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The Small and Speedy New Computer to Power “Flying Laptop” - IEEE Spectrum

The Small and Speedy New Computer to Power “Flying Laptop” - IEEE Spectrum | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
University of Stuttgart develops a computer for pint-sized satellites
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Modular sattelites with faster computing units are a must in order to offer low orbit coverage to smaller companies. The uses are countless I just hope these sattelites will have also plan to get back to the earth. Or ideally they would sort of stick on each other and form bigger objects which are easier to spot and collect.

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The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence - Wait But Why

The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence - Wait But Why | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
The topic everyone in the world should be talking about.

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We all talk about exponential future and why we have to keep our eyes glued on AI but I did not read an article yet so comprehensively written on this topic. I find it summarizes most threats to humanity and helps us partially understand what might come.

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Productivity Future Vision - YouTube

Learn more at: http://microsoft.com/productivityvision How could emerging technologies transform the way we get things done 5-10 years in the future? Watch K...

Via Geoffrey Aubert
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I remember when Microsoft announced some years ago their efforts to patent transparent touch screens with ability to let feel a texture of surface. I knew they were busy on something cool. They are still going the same way as is apparent from this productivity video. I hope they will be able to execute their vision.

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Building interleaving and spaced practice into our pedagogy | Great Maths Teaching Ideas

Building interleaving and spaced practice into our pedagogy | Great Maths Teaching Ideas | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
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Interleaving should be a very important part of learning process, specially because our cognitive process is not designed for monotone information processing. Variety of topics and playful teaching should be a norm not an exception in a modern school system.

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East Asia is More “Transhumanist” than the USA & Europe - BrighterBrains.org

East Asia is More “Transhumanist” than the USA & Europe - BrighterBrains.org | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Transhumanism is a “Western philosophy” - it’s roots can be traced to FM-2030 (born in Iran, but lived and taught in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami) and Max More (born in England, founded Extropy Institute in California, currently CEO of Alcor in Arizona). Transhumanism today is primarily identified with Humanity Plus, a nonprofit affiliated with two California groups - Singularity Institute and Foresight Institute, plus Utah’s Mormon Transhumanist Association.…
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Interesting observations on state of Western and Asian trans-humanism. We need to acknowledge trans-humanists not as a class but a natural step to evolution brought by the research and technology. Humans have tendency to improve their life by medicaments or drugs for ages. This need to be stronger, more efficient or just smarter can change with the help of technology to much more radical changes. Our technology have reached the level where we can alter basic building blocks and programs of life. East Asian society is probably more prepared for this next step than the western one. Hopefully we will recognize the importance of the fact that our society must open it's eyes and try to understand pragmatic trans-humanism as a possible next step in the evolution of human.

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'Fibonacci quasiparticle' could form basis of future quantum computers

'Fibonacci quasiparticle' could form basis of future quantum computers | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Topological quantum computing (TQC) is a newer type of quantum computing that uses 'braids' of particle tracks, rather than actual particles such as ions and electrons, as the qubits to implement computations. Using braids has one important advantage: it makes TQCs practically immune to ...
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New type of quantum computing using braiding anyons to implement logical gates. This is next step towards fault-tolerant quantum computing.

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Global quantum communications—no longer the stuff of fiction?

Global quantum communications—no longer the stuff of fiction? | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it

Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without memory systems able to manipulate quantum information easily and effectively.


Via LeapMind
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Easy to implement quantum memory is a key to next development in this area of computing. I hope this will enable quantum devices to go mainstream.

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What Does Wi-Fi Sound Like?

What Does Wi-Fi Sound Like? | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
A project called Phantom Terrains sniffs out signals and translates them into an augmented soundscape.

Via Alessio Erioli
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Ever wondered how it sound when computers are communicating? Well Wifi is waves afterall only not audible to us. This is an interesting attempt to make it more reachable and maybe even artistic in some way.

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Isabelle Lefebvre's curator insight, February 12, 6:02 AM

Tout à fait adapté à une illustration de l'ISEN.

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This Is The Most Advanced Flying Car Prototype Yet

This Is The Most Advanced Flying Car Prototype Yet | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
After news of breakthroughs in the development...
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Interesting flying car prototype which can be an efficient solution for medium long distances. The fact this development comes from my homeland makes me even more happy and proud. Hopefully it will have success.

