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Nothingness: Why nothing matters -Our pursuit of naught provides profound insights into the nature of reality physics-math - 24 November 2011 - New Scientist

Nothingness: Why nothing matters -Our pursuit of naught provides profound insights into the nature of reality physics-math - 24 November 2011 - New Scientist | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
SHAKESPEARE had it right, even in ways he couldn't have imagined. For centuries, scientists have indeed been making much ado about nothing - and with good reason. Nothing, or rather what we've long taken to be nothing, may be the key to understanding everything from why particles have mass to the expansion of the universe. As explored in this special issue of New Scientist (see "The nature of nothingness"), nothing is a rich and subtle subject whose biography is far from finished.

The modern story of nothing began with a thought experiment dreamed up by Isaac Newton. Imagine two identical rocks, tied together with a string, whirling around their common centre. The string pulls taut. But, Newton asked, how would we explain the taut string if the rocks were spinning in an otherwise empty universe? Since motion is relative, and the rocks aren't moving relative to one another, what sets the benchmark for their motion? Newton concluded that the answer had to be, well, nothing: the string pulls taut because the rocks are moving relative to empty space itself.

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Dragging Global Development Into The Digital Age-Development will go digital, or it will go nowhere at all.

Dragging Global Development Into The Digital Age-Development will go digital, or it will go nowhere at all. | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
A look inside Global Pulse, the United Nation's innovation incubator.

Development will go digital, or it will go nowhere at all.

That’s was the message sent by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an address to the General Assembly in November. "Our inability to understand the impacts of a crisis while there is still time to adjust our policies and programs threatens to reverse years of hard-won development gains,” said Ban. "Too often, by the time we have hard evidence of what is happening at the household level, the harm has already been done. … Our challenge is to leverage the enormous power of technology to make the world a better place."

As it happens, someone has answered that call (Ban was actually praising them in his speech).

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Why does every person need 200kg of steel a year?

Why does every person need 200kg of steel a year? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Is the raw stuff we devour - plastic, steel, concrete, energy etc - going down even as the economy grows, asks Michael Blastland...
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10 billion bits of data per second-Futurity.org –

10 billion bits of data per second-Futurity.org – | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

STANFORD (US) — A new nanoscale light-based device is able to transmit data at an ultrafast rate while using thousands of times less energy than current technologiesDeveloped by Jelena Vuckovic, associate professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, and Gary Shambat, a doctoral candidate in electrical engineering, the nanoscale light-emitting diode (LED) can send data at 10 billion bits per second.

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New Theory Explains What Makes a Video Go Viral: Scientific American

New Theory Explains What Makes a Video Go Viral: Scientific American | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
According to an algorithm, the four ingredients required are congruency, emotive strength, network involvement and something called...
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The Internet Looks Like a Fractal Dandelion | Computers | DISCOVER Magazine

The Internet Looks Like a Fractal Dandelion | Computers | DISCOVER Magazine | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

In 2004 Barrett Lyon’s friends bet him $50 that he couldn’t map the entire Internet in a day. Within two weeks the self-described technologist and entrepreneur had created a program that could output a detailed visualization of Internet connectivity in a few hours. Seven years and billions more Internet-connected devices later, Lyon is still at it. This cosmic-looking image, one of his newest creations, traces the millions of routes along which data can travel and pinpoints the hubs receiving the most traffic. Internet giants such as AT&T and Google manage the most heavily used networks, which appear here as glowing yellow orbs; they tend to concentrate in the center of the sphere. The less popular local networks (red) sit on the periphery. Although Lyon’s visualizations have appeared in computing textbooks and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he says he has yet to collect on his bet.

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INTERNET_RISING-a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity.

INTERNET_RISING-a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

INTERNET RISING is a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. It provokes many questions about ancient and modern paradoxes of life, its pleasures and pains... and the gray area contrasts in between - but most of all it is meant to be an inspiring conversation starter; a launchpad for future remixes of collective consciousness. It is also spiced with a bit of humorous satire to give our *overloaded* BIG DATA _information_ dump() brains a little break from the daily race :)

INTERNET RISING is a labor of love comprising a rapid fire mashup stream of live interviews all conducted within the web sphere. The film’s participants include many profound personalities and key internet influencers ranging from professors, corporate academics, futurists, researchers, writers, bloggers, media creators, activists, gamers, educators, scientists, artists, innovators - real humans, all of whom provide amazing insights into how our state of the world is changing and transforming via various forces of economic, social, geographic, political, philosophical development... all centered around technology’s transformative and generative power.

