A new generation of architects is on the march. Leaving their rulers and compasses behind, these builders are trading in their blueprints for algorithms and putting the finer details of design in the hands of robots. This December, two Swiss architects and an Italian robotics engineer will, for the first time, build a tower solely by flying robots.
Pure science is an integral part of robotics and often leads to solutions for strategic needs for an audience of willing buyers. Here are a few examples of that process from companies with products scheduled to hit the marketplace in the next four years.
Will the future of work be filled with robots powered by remote humans? Will there even be a "place" to work, or will that shift online, too? Elance CEO, Fabio Rosati gives us some big thoughts on where the workplace is headed.
Presentation given at WebCom Montreal, November 16, 2011 by Corinne Weisgerber.
"Anyone can collect links, and algorithms can aggregate. But only trained editors have the skills to select and collect the best information and build a “ loyal audience." - Mark Briggs, Journalism Next
A soft robot that can crawl across surfaces and under obstacles has been created by a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based team led by chemist George Whitesides (Rise of the (soft) robots http://t.co/adsdxADW...
A year ago, I was invited to visit Singularity University. I had no idea what it was, but had heard of a “sci-fi/hi tech school” on NASA’s campus in Mountain View, California. I thought I would make a brief visit.
YouTube is rolling out one of its most ambitious redesigns since its launch in 2006 this Thursday afternoon, putting channels front and center in an attempt to become the Internet’s answer to cable TV.
The new design features a completely revamped home page that focuses on a user’s video subscriptions and pulls in video recommendations from social networks like Facebook and Google+.
The pages of video publishers are also getting a significant face lift, emphasizing the notion of subscribing to channels and focusing more on filtering and curation. “Curators are going to be be really great for organizing this massive amount of content that YouTube has”.
Some of the highlights of the new design include:
- The overall design is closely aligned with the visual changes on other Google properties, including Google+ and GMail. - The home page features a kind of activity stream that includes video uploads, likes and favorites, comments as well as announcements for upcoming live events. - Users can pin up to ten of their favorite channels on YouTube’s homepage...
- Registered users will be able to choose from four default templates for their own channel pages...
Excellent documentary with the great Stephen Hawkings as Stephen Hawking and others such as Professor Richard Dawkins and Professor Jim Al-Khalili examine how science is striving for humankind's next leap forward.
In Episode 1 the team showcase breakthroughs in technology and engineering that are creating a new generation of machines. Mark Evans fuses his brain with a computer in Switzerland to test a new breed of machine.
Kathy Sykes hits the streets of San Francisco to have the ride of her life as she experiences the future of transport in a driverless car. In Italy Jim Alei-Khalili comes face to face with a remarkable, baby-like robot called iCub, which learns like a child.
Joy Reidenberg discovers the extraordinary exoskeleton that can make the paralysed walk and give one man the strength of three. In the Canary Islands Maggie Aderin-Pocock visits one of the world's biggest telescopes, where they're searching for new planets in the furthest reaches of the universe - planets that we could one day colonise.
John Mauldin's presenation at Singularity Summit 2011
An excellent economic analysis and outlook of the coming 20 years.
John Mauldin is a renowned financial expert, a New York Times best-selling author, and a pioneering online commentator. Each week, over 1 million readers turn to Mauldin for his penetrating view on Wall Street, global markets, and economic history.
Conscious intelligence may be viewed as a computer system composed of many smaller parallel processing programs. Marvin Minsky, Ph.D., is one of the acknowledged founders of the mathematical theory of computation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. He argues that understanding the individual as a very sophisticated machine actually affirms human dignity.
Technologists will become the next drug dealers, administering narcotics through brain stimulation, according to Rohit Talwar, the founder of Fast Future Research, speaking at Intelligence Squared’s If conference.
Talwar was charged by the government to investigate the drugs landscape over the next 20 years, exploring scenarios going beyond the traditional model of gangs producing and shipping drugs around the world.
After using Google Maps on our smart phone, many of us get to our destination and then put the phone away. But now we can use the phone to navigate inside airports, malls, Home Depots and even IKEA's blue palaces.
As the Official Google Blog puts it, "With the release of Google Maps 6.0 for Android, [the indoor] directory is brought to the palm of your hands, helping you determine where you are, what floor you're on and where to go."
Good overview of the required steps to build a properly thought-out content curation strategy for a company.
From the article:
Step 1: Survey the Competitive Landscape
In content marketing and content curation, your competitors are not the companies who sell similar products or services. Rather, your competitors are organizations who publish content on the same topic as you.
1. Determine if you can curate content better than they can by being more comprehensive, more relevant, or more consistent...
2. See if there is a different perspective or opposing point of view that you bring to the table...
3. Try to broaden or narrow your topic. If your initial topic was offshore wind farms, you can try narrowing your topic to Atlantic Ocean Wind Farms or broaden it to Wind Power.
Step 2: Survey the Content Landscape
Content curation, the process of finding, organizing and sharing relevant information on a specific topic, relies on third party content. In order to become a successful curator on your topic, you need to determine if there is enough content to curate.
Step 3: Survey your audience interest Even if you have a great topic that passes the competitor survey and the content survey, you must ensure that it is a topic that will draw an audience, and not just any audience, but the target audience for your business.
Putting it all together: Finding the Sweet Spot At this point your challenge is to find a topic that passes these three tests.
It’s easy though to get stuck on a topic that passes two of the tests but not all three...
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.