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Fully Implantable Wireless Brain-Machine Interface Announced

Fully Implantable Wireless Brain-Machine Interface Announced | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Neural implants that read the electrical activity of the brain are no longer the work of fiction, improving over the years in their ability to gather ever larger amount of signals and being able to more effectively process them.

Via Emmanuel Capitaine
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Definitely inline with my intention to delve deeper into this emerging technology. I believe brain implants will be indispensable by 2050.

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Future of relationships: monogamy vs. promiscuity; the winner is…

Future of relationships: monogamy vs. promiscuity; the winner is… | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it

There’s a pervasive notion that monogamous relationships are the end-all-be-all – the default pact in human couplings that keep the fabric of society from being torn apart.


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Very nice insight into a taboo theme of current perception of marriage. I believe society will form how we change our view of marriage which are often tainted not only by social necessity but also religion.

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Microsoft and Samsung demo Illumiroom display, fills room with images (video)

Microsoft and Samsung demo Illumiroom display, fills room with images (video) | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Microsoft just demonstrated an interesting display technology called Illumiroom at the Samsung CES keynote that apparently fills up the room with images
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This is funny use of projector when gaming to create more immersive Virtual Reality like experience. Though I am not a fan of Xbox or consoles in general as a gamer I can see myself trying it ;-)

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50 Fresh and Truly Creative Photo Manipulations

50 Fresh and Truly Creative Photo Manipulations | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Ok, I'll admit it. I've been slacking a bit too much, not being very consistent with the updates here at PixelTango. Hopefully, that will change now.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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well not everything here is totally fresh but some of these techniques are certainly nice to experiment with :)

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Experimental Microsoft software tries to predict catastrophic events by analyzing news headlines

Experimental Microsoft software tries to predict catastrophic events by analyzing news headlines | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
At first glance, it may sound like the plot of Person of Interest, the CBS show about a genius billionaire who develops a software program that taps into all public surveillance systems and predicts when crimes are most likely to occur.

Via Emmanuel Capitaine
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big brother is always watching you ;-) no really I think there is already more of these out there. Its a logical thing for goverments to let implement such a software if they want to survive.

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Björk's "App Album" Shows The Way For Musicians

Björk's "App Album" Shows The Way For Musicians | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Icelandic musician Björk recently released what she claims to be the world's "first app album." It's an iPad and iPhone app featuring 10 songs, each song accompanied by an interactive app.
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This is not a news really. Nevertheless I must say, this appification of audio visual art is not new at all. I have been personally part of demo scene 20 years ago and have feeling that our demos were just that. Pieces of art compiled in an app. (demo is an audio visual sequence compiled as an application to run on computers) Only the means of distribution have changed. 

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Embedding ThingLink Images in Sophia

Embedding ThingLink Images in Sophia | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
RT @cfruin: @ThingLink_EDU: Share ThingLink Images @sophia http://t.co/n8xgyUv2
#edtech #edchat #tlideas #tlchat #elearning

Via Jon Samuelson
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Cool concept and look very well done. I suppose this is the way how current learning should be extended.

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InteraXon CEO Ariel Garten demoes EmoType: a mood based text editor for the Muse headband (video) - Neurogadget.com

InteraXon CEO Ariel Garten demoes EmoType: a mood based text editor for the Muse headband (video) - Neurogadget.com | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon, recently gave a keynote speech at LeWeb 2012 where she demoed the Muse headband with EmoType, a demo application for the new brain-computer interface device.
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I am going to order one of these no matter how imperfect it might be, I am thrilled by the vey idea of using it and do some hacking with the sdk.

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Warning: the writer of this post may be nuts! | KurzweilAI

Warning: the writer of this post may be nuts! | KurzweilAI | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad. --- Salvador Dali (credit: Wikipedia) Well, this might explain some of my wackier blog
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All artist are insane in one of another way but I think that is really necessary to break the box of our society and this article descibes it very nicely ;-)

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David Deutsch – On Artificial Intelligence

The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What's holding us up?

Via Spaceweaver, Xaos
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Excellent writeup on ai problematic in the current world.

