Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?
Internet of Things Gains Real World Traction Automation World More than many other such pronouncements, this statement, made by Jim Robinson of Intel's Internet of Things Group, during a panel discussion at National Instruments' NI Week 2014,...
Robo Brain is now at work examining images and concepts available on the Internet so that it can teach robots how to recognize, grasp and manipulate objects and predict human behavior in the environment.
Olivier Georgon starts this Massive Open Online Course on Developmental Artificial Intelligence in october 2014 (more information http://liris.cnrs.fr/ideal/...
The IDEAL MOOC will teach you the cognitive science background and the programming bases to design robots and virtual agents capable of autonomous cognitive development driven by their intrinsic motivation. More than that, it will offer a place to discuss research in Developmental AI.
Viv was named after the Latin root meaning live. Its San Jose, California, offices are decorated with tsotchkes bearing the numbers six and five (VI and V in roman numerals). Ariel Zambelich When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera. Instead…
According to a new report that looks at how continuing improvements to artificial intelligence and robotics will impact society, 'robotic sex partners will become commonplace' by 2025. A large portion of the report also focuses on how AI and robotics will impact both blue- and white-collar workers, with about 50% of the polled experts stating that robots will displace more human jobs than they create by 2025.
Not really an insight but I wonder why female sex robots are always depicted seemingly without teeth...
Today, the most notable feature of the modern world is the growing concern for the future, since human society is immersed in a “giant, uncontrolled experiment” (McNeill, 2000), which it has caused, where natural and social processes are connected in an unprecedented way, generating new unpredictable and surprising dynamics and synergies that are threatening the human species, planetary equilibrium and the whole of life itself. Faced with the above situation, science as a whole is compelled to look back in order to learn from the past (lessons), and to adopt a rigorous historical perspective that will provide a thorough understanding of current situations from a socio-ecological perspective, capable of orchestrating interdisciplinary research into relations between society and nature.
Over this last decade, the concept of social metabolism has gained prestige as a theoretical instrument for the required analysis, to such an extent that there are now dozens of researchers, hundreds of articles and several books that have adopted and use this concept. However, there is a great deal of variety in terms of definitions and interpretations, as well as different methodologies around this concept, which prevents the consolidation of a unified field of new knowledge. The fundamental aim of the book is to conduct a review of the past and present usage of the concept of social metabolism, its origins and history, as well as the main currents or schools that exist around this concept. At the same time, the reviews and discussions included are used by the authors as starting points to draw conclusions and propose a theory of socio-ecological transformations.
The theoretical and methodological innovations of this book include: a. the rigorous definition of a basic model for the process of social metabolism;
b. the distinction of two types of metabolic processes: tangible and intangible;
c. detailed discussion regarding the concept of nature appropriation;
d. analysis of the social metabolism at different scales (spatial dimension);
e. historical analysis of the social metabolism (temporal dimension and socio-ecological change);
f. overcoming the merely “systemic” or “cybernetic” nature of approaches, giving protagonism to collective action; and consequence and explanation of the above:
g. integration of an ethical and political dimension to the theory.