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What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy?

What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In San Francisco, you can find the “Airbnb-of-everything." Just as Airbnb capitalized on the fact that many of us have a spare bed, bedroom, or even apartment from which we’d gladly make some money, many other industries have followed suit.
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Today, you can earn money by filling the spots in your car on a road trip, being a personal tour guide for out-of-town visitors, lending your car out when you’re not driving it, or doing odd jobs for people in the city.

At Collaborative Fund, the fund I founded to invest in collaborative businesses, we are helping to support a cultural shift away from excess, hyper-consumption, and ownership, and toward access, sharing, and efficiency. We hear about new stories that exemplify this shift all the time, like programmer Avi Flombaum quitting his day job at a startup where he was CTO because his hobby teaching Skillshare classes earned him $100,000 in one year. Few teachers make that much in traditional schools.Or Curtis Chong, who earned $5,300 in a year letting others drive his Honda Civic worth $4,800 on RelayRides. These marketplaces enable people with excess supply to find demand, unlocking viable economic activity.

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Let the Global Brain Do the Thinking: A New Approach to Making Things

Let the Global Brain Do the Thinking: A New Approach to Making Things | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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Mankind Is Getting Ready To Turn Over Most Decisions To Robots

Mankind Is Getting Ready To Turn Over Most Decisions To Robots | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
We could become "obsolete."
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By 2025, ‘sexbots will be commonplace’ – which is just fine, as we’ll all be unemployed and bored thanks to robots stealing our jobs | ExtremeTech

By 2025, ‘sexbots will be commonplace’ – which is just fine, as we’ll all be unemployed and bored thanks to robots stealing our jobs | ExtremeTech | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
According to a new report that looks at how continuing improvements to artificial intelligence and robotics will impact society, 'robotic sex partners will become commonplace' by 2025. A large portion of the report also focuses on how AI and robotics will impact both blue- and white-collar workers, with about 50% of the polled experts stating that robots will displace more human jobs than they create by 2025.
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Christofer Toumazou's 'lab on a chip' makes preventing illness possible

Christofer Toumazou's 'lab on a chip' makes preventing illness possible | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Greek-Cypriot engineer wins European inventor award for USB device that decodes patient's DNA within minutes outside a lab
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Electronic Skin Moves Us Closer to Cyborgs

Electronic Skin Moves Us Closer to Cyborgs | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

The filmlike patches can keep track of brain activity, medication needs, wound healing and more


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Need a small house? Just press print | UCLA

Need a small house? Just press print | UCLA | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
UCLA architecture and urban design students helped create a fully functional microhouse built using 3-D printing technology.

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IBM's Watson Computer Made A BBQ Sauce, And It's Delicious

IBM's Watson Computer Made A BBQ Sauce, And It's Delicious | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
IBM's cloud-computing system is making its first foray into food

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Watson, a cognitive computing system that can learn and process natural human language, has been one of IBM's most exciting projects of the last decade. Over the past few years, Watson has learned a variety of tasks, from defeating contestants on "Jeopardy" to diagnosing life-threatening diseases. Now the cloud-based system is making its first foray into an industry we can all enjoy: food. 

IBM calls it "cognitive cooking," a collaboration with New York's Institute of Culinary Education that uses data to create the best-tasting food possible. 

IBM engineers carefully examined flavor compounds in thousands of ingredients, going down to the molecular level to measure the pleasantness of each. Then, using nutritional data from the FDA, they had the chefs at ICE try out the combinations Watson had determined would make for a delicious meal.

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The FLOK Society Project: Making The Good Life Possible Through Good Knowledge | Techdirt

The FLOK Society Project: Making The Good Life Possible Through Good Knowledge | Techdirt | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
One of the most striking and important developments in the world of technology over the last two decades or so has been the rise of an alternative mode of production that is open, collaborative and global. This began in the world of software, with...
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Turing test beaten for first time by virtual 13-year-old boy

Turing test beaten for first time by virtual 13-year-old boy | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
'Eugene Goostman' fools 33% of interrogators into thinking it is human, in what is seen as a milestone in artificial intelligence

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No computer had ever previously passed the Turing test, which requires 30% of human interrogators to be duped during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations, organisers from the University of Reading said.

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You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet | Tor.com

You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet | Tor.com | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Cory Doctorow discusses the importance of Internet privacy, and how companies profit from our mistakes.
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On the Nature of Digital Transformation: 10 Observations

On the Nature of Digital Transformation: 10 Observations | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A few things I’ve noticed about how technology works
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Hacking the GENOME of Flow: Jamie Wheal at TEDxVeniceBeach - YouTube

http://www.flowgenomeproject.co http://www.facebook.com/flowgenome The peak performance state known as Flow, of being "in the zone," where time slows down, e...
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From human extinction to super intelligence, two futurists explain

From human extinction to super intelligence, two futurists explain | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

What do you think poses the greatest threat to humanity?

