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Robot Dragon to Help Kids With Language Skills - IEEE Spectrum

Robot Dragon to Help Kids With Language Skills - IEEE Spectrum | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Next time your preschooler has a language lesson, they might be getting it from this cute little robotic dragon...
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How the World's Oldest Diamond Monopoly is Trying to Become an IT Juggernaut - Technology Review

How the World's Oldest Diamond Monopoly is Trying to Become an IT Juggernaut - Technology Review | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
In what could be one of the biggest pivots in corporate history, De Beers accepted that the 21st century is literally the (synthetic) Diamond Age...
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» Orangutan Culture Develops Like Human Culture

» Orangutan Culture Develops Like Human Culture | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
A team of anthropologists have shown that orangutans may have the ability to learn socially and pass these lessons down through generations — evidence that culture in humans and great apes has the same evolutionary roots.
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» Skin-Like Sensors Could Bring Tactile Sensations to Robots, Humans

» Skin-Like Sensors Could Bring Tactile Sensations to Robots, Humans | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
We're used to tapping away at flat, glass-covered touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets.
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TAM Panel - Our Future in Space

This vigorous discussion on "Our Future In Space" featuring Phil Plait, Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the most memorable moments at TAM 2011 Las Vegas.
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What you want vs. how you get it: New neuroconomics study

What you want vs. how you get it: New neuroconomics study | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
New research reveals how we make decisions. Birds choosing between berry bushes and investors trading stocks are faced with the same fundamental challenge - making optimal choices in an environment featuring varying costs and benefits.
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Go read this: Seven Billion by JOEL E. COHEN

Go read this: Seven Billion by JOEL E. COHEN | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Can humanity handle the unprecedented rise in population?

ONE week from today, the United Nations estimates, the world’s population will reach seven billion. Because censuses are infrequent and incomplete, no one knows the precise date — the Census Bureau puts it somewhere next March — but there can be no doubt that humanity is approaching a milestone.

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True Limits for food, energy and minerals are very distant

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Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100'

Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100' | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Nearly 7 billion people now inhabit planet but projections that number will double this century have shocked academics...
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Meet the Winners of This Year’s Tech Humanitarian Awards - Techland - TIME.com

Meet the Winners of This Year’s Tech Humanitarian Awards   - Techland - TIME.com | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
On Thursday night at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, more than 1400 people attended the Tech Awards, a gala that celebrated not companies or products, but rather people and organizations that are using...
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World's first Augmented Reality (AR) stamp

World's first Augmented Reality (AR) stamp | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Dutch design agency Gummo designed a new series of post stamps for the TNT Post (now Post NL) on the given theme of not yet realised architecture in the Netherlands, creating the world's first Augmented Reality (AR) stamp.

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Back to the Tribe « NextNature.net

Back to the Tribe « NextNature.net | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Traditionally, technology is seen as a force that diminishes our instincts and puts us at a distance of nature. Increasingly however, we realize technology can also energize and amplify our deepest human sensibilities – even some we had forgotten about. Propelling us not so much back to, but rather forward to nature.

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Nanotechnology, the U.S. Economy And You | InterNano - a project of the National Nanomanufacturing Network

Nanotechnology, the U.S. Economy And You | InterNano - a project of the National Nanomanufacturing Network | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
InterNano is a dynamic information clearinghouse for the nanomanufacturing commmunity., Nanotechnology, the U.S.
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Tech Leaders Discuss Promise and Pitfalls of Global Cyberspace | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network

Tech Leaders Discuss Promise and Pitfalls of Global Cyberspace | @ScientificAmerican, Scientific American Blog Network | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
PALOS VERDES, Calif.—Danny Hillis recalls how simple the Internet was in the 1980s. When he wanted to hook up a computer he would ask Bob Kahn, ...
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Would artificial intelligence outsmart me? I needn't have worried

Would artificial intelligence outsmart me? I needn't have worried | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Noel Sharkey: The Loebner prize rewards the machine that best imitates a human – it provides a great sanity check for wilder AI claims...
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EmTech: Get Ready for a New Human Species - Technology Review

EmTech: Get Ready for a New Human Species - Technology Review | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Now that we can rewrite the code of life, Darwinian evolution can't stop us, says investor Juan Enriquez.

The ability to engineer life is going to spark a revolution that will dwarf the industrial and digital revolutions, says Juan Enriquez, a writer, investor, and managing director of Excel Venture Management. Thanks to new genomics technologies, scientists have not only been able to read organisms' genomes faster than ever before, they can also write increasingly complex changes into those genomes, creating organisms with new capabilities.

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Making Solar Panels As Ubiquitous And Efficient As Leaves | Fast Company

Making Solar Panels As Ubiquitous And Efficient As Leaves | Fast Company | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Enough solar energy strikes the earth in one hour to power our civilization for a year, and futurists like Ray Kurzweil see us moving to an all-solar civilization in the span of a single human lifetime.

 

But getting to a civilization powered entirely by renewables isn't going to happen with current technology. Traditional solar panels might become cheaper, but the laws of physics say they can't become that much more efficient. Not to mention that the resources required to build the kind of desert-spanning solar farms that would be required to replace even a percentage point or two of our current energy mix boggle the mind.

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Economists See More Jobs for Machines, Not People

Economists See More Jobs for Machines, Not People | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Automation is edging into some of the last redoubts of human-only work, such as sales.
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Love and Anarchy - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Love and Anarchy - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

A handful of radicals throughout the centuries have intuited that a successful revolution includes a healthy passion for the inner life. One of them was the Russian-Jewish anarchist Emma Goldman, born in 1869. The right to stay alive in one's senses, and to live in a world that prizes that aliveness, was, for her, a key demand in any struggle she cared to wage against coercive government rule. The hatred she bore the centralized state was rooted in what she took to be government's brutish

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NASA Is Considering Fuel Depots in the Skies

NASA Is Considering Fuel Depots in the Skies | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
If NASA can refuel spacecraft in orbit, it might be able to accelerate plans to send astronauts to distant destinations.
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What is Web 3.0, and Why Do You Care

What is Web 3.0, and Why Do You Care | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Is Web 3.0 just hype, or are people actually working with these technologies? Do people even understand what Web 3.0 is? That is what we endeavored to find out when in June 2011, we did a survey of about 200 people to see if they understood and were applying Web 3.0. Some of the answers we got back were expected, but we also did get some surprises.


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Neuroscientists unlock shared brain codes

Neuroscientists unlock shared brain codes | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
A team of neuroscientists at Dartmouth College has shown that different individuals' brains use the same, common neural code to recognize complex visual images.
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THE FIRST HARD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION | GREGORY BENFORD

Gregory Benford, Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction author, books for hard Sci-Fi fans and YA.
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Gödel, Escher, Bach - Lecture 1: Part 1 of 7

During the summer of 2007, Gödel, Escher, Bach was recorded for OpenCourseWare. Original Content Location: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/hs/geb/VideoLectures/ Te...


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As Brain Changes, So Can IQ

As Brain Changes, So Can IQ | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
A teenager's IQ can rise or fall as many as 20 points in just a few years, a brain-scanning team found in a study published Wednesday that suggests the intelligence measure isn't as fixed as once thought.
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