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Self-driving banks: industrial verification without industrial capex

Self-driving banks: industrial verification without industrial capex | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Thanks to blockchains, a laptop or a mobile phone is, today, as effective at running a globally-accessible application as a datacentre or a mainframe. Furthermore, with the permissioned chains, the “mining” process can be dispensed with entirely, allowing a user to run such a network with only the latent capacity of hardware you already have (in relation to which, 99% of the time it is not being used anywhere near full capacity.

In the future, we will leverage this excess capacity to both increase the reliability and uptime of our systems, and bring the marginal costs of computing to nearly zero. This will be a world in which data infrastructure runs itself without physical infrastructure.
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Using CRISPR as a recording device

Using CRISPR as a recording device | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers at Harvard University has taken another look at CRISPR and has found that it can be used as a recording device of sorts, keeping track of when and where a given bacterium has been exposed to different viruses. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their study, their findings and the ways such natural recordings might be useful.
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Omron Table Tennis Robot at Hannover Fair 2016

Omron robot playing table tennis. Remarkable reaction rate of the system.

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Frontiers | Differential changes in self-reported aspects of interoceptive awareness through 3 months of contemplative training | Consciousness Research

Frontiers | Differential changes in self-reported aspects of interoceptive awareness through 3 months of contemplative training | Consciousness Research | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Interoceptive awareness (IA) comprises the awareness of signals from the inside of the body, such as the perception of heart beats, the breath, or movements of the viscera, and higher-order top–down processes including biases, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions regarding those perceptions (Cameron, 2001; Craig, 2002; Mehling et al., 2009). Interoception has been shown to be critical for the sense of self and the creation of a subjective perspective from which the world is experienced (Varela et al., 1991; Craig, 2002, 2009; Critchley et al., 2004; Berlucchi and Aglioti, 2010; Park and Tallon-Baudry, 2014). It is also important for awareness and regulation of emotions (Dunn et al., 2007; Silani et al., 2008; Herbert et al., 2011; Füstös et al., 2013; Koch and Pollatos, 2014) as well as empathy (Singer et al., 2009; Bird et al., 2010; Lamm and Singer, 2010; Terasawa et al., 2014). Furthermore, IA is critical for decision making (Sanfey et al., 2003; Dunn et al., 2010; Sütterlin et al., 2013) and self-control of behavior in various situations with impact on health and disease (Herbert et al., 2007, 2012a, 2013; Herbert and Pollatos, 2014).
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Meet the Diverse and Bizarre “Stars” of the Deep Sea


Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-diverse-and-bizarre-stars-deep-sea-180959056/#ABJFmSVR0IVk8DDD.99
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The Neural Precursors of Spontaneous Thoughts - Neuroskeptic

The Neural Precursors of Spontaneous Thoughts - Neuroskeptic | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Back in 2013, I wondered if we would ever discover the neural basis of spontaneous thoughts. Why, I asked, do certain ideas just “pop” into our minds at particular times?
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Watch Google X Unleash an Awesome Two-Legged Robot on Tokyo

Watch Google X Unleash an Awesome Two-Legged Robot on Tokyo | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It’s been a little over two years since Google jumped into robotics with both feet. In 2013, the company (since reorganized as Alphabet) bought eight of the most interesting robotics... read more
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How Big Data Traps People in Poverty

How Big Data Traps People in Poverty | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Surveillance and public-benefits programs gather large amounts of information on low-income people, feeding opaque algorithms that can trap them in poverty.
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Biomolecular motors enables an incredibly efficient biocomputer

Biomolecular motors enables an incredibly efficient biocomputer | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have utilised nanotechnology to create a biological computer that can solve certain mathematical problems far faster and more energy-efficiently than conventional electrical computers.
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Will capitalism survive the robot revolution?

Will capitalism survive the robot revolution? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Economic experts are trying to figure out a question that just two decades ago seemed ridiculous: If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the..

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Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines — Basic income — Medium

Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines - Basic income - Medium

Next generation artificial intelligence " in combination with robots like Boston Dynamics’ next generation Atlas portends, is a world where machines can do all four types of jobs and that means serious societal reconsiderations. If a machine can do a job instead of a human, should any human be forced at the threat of destitution to perform that job? Should income itself remain coupled to employment, such that having a job is the only way to obtain income, when jobs for many are entirely unobtainable? If machines are performing an increasing percentage of our jobs for us, and not getting paid to do them, where does that money go instead? And what does it no longer buy? Is it even possible that many of the jobs we’re creating don’t need to exist at all, and only do because of the incomes they provide? These are questions we need to start asking, and fast.

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Transcript of "A robot that runs and swims like a salamander"

Transcript of "A robot that runs and swims like a salamander" | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Roboticist Auke Ijspeert designs biorobots, machines modeled after real animals that are capable of handling complex terrain and would appear at home in the pages of a sci-fi novel. The process of creating these robots leads to better automata that can be used for fieldwork, service, and search and rescue. But these robots don't just mimic the natural world -- they help us understand our own biology better, unlocking previously unknown secrets of the spinal cord.
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The four components information is fascinating. It's not what we were taught about the spinal cord when I was a kid, that there is more going on in the spine than just "reflexes": 
"There are four main components behind animal locomotion. The first component is just the body, and in fact we should never underestimate to what extent the biomechanics already simplify locomotion in animals. Then you have the spinal cord, and in the spinal cord you find reflexes, multiple reflexes that create a sensorimotor coordination loop between neural activity in the spinal cord and mechanical activity. A third component are central pattern generators. These are very interesting circuits in the spinal cord of vertebrate animals that can generate, by themselves, very coordinated rhythmic patterns of activity while receiving only very simple input signals. And these input signals coming from descending modulation from higher parts of the brain, like the motor cortex, the cerebellum, the basal ganglia, will all modulate activity of the spinal cord while we do locomotion. But what's interesting is to what extent just a low-level component, the spinal cord, together with the body, already solve a big part of the locomotion problem. You probably know it by the fact that you can cut the head off a chicken, it can still run for a while, showing that just the lower part, spinal cord and body, already solve a big part of locomotion." (excerpt)
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What are ecosystem applications?

