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Darpa’s Robots Could Soon Assemble Satellites in Space | Danger Room | WIRED

Darpa’s Robots Could Soon Assemble Satellites in Space | Danger Room | WIRED | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Building satellites in the future could be as easy as sending robots packed with hardware into orbit, if a new project from Darpa takes off.
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Surprise, surprise: New survey shows public cloud adoption way, way up

Surprise, surprise: New survey shows public cloud adoption way, way up | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Not a shocker that Amazon Web Services dominated public cloud use, but RightScale’s latest State of the Cloud Report found other nuances worth a look.
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Phys.Org Mobile: Integration brings quantum computer a step closer

Phys.Org Mobile: Integration brings quantum computer a step closer | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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3D printing: 10 companies using it in ground-breaking ways

3D printing: 10 companies using it in ground-breaking ways | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A growing number of innovative companies are experimenting with 3D printers, propelling the technology closer to the mainstream market.

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In Pursuit Of Truth: A Brand’s Guide To Managing Misinformation Online

In Pursuit Of Truth: A Brand’s Guide To Managing Misinformation Online | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

The Internet has rewritten the rules for what can be viewed as fact versus fiction. From fake online reviews to inaccurate media articles, it’s impossible to truly know what online information is real and what is fabricated. The same holds true for the voices of online audiences, whether it’s a tweet, a comment on an article or a blog post.

In an attempt to eradicate the mystery, it was recently reported that European scientists are developing a “social media lie detector” called PHEME for popular social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Using technology like natural language processing, PHEME will review and put online rumors into one of four categories – speculation, controversy, misinformation and disinformation.

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Medical First: 3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted in Woman - NBC News

Medical First: 3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted in Woman - NBC News | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Another day, another advance in 3-D printing technology.Doctors in the Netherlands report that they have for the first time successfully replaced most of a h...
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Why Facebook Bought Oculus Rift for $2 Billion | MIT Technology Review

Why Facebook Bought Oculus Rift for $2 Billion | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Facebook acquired Oculus Rift because it believes virtual reality could be the next big thing after mobile.
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This could be huge! People might one day interact using animated avatars in virtual public, virtual private, in constructed locations or in fantasy realms. Not just in games but in immediate narratives. Educational innovations will probably quickly follow behind the entertainment innovations as will some STEM business applications.  People will be able to interact with virtual objects, concepts, and symbols that will allow creativity and innovation. New recording technologies may develop as well, transforming all that occurs in this virtual reality into a kind of narrative.

Very soon though, there might be other innovations where existing technologies that include touch-simulation and gesture controls might get integrated with the Oculus concept in a way that brings people close to the "holodeck" experience. 

 

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"The headset, designed by 21-year-old Palmer Luckey, has been available as a developer kit since March 2013. So far it’s primarily been used for video games (see “Can Oculus Rift Turn Virtual Wonder into Commercial Reality?”). John Carmack, co-creator of the seminal 3-D video game Doom, joined Oculus VR in August; many enthusiasts and independent game makers have already released games and demos for the hardware. This has happened even though the company hasn’t announced a launch date for a commercial version of the hardware. At this point the device isn’t expected to be released any earlier than the end of this year."

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Using IBM Watson Foundations to read emotions | The Big Data Hub

Using IBM Watson Foundations to read emotions | The Big Data Hub | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

 I (the author) learned that nViso makes facial analytics tools that can help consumer-focused businesses better understand their customers by analyzing human non-verbal signals. Further, the company uses Watson Foundations to provide the analytics and data management infrastructure that support facial image analysis.

A closer look at nViso shows that its core expertise is facial imaging analysis. To conduct this analysis, the company:

Digitally captures data streams on cloud and mobile platformsUses facial imaging software to analyze that captured digital data to look for human non-verbal signals (emotional responses)Enables customers to use the data that it collects to start asking new and different questions about customer preferences, and can become more attuned to consumer reactions to marketing campaignsAutomates the process of analyzing customer emotional reactions, making it easier and less costly to gather consumer information. 

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It's amazing that a machine can analyze non-verbal facial communication. If it proves accurate and valuable, the combination of sickened outcry and the innovative applications will (could possibly) lead to incredible social change. People who are disenfranchised may begin to see an increase in justice statistics. Detecting the emotions and other nonverbal cues of jurors, plaintiffs, witnesses, even--one day--judges, may lead to unprecedented impacts. It would not simply support judicial officials and statisticians. The AI machines themselves may learn a great deal about making judgments and develop algorithms to replace judges at various levels of court cases or to provide alternative judgments (in the beginnings of the replacements). Airlines, citizen/customs agents, and other agents providing security might also receive support. 

 

However, there is considerable evidence that people implementing the machine-enhanced judgments may still reject those judgments to instead go with "the gut" or their so-called "intuition", but as the machine algorithms improve their accuracy, humans may also trust them more and will employ them as a greater part in their decision making.

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Nanopores underlie our ability to tune in to a single voice - MIT News Office

Nanopores underlie our ability to tune in to a single voice - MIT News Office | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Inner-ear membrane uses tiny pores to mechanically separate sounds, researchers find.
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excerpt: "Our ears’ selectivity, it turns out, arises from evolution’s precise tuning of a tiny membrane, inside the inner ear, called the tectorial membrane. The viscosity of this membrane — its firmness, or lack thereof — depends on the size and distribution of tiny pores, just a few tens of nanometers wide. This, in turn, provides mechanical filtering that helps to sort out specific sounds."

