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An Essay on the New Aesthetic

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An Essay on the New AestheticBruce Sterling I witnessed the New Aesthetic panel at South by Southwest 2012. It was a significant event...
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Artificial Stupidity Can Be Just As Dangerous As Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Stupidity Can Be Just As Dangerous As Artificial Intelligence | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The day that science fiction writers have feared for so long has finally come—the machines have risen up. There is nowhere you can run and nowhere you can hide. The software “bot” onslaught is here, and every Homo sapien is a target of the limitless legions of unceasing, unemotional, and...
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Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression

Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A psychedelic drink used for centuries in healing ceremonies is now attracting the attention of biomedical scientists as a possible treatment for depression. Researchers from Brazil last month published results from the first clinical test of a potential therapeutic benefit for ayahuasca, a South American plant-based brew. Although the study included just six volunteers and no placebo group, the scientists say that the drink began to reduce depression in patients within hours, and the effect was still present after three weeks. They are now conducting larger studies that they hope will shore up their findings.

The work forms part of a renaissance in studying the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic or recreational drugs—research that was largely banned or restricted worldwide half a century ago. Ketamine, which is used medically as an anaesthetic, has shown promise as a fast-acting antidepressant; psilocybin, a hallucinogen found in ‘magic mushrooms’, can help to alleviate anxiety in patients with advanced-stage cancer; MDMA (ecstasy) can alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder; and patients who experience debilitating cluster headaches have reported that LSD eases their symptoms.

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Tissue engineering: Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish

Tissue engineering: Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Scientists have generated mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering. The scientists grew a leg muscle starting from engineered cells cultured in a dish to produce a graft. The subsequent graft was implanted close to a normal, contracting skeletal muscle where the new muscle was nurtured and grown. In time, the method could allow for patient-specific treatments for a large number of muscle disorders.
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Welcome to Bitnation | Bitnation

Welcome to Bitnation | Bitnation | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
BITNATION is a fully inclusive governance system. BITNATION offers a full range of services traditionally done by governments. We provide a cryptographically secure ID system, blockchain based dispute resolution, marriage and divorce, land registery, education, insurance, security, diplomacy, and more through a fully distributed platform.
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Printing Things. Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing - we make money not art

Printing Things. Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing - we make money not art | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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Is It Ethical to Create Babies From Three DNA Sources? Absolutely | WIRED

Is It Ethical to Create Babies From Three DNA Sources? Absolutely | WIRED | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Critics give three main reasons; safety; creating babies with three parents; and the danger of opening the door to more genetic engineering. None of these objections provides a convincing reason against trying to treat what are often lethal diseases.

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Robodynamics' Luna personal robot hits Kickstarter

Robodynamics' Luna personal robot hits Kickstarter | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Back in 2011, Gizmag looked at Robodynamics' Luna personal robot. As 2014 draws to a close, Luna has still to reach market, but the maker has launched a Kickstarter to raise money to start manufac...
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Local Motors just 3D-printed a car live at an auto show

Local Motors just 3D-printed a car live at an auto show | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Auto shows are typically a place to debut cars, not to build them — but then again, Local Motors isn't your everyday automaker.


The printing of the car takes 44 hours
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Researchers: We can detect life on other worlds through its vibrations

Researchers: We can detect life on other worlds through its vibrations | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A sensitive instrument vibrates with the metabolic activity of life itself.
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The Internet of Things and the Connected Person | WIRED

The Internet of Things and the Connected Person | WIRED | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
One of the interesting things about the Internet of Things (IoT): It’s not really about the things. The IoT is a developing technological marvel. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 to 100 billion devices will be electronically connected in the globally emerging IoT. But at the center of the innovation that is unfolding…
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DIYBio Comes of Age

DIYBio Comes of Age - Backchannel - Medium
The next generation of amateur science tools are coming, and this time they mean business.
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Social maps that reveal a city's intersections — and separations

Social maps that reveal a city's intersections — and separations | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who lives there, who they talk to — and who they don’t.
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Chomsky: 'I Don't Look at Twitter Because It Doesn't Tell Me Anything'

Chomsky: 'I Don't Look at Twitter Because It Doesn't Tell Me Anything' | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
"Right now, if I want to find out what's going on in Ukraine or Syria or Washington, I read the New York Times, other national newspapers, I look at the Associated Press wires, I read the British press, and so on.

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7 ways the Internet of Things could dramatically change the workplace as we know it

7 ways the Internet of Things could dramatically change the workplace as we know it | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
It's already starting to happen.
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Gordon Moore: The Man Whose Name Means Progress - IEEE Spectrum

Gordon Moore: The Man Whose Name Means Progress - IEEE Spectrum | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The visionary engineer reflects on 50 years of Moore’s Law
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Outing A.I.: Beyond the Turing Test

Outing A.I.: Beyond the Turing Test | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The idea that an advanced artificial intelligence should be able to “pass” as humanlike is self-defeating, unethical and perhaps even dangerous.
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DARPA developing neural interface connected to your spine - Siliconrepublic.com

DARPA developing neural interface connected to your spine - Siliconrepublic.com | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The US military’s advanced research division – DARPA – has revealed details of its ‘cortial modem’ which wants to turn the inside of the human eye into an advanced display powered by the spine.

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The Incredible AI That Can Watch Videos and Tell You What It's Seeing | WIRED

The Incredible AI That Can Watch Videos and Tell You What It's Seeing | WIRED | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A startup called Clarifai is able to search video images in a matter of seconds and figure out what's inside them. Watch how it works in this demo video.
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NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars' | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.
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These 11 Technologies Will Go Big in 2015

These 11 Technologies Will Go Big in 2015 | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
If you thought 2014 was thrilling, here's a look at what I'm most excited about for 2015. Here are 11 of the most exciting new technologies moving
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Next Big Future: Ido Bachelet announces 2015 human trial of DNA nanobots to fight cancer and soon to repair spinal cords

Next Big Future: Ido Bachelet announces 2015 human trial of DNA nanobots to fight cancer and soon to repair spinal cords | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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How Skype Used AI to Build Its Amazing New Language Translator | WIRED

How Skype Used AI to Build Its Amazing New Language Translator | WIRED | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Very soon now, a select group of Skype beta testers will have a new Microsoft technology that seems borrowed from the world of Star Trek. It’s called the Skype Translator—a Skype add-on that listens to the English words you speak into Microsoft’s internet phone-calling software and translates them into Spanish, or vice versa. As you…
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Biologists Have Built An Artificial Chromosome From Scratch

Biologists Have Built An Artificial Chromosome From Scratch | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In a breakthrough seven years in the making, an international team of scientists have reconstructed a synthetic and fully functional yeast chromosome. It's a remarkable advance that could eventually lead to custom-built organisms — humans included.

Via Andrea Graziano, Alessio Erioli
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