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Xaos's curator insight, December 25, 2012 3:00 AM

It is uncontroversial that the human brain has capabilities that are, in some respects, far superior to those of all other known objects in the cosmos. It is the only kind of object capable of understanding that the cosmos is even there, or why there are infinitely many prime numbers, or that apples fall because of the curvature of space-time, or that obeying its own inborn instincts can be morally wrong, or that it itself exists. Nor are its unique abilities confined to such cerebral matters. The cold, physical fact is that it is the only kind of object that can propel itself into space and back without harm, or predict and prevent a meteor strike on itself, or cool objects to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, or detect others of its kind across galactic distances.

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Patented Book Writing System Creates, Sells Hundreds Of Thousands Of Books On Amazon

Patented Book Writing System Creates, Sells Hundreds Of Thousands Of Books On Amazon | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Philip M. Parker, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD Business School, has had a side project for over 10 years. He’s created a computer system that can write books about specific subjects in about 20 minutes.

Via LeapMind
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not yet there, but slowly there wil come more advanced content creation tools. Just image not only to use templates but plug in the web scraping and a variation logic.

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Hackers prepare space satellites

Hackers prepare space satellites | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Hackers unveil plans to build space satellites and a ground network of tracking stations to combat censorship of the internet.
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Brain-like chip outstrips normal computers - tech - 22 November 2012 - New Scientist

Brain-like chip outstrips normal computers - tech - 22 November 2012 - New Scientist | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Artificial neurons and synapses placed in circuits are unlocking the potential of brain-like computing...

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Leia Is Not Enough: Star Wars and the Woman Problem in Hollywood | Underwire | Wired.com

Leia Is Not Enough: Star Wars and the Woman Problem in Hollywood | Underwire | Wired.com | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
If you've never really noticed the absence of women in Star Wars (or movies at large), consider yourself living proof of how the limiting narratives of culture and media can warp our expectations.
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I have recently re-watched the serie because of my kids and found it really crazy I did not have noticed this first time. Whatever we try to tell ourselves the society is male centric. We shall begin to seriously thinks about female role in the society and what cultural habits and views are enforcing upon them.

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Want to Biohack your Brain? – $50,000 Cranial Surgery Equipment costs only $10 via DIY Black Market - Transhumanity.net

Want to Biohack your Brain? – $50,000 Cranial Surgery Equipment costs only $10 via DIY Black Market - Transhumanity.net | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Nootropics are popular in our circles, but in my opinion there isn’t a non-prescription substance on the market right now that is staggeringly apparent in its effects.
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Finally we are hitting next milestone in self modification. This is bigger than 3D printers printing guns or colonizing Mars for that matter. I am absolutely thrilled how will goverments and legal systems deal with this. However as with any unknown technology there will be brilliant hacks and collosal mistakes. And now seriously would you buy a brain implant from DIY Black Market?

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Hackschooling: Turning Creative Kids Into Happy Adults

Hackschooling: Turning Creative Kids Into Happy Adults | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it

When 13-year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.

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This is so true, we need to give our kids not only the ability of learn but also experiment with the latest technologies. The rest is upon them how they will employ to their success.

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30+ most beautiful places abandoned by men

30+ most beautiful places abandoned by men | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
30+ beautiful photos of fantastic abandoned places and modern ruins. From abandoned amusement parks to incredible churches and strange tunnels....

Via Alessio Erioli, luiy, Emmanuel Capitaine
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wow really charming places. I can surely take a pick and move in one of these tomorrow ;-)

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Alessio Erioli's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:14 AM

in fact, thinking on the number of individuals and biodiversity that now inhabits them more than "abandoned" I would use the adjective "reclaimed" (and the subject isn't obviously man).

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What Is Consciousness? Go to the Video! | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

What Is Consciousness? Go to the Video! | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Various scholars have tried to explain consciousness in long articles and books, but one neuroscience pioneer has just released an unusual video blog to get the ...

Via Xaos
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Quite lot of stuff I have been pondering for quite a time is being discussed in this video blog. If we will ever fully understand mechanisms behind the consciousnes the path to implementing proper self aware AI will be opened.

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33rd Square | Chris Eliasmith Discusses SPAUN's Artificial Intelligence

33rd Square | Chris Eliasmith Discusses SPAUN's Artificial Intelligence | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Recently Nikola Danaylov of Singularity 1 on 1 interviewed Chris Eliasmith and discussed a variety of topics including the story behind his desire to create the breakthrough brain simulation, SPAUN.

