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A traveler's guide to in-flight WiFi

A traveler's guide to in-flight WiFi | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

You're on a nice, long domestic flight. In coach. There's a screaming baby two rows up; the pages of the in-flight magazine are stuck together with someone else's chewing gum; and the 9-inch overhead CRT is showing a 2-year-old episode of New Girl that you've already seen a half-dozen times -- without sound, because you always end up in the seat with a broken headphone jack. Oh, and you have five hours left to go to LAX.

 

If you play your cards right (and pack some noise-canceling headphones), your next cross-country haul could be a whole lot more pleasant, thanks to in-flight WiFi. Nearly all of the major US airlines now offer WiFi in the sky. Thousands of passengers flying above North America are online right now, watching adorable kittens meow on YouTube, reading up on their destinations or researching a new device right here on Engadget. But while some carriers offer service on many of their planes, few have it available fleet-wide, making it difficult to plan your travel around connectivity. So, which airlines offer the best service and how can you sort what you'll have on board? Explore the turbulent world of WiFi at 30,000 feet.


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Faster DNA Sleuthing Saves Critically Ill Boy Stricken by Encephalitis

Faster DNA Sleuthing Saves Critically Ill Boy Stricken by Encephalitis | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A 14-year-old boy’s turnaround and quick recovery after being stricken by encephalitis - which led to him being hospitalized for six weeks and put into a medically induced coma after falling critic...
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DARPA is working on its own deep-learning project for natural-language processing

DARPA is working on its own deep-learning project for natural-language processing | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is building a set of technologies to help it better understand human language so it can analyze speech and text sources and alert analysts of potentially useful information.

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Cryogenic Suspended Animation is About to Become a Reality

Cryogenic Suspended Animation is About to Become a Reality | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Called Rapid Induction Hypothermia, medical team plans to cool patients suffering from significant blood loss from trauma to save them.
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How MIT and Caltech's coding breakthrough could accelerate mobile network speeds

How MIT and Caltech's coding breakthrough could accelerate mobile network speeds | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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The 6 Most Badass Weapons Ever Improvised in Battle

The 6 Most Badass Weapons Ever Improvised in Battle | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
War is a terrible thing: Sometimes you have to take the life of your fellow man in the most brutal and extravagant ways...and you just don't have a good enough weapon to do it as hard as you want.
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EVOLUTION [V6] - Learn to Walk (genetic algorithm & Neural Network) - YouTube

Sticky Creatures learn to walk Evolution perforemed by Genetic Algorithm Brain with Neural Network [from V6 there are muscles (angle constrains)] executable:...

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Stop asking if Piketty was right or wrong; not everyone will ever agree anyway

Stop asking if Piketty was right or wrong; not everyone will ever agree anyway | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

 Computer bugs and Excel mishaps are inevitable because code is written by humans and even brilliant economists aren’t perfect. But careful researchers catch important mistakes; they debug their work until the remaining bugs don’t change the result very much when they are fixed. In both the Piketty and Reinhart and Rogoff cases, it seems the bugs exposed didn’t change their original results. This explains why, while most people assume a bug is a sign of unforgivable sloppiness, economists shrug, point out the results didn’t change much, and think that’s an adequate defense. The economists are right; the existence of a bug isn’t necessarily a big deal.

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excerpt: "At the end one of three things happen: the field comes to a consensus about whether the incumbent is right and the original research was wrong or scholars may decide original research was once right but things have changed. Or the most likely outcome: there’s no agreement and competing schools of thought form around personal judgment on whose assumptions are worse. It’s not pretty; but data is imperfect, subject to interpretation and the economy constantly evolves. That’s the best researchers (in any field) can do. If you look hard enough, at any study, you can always find something you disagree with and assumptions that didn’t prove correct, even in hard sciences. For good or bad, Piketty wrote the right book at the right time, which meant undue praise and unfair criticism."

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Made in Africa: Is manufacturing taking off on the continent?

