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The virtual life
About immersive selves and augmented reality
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Astronomers find 'homeless' planet wandering through space

Astronomers find 'homeless' planet wandering through space | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A planet that is not orbiting a star, effectively making it homeless, has been discovered by a team of University of Montreal (UdeM) researchers working with European colleagues and data provided by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope...
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Engineers plan to upload bee brains to flying robots (Wired UK)

Engineers plan to upload bee brains to flying robots (Wired UK) | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Engineers from the universities of Sheffield and Sussex are planning on scanning the brains of bees and uploading them into autonomous flying robots that will then fly and act like the real thing.

Via Artur Coelho, juandoming, michel verstrepen, association concert urbain, gawlab
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Entangle Schrödinger's cat to up its quantum weirdness - physics-math - 01 November 2012 - New Scientist

Entangle Schrödinger's cat to up its quantum weirdness - physics-math - 01 November 2012 - New Scientist | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Two doubly quantum experiments serve as a rare experimental example of just how strange the quantum world is...
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Preserving the self for later emulation: what brain features do we need? | KurzweilAI

Preserving the self for later emulation: what brain features do we need? | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it

(Credit: iStockphoto) Let me propose to you four interesting statements about the future

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Topology: The Secret Ingredient In The Latest Theory of Everything | MIT Technology Review

Topology: The Secret Ingredient In The Latest Theory of Everything | MIT Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Combine topology with symmetry and add a sprinkling of quantum mechanics. The result?
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Evolving AI: Lt. Data Will Be Born From Artificial Worms

AI's next great species, the artificial worm, will link neuroscience with computing and catapult us into an age of Star Trek-like intelligent systems.

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Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms | Wired Science | Wired.com

Craig Venter Imagines a World with Printable Life Forms | Wired Science | Wired.com | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Craig Venter imagines a future where you can download software, print a vaccine, inject it, and presto! Contagion averted.
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Singularity and Futurism: Matrix Reloaded - Can it be proved that we live in a matrix?

Singularity and Futurism: Matrix Reloaded - Can it be proved that we live in a matrix? | The virtual life | Scoop.it

According to Silas Beane and his team at the University of Bonn in Germany, a simulation of the universe should still have constraints, no matter how powerful. These limitations, they argue, would be observed by the people within the simulation as a kind of constraint on physical processes.

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SmoothLifeL

A continuous version of Conway's Life, using floating point values instead of integers: supports many interesting phenomena such as gliders that can travel in any direction, rotating pairs of gliders, wickstretchers and the appearance of elastic...
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Brainless slime mold uses external spatial ‘memory’ to navigate complex environments | KurzweilAI

Brainless slime mold uses external spatial ‘memory’ to navigate complex environments | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Photograph of P.polycephalum plasmodium showing (A) extending pseudopod, (B) search front, (C) tubule network, and (D) extracellular slime deposited where...
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Reality is a computer projection: physicists | KurzweilAI

Reality is a computer projection: physicists | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Is our reality a projection of information, like the hologram image of Princess Leia projected by R2D2 in Star Wars?
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Using Second Life to help develop creative writing skills | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds

Using Second Life to help develop creative writing skills | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | The virtual life | Scoop.it
“An Introduction to Flash Fiction” is designed as a learning path. Its goals are a) to help visitors learn about flash fiction, and b) to motivate them to write this type of concise story.

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Asteroid belts at just the right place are friendly to life | KurzweilAI

Asteroid belts at just the right place are friendly to life | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
This illustration shows three possible scenarios for the evolution of asteroid belts.
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At What Age Will Your Creativity Peak?

At What Age Will Your Creativity Peak? | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Recent research on the subject of creative innovation distinguishes different types of creative thinkers, not limiting creative potential.
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Rapture of the nerds: will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race?

Rapture of the nerds: will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race? | The virtual life | Scoop.it

Hundreds of the world’s brightest minds — engineers from Google and IBM, hedge funds quants, and Defense Department contractors building artificial intelligence — were gathered in rapt attention inside the auditorium of the San Francisco Masonic Temple atop Nob Hill. It was the first day of the seventh annual Singularity Summit, and Julia Galef, the President of the Center for Applied Rationality, was speaking onstage. On the screen behind her, Galef projected a giant image from the film Blade Runner: the replicant Roy, naked, his face stained with blood, cradling a white dove in his arms.

