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Awtry: Nervous about social media? Try starting with Twitter - The Coloradoan

Awtry: Nervous about social media? Try starting with Twitter - The Coloradoan | SNR | Scoop.it
Awtry: Nervous about social media? Try starting with Twitter
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Listening to millions of users at once presents an impossible signal-to-noise ratio.
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"On Twitter, that spontaneous conversation from a stranger isn’t viewed as creepy — it’s appreciated…"

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Box of Chocolates from Electrovista

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Shop Create (Zazzle Box of Chocolate from Electrovista: Dizzy with Chocolate Power http://t.co/TxfOW6bvwx)...
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F**K Calm And Inhale #Bacon

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​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity

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You've probably heard of a concept known as the Technological Singularity — a nebulous event that's supposed to happen in the not-too-distant future.
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WiFi, Coffee, Bed

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U Rad Rho?

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Technological Singularity: Computers Will Take Over the World

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RT @Martorious: Technological Singularity: Computers will take over the world: http://t.co/tIrv4qVOZ0 #TechnologicalSingularity #TechBlog
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Stop. Talk. Think.

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Depending on where we spend that time, the signal to noise ratio can be pretty awful. I've always tried to avoid commercial television because the commercials are created by people who spend a lot of money (a LOT of ...
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US military's 'air optical fiber' increases the power of laser weapons - ExtremeTech

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ExtremeTech US military's 'air optical fiber' increases the power of laser weapons ExtremeTech Over a short distance in the lab, Milchberg said the waveguide boosted signal quality by 50%, which might not sound like much, but for longer distances —...
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Humans Aren’t the Pinnacle of Evolution and Consciousness—We're Only a Rung on the Ladder

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In his latest video, host of National Geographic’s Brain Games and techno-poet, Jason Silva, explores the universe’s tendency to (Humans Aren’t the Pinnacle of Evolution and Consciousness—We’re Only a Rung on the Ladder | Singularity...
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The Brain Is Not Computable: Why Singularity Will Not Happen and Humans Will Assimilate Machines

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A leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil’s Singularity isn’t going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines.

 

Miguel Nicolelis, a top neuroscientist at Duke University, says computers will never replicate the human brain and that the technological Singularity is “a bunch of hot air.”

 

“The brain is not computable and no engineering can reproduce it,” says Nicolelis, author of several pioneering papers on brain-machine interfaces.

 

The Singularity, of course, is that moment when a computer super-intelligence emerges and changes the world in ways beyond our comprehension.

 

Among the idea’s promoters are futurist Ray Kurzweil, recently hired on at Google as a director of engineering, who has been predicting that not only will machine intelligence exceed our own, but people will be able to download their thoughts and memories into computers (see “Ray Kurzweil Plans to Create a Mind at Google—and Have It Serve You”). 

 

Nicolelis calls that idea sheer bunk. “Downloads will never happen,” he said during remarks made at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston on Sunday. “There are a lot of people selling the idea that you can mimic the brain with a computer.”

 

The debate over whether the brain is a kind of computer has been running for decades. Many scientists think it’s possible, in theory, for a computer to equal the brain given sufficient computer power and an understanding of how the brain works.

 

Kurzweil delves into the idea of “reverse-engineering” the brain in his latest book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, in which he says even though the brain may be immensely complex, “the fact that it contains many billions of cells and trillions of connections does not necessarily make its primary method complex.”

 

But Nicolelis is in a camp that thinks that human consciousness (and if you believe in it, the soul) simply can’t be replicated in silicon. That’s because its most important features are the result of unpredictable, nonlinear interactions among billions of cells, Nicolelis says.

 

“You can’t predict whether the stock market will go up or down because you can’t compute it,” he says. “You could have all the computer chips ever in the world and you won’t create a consciousness.”

 

The neuroscientist, originally from Brazil, instead thinks that humans will increasingly subsume machines (an idea, incidentally, that’s also part of Kurzweil’s predictions).

 

In a study published last week, for instance, Nicolelis’s group at Duke used brain implants to allow mice to sense infrared light, something mammals can’t normally perceive. They did it by wiring a head-mounted infrared sensor to electrodes implanted into a part of the brain called the somatosensory cortex.

 

The experiment, in which several mice were able to follow sensory cues from the infrared detector to obtain a reward, was the first ever to use a neural implant to add a new sense to an animal, Nicolelis says.  


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Bernhard H. Schmitz's comment, July 16, 2:33 PM
I agree that too many people think it would be sufficient to plug a bunch of neurons together and consciousness will happen. Ridiculous. But I am convinced that it is not necessary to simulate a brain or reverse engineer it. Brains are developed by random incidents and evolution - and it's a mess. I am strongly convinced that a conscious mechanism will be developed from scratch. And it will outwit us.
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I agree that too many people think it would be sufficient to plug a bunch of neurons together and consciousness will happen. Ridiculous. But I am convinced that it is not necessary to simulate a brain or reverse engineer it. Brains are developed by random incidents and evolution - and it's a mess. I am strongly convinced that a conscious mechanism will be developed from scratch. And it will outwit us.

Marco Bertolini's comment, July 17, 2:52 AM
@ Bernard Schmitz : I think you have a point there and I like the verty elegant way you put it : a conscious mecanism coming out from the chaos.
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Why the Perfect Modern Creative Is Fierce, Fearless and Female

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The perfect modern creative is a woman. Because we have enough men, and men like it the way it is right now. She will seek change. And her finest qualities will be frustration and discontent.
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Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers Per Hour

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UPDATE: To read more about how workers will be affected by automation technology, check out Hub's follow up post Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt (Workers want $15/hr. Robots will do the work for FREE.
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Keep Bacon and Never Share

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Danny Lynch on Twitter: "The singularity is near “@vihartvihart: My tape measure snapped and now it can finally measure itself http://t.co/dYtTzS5g0Z”"

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Restaurant in China Uses Robots to Cook, Deliver Food - PSFK

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Automated machines infiltrate restaurants in China (#Automated machines infiltrate #restaurants in #China http://t.co/6FtcJJPhaC via @psfk #robots #singularity)...
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Eavesdrop on Conversations Using a Bag of Chips with MIT's 'Visual Microphone'

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MIT’s ‘visual microphone’ is the kind of tool you’d expect Q to develop for James Bond, or to be used by nefarious government snoops (Eavesdrop on Conversations Using a Bag of Chips with MIT’s ‘Visual Microphone’ | Singularity Hub...
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Ask Ray | Can technology help us find love? | KurzweilAI

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Clean Code Concepts: Writing for Readability, Signal to Noise Ratio

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As a developer you are definitely a writer; but just write something, everyone can do that. A good writing is something that you enjoy writing and someone else enjoy reading; someone else who can u...
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