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GravitySketch Tablet Is a Portable 3D Augmented Reality Sketchpad For Designers

GravitySketch Tablet Is a Portable 3D Augmented Reality Sketchpad For Designers | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
There’s an imposing wall dividing real world creation and digital design. To transfer a paper design to a computer, you need training and
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Our problem to find a practical 3d interface to use the computer is becoming quite urgent. Computing hardware is improving day to day, but the way we are interacting with it did not change already for decades. We need a novel ideas like this to finally break from typing.

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[Video] Watch Damon Albarn Perform A Solo Concert For Androids | The Creators Project

[Video] Watch Damon Albarn Perform A Solo Concert For Androids | The Creators Project | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
What do 'bots think of Damon Albarn's new tunes? We took a trip to Damon Albarn's live performance for androids at Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) to find out.

Via Alessio Erioli
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It is important to recognize we are facing a big social revolution in how we embrace symbiosis with technology. We try to personify the gadgets and robots which are present in our daily life to make it easier I suppose. In any case the density of our interaction with them will only increase and we will have to find the ways to recognize their social place.

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Super secure quantum encryption for everyone available soon

Super secure quantum encryption for everyone available soon | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it

The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to the marketplace after nearly 20 years of development at the nation's premier national-security science laboratory.

 

With a new device set to make unbreakable, quantum-based cryptographic security available for everyone for the very first time, ordinary people will be able to use cryptographic systems that – until recently – only existed as experiments in the most advanced physics laboratories.

 

Using technology developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and incorporating the quantum mechanics of random photon polarization, the new device generates random numbers and creates cryptographic keys so fast and so securely that the technology is said to revolutionize high-speed cryptography and offer a completely new commercial platform for real-time encryption at high data rates.


This claimed breakthrough is made possible by taking advantage of the various spin states of photons. In line with quantum wave theory, a photon exists in all spin states at once. However, if a photon is passed through a polarizing filter that rejects given spin states, the photon can be made to exhibit just one of four possible states of spin – vertical, horizontal, left, or right.

 

In this way, random filters may be applied to photons, which in turn, represent ones or zeroes of binary data, dependent on the state of spin selected and the binary notation attributed to it.


However, in accordance with Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, once the photon is polarized we can not then accurately measure it again, unless we apply a filter to it at the end of its journey just like the one it went through at the start to measure its spin state. This means that – provided you know the filter sequence required to decode the incoming photon stream – only the receiver can then read off the encoded data.


More importantly, anyone attempting to intercept the resulting data stream cannot eavesdrop on the transmission because any attempted observation of a quantum system also alters it, and the quantum state changes resulting from attempted unauthorized reading would be immediately detected.


LANL has partnered with Whitewood Encryption Systems to market this device which, when released, may well effectively render any other conventional random number generation system system obsolete. Current systems based on mathematical formulas that can be broken by a computer with sufficient speed and power will not be able to compete with a system that is built on a truly random system that cannot be second-guessed.

 

"Quantum systems represent the best hope for truly secure data encryption because they store or transmit information in ways that are unbreakable by conventional cryptographic methods," said Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at LANL. "This licensing agreement with Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc. is historic in that it takes our groundbreaking technical work that was developed over two decades into commercial encryption applications."


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Finally it is quantum encryption making its way to the masses in form of a relatively small device. I hope this will solve the secure communication on the internet at least for some while.

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denis binette's curator insight, September 7, 2014 10:13 PM

Soon.  How long before? 

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IBM's new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power

IBM's new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
A lot has changed in the three years since IBM first unveiled a prototype of its human brain-inspired SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic
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Here we go future of AI is finally taking real shape. As I have always stated a new paradigm in hardware is necessary to implement real Artificial General Intelligence. This chip with its efficiency will push neural computing quite further than the racks of power hungry servers of yesterday.

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A Stuxnet-Like Virus Has Infected Hundreds Of US And European Energy Companies

A Stuxnet-Like Virus Has Infected Hundreds Of US And European Energy Companies | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it

A sophisticated cyber weapon has infected...


