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In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | Wired.com | #smartobjets #smartcities

In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | Wired.com | #smartobjets #smartcities | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
We are surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Soon we'll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, and even save our lives.

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On a 5-acre plot in Great Falls, Virginia, less than a mile’s stroll through ex­urban scrub from the wide Potomac River, Alex Hawkinson has breathed life into a lifeless object. He has given his house, a sprawling six-bedroom Tudor, what you might describe as a nervous system: a network linking together the home’s very sinews, its walls and ceilings and windows and doors. He has made these parts move, let them coalesce as a bodily whole, by giving them a way to talk among themselves. Open a telnet session in the house’s digital hub and you can actually spy on his chattering stuff, hear what it says when no one’s listening:

 

LIBRARY MOTION SENSOR: DEVICE 0X9E07 ZONE STATUS 0×0031

 

CAR DOOR: TEMPERATURE: +13.0C; BATTERY: 2.4V

 

CAR GLOVE COMPARTMENT: [87AC] CHECKIN

 

FAMILY ROOM LIGHT: 2001-

 

KITCHEN COUNTER LIGHT: 2001-

 

THERMOSTAT: 4301-

 

FOYER LIGHT: 2001-

 

COFFEEPOT: 2001-

 

LIVING ROOM MOTION SENSOR: DEVICE 0XB247 ZONE STATUS 0×0031

 

This is the language of the future: tiny, intelligent things all around us, coordinating their activities. Coffeepots that talk to alarm clocks. Thermostats that talk to motion sensors. Factory machines that talk to the power grid and to boxes of raw material. A decade after Wi-Fi put all our computers on a wireless network—and half a decade after the smartphone revolution put a series of pocket-size devices on that network—we are seeing the dawn of an era when the most mundane items in our lives can talk wirelessly among themselves, performing tasks on command, giving us data we’ve never had before.

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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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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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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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Technology moves faster than ethics - Washington Times

Technology moves faster than ethics - Washington Times | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

"...Tech changes affect three areas. Individuals acquire greater independence and reach.  The locus of power shifts accordingly. And traditional buffers between discordant groups dissolve.  These developments call for new structures for moral development, and the radical reassessment of human organization..."

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How algorithms rule the world

How algorithms rule the world | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The NSA revelations highlight the role sophisticated algorithms play in sifting through masses of data. But more surprising is their widespread use in our everyday lives. So should we be more wary of their power?

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Baidu Builds Largest Computer Brain for Online Queries

Baidu Builds Largest Computer Brain for Online Queries | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Baidu Inc. is building the world’s largest and most powerful computer cluster to improve image recognition as online queries move away from text.
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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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Researchers Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Human Subjects

Researchers Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Human Subjects | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Researchers demonstrate the viability of direct brain-to-brain communication in humans located over 5000 miles apart.
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You are a Cyborg

For Donna Haraway, we are already assimilated.

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Artificial Intelligence: How Algorithms Make Systems Smart | Innovation Insights | WIRED

Artificial Intelligence: How Algorithms Make Systems Smart | Innovation Insights | WIRED | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
“Algorithm” is a word that one hears used much more frequently than in the past. One of the reasons is that scientists have learned that computers can learn on their own if given a few simple instructions. That’s really all that algorithms are mathematical instructions. Wikipedia states that an algorithm “is a step-by-step procedure for…
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The Man Who Will Build Google’s Elusive Quantum Computer | Enterprise | WIRED

The Man Who Will Build Google’s Elusive Quantum Computer | Enterprise | WIRED | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
John Martinis is one of the world’s foremost experts on quantum computing, a growing field of science that aims to process information at super high speeds using strange physics of very tiny particles such as electrons and photons. And now, after years as a physics professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, he’s headed…

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