Made in Africa: Is manufacturing taking off on the continent? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Economies across Africa have grown in recent years, but the BBC's Alexis Akwagyiram considers whether manufacturing can provide mass employment.
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how-nanotechnology-could-reengineer-us.jpg (970x1424 pixels) | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Nanotechnology research that promises significant advances in electronics, materials, biotechnology, alternative energy sources, and dozens of other applications. A new infographic shows the potential impact on each of us.
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The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World

The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites.
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Stanford Inventors Designs Safe Way to Transfer Energy to Medical Chips in The Body

Stanford Inventors Designs Safe Way to Transfer Energy to Medical Chips in The Body | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A very interesting video was published by Stanford University in which inventors describe how they re-designed batteries not to be bigger than a grain of rice therefore medical devices implanted into the body could be much much smaller.

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Syntax, semantics, and naked emperors: lessons students can learn from an academic hoax

Syntax, semantics, and naked emperors: lessons students can learn from an academic hoax | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Research students at the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a computer programme which automatically writes academic papers. The freely available programme, called SCIgen, has met with some success given that some of the papers it has produced have been accepted by academic journals and conferences despite them being devoid of meaning. 

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HoverSkater blends hovercraft and skateboard, but isn't quite a hoverboard

HoverSkater blends hovercraft and skateboard, but isn't quite a hoverboard | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
While the recent HUVr Tech hoverboard hoax involving Tony Hawk and Christopher Lloyd had the internet buzzing with anticipation, we can now report that a Kickstarter project might finally deliver what we have all been waiting for.
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How to make robots seem less creepy

How to make robots seem less creepy | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
If they're going to be used in social jobs, new research suggests they need more human traits.
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How MIT and Caltech's coding breakthrough could accelerate mobile network speeds

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A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster | TechCrunch

A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster | TechCrunch | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It looks like something from the Borg (read, cool), but it's actually a cast for healing bones. The Osteoid, created by Turkish student Deniz Karasahin,..
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Hacking neural networks | ZDNet

Hacking neural networks | ZDNet | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Anything that can be hacked, will be hacked — including neural networks. Here's what researchers have learned about surprising artificial intelligence behavior.

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Watch_Dogs WeAreData | #smartcities #opendata

Watch_Dogs WeAreData | #smartcities #opendata | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Discover how data controls the cities of Paris, London and Berlin in these hyperconnected times.

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luiy's curator insight, May 28, 2014 6:28 AM

Watch_Dogs WeareData gathers available geolocated datain a non-exhaustive way: we only display the information for which we have been given the authorization by the sources. Yet, it is already a huge amount of data. You may even watch what other users are looking at on the website through Facebook connect.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, June 3, 2014 2:50 PM

Good visualization of streaming data geo-located. 

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From Data Ownership to Data Usage: How Consumers Will Monetize Their Personal Data

From Data Ownership to Data Usage: How Consumers Will Monetize Their Personal Data | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In a world where more data is created than ever before, data ownership is gaining in importance. What are the possibilities for organisations and consumers?

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, May 30, 2014 7:26 AM

"There are also Big Data startups that are developing personal data marketplaces. These young companies are taking a different approach regarding Big Data and are empowering consumers to determine what’s done with their data and receive monetary rewards for the usage of their data."

 

"Another new startup is Ctrlio. This company is developing a platform for individuals to become more in control of their own data, decide what to do with the data and save money too via personalized offers. The advantage for brands is that they can make very relevant offers based on rich personal profiles, resulting in higher conversion rates."

luiy's curator insight, May 30, 2014 11:06 AM

Personal Data Marketplaces

 

This is just the beginning. There are also Big Data startups that are developing personal data marketplaces. These young companies are taking a different approach regarding Big Data and are empowering consumers to determine what’s done with their data and receive monetary rewards for the usage of their data.

 

One of such companies is Handshake. They are working hard to cut out the data brokers such as Experian or Acxiom and give consumers the power over their personal data. End-users are giving monetary rewards in exchange for their data and a bit of their time. Users can share the usual personal infor