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New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real

New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for robotic skin that's as soft supple sensitive as your own is, covered in thousands of tiny mechanical hairs.
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Deadly Truth of General AI - Computerphile - YouTube

The danger of assuming general artificial intelligence will be the same as human intelligence. Rob Miles explains with a simple example: The deadly stamp col...
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Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030

Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030 | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
In the future, humans are going to be artificially intelligent.

That's the prediction of Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google (GOOGL, Tech30), who spoke Wednesday at the Exponential Finance conference in New York.

Kurzweil predicts that humans will become hybrids in the 2030s. That means our brains will be able to connect directly to the cloud, where there will be thousands of computers, and those computers will augment our existing intelligence. He said the brain will connect via nanobots -- tiny robots made from DNA strands.

"Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking," he said.

The bigger and more complex the cloud, the more advanced our thinking. By the time we get to the late 2030s or the early 2040s, Kurzweil believes our thinking will be predominately non-biological.

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Robot Master Chef Cooks 2,000 Recipes, Cleans Up, Does the Dishes - Industry Tap

Robot Master Chef Cooks 2,000 Recipes, Cleans Up, Does the Dishes - Industry Tap | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
A robot master chef capable of cooking 2,000 recipes could soon be available for a sum of 10,000 British pounds.
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Wildcat: Tilting at windmills or Enlightened vision Zoltan Istvan An original interview and essay for SC

Wildcat: Tilting at windmills or Enlightened vision Zoltan Istvan An original interview and essay for SC | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
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Next Big Future: Lab grown meat thirty thousand times cheaper than 18 months ago

Next Big Future: Lab grown meat thirty thousand times cheaper than 18 months ago | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Dutch Professor Mark Post, the scientist who made world's first laboratory grown beef burger believes so-called "cultured meat" could spell the end of traditional cattle farming within just a few decades.

A year and a half ago the professor of vascular physiology gave the world its first taste of a beef burger he'd grown from stem cells taken from cow muscle.

It passed the food critics' taste test, but at more than a quarter of a million dollars, the lab quarter-pounder was no threat to the real deal. Now, after further development, Dr Post estimates it's possible to produce lab-beef for $80 a kilo - and that within years it will be a price-competitive alternative.

A small piece of muscle you can produce 10,000 kilos of meat.


In 2013, it cost $325,000 to make lab grown meat for a burger made from cultured muscle tissue cells. Now the cost is $11 for a quarter pound lab grown patty.

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7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade

7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology. What amazing advances ar
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The internet of everything: how the web will transform future services - YouTube

As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in people’s everyday life, it only progresses towards more complexity, diversity and specialization. In this s...
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What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds -- within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values -- or will
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How we're teaching computers to understand pictures

How we're teaching computers to understand pictures | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: "cat," "book," "chair." Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. What's next? In a thrilling talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art -- including the database of 15 million photos her team built to "teach" a computer to understand pictures -- and the key insights yet to come.
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3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection « NextNature.net

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection « NextNature.net | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Nowadays 3D printing is increasingly used for medical purposes and body upgrades to design devices, implants, and a variety of customized prosthetics, from a 3D printed face, to a skull, and even organs.

In the future we may look at the world with new – artificial, 3D printed – eyes. Italian research studio MHOX is working on EYE, a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation. The project envisions the removal of the natural visual system and its replacement with a digitally designed 3D printed one. The original retina would be replaced by a new artificial network, able to offer enhanced vision, WiFi connection and the possibility to record video and take pictures.

In the hope of curing blindness and healing conditions, giving better vision, the 3D printed eyes are expected to be available by 2027.

The eyeballs will be constructed with the use of a bio-ink that contains the cells required to replace those found in natural eyes. Once the original pair of eyes is surgically removed, researchers plan on connecting the 3D printed one to a deck inside the head, which would allow the eyes to be inserted.

“We envision that the link between the deck and the EYE will be based on attractive forces between the tissues more than mechanical joints” MHOX designer Filippo Nassetti explains. “To replace the EYE the user only has to put it in position inside the skull, and the tissues of the Deck and the EYE connect automatically”.

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Tomás Diez: “A whole ecosystem emerges around the Fab City in Barcelona”

Tomás Diez: “A whole ecosystem emerges around the Fab City in Barcelona” | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The Fab City concept developed in Barcelona has its herald. Tomás Diez, founder of the Barcelona Fablab and organiser of FAB10 in July 2014 is adamant: fablabs are part of the solution.
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An Algorithm to Make Online Currency as Trustworthy as Cash | WIRED

An Algorithm to Make Online Currency as Trustworthy as Cash | WIRED | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Getty Images An internet of money. That’s the dream. Through bitcoin and other digital currencies, so many activists, entrepreneurs, and opportunists are chasing the dream. They envision a world where we can trade money as easily as we trade data, where anyone can send and receive currency from any machine on earth, where our financial…
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Exclusive: Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio and Others Debate Christof Koch on the Nature of Consciousness

Exclusive: Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio and Others Debate Christof Koch on the Nature of Consciousness | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
A few neurologists and brain scientists are proposing that the secret underlying all conscious activity must lie with the way cells respond to stimuli they receive from their environment. In a response to this suggestion, Christof Koch asserts that much more is required for a full theory of consciousness
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How Digital Immortality Works - HowStuffWorks

How Digital Immortality Works - HowStuffWorks | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Humans have been chasing immortality for millennia. In some cultures, you attain a kind of immortality by doing great deeds, which people will talk about long after you pass away. Several religions feature some concept of immortality -- the body may die but some part of you will exist forever. But what if science made it possible to be truly immortal? What if there were a way for you to live forever?

