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Oculus Raises $75 Million for the VR Goggles of the Future

Oculus Raises $75 Million for the VR Goggles of the Future | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Virtual reality startup Oculus, the company behind the much-hyped Rift VR headset, has landed $75 million in Series B funding.
    
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The promise and peril of automation: now everyone sees the challenge

The promise and peril of automation: now everyone sees the challenge | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Summary: It was long denied,  but now everybody sees the coming of the next industrial revolution. We enter the next phase, when experts assure us that the obvious will not happen, that the dynamic...
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The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet | TechCrunch

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet | TechCrunch | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Do we have the Internet we deserve? There's an argument to say that yes, we absolutely do. Given web users' general reluctance to pay for content. We are of..
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A must read!!! Perhaps the most interesting startup I have read about for a very long time. This might be bigger than Google eventually and lay the ground for an emergent Global Brain. See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RdGH40oUVDY

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Why a deep-learning genius left Google & joined Chinese tech shop Baidu (interview)

Why a deep-learning genius left Google & joined Chinese tech shop Baidu (interview) | Global Brain | Scoop.it
"I thought the best place to advance the AI mission is at Baidu," Ng says.
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A Magna Carta for the web

A Magna Carta for the web | Global Brain | Scoop.it

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?

 

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The man behind Facebook's artificial brain attempt - Wired.co.uk

The man behind Facebook's artificial brain attempt - Wired.co.uk | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The man behind Facebook's artificial brain attempt
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Automatically reading bank checks, it marked the first time convolutional neural nets were applied to practical problems.
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▶ Global Brain: Web as Self-organizing Distributed Intelligence - Francis Heylighen

▶ Global Brain: Web as Self-organizing Distributed Intelligence - Francis Heylighen | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Distributed intelligence is an ability to solve problems and process information that is not localized inside a single person or computer, but that emerges from the coordinated interactions bet...
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Internet of Things Gains Real World Traction - Automation World

Internet of Things Gains Real World Traction - Automation World | Global Brain | Scoop.it
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,...
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Collective Learning and Optimal Consensus Decisions in Social Animal Groups

Collective Learning and Optimal Consensus Decisions in Social Animal Groups | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Learning has been studied extensively in the context of isolated individuals. However, many organisms are social and consequently make decisions both individually and as part of a collective.
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Artificial Life and the Web: WebAL Comes of Age

A brief survey is presented of the first 18 years of web-based Artificial Life ("WebAL") research and applications, covering the period 1995-2013.
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Researchers create 1,000-robot swarm

Researchers create 1,000-robot swarm | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Tiny troupe could shed light on collective behaviour in animals and humans.
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Humans Need Not Apply - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/2dfh5v/humans_need_not_apply/ http://www.CGPGrey.com/ https://twitter.com/cgpgrey ## Robots, Etc...
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Alessio Erioli's curator insight, August 25, 3:25 AM

Although there are some oversimplifications here and there (like the whole thing on creativity as confined in "artistic" jobs and the excluson of the possibility of enhancing human abilities) but the video has a point on inevitability and increasing obsolescence (in absence of adaptation). So, horses became obsolete and unemployable because they reached their adaptability limit. What is the limit of a human being that can enhance and evolve faster right through technology? Or, to put it in Kevin Kelly's words: what is the tipping point at which the ability of technology to alter us AND itself overcomes our ability to alter it?

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Cybernetics in the Future - Introduction by Mary Catherine Bateson - YouTube

This is Mary Catherine Bateson's introduction to the Cybernetics in the Future workshop held at the 2014 conference of the American Society for Cybernetics a...
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Humans Are Heading Down A Path That Will Allow Us To Supercharge The Brain

Humans Are Heading Down A Path That Will Allow Us To Supercharge The Brain | Global Brain | Scoop.it
A small jolt of electrical stimulation can boost memory and focus. What'll be possible once we can implant chips into the brain?
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Robo Brain is Learning from the Internet

Robo Brain is Learning from the Internet | Global Brain | Scoop.it
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.
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Developmental Artificial Intelligence MOOC Teaser - YouTube

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.

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Neuromorphic ‘atomic-switch’ networks function like synapses in the brain | KurzweilAI

Neuromorphic ‘atomic-switch’ networks function like synapses in the brain | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
A look inside the atomic-switch network device reveals its highly interconnected architecture, which comprises synaptic atomic switch circuit elements at
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Let the Global Brain Do the Thinking: A New Approach to Making Things

Let the Global Brain Do the Thinking: A New Approach to Making Things | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The Global Brain beats the best brains in your business, ideation goes global http://t.co/Fd8s5tiv5D
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Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | Enterprise | WIRED

Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask | Enterprise | WIRED | Global Brain | Scoop.it
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…
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Mankind Is Getting Ready To Turn Over Most Decisions To Robots

Mankind Is Getting Ready To Turn Over Most Decisions To Robots | Global Brain | Scoop.it
We could become "obsolete."
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Holacracy and Facebook -- are we creating a global brain?

Holacracy and Facebook -- are we creating a global brain? | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Reblogged on WordPress.com (Holacracy and Facebook — are we creating a global brain? http://t.co/Kp7FCUm90S)
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Charting culture

This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes.
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Joseph Kim's curator insight, August 20, 8:28 AM

can we also visualize patient journeys to wellness BEFORE designing a clinical trial?

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Artificial intelligence will not turn into a Frankenstein's monster

Artificial intelligence will not turn into a Frankenstein's monster | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Fears of playing god by creating machines that become ever more clever are misplaced. We need to be cautious, but can maintain control
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By 2025, ‘sexbots will be commonplace’ – which is just fine, as we’ll all be unemployed and bored thanks to robots stealing our jobs | ExtremeTech

By 2025, ‘sexbots will be commonplace’ – which is just fine, as we’ll all be unemployed and bored thanks to robots stealing our jobs | ExtremeTech | Global Brain | Scoop.it
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.
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Not really an insight but I wonder why female sex robots are always depicted seemingly without teeth...

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The Social Metabolism: A Socio-Ecological Theory of Historical Change (by Manuel González de Molina & Víctor M. Toledo)

The Social Metabolism: A Socio-Ecological Theory of Historical Change (Environmental History)

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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.

 

 


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Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt, and Cybernetics

Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt, and Cybernetics | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Cybernetics is one of the most widely misunderstood concepts. The word
itself seems sinister and futuristic, but the term has ancient roots -
the Greek word kybernetes, meaning steersman.
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