At this point in the movie, Roy is reaching the end of his short, pre-programmed life, “The poignancy of his death scene comes from the contrast between that bitter truth and the fact that he still feels his life has meaning, and for lack of a better word, he has a soul,” said Galef. “To me this is the situation we as humans have found ourselves in over the last century. Turns out we are survival machines created by ancient replicators, DNA, to produce as many copies of them as possible. This is the bitter pill that science has offered us in response to our questions about where we came from and what it all means.”


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Repelling Viruses, Reviving Mammoths

Repelling Viruses, Reviving Mammoths | The virtual life | Scoop.it
*Synthetic biology, already practicable and a boon to industry, could revolutionize human life*

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GEORGE M. CHURCH and ED REGIS

"Yes, you can teach old bacteria new tricks. It is now routine to genetically reprogram microbes to make plastics, biofuels, vaccines and antibiotics. They have been engineered to detect arsenic levels in drinking water, destroy cancer cells and store digital data in DNA, making bacteria into biological flash drives.

But we may not have seen anything yet. Someday we may be able to create microbial (and possibly human) cells that are resistant to viruses and to bring extinct species like the woolly mammoth back to life. We could expand the human life span, increase our intelligence and enhance our ability to survive long space journeys.

Some applications of synthetic biology have already proven themselves scientifically as well as commercially—bioplastics, for example. Take Mirel, the biologically produced ingredient in ecologically beneficial transparent plastic cups and other products......"
http://on.wsj.com/UiJQ3U


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Matrix Dilemma - Do Humans Live In The Ultimate Computer Game Of The Superior Ones? - MessageToEagle.com

Matrix Dilemma - Do Humans Live In The Ultimate Computer Game Of The Superior Ones? - MessageToEagle.com | The virtual life | Scoop.it
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Dyson sphere hunt using Kepler data | KurzweilAI

Dyson sphere hunt using Kepler data | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A Dyson sphere under construction (credit: Steve Bowers) Geoff Marcy has received a grant from the UK’s Templeton Foundation to look for Dyson spheres,...
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The Measurement That Would Reveal The Universe As A Computer Simulation - Technology Review

The Measurement That Would Reveal The Universe As A Computer Simulation - Technology Review | The virtual life | Scoop.it
If the cosmos is a numerical simulation, there ought to be clues in the spectrum of high energy cosmic rays, say theorists...
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David Deutsch – On Artificial Intelligence

David Deutsch – On Artificial Intelligence | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What's holding us up?
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How artificial intelligence is changing our lives

How artificial intelligence is changing our lives | The virtual life | Scoop.it

In a sense, AI has become almost mundanely ubiquitous, from the intelligent sensors that set the aperture and shutter speed in digital cameras, to the heat and humidity probes in dryers, to the automatic parking feature in cars. And more applications are tumbling out of labs and laptops by the hour.


“It’s an exciting world,” says Colin Angle, chairman and cofounder of iRobot, which has brought a number of smart products, including the Roomba vacuum cleaner, to consumers in the past decade.


What may be most surprising about AI today, in fact, is how little amazement it creates. Perhaps science-fiction stories with humanlike androids, from the charming Data (“Star Trek“) to the obsequious C-3PO (“Star Wars”) to the sinister Terminator, have raised unrealistic expectations. Or maybe human nature just doesn’t stay amazed for long.


“Today’s mind-popping, eye-popping technology in 18 months will be as blasé and old as a 1980 pair of double-knit trousers,” says Paul Saffo, a futurist and managing director of foresight at Discern Analytics in San Francisco. “Our expectations are a moving target.”

 

The ability to create machine intelligence that mimics human thinking would be a tremendous scientific accomplishment, enabling humans to understand their own thought processes better. But even experts in the field won’t promise when, or even if, this will happen.

 

Entrepreneurs like iRobot’s Mr. Angle aren’t fussing over whether today’s clever gadgets represent “true” AI, or worrying about when, or if, their robots will ever be self-aware. Starting with Roomba, which marks its 10th birthday this month, his company has produced a stream of practical robots that do “dull, dirty, or dangerous” jobs in the home or on the battlefield. These range from smart machines that clean floors and gutters to the thousands of PackBots and other robot models used by the US military for reconnaissance and bomb disposal.


While robots in particular seem to fascinate humans, especially if they are designed to look like us, they represent only one visible form of AI. Two other developments are poised to fundamentally change the way we use the technology: voice recognition and self-driving cars.


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oliviersc's comment, October 3, 2012 11:19 AM
Un petit tour par mes Cercles privés à Google+ Thanks for this article !