What are ecosystem applications? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
we are entering into the third generation of collective process management tooling which will focus on extending the benefits of software defined relationships for businesses of many different sizes. This generation of tooling, which will be led by the companies we currently label “blockchain” and “smart contract” companies, will leverage the economies of redundancy over data and data processing power which networks of peers can provide. This generation of software will emphasize the “Ecosystem” as the center of part of the universe.
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A Complex Predicament: How Our Energy, Economic and Ecological Systems are Connected

A Complex Predicament: How Our Energy, Economic and Ecological Systems are Connected | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
I am reposting, in their entirety, the ten articles I wrote that were published in SHIFT magazine (which is now on hiatus) between 2013 and 2015, since some of the links have changed and so that my blog contains the … Continue reading →...
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The secret history of ancient toilets

The secret history of ancient toilets | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In 1913, when Italian excavator Giacomo Boni excavated this room, toilets were an unmentionable topic. In his report, he seems to mistake the remains of the holey benches for something much more sensational: part of an elaborate mechanism that, he speculated, would have pumped water and provided power for the palace above. Boni's prudish sensibilities wouldn't let him recognize what was before his very eyes, says Jansen. “He couldn't imagine it was a toilet.”
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Prudish sensibilities can get in the way of valuable information. There is a history of plumbing that impacts health and traditions. With teenagers, this may be capture their imaginations and their interest. Every kid uses a toilet. This could be a way to get students interested in the knowledge and challenges of living in an ancient civilization. 
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What's the deal with eating avocado seeds? | Fox News

What's the deal with eating avocado seeds? | Fox News | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The research on avocado seed consumption is very limited. In the studies that do exist, scientists conclude that additional research needs to be done to determine whether it’s safe or beneficial to eat them. Additionally, the existing studies have focused on the potential benefits of avocado seed extracts, rather than the consumption of the seed itself, and they provide information only on lab testing, not on clinical data.
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Clinical trials are important because they are trials on actual people. 
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Degrees that will make you rich

Degrees that will make you rich | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
STEM graduates earn more money and are more likely to land a job.

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The Lifesavers of Science - OpenMind

The Lifesavers of Science - OpenMind | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Great scientists have saved millions of lives throughout history. Find out who are the main "lifesavers" of science with OpenMind.
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OPINION: Economic Singularity will force big changes on the majority of people

OPINION: Economic Singularity will force big changes on the majority of people | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
People like Peter Diamandis are arguing that the future is a world of abundance and everyone will be able to live in material wealth with no shortages.
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Changing Ocean Conditions Affect Quality of Prey for Atlantic Salmon, Other Species

Changing Ocean Conditions Affect Quality of Prey for Atlantic Salmon, Other Species | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Sharrock's insight:
Science tests for causality to separate it from correlation. It also refines understanding of systems in order to measure natural indicators. We know this from physician practice of measuring heart beats, blood pressure, temperature but by also checking ears, nose, and throat. Teachers can discuss how certain fish health can tell a great deal about the ocean's "health" as a system.
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Robot chef coming to a kitchen near you in 2017

Robot chef coming to a kitchen near you in 2017 | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
An automated kitchen that will create up to 2,000 meals from scratch is slated to go on the market in 2017. Over several months, Anderson helpedMoley Robotics bring the robotic chef to life by wearing special gloves that took 3-D recordings of his movements in preparing his recipe for crab bisque.
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New 3-D printer unlocks 'mind-blowing' possibilities with electronics manufacturing

New 3-D printer unlocks 'mind-blowing' possibilities with electronics manufacturing | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The Optomec Aerosol Jet 500 system, which became operational in January, is capable of printing circuits with a broad range of nanomaterials, allowing engineers to manufacture conductors, semiconductors and microcircuits with an intricacy and flexibility not possible with the Lab's previous technology.
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Cellular forces and matrix assembly coordinate fibrous tissue repair : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group

Cellular forces and matrix assembly coordinate fibrous tissue repair : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Planar in vitro models have been invaluable tools to identify the mechanical basis of wound closure. Although these models may recapitulate closure dynamics of epithelial cell sheets, they fail to capture how a wounded fibrous tissue rebuilds its 3D architecture. Here we develop a 3D biomimetic model for soft tissue repair and demonstrate that fibroblasts ensconced in a collagen matrix rapidly close microsurgically induced defects within 24 h. Traction force microscopy and time-lapse imaging reveal that closure of gaps begins with contractility-mediated whole-tissue deformations. Subsequently, tangentially migrating fibroblasts along the wound edge tow and assemble a progressively thickening fibronectin template inside the gap that provide the substrate for cells to complete closure. Unlike previously reported mechanisms based on lamellipodial protrusions and purse-string contraction, our data reveal a mode of stromal closure in which coordination of tissue-scale deformations, matrix assembly and cell migration act together to restore 3D tissue architecture.
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Explainer: the brain

Explainer: the brain | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Over the last 15 years, the methods used to study the brain have advanced significantly, and with this so has our understanding. Which makes the task of explaining the most complex organ in the body, well, complex.
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