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Why You Aren't as Creative as You'd Like to Think - Wired Science

Why You Aren't as Creative as You'd Like to Think - Wired Science | Global Brain | Scoop.it

You’re a smart person: a believer in science, an acolyte of technology, a 21st century citizen. So answer this: Could you, and you alone, make something as simple as a pencil?

Mark Pagel doesn’t think so. In a presentation at the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, the evolutionary biologist offered this very thought experiment – pencil manufacturing, after all, involves graphite mining and refining, wood harvesting and processing, machining, rubber harvesting, and many other intricate processes.

His conclusion: “In our everyday lives, we’re asked to make decisions about things about which we have very little understanding and very little knowledge.” From writing utensils to mortgages and cars or frozen chicken, we’re largely disconnected from the processes that generate the things we use. “If we’re honest with ourselves,” Pagel continued, “most of us are just glorified karaoke singers in most aspects of our lives, using things that other people have made and we don’t really understand.”

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Robot Monk in China Shows Marriage of Artificial Intelligence & Buddhism

Robot Monk in China Shows Marriage of Artificial Intelligence & Buddhism | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The world going crazy over smartphone and other high-tech devices does not mean that spirituality has no more place in the hearts and lives of people.
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Are humans the new supercomputer? Team blurred the boundaries between man and mac

Are humans the new supercomputer? Team blurred the boundaries between man and mac | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The saying of philosopher René Descartes of what makes humans unique is beginning to sound hollow. 'I think—therefore soon I am obsolete' seems more appropriate. When a computer routinely beats us at chess and we can barel
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A programming language for living cells

A programming language for living cells | Global Brain | Scoop.it
MIT biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells.
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Interview: Paul Allen's artificial intelligence guru on the future of robots and humanity - GeekWire

Interview: Paul Allen's artificial intelligence guru on the future of robots and humanity - GeekWire | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence may seem like a futuristic concept, but we're already experiencing it in real ways in our lives, whether we know it or not — in are
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Learning Larry Page's Alphabet

Learning Larry Page's Alphabet | Global Brain | Scoop.it
When Google became Alphabet, the rationale seemed simple: that a company of companies can innovate faster than a single large beast. But that'
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A roadmap for the next generation of additive manufacturing materials and processes | KurzweilAI

A roadmap for the next generation of additive manufacturing materials and processes | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The Strategic Roadmap for the Next Generation of Additive Manufacturing Materials offers a strategy for building the fundamental knowledge necessary to
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Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine’s Power Grid

Inside the Cunning, Unprecedented Hack of Ukraine’s Power Grid | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The hack on Ukraine's power grid was a first-of-its-kind attack that sets an ominous precedent for the security of power grids everywhere.
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20 ways gigabit-speed internet access might change our lives by 2025

20 ways gigabit-speed internet access might change our lives by 2025 | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Holodeck entertainment, full video lifestreaming, scientific diets and more 2025 predictions from Pew Internet’s new report. By Stuart Dredge
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'Ransomware-as-a-service' discovered on the darknet

'Ransomware-as-a-service' discovered on the darknet | Global Brain | Scoop.it
New malware ‘Tox’ lets would-be hackers create their own ransomware at will
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Rats vs. computers vs. rat cyborgs in maze navigation | KurzweilAI

Rats vs. computers vs. rat cyborgs in maze navigation | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Experimental system for maze solving (credit: Yipeng Yu/PLoS ONE) What would happen if we combined synthetic and biological systems, creating an intelligent
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Google's AlphaGo A.I. Defeats World Champion At The Game of Go

Google's AlphaGo A.I. Defeats World Champion At The Game of Go | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The boundaries for what machines cannot do has been pushed a little farther, as Google DeepMind's AlphaGo has beaten Go world champion Lee Se-dol in the first of five matches.

After a 3 1/2 hour game, Se-dol conceded to the computer.

This is only the first match, but Se-dol expected a 5-0 sweep on his part. During a press conference after the match, Se-dol hung his head.

“I didn’t know AlphaGo would play such a perfect game,” he said.

Demis Hassabis, founder and CEO of DeepMind, compared this win to landing on the moon in a tweet after the match was called.
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A huge win to humanity - overcoming itself ! Let's see how it goes...
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A huge win to humanity - overcoming itself ! Let's see how it goes...
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A huge win to humanity - overcoming itself ! Let's see how it goes...
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Artificial intelligence brings its brains and money to London

Artificial intelligence brings its brains and money to London | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Following two big acquisitions by US tech companies of AI startups based in academia, the capital is emerging as a hub for young scientist-entrepreneurs
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Meet Brain, The AI Engine That Wants To Replace Search

Meet Brain, The AI Engine That Wants To Replace Search | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Fifteen miles away from where Larry Page and Sergey Brin worked out of their first office developing the technology that would become Google, a team of..
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FuturICT Blog: Why we need democracy 2.0 and capitalism 2.0 to survive

The world is running into great trouble.

The anthropocene challenges (including climate change, impending resource shortages, demographic change, conflict, financial and economic crises) call for entirely new answers.

