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GreenBiz VERGE Ahead: 7 trends to watch in 2013

GreenBiz VERGE Ahead: 7 trends to watch in 2013 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
A peek into the emerging role of cities 2.0 and how data, IT and new platforms continue to disrupt the markets for energy and transportation.
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1. Rise of machine-to machines

2. Platform to accelerate energy efficiency

3. Cities push data transparancy for energy use

4. Green button in an app-centric world

5. Electrifying fleets and EV car sharing services

6. Can renewable energy gain ground?

7. Cities 2.0  and economic revitalisation

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Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient's own body. This technology may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.

Results of the regenerative medicine study published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
"By using our novel nanochip technology, injured or compromised organs can be replaced. We have shown that skin is a fertile land where we can grow the elements of any organ that is declining," said Dr. Chandan Sen, director of Ohio State's Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies, who co-led the study with L. James Lee, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering with Ohio State's College of Engineering in collaboration with Ohio State's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center.
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A Six-Legged Insectile Robot Is Just As Creepy As It Sounds

A Six-Legged Insectile Robot Is Just As Creepy As It Sounds | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

THE UNCANNY VALLEY teems with creepy humanoids—machines not quite perfect enough to be mistaken for people, but not quite comically robotic enough to be endearing. Lately, they've been joined by robo-animals, like the mechanical dog from Boston Dynamics that not-at-all-unsettlingly regains its balance if you kick it.
Now, a new robot is scuttling into the uncanny valley. Hexa has six legs, looks like a bug, and moves with bizarre confidence. And it just might bring robot hacking to the masses.
Hexa uses a variety of sensors to find its way around, including a camera and distance sensor. You control this bot with your phone, and it scales steps and uneven terrain with ease. You don't have to control individual legs to stagger up a step, either—Hexa automatically summits obstacles along the way

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Biocomputers Made From Cells Can Now Handle More Complex Logic

Biocomputers Made From Cells Can Now Handle More Complex Logic | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

When it comes to biomolecules, RNA doesn’t get a lot of love.

Maybe you haven’t even heard of the silent workhorse. RNA is the cell’s de facto translator: like a game of telephone, RNA takes DNA’s genetic code to a cellular factory called ribosomes. There, the cell makes proteins based on RNA’s message.

But RNA isn’t just a middleman. It controls what proteins are formed. Because proteins wiz around the cell completing all sorts of important processes, you can say that RNA is the gatekeeper: no RNA message, no proteins, no life.

In a new study published in Nature, RNA finally took center stage. By adding bits of genetic material to the E. Coli bacteria, a team of biohackers at the Wyss Institute hijacked the organism’s RNA messengers so that they only spring into action following certain inputs.

The result? A bacterial biocomputer capable of performing 12-input logic operations—AND, OR, and NOT—following specific inputs. Rather than outputting 0s and 1s, these biocircuits produce results based on the presence or absence of proteins and other molecules.

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Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Offers New Clues to Reversing Aging

Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Offers New Clues to Reversing Aging | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Turns out a critical source of aging is a small group of stem cells in the hypothalamus, which also regulates functions like temperature and appetite.
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Robots have been taking our jobs for 50 years, so why are we worried now?

Robots have been taking our jobs for 50 years, so why are we worried now? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Robots have been taking our jobs since the 1960s. So why are politicians and business leaders only now becoming so worried about robots causing mass unemployment?

Via John Lasschuit ®™
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It cannot be coïncidence anymore. In each article on the future of work, it;s always in conjuction with a universal #basicincome.

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Is anyone home? A way to find out if AI has become self-aware | KurzweilAI

Is anyone home? A way to find out if AI has become self-aware | KurzweilAI | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being “you.” When you see the warm hues of a sunrise, smell the aroma of morning coffee or mull over a new idea, you are having conscious experience. But could an artificial intelligence (AI) ever have experience, like some of the androids depicted in Westworld or the synthetic beings in Blade Runner?

The question is not so far-fetched. Robots are currently being developed to work inside nuclear reactors, fight wars and care for the elderly. As AIs grow more sophisticated, they are projected to take over many human jobs within the next few decades. So we must ponder the question: Could AIs develop conscious experience?

This issue is pressing for several reasons. First, ethicists worry that it would be wrong to force AIs to serve us if they can suffer and feel a range of emotions. Second, consciousness could make AIs volatile or unpredictable, raising safety concerns (or conversely, it could increase an AI’s empathy; based on its own subjective experiences, it might recognize consciousness in us and treat us with compassion).

