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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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The Meaning of Life; According to Venter

The man who sequenced the genome and invented a bacterium tackles the ultimate question...
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The Hivemind Singularity - The Atlantic

The Hivemind Singularity - The Atlantic | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The AtlanticThe Hivemind SingularityThe AtlanticWhat if the "posthuman" isn't being a cyborg but instead being a cell in a giant's body, helping to enable a vast consciousness that you're never aware of and that is never aware of you?
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Ralph Schneider's comment, July 19, 2012 3:07 AM
:) cool thought
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NIF makes history with record 500 terawatt laser shot

NIF makes history with record 500 terawatt laser shot | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- Fifteen years of work by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) team paid off on July 5 with a historic record-breaking laser shot.
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Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now?
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Toward new drugs for the human and non-human cells in people | KurzweilAI

Toward new drugs for the human and non-human cells in people | KurzweilAI | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Intestinal microbe (credit: U.S.Department of Agriculture) Almost 100 studies on a revolutionary approach to developing new medicines and treatments to...
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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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God Does Play Dice With The Universe (And The Dice Are Fair)

Want to get into a bar fight at a physics conference? Argue that quantum mechanics is the best way to predict outcomes.
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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 17, 2012 7:38 AM
hahaha
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The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

In the basement of the Northwest Science Building here at Harvard University, a locked door is marked with a pink and yellow sign: "Caution: Radioactive Material." Inside researchers buzz around wearing dour expressions and plastic gloves. Among them is Kenneth Hayworth. He's tall and gaunt, dressed in dark-blue jeans, a blue polo shirt, and gray running shoes. He looks like someone who sleeps little and eats less.

Hayworth has spent much of the past few years in a windowless room carving brains into very thin slices. He is by all accounts a curious man, known for casually saying things like, "The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body." He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin—before he dies of natural causes.

Why? Ken Hayworth believes that he can live forever.

But first he has to die.

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 17, 2012 7:39 AM
txs for this Wildcat
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Txs Dan as Well
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Scientists move closer to new kind of thermoelectric 'heat engine'

Scientists move closer to new kind of thermoelectric 'heat engine' | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Researchers who are studying a new magnetic effect that converts heat to electricity have discovered how to amplify it a thousand times over - a first step in making the technology more practical.
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Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

Is the Web Driving Us Mad? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports.
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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 15, 2012 7:47 AM
is more like we ourselves drives us mad than the web
Cindy Tam's comment, July 15, 2012 11:21 AM
"Phantom vibration" of the phone is amusing. I used to hear the icq "uh-oh" in the shower as a teen. Still makes me laugh.
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When machines do your job | KurzweilAI

When machines do your job | KurzweilAI | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Race Against the Machine, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee Are American workers losing their jobs to machines?
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