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Beyond Verbal will help your computer recognize sarcasm

Beyond Verbal will help your computer recognize sarcasm | leapmind | Scoop.it
Beyond Verbal, a finalist in Gigaom’s Structure Launchpad, has come up with a way to help computers understand the emotions behind the words people say.
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Exactly How Do Macs and PCs Differ?

Exactly How Do Macs and PCs Differ? | leapmind | Scoop.it
Mac or PC? Over the past decade, that's become an increasingly divisive question, with camps on either side insisting they know best. But, fundamentally, what's the difference between a Mac and PC?
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Why Tech’s Best Minds Are Very Worried About the Internet of Things | Enterprise | WIRED

Why Tech’s Best Minds Are Very Worried About the Internet of Things | Enterprise | WIRED | leapmind | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is coming. And the tech cognescenti aren't sure that's a good thing.
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Politics or technology – which will save the world?

Politics or technology – which will save the world? | leapmind | Scoop.it
The internet, the mobile phone and now the self-driving car – technology is revolutionising people's lives in ways that make politics seem obsolete.
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What if the government guaranteed you an income?

What if the government guaranteed you an income? | leapmind | Scoop.it
David Wheeler says as middle-class careers continue to disappear, we need a monthly cash payment to everyone
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Is Strong Artificial Intelligence a New Life-Form? – Part 2/4

Is Strong Artificial Intelligence a New Life-Form? – Part 2/4 | leapmind | Scoop.it
In our last post we raised questions regarding the ethics of technology, which is typically divided into two categories. Roboethics: This category focuses on the moral behavior of humans as they de...
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Where's my robot butler? Good (high-tech) help is hard to find

Where's my robot butler? Good (high-tech) help is hard to find | leapmind | Scoop.it
Robots in all shapes and sizes are starting to work alongside people more closely than ever
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Genetic Manipulation: The First 50,000 Years

Genetic Manipulation: The First 50,000 Years | leapmind | Scoop.it
Genetically modified plants and animals are often feared as "Frankenfoods," but is there really anything dangerously new about manipulation of DNA?
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5 Robots from Solid that'll make our lives easier

5 Robots from Solid that'll make our lives easier | leapmind | Scoop.it
The Solid conference in San Francisco is a two-day hardware event showcasing what's new and exciting in the world of tangible items. After years of worship
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Meet the algorithm that can learn "everything about anything"

Meet the algorithm that can learn "everything about anything" | leapmind | Scoop.it
Researchers from Allen Institute for AI have built a computer system capable of teaching itself many facets of broad concepts by scouring and analyzing search engines using natural language processing and computer vision techniques.
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Robots will replace fast-food workers

Robots will replace fast-food workers | leapmind | Scoop.it
A number of companies have begun experimenting with new technology that could significantly reduce restaurant labor forces in the years to come.
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UK military creates quantum compass that could be the successor to GPS | ExtremeTech

UK military creates quantum compass that could be the successor to GPS | ExtremeTech | leapmind | Scoop.it
The UK Ministry of Defense is exploring the development of a quantum compass that could effectively replace GPS in submarines and other military applications. If it pans out, a quantum compass could end up in your smartphone one day too.
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Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life | leapmind | Scoop.it
It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.
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Your web presence just picked your next job (Wired UK)

Your web presence just picked your next job (Wired UK) | leapmind | Scoop.it
So long as an automaton hasn't replaced you, your next job interview will be with an algorithm
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From solar panels to batteries, algorithms are becoming key to designing new materials

From solar panels to batteries, algorithms are becoming key to designing new materials | leapmind | Scoop.it
Materials science is being transformed by algorithms, and computers are now selecting new material combinations to test in the lab.
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Jobs Are Not the Answer

Jobs Are Not the Answer | leapmind | Scoop.it
Job losses will only get worse as the 21st century progresses. Global capital will continue to move jobs to places on the planet that have the lowest labor costs. Technology will continue to improve, eliminating countless jobs.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 25, 2014 4:34 PM

Indeed, automation could be one of the biggest threats to our economic and social survival.  Without people performing some kind of task, we're generally disinclined to give or receive compensation for work that was not actually done.  The result is massive amounts of squalor, poverty and death for a vast majority of people while the few who own the means of production presently will receive massive amounts of extra profits from the reduced labor costs.  There can only be so many technician jobs to maintain the machines that will be doing our work.

