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The Great Transition, a global shift of our paradigms, ways of thinking and lifestyles.
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Édito du 21 mars 2014 par Didier Testot

Quand on parle d’économie avec des dirigeants d’entreprises, il n’est pas rare de comprendre qu’un soupçon d’optimisme suffirait à donner de la croissance en France. C’est ce qui manque aujourd’hui. Alors on cherche un responsable, l’Etat, le voisin, qui a acheté une belle voiture, l’autre qui a compris le business, l’information économique elle-même a oublié de parler d’optimisme.

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Où sont les vrais fossoyeurs de la France ? Education nationale, enseignement supérieur et syndicats rétrogrades ? Médias qui entretiennent un climat de défiance et de sinistrose ? Incurie des pouvoirs publics ? Frilosité des investisseurs ? Absence de catalyseurs de croissance : business angels, fondations privées, identification précoce de talents, etc...

Nous sommes tous concernés. 

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Quel avenir pour l'idée de progrès ? par Etienne Klein - Les (im)-pertinents - 26 mai 2014 19h30-21h00 - à La Pagode 57bis rue de Babylone 75007 Paris

Quel avenir pour l'idée de progrès ? par Etienne Klein - Les (im)-pertinents - 26 mai 2014 19h30-21h00 - à La Pagode 57bis rue de Babylone 75007 Paris | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it

"Le sens du dicton « On n’arrête pas le progrès » semble s’être modifié en seulement quelques décennies. Autrefois, il y avait quelque chose de joyeux dans ce « on n’arrête pas le progrès ». C’était une salutation enthousiaste adressée au futur qui semblait moralement interdire qu’on pût souhaiter stopper la marche du progrès. Aujourd’hui, « on n’arrête pas le progrès » signifie plutôt qu’il n’est dans le pouvoir d’aucun humain de l’arrêter, comme si le progrès s’était émancipé de nos propres désirs et échappait à toute maîtrise.


L’idée de progrès fut d’abord associée à la lumière, ensuite à la chaleur. Or, croire en cette idée implique de faire progresser les symboles auxquels on l’associe. Dès lors, grâce à quel nouveau symbole pourrions-nous moderniser l’idée de progrès ?"


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La FAO et National Geographic collaborent pour explorer l'alimentation du futur

La FAO et National Geographic collaborent pour explorer l'alimentation du futur | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it

30 avril 2014, Rome – La National Geographic Society et la FAO unissent leurs forces pour sensibiliser l'opinion aux problèmes liés à l'alimentation et l‘agriculture. La National Geographic Society, institution à but non lucratif basée aux États-Unis, lance en mai une série de huit reportages mensuels approfondis sur l'alimentation, avec un article qui sera annoncé en couverture du numéro de mai du magazine National Geographic et de sa version numérique sur le site NatGeoFood.com.


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Scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain (w/ Video)

Scientists create circuit board modeled on the human brain (w/ Video) | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it

(Phys.org) —Stanford scientists have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and a new way of understanding the brain. For instance, a chip as fast and efficient as the human brain could drive prosthetic limbs with the speed and complexity of our own actions.

Stanford scientists have developed a new circuit board modeled on the human brain, possibly opening up new frontiers in robotics and computing.

For all their sophistication, computers pale in comparison to the brain. The modest cortex of the mouse, for instance, operates 9,000 times faster than a personal computer simulation of its functions.

Not only is the PC slower, it takes 40,000 times more power to run, writes Kwabena Boahen, associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford, in an article for the Proceedings of the IEEE.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-scientists-circuit-board-human-brain.html#jCp


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Freaky feeling: Why androids make us uneasy - tech - 15 January 2013 - New Scientist

Freaky feeling: Why androids make us uneasy - tech - 15 January 2013 - New Scientist | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
We're often creeped out by human-like robots or animated characters, but what they do to our minds is more complex than you might think

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Ming-Li Chai's curator insight, March 26, 2014 5:30 PM

The particular brand of sympathy we reserve for other people requires us to believe the thing we are sympathising with has a self. And this concession of a mind to something not human makes us uncomfortable.

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The particular brand of sympathy we reserve for other people requires us to believe the thing we are sympathising with has a self. And this concession of a mind to something not human makes us uncomfortable.