Sandberg: Natural risks are far smaller than human-caused risks. The typical mammalian species lasts for a few million years, which means that extinction risk is on the order of one in a million per year. Just looking at nuclear war, where we have had at least one close call in 69 years (the Cuban Missile Crisis) gives a risk of many times higher. Of course, nuclear war might not be 100% extinction causing, but even if we agree it has just 10% or 1% chance, it is still way above the natural extinction rate.

Nuclear war is still the biggest direct threat, but I expect biotechnology-related threats to increase in the near future (cheap DNA synthesis, big databases of pathogens, at least some crazies and misanthropes). Further along the line nanotechnology (not grey goo, but “smart poisons” and superfast arms races) and artificial intelligence might be really risky.

The core problem is a lot of overconfidence. When people are overconfident they make more stupid decisions, ignore countervailing evidence and set up policies that increase risk. So in a sense the greatest threat is human stupidity.


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Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | Enterprise | WIRED

Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | Enterprise | WIRED | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Viv was named after the Latin root meaning live. Its San Jose, California, offices are decorated with tsotchkes bearing the numbers six and five (VI and V in roman numerals). Ariel Zambelich When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera. Instead…
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It's time to consider restricting human breeding (Wired UK)

It's time to consider restricting human breeding (Wired UK) | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Given the number of children that starve each day, dwindling planetary resources and the coming transhumanist era, it might be time to consider restricting human breeding, argues futurist Zoltan Istvan
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Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Could Be 'More Dangerous Than Nukes'

Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Could Be 'More Dangerous Than Nukes' | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In an inspired weekend Twitter mini-rant, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk called artificial intelligence potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons.
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Why the internet of things could destroy the welfare state

Why the internet of things could destroy the welfare state | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But where does this leave governments, asks Evgeny Morozov
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Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism

Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
A one-of-a-kind conversation with Jeremy Rifkin discussing “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” and the decline of capitalism.

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Interesting and a must read...

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Some very interesting conversation about the future of capitalism and economics in the 21st century.

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Out in the Open: Teenage Hacker Transforms Web Into One Giant Bitcoin Network | Enterprise | WIRED

Out in the Open: Teenage Hacker Transforms Web Into One Giant Bitcoin Network | Enterprise | WIRED | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Most people think of bitcoin as a form of money, if they think of bitcoin at all. But 19-year-old hacker Vitalik Buterin sees it as something more -- much more. He sees it as a new way of building just about any internet application.
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Put down the smart drugs – cognitive enhancement is ethically risky business

Put down the smart drugs – cognitive enhancement is ethically risky business | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Cognitive performance enhancers promise to deliver a better version of ourselves: smarter, more alert and more mentally agile. But what if such enhancement was no longer a personal choice but a socially…
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Collaborative Pioneer: Inside Interview with Yariv Gilad, Co-Founder of CasaVersa - Collaborative Consumption

Collaborative Pioneer: Inside Interview with Yariv Gilad, Co-Founder of CasaVersa - Collaborative Consumption | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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Morality pills: reality or science fiction?

Morality pills: reality or science fiction? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

Molly Crockett: The complexities of ethics and the brain make it difficult for scientists to develop a pill to enhance human morals.

 

Could we create a "morality pill"? Once the stuff of science fiction, recent studies in neuroscience have shown that brain chemicals can subtly influence some aspects of moral judgments and decisions. However, science is very far from creating pills that can turn sinners into saints, as I have argued many times before. So imagine my surprise when I came across the headline, “‘Morality Pills’ Close to Reality, Claims Scientist”– referring to a lecture I gave recently in London. (I asked the newspaper where the reporter got his misinformation, but received no response to my query.)

Sensationalist reports like this are not only inaccurate, but also neglect the rich complexities of the brain that make neuroscience so fascinating. It is these same complexities that will make it very difficult for scientists to develop a morality pill.

First, let’s consider the evidence that drugs can influence morals. Laboratory studies typically compare the effects of a placebo pill with those of a drug treatment that alters the function of a specific brain chemical. After taking either the drug or placebo, healthy volunteers make a series of moral decisions or judgments. For example, they may consider whether to donate to charity, or cooperate with others, or judge whether it is permissible to harm one person in order to save many others. The key question is whether the drug alters people’s decisions and judgments, relative to placebo.


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LET'S REINVENT THE BOOKSHOP

LET'S REINVENT THE BOOKSHOP | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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Google’s Next Phase in Driverless Cars: No Brakes or Steering Wheel

Google’s Next Phase in Driverless Cars: No Brakes or Steering Wheel | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Google has begun building a fleet of 100 experimental electric-powered vehicles that will dispense with all the standard controls found in modern automobiles and take the driver out of driving.
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The Energy Internet Explained, with Jeremy Rifkin - YouTube

Don't miss new Big Think videos!  Subscribe by clicking here: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Int...
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