Third, machine consciousness could impact the viability of brain-implant technologies, like those to be developed by Elon Musk’s new company, Neuralink. If AI cannot be conscious, then the parts of the brain responsible for consciousness could not be replaced with chips without causing a loss of consciousness. And, in a similar vein, a person couldn’t upload their brain to a computer to avoid death, because that upload wouldn’t be a conscious being.
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MIT’s Daniela Rus is leading a robotics revolution

MIT’s Daniela Rus is leading a robotics revolution | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Daniela Rus’s morning is packed. My arrival appears to come as a bit of a surprise, as she readies herself to enter the gauntlet of wall-to-wall meetings. She considers the situation for a moment before inviting me into her office, where a group of students are already patiently waiting to talk self-driving cars. “You can’t report about any of the findings,” Rus says with a smile. “But you can come in.”

Rus has allowed me to sit in for a packed morning of team meetings. It’s a generous gesture, but more to the point, it’s the only way to manage some face-to-face time with the head of MIT’s groundbreaking Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Library (otherwise known as CSAIL). It’s a non-stop job, heading up the largest lab on MIT’s Cambridge, Massachusetts campus and, from the looks of it, Rus never rests. “There’s no time for an interview,” she explains, as we settle into the meeting. “Maybe during lunch.”

Inside the office, a half-dozen students are seated in a circle around a coffee table. There’s an award of some kind and an upside-down, 3D-printed robot with six legs standing up straight in the air — though both have mostly disappeared beneath piles of paperwork. 

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The sixth mass genesis? New species are coming into existence faster than ever thanks to humans

The sixth mass genesis? New species are coming into existence faster than ever thanks to humans | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Animals and plants are seemingly disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs died out, 66m years ago. The death knell tolls for life on Earth. Rhinos will soon be gone unless we defend them, Mexico’s final few Vaquita porpoises are drowning in fishing nets, and in America, Franklin trees survive only in parks and gardens.

Yet the survivors are taking advantage of new opportunities created by humans. Many are spreading into new parts of the world, adapting to new conditions, and even evolving into new species. In some respects, diversity is actually increasing in the human epoch, the Anthropocene. It is these biological gains that I contemplate in a new book, Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in and Age of Extinction, in which I argue that it is no longer credible for us to take a loss-only view of the world’s biodiversity.
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What jobs will still be around in 20 years? Read this to prepare your future

What jobs will still be around in 20 years? Read this to prepare your future | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Jobs won’t entirely disappear; many will simply be redefined. But people will likely lack new skillsets required for new roles and be out of work anyway


The least safe jobs 

Telemarketer Chance of automation 99% 

Loan officer Chance of automation 98% 

Cashier Chance of automation 97% 

Paralegal and legal assistant Chance of automation 94% 

Taxi driver Chance of automation 89% 

Fast food cook Chance of automation 81%


The safest jobs 

Mental health and substance abuse social worker Chance of automation 0.3% 

Occupational therapist Chance of automation 0.35% 

Dietitian and nutritionist Chance of automation 0.39% 

Physician and surgeon Chance of automation 0.42% C

lergy Chance of automation 0.81%

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How A.I. Exoskeletons Could Make People Super-Human

How A.I. Exoskeletons Could Make People Super-Human | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

 Carnegie Mellon researchers are using machine learning algorithms in robotic exoskeletons that offer torque and force assistance based on individual needs.

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Brain interfaces open up a whole new way to get hacked

Brain interfaces open up a whole new way to get hacked | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Malicious software could use brain interfaces to help steal passwords and other private data. The Epoc+ is an $800 brain-wave-sensing headset marketed as being able to detect emotional states such as frustration or excitement, and permit you to control robots with your thoughts.

Nitesh Saxena, an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has shown that it can also help software guess PINs and passwords by monitoring a person’s brain waves. The study joins a small but growing body of evidence on brain-interface security that researchers say shows even the limited headsets available today need better security.

“I would say it’s a risk for today’s devices, and with more advanced devices much more could be done in future,” says Saxena, of the prospects for private data being stolen with a brain interface. “People need to think though the privacy and security models of these interfaces.” Facebook and a new startup from Elon Musk are among those working on more advanced brain interfaces that would come with greater security risks (see “With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don’t Believe It”).


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What Happens When Cyborg Tech Goes Beyond Medicine?

What Happens When Cyborg Tech Goes Beyond Medicine? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The age of the cyborg may be closer than we think. Rapidly improving medical robotics, wearables, and implants means many humans are already part machine, and this trend is only likely to continue. It is most noticeable in the field of medical prosthetics where high-performance titanium and carbon fiber replacements for limbs have become commonplace. …
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here: What Now? [Video]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here: What Now? [Video] | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
What if the world we knew was subtly being replaced with a new one? Would we notice immediately, or would it only be evident in hindsight?

According to the World Economic Forum, the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is here. It’s a change as significant as any modern revolution before it. And if we look, we’ll see the signs.

