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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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The Blog : The Mystery of Consciousness : Sam Harris

The Blog : The Mystery of Consciousness : Sam Harris | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.
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World Science Festival Video : What Is Information?

World Science Festival Video : What Is Information? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
What is information? While it is a good question, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Gerard ’t Hooft thinks it misses a fundamental point. Instead of asking about the physical world as we currently...
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Brain controlled prosthetics + HULC Exoskeleton + Heartland Robotic Arms would be Real Life Doctor Octopus in 2015 to 2020

Several near term real life technologies in exoskeletons, affordable and dextrous robotic arms and brain computer interfaces to prosthetics will have big real world impact. These technologies also would have the amusing side effect of enabling real world analogs of Doctor Octopus (comic book villain who fights Spiderman and has four brain controlled robotic arms) or General Grievous from Star Wars (a mostly robotic cyborg who has up to four brain controlled robotic arms. There has already been a person controlling a wheel chair mounted robotic arm and moving it with brain interface. The other work indicates that this will become available to thousands by 2020.

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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.
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Wearable Depth-Sensing Projection System Makes Any Surface Capable of Multitouch Interaction

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Climate 'grave' security threat

Climate 'grave' security threat | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Climate change poses "an immediate, growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London.
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Talk to the virtual hands: Body language of both speaker and listener affects success in virtual reality communication game

Talk to the virtual hands: Body language of both speaker and listener affects success in virtual reality communication game | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
New research finds that the lack of gestural information from both speaker and listener limits successful communication in virtual environments.
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The Geek Rapture and Other Musings of William Gibson | Science Not Fiction | Discover Magazine

The Geek Rapture and Other Musings of William Gibson | Science Not Fiction | Discover Magazine | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Artificial Intelligence | Earlier today I saw a conversation with William Gibson, the inaugural event of this year's Chicago Humanities Festival.
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Preliminary study examines effects of 'cognitive enhancement' drug on sleep-deprived doctors

Preliminary study examines effects of 'cognitive enhancement' drug on sleep-deprived doctors | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Modafinil improves performance in mental tasks but has no effect on surgical motor skills in small new study - News Release...
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David Eagleman's Incognito: Not The Masters Of Our Destinies

David Eagleman's Incognito: Not The Masters Of Our Destinies | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
"[W]ho you are depends on the sum total of your neurobiology." --David EaglemanModern neuroscience is making advances in knowledge that our society is not keeping up with, may not be able to keep up with.
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Child Slaves Made Your Halloween Candy. Stop Buying It. - Food - GOOD

Child Slaves Made Your Halloween Candy. Stop Buying It. - Food - GOOD | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Secretly, we just don’t relate because these are kids in a far-off country instead of our own.
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Internet of Things Exceeds The Internet of People [Infographic]

Internet of Things Exceeds The Internet of People [Infographic] | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
While we were asleep at the switch learning to "plus one" on Google, the Internet of Things (IOT) just exceeded the number of people that reside on the planet.

Via Tim Harper
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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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» You Are Not Your Name and Photo: A Call to Re-Imagine Identity

» You Are Not Your Name and Photo: A Call to Re-Imagine Identity | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

At some point in the last few years, “identity” became a nasty word. It’s not just identity theft, identity politics or identity requirements. It’s everywhere — maybe especially on the web.

People like Google’s Eric Schmidt began to talk about “identity services” instead of social networks. Identity became synonymous with fixed, verified, monetizable personhood.

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Siri,Quora, And The Future Of Search

Siri,Quora, And The Future Of Search | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

"Is Quora collective intelligence in the making? Dan Kaplan of Twilio says yes. With Siri as the perfect user interface to complete it. "


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Robot builds its own body from sprayable foam - tech - 19 October 2011 - New Scientist

Robot builds its own body from sprayable foam - tech - 19 October 2011 - New Scientist | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
As the name suggests, Foambot can build or modify its body into almost any shape using sprayable urethane foam...
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Does future hold 'Avatar'-like bodies for us?

Does future hold 'Avatar'-like bodies for us? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The latest science and schemes for achieving long life and the "singularity" moment of smarter-than-human intelligence came together at the recent Singularity Summit.
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Branson launches desert spaceport

Branson launches desert spaceport | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Sir Richard Branson has dedicated the launchpad for his space tourism venture in the New Mexico desert - with his usual eye for a photo opportunity.
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Emulating--and Surpassing--Nature use DNA to build nanomaterials with desired properties: Northwestern University Newscenter

Emulating--and Surpassing--Nature use DNA to build nanomaterials with desired properties: Northwestern University Newscenter | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Design rules will enable scientists to use DNA to build nanomaterials with desired properties...
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Power from the people-The biofuel cell, uses glucose and oxygen at concentrations found in the body to generate electricity.

Power from the people-The biofuel cell, uses glucose and oxygen at concentrations found in the body to generate electricity. | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Biofuel cells promise to turn the human body into a battery, powering devices such as pacemakers and artificial limbs.
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In this Age Of SuperAbundance We Need Trusted Filters. Who Are Today’s Curators?

In this Age Of SuperAbundance We Need Trusted Filters. Who Are Today’s Curators? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

In this Age Of SuperAbundance, one of the things we need more than anything is trusted filters. How do we prioritize what to watch? How to discover new work? How do we escape our echo chambers to be reminded of how expansive our taste really is?

 

We need folks whom we trust to lead us to where we would not go on our own. Ideally, these people will do more than just lead us to good work; they will expand our mind, and widen our social circles. But where are they?....

[read full article http://j.mp/qiPVV0]


Via Giuseppe Mauriello, Paul Simbeck-Hampson
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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, October 15, 2011 7:03 PM
Hi Beth,
thank you that you liked this article!
Beth Kanter's comment, October 15, 2011 7:19 PM
you're consistently one of the best that I follow - thank you
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, October 15, 2011 7:23 PM
Hi Beth,
thanks for appreciation! Much appreciated!
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Steven Hyman on Neuroethics

Steven Hyman on Neuroethics | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
From The Science Network:
Steven Hyman is Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Hyman is a former Provost of Harvard University and Director of the National Institute of Mental Heal...
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We’re Beyond Earth’s Carrying Capacity Now. Will Accelerating Climate Change Turn the Population Boom into a Bust?

We’re Beyond Earth’s Carrying Capacity Now. Will Accelerating Climate Change Turn the Population Boom into a Bust? | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Demographers are predicting that world population will climb to 10 billion later this century.
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Innovation Starvation | By Neal Stephenson-World Policy Institute

Innovation Starvation | By Neal Stephenson-World Policy Institute | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

My lifespan encompasses the era when the United States of America was capable of launching human beings into space. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting on a braided rug before a hulking black-and-white television, watching the early Gemini missions. This summer, at the age of 51—not even old—I watched on a flatscreen as the last Space Shuttle lifted off the pad. I have followed the dwindling of the space program with sadness, even bitterness. Where’s my donut-shaped space station? Where’s my ticket to Mars? Until recently, though, I have kept my feelings to myself. Space exploration has always had its detractors. To complain about its demise is to expose oneself to attack from those who have no sympathy that an affluent, middle-aged white American has not lived to see his boyhood fantasies fulfilled.

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