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The Neuroscientist Who’s Building a Better Memory for Humans

The Neuroscientist Who’s Building a Better Memory for Humans | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Ted Berger's implant electrically stimulates the brain to form memories—at least in rats and monkeys. And now, he’s testing one that could work in humans.
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The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence

The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
We don’t know how to make software that learns without explicit instruction—but we need to if dreams of humanlike AI are to come true.
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Figuring out how software can do what comes so easily to human babies is crucial if grander ambitions for artificial intelligence are to be fulfilled...none of the explorations thus far have revealed a path that enables unsupervised learning anywhere close to the human level, or learn complex things about the real world just by experiencing or experimenting with it.
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Robot Art Raises Questions about Human Creativity

Robot Art Raises Questions about Human Creativity | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
What is the potential of machine art, and can it truly be described as creative or imaginative?
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Can a machine ever be as creative as a Rembrandt or Picasso? To that end, can a robot develop a sense of self?
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DARPA’s ‘Targeted Neuroplasticity Training’ program aims to accelerate learning ‘beyond normal levels’ | KurzweilAI

DARPA’s ‘Targeted Neuroplasticity Training’ program aims to accelerate learning ‘beyond normal levels’ | KurzweilAI | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
New DARPA TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.
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Accelerate the pace of learning and maximize long-term retention of complicated cognitive skills.
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Why Creativity Is a Numbers Game

Why Creativity Is a Numbers Game | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
It's a great myth that creative geniuses consistently produce great work.create. Rather the quality of creative ideas is a positive function of quantity. The more ideas creators generate (regardless of the quality of each idea), the greater the chances of producing an eventual masterpiece.
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An extensive analysis of geniuses found two factors that are critical in explaining the creative process...creative geniuses simultaneously immerse themselves in many diverse ideas and projects and they have extraordinary productivity. Ironically, quantity trumped quality, the more ideas creators generate (regardless of quality), the greater the odds of an eventual masterpiece.
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Before you build an innovation lab, answer these 6 questions

Before you build an innovation lab, answer these 6 questions | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Today, large companies are creating innovation outposts in innovation clusters like Silicon Valley in order to tap into the clusters’ innovation ecosystems.
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Key considerations before building an innovation lab - include a startup innovation element in the corporate innovation strategy; communicate and commit to patience (>5 yrs) for IP creation and future disruption option creation; laser like focus on a few major domains (<3) for exploration; explore and understand the larger innovation ecosystem; define a clear plan for integrating innovations into corporate businesses; and achieve consensus on how to participate in the ecosystem (invest, partner, acquire, incubate, or invent).
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Machine Learning Inspired by Human Learning | MIT Technology Review

Machine Learning Inspired by Human Learning | MIT Technology Review | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Software that learns to software that can recognize written characters from just one example may point the way towards more powerful, more humanlike artificial intelligence.
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The software is not mimicking the way children acquire the ability to read and write but, rather, the way adults, who already know how, learn to recognize and re-create new characters.
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New kicks with a click: ShiftWear sneakers change designs on the fly

New kicks with a click: ShiftWear sneakers change designs on the fly | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Bored with your white sneakers? ShiftWear's sneakers have an E Ink screen, so you can change your shoes' design on the go with an app.
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Next gen on-demand personalization to express individual designs and styles.
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Battery issues will be a thing of the past with this promising 'smart screen'

Battery issues will be a thing of the past with this promising 'smart screen' | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Bodle Technologies, a spin-out from Oxford, has made a "smart material" that barely draws any power, conserving your battery.
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Transparent displays that require little to no power to eliminate battery drain
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Work in Transition

Work in Transition | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Digital technologies are changing the nature of the jobs we do. What does that mean for the future of work?
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What's the Meaning of Life If Society Doesn't Need You Any Longer?