As a result, we are now seeing the emergence of data-driven societies around the globe. Feudalism 2.0, fascism 2.0, communism 2.0, socialism 2.0, democracy 2.0 and capitalism 2.0 can now be built.

What framework should we choose? What would be the implications?
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Pepper the 'emotional' humanoid becomes first robot to attend SCHOOL

Pepper the 'emotional' humanoid becomes first robot to attend SCHOOL | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Pepper, a robot that uses sensors to detect human emotions and can understand English and Japanese, has enrolled in Shoshi High School in Waseda, Fukushima, Japan.
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM build brain-inspired supercomputer | KurzweilAI

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM build brain-inspired supercomputer | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has purchased IBM Research’s supercomputing platform for deep-learning inference, based on 16 IBM TrueNorth neurosynaptic computer chips, to explore deep learning algorithms.

IBM says the scalable platform processing power is the equivalent of 16 million artificial “neurons” and 4 billion “synapses.” The brain-like neural-network design of the IBM Neuromorphic System can process complex cognitive tasks such as pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing far more efficiently than conventional chips, says IBM.

The technology represents a fundamental departure from computer design that has been prevalent for the past 70 years and could be incorporated in next-generation supercomputers able to perform at exascale speeds — 50 times faster than today’s most advanced petaflop (quadrillion floating point operations per second) systems.
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Largest network of cortical neurons mapped from ~100 terabytes data set | KurzweilAI

Largest network of cortical neurons mapped from ~100 terabytes data set | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Beyond that, the ultimate goal of MICrONS is to implement the algorithms and learning rules that scientists decipher from the brain to advance the field of artificial intelligence by improving artificial neural networks algorithms — for speech recognition, recognizing faces, and helping analyze big data for biomedical research, for example.

“In many ways, these artificial neural networks are still primitive compared to biological networks of neurons and do not learn the way real brains do,” says Andreas Tolias, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. “Our goal is to fill this gap and apply the algorithms of the brain to engineer novel artificial network architectures.”
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Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong

Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong | Global Brain | Scoop.it
It was hailed as the most significant test of machine intelligence since Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in chess nearly 20 years ago. Google’s AlphaGo has won two of the first three games against grandmaster Lee Sedol in a Go tournament, showing the dramatic extent to which AI has improved over the years. That fateful day when machines finally become smarter than humans has never appeared closer—yet we seem no closer in grasping the implications of this epochal event.
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New ‘machine unlearning’ technique deletes unwanted data | KurzweilAI

New ‘machine unlearning’ technique deletes unwanted data | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The novel approach to making systems forget data is called machine unlearning by the two researchers who are pioneering the concept. Instead of making a
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Google and Facebook Team Up to Open Source the Gear Behind Their Empires

Google and Facebook Team Up to Open Source the Gear Behind Their Empires | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The data center hardware used by Internet giants used to be a big secret. Today, Google is joining Facebook's Open Compute Project to lift the veil.
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Internet experts see ‘major cyber attacks’ increasing over next decade

Internet experts see ‘major cyber attacks’ increasing over next decade | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Pew Research report’s survey finds 61% of respondents predicting at least one attack causing ‘widespread harm’. By Stuart Dredge
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Google’s AI Wins Fifth And Final Game Against Go Genius Lee Sedol

Google’s AI Wins Fifth And Final Game Against Go Genius Lee Sedol | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Game Five grew into the most exciting of the series, a game balanced on a knife edge. The win puts an exclamation point on a significant moment for AI.
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Human level AGI is not a question of if but rather a question of when. And this fascinating game indicates it will be sooner than later.

Most fascinating is how the whole event is being reported and the sensitivities implicitly expressed in regards to the human vs machine context. I think we can only smile as in this particular series of games there were only winner. Lee Sedol's genius will be immortalized by being incorporated into AlphaGo's intelligence that is yet to serve humanity in many unexpected ways. 
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Human level AGI is not a question of if but rather a question of when. And this fascinating game indicates it will be sooner than later.

Most fascinating is how the whole event is being reported and the sensitivities implicitly expressed in regards to the human vs machine context. I think we can only smile as in this particular series of games there were only winner. Lee Sedol's genius will be immortalized by being incorporated into AlphaGo's intelligence that is yet to serve humanity in many unexpected ways. 
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AlphaGo beats Lee Sedol in third consecutive Go game

AlphaGo beats Lee Sedol in third consecutive Go game | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Google’s DeepMind computer program wins $1m in victory marking significant development in artificial intelligence
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First ‘natural machine’ augmented reality product Meta 2 launches to developers | KurzweilAI

First ‘natural machine’ augmented reality product Meta 2 launches to developers | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Meta 2 (credit: Meta) Last month, Meta CEO Meron Gribetz wowed TED with a sneak peak at the company's new Meta 2 augmented-reality product. Today, Meta
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Why Wall Street Is Embracing the Blockchain—Its Biggest Threat

Why Wall Street Is Embracing the Blockchain—Its Biggest Threat | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The organization that ensures stocks traded on the market actually change hands is bullish on the blockchain. Here's why.
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