 

Even "higher" level jobs are under threat from automation.  In the realm of policy making, at the very least, computers can be used to design and do some of the execution of policy programs and regimens more effectively and cheaply than their human counterparts.  Company executive positions and board decisions could be done by machines as well.  The universe, I think, is a much more finite and technical thing than we've previously appreciated.  Even the chaos of biology in the wild has algorithmic properties with regards to what works and what doesn't work.  Why should any level of our human world not be as such as well?

 

Therefore, we've got to come up with a solution to a) prevent massive amounts of squalor in our societies that could boil over into unrest that overthrows social orders, and b) that maintains the need for significant human contribution to the production of goods and services in the economy.  A Basic Guaranteed Income is not a great solution to the problem, because it denies how many humans feel a need to work and contribute to the well being of their social order.  Therefore, contrary to Mr. Piketty, I would argue for across the board global wage requirements.  However, like Mr. Piketty's global tax on wealth, it will not be feasible to execute in actual practice.

 

Therefore, a dialogue has to be had amongst the business leaders, shareholders, the actual workers, the government officials as mediators and the people who are currently researching and developing work place automation and human-machine synthesis.  We're heading towards a period of massive social, political, economic and environmental change, like it or not.  We've got to have a plan ready for when the transition happens as technology develops, the demand for the technology fails to cease and we all are left with massive numbers of unemployable people who will not be participating in the economy anymore, thus limiting the potential for growth and well being that we could be enjoying as a result of a positively executed human-machine synthesis.

 

Big concepts.  Not enough time to do it in.  And I don't know about how good my few network connections are at spreading the word to the appropriate people.  I don't need credit for this work, other than satisfactory and reasonable compensation for my own well being.  But at the same time, there's no point in being optimistic unless there's an actual reason to be.  I doubt this will be done terribly well, if it's on the radar of anyone who currently holds actual influence, power and control in our social or national/international world.

 

Think about it.

malek's comment, May 25, 2014 6:01 PM
(BIG) is the lesser evil
Eli Levine's comment, May 25, 2014 7:36 PM
I could agree to that, but I'm someone who would at least need to work in order to feel worthwhile. Otherwise, I'd be bored.
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Meet Aubrey de Grey, the Researcher Who Wants to Cure Old Age

Meet Aubrey de Grey, the Researcher Who Wants to Cure Old Age | leapmind | Scoop.it
"100,000 people every fucking day are dying of ageing. That’s the important thing, not worrying about hypothetical problems."
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3 predictions by Vinod Khosla for the future of health | Impact Lab

3 predictions by Vinod Khosla for the future of health | Impact Lab | leapmind | Scoop.it
Vinod Khosla VC and legendary co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Vinod Khosla, has predicted the future of health. In essence, he has said, our medical lives
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GEN | Insight & Intelligence™: Promoting Wellness and Demystifying Disease: The 100K Project

GEN | Insight & Intelligence™: Promoting Wellness and Demystifying Disease: The 100K Project | leapmind | Scoop.it
A new study could revolutionize medicine by allowing researchers to predict and prevent diseases.
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Google is working with Ruckus Wireless to build a Wi-Fi network in the cloud

Google is working with Ruckus Wireless to build a Wi-Fi network in the cloud | leapmind | Scoop.it
Gigaom has learned Google’s plans to offer business Wi-Fi services in a very Google-like way. It’s building a virtual Wi-Fi network in the cloud that could connect hundreds of thousands of wireless nodes.
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Is mobile dating the new ride sharing?

Is mobile dating the new ride sharing? | leapmind | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley has always been ground zero for predicting the latest mobile trends — just look at the runaway success of Uber.
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The quest for age-defying beauty treks into furry territory - The Daily Cougar

The quest for age-defying beauty treks into furry territory - The Daily Cougar | leapmind | Scoop.it
Dracula may have been onto something when he decided to start sucking the blood out of his younger victims. It’s a common fantasy trope: take the blood of the youth to preserve your own, forever.
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Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life | leapmind | Scoop.it
It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.
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