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Explore the most important technology and science trends! News, Analysis, Interviews, Presentations, Documentaries. All in one place at Tracking the future magazine
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Brave New World w/Stephen Hawking Episode 1: MACHINES - Full/HD

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Excellent documentary with the great Stephen Hawkings as Stephen Hawking and others such as Professor Richard Dawkins and Professor Jim Al-Khalili examine how science is striving for humankind's next leap forward.
In Episode 1 the team showcase breakthroughs in technology and engineering that are creating a new generation of machines. Mark Evans fuses his brain with a computer in Switzerland to test a new breed of machine.
Kathy Sykes hits the streets of San Francisco to have the ride of her life as she experiences the future of transport in a driverless car. In Italy Jim Alei-Khalili comes face to face with a remarkable, baby-like robot called iCub, which learns like a child.
Joy Reidenberg discovers the extraordinary exoskeleton that can make the paralysed walk and give one man the strength of three. In the Canary Islands Maggie Aderin-Pocock visits one of the world's biggest telescopes, where they're searching for new planets in the furthest reaches of the universe - planets that we could one day colonise.

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BBC HD Horizon: The Hunt for AI

BBC Horizon: The Hunt for AI with new link!

Marcus Du Sautoy wants to find out how close we are to creating machines that can think like us: robots or computers that have artificial intelligence.
His journey takes him to a strange and bizarre world where AI is now taking shape.
Marcus meets two robots who are developing their own private language, and attempts to communicate to them. He discovers how a super computer beat humans at one of the toughest quiz shows on the planet, Jeopardy. And finds out if machines can have creativity and intuition like us.
Marcus is worried that if machines can think like us, then he will be out of business. But his conclusion is that AI machines may surprise us with their own distinct way of thinking.

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TRUE SKIN

A quality sci-fi short from N1ONFILMS. Transhumanism, augmented reality, robots...

 

Written & Directed by: Stephan Zlotescu
Director of Photography: H1
Original Music: J-Punch
Producer: Christopher Sewall
Manager: Scott Glassgold / IAM Entertainment

An N1ON Production

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Ray Kurzweil on Singularity 1 on 1

Nikola Danaylov of singularityweblog.com interviews Ray Kurzweil:

 

"During our conversation with Dr. Kurzweil we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how and why at age 5 Ray decided to become an inventor; his unique background of being born to Jewish parents but brought up in a Unitarian Church; his early interest in issues such as religious tolerance, poverty, social inequality and justice; 3D printing, open source, patents, progress and intellectual property rights; Watson, AI, the Turing Test and human rights for AI, the technological singularity and criticism thereof; his upcoming book How To Create A Mind and the Pattern Recognition Theory of Mind; the evolutionary advantages of intelligence; the benefits of reverse-engineering the human brain for the creation of AI and whether the latter would be interested in pondering and solving humanity's greatest problems."

 

To help Nikola produce more episodes of Singularity 1 on 1 please support his fund-raising campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/singularity1on1

 

Singularity 1 on 1 is a series of podcast interviews with the best scientists, writers, entrepreneurs, film-makers, journalists, philosophers and artists, debating the impact of technology, exponential growth, genetics, robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and the technological singularity.

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Breakthrough: Researchers create an animal entirely from stem cells

Breakthrough: Researchers create an animal entirely from stem cells | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Biotechnology is getting into some pretty interesting territory these days. The latest breakthrough comes from Kyoto University where research scientists have, for the first time, created a mouse by using eggs and sperm produced by stem cells alone. The achievement once again shows the remarkable possibilities presented by regenerative technologies like stem cells — but also the unsettling potential for human births in which parents might not be required.

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The Measurement That Would Reveal The Universe As A Computer Simulation

The Measurement That Would Reveal The Universe As A Computer Simulation | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

One of modern physics' most cherished ideas is quantum chromodynamics, the theory that describes the strong nuclear force, how it binds quarks and gluons into protons and neutrons, how these form nuclei that themselves interact. This is the universe at its most fundamental.

