloLens' Augmented Reality Is No Gimmick | WIRED | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Today, Microsoft demonstrated how far its augmented-reality HoloLens wonderland project has come. In fact, it cemented HoloLens’s place as one of the most exciting new technologies we have—just in ways that you may never actually see.

When HoloLens debuted in January, the use cases Microsoft proffered were largely domestic; you could build (Microsoft-owned) Minecraft worlds in your living room, or have conversations over (Microsoft-owned) Skype with far-flung friends who felt a few feet away. Even WIRED’s behind-the-scenes look back then mostly comprised games and other low-stakes living room interactions. While a broad range of industries and institutions have use for augmented reality, Microsoft spent the bulk of its HoloLens introduction emphasizing the device’s consumer potential.

Via Wildcat2030
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Open value networks: Tiberus Brastaviceanu at TEDxMontreal - YouTube

(Sous-titres en français bientôt disponibles) In addition to developing highly advanced scientific instruments, Tiberus Brastaviceanu and his team have creat...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse – David Graeber on "The Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs"

A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse – David Graeber on "The Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs" | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Graeber’s argument is similar to one he made in a 2013 article called “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”, in which he argued that, in 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by the end...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

What counting 3987 grains of rice with Marina Abramovic taught me

What counting 3987 grains of rice with Marina Abramovic taught me | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The temperature is nine degrees but there are 26 other people counting thousands of black lentils and grains of rice in this draughty harbourside pier in the name of art.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Open Data - why it is better to know than not to know? | Alicja Peszkowska | TEDxWarsaw - YouTube

A talk about the significance of open data and the impact of open data based applications on our everyday life. Alicja Peszkowska is not only a new technolog...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Driverless cars are a catch 22: we do none of the driving, but take all of the responsibility

Driverless cars are a catch 22: we do none of the driving, but take all of the responsibility | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Driverless cars might require just as much driving as those we already use.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Do Corporations Have Minds?

Do Corporations Have Minds? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Not really. But we often think and talk about them as though they do, and that is cause for concern.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Xaos from Philosophy everywhere everywhen
Scoop.it!

Philosophy booms with popular answers to life's big questions | Culture | DW.DE | 29.05.2015

Philosophy booms with popular answers to life's big questions | Culture | DW.DE | 29.05.2015 | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The immense success of writers such as Richard David Precht, festivals of ideas and philosophy magazines is has made thinking hip again. But is this legitimate philosophy, or more a lifestyle trend?

As a European cultural center, Cologne is used to being overrun. During Carnival the city doubles in population and a bevy of landmark festivals, fairs and fiestas hosted in the western German city cater to interest groups of every stripe. While the attendees of the third phil.Cologne, which opened this week and runs until June 3, may not be sporting striking costumes, their numbers are impressive. Organizers expect 10,000 visitors to attend the festival where people come to listen to intellectual discourse.

The public image of philosophy had long been in crisis. The last philosophical schools to prove a social sensation were Existentialism and the Frankfurt School, both originating in the 1940s. After a brief public explosion during the student protests of the 1960s, the discipline of thinking withdrew once again to its ivory tower. At the end of the 1960s German news weekly "Der Spiegel" asked: "What is philosophy today?"

From the ivory tower to the masses

In recent years there has been a noticeable paradigm shift. Videos from the international "ideas lectures" such as the TED Talks are certified YouTube hits and frequently go viral on social networks, alongside the flood of cat videos. Philosophy in 2015 has little to do with the hermit-like tendencies of Martin Heidegger - today it's more about ideas for everyday use rather than esoteric evaluations and complex concepts.

Via Wildcat2030
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)

Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it) | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Danino, a TED Fellow, explains how quorum sensing works -- and how clever bacteria working together could som
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Vote For Zoltan If You Want To Live Forever

Vote For Zoltan If You Want To Live Forever | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Zoltan Istvan Courtesy Zoltan Istvan Zoltan Istvan didn’t see the half-buried bomb. He was reporting on a story about Vietnam’s forgotten landmines when he wandered off the path to look at the scar of an explosion on the jungle floor. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground--his guide had tackled him just before he could step on a small landmine. The bomb didn't go off, but Istvan was shaken. While he cleaned off his camera lens, he decided to take a break from journalism for a while. He re
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

Why Tesla’s announcement is such a big deal: The coming revolution in energy storage

Why Tesla’s announcement is such a big deal: The coming revolution in energy storage | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The major upshot of more and cheaper batteries could be a much greener planet.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Xaos
Scoop.it!

The Cicret Bracelet: Like a tablet...but on your skin. - YouTube

With the Cicret Bracelet, you can make your skin your new touchscreen. Read your mails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find ...
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Xaos from arslog
Scoop.it!

Welcome to Genspace

Welcome to Genspace | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

Via arslog
more...
arslog's curator insight, April 25, 3:56 AM

"Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education in molecular biology for both children and adults. We work inside and outside of traditional settings, providing a safe, supportive environment for training and mentoring in biotechnology."