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Combining news and research around the world related to the changing nature of society and the economy due to the rapid advancement in innovative technologies.
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Transition Point! Revolution, Evolution or Endgame? The Book

Transition Point! Revolution, Evolution or Endgame? The Book | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
Mankind is at the point of transition. The Industrial Age has ended. Our evolution is now tied to technology and how we respond to it.
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Transition Point!  is my forthcoming book about the past, present, and future of technology and its impact on our evolution as a race.   It is a story of scary and uplifting possibilities, told within a framework of scientific data, historical and social narratives, multiple perspectives, and in-depth research.

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'Bionic spine' breakthrough - The Sydney Morning Herald | Facebook

'Bionic spine' breakthrough - The Sydney Morning Herald | Facebook | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
The 'holy grail' of creating movement via thought may about to be realised, thanks to a stent the size of a paper clip that can be implanted into brains...
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2 min video explaining how Australian scientists developed the brain > computer interface implant. 

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New Neurological Implant Could Let Humans Control Everything from Prosthetics to Computers

New Neurological Implant Could Let Humans Control Everything from Prosthetics to Computers | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
The device will first be used to help people with paralysis move bionic limbs, but the non-invasive device could hypothetically lead to the ability to control computers through thought.
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Getting ever closer to brain > computer integration and the possibilities (and threats) that this entails.  Matrix anyone?

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The Rise of the Artificially Intelligent Hedge Fund

The Rise of the Artificially Intelligent Hedge Fund | Transition Point! | Scoop.it

Last week, Ben Goertzel and his company turned on a hedge fund that makes all its stock trades using AI---no human intervention required.

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Be reaaaalllly interesting to watch how this performs moving forwards.   The march of the machines continues into the world of finance.    

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Hyperloop Test Track Slated for California : DNews

Hyperloop Test Track Slated for California : DNews | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
The test track is being designed to optimize the vehicle for human passengers.
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We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That's a Very, Very Bad Idea | WIRED

We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That's a Very, Very Bad Idea | WIRED | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
Clearpath Robotics is a 80-person company founded six years ago by three college buddies who had a passion for machine building.
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Growing concern that we are not heeding Asimov's First Law of Robotics...hmmm.

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Stem Cells Could Extend Human Life By Over 200 Years

Stem Cells Could Extend Human Life By Over 200 Years | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
At the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Pittsburgh, fast-aging elderly mice with a usual lifespan of approximately 21 days were injected with stem cells from younger mice. They were given the injection approximately four days before they were expected to die, and the results were outstanding. Mice who were injected not only lived, but they […]
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Middle-Class Death Watch: The Median Household Is Now Poorer Than in 1984

Middle-Class Death Watch: The Median Household Is Now Poorer Than in 1984 | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
You're probably aware that a great chunk of America is poorer today than before the housing crash. But recently, the Russel Sage Foundation delivered a reminder that middle-class wealth is in fact still lower than it was a generation ago. As shown on the graph below, the median household in...
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Transformers: Supply Chain 3.0 and How Automation Will Transform the Rules of the Global Supply Chain - Sutura

Transformers: Supply Chain 3.0 and How Automation Will Transform the Rules of the Global Supply Chain - Sutura | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
What happens when it becomes cheaper and more efficient to employ robots in a factory instead of humans? Where do the jobs go? Will there be enough? Let's take a peek at supply-side economics in an information-driven robotics age. Commentary and notes included.
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Great enhancement of my 'Transformers' article for The European Business Review on Sutura

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Top one percent control a third of China's wealth : Report - Economic Times

Top one percent control a third of China's wealth : Report - Economic Times | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
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Top one percent control a third of China's wealth : Report
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"One per cent of households at the top level nationwide control more than one third of the country's wealth.
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Capitalism creating a Chinese Communist State where everyone isn't equal...

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Cortana: Will Microsoft's Rampant A.I. Soon Infect Apple Devices?

