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Why you should never trust a data visualisation

Why you should never trust a data visualisation | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Pete Warden is spot on about being sceptical of data, but it is data visualisation, not data science, where caution is most crucial
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NASA-Microsoft augmented-reality system allows scientists to ‘work on Mars’ | KurzweilAI

NASA-Microsoft augmented-reality system allows scientists to ‘work on Mars’ | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A screen shot from OnSight, a software tool developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in collaboration with Microsoft. OnSight uses real rover data to
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Huge ultra-realistic outdoor 3D displays without glasses planned for next year | KurzweilAI

Huge ultra-realistic outdoor 3D displays without glasses planned for next year | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Credit: TriLite Technologies) Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) physicists have designed a radical autostereoscopic (“glasses-free”) laser
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Do viruses make us smarter?

Do viruses make us smarter? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterize the human brain, researchers say. They have found that retroviruses seem to play a central role in the basic functions of the brain, more specifically in the regulation of which genes are to be expressed, and when.
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Astronomers simulate the universe with realistic galaxies | KurzweilAI

Astronomers simulate the universe with realistic galaxies | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Part of a simulated galaxy, with magnified views (credit: Joop Schaye et al.) An international team of astronomers has developed a simulation of the
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We could get to the Singularity in ten years | KurzweilAI

We could get to the Singularity in ten years | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
It would require a different way of thinking about the timing of the Singularity, says AGI pioneer Ben Goertzel, PhD. Rather than a predictive exercise, it
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It might be possible to restore lost memories | KurzweilAI

It might be possible to restore lost memories | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Synapse (credit: Curtis Neveu/Wikimedia Commons) New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored, offering hope for patients in the early
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We’ve Put a Worm’s Mind in a Lego Robot's Body

We’ve Put a Worm’s Mind in a Lego Robot's Body | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A wheeled Lego robot may not look like a worm, but it
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A robot controlled by an uploaded worm brain and you can even download it! http://www.openworm.org/

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This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists

This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists | The virtual life | Scoop.it
It could liberate biologists from relying too much on a Darwinian explanation.
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E.O. Wilson: Science, Not Philosophy, Will Explain the Meaning of Existence - YouTube

Biologist E.O. Wilson, a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, discusses his most recent book on the meaning of existence. "Philosophy," says Wilson, is ...
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Stars Travelling Close to the Speed of Light Could Spread Life Through the Universe, say… — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

Stars Travelling Close to the Speed of Light Could Spread Life Through the Universe, say… — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A new mechanism for accelerating stars to enormous speeds could have profound implications for astrobiology
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Infinities in literature and mathematics

Infinities in literature and mathematics | The virtual life | Scoop.it
by Jorge Alejandro Laris Pardo During this past month, I was having a conversation with a couple of friends who study Latin-American Literature, and I noticed that they were having a hard time unde...
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Ask Ray | Living in virtual worlds as an avatar | KurzweilAI

Ask Ray | Living in virtual worlds as an avatar | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Second Life avatars can interact and change personality in virtual worlds. (credit: Linden Lab) Dear Mr. Kurzweil, I'm in seventh grade, taking a
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Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed

Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Ever since Einstein proposed his special theory of relativity in 1905, physics and cosmology have been based on the assumption that space looks the same in all directions -- that it's not squeezed in one direction relative to another. A new experiment by physicists used partially entangled atoms -- identical to the qubits in a quantum computer -- to demonstrate more precisely than ever before that this is true: to one part in a billion billion.
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Living In A Virtual World (Philip Rosedale) - Exponential Finance 2014 - YouTube

As we saw with the $2B acquisition of Oculus Rift, virtual reality (VR) is big business. In this session, Philip Rosedale, one of the pioneers of VR, as well...
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Virtual Reality vs. Real Life: How Brain Neurons Light Up

Virtual Reality vs. Real Life: How Brain Neurons Light Up | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Space-mapping brain neurons do not “light up” in scans when exposed to the virtual reality (VR) at work in kids’ video games, the way they do in the “real world.” The neurons—found in the hippocampus—only mirror the “reality” state some 50 percent of the time.
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The Beauty of Code

The Beauty of Code | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An excerpt from Vikram Chandra’s “Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty.”
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The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation by Peter Ulric Tse (MIT Press, 2013) | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network

The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation by Peter Ulric Tse (MIT Press, 2013) | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Is String Theory About to Unravel?

Is String Theory About to Unravel? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Evidence that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pull
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Deep Neural Networks Rival the Representation of Primate IT Cortex for Core Visual Object Recognition

Deep Neural Networks Rival the Representation of Primate IT Cortex for Core Visual Object Recognition | The virtual life | Scoop.it
PLOS Computational Biology is an open-access
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RoboBrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots | MIT Technology Review

RoboBrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
If you have a question, you can ask Google or Bing or any number of online databases. Now robots have their own knowledge database
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New theories suggest the big bang was not the beginning, and that we may live in the past of a parallel universe
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A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos | Quanta Magazine

A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos |  Quanta Magazine | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New research suggests physicists, computers and brains employ the same procedure to tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data.
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Does virtual reality space you out? | KurzweilAI

Does virtual reality space you out? | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Credit: IMAX Corporation) Put rats in an IMAX-like surround virtual world limited to vision only, and the neurons in their hippocampi* seem to fire
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Spooky alignment of quasar axes across billions of light-years with large-scale structure | KurzweilAI

Spooky alignment of quasar axes across billions of light-years with large-scale structure | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
This artist's impression shows schematically the mysterious alignments between the spin axes of quasars and the large-scale structures that they inhabit that
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19 November 2014 - CERN: LHCb experiment observes two new baryon particles never seen before

19 November 2014 - CERN: LHCb experiment observes two new baryon particles never seen before | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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