That's the basic concept behind digital immortality. Some futurists, perhaps most notably inventor Ray Kurzweil, believe that we will uncover a way to extend the human lifespan indefinitely. They've identified several potential paths that could lead to this destination. Perhaps we'll identify the genes that govern aging and tweak them so that our bodies stop aging once they reach maturity. Maybe we'll create new techniques for creating artificial organs that combine organic matter with technology and then replace our original parts with the new and improved versions. Or maybe we'll just dump our memories, thoughts, feelings and everything else that makes us who we are into a computer and live in cyberspace.

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What The Brain Can Tell Us - YouTube

Second Annual IBM Research Cognitive Computing Colloquium keynote by Jeff Hawking, co-founder of Numenta.
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Why 3D Printing a Jet Engine or Car Is Just the Beginning

Why 3D Printing a Jet Engine or Car Is Just the Beginning | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The 3D printing (digital manufacturing) market has had a lot of hype over the past few years. Most recently, it seems this technology arena has entered the "trough of disillusionment,"... read more

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World’s first photosynthetic living matter-infused 3D-printed wearable

World’s first photosynthetic living matter-infused 3D-printed wearable | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
Speaking at the 2015 TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, MIT professor Neri Oxman has displayed what is claimed to be the world’s first 3D-printed photosynthetic wearable prototype embedded with living matter. Dubbed "Mushtari," the wearable is constructed from 58 meters (190 ft) of 3D-printed tubes coiled into a mass that emulates the construction of the human gastrointestinal tract. Filled with living bacteria designed to fluoresce and produce sugars or bio-fuel when exposed to light, Mushtari is a vision of a possible future where symbiotic human/microorganism relationships may help us explore other worlds in space.

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Quantum Computing Is About to Overturn Cybersecurity’s Balance of Power

Quantum Computing Is About to Overturn Cybersecurity’s Balance of Power | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
“Spooky action at a distance” is how Albert Einstein described one of the key principles of quantum mechanics: entanglement.  Entanglement
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The dawn of artificial intelligence

The dawn of artificial intelligence | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
THE development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Stephen Hawking warns. Elon Musk fears that the development of artificial intelligence, or AI, may be the biggest existential threat humanity faces. Bill Gates urges people to beware of it.

Dread that the abominations people create will become their masters, or their executioners, is hardly new. But voiced by a renowned cosmologist, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the founder of Microsoft—hardly Luddites—and set against the vast investment in AI by big firms like Google and Microsoft, such fears have taken on new weight. With supercomputers in every pocket and robots looking down on every battlefield, just dismissing them as science fiction seems like self-deception. The question is how to worry wisely.

You taught me language and...

The first step is to understand what computers can now do and what they are likely to be able to do in the future. Thanks to the rise in processing power and the growing abundance of digitally available data, AI is enjoying a boom in its capabilities (see article). Today’s “deep learning” systems, by mimicking the layers of neurons in a human brain and crunching vast amounts of data, can teach themselves to perform some tasks, from pattern recognition to translation, almost as well as humans can. As a result, things that once called for a mind—from interpreting pictures to playing the video game “Frogger”—are now within the scope of computer programs. DeepFace, an algorithm unveiled by Facebook in 2014, can recognise individual human faces in images 97% of the time.

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Complexity, computation and philosophy, Carlos Gershenson - YouTube

Ponencia presentada en el Simposio Complejidad e Interdisciplina, efectuado en el auditorio Alfonso Caso entre el 4 y el 6 de noviembre de 2013.
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The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence - Wait But Why

The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence - Wait But Why | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
The topic everyone in the world should be talking about.
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Miro Svetlik's curator insight, April 27, 3:38 AM

We all talk about exponential future and why we have to keep our eyes glued on AI but I did not read an article yet so comprehensively written on this topic. I find it summarizes most threats to humanity and helps us partially understand what might come.

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Scientists Make History By Genetically Modifying Human Embryos

Scientists Make History By Genetically Modifying Human Embryos | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
After weeks of speculation, it can finally be confirmed that geneticists in China have modified the DNA of human embryos. It’s a watershed moment in biotech history, but the experiment may ultimately serve as a major setback in the effort to responsibly develop beneficial interventions involving the human germline.

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Michel Bauwens: “Makerspaces are the nurseries of collaborative models”

Michel Bauwens: “Makerspaces are the nurseries of collaborative models” | The Long Poiesis | Scoop.it
In “Saving the World”, theorist Michel Bauwens defends his optimistic vision of the P2P, on the brink of revolutionizing production and society.
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