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The Flip Side of the Retail Meltdown: The Delivery Truck Siege

The Flip Side of the Retail Meltdown: The Delivery Truck Siege | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
It’s the flip-side to the “retail apocalypse:” A siege of delivery trucks is threatening to choke cities with traffic. But not everyone agrees on what to do about it.
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A Rare Journey Into the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a Super-Bunker That Can Survive Anything

A Rare Journey Into the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a Super-Bunker That Can Survive Anything | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
With escalating fears about North Korean nuclear capabilities, Cheyenne Mountain’s ability to predict and survive a nuclear attack resonates more than ever.
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Super SEALs: Elite Units Pursue Brain-Stimulating Technologies

Super SEALs: Elite Units Pursue Brain-Stimulating Technologies | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Naval Special Warfare units have been testing and evaluating the use of performance-enhancing neuro-stimulation technology.
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Schools of Tomorrow

Schools of Tomorrow | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
With the Schools of Tomorrow project, in 2017 and 2018 HKW will investigate the question of how schools today can become places where a desirable society is built.
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Uber’s Latest Crash Reminds Us How Badly We Need Self-Driving Cars

Uber’s Latest Crash Reminds Us How Badly We Need Self-Driving Cars | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Humans are really, truly terrible drivers, and the robots Uber is racing to build could save a whole lot of lives.
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Ray Kurzweil to speak at the CeBIT Global Conferences

Ray Kurzweil to speak at the CeBIT Global Conferences | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Neural networks and deep learning are revolutionizing businesses and their products. Service robots are taking on ever-more tasks, many of them skilled. And, thanks to artificial intelligence, it won’t be too many years before machines reach human levels of intelligence. Remarkable improvements in human health and well-being will follow. Overly optimistic? Not according to IT futurist Ray Kurzweil.
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The Japanese tech billionaire behind SoftBank thinks the 'singularity' will occur within 30 years

The Japanese tech billionaire behind SoftBank thinks the 'singularity' will occur within 30 years | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Singularity is the point when machine intelligence surpasses our own and goes on to improve itself at an exponential rate.
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Situational Assessment 2017: Trump Edition – Deep Code

In 2015, I took a swing at assessing the shape and state of our global challenges. Looking back, that essay is still well worth a read, but it is high time for an update. While many things have…
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How AI is revolutionising the role of the literary critic – Inderjeet Mani | Aeon Essays

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

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A poetic tour through Detroit's abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant | Aeon Videos

Detroit’s Packard Automotive Plant was once considered to be the finest in the world, and an emblem of the city’s economic and industrial might. But more than 60 years after manufacturing its last luxury car, the long-abandoned facility has transformed into a symbol for Detroit’s decades-long economic slide. The US filmmaker Brian Kaufman brings us into the plant at a unique moment in time: long after its life as an automotive powerhouse, but before its demolition and rehabilitation, which began in late 2014. With the building’s fate uncertain, it becomes something of a Rorschach test for locals, who view it by turns as a danger, a venue for public art, an eyesore, and the damaged spirit of a city desperately in need of revitalisation. Packard: The Last Shift – which is split between a poem from the Detroit-based Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Philip Levine and interviews with residents of the city – is excerpted from an eponymous 2014 feature-length documentary on the plant.
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Your Body Is Not Ready For Virtual Reality

Your Body Is Not Ready For Virtual Reality | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Michael Fassbender’s soft lilt is in my ear spouting nonsense about assassins and their creed. Around me is a whirl of action set against a cartoonish backdrop. I’m in the new Assassin’s Creed virtual experience, and thanks to a blend of low-res graphics and high-res people, it feels like I’ve found my way inside some lost Mortal Kombat game circa 1993.
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Video meets the Internet of Things | McKinsey & Company

Video meets the Internet of Things | McKinsey & Company | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Video-analytics technology is transforming the Internet of Things and creating new opportunities. Are companies prepared to capture growth?
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Kaiden Sweetnam's curator insight, December 7, 2016 10:35 PM

Video algorithm's will be a major change for the media, new video analytics have been created to recognize people and situations and will be able to capture them. Different companies are rising in wonder. 

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Google announces a powerful new AI chip and supercomputer

Google announces a powerful new AI chip and supercomputer | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
The new chip and a cloud-based machine-learning supercomputer will help Google establish itself as an AI-focused hardware maker.
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How Google Book Search Got Lost – Backchannel

How Google Book Search Got Lost – Backchannel | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Books can do anything. As Franz Kafka once said, “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” It was Kafka, wasn’t it? Google confirms this. But where did he say it? Google offers links to…
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WikiLeaks says CIA disguised hacking as Russian or Chinese activity 

WikiLeaks says CIA disguised hacking as Russian or Chinese activity  | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
WikiLeaks has published hundreds more files today which it claims show the CIA went to great lengths to disguise its own hacking attacks and point the finger at Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
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Google's DeepMind AI Now Has a Memory

Google's DeepMind AI Now Has a Memory | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
The big difference between AI and humans has always been our neural network and ability to learn — now, robots are catching up.
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Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising

Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Inventor of the worldwide web described in an open letter how it has become a sophisticated and targeted industry, drawing on huge pools of personal data
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Going Places with Stories – A talk with Laurie Anderson | festival 2017

Going Places with Stories – A talk with Laurie Anderson | festival 2017 | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
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Blockchain: Instead of Why, Ask Why Not?

Blockchain: Instead of Why, Ask Why Not? | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
The distributed ledger technology underlying cryptocurrency is advancing quickly, requiring banks to take the initiative or risk falling behind in the next generation of digital commerce.
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Is atomic theory the most important idea in human history? – Carlo Rovelli | Aeon Essays

That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?
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China's 'Dark Forest' Answer to 'Star Wars' Optimism - Lovesick Cyborg

China's 'Dark Forest' Answer to 'Star Wars' Optimism - Lovesick Cyborg | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
A best-selling Chinese science fiction book called "The Dark Forest" takes a more cynical view on life in the universe than "Star Wars" or "Star Trek."
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