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The future is here, but not evenly distributed. Foster Abundance!
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Symphony of Science

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The Symphony of Science is a musical project of John D Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. The project owes its existence in large measure to the classic PBS Series Cosmos, by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steve Soter, as well as all the other featured figures and visuals.

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Researchers Create a Pituitary Gland from Scratch - Technology Review

Researchers Create a Pituitary Gland from Scratch - Technology Review | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
The results could be an initial step toward generating viable, transplantable human organs.
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Unlicensed Wireless vs. Licensed Spectrum: Evidence from Market Adoption | Berkman Center

Unlicensed Wireless vs. Licensed Spectrum: Evidence from Market Adoption | Berkman Center | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

The evidence from the most dynamic and critical markets in wireless communications suggests that unlicensed wireless technologies have been underrated in the regulatory calculus. Future spectrum policy debates, in particular those surrounding TV band auctions and reallocation of federal spectrum, should secure an adequate development path for unlicensed technologies, devices, and services at least as much as they emphasize flexibly-licensed exclusive rights.

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Eradicating Aging Cells Could Prevent Disease - Technology Review

Eradicating Aging Cells Could Prevent Disease  - Technology Review | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

"We've shown there is a causal link between these senescent cells and age-related decline in tissue function,"

 

The results were striking: in tissues that contained the labeled cells, including everything from fat to muscle to eyes, selective removal appeared to postpone age-related damage. Treated mice had no cataracts, and showed increased muscle mass, strength, and subcutaneous fat when compared to mice that hadn't received the drug.

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Nothing Grows Forever; Why do we keep thinking the economy will?

Nothing Grows Forever; Why do we keep thinking the economy will? | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

There is a lot of truth in this article's diagnosis, but like so many other "Limits to growth" arguments, it doesn't get how transformative Science and Engineering can be. Just like Moore's Law itself, each step of growth (tech) has a limit, but as that limit aproaches, a new paradigm emerges that allows for another step function in growth.

 

But it does require a PARADIGM SHIFT. You can't keep going on the way we are going before. We can't keep burning Fossil Fuels. We can't keep having some folks working 80 hour weeks and others not working. We can't keep the whole concept of work for pay ether. There are many jobs that need to get done, that there is no conventional way to pay for. The goal of 100% employment is absurd. Those who are working are working too hard. You shouldn't have to work just to survive or even to thrive. And yes that means that some percentage of the world will sit around and watch TV or have electrodes stimulating their pleasure centers all day. 

 

But as the Open Source world has shown, many people will work without pay because that is what they get pleasure from. If more people could pursue what they are interested in and not have to worry about surviving, we would be much better off.

 

That does require whole new societal structures and institutions. It would be good if we started to think and talk about that instead of how we're going to cut Social Security.

 

One immediate example is to stop the Finance Parasites from sucking over 30% of the GDP into thier own pockets (they are not reinvesting in anything other than their political cronies bribes (aka campaign contributions). That's potential investment that could be used to transform our fossil fuel addiction to renewable sustainable energy. Once you invest in the infrastructure of renewable energy, you don't have increasing energy costs, which illiminates the primary cost of goods and services and the primary cause of inflation.

 

Most large corporations are about creating artificial scarcity so that they can extract monopoly rents. We have to stop that immediately.

 

And then there is the War Machine. The biggest waste of resources in so many dimensions.

 

We fix just those three things and we could have a significant wave of abundance and freedom to create the future.

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How would you spend $7 billion?

How would you spend $7 billion? | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Two proposed energy projects (each with a $7 billion price tag) present two very different directions for America's future. Which would you choose?
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CIA's 'Facebook' Program Dramatically Cut Agency's Costs

The CIA's invention of Facebook has saved the government millions of dollars.
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BlueBiped: A human-like walking robot that requires no power source | ExtremeTech

BlueBiped: A human-like walking robot that requires no power source | ExtremeTech | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Today's groundbreaking entry into the Uncanny Valley is a pair of mechanical, robot legs that are propelled entirely by their own weight: they can walk with a human-like gait without motors or external control.
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Winged Robots Hint at the Origins of Flight - ScienceNOW

Winged Robots Hint at the Origins of Flight - ScienceNOW | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Winged Robots Hint at the Origins of Flight - ScienceNOW...
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Amazing video of Quantum Pinning that is more than magnetic Levitation

Amazing video of Quantum Pinning that is more than magnetic Levitation | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

When a superconductor is brought to a very low temperature and placed over a magnet it is able to be pinned within the magnetic fields causing it to levitate. 