Via LeapMind
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This is really something I have been dreaming to work on when I was in 2nd grade on highschool. Brilliant. Download and have fun ;-)

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Alexander Bard - The Internet Revolution

Keynote by Alexander BardSpeaker at NEXT Berlin 2012

Via LeapMind
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Mr. Bard is quite self confident but damn good at demonstrating current changes of society and pulling some interesting conclusions from it. Certainly worth of watching.

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fMRI study confirms: IQ is not equivalent to Intelligence - Neurogadget.com

fMRI study confirms: IQ is not equivalent to Intelligence - Neurogadget.com | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
It turns out that science is on your side! The researchers at the University of Western Ontario have recently demonstrated that intellectual capabilities cannot be reduced to a single number. According to Dr.
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Fortunately we have some hope ;-). Well for a while until new sort of intelligence tests will be created and implemented. For so many times we have been reminded that our scope of judging anything is extremely limited.

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How big is space?

How big is space? | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
Scroll through our monster graphic to explore the farthest reaches of our Solar System; now including Felix Baumgartner's record breaking skydive.
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If you ever think you are big and important, just take a peek on this beautifully made scale of space. That should cut you down to your size at last ;-).

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Should We Live to 1,000? by Peter Singer - Project Syndicate

Should We Live to 1,000? by Peter Singer - Project Syndicate | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
In developed countries, aging is the ultimate cause of 90% of all human deaths; thus, treating aging is a form of preventive medicine for all of the diseases of old age.

Via Xaos
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to be or not to be...

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Xaos's curator insight, December 15, 2012 3:20 PM

De Grey believes that even modest progress in this area over the coming decade could lead to a dramatic extension of the human lifespan. All we need to do is reach what he calls “longevity escape velocity” – that is, the point at which we can extend life sufficiently to allow time for further scientific progress to permit additional extensions, and thus further progress and greater longevity. Speaking recently at Princeton University, de Grey said: “We don’t know how old the first person who will live to 150 is today, but the first person to live to 1,000 is almost certainly less than 20 years younger.”

Read more at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-ethics-of-anti-aging-by-peter-singer#1H318Z7eVmDuJ0rS.99
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MIT's Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything

MIT's Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it
The idea of transformers is cool even when they just turn from one thing to another, so how much cooler would they be if they could form into anything?

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Braden Costin's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:07 PM

The website contains a small amount of information on a recently developed technology that is still in the early stages of developemnt. The Reconfigurable robots once completed should be able to transform into any tool on command, this would make them invaluable.

Hayden Theuerkauf's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:21 PM

This website contains information about technology that is just starting to emerge. This will allow tiny robots to transform into anything that is needed and could be invaluable in the near future and could change our world completely.

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Becoming a Cyborg should be taken gently: Of Modern Bio-Paleo-Machines » Cyborgology

Becoming a Cyborg should be taken gently: Of Modern Bio-Paleo-Machines » Cyborgology | The promised land of technology | Scoop.it

We are on the edge of a Paleolithic Machine intelligence world. A world oscillating between that which is already historical, and that which is barely recognizable. Some of us, teetering on this bio-electronic borderline, have this ghostly sensation that a new horizon is on the verge of being revealed, still misty yet glowing with some inner light, eerie but compelling.The metaphor I used for bridging, seemingly contrasting, on first sight paradoxical, between such a futuristic concept as machine intelligence and the Paleolithic age is apt I think. For though advances in computation, with fractional AI, appearing almost everywhere are becoming nearly casual, the truth of the matter is that Machines are still tribal and dispersed. It is a dawn all right, but a dawn is still only a hint of the day that is about to shine, a dawn of hyperconnected machines, interweaved with biological organisms, cyberneticaly info-related and semi independent.

The modern Paleo-machines do not recognize borders; do not concern themselves with values and morality and do not philosophize about the meaning of it all, not yet that is. As in our own Paleo past the needs of the machines do not yet contain passions for individuation, desire for emotional recognition or indeed feelings of dismay or despair, uncontrollable urges or dreams of far worlds.

Also this will change, eventually. But not yet.


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