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The Self in the Age of Digital Reproduction

The Self in the Age of Digital Reproduction | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The title suggested itself to me before I had written a word. I picked up Walter Benjamin’s classic essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility,”* and in my mind I heard...

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For $1.26bn, VMWare Buys a Chance to Reinvent the Internet - Technology Review

For $1.26bn, VMWare Buys a Chance to Reinvent the Internet - Technology Review | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The cloud computing giant has snapped up Nicira, a startup developing smarter computer networking.
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Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble With ‘Curation’

Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble With ‘Curation’ | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Who knew there was such a mainstream market for artfully arranged pictures of other people’s stuff?
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'We Took a Rat Apart and Rebuilt It as a Jellyfish'

'We Took a Rat Apart and Rebuilt It as a Jellyfish' | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Scientists from Harvard and Caltech announce the creation of a bioengineered, swimming jellyfish made from rat cells.
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Is gene doping coming to the Olympics?

Is gene doping coming to the Olympics? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
We like to think of the Olympics as a level playing field — that’s why doping is banned.
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Tale of two runners exposes flawed Olympic thinking - opinion - 19 July 2012 - New Scientist

Testosterone and prosthetics: the latest attempts to draw the line between legality and cheating in athletics offend both science and natural justice...
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Virginia Tech: RoboJelly

Researchers at Virginia Tech and the University of Texas at Dallas built Robojelly from materials known as shape-memory alloys, which return to their original shape when bent. Eight moving segments wrapped in carbon nanotubes and coated with a platinum powder replicate the jellyfish's natural opening-and-closing method of propulsion.


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The madness of net scare stories

The madness of net scare stories | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
A recent front-page story that questioned the sanity of web users does little to enhance the debate about the use and the abuse of technologies.
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Knowmads are substantial agents of change

Knowmads are substantial agents of change, who drastically alter the infocologies they interact with. The level of freedom implied by the knowmadic state is a new existential virtuality that pushes into the real, in the process transforming and meshing the different dimensions in which our minds operate. Existing as non-localized behaviors of information processing, Knowmads are not consumers and cannot be looked upon as capital. Knowmads are the innovators of thought and vision, using an insight mechanism based on correlated data-spheres of complex infocologies.
Knowmads do not care for labels of old style paradigms, such as gender ,creed, race or indeed status, what Knowmads care about are the pleasures derived in forming new connections, mash-ups and provisional options, innovative solutions for the next step in human evolution.
Our complex neuro-mesh firing in tandem, has produced this amazing property we call conscious awareness, with the advent of 21st century tech, augmented reality apps, visually stunning info-graphics, virtualities at our finger tips, p2p technologies availability and the like we are becoming Knowmads. The value of the Knowmad state is thus in providing a fresh framework and a new narrative to fill our old storytelling needs in our ever-increasing process of self-description.
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Corigliano d'Otranto thinks it is Italy's most philosophical town, therefore it is

Corigliano d'Otranto thinks it is Italy's most philosophical town, therefore it is | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Town faces criticism after appointing municipal philosopher to offer weekly consultations and questioning residents' existence...
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Integrated and Innovative: The Future of Regions | World Future Society

Challenges facing city and regional governments today may spur a movement toward improving the creative resources of tomorrow’s citizens. Investing in the arts may help communities capitalize on shifting paradigms.

Creating a city of the future, for the future, is about organizing one’s community to reinvent itself for a knowledge-based economy and society. Citizens must be prepared to take ownership of their community, and the next generation of leaders and workers must be prepared to meet global challenges.

It will not be easy.

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The Avatar Economy - Are remote workers the brains inside tomorrow's robots? Technology Review

The Avatar Economy - Are remote workers the brains inside tomorrow's robots? Technology Review | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
In our economy, many of the jobs most resistant to automation are those with the least economic value. Just consider the diversity of tasks, unpredictable terrains, and specialized tools that a landscaper confronts in a single day. No robot is intelligent enough to perform this $8-an-hour work.

But what about a robot remotely controlled by a low-wage foreign worker?

