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Video Article: Embracing Complexity

Video Article: Embracing Complexity | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

from the deep study of networks

Brilliant, brilliant talk, watch the video

 

Your grade ten math teacher probably wrote this several times on your tests: SIMPLIFY. And, for much of science, that’s part of the work: SIMPLIFY. The universe can be broken down into smaller and smaller chunks in an attempt to find its most basic level and functions. But what do you do when that doesn’t work? Complex systems that defy reduction are all around us, from the elaborate workings of an ant colony—which could never be predicted from the physiology of a single ant—to fluctuations in the financial system that can send ripples around the globe. When broken into their constituent pieces, examined and put back together, such systems do not behave as expected. The sum of the parts does not equal the whole

 

Interview to Raissa D’Souza by Graeme Stemp Morlock

http://www.fqxi.org/community/articles/display/174

 


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starwalker's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:17 AM

"I firmly believe networks become more interdependent in time," says D’Souza. "We see the global economy becoming more interdependent. We see Facebook making everyone more interconnected. We’re relying increasingly on technologies like the Internet and communications networks, for instance, the smart-grid, a cyber-physical system. All these networks that used to operate more independently are now becoming more interconnected, and to me that is really a signature of time."

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Lengthy but interesting

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Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

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Robots and sex: creepy or cool?

Robots and sex: creepy or cool? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Tauriq Moosa: Sex robots, as far-fetched as they may seem, could end up being commonplace. A mature response to this would be best all round

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Consenting adults’ private activities seem to get a lot of other people very cross. Almost nowhere is this more pronounced than activities involving sex: the position, placement and management of people’s genital activities seem to keep a lot of other adults awake – but in an unhealthy, conservative way.

Many people don’t like two men doing romantic things together; many dislike women doing things too; and even if it’s the “proper” combination of sexes, there are rules about monogamy and marriage and money and so forth – that must not be violated, lest you incur the wrath of judgmental columnists and incomprehensible comment sections (or, unfortunately, the law itself).

Even otherwise progressive individuals are troubled by things such as non-monogamous relationships, child-free people (mostly child-free women, because wombs must always be filled with future babies, apparently), and men using sex toys.

So when considering, for example, sex robots, we should expect hatred, antagonism, and judgement. That attitude, in particular and in general toward adult consensual sex, should change. We can use sex robots as a good case-study to demonstrate why.


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POWERFUL speech about the Military Industrial Complex & US Imperialism (Graphic Content) - YouTube

This short video highlights the harsh Truth of U.S. foreign policy and the military industrial complex. Follow Choice and Truth at; [FACEBOOK] https://www.fa...

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Eterni.me - Become Virtually Immortal- what if you could be remembered forever?

Eterni.me - Become Virtually Immortal- what if you could be remembered forever? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
A team of engineers, designers and business people at MIT EDP tries to defeat death by preserving your memories into an intelligent avatar, that can interact with your close ones after you pass away.

 

Eterni.me collects almost everything that you create during your lifetime, and processes this huge amount of information using complex Artificial Intelligence algorithms.

Then it generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to your family and friends after you pass away.

It's like a Skype chat from the past


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Omni Zillion's curator insight, February 7, 1:47 PM

If we can live forever, in some form, then let's remember the vibrations of the full spectrum or continuum of beloved 'Pleasure' to the ultra-degree, so that we might repeatedly experience such things as contentment, cheerfulness, euphoria, happiness, joy, bliss, exaltation, jubilation and orgasm!

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Mentally strong people don't pick up these bad habits.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 4, 12:06 PM

Great topic and scoop Christine!  I hope you are having a wonderful start to 2014.  #4, 10 and 13 hit home the most for me but all of these are great reminders!  

 

Here is my favorite one:

 

4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control

You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.

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Strength of character comes from within.

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Unsplash | Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos.

Unsplash | Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days. Subscribe


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Mark Strozier's curator insight, November 25, 2013 2:47 PM

This is a great way to find (and share) top-shelf photography! All available free for use. Another great find on Tumblr.

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Strange Fibers Found Embedded Inside Chicken McNuggets

Strange Fibers Found Embedded Inside Chicken McNuggets | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
This video speaks for itself in that McDonald’s chicken mcnuggets seem to contain some strange ingredients and substances that currently have no explanation.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:25 PM

This is truly shocking!  Please watch this video and share this scoop with as many people as possible!  

 

Make sure you watch what real chicken looks like under the microscope to see the difference between real food and processed food.  

 

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What are these strange ingredients? We do not know. We also do not know if they are safe or unsafe to consume as not much is known about them. However, these mysterious ingredients are another great reason why we should avoid processed foods and stick with fresh, clean foods.

 

Share this with friends and family who might still be eating McDonald’s food.

 

Craig Crossley's curator insight, October 7, 2013 3:29 AM

More 'NON-CHICKEN' McNuggets evidence...

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UK anti-boycott activist spoke at Islamophobic conference

UK anti-boycott activist spoke at Islamophobic conference | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Asa Winstanley, associate editor with The Electronic Intifada, is an investigative journalist who lives in London, writing mainly about Palestine. He has been visiting Palestine regularly since 2004.

