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Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.

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Unintended Consequences with Complexity Scientist Yaneer Bar-Yam

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The biology of our best and worst selves

The biology of our best and worst selves | Talks | Scoop.it
How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors.
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Science in service to the public good

Science in service to the public good | Talks | Scoop.it
We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we're not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan -- and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it. Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint's water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet.
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Two Hours of Experimental Mathematics—Stephen Wolfram Blog

Two Hours of Experimental Mathematics—Stephen Wolfram Blog | Talks | Scoop.it
Stephen Wolfram uses powerful computational tools to make real-time discoveries in math at Math Encounters events at National Museum of Mathematics.
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How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution | Talks | Scoop.it
"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly -- and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. "The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet," Kelly says. "That means that you're not late."
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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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Reinventing Society in the Digital Age - Dirk Helbing

This talk took place on May 9, 2017 as part of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna workshop series "RE-INVENTING SOCIETY IN THE DIGITAL AGE".
The program for the event can be found at https://goo.gl/cloqsb.

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Why Is 'Systems Thinking' So Rare?

Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo) Seminar Series
April 27, 2017
Mark Sellers (Systems Science, Binghamton University / Northrop Grumman Laser Systems)
"Why Is 'Systems Thinking' So Rare?"
Slides are available at http://bit.ly/2p51VEc
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Complexity Theory and Dynamical Systems | Demetri Kofinas Interviews W. Brian Arthur of the Santa Fe Institute on Complexity Science and Chaos

Complexity Theory and Dynamical Systems | Demetri Kofinas Interviews W. Brian Arthur of the Santa Fe Institute on Complexity Science and Chaos | Talks | Scoop.it
Complexity Theory is an emerging field of scientific study that seeks to offer a better framework for understanding dynamic, complex adaptive systems.

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Don't fear superintelligent AI

Don't fear superintelligent AI | Talks | Scoop.it
New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.
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How the medium shapes the message | Cesar Hidalgo | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

How communication technologies shape our collective memory.

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See Also: http://pantheon.media.mit.edu

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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

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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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