If the first three industrial revolutions brought us the steam engine, electricity, and global communication, the fourth revolution merges the digital, physical and biological. As Ray Kurzweil often says, this trajectory will eventually eliminate the barriers between man and machine. 

"One of the features of this fourth industrial revolution is that it doesn't change what we are doing, but it changes us," says Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.
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The Plan to Put a 3-D Printer With Robot Arms Into Orbit

The Plan to Put a 3-D Printer With Robot Arms Into Orbit | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

SPACE IS INDIFFERENT to your suffering. It doesn’t care that it’ll freeze you to death unless you’re wearing a fancy suit, or that even before freezing you’ll suffocate in its vacuum. And it certainly doesn’t care how difficult it is for humans to get stuff done in the void: practical things like screwing in bolts and drinking water and 3-D printing replacement parts.
But a company called Made in Space is indifferent to space’s indifference. In a first, it’s showed that it can 3-D print in a thermal vacuum chamber, which simulates the nastiness of space. It’s a milestone in the outfit’s ambitious Archinaut program, which hopes to launch a 3-D printer with robot arms into orbit. You know, to build things like satellites and telescopes and stuff.
This 3-D printer works like one you'd buy for yourself, extruding layer upon layer of polymer to build a structure.

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About Digital Money Disruption

About Digital Money Disruption | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Below I have re-blogged, with permission by the author, an important article : https://hackernoon.com/why-everyone-missed-the-most-mind-blowing-feature-of-cryptocurrency-860c3f25f1fb . The author mentions in it another important fact you should know: " triple-entry accounting ". Here are two observations about this article. IMHO currencies should always have a connection to reality. Money should represent some transferable good / service/ creative…
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Synthetic human reproduction could be a whole new way to make babies

Synthetic human reproduction could be a whole new way to make babies | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Scientists are trying to manufacture eggs and sperm in the laboratory. Will it end reproduction as we know it?

by Antonio Regalado August 7, 2017

Let’s call him B.D., because that’s what his wife does on her infertility blog, Shooting Blanks. Several years ago, the 36-year-old learned he was azoospermatic. It means his body makes no sperm at all.

During a recent phone interview, I could hear his wife in the background. She is 35 and facing what she describes as a terrifying countdown toward a life with no children. “Being childless can’t be my destiny, it just can’t be,” she wrote on her blog.

So far, B.D.’s case of infertility has proved untreatable, despite years of pills, vitamins, and a major surgery. But he may still have a long-shot chance at being a father. In 2012, B.D. traveled to Stanford University, where a technician performed a skin punch, removing a small disk of tissue from his shoulder. With a technique called “reprogramming,” his skin cells were converted into stem cells that have the potential to mature into various types of human cells. These were then transplanted into the testicles of a mouse. Would the stem cells take cues from their environment and form sperm? Two years later, when the scientists announced what they had found—evidence of primitive human reproductive cells—the provocative findings made the national news.

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Your Kid Will Play With A.I. Friends And Learn From VR Teachers - The Medical Futurist

Your Kid Will Play With A.I. Friends And Learn From VR Teachers - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Kids of the future will have artificial buddies, virtual reality teachers or robot nannies. Digital technologies are radically transforming the relationship between children. As I have a 6-months-old daughter, I decided to map how our future – mine as a father and hers – and the future of parenting could look like in the light of new innovations.


Digital technologies change social relations

Disruptive technologies are shaping the way we work, we eat, we do shopping or find information. It changes healthcare under the transformation called digital health. Not only the access to and delivery of care, but also the doctor-patient relationship. Namely, it alters the quality of a social linkage which was relatively stable for centuries.

Why would that be different in the most important area of our lives, the family? The rapid swirls of technology started to change the relationship between grandparents, parents, and children. For a while in the past centuries, knowledge about how to survive in the world went down from generation to generation. And while the youth revolted against their adults as part of growing up, the basics of their experiences remained untouched. What having a job, having a family and friends or living in a community meant. Digital technologies change these social experiences profoundly. While your grandparents probably taught your parents how to read maps for finding their way out in cities, you use digital maps. And you are the one showing your parents how to do that on their iPhones. It is the same for taking photos, applying for jobs or chatting with friends.
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How Tesla changed the auto industry forever

How Tesla changed the auto industry forever | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
With the release of Tesla’s Model 3 tonight to the first 30 customers (really just Tesla employees, according to multiple reports), it’s easy to lose sight of how far this young automaker has come — and how much impact it’s had on the rest of the industry.

Most of the commentary around the Model 3 is focused on the stakes for Tesla, and many are parsing over every tweet by CEO Elon Musk for clues about the car’s cost, interior, and what sort of options will be available. But how has Tesla changed they way we shop for and drive cars? What realities about the nature of the business has it forced its competitors to face? Let’s examine this more closely:
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When Will The First Human Leave The Solar System?

