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IBM ships Watson system to RPI researchers to develop new markets

IBM ships Watson system to RPI researchers to develop new markets | Global Brain | Scoop.it
IBM Research Scientist Dr. Chris Welty (left) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student Naveen Sundar discuss potential new ways the famous computer could be used.
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The prospects of an emerging global intelligence on the internet and elsewhere
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The Global Brain and the Future Information Society - Vienna 2015: Call for Papers

The Global Brain and the Future Information Society - Vienna 2015: Call for Papers | Global Brain | Scoop.it

 

The Global Brain can be defined as the self-organizing network formed by all people on this planet together with the information and communication technologies that connect and support them. As the Internet becomes faster, smarter, and more encompassing, it increasingly links its users into a single information processing system, which functions like a nervous system for the planet Earth. The intelligence of this system is collective and distributed: it is not localized in any particular individual, organization or computer system. It rather emerges from the interactions between all its components—a property characteristic of a complex adaptive system. Such a distributed intelligence may be able to tackle current and emerging global problems that have eluded more traditional approaches. Yet, at the same time it will create technological and social challenges that are still difficult to imagine, transforming our society in all aspects.

 

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Mickey McManus: Autodesk researcher. Futurist. Technology humanizer. - TechRepublic

Mickey McManus: Autodesk researcher. Futurist. Technology humanizer. - TechRepublic | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Mickey McManus, a respected connectivity expert, research fellow at Autodesk, and chairman of MAYA, talked to TechRepublic about his work and his passion for humanizing technology.
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A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight

A Field Guide to the Internet Infrastructure That Hides in Plain Sight | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Ingrid Burrington introduces us to this physical face of modern telecommunications in Networks of New York: An Internet Infrastructure Field Guide.
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Legal avatars could soon be reality

Legal avatars could soon be reality | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Robots and artificial intelligence in the legal eco-system are an opportunity and a blessing rather than a threat and a curse, according to the author of a book on the future of law.
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Welcome to Bitnation | Bitnation

Welcome to Bitnation | Bitnation | Global Brain | Scoop.it
BITNATION is a fully inclusive governance system. BITNATION offers a full range of services traditionally done by governments. We provide a cryptographically secure ID system, blockchain based dispute resolution, marriage and divorce, land registery, education, insurance, security, diplomacy, and more through a fully distributed platform.
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DARPA developing neural interface connected to your spine - Siliconrepublic.com

DARPA developing neural interface connected to your spine - Siliconrepublic.com | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The US military’s advanced research division – DARPA – has revealed details of its ‘cortial modem’ which wants to turn the inside of the human eye into an advanced display powered by the spine.
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What is 'bit rot' and is Vint Cerf right to be worried?

What is 'bit rot' and is Vint Cerf right to be worried? | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Being able to access digital content in the coming decades could be less of an issue than one of the ‘fathers of the internet’ has implied.
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Gary Bamford's curator insight, February 16, 3:03 AM

Hieroglyphics of the future. 

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Moore’s Law Is About to Get Weird

Moore’s Law Is About to Get Weird | Global Brain | Scoop.it
In the nearly 70 years since the first modern digital computer was built, the above specs have become all but synonymous with computing. But they need not be.
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2 billion of today’s jobs could disappear by 2030

2 billion of today’s jobs could disappear by 2030 | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Oxford wrote a paper that came to this startling conclusion: artificial intelligence (AI) and robots can replace half of the jobs known to us today.
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Digital Reality | Edge.org

Digital Reality | Edge.org | Global Brain | Scoop.it

...Today, you can send a design to a fab lab and you need ten different machines to turn the data into something. Twenty years from now, all of that will be in one machine that fits in your pocket. This is the sense in which it doesn't matter. You can do it today. How it works today isn't how it's going to work in the future but you don't need to wait twenty years for it. Anybody can make almost anything almost anywhere.              

...Finally, when I could own all these machines I got that the Renaissance was when the liberal arts emerged—liberal for liberation, humanism, the trivium and the quadrivium—and those were a path to liberation, they were the means of expression. That's the moment when art diverged from artisans. And there were the illiberal arts that were for commercial gain. ... We've been living with this notion that making stuff is an illiberal art for commercial gain and it's not part of means of expression. But, in fact, today, 3D printing, micromachining, and microcontroller programming are as expressive as painting paintings or writing sonnets but they're not means of expression from the Renaissance. We can finally fix that boundary between art and artisans.

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How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT | Global Brain | Scoop.it

Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of Things is changing all that. The IoT-enabled “connected car” turns the vehicle itself into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services that offer consumers a wealth of benefits including enhanced safety and security, a richer user experience and a new suite of product offerings. From the manufacturer’s perspective, this also helps establish an ongoing customer relationship as well as incremental revenue streams over the life of the vehicle.

 

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Software gauges 'state of mind' from selfie video - Futurity

Software gauges 'state of mind' from selfie video - Futurity | Global Brain | Scoop.it
A new computer program could soon analyze your webcam or smartphone videos for clues to mental health.
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D-Wave Systems Raises C$29 Million to Build Quantum-Computing Software - Wall Street Journal (blog)

D-Wave Systems Raises C$29 Million to Build Quantum-Computing Software - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Global Brain | Scoop.it
So far, D-Wave is the only quantum computing company with technology on the market.
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The case against killer robots, from a guy actually working on artificial intelligence

The case against killer robots, from a guy actually working on artificial intelligence | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Andrew Ng builds artificial intelligence systems for a living.
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The FCC’s Vote to Protect Net Neutrality Is a Huge Win for the Internet

The FCC’s Vote to Protect Net Neutrality Is a Huge Win for the Internet | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The FCC voted today to change the way it regulates internet providers in the United States. Net Neutrality advocates say it's a major victory for the internet.
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Digital Wallets: End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End?

