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What innovations have been achieved in the cooling of homes in the past century or two?

What innovations have been achieved in the cooling of homes in the past century or two? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

The history of home cooling in the last two centuries starts with the invention of the fan. In 1886, Schulyer Wheeler invented the electric fan, which was the primary form of home cooling till after the second World War. The first air conditioner built for the home was created in 1914. Units were room air conditioners designed to sit on a window ledge. Frigidaire made the first room cooler to be available on the market for homes in 1929. They created year round Hot-Kold central air conditioner in 1931. Philco Air invented an air conditioner that used freon, that could be plugged into an electrical socket, and set in a window to cool homes in the late 1930's. New Smart Technology development will help further increase the efficiency of our home cooling systems. I hope these resources will give you the answers you are looking for, and please feel free to send another question if you need more specific info about this or any other subject!

 

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Wireless brain sensor-transmitter could unchain neuroscience from cables

Wireless brain sensor-transmitter could unchain neuroscience from cables | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

In a study in the journal Neuron, scientists describe a new high data-rate, low-power wireless brain sensor. The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with cabled connections. Experiments in the paper confirm that new capability. The results show that the technology transmitted rich, neuroscientifically meaningful signals from animal models as they slept and woke or exercised.


“We view this as a platform device for tapping into the richness of electrical signals from the brain among animal models where their neural circuit activity reflects entirely volitional and naturalistic behavior, not constrained to particular space,” said Arto Nurmikko, professor of engineering and physics affiliated with the Brown Institute for Brain Science and the paper’s senior and corresponding author. “This enables new types of neuroscience experiments with vast amounts of brain data wirelessly and continuously streamed from brain microcircuits.”


“The brain sensor is opening unprecedented opportunities for the development of neuroprosthetic treatments in natural and unconstrained environments,” said study co-author Grégoire Courtine, a professor at EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), who collaborated with Nurmikko’s group on the research. To confirm the system performance, the researchers did a series of experiments with rhesus macaques, which walked on a treadmill while the researchers used the wireless system to measure neural signals associated with the brain’s motion commands. They also did another experiment in which animal subjects went through sleep/wake cycles, unencumbered by cables or wires; the data showed distinct patterns related to the different stages of consciousness and the transitions between them.


“We hope that the wireless neurosensor will change the canonical paradigm of neuroscience research, enabling scientists to explore the nervous system within its natural context and without the use of tethering cables,” said co-lead author David Borton. “Subjects are free to roam, forage, sleep, etc., all while the researchers are observing the brain activity. We are very excited to see how the neuroscience community leverages this platform.”



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5 Examples of Insect-Inspired Robotics

5 Examples of Insect-Inspired Robotics | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
RT @aimsinnovation: 5 Examples of Insect-Inspired Robotics http://t.co/tyqVwVjGmx

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Seen like an animal but reality it is different

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New device delivers unprecedented view of cancer cells spreading

New device delivers unprecedented view of cancer cells spreading | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
There is not a lot known about how exactly tumor cells travel to different parts of the body to form secondary cancers, a process known as metastasis.
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The Google Driverless Car Can Repair itself on Its Own

The Google Driverless Car Can Repair itself on Its Own | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The driverless car by Google is an amazing machine. In our past posts we have mentioned that it can pick and drop a passenger from anywhere. One can impose destination limitation and can prevent it...

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It will be doing. They have filed a patent application for it. It is all about AI
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Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better | Enterprise | WIRED

Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better | Enterprise | WIRED | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It all started at a small academic get-together in Whistler, British Columbia.
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See your dream home virtually in the Lowes Holoroom - CNET

See your dream home virtually in the Lowes Holoroom - CNET | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The new Lowes Holoroom lets you construct, view, and plan home improvements before you buy.
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""Essentially the Holoroom is a mock living space which provides a blank canvass on which computer-generated objects are projected. Don't get too excited though, this isn't a real life holodeck ripped from the Star Trek universe. Instead of force fields and transporter technology, the Lowes Holoroom creates an artificial world that lives within software only. To view this virtual space users must gaze through the window of a specially equipped iPad tablet screen.""

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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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Arduino Vs. Raspberry Pi: Which Is The Right DIY Platform For You?

Arduino Vs. Raspberry Pi: Which Is The Right DIY Platform For You? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
So you want to get into DIY hacking. Which device should you buy?
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Disney 's New 3-D Printing Technique Makes Any Object Transmit Sound

Disney 's New 3-D Printing Technique Makes Any Object Transmit Sound | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Disney Research has revealed an exciting new technology in which any object could be a speaker.
What if every object in your life could talk? A door handle warns you when someone has attempted to enter without a key.
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Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield

Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Competition between CaaS platforms will enable smarter and more helpful products, from our phones to our homes.

 

App developers will soon need to choose which CaaS ecosystem to build on — Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, or maybe even Wolfram’s new Wolfram Language ecosystem.

In the long-run however, a more vendor neutral cognition platform may emerge as the winner: one that is more like Amazon Web Services in that it just provides the underlying service and doesn’t compete with third-party apps that use it. This could come from Amazon, or Wolfram perhaps. CaaS platforms may eventually even be open-sourced and made widely available — perhaps via a Linux equivalent for the cognitive operating system era that might borrow from many of the original ideas and standards of the Semantic Web.

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A 3-D Printing Breakthrough: Jennifer Lewis at Harvard 3-D Prints Biological Tissue | MIT Technology Review

A 3-D Printing Breakthrough: Jennifer Lewis at Harvard 3-D Prints Biological Tissue | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Inks made from different types of materials, precisely applied, are greatly expanding the kinds of things that can be printed.