Cortana: Will Microsoft's Rampant A.I. Soon Infect Apple Devices? | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)took several jabs at Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri in a recently launched commercial that touts its own voice-activated personal assistant, called Cortana. In the commercial, an iPhone 5S with Siri is ...
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NOTES FROM THE EDGE: Creative Destruction ... - Idea Champions

NOTES FROM THE EDGE: Creative Destruction ... - Idea Champions | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
July 11, 2014. NOTES FROM THE EDGE: Creative Destruction Breeds New Growth. electricBrain.jpg. The Heart of Innovation is pleased to post this wonderful piece by Lynnea Brinkerhoff, our OD Empress who recently ...
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The Breakthrough Institute - Embracing Creative Destruction

The Breakthrough Institute - Embracing Creative Destruction | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
Largely ignored outside of the ivory tower for the half century after his death in 1950, the work of economist Joseph Schumpeter has experienced a revival, particularly the notion of creative destruction as the driver of modern ...
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The Future of Healthcare Is Arriving—8 Exciting Areas to Watch

The Future of Healthcare Is Arriving—8 Exciting Areas to Watch | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
As faculty chair for Medicine and Neuroscience at Singularity University and curator of our annual Exponential Medicine conference (apply to join us this Oct 8–11th),... read more
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Google Cars Just Got a Major Boost From U.S. Vehicle Regulators

Google Cars Just Got a Major Boost From U.S. Vehicle Regulators | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
The NHTSA said the A.I. self-piloting system in Google cars could be considered a driver under federal law.
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One step closer to autonomous cars on the road...

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World's First 'Robot Run' Farm to Open : DNews

World's First 'Robot Run' Farm to Open : DNews | Transition Point! | Scoop.it

At a new vertical garden in Japan, robots will water seedlings and harvest crops.

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Set to harvest 30,000 head of lettuce a day...that replaces the need for a whole bunch pf low cost, mostly migrant workers when it transfers to the rest of the world.

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AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next

AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next | Transition Point! | Scoop.it

As Google's head of artificial intelligence takes charge of search, deep learning is already changing the way Googling works.

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The future is upon us....

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World's Data Could Fit on a Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive and Survive Thousands of Years

World's Data Could Fit on a Teaspoon-Sized DNA Hard Drive and Survive Thousands of Years | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
The blueprint of every living thing on the planet is encoded in DNA. We know the stuff can hold a lot of information. But how much is a lot? We
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Well that's just plain impressive!

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Automation: Most White Collar Jobs Aren't As Safe As You Think - Big Think (blog)

Automation: Most White Collar Jobs Aren't As Safe As You Think - Big Think (blog) | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
Plenty of careers previously thought to be untouchable by automation have already experienced robotic disruption.
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SKULLY AR-1 The World's Smartest Motorcycle Helmet

SKULLY AR-1 The World's Smartest Motorcycle Helmet | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
Heads-up display, rearview camera, & GPS navigation.
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Japan will face the robotic jobocalypse head-on, by mastering robots before they master us | ExtremeTech

Japan will face the robotic jobocalypse head-on, by mastering robots before they master us | ExtremeTech | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that he wants to triple the size of the Japanese robotics industry. Is this how you prepare for an uncertain future?
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Robots Will Steal 50% of Human Jobs in Near Future, says MIT and Professors

Robots Will Steal 50% of Human Jobs in Near Future, says MIT and Professors | Transition Point! | Scoop.it

Experts say we've entered a second machine age that will have a profound effect on society

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Uber Joins Airbnb in Business Class: The Sharing Economy Grows Up

Uber Joins Airbnb in Business Class: The Sharing Economy Grows Up | Transition Point! | Scoop.it

Uber addicts will have to start competing with a lot more briefcase-carrying people in suits now that the on-demand ride app is rolling out Uber for Business, part of its plan to cater to business travelers. Uber for Business lets users bill their companies directly for taking trips with Uber and offers a platform for companies to easily track Uber expenses. On top of that, Uber will partner with business management services giant Concur, integrating Uber into the more than 25 million Concur accounts worldwide to put Uber use into expense reports automatically.


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Humans Aren’t the Pinnacle of Evolution and Consciousness—We're Only a Rung on the Ladder

Humans Aren’t the Pinnacle of Evolution and Consciousness—We're Only a Rung on the Ladder | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
In his latest video, host of National Geographic’s Brain Games and techno-poet, Jason Silva, explores the universe’s tendency to (Humans Aren’t the Pinnacle of Evolution and Consciousness—We’re Only a Rung on the Ladder | Singularity...
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Ray Kurzweil Explains Singularity

Ray Kurzweil Explains Singularity | Transition Point! | Scoop.it
According to Ray Kurzweil, within the next few decades the accelerating pace of technological development could create intelligent machines and alter our relationship with technology.
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