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« The Closing of the Scientific Mind

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"The huge cultural authority science has acquired over the past century imposes large duties on every scientist. Scientists have acquired the power to impress and intimidate every time they open their mouths, and it is their responsibility to keep this power in mind no matter what they say or do. Too many have forgotten their obligation to approach with due respect the scholarly, artistic, religious, humanistic work that has always been mankind’s main spiritual support. Scientists are (on average) no more likely to understand this work than the man in the street is to understand quantum physics. But science used to know enough to approach cautiously and admire from outside, and to build its own work on a deep belief in human dignity. No longer."

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This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It

This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
It's a possible step on the road to a total surveillance AI like the one in Person of Interest. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a computer program that teaches itself everything there is to know about any visual concept — without any human supervision.
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Meet The Solar-Powered Plane That Will Fly Around The World

Meet The Solar-Powered Plane That Will Fly Around The World | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A look at Solar Impulse 1 and 2 as the second aircraft makes its inaugural voyage in preparation for the aircraft's global trip in 2015.
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The 5 Biggest Threats To Human Existence

The 5 Biggest Threats To Human Existence | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now.
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Google's self-driving car isn't a car, it's the future

Google's self-driving car isn't a car, it's the future | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Speaking about self-driving cars last September, Elon Musk preached caution. The man who wants to send us all to space and shuttle us between cities at outrageous speeds told the FT that "my...
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A New “Theory of Everything”: Reality Emerges from Cosmic Copyright Law

A New “Theory of Everything”: Reality Emerges from Cosmic Copyright Law | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
“Constructor theory” unites in one framework how information is processed in the classical and quantum realms
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Gravity - 3D Sketching

More info on http://www.gravitysketch.com and info@gravitysketch.com Gravity is a tool for creatives to quickly sketch their ideas in 3D space using immersive augmented…
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On human nurture

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Philosopher Jesse Prinz, PhD’97, trains a skeptical eye on biological accounts of our behavior, beliefs, and emotions. 

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Beauty is truth? There’s a false equation

Beauty is truth? There’s a false equation | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Scientists prize elegant theories, but a taste for simplicity is a treacherous guide. And it doesn’t even look good
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Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Imperial College London physicists have discovered how to create matter from light - a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorised 80 years ago.
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Elderly Fear Their Future Robot Friends Will Corrupt Children

Elderly Fear Their Future Robot Friends Will Corrupt Children | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Senior citizens' hesitance about using caretaking robots comes from a fear that their grandchildren will become emotionally dependent on the machines.
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Electrical Cables that Can Store Energy

Electrical Cables that Can Store Energy | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Imagine being able to carry all the juice you needed to power your MP3 player, smartphone and electric car in the fabric of your jacket? Sounds like science fiction, but it may become a reality thanks to breakthrough technology developed at ...
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Inexpensive catalyst to produce oxygen and hydrogen from water

Inexpensive catalyst to produce oxygen and hydrogen from water | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
June 1, 2014 Physics & Mathematics, Technology The University of …
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3D-Printed Food Actually Looks (and Tastes) Pretty Delicious

3D-Printed Food Actually Looks (and Tastes) Pretty Delicious | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Across the pond in Germany, companies are doing incredible things with 3D printing. Mainly, they're using it to make food. Actual food, like the kind that tastes good. 
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Tut's Tomb: A Replica Fit for a King

Tut's Tomb: A Replica Fit for a King | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The creation of high-tech copies of ancient archaeological sites may allow us to keep from wrecking the cultural treasures we most want to see.
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Pill may erase scary thoughts

Pill may erase scary thoughts | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Traumatic memories might be eased by a pill now used to treat multiple sclerosis, a study suggests.
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The iQ Zeitgeist: Futurists Forecast the World of Tomorrow, Part II - iQ by Intel

The iQ Zeitgeist: Futurists Forecast the World of Tomorrow, Part II - iQ by Intel | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Technology innovation is enhancing human experiences at almost every turn. In our series celebrating the second anniversary of iQ by Intel, we introdu
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On human nurture

On human nurture | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it

Philosopher Jesse Prinz, PhD’97, trains a skeptical eye on biological accounts of our behavior, beliefs, and emotions. 

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How Human Rights Will Change When Everyone Can Upgrade Their Brains

How Human Rights Will Change When Everyone Can Upgrade Their Brains | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The analysts at the Institute for the Future present new research about our weird times. 
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Why Are We So Busy? by Elizabeth Kolbert

Why Are We So Busy? by Elizabeth Kolbert | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Since the 1930s, U.S. G.D.P. has grown, in real terms, by a factor of sixteen. Why hasn’t that wealth translated into more leisure time?
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'World's first' braille mobile phone goes on sale in the UK

'World's first' braille mobile phone goes on sale in the UK | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Touchscreens may have kicked-off a mobile computing revolution, but they didn't do much for the visually impaired. OwnFone, which launched a customizable
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Mind-Reading Brain Scanner Can Retrieve Images From Human Memory

Mind-Reading Brain Scanner Can Retrieve Images From Human Memory | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking scientific research could be used to reconstruct dreams, or build e-fits from the memories of crime victims.
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‘The Naked Future’ and ‘Social Physics’

‘The Naked Future’ and ‘Social Physics’ | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The ubiquity of data gathering has staggering implications for understanding, predicting and influencing human behavior.
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