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The Future Will Be Built Around Social Content Context, Cloud Collaboration

A final visit to the Advanced Intranet+Portal Conference from last week. We heard already that the importance of content is changing so that now the context of that content is really where it’s at.
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At Amazon Warehouses, Humans and Machines Work in Frenetic Harmony

At Amazon Warehouses, Humans and Machines Work in Frenetic Harmony | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Amazon’s newest warehouse is testing the limits of automation and human-machine collaboration.
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The importance of human-machine symbiosis, for the time being at least, isn’t lost on Amazon’s press relations team. “We like to think of it as a symphony of software, machine learning, computer algorithms, and people,” Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman told me as we walked around. 

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Social.coop: A Cooperative Decentralized Social Network

Social.coop: A Cooperative Decentralized Social Network | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Social.coop is a cooperatively run instance of Mastodon, a decentralized social network based on open protocols and free, open-source software. Alanna from Open Collective interviewed three of its co…
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Matt: My dream is a hub of the co-op community, where developers, board members, organizers, etc, connect to the movement. I hope the structures we’ve built for ourselves get adopted by many more instances on Mastodon and other federated platforms, leading to co-op instances seriously challenging the legacy monopolistic platforms.

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Face the 3D Future – Tony Parisi – Medium

Face the 3D Future – Tony Parisi – Medium | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Tomorrow, information will be displayed where and when we need it, its essence and connections laid bare to see… and whole experiences will be captured and shared. We are about to escape the tyranny of the rectangle… and information itself will achieve six degrees of freedom, in a virtual sensorium that maps the web onto the real world and brings the real world into the web.


"Over the past several decades, every time people made computers work more like we do — every time we removed a layer of abstraction between us and them — computers became more broadly accessible, useful, and valuable to us.
— Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual and Augmented Reality, Google

 

"With the advent of immersive technology we are approaching the next step change in human-computer interaction. As HCI goes 3D, some truly staggering things are going to happen. Doubtless this transformation to an immersive computing landscape is going to make digital technology, in Clay Bavor’s words, “more broadly accessible, useful, and valuable to us.”

 

"We’re here today because we all know that immersive computing represents the next platform. But most of us can’t really imagine the ways it is going to disrupt our daily lives, any more than back in the day we could have imagined the Internet disrupting brick and mortar retail, or smart phones upending the transportation and hospitality industries."


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Disruptive Technologies, Social Transformation and the Socio-Digital

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Why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy

Why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
A Russian man was recently given a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for inciting religious hatred. His crime? Playing the popular augmented reality (AR) game Pokémon Go on his smartphone in a church.

Sacred spaces and games have long had an uneasy relationship. In 2002, a setting resembling Amritsar’s Golden Temple appeared in the violent video game Hitman 2. Controversy ensued. But more than digitally recreating sacred places, we now have games that physically encroach on those spaces, incorporating them into location-based AR systems. Inside Gujarati temples where eggs are forbidden, were found some of Pokémon Go’s “virtual eggs”. Controversy ensued, again.

AR is a simple idea with endlessly complicated implications – look around using special glasses or a smartphone camera, add software with location awareness, and the software can overlay information on a scene or even make things appear to be located “in” physical space. AR turns physical sites into raw materials for the creation of new media, producing hybrids that are simultaneously everyday places and digital wonderlands.

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Watch for the collision of Augmented Reality and games with protection of sacred places and historical monuments.  Games, such as Pokeman Go,  This issue has already arisen in Russia. Could your neighborhood be next?

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The Best VR (Virtual Reality) Headsets of 2017

The Best VR (Virtual Reality) Headsets of 2017 | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Virtual reality in finally taking off. But should you jump in just yet? We've tested the top VR headsets and platforms to help figure out which, if any, is right for you.
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Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
A new privacy-busting technique that tracks consumers through the use of ultrasonic tones may have once sounded like the stuff of science fiction novels, but today it's reality.

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Apps are using ad-tracking audio signals that your phone can hear, but you can't.

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Tensions Flare as Scientists Go Public With Plan to Build Synthetic Human DNA

Tensions Flare as Scientists Go Public With Plan to Build Synthetic Human DNA | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
One of the greatest ethical debates in science - manipulating the fundamental building blocks of life - is set to heat up once more.

According to scientists behind an ambitious and controversial plan to write the human genome from the ground up, synthesising DNA and incorporating it into mammalian and even human cells could be as little as four to five years away.

Nearly 200 leading researchers in genetics and bioengineering are expected to attend a meeting in New York City next week, to discuss the next stages of what is now called the Genome Project-write (GP-write) plan: a US$100 million venture to research, engineer, and test living systems of model organisms, including the human genome.

Framed as a follow-up to the pioneering Human Genome Project (HGP) – which culminated in 2003 after 13 years of research that mapped the human genetic code – this project is billed as the logical next step, where scientists will learn how to cost-effectively synthesise plant, animal, and eventually human DNA.

"HGP allowed us to read the genome, but we still don't completely understand it," GP-write coordinator Nancy J. Kelley told Alex Ossola at CNBC.

While those involved are eager to portray the project as an open, international collaboration designed to further our understandings of genome science, GP-write provoked considerable controversy after its first large meet-up a year ago was conducted virtually in secret, with a select group of invite-only experts holding talks behind closed doors.

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This is not your grandma's DNA

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Fascinating and scary effort to manipulate the "fundamental building blocks of life."  There are many ethical, religious, social, and political issues that must be solved.  I'm reminded of Huxley's "Brave New World."