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Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On

Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won’t match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should.
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One Per Cent: Hypersonic X-37 spaceplanes 'could carry astronauts'

One Per Cent: Hypersonic X-37 spaceplanes 'could carry astronauts' | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

The Boeing X-37B, the mysterious uncrewed spaceplane developed for the US Air Force, could be scaled up and modified to carry astronauts. That's the tantalising possibility posited by a Boeing chief at Space 2011

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PvPonline » Archive » Missed

PvPonline » Archive » Missed | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

I didn’t want to do a strip about Steve Jobs. I knew a lot of people would do tribute strips and I also knew that the newspaper editorial cartoonists would mail in the same trite crap they always do. And they did. In spades. I didn’t want to add to that noise.

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Computer more accurate than human doctor at breast cancer diagnosis | ExtremeTech

Computer more accurate than human doctor at breast cancer diagnosis  | ExtremeTech | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Computer scientists and pathologists at Stanford University now have a computer system that can look a tissue sample and diagnose breast cancer more accurately than a human doctor.
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ACLU to Oakland Police Dept: No Seriously, Hand Over the Info

ACLU to Oakland Police Dept: No Seriously, Hand Over the Info | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

The Oakland Police Department oversaw the use of excessive force against Occupy Oakland demonstrators, and now the department is refusing to hand over information about what really happened.

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China Succeeds in First Space Docking by 2 Spaceships | Shenzhou 8 & Tiangong 1 | China & Space Station, Human Spaceflight | Space.com

China Succeeds in First Space Docking by 2 Spaceships | Shenzhou 8 & Tiangong 1 | China & Space Station, Human Spaceflight | Space.com | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
China's unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft successfully docked with the prototype space lab module Tiangong 1 Wednesday (Nov. 2). The orbital meet-up is a key step in China's plan to build a space station in orbit by 2020.

 

"We can never count on other countries to sell their mature technologies to us, so we have to rely on our own," Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space program,

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The man who prints houses | 3D Printer

The man who prints houses | 3D Printer | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

The film, The Man Who Prints Houses, covers Enrico Dini's visions of revolutionizing the construction process with 3D printing on a massive scale.

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How Klout Got Klout.com domain name (Hutzpah!)

How Klout Got Klout.com domain name (Hutzpah!) | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
While everyone is making up their minds about whether Klout is an utterly meaningless service or the divine "standard for influence" the world has been clamoring for, I had an interesting chat with Klout co-founder and CEO Joe Fernandez the other...
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Breakout Labs: Home

Breakout Labs: Home | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

Breakout Labs is a bold re-envisioning of the way early-stage science gets funded, allowing independent researchers and early-stage companies to test their most radical ideas. We invite individuals, teams of individuals, and early stage companies from around the world to apply for funding of a specific project that would push the limits of science and technology.

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House To Repeal Law Withholding Contractors’ Taxes

House To Repeal Law Withholding Contractors’ Taxes | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

House To Repeal Law that cracked down on taxes owed by deadbeat government contractors. The law requires federal, state and local governments to withhold 3 percent of their payments to contractors to encourage the full payment of taxes. It is to take effect in 2013.

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Robot Builds Itself With Foam : Discovery News

Robot Builds Itself With Foam : Discovery News | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

The Modular Robotics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, in a project led by Shai Revzen, has created a robot that can be assembled from foam that hardens and pieces that allow the robot to move. The “foambot” looks ungainly, and it is. But once you have a shape -- and a task -- in mind, the foam sprayer can lay down a body plan that fits.

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How Google's Self-Driving Car Works - IEEE Spectrum

How Google's Self-Driving Car Works - IEEE Spectrum | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Google engineers explain the technology behind their autonomous vehicle and show videos of the road tests...
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Microsoft "convinces" India to put WIndows on "Free Laptops"

ELCOT’s repeated changes in the tender have forced out free software and pushed in Microsoft products, a move that in the words of former ELCOT MD C Umashankar could ‘end up putting unproductive laptops with Windows in the hands of poor students’. This would entrap them in Microsoft’s proprietary web of licences, renewals, updates and upgrades.

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Space Companies Hatch Plans for Reusable Rockets - Technology Review

Space Companies Hatch Plans for Reusable Rockets  - Technology Review | Creating the Future | Scoop.it
Such a rocket would dramatically reduce the costs of spaceflight—a promise NASA's space shuttle failed to deliver on.
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Steve Jobs, BMW & eBay

Steve Jobs, BMW & eBay | Creating the Future | Scoop.it

There have been so many articles posted on Steve Jobs in the past week, I really thought I wasn't going to add one here on my blog.

However, yesterday, John Lilly wrote a great piece on Steve JoJobs yesterday, and I realized I might have a story worth telling after all. I find myself fortunate, in retrospect, to have joined Apple in 1996 as an intern, and then full time in 1997 just weeks before Steve Jobs took the helm as interim CEO.

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