 

Last year, Lewis and her students showed they could print the microscopic electrodes and other components needed for tiny lithium-ion batteries (see “Printing Batteries”). Other projects include printed sensors fabricated on plastic patches that athletes could one day wear to detect concussions and measure violent impacts. Most recently, her group printed biological tissue interwoven with a complex network of blood vessels. To do this, the researchers had to make inks out of various types of cells and the materials that form the matrix supporting them. The work addresses one of the lingering challenges in creating artificial organs for drug testing or, someday, for use as replacement parts: how to create a vascular system to keep the cells alive.

 

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Electrical implants let paralysed patients stand again (Wired UK)

Electrical implants let paralysed patients stand again (Wired UK) | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Four paralysed individuals have voluntarily and independently moved their legs for the first time since injury, thanks to a spinal implant that delivers electrical stimulus

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Infographic: Why the 'Internet of Things' Hasn't Really Caught On Yet - Adweek

Infographic: Why the 'Internet of Things' Hasn't Really Caught On Yet - Adweek | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
With all the hype about the Internet of Things—new connected products intended to bring greater efficiencies and simplicity to life—it may be surprising how few consumers are actually adopting these new technologies.  "Despite predictions of rapid...

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Disruptive technologies decentralizing the world

Disruptive technologies decentralizing the world | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Article reviews a group of technologies such as open garden, bitcloud, SD Edison, Wunderbar, and others that promise to decentralize the world
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IBM Reboots Its Research to Focus on Cognitive Computing - MIT Technology Review

IBM Reboots Its Research to Focus on Cognitive Computing - MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
IBM is betting that research on more human-like artificial intelligence will help it turn things around.

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Lawyers Won’t Lose Clients to DIY Legal Services

Lawyers Won’t Lose Clients to DIY Legal Services | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
People who want to do their own legal work are, naturally, not likely to hire a lawyer in the first place. And people who hire lawyers do not want to do their own legal work.
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Every few weeks, I find an article promising that some kind of technology will replace the human employee--teacher, accountant, etc. This article explains why lawyers will not probably be replaced. For some of the same reasons, teachers will also never be replaced...at least, not for a very long time.

 

excerpt: "Currently, consumers can pick from a range of options for do-it-yourself legal services. You can get a divorce at OfficeMax, a will from Amazon, and dissolve a partnership with LegalZoom. Those are just a few examples, of course. There are hundreds of DIY legal documents available online and offline."

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Every few weeks, I find an article promising that some kind of technology will replace the human employee--teacher, accountant, etc. This article explains why lawyers will not probably be replaced. For some of the same reasons, teachers will also never be replaced...at least, not for a very long time.

 

excerpt: "Currently, consumers can pick from a range of options for do-it-yourself legal services. You can get a divorce at OfficeMax, a will from Amazon, and dissolve a partnership with LegalZoom. Those are just a few examples, of course. There are hundreds of DIY legal documents available online and offline."

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This Startup Can Plot Your Dance Party's Data On A Chart

This Startup Can Plot Your Dance Party's Data On A Chart | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Lightwave literally has nightlife down to a science
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The Robots Running This Way | MIT Technology Review

The Robots Running This Way | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Some of the machines acquired recently by Google represent a giant leap forwards for robot-kind.
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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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Sentient Developments: 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s

Sentient Developments: 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years. Here are 10 mindblowingly futurist technologies that should appear by the 2030s.

As a futurist, it’s my job to make predictions. But I absolutely hate timelines, and you’ll rarely find me making claims about when some specific sort of technological wizardry will make an appearance. Feasibility interests me more than dates on a calendar.

But the fog is starting to clear on what we can expect to see within the next twenty years. All the technologies I’ve listed below have a better than 50/50 chance of being actualized.

Some of you may complain that I’m being a bit conservative by not including AGI (artificial general intelligence), molecular assembling nanotechnology, hive minds, IA (intelligence augmentation), radical life extension, powerful spacecraft propulsion engines, useful quantum computers, mind uploads, or whole human brain emulations — but I just don’t see these things coming to fruition until much later.

Last month, researchers created an electronic link between the brains of two rats separated by thousands of miles. 

 


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Video showing AT Black Knight Transformer's first flight released

Video showing AT Black Knight Transformer's first flight released | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Advanced Tactics Inc. has now received permission from the US government to release video footage showing the first test flight of its Black Knight Transformer prototype demonstrator...
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Speaktoit - Your Personal Assistant

Speaktoit - Your Personal Assistant | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

This personal assistant understood most things I said and found items quickly.  I will keep this assistant around......http://speaktoit.com/


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Neuron Light Switch Now Goes “On” and “Off” | MIT Technology Review

Neuron Light Switch Now Goes “On” and “Off” | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A new optogenetic protein gives neuroscientists more control over brain circuits.

 

Optogenetics is a recent innovation in neuroscience that gives researchers the ability to control the activity of neurons with light. With this powerful tool, researchers are teasing apart the biological basis of memory, behavior, and disease (see “Scientists Make Mice ‘Remember’ Things That Didn’t Happen” and “An On-Off Switch for Anxiety,”). But for the first several years of this technology’s existence, the proteins that scientists added to neurons to make them react to light were only good at activating neurons. That limited researchers’ ability to understand neuronal circuits, sets of interconnected neurons that are thought to control behavior and, when misfiring, to underlie many brain conditions. Problems can arise from any imbalance in circuit activity, whether too much or too little. 


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Why Atoms Are The New Bits

Why Atoms Are The New Bits | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The real problem with digital technology is that its impact hasn't spread far enough yet
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