 

He writes: "Ronnie Fraser, who sued his own union for discussing boycotts of Israel, featured at conference with Robert Spencer, Geert Wilders, Daniel Pipes."

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Honor Edward!

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Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Documents show company collaborated closely with NSA and FBI to help agencies intercept data
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NSA recruiters owned by students

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Upgraded CoinAd, offers free BTC for visiting sites. It's faster & better paid than most, and the sites themselves are interesting.

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facebook.com/TheArtOfNotBeingGoverned

facebook.com/TheArtOfNotBeingGoverned | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
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From: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtOfNotBeingGoverned

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Grant's muscle posing!

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Human biology inspires "unbreakable" encryption

Human biology inspires "unbreakable" encryption | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Researchers at Lancaster University, UK have taken a hint from the way the human lungs and heart constantly communicate with each other, to devise an innovative, highly flexible encryption algorithm that they claim can't be broken using the traditional methods of cyberattack.

Information can be encrypted with an array of different algorithms, but the question of which method is the most secure is far from trivial. Such algorithms need a "key" to encrypt and decrypt information; the algorithms typically generate their keys using a well-known set of rules that can only admit a very large, but nonetheless finite number of possible keys. This means that in principle, given enough time and computing power, prying eyes can always break the code eventually.

The researchers, led by Dr. Tomislav Stankovski, created an encryption mechanism that can generate a truly unlimited number of keys, which they say vastly increases the security of the communication. To do so, they took inspiration from the anatomy of the human body.


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The Raspberry Pi computer – how a bright British idea took flight

The Raspberry Pi computer – how a bright British idea took flight | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
The Guardian The Raspberry Pi computer – how a bright British idea took flight The Guardian The elaborate skydive to a field in Berkshire was accomplished using credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computers which released the toy from the balloon when...

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Is this why the Profumo file is still secret?

Is this why the Profumo file is still secret? | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Desire not to upset the Royal Family may be behind the Government's continued refusal to release key documents relating to the Profumo affair of 1963, according to a leading British historian.

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Gaza Cars - The Epic Split feat. Bsyazlma Mahmoud Zuiter (Live Test 6)

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How Kshama Sawant Won Last Night's Election

How Kshama Sawant Won Last Night's Election | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Kelly O"Richard Conlin is finished," Kshama Sawant announced to a crowd of cheering supporters in lieu of a concession speech last night. It might seem...

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Robotic Skin Lights Up When Touched - Wired Science

Robotic Skin Lights Up When Touched - Wired Science | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it

Imagine how awesome — or distracting — it would be if human skin lit up every time something pushed on it. Pulsing arteries, mosquitoes, a rude shoulder-check on the sidewalk, or scratching an itch would transform a person into a blinking light show.

Now, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have designed an electronic skin that does actually does this: Super-thin and flexible, the skin lights up when touched. More pressure produces a brighter light, the team reports July 21 in Nature Materials.

Thinner than a sheet of paper, the skin is made from layers of plastic and a pressure-sensitive rubber. A conductive silver ink, organic LEDs, and thin-film transistors made from semiconductor-enriched carbon nanotubes are sandwiched between the layers. Applying pressure sends a signal through the rubber that ultimately turns on the LEDs, which light up in red, green, yellow or blue.

Instead of using the material to create bodysuits for Burning Man or other illuminated party tricks, scientists suggest that it might be used for smart wallpapers, health-monitoring devices, or in robotics. The type of interactive pressure sensor developed by the Berkeley scientists could also be useful in artificial skin for prosthetic limbs. For years, scientists have been working on developing systems and materials that could be integrated into a functioning, stimulus-responsive skin — something that can sense temperature, pressure, and stretch, and can heal itself. In addition, such a sheath might one day transform an ordinary robot into an interactive machine that’s capable of responding to tiny changes in its environment.

If and when that day comes, we will welcome our touchy-feely glow-bot overlords.


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A 12-Year-Old Egyptian Boy Flabbergasts An Interviewer. They Weren't Expecting A Political Genius.

A 12-Year-Old Egyptian Boy Flabbergasts An Interviewer. They Weren't Expecting A Political Genius. | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
I guess they get started young in Egypt. Like ... really young.

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Israel admits holding second secret prisoner

Israel admits holding second secret prisoner | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
A second secret prisoner is being held in same jail that Israeli-Australian spy known as Prisoner X killed himself in 2010
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3D printable ‘Drone It Yourself’ kit turns almost anything into an unmanned aerial vehicle

3D printable ‘Drone It Yourself’ kit turns almost anything into an unmanned aerial vehicle | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Drones are met with a great deal of suspicion at the moment, given that no-one can really agree what, if any, regulations should be imposed on their use in public and private spaces.

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NSA recruitment drive goes horribly wrong

NSA recruitment drive goes horribly wrong | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Bim Adewunmi: Staff from the National Security Agency got more than they bargained for when they attempted to recruit students to their organisation earlier this week …
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Bitcoin: how I made a virtual fortune

Bitcoin: how I made a virtual fortune | kitnewtonium | Scoop.it
Kate Craig-Wood: What started off as essentially a hobby became a virtual company with market capitalisation worth around £250,000
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