Hollywood has been imagining the technologies we would need. Jake Sully, the wheelchair-bound protagonist in James Cameron's Avatar, goes to work saving a distant planet via a wireless connection to a remote body. He interacts with others, learns new skills, and even gets married—all while his "real" body is lying on a slab, miles aw
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Why we love to hoard… and how you can overcome it

Why we love to hoard… and how you can overcome it | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Understanding the psychology behind why we like to accumulate all manner of items can in fact help you to lead a clutter-free life.
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DNA race to unlock ageing secrets

DNA race to unlock ageing secrets | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
A race to unlock genetic clues behind living to 100 will begin next year, with a US team announcing its intention to compete for the $10m genetics X Prize.
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A New Kind Of Socio-inspired Technology | Conversation | Edge

A New Kind Of Socio-inspired Technology | Conversation | Edge | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

There's a new kind of socio-inspired technology coming up, now. Society has many wonderful self-organization mechanisms that we can learn from, such as trust, reputation, culture. If we can learn how to implement that in our technological system, that is worth a lot of money; billions of dollars, actually. We think this is the next step after bio-inspired technology.

PROFESSOR DIRK HELBING is Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, at ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and the Scientific Coordinator of the FuturICT Flagship Proposal.

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 23, 2012 6:19 AM
very cool
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Unlock Your Inner Rain Man by Electrically Zapping Your Brain

Unlock Your Inner Rain Man by Electrically Zapping Your Brain | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Imagine a creativity cap. A device that would free you, if only momentarily, from your mindsets, from your prejudices, from the mental bloc...
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Peter Thiel’s Quest for Creating a Viable Global Currency

Peter Thiel’s Quest for Creating a Viable Global Currency | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

In 2003 the DaVinci Institute produced a landmark event called “The Future of Money Summit” which took place at the Omni Hotel in Broomfield, CO. One of the featured speakers was Bernard Lietaer, chief architect of the Euro.

At the closing session for the event Lietaer introduced his plan for creating a global currency, a digital currency called the Terra.

The Terra, as Lietaer envisioned it, would start as a trade reference currency pegged to a mathematical equilibrium of existing major currencies, and be backed by a basket of commodities, as opposed to a single one like gold.

After the press frenzy and nationally coverage resulting from our event, the Terra has descended into near obscurity, with little more than a Wikipedia entry to show it ever existed.

One speaker we desperately tried to bring to the event was Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, who was highly regarded as a disruptive visionary in monetary systems.

While Thiel, a darling of the media, seems to have stopped talking about creating a global currency, I recently came across one of his most recent investments in a company called Stripe, which is causing many to speculate. Here’s what I think is about to unfold.

Futurist Speaker (http://s.tt/1ivun)

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X-prizes could spur robotics development

Google has offered $20 million to the first privately funded group to send a robot to the moon. This prize, which is the largest X-prize ever offered, will expire at the end of 2015. There are currently 26 teams actively trying to win the prize. One of those teams, Astrobotic, is lead by "Red" Whittaker. Dr. Whittaker is a Carnegie Mellon roboticist who is determined to win the prize. In an interview with Sander Olson for Next Big Future, Astrobotic CEO Whittaker discusses how the X-prize will spur robotics development and competition, why AI isn't essential to the development of robotics, and why the capabilities of robots could equal those of biological systems within a decade.

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How a movie changed one man’s vision forever

How a movie changed one man’s vision forever | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Bruce Bridgeman lived with a flat view of the world, until a trip to the cinema unexpectedly made him see the world in 3D. The question is how it happened.
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‘Nanozyme’ nanoparticles can be programmed to target different diseases | KurzweilAI

‘Nanozyme’ nanoparticles can be programmed to target different diseases | KurzweilAI | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Nanozyme, a colloidal nanoparticle with a diameter of 48 nm and a core/shell structure consisting of a 13-nm gold nanoparticle core and a shell of...
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Service aims to make banking simpler

Service aims to make banking simpler | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Simple is a new banking service that offers greater control of accounts with multiple online and mobile features.
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Which new word would you add to the dictionary?

Which new word would you add to the dictionary? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Collins is taking submissions to consider for its next edition – and there's still time for you to contribute...
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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 19, 2012 6:05 AM
very good
Wildcat2030's comment, July 19, 2012 6:21 AM
Thks Mariana, of course the three main words I would like to add to the dictionary are Knowmad,Polytopia and Infocology.
Mariana Soffer's comment, July 19, 2012 6:23 AM
they sound hip Wildcat ;). I'll cheer for that.
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How Innovation Is More Poetry Than Science

How Innovation Is More Poetry Than Science | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Practical lessons from 35 years of writing poetry to help individuals and teams deliver more innovative products, processes, and services.
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Envisioning the future of education technology

Envisioning the future of education technology | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades.

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 19, 2012 6:25 AM
this one is great
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A Biologist And A Psychologist Square Off Over The Definition Of Science

A Biologist And A Psychologist Square Off Over The Definition Of Science | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Is psychology a science?  Increasingly, the respect of science (and scientists) by the public has been dropping and a part of that reason is because the line of what science is has become fuzzy.
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