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The Improvisational Brain §embedded memories and conspiring brain regions, scientists now believe, are the true source of ad-hoc creativity. SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

The Improvisational Brain §embedded memories and conspiring brain regions, scientists now believe, are the true source of ad-hoc creativity. SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Watching a musician in the throes of an improvisational solo can be like witnessing an act of divine intervention. But embedded memories and conspiring brain regions, scientists now believe, are the true source of ad-hoc creativity.
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The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Morphogenesis is closely related to ecological sustainability — the ability of organisms to maintain stability in the face of very dynamic and even hostile environments — because it is nothing other than the process by which living systems adapt to the changes that would otherwise destroy them. So it’s very important that we understand this kind of process, and understand how we do and don’t incorporate it into our own actions.

 

Can our technologies and our way of making things reflect living processes? This includes our making of buildings, cities, and landscapes — Alexander’s primary focus as an architect.


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The memory-prediction framework of intelligence and the subject of creativity | The Creativity Post

The memory-prediction framework of intelligence and the subject of creativity | The Creativity Post | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Isn’t creativity some extraordinary quality that requires high intelligence and giftedness? Not really.

 

Shakespeare’s metaphors are the paragon of creativity. “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs”. “Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy.” “There’s daggers in men’s smiles.” Such metaphors become obvious when you see them but they’re very hard to invent, which is one reason why Shakespeare is regarded as a literary genius. To create such metaphor he had to see a succession of clever analogies. When he writes “There’s daggers in men’s smiles, “ he is not talking about daggers or smiles. Daggers are analogous to ill intent, and men’s smiles are analogous to deceit. Two clever analogies in only five words! At least that is how I interpret it. Poets have the gift of correlating seemingly unrelated words or concepts in manners that illuminate the world in new ways. They create unexpected analogies as a means of teaching higher-level structure.

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Liquid Robotics' Wave Gliders Begin Historic Swim Across Pacific - IEEE Spectrum

Liquid Robotics' Wave Gliders Begin Historic Swim Across Pacific - IEEE Spectrum | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Four robots, 300 days, 60,000 kilometers—and 2.25 million data points...
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A Quicker Route To Designing a Better World - Forbes

A Quicker Route To Designing a Better World - Forbes | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Students are entering the workforce with a far higher level of capability and aspiration than we think - and they are out to change the world.

I detect a profound change of attitude whenever I talk to young people entering business or the workforce. While older people, like me, talk about the end of the industrial age, younger people talk about changing the world. The New York Times parodied it as Generation Sell (and provoked an indignant backlash in Europe as well as the USA). This is not generation sell so much as generation “get it right”.

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Gamers, their networks and collective intelligence

Gamers, their networks and collective intelligence | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

The next generation is growing up in a collaborative world and are instinctual in their use of collective intelligence and networks. We have become ‘informational hunters and gatherers” (Jenkins, 2006, location 2480) and while elder generations may still be isolated in old media, the younger generations, and especially gamers, are learning to work together in a way we have never done before. Games bring people together and allow for collaboration in problem solving, a skill that many of us could benefit in practicing.


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Are we the teachable species? | If looking for human uniqueness on the outside is difficult, is it any easier to look on the inside–in particular, at our mental lives?The Loom | Discover Magazine

Are we the teachable species? | If looking for human uniqueness on the outside is difficult, is it any easier to look on the inside–in particular, at our mental lives?The Loom | Discover Magazine | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Brains | We know that our species is unique, but it can be surprisingly hard to pinpoint what exactly makes us so.
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Decision-Making: Just How Rational Is It? | Analytics & Optimization

Decision-Making: Just How Rational Is It? | Analytics & Optimization | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Social scientists have shown that decision-making is largely unconscious and automatic and can be manipulated by savvy marketers. Learn more about how those principles apply on Online Experiences.

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Getting Health Data from Inside Your Body -patients with implanted medical devices deserve access to the data they collect. Technology Review

Getting Health Data from Inside Your Body -patients with implanted medical devices deserve access to the data they collect. Technology Review | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Hugo Campos believes that patients with implanted medical devices deserve access to the data they collect.
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» Search for Alien Life Should Include Exotic Possibilities

» Search for Alien Life Should Include Exotic Possibilities | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
For most researchers' money, an Earth-like planet is the best bet for finding alien life. But looking in such an exclusive range might give them only half the story.
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starwalker: The Evolution of Consensus

starwalker: The Evolution of Consensus | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

A working definition of Consensus might begin with “the capacity, facilitated by language and connectivity, to initiate co-participation in the rise and propagation of a pattern – thus an open network of influence”. And it continues into” the set of processes merging collaborative efforts and technological platforms to bring an arising pattern to relevant articulation and decision making. Making use of the resulting synchronization to extend the available contexts of perception”.