So an interesting pursuit is to simulate quantum chromodynamics on a computer to see what kind of complexity arises. The promise is that simulating physics on such a fundamental level is more or less equivalent to simulating the universe itself.

There are one or two challenges of course. The physics is mind-bogglingly complex and operates on a vanishingly small scale. So even using the world's most powerful supercomputers, physicists have only managed to simulate tiny corners of the cosmos just a few femtometers across. (A femtometer is 10^-15 metres.)

That may not sound like much but the significant point is that the simulation is essentially indistinguishable from the real thing (at least as far as we understand it).

It's not hard to imagine that Moore's Law-type progress will allow physicists to simulate significantly larger regions of space. A region just a few micrometres across could encapsulate the entire workings of a human cell.

Again, the behaviour of this human cell would be indistinguishable from the real thing.

It's this kind of thinking that forces physicists to consider the possibility that our entire cosmos could be running on a vastly powerful computer. If so, is there any way we could ever know?

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The cat is out of the box for quantum computing

The cat is out of the box for quantum computing | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The world of superfast quantum computing may be here sooner than we thought. By handing out this year's Nobel Prize in Physics to two quantum physicists (American David Wineland and Serge Haroche of France) who have figured out how to measure the properties of quantum particles, Stockholm’s Nobel Prize committee gave new hope to what many physicists have thought might be possible one day: to channel the seemingly magical properties of quantum particles to create super-computing machines that can run a massive amount of calculations in parallel. These so-called quantum computers would be exponentially faster than any computer of today, opening up a brave new era of computational power.

At the heart of the Nobel Prize-winning efforts is a solution to one of the oldest and most famous thought experiments in quantum mechanics: Schrodinger's Cat.

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Seven future trends your business needs to be aware of

Seven future trends your business needs to be aware of | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Thomas Frey is a futurist. It’s his job to predict the future by identifying emerging global trends.
What Frey does might sound a little like fortune-telling but spotting new trends is an important way of ensuring your business is well positioned for the future.
Frey spoke to SmartCompany from the United States ahead of his upcoming visit to Australia for the Ci2012 conference.
Here are his seven predictions for the future.

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Can a Robot Learn to Cook?

Can a Robot Learn to Cook? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Everyone's coming over to watch the big game. You've got beer, a giant high-definition television, and a well-deserved reputation for serving wings hotter than Dante's eighth circle of hell. Unfortunately, you are pressed for time. Wouldn't it be great if a machine like Rosey from The Jetsons could quickly prepare them? Maybe you could even pass off the dish as your own!

Then again, maybe not. Would Rosey's version taste like yours, or would her rendition expose your duplicity? Could she cut the chicken into the right size parts and ensure your friends don't choke on bone chips? Would Rosey know when the chicken pieces hit the ideal state of crispiness without being raw inside? Most importantly, could she discern when the spice Rubicon was crossed? These questions all revolve around one issue: Can Rosey can acquire tacit knowledge?

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Clean, limitless fusion power could arrive sooner than expected

Clean, limitless fusion power could arrive sooner than expected | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Good news, denizens of Earth: If the findings from two premier research labs are to be believed, commercial nuclear fusion is feasible — and could arrive sooner than expected.

The first breakthrough comes from Sandia National Laboratories (the same engineers who brought us the fanless heatsink). At SNL, a research team has been working on a new way of creating fusion called magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF). This approach is quite similar to the National Ignition Facility at the LLNL in California, where they fuse deuterium and tritium (hydrogen isotopes) by crushing and heating the fuel with 500 trillion watts of laser power. Instead of lasers, MagLIF uses a massive magnetic pulse (26 million amps), created by Sandia’s Z Machine (a huge X-ray generator), to crush a small cylinder containing the hydrogen fuel. Through various optimizations, the researchers discovered a MagLIF setup that almost breaks even (i.e. it almost produces more thermal energy than the electrical energy required to begin the fusion reaction).

