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10 Incredible Ways Technology May Make Us Superhuman - Listverse

10 Incredible Ways Technology May Make Us Superhuman - Listverse | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
In the last half of the twentieth century, medical science came up with some pretty astonishing ways to replace human parts that were starting to wear out. (Cybernetics ahoy!
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Cyber-physical systems, complexity and emergence

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 New weblog published. The subject of the weblog is this time: Cyber-Physical Systems, Complexity and Emergence

 

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Emergence: A unifying theme for 21st century science

Emergence: A unifying theme for 21st century science | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

When electrons or atoms or individuals or societies interact with one another or their environment, the collective behavior of the whole is different from that of its parts. We call this resulting behavior emergent. Emergence thus refers to collective phenomena or behaviors in complex adaptive systems that are not present in their individual parts.


By David Pines, Co-Founder in Residence, Santa Fe Institute

https://medium.com/sfi-30-foundations-frontiers/emergence-a-unifying-theme-for-21st-century-science-4324ac0f951e


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Fearing Bombs That Can Pick Whom to Kill

Fearing Bombs That Can Pick Whom to Kill | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Weapons that rely on artificial intelligence to decide what to target could become increasingly difficult to control, critics warn.

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I think it's amazing that liberals don't think kids should play with fake guns.... but they seem to like to play with their multi-billion dollar toys at our expense. Toys that are built specifically for killing real people.

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How to Check if Your Universe Should Exist | WIRED

How to Check if Your Universe Should Exist | WIRED | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
If modern physics is to be believed, we shouldn’t be here. The meager dose of energy infusing empty space, which at higher levels would rip the cosmos apart, is a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times tinier than theory predicts. And the minuscule mass of the Higgs boson, whose relative…
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Paul Allen and the Machines: teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence

Paul Allen and the Machines: teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late '60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001's HAL or Star Trek'...
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John J. Reilly Center // John J. Reilly Center // University of Notre Dame

John J. Reilly Center // John J. Reilly Center // University of Notre Dame | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The Reilly Center at the University of Notre Dame explores conceptual, ethical, and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Our purpose is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good. We accomplish this through education, research, and outreach in a Catholic context.
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See me here, see me there: A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones

See me here, see me there: A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

The bizarre behavior of the quantum world — with objects existing in two places simultaneously and light behaving as either waves or particles — could result from interactions between many 'parallel' everyday worlds, a new theory suggests.


“It is a fundamental shift from previous quantum interpretations,” says Howard Wiseman, a theoretical quantum physicist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, who together with his colleagues describes the idea in Physical Review X1.


Theorists have tried to explain quantum behavior through various mathematical frameworks. One of the older interpretations envisages the classical world as stemming from the existence of many simultaneous quantum ones. But that ‘many worlds’ approach, pioneered by the US theorist Hugh Everett III in the 1950s, relies on the worlds branching out independently from one another, and not interacting at all (see 'Many worlds: See me here, see me there').


By contrast, Wiseman’s team envisages many worlds bumping into one another, calling it the 'many interacting worlds' approach. On its own, each world is ruled by classical Newtonian physics. But together, the interacting motion of these worlds gives rise to phenomena that physicists typically ascribe to the quantum world.


The authors work through the mathematics of how that interaction could produce quantum phenomena. For instance, one well-known example of quantum behaviour is when particles are able to tunnel through an energetic barrier that in a classical world they would not be able to overcome on their own. Wiseman says that, in his scenario, as two classical worlds approach an energetic barrier from either side, one of them will increase in speed while the other will bounce back. The leading world will thus pop through the seemingly insurmountable barrier, just as particles do in quantum tunneling.


But much work remains. “By no means have we answered all the questions that such a shift entails,” says Wiseman. Among other things, he and his collaborators have yet to overcome challenges such as explaining how their many-interacting-worlds theory could explain quantum entanglement, a phenomenon in which particles separated by a distance are still linked in terms of their properties.


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Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, October 31, 5:25 AM
I think entanglement is a consequence of two simple universes perfectly matching in one particle. What we see is not two entangled particles but one particle that belongs to two very close universes. Close in a different sense, not spatial proximity as we know it, but close enough to share at least one particle in all its observable attributes but space position.
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Much to ponder.

