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Savant Syndrome: When Brain Injuries Create Geniuses

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After Derek Amato sustained brain damage by hitting his head on the bottom of a swimming pool, he began playing classical piano compositions without a single lesson.


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The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year - Edudemic

The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year - Edudemic | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it
What are some of the most popular teacher tools being used this year? You may not know them all ... but hopefully you recognize at least some of them!

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liz deskins's curator insight, September 8, 2013 5:34 AM

I knew "of" all of them but haven't tried them all.  How about you?

Cindy Rogers's curator insight, September 8, 2013 7:45 AM

How many do you use?  I've tried them all and actively use 7 (or a similar option) on a daily basis!

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Robotic Insect Eyes Destined for Next-Gen Micro Drones - IEEE Spectrum

Robotic Insect Eyes Destined for Next-Gen Micro Drones - IEEE Spectrum | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it
This flexible new camera can see even better than bugs do (Robotic Insect Eyes Destined for Next-Gen Micro Drones - IEEE Spectrum http://t.co/hOew4oPXKO via @IEEESpectrum)...

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One Step Closer To Efficient Robotic Limbs

One Step Closer To Efficient Robotic Limbs | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it

A device that would allow paralyzed people to use their thoughts to move robotic limbs fluidly and realistically is now one step closer to reality.
A team of scientists from Harvard, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital led by Ziv Williams have found two groups of cells in one area of the monkey brain that allow the animals to remember a sequence of two movements at once. The team was then able to program a computer to interpret those brain patterns, in turn moving a cursor on a screen in the planned sequence.
The development is an improvement over current brain-machine interfaces, which focus on translating a single thought into a single movement in an external device.


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Perpetually connected: Are wearable computers and bio-implants the future of mobile?

Perpetually connected: Are wearable computers and bio-implants the future of mobile? | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it

In today’s connected world, you’d be hard pressed to find a population (disregarding technophobes and lost tribes) who actively shun activities that are digitally mediated. Unfortunately ...


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The Internet as Hive Mind: Memory and the Cybermind

The Internet as Hive Mind: Memory and the Cybermind | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it
No one can remember everything, and the Web can be a great mind-expanding device.

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The Avatar Economy - Technology Review

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Are remote workers the brains inside tomorrow's robots?

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luiy's curator insight, January 3, 2013 7:59 AM

In our economy, many of the jobs most resistant to automation are those with the least economic value. Just consider the diversity of tasks, unpredictable terrains, and specialized tools that a landscaper confronts in a single day. No robot is intelligent enough to perform this $8-an-hour work.



Telepresence means that in theory, 10, 100, or 1,000 times as many workers could compete (virtually) for the same work. No matter how bad things get in Madrid or Houston, an avatar worker somewhere else could sell his or her labor for less. The same outsourcing logic applies to many high-wage jobs that rely on physical presence and motor skills, including the work done by cardiologists and machinists.


Previous waves of outsourcing should remind us: the legal, political, and social obstacles to an avatar economy may prove greater than the technical ones. How will the meaning of work change when a gardener bot is controlled by a different remote worker every day? Or when one driver supervises 50 mostly autonomous taxis? What—and how much—work will be left in areas with the highest labor and housing costs?

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How we’re playing God now

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The accelerating pace of technological change is leading to the creation of entirely new opportunities for humans to “play God” — to create and transform life in a way that has never been possible. What was once thought to be the exclusive realm of a higher power is now within the grasp of human beings.


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The Collective Intelligence Revolution | Puck – Your Local Heroes

The Collective Intelligence Revolution | Puck – Your Local Heroes | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it
Now researchers from around the world are organising the first international conference dedicated to “Harnessing collective intelligence with games“, to be held in September this year in Germany. The conference is aimed at ...

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Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, January 31, 6:56 AM

 first international conference dedicated to “Harnessing collective intelligence with games“, to be held in September this year in Germany.

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A Special Report on the Future of Money

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The Last Days of Cash: How e-money technology is plugging us into the digital economy...


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[VIDEO] The greatest science e-book created so far

The book is Leonardo da Vinci Anatomy, and it's an iPad app that explores a collection of Leonardo's anatomy drawings (many of which were hidden from the public until the twentieth century) and explains the magnitude of the artist's contribution to science. Though Leonardo sometimes misinterpreted what he discovered, he nevertheless produced some of the most accurate anatomical studies of human musculature and organs ever seen before in the West.

 

http://io9.com/5913772/the-greatest-science-e+book-created-so-far


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[VIDEO] Kinect controlled Interface

Kreek Prototype 2.1 Kinect controlled Interface Kreek is a Kinect controlled interface which extends a normally two-dimensional multi-touch environment by the perception of depth.

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WOW!!!
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Savant Syndrome: When Brain Injuries Create Geniuses

Savant Syndrome: When Brain Injuries Create Geniuses | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it

After Derek Amato sustained brain damage by hitting his head on the bottom of a swimming pool, he began playing classical piano compositions without a single lesson.