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Two Artificial Intelligence Chatbots Talk to Each Other & Get Into a Deep Philosophical Convseration

Two Artificial Intelligence Chatbots Talk to Each Other & Get Into a Deep Philosophical Convseration | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
The folks at the Cornell Creative Machines Lab are 'interested in robots that create and are creative.' Here's one such example of robots getting creative.
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Sovereignty is overblown: It would bring less power, not more

In 1995, just before the Quebec referendum, I co-authored a book with Angeline Fournier called The Delusion
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Peut-on croire aux technologies numériques vertes?

Peut-on croire aux technologies numériques vertes? | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
Le terme de Green IT est apparu récemment pour mettre en avant le potentiel écologique du numérique. Mais qu'en est-il exactement et les technologies numériques sont-elles si vertes que ça?
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L'homme bionique entre au Musée - UP Magazine

L'homme bionique entre au Musée - UP Magazine | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
Il s'appellle "Rex" et à compter de ce jour, jeudi 7 février 2013, il fait son entrée au Science Museum de Londres.C'est une mine de technologie et d'avancées médicales, avec de multiples organes de synthèse et de prothè
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L’année numérique 2014 : Internet des objets, impression 3D, données et sécurité » David Fayon

L’année numérique 2014 : Internet des objets, impression 3D, données et sécurité » David Fayon | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
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Biodiversité : l'UE encadre l'accès aux ressources génétiques en application du protocole de Nagoya

L'UE a ratifié le protocole de Nagoya et s'est dotée d'un cadre législatif pour sa mise en œuvre sur le territoire européen.

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Nick Bostrom Explores Superintelligence in His New Book

Nick Bostrom Explores Superintelligence in His New Book | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
 Artificial Intelligence In Superintelligence, the new book from futurist thinker Nick Bostrom,  a variety of intellectual models are used to explore what will happen when machines exceed human...
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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 29, 2014 6:31 PM

And, thus, the human species as we know it will fade out of existence, while a new one fades in.

 

Society will, I think, be more likely biased in favor of those who adapt the new technology, as opposed to those who don't, kind of like how drivers with corrected vision are more favored than those with impairments are not.

 

Hopefully, the notion of the universally rational human being is dead; destroyed in our mind's eye by a wave of psychological, sociological, economic and biological research, personal observation and experience.  Our biological brains are imperfect tools at best at sensing the whole of the universe.  Worse still, is that we don't know if there is a limit to the universe.  After all, there could be things that we cannot perceive or conceive with our current biological, sociological and cosmological make up.  How could we ever, with confidence, say that we've got EVERYTHING figured out definitively, even with these potential technological corrections?

 

Unfortunately, the worst offenders amongst us, those who perceive the universe less accurately than others, are likely to be the most stubborn amongst us at accepting and working with the new technological changes that could be coming down the pike.  These are the people who will be left behind and less favored by society and the natural universe, as those with the greater cognitive and potentially physical abilities get ahead faster and more often in our societies than those who don't.  These are the people who could, hypothetically, lash out against those who are adapting to the changes in knowledge that we get into the brain and robotics.  While they could win the war against the next generation of humanity, they are also likely to be more prone to self-destruction, thanks to the uncorrected "vision" as it were of their view of the universe and how things are and how things work.  They'll crash into that rock and die, while those who had corrected vision could have avoided it.

 

So, while I wouldn't want to be an early adapter of the new technology as it comes out, I also wouldn't want to be at the tail end of adapting it.  Those who have honestly contemplated themselves and the universe as a whole are more likely to acknowledge, be aware of and desire to fix their persistent mistakes and errors, while those who think they've got everything are more likely to not see their potential pitfalls and thus, not correct them appropriately, effectively or in time to save themselves.  I think that this should all be done by choice.  But I also think that things will progress to a point that you won't have a choice, if you're interested in being able to survive and succeed in our society.  New becomes old, new eclipses the old: cycle of life and the universe.

 

Quite frankly, I'd rather have my "vision" of how the world is corrected than leave it to chance alone.  I don't think I'm perfect as I am; my ego doesn't allow me to think like that.  Only then could we, I think, potentially begin to cope with the magnitude of the universe, what is and how it all works.

 

I hope that this technology comes to fruition at the appropriate time, if not for my own sake, then for our descendants' sake.

 

 

Jens Hoffmann's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:06 AM

In Superintelligence, the new book from futurist thinker Nick Bostrom,  a variety of intellectual models are used to explore what will happen when machines exceed human intelligence.

