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Ukrainian Students Create Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech

Ukrainian Students Create Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it

Ukrainian developers, EnableTalk have created sensing gloves that automatically translate sign language into spoken words with the aide of a text-to-speech engine.

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Is Philosophy Obsolete?

Is Philosophy Obsolete? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
No. It helps make us coherent to ourselves, and that’s a never-ending project.
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In a first, stem cells cloned from human skin

In a first, stem cells cloned from human skin | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it

In a major breakthrough, scientists have for the first time grown stem cells from a man’s skin using cloning techniques.

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Now You Can File For Divorce Online With Wevorce, The H&R Block Of Nasty Breakups

Now You Can File For Divorce Online With Wevorce, The H&R Block Of Nasty Breakups | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The startup that is trying to take the cost, hassle, and acrimony out of the uncoupling process.
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Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians

Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
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Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com

Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without needing the results of a single medical check-up, they were nevertheless able to track the spread of
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Embrace the Unexplained

Embrace the Unexplained | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Materialism constricts our study of consciousness, but mystery compels it.
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The Navy's Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels

The Navy's Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is building technology that will allow the military to capture solar power in orbit and project it back down to Earth.
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Playing With Plato

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Philosophers eager to write for popular audiences are finding readers who want answers science can’t offer.
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Are killer robots an inevitable aspect of warfare?

Are killer robots an inevitable aspect of warfare? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Advocates of lethal autonomous weapons highlight how ethical programming could make Terminator-esque robots more humane than human combatants.
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EXCLUSIVE: Siberian scientists announce they now have a 'high chance' to clone the woolly mammoth

EXCLUSIVE: Siberian scientists announce they now have a 'high chance' to clone the woolly mammoth | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Discovery of blood in creature frozen for 43,000 years is seen as major breakthrough by international team.
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"I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America"

Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist, and urban planner who created and promoted a dynamic vision of the f...
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Synthetic biology and other benign technologies that could have a dark side - interview with Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

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‘The Age of Atheism: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God,’ by Peter Watson

‘The Age of Atheism: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God,’ by Peter Watson | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A weighty search for the meaning of life, or a least meaning in it
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Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need

Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
When you’re looking down the barrel of a civilization-erasing event, you have to plan for a world where humanity has lost everything. Canned goods might be nice, but you’d better have brought along a can opener—or know how to make one. What information should we leave survivors? And how do we store it so they can actually make use of it? In recent years, these questions have jumped onto the research agendas of a range of thinkers, from physicists to philosophers to agricultural engineers to librarians, who are considering how to curate and preserve caches of the most useful and important information, tools, and biological samples from today’s world.
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Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come

Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Google has invented a new smart contact lens with an integrated camera. By virtue of being part of the contact lens, the camera would naturally follow your gaze, allowing for a huge range of awesome applications, from the basis of a bionic eye system for blind and visually impaired people, through to early warning systems (the camera spots a hazard before your brain does), facial recognition, and superhuman powers (telescopic and infrared/night vision). In related news, Google Glass is publicly available today in the US for one day only (still priced at $1500).
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Lucile Debethune's curator insight, April 21, 3:42 AM

Vous pensiez que Minority report était de la science fiction ? allez faire un tour sur les démos de P. Mistry ou J. Underkoffler pour la visualisation ou sur un article que j'ai fait passer ici sur les technologies "mood-sensitive" (Edit : ici en fait :/http://www.scoop.it/t/robot-cerveau). Vous pensez que Terminator n'arriverais jamais? c'est peut être pour demain, en tout cas pour la vision (les recherches sont conduites depuis longtemps http://iopscience.iop.org/0960-1317/21/12/125014) mais Google pourrait le commercialiser demain...)

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Human body parts grown in a lab

Human body parts grown in a lab | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
View the Human body parts grown in a lab photo gallery on Yahoo News. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries.
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Amputee Feels in Real-Time with Bionic Hand

Dennis Aabo Sørensen is the first amputee in the world to feel sensory rich information -- in real-time -- with a prosthetic hand wired to nerves in his uppe...
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Lucile Debethune's curator insight, April 21, 4:10 AM

Les sensations dans les membres amputés (membres fantomes) viennent d'une région du cerveau particulière reliés à différents nerfs. Il est désormais possible de relier ces régions du cerveau à des prothèses plus ou moins évoluées pour "sentir" et donc, grâce au feedback, mieux manipuler) les objets.

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An Engineering Company Is Creating a Robot Army, Inspired by Nature

An Engineering Company Is Creating a Robot Army, Inspired by Nature | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
These robots want to make laborious tasks easier in the factories of the future.
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Immanuel Velikovsky: From Visionary to the Fringe

Immanuel Velikovsky: From Visionary to the Fringe | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
In the 1940s, a curiously enigmatic figure haunted New York City’s great libraries, his mind afire with urgent questions whose resolution might reveal, once and for all, the most ancient secrets of the universe in their crystalline clarity.
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John Cassidy: Is Surging Inequality Endemic to Capitalism?

John Cassidy: Is Surging Inequality Endemic to Capitalism? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” is a sweeping account of rising inequality. Reviewing the French edition of the book, which came out last year, Branko Milanovic, a former senior economist at the World Bank, called it “one of the watershed books in economic thinking.” The Economist said that it could change the way we think about the past two centuries of economic history. Piketty has written a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.
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People power

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The history of Western art tells a story of how humans came to think of themselves as beings who could shape the world
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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Thanks to technology, our brains are being rewired -- for better or worse.
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Scientism in the Arts and Humanities

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As the ideology of scientism spreads to the study of art and literature, Roger Scruton argues that we risk believing that brains are but matter, paintings are but pixels, and all culture is nothing but “memes.”
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Machines Moored to the Seafloor Harness Ocean Power

Machines Moored to the Seafloor Harness Ocean Power | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Wave and tidal power innovations offer clear advantages over many of the other attempts made to draw energy from the oceans.
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The Mindfulness Racket

The Mindfulness Racket | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda
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