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Infographic: Capitalizing on the Internet of Things

Infographic: Capitalizing on the Internet of Things | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Three industrial revolutions that have brought epic changes to the world of business are steam engines, mass production, and internet technology. Today, we are in the midst of what is often called the fourth industrial revolution – the convergence of physical things with the world of the internet: The Internet of Things. Let us give you three figures that show why the IoT creates challenges bo ...
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Super-human brain technology sparks ethics debate - The Age

Super-human brain technology sparks ethics debate The Age Kevin Warwick, a professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading and a supporter of more neurotechnology research, said some experimental brain technologies had great potential in...
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New industrial revolution calls for network-centric approach

New weblog published with the title: 'New industrial revolution calls for a network centric approach'

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Could a machine or an AI ever feel human-like emotions ? - h+ Magazine

Could a machine or an AI ever feel human-like emotions ? - h+ Magazine | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Could a machine or an AI ever feel human-like emotions ?
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In theory, any neural process can be reproduced digitally in a computer, even though the brain is mostly analog. This is hardly a concern, as Ray Kurzweil explained in his book ...
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Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

Why Physicists Are Saying  Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
There’s a quiet revolution underway in theoretical physics.

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Industrial Human-Robot Collaboration Is Becoming More Common | MIT Technology Review

Industrial Human-Robot Collaboration Is Becoming More Common | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Even conventional industrial robots are becoming safer to work around, making them more likely to collaborate with humans.

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New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time - Wired

New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time - Wired | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time Wired And, in work that was posted on the scientific preprint site arXiv.org in February, two separate groups have taken the next step, calculating that most physical systems equilibrate rapidly, on...
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Design Thinking and Conscious Evolution

Design Thinking and Conscious Evolution | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Systems thinking is a holistic form of understanding, analysis, and problem solving. It's also a way to bring balanced, more impactful solutions to our businesses and social challenges.
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Microrobots Work Together to Build with Metal, Glass and Electronic Components | MIT Technology Review

Microrobots Work Together to Build with Metal, Glass and Electronic Components | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Tiny robots that work together like ants could lead to a new way to manufacture complex structures and electronics.
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Does Physics Have a Problem? - Scientific American

Does Physics Have a Problem? Scientific American “I'm still hanging tough, hoping for supersymmetry,” said John Ellis of King's College London at the time, referring to the theory of matter that many physicists thought would supplant the Standard...
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Atomic time lord to battle sneaky high-speed trades - New Scientist

Atomic time lord to battle sneaky high-speed trades - New Scientist | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Atomic time lord to battle sneaky high-speed trades
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... highly accurate signal. The clocks must be kept at a stable temperature because small heat variations can throw them off.
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Why nobody can tell whether the world's biggest quantum computer is a ... - Quartz

Why nobody can tell whether the world's biggest quantum computer is a ...
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For the past several years, a Canadian company called D-Wave Systems has been selling what it says is the largest quantum computer ever built.
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Automated 'killer robots' to be debated at UN in Geneva

Automated 'killer robots' to be debated at UN in Geneva | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

A killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without any human intervention. They do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality. Those in favor of killer robots believe the current laws of war may be sufficient to address any problems that might emerge if they are ever deployed, arguing that a moratorium, not an outright ban, should be called if this is not the case.

 

However, those who oppose their use believe they are a threat to humanity and any autonomous "kill functions" should be banned.

"Autonomous weapons systems cannot be guaranteed to predictably comply with international law," Prof Sharkey told the BBC. "Nations aren't talking to each other about this, which poses a big risk to humanity."

 

Prof Sharkey is a member and co-founder of the Campaign Against Killer Robots and chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control. Side events at the CCW will be hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

 

Prof Arkin from the Georgia Institute of Technology told the BBC he hoped killer robots would be able to significantly reduce non-combatant casualties but feared they would be rushed into battle before this was accomplished.

 

"I support a moratorium until that end is achieved, but I do not support a ban at this time," said Prof Arkin. He went on to state that killer robots may be better able to determine when not to engage a target than humans, "and could potentially exercise greater care in so doing".


Prof Sharkey is less optimistic. "I'm concerned about the full automation of warfare," he says.

 

The discussion of drones is not on the agenda as they are yet to operate completely autonomously, although there are signs this may change in the near future.

 

The UK successfully tested the Taranis, an unmanned intercontinental aircraft in Australia this year and America's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has made advances with the Crusher, an unmanned ground combat vehicle, since 2006.

 

The MoD has claimed in the past that it currently has no intention of developing systems that operate without human intervention.

On 21 November 2012 the United States Defense Department issued a directive that, "requires a human being to be 'in-the-loop' when decisions are made about using lethal force," according to Human Rights Watch.


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Cyborg angst: 5 ways computers will perplex us in 2039 - tech - 30 April 2014 - New Scientist

Cyborg angst: 5 ways computers will perplex us in 2039 - tech - 30 April 2014 - New Scientist | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
What is the ideal number of fingers? Do plants need Facebook? All this and more is on the agenda of a fictional conference set 25 years in the future
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Wearable tech

Wearable tech | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
This board focuses mainly on self-tracking gadgets and sensors - especially those designed for health. While most are wearable, there are some that track from inside the body or that you put against your body. Some of these products are concepts or are not yet commercially available.

Welcome to the world of 'Wear, Share, Compare' and Quantified Self.
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Google, Facebook and other tech companies race to develop artificial intelligence

Google, Facebook and other tech companies race to develop artificial intelligence | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The latest Silicon Valley arms race is a contest to build the best artificial brains. Facebook, Google and other leading tech companies are jockeying to hire top scientists in the field of artificial intelligence, while spending heavily on a quest to make computers think more like people.

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Watch as swarms of micro-robots run around making stuff

Watch as swarms of micro-robots run around making stuff | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Swarms or tiny micro-robots are being developed to build tiny assemblies.

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Artificial Intelligence, Robots & humans: A Cyberpsychological perspective

Artificial Intelligence, Robots & humans: A Cyberpsychological perspective | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The possibility of a machine with consciousness raises many philosophical, psychological and sociological questions about the nature of consciousness itself and what it really means to be intelligent.

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Toward a Theory of Self-Organized Criticality in the Brain | Simons Foundation

Toward a Theory of Self-Organized Criticality in the Brain | Simons Foundation | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance.
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Approaching an Organizational Theory of Everything

Approaching an Organizational Theory of Everything | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The reason that I decided to rejoin Undercurrent after years of dabbling in advertising, product development, and innovation is that, independently, we had begu (Approaching an Organizational Theory of Everything by @bud_caddell
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14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World - Business Insider Australia

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World - Business Insider Australia | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
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In networking, the trend is towards more interoperability between networks, higher bandwidth and more virtual services.
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Human microchipping: I've got you under my skin - Sydney Morning Herald

Human microchipping: I've got you under my skin - Sydney Morning Herald | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Human microchipping: I've got you under my skin Sydney Morning Herald Cybernetics scientist Dr Mark Gasson of the University of Reading, in Britain, became the first human to be infected with a computer virus, after he injected himself with a...
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Simon Lindgren - #SS60S. New episode. Luhmann’s theory of social...

Simon Lindgren - #SS60S. New episode. Luhmann’s theory of social... | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
#SS60S. New episode. Luhmann’s theory of social systems and autopoiesis, explained. (RT @simonlindgren: Video: #SS60S. New episode. Luhmann’s theory of social systems and autopoiesis, explained.
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