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fusion beats fission.

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Capitalism - By Slavoj Zizek

Capitalism - By Slavoj Zizek | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

One might think that a crisis brought on by rapacious, unregulated capitalism would have changed a few minds about the fundamental nature of the global economy.

One would be wrong. True, there is no lack of anti-capitalist sentiment in the world today, particularly as a crisis brought on by the system's worst excesses continues to ravage the global economy. If anything, we are witnessing an overload of critiques of the horrors of capitalism: Books, newspaper investigations, and TV reports abound, telling us of companies ruthlessly polluting our environment, corrupted bankers who continue to get fat bonuses while their banks are bailed out by taxpayer money, and sweatshops where children work overtime.

Yet no matter how grievous the abuse or how indicative of a larger, more systemic failure, there's a limit to how far these critiques go.

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Rise of Neurostimulation, an Industry Predicted to be Worth $6.9 Billion by 2018

Rise of Neurostimulation, an Industry Predicted to be Worth $6.9 Billion by 2018 | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Neurostimulation, the practice of stimulating nerves with a small electric current, is not a word most people outside of academia would recognize. According to a new report however, this may be set to change by the end of the decade. By 2018 the industry is predicted to be worth about 6.9 billion US$ (4.27 billion GBP).

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The real reasons we don’t have AGI yet

The real reasons we don’t have AGI yet | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

As we noted in a recent post, physicist David Deutsch said the field of “artificial general intelligence” or AGI has made “no progress whatever during the entire six decades of its existence.” We asked Dr. Ben Goertzel, who introduced the term AGI and founded the AGI conference series, to respond.

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Brave New World w/Stephen Hawking Episode 3: TECHNOLOGY - Full/HD

Brave New World w/Stephen Hawking Episode 3: TECHNOLOGY - Full/HD

The experts explore how 21st-century technology is shaping our future by changing the way we live, the way we communicate and our perception of the universe.
Physicist Kathy Sykes explores how our mobile phones can give experts access to our every habit and action: a brave new world in which it's hard to keep a secret but where urban planners can build cities around our needs.
Designer Max Lamb witnesses the dawn of a new era in manufacturing where lasers are printing objects in 3D, and Stephen Hawking charts the rise of the former internet entrepreneur who is transforming space exploration.
Environmental scientist Tara Shine visits an experimental new city in the desert where the citizens get about by unmanned pod car, and Kathy Sykes descends two kilometres underground to explore how scientists are using technology to study the most mysterious particles in the universe.
From spaceship factories in California to one of the world's largest subterranean laboratories, in northern Canada, the programme uncovers the technology that is shaping our future.

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Robot Revolution

The race is on to build robots for the consumer market. But are there consequences to co-existing with humanoid machines? 16x9 speaks to some of the world's most brilliant people while exploring the Geminoid Project, Nao Robot, Baxter and Dr. Robot.

 

http://www.globalnews.ca/robot+revolution/6442730162/story.html

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Scientists to simulate human brain inside a supercomputer

Scientists to simulate human brain inside a supercomputer | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

There's no escaping the fact that the Human Brain Project, with its billion-dollar plan to recreate the human mind inside a supercomputer, sounds like a science fiction nightmare.
But those involved hope their ambitious goal of simulating the tangle of neurons and synapses that power our thought processes could offer solutions to tackling conditions such as depression, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's.
The Human Brain venture is the next step in a long-running program that has already succeeded in using computers to create a virtual replica of part of a rat's neocortex -- a section of the brain believed to control higher functions such as conscious thought, movement and reasoning.