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If we consider the impact of this sort of infections as serious I would say it is nothing yet. With the rise of Internet of things the impact of severe infection will be much greater and more deadly. We have to strive for the best possible security precautions for all connected devices because in a sense there is a big analogy to Asimov's three robotics laws.

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The Dumbest Question You Can Ask a Scientist

The Dumbest Question You Can Ask a Scientist - How to Fly a Horse - Medium
No one who knows the history of science would ask this question.
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Kevin perfectly summarized what is the value of science and research. To me immediately came Peter Thiel's analogy of 0 to 1 (http://zerotoonebook.com). This is a perfect explanation why people do not get the value of research, it offers no tangible insight how it might impact not only economy but a mankind as such.

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What is the real cost of your online attention? – Tom Chatfield – Aeon

What is the real cost of your online attention? – Tom Chatfield – Aeon | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
It costs nothing to click, respond and retweet. But what price do we pay in our relationships and our peace of mind?
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A thoughtful article about 'Attention Economic' and as well examination of our purpose in adjusting our focus to information feeds competing for our attention. Author touches as well on something I call fractal zoom or complexity vs detail paradigm. With focus, things become more detailed and complex every time we manage to get closer to them. Maybe we shall sometimes focus more to ourselves and things we do to our surroundings as to try to catch all news around us in fear not to miss anything.

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How To Master Your Third Arm

How To Master Your Third Arm | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Because in a virtual world, why should you only have two?
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I am happy there are scientists (Lanier) which do not think in an conventional 'Virtual Reality' constraints. One big truth we seem to oversee when dealing with virtual that it is 'virtual' and it does not have to necessarily imitate our worldly experiences. Through experiments like this we can maybe find a better more efficient way to control the events in Virtual Reality.

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CyberPower’s Fang Trinity redefines the concept PC with off-the-shelf components | ExtremeTech

CyberPower’s Fang Trinity redefines the concept PC with off-the-shelf components | ExtremeTech | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
High concept PCs are a common sight at CES, but CyberPower's Fang Trinity is one heck of an interesting build. The company says it plans to launch the chassis inside three months, using standard, off-the-shelf components.
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It is quite a time I have seen a PC that would catch my eye. Well this concept has it all :) simplicity of common replaceable components, design which made me think of 'The Battlestar Galactica' and power enough to be current. Hopefully it will make it to the shelfs.

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45-year physics mystery shows a path to quantum transistors

45-year physics mystery shows a path to quantum transistors | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
An odd, iridescent material that's puzzled physicists for decades turns out to be an exotic state of matter that could open a new path to quantum computers and other next-generation electronics.

Physicists at the University of Michigan have discovered or confirmed several properties of the compound samarium hexaboride that raise hopes for finding the silicon of the quantum era. They say their results also close the case of how to classify the material—a mystery that has been investigated since the late 1960s.

The researchers provide the first direct evidence that samarium hexaboride, abbreviated SmB6, is a topological insulator. Topological insulators are, to physicists, an exciting class of solids that conduct electricity like a metal across their surface, but block the flow of current like rubber through their interior. They behave in this two-faced way despite that their chemical composition is the same throughout.

The U-M scientists used a technique called torque magnetometry to observe tell-tale oscillations in the material's response to a magnetic field that reveal how electric current moves through it. Their technique also showed that the surface of samarium hexaboride holds rare Dirac electrons, particles with the potential to help researchers overcome one of the biggest hurdles in quantum computing.

These properties are particularly enticing to scientists because SmB6 is considered a strongly correlated material. Its electrons interact more closely with one another than most solids. This helps its interior maintain electricity-blocking behavior.

This deeper understanding of samarium hexaboride raises the possibility that engineers might one day route the flow of electric current in quantum computers like they do on silicon in conventional electronics, said Lu Li, assistant professor of physics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and a co-author of a paper on the findings published in Science.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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New compounds like this are much needed to simplify the production or even make breakthrough for new kind of quantum circuits. If we harness their properties quantum computing will be again a step closer to the mainstream.

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The Myth Of AI | Edge.org

The Myth Of AI | Edge.org | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
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An incredible article about the myths & reality of AI threats. If the real AGI will ever be implemented there is a big chance it will have no interests as we imagine. These are our own projections based on anthropomorphic thinking. AGI will have a impact on our reality, however it will not step out as a divine presence like in the myths.

