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Kondratieff cycles and algorithms

Research into the origins and progress of the process of industrial development over a longer period clearly reveals, according to Schumpeter [1], that it always occurs in a long wave movement extending over a period of around 45 to 60 years.

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Smarter algorithms will power our future digital lives

Smarter algorithms will power our future digital lives | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Researchers are working on deep-learning algorithms that will power better search, autonomous cars, smarter smartphones and the Internet of Things.
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All That Is Solid ...: Systems Theory and Conservative Sociology

All That Is Solid ...: Systems Theory and Conservative Sociology | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
@StevenPLydon @Soc_Imagination This might interest you, Steven: http://t.co/wyG6VQ0VZx
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5 Ways the Superintelligence Revolution Might Happen

5 Ways the Superintelligence Revolution Might Happen | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Assuming that scientific and technological progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.

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There's a new way to quantify structure and complexity - Science News (blog)

There's a new way to quantify structure and complexity - Science News (blog) | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
There's a new way to quantify structure and complexity
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Relativity theory and quantum physics helped with that. But there remains a realm where standard science has struggled to find unifying principles among different behaviors.
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Practopoiesis: How cybernetics of biology can help AI

Practopoiesis: How cybernetics of biology can help AI | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Practopoiesis – a new theory on biological intelligence that can help us develop artificial intelligence… (Practopoiesis: How #cybernetics of #biology can help #AI http://t.co/TlHNUvKE6f via @singularityblog)...
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A Pioneer as Elusive as His Particle

A Pioneer as Elusive as His Particle | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The Nobel laureate Peter Higgs, 85, whose public appearances have been as rare and fleeting as the tracks of the Higgs boson, discussed his life’s work in an interview at an Edinburgh cafe.
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Google's First Quantum Computer Will Build on D-Wave's Approach - IEEE Spectrum

Google's First Quantum Computer Will Build on D-Wave's Approach - IEEE Spectrum | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

Google's first quantum computer may represent a more stabilized version of D-Wave's specialized machines


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Manifesto of Speculative Posthumanism

Manifesto of Speculative Posthumanism | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

Over the last decade the possibility of innovations in areas such as artificial intelligence or biotechnology contributing to the emergence of a ‘posthuman’ life form has become a focal point of public debate and mainstream artistic concern. This multi-disciplinary discourse is premised on developments in the so-called ‘NBIC’ technologies – Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science. The transhumanist claim that human nature should be improved technologically is likewise predicated on the NBIC suite affording the necessary means for enhancement.

 

 


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Luhmann and Cybernetics

RT @reomahi: about luhmann and neu #cybernetics ...

journal of socialcybernetics, 2013 ...

http://t.co/vgR6cCRSdB << reading
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Heinz von Foerster

Heinz Von Foerster: Perception of the Future and the Future of Perception -pdf - http://t.co/0PdOxKgWM7 #cybernetics #education - essential!
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Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious? | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Dr. Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.
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Top 10 emerging technologies for 2014

Top 10 emerging technologies for 2014 | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Technology has become perhaps the greatest agent of change in the modern world. While never without risk, positive technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time, from resource scarcity to global environmental change. However, a lack of appropriate investment, outdated regulatory frameworks and gaps in public understanding prevent many […]
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Quantum Internet: First Teleportation to a Solid-State Quantum Memory | MIT Technology Review

Quantum Internet: First Teleportation to a Solid-State Quantum Memory | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
A European team of physicists has demonstrated a device that can teleport quantum information to a solid-state quantum memory over telecom fiber, a crucial capability for any future quantum Internet.
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Startups Seek Cancer Drugs and Wall Street Riches Using Quantum Machines | MIT Technology Review

Startups Seek Cancer Drugs and Wall Street Riches Using Quantum Machines | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The CEO of quantum computing startup D-Wave says its machines are helping companies analyze Wall Street data and search for new cancer drugs.
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When They Brought Wolves Into A Park, They Had No Idea This Would Be The Result

The wolves of Yellowstone National Park were introduced back into the park in 1995. What they did while they were there was incredible. (Yellowstone case of reintroducing wolves is powerful example of systems theory.
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You Don’t Have to Be Google to Build an Artificial Brain

You Don’t Have to Be Google to Build an Artificial Brain | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Harnessing this AI technology still requires a certain expertise---that's why the giants of the web are buying up all the talent---and thanks to their massive data centers and deep pockets, the Googles of the world can take this technology to...