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Quantum Object Teleported 100 Kilometers by Chinese Scientists

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Quantum Object Teleported 100 Kilometers by Chinese Scientists


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Natasha Vita-More on Whole Body Prosthetic

Natasha Vita-More on Whole Body Prosthetic | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it
In my first in-person interview with Natasha Vita-More we discuss Whole Body Prosthetic and Substrate Autonomous, Networked Avatar Bodies by Design.
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Ingress - It's time to Move

Check out the trailer of the new futuristic augmented reality game by Niantic Labs, a start-up team from Google:
"This world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake, and you must choose a side.
A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.
The Enlightened seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us.
The Resistance struggle to defend, and protect what's left of our humanity."


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Our three-dimensional future: how 3D printing will shape the global economy

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Lately, it seems like nearly everything has been reproduced by a 3D printer. Between the group that 3D printed a gun, the people who printed a drone, and the army of items sold at this small marketplace for 3D printed goods, there are plenty of novelty uses for these suddenly trendy machines. We’re a long way from 3D printing a house, but it’s clear that the hobby is inching into the mainstream.
Yet it’s difficult not to wonder: at what point will 3D printing move beyond novelty to industry? Will these machines change the way we manufacture goods, and subsequently change the global economy, too? (Is it already happening before our very eyes?)


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5 videos on connected learning

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Here are four very powerful videos from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub that are guaranteed to make you think hard about learning, teaching, and schooling. You can watch them all in less than half an hour.


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António Maneira's curator insight, February 7, 2013 8:12 AM

Asking the right questions is always the most important. Thinking about learning taking into account the student experience is a great idea!

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20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities

20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it

The following topics are covered:

 

Aerospace, Anthropology, Astrobiology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computers, Cosmology, Dentistry, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environment, Future, General Science, Geoscience, Machine Learning, Material Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Metallurgy, Mining, Nanotechnology, Oceanography, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Robotics, and Sociology.

 

Lectures are in Playlists and are alphabetically sorted with thumbnail pictures. No fee, no registration required - learn at your own pace. Certificates can be arranged with presenting universities.


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Casper Pieters's curator insight, March 9, 4:21 PM

Great resources for online learning just about everything.  All you need is will power and self- discipline.

Russ Roberts's curator insight, April 23, 8:37 PM

A very interesting site.  Amazing Science covers many disciplines.  Subscribe to the news letter and be " amazed." Aloha, Russ, KH6JRM. 

Siegfried Holle's curator insight, July 4, 5:45 AM

Your knowledge is your strength and power 

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Presentation Skills: Five Things You Need To Know About People To Deliver Great Presentations

Robin Good: A short video doodle illustrating how five underconsidered factors have tremendous impact on the quality of your presentations, whether online or live.

 

"Great presenters understand how people think, learn, and react. In this video Dr. Weinschenk shares 5 Things from her book, "100 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People".

 

Recommended. 9/10



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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 3, 2013 3:36 PM

Concise and and useful!

Ana Velazquez S's curator insight, March 20, 2013 1:29 PM

Habilidades necesarias para lograr una presentación exitosa con tu audiencia

Jean Luc lebrun's curator insight, June 9, 1:46 PM

Behind these video doodles is an fun company: www.truscribe.com

What is interesting here is that the video is in perfect sync with the audio - this is why it is so powerful..

More critically, something is missing from the video: a summary. The author summarizes with "So there you have it, five things you need to know about people in order to give a better presentation", followed by a rapid zoom out revealing briefly ALL the pictures from the storyboard - too many and too fast to be of use as a memory prop.

Five may be a small number, but for our limited memory - it is huge. We have to remember five more or less disconnected ideas: 20 minute chunks, eye competes with ear, your speech is only a part of whole message (see nice screen illustration at time 3:36), call them to action, people imitate your feelings. It feels like a bullet list. The video could have brought back 5 key images corresponding to the 5 points to help anchor them in our memory.

This is why I recommend that the "take-away" slide, a.k.a. the conclusion or summary slide, refreshes people's memory by bringing back small pictures of the key visuals of the presentation next to the text points that they helped make. It does not matter if they are not fully readable, their role is simply to jog memory.

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How is our consciousness connected to the world?

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How is our consciousness connected to the world?
Explore the unconscious functions of the brain with visual illusions and mysterious perceptual phenomena.


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The Democratisation Of Everything: The Curators Will Save Our Collective Ass

The Democratisation Of Everything: The Curators Will Save Our Collective Ass | Singularity Scoops | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Mauriello: This is my “scoop” article for today. I found this article written by Suw Charman-Anderson in November of 2006 from her first professional blog “Strange Attractor”,  now permanently moved to charman-anderson.com.