Russell Roberts


Hawaii Intelligence Digest

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Giving the Behemoths a Leg Up on the Little Guy

Giving the Behemoths a Leg Up on the Little Guy | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
The new F.C.C. chairman’s plan to slacken net neutrality rules is a boon to tech giants and a bane to competitors and innovators.

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The Myth of a Superhuman AI – Backchannel

The Myth of a Superhuman AI – Backchannel | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Debunking the myth of a superhuman artificial intelligence: Hyper-intelligent algorithms are not going to take over the world for these five reasons.
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"...the evidence so far suggests AIs most likely won’t be superhuman but will be many hundreds of extra-human new species of thinking, most different from humans, none that will be general purpose, and none that will be an instant god solving major problems in a flash. Instead there will be a galaxy of finite intelligences, working in unfamiliar dimensions, exceeding our thinking in many of them, working together with us in time to solve existing problems and create new problems."

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Over 200 Art Books Are Now Free to Download and Read from Open Culture via Educators' Technology

Over 200 Art Books Are Now Free to Download and Read from Open Culture via Educators' Technology | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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FREE Art Books? Yes, Please!

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The mind in the machine: Demis Hassabis on artificial intelligence

The mind in the machine: Demis Hassabis on artificial intelligence | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
The scientific method might be the single most powerful idea humans have ever had, and progress since the Enlightenment has been simply astonishing. But we are now at a critical juncture where many of the systems we need to master are fiendishly complex, from climate change to macroeconomic issues to Alzheimer’s disease. Whether we can solve these challenges — and how fast we can get there — will affect the future wellbeing of billions of people and the environment we all live in.

The problem is that these challenges are so complex that even the world’s top scientists, clinicians and engineers can struggle to master all the intricacies necessary to make the breakthroughs required.

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Is the United States Addicted To Gaming? [Infographic]

Is the United States Addicted To Gaming? [Infographic] | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
American people are getting more addicted to gaming. So much that these statistics will make your head spin. Would you cancel a date to keep playing?
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Growing Up with Alexa

Growing Up with Alexa | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
What will it do to kids to have digital butlers they can boss around?
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The other researchers I spoke to aren’t too worried either. “There’s this notion that if all this technology was turned off, everything would be great. We’d be interacting all the time, we’d be reading all the time,” Vandewater says. “I just don’t believe that.”

In fact, maybe the opposite can be true. Perhaps growing up with Alexa will actually make technology less distracting, enabling it to, in a sense, fade into the background; we’ll get what we need from it, and then move on with our lives until we come back with another request.

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Google Announces Tensorflow Lite: A Neural Network Library for Mobile Phones

Google Announces Tensorflow Lite: A Neural Network Library for Mobile Phones | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it

Dave Burke, VP of engineering at Google, announced a new version of Tensorflow optimised for mobile phones.

This new library, called Tensorflow Lite, would enable developers to run their artificial intelligence applications in real time on the phones of users. The library is designed to be “fast and small while still enabling state-of-the-art techniques”.
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A toolkit for predicting the future – The Economist

A toolkit for predicting the future – The Economist | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Predicting exactly how the future will play out is impossible. But, if you look in the right places, it is possible to make some educated guesses along the way. Megatech: Technology in 2050, a new…
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Social Geography - IIS Institute

Social Geography - IIS Institute | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Social Geography, sub-discipline of geography, especially of human geography, that is broadly concerned with the social meanings attached to different
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Pokémon Go’s first community event is a hint of the game’s future

Pokémon Go’s first community event is a hint of the game’s future | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
To keep people in the game, Niantic wants to take them outdoors
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Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand

Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence is making the limits of human knowledge painfully obvious
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China’s One Belt One could be many trillions in investment in the 2020s | NextBigFuture.com

China’s One Belt One could be many trillions in investment in the 2020s | NextBigFuture.com | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative is likely to have “modest” short-term impact on total investment and overall economic growth in the vast region, says Oxford Economics. Launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, OBOR aims to create an infrastructure network by building roads, ports and railway tracks along ancient trading routes that will span 65 countries and connect some 60% of the global population. “While it’s hard to quantify the total number of projects and amount of financing, the China Development Bank alone has reserved US$890 billion (S$1.24 trillion) for over 900 projects, highlighting the magnitude of this undertaking,” says Oxford Economics’ He Tianjie and Louis Kuijs in a research briefing on April 27. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that OBOR would need an annual infrastructural investment of US$1.7 trillion until 2030. Excess capacity in China’s steel industry ranges from 250 to 450 million tonnes per year, while the economists estimate
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SpaceX Wants to Bring Us Out-of-This-World Internet

SpaceX Wants to Bring Us Out-of-This-World Internet | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it

SpaceX filed documents with the FCC on Nov. 15, asking permission to operate a network of more than 4,000 satellites to bring the world high-speed internet coverage.


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Webinar: One Brain to Rule Them All ! NO Limits Mind Mapping.

Wouldn’t it be cool to think digitally and recall any topic that’s important to you in seconds? Your Brain lets you make unlimited connections and instantl
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SDR - Software Defined Radio - the next 'electrical bananna'

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The death of the smartphone is further away than you think. And there is no 'Next Big Thing' | ZDNet

The death of the smartphone is further away than you think. And there is no 'Next Big Thing' | ZDNet | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
The smartphone represents the latest major platform shift, and it may also be the last one. We will still need the smartphone's functionality, and no wearable device looks like offering a single viable replacement. Pacific Crest's Ben Wilson suggests looking for a range of AI-based devices instead
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Are Chat-Fiction Apps the New YA Novels? – The Ringer

Are Chat-Fiction Apps the New YA Novels? – The Ringer | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
A new format trades in pages for text messages, because who has time to actually read?
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