In a breakthrough of engineering a computer has successfully passed the infamous 'Turing test'. You may have already read the headlines about how this is the beginning of the movie Terminator and the downfall of humanity, or if you haven't you should because it makes for a good read.
Why Connected Learning? For more than a century, educators have strived to customize education to the learner. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make that dream a reality — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy rewards. …
Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions that may have been overlooked by physical scientists about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence.
Een bitcoinportemonnee met ingebouwde witwasser was onlangs een onaangename verrassing voor misdaadbestrijders. Net als een gepresenteerde online vrijmarkt die niet eens een centrale server nodig heef…
As our technological and sociological realities change, so too do our jobs. But just what, exactly, will we be doing 15 years from now? Here are some completely unexpected jobs you've almost certainly never heard of—but likely will soon.
1. Robot counselor
3. Garbage designer
4. Neighbourhood watch specialist
5. Simplicity expert
6. Healthcare navigator
9. Solar technology specialist
10. Aquaponic Fish Farmer
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
2030 maybe by that time I will have become a simplicity expert. What do you think you would be?
If you tune in to watch the opening ceremony of the World Cup in São Paulo, Brazil on June 12, you might see something truly spectacular. If things go according to plan, a paralyzed young adult will walk onto the field and kick a soccer ball, assisted by a robotic exoskeleton operated by the person's brain. The bold plan, more than a year in the making, is raising hopes of new therapies--and causing considerable controversy.
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.
You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They're called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify identity, help marketers, detect fraud and help perform detailed "people searches."
Most people have little idea that these companies exist. A new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report out today attempts to shed more light on them. The report describes an industry that collects data from many sources without consumers knowing; that is multi-layered and intertwined; and that stores billions of data points covering nearly every US consumer.
The report looked at nine major data brokers: Acxiom, Corelogic, Datalogix, eBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, PeekYou, Rapleaf, and Recorded Future.
Google CEO Larry Page Larry Page, CEO at Google, just published his annual founder's letter for shareholders and, as usual, it's a fascinating glimpse into where he thinks Google is going, how it’s going to get there, and what the company will conquer in the future:
Mountaineering tourism in Nepal faces a threat from global warming as melting glaciers feed the risk of more deadly disasters such as the avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 people last month, scientists said on Tuesday.
We love thinking about the future over here at Urban Times; the endless possibilities, the opportunities for amazing technologies and the prospect of a better life for all. When Philips asked us to get involved in their awesome #PhilipsFuture campaign, turning futuristic ideas into great sketches, we had to jump at the chance. Below are five things we expect and want to see happen over the next 100 years...
Google owns a lot of computers—perhaps a million servers stitched together into the fastest, most powerful artificial intelligence on the planet. But last August, Google teamed up with NASA to acquire what may be the search giant’s most powerful piece of hardware yet. It’s certainly the strangest.
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