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Quantum Entanglement Creates New State of Matter

Quantum Entanglement Creates New State of Matter | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Half a million ultracold atoms were linked together in the first-ever “macroscopic spin singlet” state
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Advanced Manufacturing: Incubating Innovation | MIT Technology Review

Advanced Manufacturing: Incubating Innovation | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The hubs of advanced manufacturing will be the economic drivers of the future because innovation increasingly depends on production expertise.
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If We Create Life, Who Will Control It? - NPR (blog)

If We Create Life, Who Will Control It? - NPR (blog) | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
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If We Create Life, Who Will Control It?
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The problem, as Lewontin reminds us, is that we often can't rely on those who pursue invention for profit or for military interests to have the best interests of the public in mind.
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Book Review: Braidotti's Vital Posthumanism - h+ Magazine

Book Review: Braidotti's Vital Posthumanism - h+ Magazine | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Book Review: Braidotti's Vital Posthumanism h+ Magazine Some critical posthumanists argue that the idea of the human as a sovereign, free agent “unmarked by its interactions with the object-world” is rendered obsolete by philosophical and...

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5 Psychological Challenges Facing Wearables and Quantified Self

5 Psychological Challenges Facing Wearables and Quantified Self | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
With technology up to speed and behavior change apps going mainstream, will we see gym attendance reach all-time highs? I doubt it.
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Fluid mechanics suggests alternative to quantum orthodoxy

Fluid mechanics suggests alternative to quantum orthodoxy | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
New math explains dynamics of fluid systems that mimic many peculiarities of quantum mechanics.
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Gordon Pask

Gordon Pask: The meaning of cybernetics in the behavioural sciences - pdf http://t.co/gWZTJDX8fC #cybernetics #psychology - classic fr 1969
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Robots Aren’t Out to Get You. You Should Be Terrified of Them Anyway.

Robots Aren’t Out to Get You. You Should Be Terrified of Them Anyway. | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Adapted from Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom. Out now from Oxford University Press. In the recent discussion over the risks of developing superintelligent machines—that is, machines with general intelligence greater than that of humans—two narratives have emerged. One side argues that if a machine ever achieved advanced intelligence, it...

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Flashes of light in particularly sensitive quantum states can be transmitted through the atmosphere

Flashes of light in particularly sensitive quantum states can be transmitted through the atmosphere | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

New prospects for secure data traffic: Flashes of light in particularly sensitive quantum states can be transmitted through the atmosphere. Erlangen-based physicists have sent bright pulses in sensitive quantum states through the window of a technical services room on the roof of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light to a building of the University Erlangen-Nürnberg.


It could be difficult for the NSA to hack encrypted messages in the future – at least if a technology being investigated by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and the University Erlangen-Nürnberg will be successful: quantum cryptography. The physicists are now laying the foundation to make this technique, which can already be used for the generation of secret keys, available for a wider range of applications. They are the first scientists to send a pulse of bright light in a particularly sensitive quantum state through 1.6 kilometers of air from the Max Planck Institute to a University building. This quantum state, which they call squeezed, was maintained, which is something many physicists thought to be impossible. Using flashes of bright light for quantum communication through the atmosphere would have several advantages compared to the technique usually used today: it allows the photon packets to be transmitted in sunlight, something that is challenging with individual photons. Moreover, the receivers required for this are already presently in use for optical telecommunication via fibre optics and also via satellite.


Eavesdropping on a message protected by quantum cryptography cannot be done without being noticed. This is because quantum physics prevents a spy from reading a key which is encoded by specific quantum states without influencing these states. This can be exploited in a clever procedure for exchanging the key with which the data is encrypted, so that an unwelcome listener is not only detected, but is also prevented from accessing the information.

 

The quantum-protected communication is a fragile thing, however, and easily disturbed. All the more remarkable is the work of the Erlangen-based scientists working with Gerd Leuchs, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and professor at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg: "We have now succeeded in transmitting a flash of light, namely a pulse which contains many photons, through the atmosphere in a particularly sensitive quantum state," says Christian Peuntinger, who played an important role in the project. He and his colleagues sent a photon packet in a straight line from the roof of the Max Planck Institute in Nuremberg to the building of the University Erlangen-Nürnberg some 1.6 kilometers away. "This even works in broad daylight," says Christian Peuntinger.


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