What's the Meaning of Life If Society Doesn't Need You Any Longer? | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
If you have a job, odds are society benefits from your work, and theoretically, the compensation you receive is how the marketplace values your contribution.
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Startups Are More Successful than Ever at Unbundling Incumbents

Startups Are More Successful than Ever at Unbundling Incumbents | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it

Startups' agile product design teams iterate rapidly to get to product/market fit and are intentionally structured lean for growth by renting scale to eliminate unnecessary capex and operational inertia.

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Final decision? Why the brain keeps on changing its mind – Stephen M Fleming | Aeon Ideas

Benjamin Franklin once quipped: ‘There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know oneself.’ Every decision we make, from pinpointing the source of a faint sound to choosing a new job, comes with a degree of confidence that w...
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The neuroscience of creativity

The neuroscience of creativity | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Unraveling the underlying neural mechanisms of human creativity is a tough knot to untie. Despite its difficulties, or perhaps because of them, neuroscientists are on the hunt.
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Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming

Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Lev Landau, a Nobelist and one of the fathers of a great school of Soviet physics, had a logarithmic scale for ranking theorists,…
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The possibility of super-intelligence follows directly from the genetic basis of intelligence. Only a handful of single-nucleotide polymorphisms in human DNA are statistically correlated with intelligence, even after correction for multiple testing of 1 million independent DNA regions, in a sample of over 100,000 individuals.
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An AI Written Novel Has Passed Literary Prize Screening

An AI Written Novel Has Passed Literary Prize Screening | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Out of 1450 entries, 11 were written by non-humans.
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A collaboration between humans and AI wrote a novel that made it past the first round of screening for the Nikkei Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award
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Microsoft's New Neural Net Shows Artificial Intelligence Is About to Get Way Smarter

Microsoft's New Neural Net Shows Artificial Intelligence Is About to Get Way Smarter | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
A new experiment from Microsoft Research shows that today's artificially intelligent systems offer only a hint of how powerful AI will one day become.
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Scientists Create Color-Changing Cyborg Flowers

Scientists Create Color-Changing Cyborg Flowers | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
The new research paves the way for storing and harvesting energy in plants.
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Electrical charge storage where photosynthesis happens paves the way for energy harvesting and storage directly in the leaves.
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Why Team Creativity Wanes - and How to Boost It

Why Team Creativity Wanes - and How to Boost It | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
New research explains why innovative companies see their creativity dwindle over time, and what can be done to rekindle it.
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As organizations grow large, a false sense of self confidence blinds them to contrarian evidence, resulting in a rapid decline in creativity and innovation. Creativity can be resparked with cross functional teams by fostering strong collaborative relationships, embracing a culture of learning and exploring strategic unconventional options.
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Turning sunlight into clean fuel is now cheap and simple

Turning sunlight into clean fuel is now cheap and simple | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Who needs plants when artificial photosynthesis is possible?
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Efficient and cheap artificial photosynthesis that can one day enable cars and home to self-generate energy.
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Mini brains for testing drugs cost just 25 cents

Mini brains for testing drugs cost just 25 cents | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
If you need a working miniature brain, a new paper describes how to build one relatively easily and at surprisingly low cost.
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On the Edge of Automation

On the Edge of Automation | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Five hundred years from now, says venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, less than 10 percent of people on the planet will be doing paid work. And next year?
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Intel CEO says computing rests on three big assumptions

Intel CEO says computing rests on three big assumptions | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it
Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich opened his keynote speech at a big developer event with a focus on three big assumptions.
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Computing in the future will be built on “sensification,” or the instrumenting of the world with computing sensors. It will also be “smart and connected,” or built on the Internet of things. And computing will be an extension of you. It will, in other words, be used to express your wishes to your environment and the outside world.
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Deciding to Fix or Kill a Problem Product

Deciding to Fix or Kill a Problem Product | Creativity & Culture | Scoop.it

Five Scenarios...a technology in search of a need kill it unless you can identify and solve for a known pain point; poor usability then fix it by identifying and solving any weaknesses; poor strategic fit then kill it; a great idea, then map what to build, for whom and why, and if you can't plan the build then kill it; it is designed for today but not tomorrow then fix it.

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