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Effects of Web 3.0 in the New Digital World

Effects of Web 3.0 in the New Digital World | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Web 1.0 was an early stage of the conceptual evolution of the World Wide Web, focused on how the user could connect to the web through the user interface. Web 2.0 emerged around 2004 and it mainly
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Solving a convex mirror problem | Physics Inventions/New Inventions In Science and Physics

Solving a convex mirror problem | Physics Inventions/New Inventions In Science and Physics | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Solving a convex mirror problem http://t.co/PGZ4aiVnCL
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The problem with Pandora and why it's time to clean up the digital music mess

The problem with Pandora and why it's time to clean up the digital music mess | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

ASCAP tried to spin the recent ruling by saying it is “pleased the court recognized the need for Pandora to pay a higher rate than traditional radio stations.” But since Pandora will be paying a rate that is only 0.15 percent higher than the 1.7 percent paid by AM/FM stations, that’s hardly a ringing affirmation. More broadly, though, the ruling raises questions about why digital and traditional radio services should be treated so differently in the first place.

 

Take a closer look at music industry royalty rules, and you’ll quickly discover that they make the federal tax code look downright simple in comparison.

Under the current royalty system, for instance, AM/FM radio stations have to pay nothing to performers, only to songwriters. By contrast, newer services like satellite and online radio do have to pay performer rights — but under completely different formulas. The result is that Sirius/XM pays out around eight percent of its revenue for royalties, while Pandora reportedly pays out around 60 percent. For so-called ”interactive” services like Spotify and buzzy newcomer Beats Music, rules for royalties are different yet again and so are their opportunities to access songs.

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Samsung claims a graphene breakthough — which may be huge for future wearables

Samsung claims a graphene breakthough — which may be huge for future wearables | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Above: Samsung's Gear FitImage Credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeatHow can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company? Find out at DataBeat, May 19-20 in San Francisco. There are only 10 tickets left at the lowest rate!
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News Flash: Longitudinal Study Reveals that the Quality of Parent-Adolescent Relationships is Associated with Mental Health in Adulthood

News Flash: Longitudinal Study Reveals that the Quality of Parent-Adolescent Relationships is Associated with Mental Health in Adulthood | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
By Margarita Azmitia Since Bowlby’s classic work on attachment, scholars have researched and debated the continuity of early parent-child attachment relationships across the lifespan and the assoc
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excerpt: "As hypothesized, young adults’ psychological adjustment at age 30 was predicted by the quality of their parent-adolescent relationships, and poor quality relationships in adolescence were associated with poor psychological adjustment in young adulthood. Importantly, these associations became more modest, albeit still statistically significant, after controlling for the effects of the contextual variables. These findings highlight the contribution of context to parent-adolescent attachment and young adults’ psychological adjustment."

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How Your Location Data Is Being Used To Predict The Events You Will Want To Attend | MIT Technology Review

How Your Location Data Is Being Used To Predict The Events You Will Want To Attend | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The next generation of recommendation engines will use your location data to suggest music festivals, sporting events and conferences you will want to attend.
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I wonder if this event recommendation technology would be useful in education. Could a curriculum be developed in place of task analysis? 

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An AI that mimics our neocortex is taking on the neural networks – and this is how it'll do it • The Register

An AI that mimics our neocortex is taking on the neural networks – and this is how it'll do it • The Register | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
An AI that mimics our neocortex is taking on the neural networks – and this is how it'll do it • The Register
http://t.co/wkF0vebJlO

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Firefighting Robot Prepares To Walk Through Flames

Firefighting Robot Prepares To Walk Through Flames | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The bot is designed to learn a ship's layout, move around autonomously and see through smoke.

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Want to Start a Business? Check Out Mobile Health

Want to Start a Business? Check Out Mobile Health | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
When technology and health care innovations unite, startups can soar.
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Twitter Photo Tagging: 4 Facts - InformationWeek

Twitter Photo Tagging: 4 Facts - InformationWeek | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Twitter mobile apps now let you upload multiple photos and tag up to 10 people. Here's how to use the new features.
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An Inexpensive, Lensless Camera Can Fit In Just About Any Device | MIT Technology Review

An Inexpensive, Lensless Camera Can Fit In Just About Any Device | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
An itty-bitty camera could bring sight to the Internet of things.
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EXCERPT--"WHY IT MATTERS

Smaller, cheaper cameras may make it easier to add motion detection and gesture recognition to gadgets."

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Saving the sunshine for night: solar fuels from artificial photosynthesis | SPIE Newsroom: SPIE

Saving the sunshine for night: solar fuels from artificial photosynthesis | SPIE Newsroom: SPIE | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Direct visible light water splitting in a dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell makes hydrogen for energy storage.
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Turning bacteria into chemical factories - MIT News Office

Turning bacteria into chemical factories - MIT News Office | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Kristala Jones Prather engineers cells to produce useful compounds such as drugs and biofuels.
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excerpt: "“The concept that I was working on was quite simple: Can we take the idea of biocatalysis, of looking at these enzymes and focusing on their chemistry, and combine that with metabolic engineering? Now we are thinking about multistep pathways where we have enzymes working on substrates that they may or may not have seen in nature, and we’re combining them together in a different way so they’re all in one cell,” Prather says."

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The (Robotic) Sex Industry of the Future

The (Robotic) Sex Industry of the Future | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A recent robot expo in Germany reminded the Internet that hydraulically powered stripper bots exist, but futurists have long been anticipating the high-tech sex industry of the future.
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Volvo tests cloud-based communication system to make driving safer

Volvo tests cloud-based communication system to make driving safer | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Volvo has a history of shaping many safety features we take for granted today, regardless of what brand of car we drive.
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