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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

New Clock May End Time As We Know It | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Scientists working to create the perfect atomic clock have a fundamental problem: Right now, on the ceiling, time is passing just a bit faster than it is on the floor.

Via Alessio Erioli
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What is time is the question we are asking ourselves repeatedly. More accurate clock we build more inaccuracy we see. To produce a clock which would keep a constant time in all environments is a real challenge. Maybe the main problem is we should not see time as a constant measure and account for the possible fluctuations and irregularities. Universe is a flexible place after all.

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Haptic holographic display turns thin air into a touchscreen | ExtremeTech

Haptic holographic display turns thin air into a touchscreen | ExtremeTech | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Touchscreens have become a normal part of everyday life, from the phones in our pockets to the automated checkout line at the grocery store. Touchscreens are now abundant, but one research team is working on removing the physical aspect of the screen altogether.
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Really nice holographic touchscreen display. With displays like this we are finally starting getting closer to a Virtual Reality promise of 90-ties. I am looking forward to see some real life implementations.

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Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better

Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
11 million servers, new giant VMs, and more third party app support.
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It is nice to see the recognition of this sort. It helps to the technical progress. Let's stop pointless flame-wars and focus on getting things done.

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Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future

Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
As a kindergarten student a half century ago, I read the same book over and over again, nearly every day. My favorite in our classroom’s little library, it had
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Very opinionated view on the state of current technological progress of mankind. Author has placed theories of Thiel and Stephenson in strong contrast with developments in the past and provided sound analysis. I suppose both of them have a bit too black & white view on this. The reader can best first watch this video featuring Peter Thiel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX07zPupNdc, and then proceed with the article.

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DARPA’s tiny implants will hook directly into your nervous system, treat diseases and depression without medication | ExtremeTech

DARPA’s tiny implants will hook directly into your nervous system, treat diseases and depression without medication | ExtremeTech | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
DARPA, on the back of the US government's BRAIN program, has begun the development of tiny electronic implants that interface directly with your nervous system and can directly control and regulate many different diseases and chronic conditions, such as arthritis, PTSD, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease), and depression. The program, called ElectRx (pronounced 'electrics'), ultimately aims to replace medication with
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I hope DARPA will also release the findings and collaborate with non-military companies to bring the benefit between common people. On the other hand if we master the brain stimulation, we can rewrite the medicine as is. Stimulated self healing, I am definitively in.

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Three-dimensionally printed biological machines powered by skeletal muscle

Three-dimensionally printed biological machines powered by skeletal muscle | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it

Combining biological components, such as cells and tissues, with soft robotics can enable the fabrication of biological machines with the ability to sense, process signals, and produce force. An intuitive demonstration of a biological machine is one that can produce motion in response to controllable external signaling. Whereas cardiac cell-driven biological actuators have been demonstrated, the requirements of these machines to respond to stimuli and exhibit controlled movement merit the use of skeletal muscle, the primary generator of actuation in animals, as a contractile power source. Here, we report the development of 3D printed hydrogel “bio-bots” with an asymmetric physical design and powered by the actuation of an engineered mammalian skeletal muscle strip to result in net locomotion of the bio-bot. Geometric design and material properties of the hydrogel bio-bots were optimized using stereolithographic 3D printing, and the effect of collagen I and fibrin extracellular matrix proteins and insulin-like growth factor 1 on the force production of engineered skeletal muscle was characterized. Electrical stimulation triggered contraction of cells in the muscle strip and net locomotion of the bio-bot with a maximum velocity of ∼156 μm s−1, which is over 1.5 body lengths per min. Modeling and simulation were used to understand both the effect of different design parameters on the bio-bot and the mechanism of motion. This demonstration advances the goal of realizing forward-engineered integrated cellular machines and systems, which can have a myriad array of applications in drug screening, programmable tissue engineering, drug delivery, and biomimetic machine design.

 


Via Ashish Umre
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Biological robots might even surpass their mechanical counterparts mainly due to replicating abilities and principles taken from the nature. In any case it opens a huge new possibilities to augment and support human body.

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