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How All Knowledge Work Will Be Gamified -The gamification of labor has begun Technology Review

How All Knowledge Work Will Be Gamified -The gamification of labor has begun Technology Review | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The gamification of labor has begun -- and its pioneers are borrowing heavily from everything from World of Warcraft to Twitter.
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How Does Prozac Work? By Jonah Lehrer» Frontal Cortex #neuroscience

How Does Prozac Work? By Jonah Lehrer» Frontal Cortex #neuroscience | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

What’s the point of neuroscience? Why do we spend billions of dollars investigating those three pounds of flesh inside the head? Sure, human nature is interesting, and self-knowledge is a virtuous pursuit, but let’s be honest: we study the brain because we don’t want to die. Because we want cures for awful afflictions. Because we’re desperate to avoid depression and addiction and dementia. The only way to justify the terrific expense of biomedical research is medicine.

Here’s the bad news: I think neuroscience has yet to deliver on its therapeutical potential. We’ve learned an astonishing amount about the brain in recent years – a ten year old textbook is totally obsolete – but all this shiny new knowledge has yet to heal us. As a result, we’re still stuck with pills and treatments that are frustratingly ineffective.

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Wildcat: A polychronicity of futures Leaking into reality pervading virtuality

The quality of being, as an aesthetic phenomenon, is radically altered in the age of hyperconnectivity in a fashion that prominently features the art of becoming, not as the mimesis of an other that is not authentic, but in a fashion that re-describes the extended narrative of the individual into a multiplicity of authentic beings.
These new authenticities are the new natures, performing acts of freedom that were not hitherto recognized as such, primarily because the technology needed for such freedom was not available, but also because the realm in which these freedoms prevail did not exist.

To the conscious aware entity that we have engendered (and in so have become) in our hyperconnected infoverse, the hypercomplex system has become interesting again. And since what makes a system interesting is its capability to reach beyond its self-image, bring back new input, criticize its self-image, upgrade it, iterate it, and reach again, we have become more interesting to ourselves again, in that we have become freer.
We are self-disrupting creatures, using our abstract capabilities to undo that which we have established for the purpose of penetrating into realms unknown; Realms that might endanger us as well as delight us, realms of freedom unknown, realms of interest, redefining not only our realities in immediacy but also our futures. These futures are operating simultaneously on many dimensions but on different speeds, hence polychronicity, and though these futures originate in virtuality, slowly but surely they leak into immediate reality, altering it in the process.

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Philosophy of Mind: An Overview |Laura Weed takes us on a tour of the mind/brain controversy Philosophy Now

Philosophy of Mind: An Overview |Laura Weed takes us on a tour of the mind/brain controversy Philosophy Now | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

In the twentieth century philosophy of mind became one of the central areas of philosophy in the English-speaking world, and so it remains. Questions such as the relationship between mind and brain, the nature of consciousness, and how we perceive the world, have come to be seen as crucial in understanding the world. These days, the predominant position in philosophy of mind aims at equating mental phenomena with operations of the brain, and explaining them all in scientific terms. Sometimes this project is called ‘cognitive science’, and it carries the implicit assumption that cognition occurs in computers as well as in human and animal brains, and can be studied equally well in each of these three forms.

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Nanotechnology and religion-Survey research indicates that religious belief will be a powerful influence in shaping public views about nanotechnology

Nanotechnology and religion-Survey research indicates that religious belief will be a powerful influence in shaping public views about nanotechnology | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Survey research indicates that religious belief will be a powerful influence in shaping public views about nanotechnology, while knowledge about nanotech will be less influential. And yet religious thought about nanotech has received little attention. We know that nanotechnology has evoked a large body of literature on moral and ethical issues, but almost all of this is expressed in secular voices, e.g., those of philosophers, ethicists, and scientists. Religious commentaries about nanotechnology have been much more rare. Now it is worth knowing what religious voices have said about nanotechnology, so that we might anticipate future religious reactions. In the December issue of NanoEthics, my survey of religious reactions to nanotechnology will be published: "Seven Religious Reactions to Nanotechnology".

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From the Macro to the Micro: The Transformation of the Global Village into Hyper-Personalized Tribes‏

From the Macro to the Micro: The Transformation of the Global Village into Hyper-Personalized Tribes‏ | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Marshall McLuhan's global villiage has led to highly-personalized Micro-customization.

 

Growing hyper-personalization has led to a filter-bubble where we give more information than we are willing to admit to ourselves


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The Seduction Of The Exponential Curve - Forbes

The Seduction Of The Exponential Curve - Forbes | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

In mathematics, exponential trends go on forever. In real life, they inevitably end.Matthew Yglesias waxes rhapsodic about being on the “back half of the chessboard” in terms of the exponential growth of computer technologies.

The point of this, in terms of technological progress, is that we’ve gotten so accustomed to Moore’s Law that we sometimes overlook the implication that the deeper we get into the chessboard, the bigger the changes. We all know that computers advanced a lot between 1991 and 2011, but we should expect the scale of change over the next 20 years to dwarf those changes.
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