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‘FRENCH’ CYBERNETICS

RT @striphas: Recommended - RT@andrewiliadis: ‘FRENCH’ CYBERNETICS by Christopher Johnson http://t.co/iGCOWdB314
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Will Your Next Best Friend Be A Robot?

Will Your Next Best Friend Be A Robot? | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Robots can already vacuum your house and drive your car. Soon, they will be your companions.

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The real cyborgs - in-depth feature about people merging with machines

The real cyborgs - in-depth feature about people merging with machines | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The real cyborgs - in-depth feature about people merging with machines. http://t.co/PLvVo1qYX5

#Robotics #Cybernetics #Transhumanism
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Closing In On Quantum Computing | WIRED

Closing In On Quantum Computing | WIRED | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
“For more than two decades,” writes Valerie C. Coffey (@StellarEdit), “one of the holy grails of physics has been to build a quantum computer that can process certain types of large-scale, very difficult problems exponentially faster than classical computers. Physicists are making progress toward this goal every day, but nearly every part of a quantum…
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Quantum computer buyers' guide: Apps - tech - 20 October 2014 - New Scientist

Quantum computer buyers' guide: Apps - tech - 20 October 2014 - New Scientist | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
What will you be able to run on your quantum computer? Here's our pick of the best apps in the pipeline
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'Cyber' is everywhere, but what does the prefix mean and where did it come from? - 10News

'Cyber' is everywhere, but what does the prefix mean and where did it come from? - 10News | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
“Cyber” — it’s more of a prefix than a word — hasn’t always been so ominous. In fact, it was quite the opposite back in the 90s when the prefix was sometimes linked up with sex to form “cybersex.”  
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LHCb observes two new baryon particles | CERN

LHCb observes two new baryon particles | CERN | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Today the collaboration for the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of two new particles in the baryon family. The particles, known as the Xi_b'- and Xi_b*-, were predicted to exist by the quark model but had never been seen before. A related particle, the Xi_b*0, was found by the CMS experiment at CERN in 2012. The LHCb collaboration submitted a paper reporting the finding to Physical Review Letters.
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Dawn of the planet of machines

Dawn of the planet of machines | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
We’ve all seen it in movies, but can supercomputers really rise up and reign supreme over humanity?

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Internet and Human Capability: A Study In Parallel Evolution - Wired

Internet and Human Capability: A Study In Parallel Evolution - Wired | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Evolution is a funny thing. All organic creatures evolve in response to changes in their environment. And then in turn, the environment changes in response to new behaviors from the organisms that inhabit it.
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Now Google Wants Your Genome, Too | MIT Technology Review

Now Google Wants Your Genome, Too | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud.
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Google DeepMind acquisition researchers working on a Neural Turing Machine

Google DeepMind acquisition researchers working on a Neural Turing Machine | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Officials with Google have revealed that researchers working on a start-up recently purchased by the tech giant are working on building what they call a Neural Turing Machine—an artificial intelligence based computer system that seeks to fulfill the idea of a Turing Machine. Teams with the project ...

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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This is a big deal, and now it's here.

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You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really…

You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really… | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Biologists have long been wary of applying quantum theory to their own field. But, as Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden reveal, it might explain much natural phenomena
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Tech: Ignoring an increasingly complex world is not an option - Financial Director

Tech: Ignoring an increasingly complex world is not an option - Financial Director | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Making things simple has been a hallmark of our past, but it won’t do for the future

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Not so 'simples'

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This Sociological Theory Explains Why Wall Street Is Rigged for Crisis

This Sociological Theory Explains Why Wall Street Is Rigged for Crisis | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
In giant, complex systems like global financial markets, terrible accidents are inevitable. 
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Complex Systems in Social Theory

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Systems are theory. They are distinguished by observers, scientific or intellectual; and talked about with other observers. They describe a complexity, consisting of a highly integrated differentia...
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UK must learn military drone laws and ethics, says report (Wired UK)

UK must learn military drone laws and ethics, says report (Wired UK) | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
A report into the use of drones in the UK has concluded that the technology can deliver "significant benefits" to the country's national security policy and economy over the next few decades
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More research needed to address synthetic biology security concerns

More research needed to address synthetic biology security concerns | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
A new paper examines security risks and policy questions related to the growing field of synthetic biology. While the author doesn't think the field is ripe for exploitation by terrorists, it does highlight significant gaps in our understanding of the nuts and bolts of lab work in synthetic biology ...
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