When Will The First Human Leave The Solar System? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

One thousand years. That is the minimum length of time it would take us to get to the nearest star - Proxima Centauri - using current methods.

But since we discovered that this star houses a potentially habitable planet, scientists have been more enthusiastic about the idea of interstellar travel than ever before.

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Are Humans Getting Smarter or Less Intelligent?

Are Humans Getting Smarter or Less Intelligent? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Observe the behavior of shoppers in a long supermarket line or drivers snarled in traffic, and you can quickly become disillusioned about humanity and its collective IQ. Reality TV and websites like People of Walmart inflame this consideration. Lots of songs, both popular and underground, even utter the phrase “only stupid people are breeding.” Apparently, many of us can relate.

And yet, we’re better at technology today than in times past. Never before have we been more productive, better educated, or more technologically savvy. I had a teacher in high school who said that at the time Einstein was considering relativity, few people in the entire world were intelligent enough to understand it. But just a generation later, everyone had the theory in high school and understood it well, or at least well enough to pass the test.

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Ray Kurzweil: Here's What Will Happen When We Connect Our Brains to the Cloud

Ray Kurzweil: Here's What Will Happen When We Connect Our Brains to the Cloud | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil looks ahead to a time in the not-too-distant future when we’ll be able to connect our brains to computers in the cloud. Individual computers and mobile devices are already billions …
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Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop.

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop. | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
NIR BARZILAI HAS a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of healthy, disease-free living by decades.
And Barzilai knows about the science of aging. He is, after all, the director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. And, as such, he usually talks about his plan with the caution of a seasoned researcher. Usually. Truth is, Barzilai is known among his colleagues for his excitability—one author says he could pass as the older brother of Austin Powers—and sometimes he can’t help himself. Like the time he referred to his plan—which, among other things, would demonstrate that human aging can be slowed with a cheap pill—as “history-making.” In 2015, he stood outside of the offices of the Federal Drug Administration, flanked by a number of distinguished researchers on aging, and likened the plan to a journey to “the promised land.”
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These 7 Disruptive Technologies Could Be Worth Trillions of Dollars

These 7 Disruptive Technologies Could Be Worth Trillions of Dollars | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Scientists, technologists, engineers, and visionaries are building the future. Amazing things are in the pipeline. It’s a big deal. But you already knew all that. Such speculation is common. What’s less common? Scale. How big is big? “Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, Silicon Dock, all of the Silicons around the world, they are dreaming the dream. …
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What is Bitcoin?

What is Bitcoin? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In 2010, financial history was made when someone bought a pizza. If you haven’t heard about this groundbreaking event, don’t worry, you're not the only one.

The pizza wasn’t the important part of the transaction - it was what was used to pay for it. The meal cost 10,000 bitcoins and was the first time the virtual currency was used to buy something in the real world. The day is now celebrated every year by bitcoin enthusiasts as Bitcoin Pizza Day.

Things have come a long way since then. Bitcoin’s use and value have soared. If that diner had held onto those 10,000 bitcoins they may not have made history, but they would be around $20 million better off today.

In March this year, the price of one bitcoin climbed above the price of one ounce of gold for the first time.

Bitcoin’s increasing value is due to the fact that its popularity has rocketed in recent years. In 2009, there were fewer than 10,000 transactions in bitcoin. By January this year that number had trebled. Analysts put this down to the fact that investors think it will hold its value better than some other investments, as well as the fact that it has become increasingly popular in Asia.

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Extreme facial recognition technology: the end of hide-and-seek - Richard van Hooijdonk

Extreme facial recognition technology: the end of hide-and-seek - Richard van Hooijdonk | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Digital Democracy makes you ‘a fly on the wall’ at the state house
Facial recognition body cameras turn police officers into mobile surveillance systems
With facial recognition software, diagnosing genetic disease is as quick as taking a photo
Fighting thieves with new-age mug shots
No more hide-and-seek
Remember that moment when you saw someone on the street and were sure you’d seen their face before? You searched your memory and then suddenly you got it — you remembered her from your trip to the grocery store the previous week. The biological process of facial recognition led you to this conclusion. Each person has distinctive facial features: their eye shape, or maybe a big forehead or a pointy nose, and we use these features to differentiate between people at a glance.

Nodal points – those features we don’t immediately recognise
However, there are some delicate characteristics that we’re not able to recognise immediately, things like the distance between a person’s eyes, the depth of their eye sockets, or the length of their jaw. These are known as nodal points, and researchers suggest that each face has approximately eighty of them. We’re not able to process those features because we look at the face as a whole, but they’re a distinctive marker of identity. ”Facial recognition software is already quite accurate in measuring unchanging and unique ratios between facial features that identify you as you,” Jan Chipchase, a facial recognition researcher insists. “It’s like a fingerprint.”
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