Read more: http://www.33rdsquare.com/2014/04/nick-bostrom-explores-superintelligence.html#ixzz30ut5gUPC 
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Vous pourrez bientôt recharger des objets avec votre chaleur humaine - CitizenPost

Vous pourrez bientôt recharger des objets avec votre chaleur humaine - CitizenPost | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
  L’équipe de chercheurs du KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) a mis au point un tout nouveau générateur d’électricité

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How Complex Systems Fail

A short treatise on the nature of failure; how failure is evaluated; how failure is attributed to proximate cause ...

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 23, 2014 4:44 PM

Again, I'm not arguing that we're headed for catastrophic social failure as a result of our present private and public elites' actions, attitudes and behaviors as a matter of hindsight.  This is foresight.

 

While smaller systems are faster and easier to adapt, the fact of the matter is, is that it comes down to changes at the top levels of larger systems in order to bring about the changes further down the pike.  It's a small change in logic, perspective and attitude that I'm arguing for.

 

What I would argue needs to happen, is a magnanimous humbling of self for the sake of self, in order to realize, accept, understand and work with the reality that is actually growing in the world around us.  From there, a change of policies and governmental actions should come forth, with appropriate and effective responsiveness by the government to the long term and short term effects that are felt in the given society and economy.  This applies to both private and public leadership.  Failure to act appropriately and acceptably will lead to their removal by hook or by crook by the rest of the membership of society. 

These are the small mistakes that we're "living" with.  This is the tinder that will set the whole thing off into a bonfire.  This is how our civilization will end, if it isn't ended through the magnanimous actions of our private and public elites.

 

Silly brains.

 

Think about it.

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Fractal Enlightenment | 7 Things Self-actualized People Don’t Do

Fractal Enlightenment | 7 Things Self-actualized People Don’t Do | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it

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Florence Terranova, PhD MBA's curator insight, April 18, 2014 8:12 AM

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them. Life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” –Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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Terrésens étudie l'implantation d'une résidence sur la lune

Terrésens étudie l'implantation d'une résidence sur la lune | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
En collaboration avec Ariane Espace, Terrésens étudie l'implantation et la faisabilité d'une résidence de tourisme sur la lune.
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Premier vol d’un avion de chasse imprimé en 3D

Premier vol d’un avion de chasse imprimé en 3D | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
Un avion de chasse muni de quelques pièces imprimées en 3D a volé au Nord de Liverpool au mois décembre dernier. Une première réalisée par la société BAE Systems.
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The Collaborative Economy Is Exploding, And Brands That Ignore It Are Out Of Luck

The Collaborative Economy Is Exploding, And Brands That Ignore It Are Out Of Luck | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
Rides, houses, power tools: You can share almost anything today, and the number of people sharing is growing every day. If you're a company that only...
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Comment les grandes marques influent sur nos cerveaux

Comment les grandes marques influent sur nos cerveaux | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
Tellement brutale mais tellement vraie, la sortie de Patrick Le Lay, alors PDG de TF1, avait fait grand bruit : "Pour qu’un message publicitaire soit perçu, il faut que le cerveau du téléspectateur soit disponible. Nos émissions ont pour vocation de le rendre disponible : c’est-à-dire de le divertir, de le détendre pour le préparer entre deux messages. Ce que nous vendons à Coca-Cola, c’est du temps de cerveau humain disponible." Ce que Patrick Le Lay n'imaginait sûrement pas, c'est à quel point ce rapprochement entre cerveau et grandes enseignes commerciales était pertinent et profond. Certains chercheurs pensent que l'empreinte des grandes marques dans nos têtes est si forte qu'elle va jusqu'à influencer notre perception, à transformer l'expérience que nous faisons quand nous consommons les produits en question. Une étude remontant au début des années 1980 a ainsi montré que des femmes souffrant de maux de tête se sentaient plus soulagées en prenant le cachet d'aspirine d'un groupe pharmaceutique très connu plutôt que celui d'une société moins célèbre, ce alors que la formulation et la présentation du médicament étaient exactement les mêmes.

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christine rachel levy's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:34 AM

mmmmmmmmmmmmm.................je suis libre..........mmmmm.............comme la colombe qui ne sait plus voler

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Journée internationale du bonheur, Semaine internationale du bonheur

Journée internationale du bonheur, Semaine internationale du bonheur | Managing the Transition | Scoop.it
Evénements de la journée internationale du bonheur et semaine internationale du bonheur à l'initiative de la fabrique Spinoza lié à la déclaration de l'ONU
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