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The perfect path from startup to behemoth

The analysis of a rare "perfect" score on how to turn a startup into a huge success

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Should humans teach language to apes?

A mobile app to allow communication between bonobos and people...

The timing made this project look like an April's fool joke... Researchers at the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary are designing a mobile app to allow bonobos to communicate using a combination of words and symbols. And control a robot-ape... 
This is fascinating and frightening at the same time, I see so many ways research in this direction could go wrong. 

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It begins!

It begins! | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

A funny montage. Obese placid media-fed computer-assisted humanity is for tomorrow!

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More iPhones sold than babies born in the world

More iPhones sold than babies born in the world | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

Apple revealed that it had sold 37.04M iPhones in fiscal Q1 of 2012, outpacing humanity's birth rate! Many say it is historical but will be impossible to repeat. 

Well, they might as well be slowly getting  consumers accustomed to the idea of actually paying more to own superior devices - shifting people's financial priorities, on a global scale.

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24/7 Video of normal life to understand how language learning

MIT is pretty serious about data visualization and analysis.

 

TED Talks MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch...

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The future of productivity

As seen by Microsfot research

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Supercuts, a human-powered form of video curation

Supercuts, a human-powered form of video curation | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

Beyond the entertaining value of watching compilations of bone-breakings by Steven Seagal, it is interesting to note that this is one of the best examples of a task that computers are still very far from achieving... and a form of curation!

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A Netflix for art prints - How disruptive models inspire nearby fields

A Netflix for art prints - How disruptive models inspire nearby fields | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

One of an increasing number of companies trying to replicate a succesful disruptive model to a new industry, TurningArt wants to be the Netflix for art prints. THe service allows you to "rotate" high quality prints in one single frame, and to ship them back when you receive a new one. 

What other models can be leverage to see the next ["Name of a successful service"] for ["an industry where you did not think it could apply"] ?

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The high risks of content of "Relevance"

A great 2011 TED Talk by Eli Pariser, describing how algorithms are increasingly tailoring the information we find online... and how it is threatening the openness of the web by limiting our access to unfiltered information. There is not One Web anymore, but a collection of personal bubbles, where relevance has replaced importance. 

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Learn not to swallow

How to grow a successful business and "Leave a dent in the universe"? By learning *not to swallow*. Great talk at TEDxSoMa by B-Sides founder Mike Dahn, on the power of Chaordic design and community in general.

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The future of Media - as imagined in 2007

The Media Revolution... as seen in 2007. Interesting how some aspects are still the same today, others have gone even faster than expected.

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For 2011 babies, magazines are iPad that don't work

Technology codes our minds, changes our OS. Apple products have done this extensively. The video shows how magazines are now useless and impossible to unders...
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A mayor, an airline, a moustache

.@VirginAmerica Love the bearded plane in honor of @SFGiants @brianwilson38. When comes the plane with a moustache?
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Social media is now established as a corner stone of public relations; it is leveraged by brands and politicians alike - especially in Silicon Valley - and blurs a distance that used to exist between people an public figures.
On the other hand, facial hair is a much older way to instantly make a face more recognizable. From Civil war generals, movie actors, infamous dictators, dadaist artists, athletes... many moustaches and beards styles now bear the name of the person that initially popularized them, while becoming instantly recognizable.

Will San Francisco's mayor Ed Lee see his moustache adorn one of Virgin America's planes any time soon? 

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Send Them Your Money

Send Them Your Money | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

The RIAA lobbyed in favor of laws such as PIPA and SOPA, claiming property rights on any copy of songs in their catalog. SendThemYourMoney is a witty reply to the belief than any copy has as much value as the original... 

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Flying People in New York City

Science wonders, witty hacks, marketing stunts... Or why it has become irrelevant to "believe your own eyes".
 

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The Last Question

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It seems some great minds of the past may have had a clearer vision of our future than even we do... 

 

The Last Question is Isaac Asimov's favorite of his own novels. In times of realization that our ressources are finite, this is an enlighting read.

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XKCD makes me smarter

XKCD makes me smarter | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

I would love to see the spikes of traffic that xkcd is driving to Wikipedia everytime a technical topic is mentioned in his comics. 

What don't they have the "XX% more popular this week" kind of indicator like iMDB?

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The dangerous path of surrendering the ability to own what we buy

The dangerous path of surrendering the ability to own what we buy | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

Just like music has shifted from a model of goods you buy to one of a streaming service you subscribe to, owning your books might become a thing of the past. Is it a good thing?

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Viral marketing push... LITERALLY!

Great use of social sharing to engage viewers... and man! ain't it cool to watch a car bungee jump! For the more sky-diving-inclined, see here: http://letsdothis.com/

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Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Sarah Kaminsky tells the extraordinary story of her father Adolfo and his activity during World War II -- using his ingenuity and talent for forgery to save lives.
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Disruption by Design

Disruption by Design | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

Record and record players are old (and cool) enough to have gained an iconic status. But even something as vintage as a record player can be disrupted (again). 30 years after the CD started taking over the music market, SoundWagon boldly shows that there was another, low-tech way to read a record, without a bulky player. Brilliant. 

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Each AI breakthrough has one...

Each AI breakthrough has one... | Interesting times indeed | Scoop.it

From iOS auto-correct to chatterbots to wolfram alpha, they all have growing and increasingly centralized collections of their best easter eggs and most epic failures. Often on Tumblr. If it does not have these AI to shy away from one day taking over the Earth, it could definitely become an invaluable base to teach them good sense of humor!

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The crazy science behind origami... or is it the contrary?

Noteworthy excerpts:

"A language, [...] a way we could communicate, a code of dots, dashes and arrows. We now have a means of transmitting information with heredity and selection, and we know where that leads"

"The secret to productivity in so many fields -- and in origami -- is letting dead people do your work for you."

"The laws of quantum mechanics can be written down on a napkin, and yet they govern all of chemistry, all of life, all of history."

"It's so simple a computer could do it."

"And as weird and surprising as it may sound, origami may someday even save a life."

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