Digital Wallets: End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End? | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Apple Pay is up and running and digital wallets are back in the limelight. Are merchants, consumers, and the market ready for mass adoption of digital wallets? Google Wallet’s poor early uptake comes to mind four years after its launch in 2011.
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Creators of Siri Snap Up $12.5m for Viv- An AI That Can Teach Itself

Creators of Siri Snap Up $12.5m for Viv- An AI That Can Teach Itself | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Viv Labs, a stealthy startup founded by the team that created Siri, has secured  $12.5 million in Series B funding, in order to carry out its vision of an advanced AI. If reports are to be believed,
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Boston Is Partnering With Waze to Make Its Roads Less of a Nightmare

Boston Is Partnering With Waze to Make Its Roads Less of a Nightmare | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Boston is working with Waze to help drivers untangle its famously tangled streets.
The post Boston Is Partnering With Waze to Make Its Roads Less of a Nightmare appeared first on WIRED.
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What will happen when the internet of things becomes artificially intelligent?

What will happen when the internet of things becomes artificially intelligent? | Global Brain | Scoop.it
From Stephen Hawking to Spike Jonze, the existential threat posed by the onset of the ‘conscious web’ is fuelling much debate – but should we be afraid?
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Human Metasystem Transition (HMST) Theory

Human Metasystem Transition (HMST) Theory | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Metasystem transitions are events representing the evolutionary emergence of a higher level of organization through the integration of subsystems into a higher “metasystem” (A1+A2+A3=B).
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The Hot Yet Little-Known Trend That’ll Supercharge AI

The Hot Yet Little-Known Trend That’ll Supercharge AI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
When Andrew Ng trained Google’s army of computers to identify cat videos using artificial intelligence, he hit a few snags.
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A Machine That Trains Your Brain to Pay Attention

A Machine That Trains Your Brain to Pay Attention | Global Brain | Scoop.it
A new brain-scanning technique could change the way scientists think about human focus.
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Interesting new method, using neuronal signals read by fMRI machine to create feedback loops that help humans to train certain abilities which are not available to conscious access.

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Bacterial Stigmergy: An Organising Principle of Multicellular Collective Behaviours of Bacteria

The self-organisation of collective behaviours often manifests as dramatic patterns of emergent large-scale order. This is true for relatively “simple” entities such as microbial communities and robot “swarms,” through to more complex self-organised systems such as those displayed by social insects, migrating herds, and many human activities. The principle of stigmergy describes those self-organised phenomena that emerge as a consequence of indirect communication between individuals of the group through the generation of persistent cues in the environment. Interestingly, despite numerous examples of multicellular behaviours of bacteria, the principle of stigmergy has yet to become an accepted theoretical framework that describes how bacterial collectives self-organise. Here we review some examples of multicellular bacterial behaviours in the context of stigmergy with the aim of bringing this powerful and elegant self-organisation principle to the attention of the microbial research community.

 

Bacterial Stigmergy: An Organising Principle of Multicellular Collective Behaviours of Bacteria
Erin S. Gloag, Lynne Turnbull, and Cynthia B. Whitchurch

Scientifica
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 387342, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/387342


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Does technology make people touch each other less?

Does technology make people touch each other less? | Global Brain | Scoop.it

In his 1957 science fiction novel The Naked Sun Isaac Asimov invented a world, Solaria, in which a tiny, fixed population of humans live out their days on enormous estates, waited upon by scores of robots. The Solarians' social ambience is something like that of a 19th Century Russian novel. A scrupulous attention to social mores and rankings is only enhanced by this bizarre fact - delivered from material want or the requirement for sex (all procreation is scientifically managed in "birthing centres" a la Brave New World), they have evolved a severe taboo against physical proximity of any kind. Indeed, the Solarians never even occupy the same room together, let alone touch, and any intercourse between them takes the form of "holographic telepresence", a sort of 3D conference call. So, instead of visiting one another, the Solarians indulge in what they term "viewing".

Like all the best science fiction, Asimov's was as much about his own era as any remote future. Writing in the late 1950s, he saw all around him the consequences of automated production and distribution combined with telecommunications - namely, a steady decline in the number and duration of the personal contacts an individual needed to make during any given day. But if the Eisenhower years betokened an emergent world of shiny and machined efficiency, decoupled from the visceral vagaries of human biology, then how much more like Solaria has our own world become in the intervening half-century?

 

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Now, Even Artificial Intelligence Gurus Fret That AI Will Steal Our Jobs

Now, Even Artificial Intelligence Gurus Fret That AI Will Steal Our Jobs | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Two AI and machine intelligence experts raised serious concerns this week about the job-killing impact of recent advances.
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Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Are there trends in evolution — cosmic, biological, and cultural — that support the claim that life is meaningful, or is becoming meaningful, or is becoming increasingly meaningful?
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