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What you need to know about CRISPR

What you need to know about CRISPR | Talks | Scoop.it
Should we bring back the wooly mammoth? Or edit a human embryo? Or wipe out an entire species that we consider harmful? The genome-editing technology CRISPR has made extraordinary questions like these legitimate -- but how does it work? Scientist and community lab advocate Ellen Jorgensen is on a mission to explain the myths and realities of CRISPR, hype-free, to the non-scientists among us.
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A New Paradigm for World Peace is Possible!

Talk given on 9/11 at the #BuildPeace Conference 2016 in Zurich. Find slides at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308015412_A_New_Paradigm_for_World_Peace_Is_Possible 

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The Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving cars are coming! Will their future deliver us a transportation heaven, or hellacious cities? AVs are the first of many future waves of automation. How they impact labor, energy, land use,, and tax revenue is in our hands. If we act now, we can control the outcome.

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How computers are learning to be creative

How computers are learning to be creative | Talks | Scoop.it
We're on the edge of a new frontier in art and creativity — and it's not human. Blaise Agüera y Arcas, principal scientist at Google, works with deep neural networks for machine perception and distributed learning. In this captivating demo, he shows how neural nets trained to recognize images can be run in reverse, to generate them. The results: spectacular, hallucinatory collages (and poems!) that defy categorization. "Perception and creativity are very intimately connected," Agüera y Arcas says. "Any creature, any being that is able to do perceptual acts is also able to create."
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How the blockchain is changing money and business

How the blockchain is changing money and business | Talks | Scoop.it
What is the blockchain? If you don't know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.
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How trees talk to each other

How trees talk to each other | Talks | Scoop.it
"A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery -- trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.
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We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely

We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely | Talks | Scoop.it
For four billion years, what lived and died on Earth depended on two principles: natural selection and random mutation. Then humans came along and changed everything — hybridizing plants, breeding animals, altering the environment and even purposefully evolving ourselves. Juan Enriquez provides five guidelines for a future where this ability to program life rapidly accelerates. "This is the single most exciting adventure human beings have been on," Enriquez says. "This is the single greatest superpower humans have ever had."
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The case for optimism on climate change

The case for optimism on climate change | Talks | Scoop.it

Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the man-made forces threatening to destroy our planet -- and the solutions we're designing to combat them.

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/al_gore_the_case_for_optimism_on_climate_change

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Beyond superintelligence: Mastering future challenges with capitalism 2.0 and democracy 2.0

Professor Dirk Helbing's speech at the CeBIT 2016 (Hannover, Germany) at the SwissPavillon from March, 16th; 10:30 a.m. Source
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Are ordinary people able to self-organize?

Are ordinary people able to self-organize? | Talks | Scoop.it
Watch Elinor C. Ostrom, the only female Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, share her story of conducting ground-breaking field work on common pool resources.

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How to use data to make a hit TV show

How to use data to make a hit TV show | Talks | Scoop.it

Does collecting more data lead to better decision-making? Competitive, data-savvy companies like Amazon, Google and Netflix have learned that data analysis alone doesn't always produce optimum results. In this talk, data scientist Sebastian Wernicke breaks down what goes wrong when we make decisions based purely on data -- and suggests a brainier way to use it.


http://go.ted.com/CwYC

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How we're harnessing nature's hidden superpowers

How we're harnessing nature's hidden superpowers | Talks | Scoop.it
What do you get when you combine the strongest materials from the plant world with the most elastic ones from the insect kingdom? Super-performing materials that might transform ... everything. Nanobiotechnologist Oded Shoseyov walks us through examples of amazing materials found throughout nature, in everything from cat fleas to sequoia trees, and shows the creative ways his team is harnessing them in everything from sports shoes to medical implants.
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(Not Quite) Live Report from CCS 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo) Seminar Series
September 21, 2016
From the 2016 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS 2016)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Special guests: Prof. Carlos Gershenson (UNAM, Mexico) and Prof. Seth Bullock (U. Bristol, UK)

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Recent Trends in Network Science

Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo) Seminar Series
September 7, 2016
Hiroki Sayama (Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, Binghamton University)
"Recent Trends in Network Science"
Slides are available from: http://coco.binghamton.edu/CoCo-sayama-fall2016.pdf 

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Parag Khanna on The Global Connectivity Revolution - RSA

Parag Khanna on The Global Connectivity Revolution - RSA | Talks | Scoop.it

The Global Connectivity Revolution with strategist and author Parag Khanna. We're accelerating into a future shaped less by countries and more by mega-cities; less by borders and more by connectivity. It is time to reimagine how life is organised on Earth. Leading strategist Parag Khanna shows how the global connectivity revolution - in transport, infrastructure, communications - has upended the ‘geography is destiny’ mantra, and how connectivity, not sovereignty, has become the organising principle of 21st century society.

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Bits and Bricks: Future of Cities

Bits and Bricks: Future of Cities | Talks | Scoop.it

Cities are undergoing a profound transformation: the convergence of digital information (bits) and physical environment (bricks). As virtual systems become spatialized – entering our world through the Internet of Things – no industry remains unaffected. From utilities to transportation, construction to environmental resilience, the 21st century condition presents new challenges… As well as new opportunities.
In May 2016, The MIT Senseable City Lab presented the 2016 Forum on the Future City: Bits and Bricks in partnership with Mahindra, the City of Boston and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities. Major stakeholders in the development of cities gathered to propose innovative solutions in urban development and to discuss the challenges of the urban future in terms of higher sustainability, better use of resources and infrastructures, as well as improved equity and quality of life in cities.
In support of this initiative, the World Bank Group Open Learning Campus (OLC) has prepared a series of bite sized learning videos captured from the Bits and bricks conference organized by MIT and World Economic forum. On this page, you will find interesting and innovative information from experts in urban development and smart technologies.

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Demis Hassabis: Towards General Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Demis Hassabis is the Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading General Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, which was acquired by Google in 2014 in their largest ever European acquisition. Demis will draw on his eclectic experiences as an AI researcher, neuroscientist and video games designer to discuss what is happening at the cutting edge of AI research, including the recent historic AlphaGo match, and its future potential impact on fields such as science and healthcare, and how developing AI may help us better understand the human mind.


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How Big Data Is Turning the World Into a Global Prison - and How to Change This

Talk took place at Lipari Summer School - Italy, June 2016 (see http://lipari.cs.unict.it/LipariSchool/ComplexSocialSystems/ )
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Gene editing can now change an entire species -- forever

Gene editing can now change an entire species -- forever | Talks | Scoop.it
CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future generations, opening up the possibility of altering entire species forever. More than anything, the technology has led to questions: How will this new power affect humanity? What are we going to use it to change? Are we gods now? Join journalist Jennifer Kahn as she ponders these questions and shares a potentially powerful application of gene drives: the development of disease-resistant mosquitoes that could knock out malaria and Zika.
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How megacities are changing the map of the world

How megacities are changing the map of the world | Talks | Scoop.it

"I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth," says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls "connectography." This emerging global network civilization holds the promise of reducing pollution and inequality — and even overcoming geopolitical rivalries. In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: "Connectivity is destiny."

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/parag_khanna_how_megacities_are_changing_the_map_of_the_world

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