Suw is journalist, social technologist consultant and writer, one of the UK’s social media pioneers. She writes for Forbes, The Guardian, amongst others.
In 2009, she founded of “Ada Lovelace Day”, an international celebration of the achievements of women in technology, science, engineering.

Returning to her article, it is highly relevant today.
At the beginning of the article, the author describes the scenario of the digital industry at the time, then come out few interesting and great points about the need of content curation and the importance of the role of the curator. Here are some gems:

“We already have more movies available than any one person can watch; more videos on YouTube; more blogs… more everything. It’s not like we’re starting from a point of scarcity here. And the flood of stuff is going to turn into a rampaging torrent as more people get online and more people get excited by their ability to participate and create.

In the past, the media acted as gatekeepers.
They were the ones that went to the movie previews…
They were the ones who got the advance copy of the game…
They were the arbiters of taste, the people in the know, the ones with the connections needed to get at culture before us plebs got at it.

But we don’t need gatekeepers anymore. We don’t need people who stand between us and our stuff, deciding what to tell us about and what to ignore. We don’t need arbiters of taste.

We do, however, still need help. There’s just too much stuff around for us to know what’s out there, to keep up with what’s good, what works for us, what is worth investigation. What we need are curators.

We need people who can gather together the things that are of interest to us, things that fit with our tastes or challenge us in interesting ways, things that enrich our lives and help us enjoy our time rather than waste it on searching.

Curators already exist. Some are people: Bloggers who sift through tonnes of stuff in order to highlight what they like, and who, if you have the same taste as them, can be invaluable to discovering new things to like.
But curation of the web has barely started. Much of what you could call curation that exists today is flawed: too many noisy opinions and not enough capacity to understand what I as an individual want…”

 

I loved this article and title that the author chose for it. Read original article here:
http://strange.corante.com/2006/11/08/the-democratisation-of-everything-and-the-curators-who-will-save-our-collective-ass


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Dasom Ssomy Kim's comment, May 8, 2013 2:52 AM
Content curation, not gatekeeping. people can choose
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[VIDEO] The Vampire Economist and the Moral Molecule

In his new book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, neuroeconomist Paul J. Zak discusses his research on oxytocin, what he calls the "moral molecule." For the past 10 years, Zak has been conducting the same kind of trust games that are common in experimental economics, but with a twist. Before and after the trust games, Zak has been taking blood samples with the goal of gaining a better understanding of how and why people trust others.

 

More on OXYTOCIN: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?q=oxytocin

 


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[A MUST SEE VIDEO] Halo Films Choice Point Showreel

Choice Point provides a scientific, self-help and human story platform to help people transform their lives for the better while at the same time showing them how to contribute to transforming the world in beneficial ways. Its mission is to make an impact at the individual level, which will in turn help to transform the world at a global level. It is based on the theory that by aligning with purpose, we each can help to bring the world into better alignment for a positive, peaceful future in which we can more easily solve the problems that currently beset the world


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Tony Franciskato's comment, May 29, 2012 6:07 AM
I love the idea of aligning with a purpose but of course I have questions when I hear certain things like… "What does it mean to 'Transcend self interest'?" It is like thinking it necessary to "moving beyond" the need to have blood coursing through my veins. "Creating relationships where everyone is getting richer" sounds like a situation where people trade goods and services freely and exchange value for value. What a great idea! It could be like a free market where men trade without taking advantage or being taken advantage of. Seems if men understood self interest as something not needing transcendence but needing acceptance as a fact of life the rest may follow.
Sakis Koukouvis's comment, May 29, 2012 7:09 AM
Thank you Tony Franciskato. I agree that these phrases are mere a positive thinking and not so a practical solution for a daily life. But we need inspiration to overcome our self-interest and I believe that this video is opening that "door".
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The Third Industrial Revolution

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From the year 2000 to 2010 the number of manufacturing jobs in America fell by about a third. The rise of outsourcing and offshoring and the growth of sophisticated supply chains has enabled companies the world over to use China, India and other lower-wage countries as workshops. Now, the global financial crisis has people thinking it is time their countries returned to making stuff in order to create jobs and prevent more manufacturing skills from being lost. These factors, and technologies like robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence could help bring about a Third Industrial Revolution.


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NASA: How much water is on Planet Earth? Visualization: All water bunched up to a single ball [photo]

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How much of planet Earth is made of water? Very little, actually. Although oceans of water cover about 70 percent of Earth's surface, these oceans are shallow compared to the Earth's radius. The above illustration shows what would happen if all of the water on or near the surface of the Earth were bunched up into a ball. The radius of this ball would be only about 700 kilometers, less than half the radius of the Earth's Moon, but slightly larger than Saturn's moon Rhea which, like many moons in our outer Solar System, is mostly water ice. How even this much water came to be on the Earth and whether any significant amount is trapped far beneath Earth's surface remain topics of research.

 

 


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