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Graphene-made e-paper by 2015 and anticancer drugs by 2030

Graphene-made e-paper by 2015 and anticancer drugs by 2030 | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Ultra-strong and self-healing copycat material graphene has been the subject of intense excitement since Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselo extracted it from bulk graphite in 2004, earning them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Now, an international team of physicists led by Novoselo has published a paper laying out a timeline of future uses for the incredibly versatile material, which includes its role in anticancer drugs and rollable e-paper.

"A roadmap for graphene", published in the journal Nature, proves that the one atom-thin super-conductive material has plenty of future uses outside of electronics, though it will be an integral part of the imminent future development of devices. That's because the type of graphene needed for things like touchscreens is of a lower, more easily manufactured quality.

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PLURALITY

A vision about the future and our life with the big brother

 

Directed by: Dennis Liu
Written by: Ryan Condal
Produced by: Jonathan Hsu, Dennis Liu
Cinematography by: Jon Chen
Music by: Pakk Hui
Starring: Jeff Nissani, Samantha Strelitz, John Di Domenico

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The future is not what is used to be

TEDxRio+20 - Jose Luis Cordeiro

 

The Venezuelen scientist, futurist, economist, engineer and columnist, José Luiz Cordeiro, from the Singularity University, known as the University of the Future on the NASA campus (USA) is also a marathon runner. In 18 minutes, he crossed that finish line after a true run of slides -- complete with technological obstacles! -- in which he covered themes from production of live and free energy (being from artificial bacteria or satellites orbiting the Earth) to the colonization of Mars, passing to the cure of ageing and artificial brains.

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Biohacking: The next great wave of innovation

Biohacking: The next great wave of innovation | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The last 40 years of computing have proven what a hacker culture can accomplish. We’re about to see that again, this time in biology. And, while we have no idea what the results will be, it’s safe to predict that the coming revolution in biology will radically change the way we live — at least as radically as the computer revolution. It’s going to be an interesting and exciting ride.
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The Biological Internet That Could One Day Program Artificial Organs

The Biological Internet That Could One Day Program Artificial Organs | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Scientists have just found a way to use DNA to send massive amounts of data between cells, which means we soon may be able to give our cells incredibly complicated instructions.

 

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Nobel Physics Prize Heralds Quantum Computers

Nobel Physics Prize Heralds Quantum Computers | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the US won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for work in quantum physics that could one day open the way to supercomputers.

The pair were honored for pioneering experimental experiments in "measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems," the jury said in its citation.

"Their groundbreaking methods have enabled this field of research to take the very first steps towards building a new type of super-fast computer based on quantum physics," it said.

The research has also led to the construction of extremely precise clocks that could become the future basis for a new standard of time, with more than hundred-fold greater precision than present-day caesium clocks, it said.

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Fusion: Maybe Less Than 30 Years, But This Year Unlikely

Fusion: Maybe Less Than 30 Years, But This Year Unlikely | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Over the almost 70-year pursuit of the fusionary holy grail, it's been fairly common for scientists working on the problem to say that they're about 30 years away from achieving a power plant based on fusion.

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TED: Neil Harbisson Talks About Being A Cyborg, How It Feels When Software and Brain Unite

TED: Neil Harbisson Talks About Being A Cyborg, How It Feels When Software and Brain Unite | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Cyborg Foundation creator Neil Harbisson has never seen color in his life and doesn’t know what colors look like. He was born with total color blindness, a rare visual condition called achromatopsia. Until his was 21 he had lived in a grayscale world in the last eight years, instead of seeing colors, he has been able to hear colors with the help of a chip installed at the back of his head. This summer Neil gave an impressive TED speech telling about his unique cyborg life and his enhanced abilities.

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EEG Mind Reading Research Predicts Test Performance

EEG Mind Reading Research Predicts Test Performance | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Research into decoding brain signals is ongoing, and it seems only a matter of time until wearing an EEG helmet could let someone see what you are thinking. Predicting what someone is thinking would be no mean feat, but what about predicting something that has not happened yet, like how they will do on a test? According to recent results from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), that may not be as far fetched as it seems.

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